Gospel Baseball
(by Cara Lee)

To Do Ahead:

Presentation:
Tell the story of Joseph Smith, from child to adult.

Display some pictures of Joseph Smith while telling the story.

I want to tell you a story about a very important man in our church.
He did more for us than anyone else who ever lived, except Jesus Christ. He wasn't always well known. He was once a young boy just like you boys here. He lived with his family just as you do. Listen carefully while I tell you about Joseph Smith because we are going to play a game afterwards.

TELL THE STORY OF JOSEPH SMITH.

After the Joseph Smith Story:

Let's play Gospel Baseball. Did you listen to the story? Do you think you could answer some questions? Let's see if you can.

The rules are:
The pitcher asks a question, if someone on the team that is up to bat answers the question correctly, move their baseball as shown by the questions asked.

Each correct answer allows that team to answer another question. If you are sent to any base already occupied, that person moves forward.

Three outs (wrong answers) and it is the other team's turn at bat. Each question tells you how far you can move.

The harder the question, the more bases you are allowed to move.

Let's PLAY BALL!


GOSPEL BASEBALL QUESTIONS

1 base: Did Joseph come from a wealthy family?

Double: Joseph's father was a __________ . When his crops failed, his family moved to another town and opened a _______________ .

Home run: How old was Joseph when he had his leg operated on?

1 base: Who did Joseph ask to help hold him during his operation?

1 base: True or False Joseph drank some wine so he wouldn't feel the pain during the operation.

1 base: True or False Joseph's leg healed so well you couldn't tell he had a problem.

Triple: How many children did Joseph's parents have?

Double: Joseph lived on many farms as he grew up. But the farm at _______________ was his favorite.

1 base: What state was Manchester in?

1 base: Name one thing about Joseph's family that they did the same as a family living in our ward today?

Double: Name two things about Joseph's house that is different than yours?

1 base: True or False Joseph thought a lot about religion as he was growing up.

2 bases: Who tried to stop Joseph from praying?

Home run: When Joseph was searching for the right church, in which book of the Bible did he find the scripture that helped him?

1 base: Did Joseph give up when Satan tried to stop him?    

Triple: What did Heavenly Father say to Joseph in the grove?

Double: What did Joseph learn about which church to join?

Home run: Name 3 things Joseph learned from his vision.

1 base: True or False Although Joseph was a very strong man spiritually, physically he was very weak.

1 base: True or False Joseph was a very dedicated man. He often had to protect the plates with his life.

1 base: Was Joseph a lazy boy or man?

2 bases: What was the name of Joseph's wife?

1 base: True or False Joseph had a deep desire to know which church was true.

Triple: Recite part of the scripture in James 1:5. "If any of you lack __________, Let him _________ _____ __________."

ANSWERS FOR GOSPEL BASEBALL QUESTIONS

1 base: Did Joseph come from a wealthy family? [No]

Double: Joseph's father was a __________ [farmer]. When his crops failed, his family moved to another town and opened a
_______________ . [store]

Home run: How old was Joseph when he had his leg operated on? [8 yrs.]

1 base: Who did Joseph ask to help hold him during his operation? [His father]

1 base: True or False Joseph drank some wine so he wouldn't feel the pain during the operation. [F]

1 base: True or False Joseph's leg healed so well you couldn't tell he had a problem. [F]

Triple: How many children did Joseph's parents have? [13]

Double: Joseph lived on many farms as he grew up. But the farm at _______________ [Manchester] was his favorite.

1 base: What state was Manchester in ? [New York]

1 base: Name one thing about Joseph's family that they did the same as a family living in our ward today? [Played games together, read the Bible/scriptures, prayed, etc.]

Double: Name two things about Joseph's house that is different than yours? [Dirt floors, cooked in fireplace, used candles for light, etc.]

1 base: True or False Joseph thought a lot about religion as he was growing up. [T]

2 bases: Who tried to stop Joseph from praying? [Satan]

Home run: When Joseph was searching for the right church, in which book of the Bible did he find the scripture that helped him? [James]

1 base: Did Joseph give up when Satan tried to stop him? [No]

Triple: What did Heavenly Father say to Joseph in the grove? [This is My Beloved Son, Hear Him!]

Double: What did Joseph learn about which church to join? [Don't join any of them; none were true]

Home run: Name 3 things Joseph learned from his vision. [Heavenly Father knows him. Satan is real. Satan doesn't want us to pray. Heavenly Father and Jesus are two separate people. Heavenly Father still communicates with man. There was no true church on the earth at that time.]

1 base: True or False Although Joseph was a very strong man spiritually, physically he was very weak. [F]

1 base: True or False Joseph was a very dedicated man. He often had to protect the plates with his life. [T]

1 base: Was Joseph a lazy boy or man? [No]

2 bases: What was the name of Joseph's wife? [Emma]

1 base: True or False Joseph had a deep desire to know which church was true. [T]

Triple: Recite part of the scripture in James 1:5. "If any of you lack __________ [wisdom], Let him _________ _____ __________." [ask of God]