Did you know that we all have a Father who loves us and wants to help us back home? I'm not talking about our "dads".
Today, we are going to play a game that will help us remember about our Heavenly Father and our brother Jesus Christ. It will help us remember what we need to do to get back to our Heavenly home.
Right here (at the back of the room) is the earth, where we are now. (Have a picture posted of an earth). There are stepping stones (construction paper stones taped to the floor in a pathway) all along the way to show us how to get home. Right here (at the front of the room) there is a picture of Jesus. This represents our Heavenly home. We are going to see if we can make it back there.
As we move from stone to stone, we will have to answer questions. If we make the right decision, or answer the question the way Jesus would, we can move ahead one step. If we don't make the right decision, it will take us AWAY from our Heavenly home and we will need to step back a step. Who thinks we can make it to Jesus?!
Let me tell you a few things we can do to get to Jesus.
A picture posted on an easel or on the wall at the "start" of the earth. A picture posted at the "end" of Jesus. The stone path leads from one to the other. Each stepping stone will have a song, prompting from a prophet, or a question picture on the top of it to let the children know what they will be expected to do in order to move ahead.
Stone #1 - SONG - "Come listen to a Prophet's voice".
As we sing the song, listen for what we need to do to make it to Jesus.
After Song - "If you can tell me what the song tells us we need to do, we can move ahead one stone" - (Listen to a prophet's voice)
Stone #2 -
PROPHET (Nephi) - Read 3 Nephi 18:15 (Pray Always)
What does Nephi tell us we need to do? (Pray) Move ahead 1 Stone
Stone #3 - SONG - "Pray in Faith", CS #14 -
Who are we speaking to when we pray? Move ahead 1 Stone
Stone #4 -
CROCODILE - "You are so tired and go got in bed before you remembered to pray. Will you just skip saying prayers tonight, or will you KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS? Move ahead 1 Stone
WHEN THE CHILD ANSWERS "KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS" PUT UP A WORD STRIP ON THE BOARD THAT SAYS "KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS".
Stone #5 - PROPHET - (Joseph Smith) - Read D&C 89:8 (Tobacco)
What is tobacco? What does Joseph Smith tell us about tobacco? Move ahead 1 Stone
Stone #6 - CROCODILE - You and your friend are riding your scooters and you see a package of cigarettes on the ground. Your friend thinks it would be cool to try smoking one. Will you do it with him, or will you keep your body SAFE? Move ahead 1 Stone
Optional Stone - SONG - "The Word of Wisdom" CS #154
Which prophet told gave us the Word of Wisdom? Move ahead 1 Stone
When we keep the Word of Wisdom, what will it then do for our body?
WHEN THE CHILD ANSWERS "KEEP MY BODY SAFE", PUT UP A WORD STRIP THAT SAYS: "IN THIS THERE IS SAFETY"
Stone #7 - PROPHET - (Mosiah) - Read Mosiah 13:16 (Remember the Sabbath)
What does Mosiah tell us we need to do? (Keep the Sabbath Day holy) Move ahead 1 Stone
Stone #8 - SONG - "Saturday" CS #196 - Tell me one thing the song tells us we can do to help us keep the Sabbath Day holy. Move ahead 1 Stone
Stone #9 - CROCODILE - "It is a Sunday and a friend asks you to go ride motorcycles and afterwards go out to get pizza. Will you go with him or will you choose a PEACEFUL Sabbath day?
WHEN THE CHILD ANSWERS "PEACEFUL DAY" PUT UP A WORDSTRIP THAT SAYS "IN THIS
THERE IS PEACE".
Stone #10 - PROPHET - (Malachi) - Read Malachi 3:10 (Tithing)
What does Malachi tell us to do? Move ahead 1 Stone
Stone #11 - SONG - "I Want to Give the Lord My Tenth", CS # 150
Move ahead 1 Stone
Stone #12 - CROCODILE - You have put your tithing money in a bottle so you won't spend it. You are shopping with your mom and you see a toy that you have wanted for a long time. You know that if you use your tithing money, you can get it. Your primary teacher told you that if you pay your tithing, the Lord will SEND YOU BLESSINGS. Will you get the toy now, or wait for the Lord's Blessings? Move ahead 1 Stone
WHEN THE CHILD ANSWERS "WAIT FOR BLESSINGS", PUT UP A WORDS TRIP THAT SAYS: "HE WILL SEND BLESSINGS"
Stone #13 - PROPHET - (Pres. Hinckley) - Read Ensign - We have wonderful missionaries all over the world. "This cause is true and to you there is an obligation to serve it regardless of the cost." Move ahead 1 stone if you can tell me what Pres. Hinckley is asking us to do. (Be missionaries)
Stone #14 - SONG - "I want to be a Missionary Now" CS #168
Should we wait until we are older to be missionaries? Move ahead 1 Stone
Stone #15 - CROCODILE - "You have a friend who doesn't come to church.
LISTEN CLOSELY TO THE CHOICES - Will you
#1 - Just be their friend anyway.
#2 - Invite them to Primary
#3 - Not play with them anymore
Stone #16 - QUESTION - "Who did we just listen to at Conference that told us to be a missionary?" Move ahead 1 Stone
WHEN THE CHILD ANSWERS "PRES. HINCKLEY OR THE PROPHET", PUT UP A WORD STRIP: THAT SAYS "WORDS OF A PROPHET"
Stone #17 - QUESTION - "What has this game taught us we need to do if we want to get back to Heavenly Father?" (Keep the Commandments)
WHEN THE CHILD ANSWERS "KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS", PUT UP A WORD STRIP THAT SAYS: "KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS"
Child can move ahead 1 space, which brings him home (next to the picture of the Savior) Put your arm around him and say "You have made it back to the SAFETY AND PEACE of your Heavenly Home.
PUT UP A WORD STRIP THAT SAYS: "IN THIS THERE IS SAFETY AND PEACE"
All the words to the song "Keep the Commandments" should now be posted in order on the board. The remainder of the time can be used to sing this song. If there isn't time to sing it, there has at least been a good introduction to it for the next week.