CSMP 2004
Theme Song Scripture Weekly bullets Suggestions from CSMP 2004
January:
I am a child of God.
I Am a Child of God (CS, 2) 

or

I Know My Father Lives (CS, 5)

 

"I am a child of God. I know Heavenly Father loves me, and I love Him. I can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere. I am trying to remember and follow Jesus Christ" (Faith in God guidebook, inside front cover). Week 1:
I am a child of God. He loves me, and I love Him.
Primary 2, lesson 3 (this lesson will be taught this year in the CTR classes)

Week 2
I can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere. I am trying to remember and follow Jesus

Week 3:
I lived in heaven with Heavenly Father and Jesus before I was born. Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to live again as families in heaven 
Primary 3, lesson 35

Week 4:
I am created in the image of God. My body is a temple 

Use questions and music to teach about Heavenly Father’s plan, His love for us, and how we can show our love for Him. Ask a question; then sing a song.

For example:

  •  "Where did I come from?"
    "I Am a Child of God" (CS, 2) or "I Know My Father Lives" (CS, 5)

  • "How do I know Heavenly Father loves me?"
    "My Heavenly Father Loves Me" (CS, 228)

  • "How do I show Heavenly Father I love Him?" 
    "Keep the Commandments" (CS, 146)

Use scripture stories and music to teach how we can be more like Jesus. As the children pass around a picture of Jesus, sing "I’m Trying to Be like Jesus" (CS, 78). Stop the music periodically and ask the child holding the picture of Jesus to respond to a situation where he or she could try to be like Jesus.

February:
The family is central to Heavenly Father’s plan.
Love Is Spoken Here (CS, 190) "The family is ordained of God" (Proclamation, paragraph 7). Week 1:
I have a family here on earth Primary 2, lesson 6

Week 2:
"Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan" 

Week 3:
"Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness" 
Primary 3, lessons 28, 39

Week 4:
The priesthood blesses, serves, and strengthens my family 
Primary 3, lesson 9

Invite a young couple, grandparents, an aunt, or others to come and participate in a panel discussion about the blessings they enjoy in their families.

Ask the panel questions such as

  • "Why are families important?"

  • "How can your family bless you?"

  • "How can you help your family?"

  • "What goals do you have for your family?" (See "Panel Discussions," TNGC, 175–76.)

Objective: To help each child understand that the family is central to Heavenly Father’s plan for His children.

Teach about the blessings of the priesthood.
Have the children draw pictures of how they and their families have been strengthened, served, or blessed by the priesthood.
Join the pictures together and put them in a roller box, or display them and have the children tell about their pictures. (See "Roller Boxes," TNGC, 178–79.)

Marts:
Jesus Christ makes it possible for me to live with Heavenly Father again.
He Sent His Son
(CS, 34)
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" ( John 14:6). Week 1:
Before I came to earth, I chose to follow Heavenly Father’s plan 
Primary 2, lesson 4

Week 2:
Jesus Christ was chosen to be the Savior. He atoned for my sins 
Primary 3, lesson 22

Week 3:
Because Jesus was resurrected, I will be resurrected
Primary 3, lesson 46

Week 4:
Choosing the right and following Jesus will help me return to Heavenly Father 
Primary 3, lesson 27

As an object lesson, show several kinds of instruction manuals or plans such as a cookbook, a sewing pattern, a blueprint, an owner’s manual, a road map, and so forth. Ask:

  • "Why do we follow a plan?"

  • "What would happen if part of a plan was missing?"

  • Discuss what we must do to follow Heavenly Father’s plan (3 Nephi 27:19–22; John 3:16).

  • Explain that following Heavenly Father’s plan will allow us to return to Him.

(See "Comparisons and Object Lessons," TNGC, 163–64.)

Use visuals, role-play, or invite a guest speaker to share the story of Alma the Younger from Alma 36:6–24. Show the children a picture of Christ in Gethsemane. Explain that He paid for our sins if we will repent. Help the children memorize the third article of faith. Sing "He Sent His Son" (CS, 34).

(See "Memorization," TNGC, 171–72.)

April:
Families can be happy when they follow Jesus Christ
I Feel My Savior’s Love (CS, 74) "Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ" (Proclamation, paragraph 7).

Week 1:
 The Holy Ghost blesses my family and helps me follow Jesus Christ
Primary 3, lessons 12, 20

Week 2:
Obeying Heavenly Father’s commandments and following Jesus helps my family be happy 
Primary 2, lessons 15, 30

Week 3:
Living "My Gospel Standards" helps me follow Jesus Christ

Week 4:
I can follow Jesus by being a peacemaker 
Primary 2, lesson 22 Primary 4, lesson 34

Have several people each prepare a story from the scriptures or the lives of the latter-day prophets that illustrates living one of the principles in "My Gospel Standards."

Have the children move by groups to different stations in the room to hear each person’s presentation.

Sing the third verse of "Nephi’s Courage" (CS, 120) as the children move between stations. (See "Stations," TNGC, 179.)

Read Matthew 5:9.
Explain that peace means to be calm and comforted. A peacemaker helps a family feel calm and comforted. Read Matthew 7:12.
Ask the children how living this "golden rule" can help bring peace into a family. With simple puppets, have the children dramatize some situations that show how they can be peacemakers. Sing songs such as

  • "Jesus Once Was a Little Child" (CS, 55)

  • "Kindness Begins with Me" (CS, 145). (See "Puppets," TNGC, 176–77.)

May:
Family members have important responsibilities
The Family
(CS, 194) 

or 

A Happy Family
(CS, 198)

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right" (Ephesians 6:1).

Week 1:
Fathers preside, provide, and protect 

Week 2:
 Mothers nurture their children (Alma 56:47; 

Week 3:
 Children honor and obey their parents and help one another 
Primary 3, lessons 39, 45

Week 4:
Extended families lend support when needed 

 

Find stories from the scriptures or from the lives of latter-day prophets about fathers providing for and protecting their families.

For example, tell about

  • Joseph taking Mary and Jesus to Egypt to escape Herod’s decree of death for the children in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:13–15)

  • Joseph Smith’s father holding him during surgery on his leg (Primary 3, lesson 4).

Have the children share some of these stories or some of their own.

Sing "Fathers" (CS, 209).

Play a matching game. With the children, make a list of ways they can honor and obey their parents. Pair up the children, and have each pair draw matching pictures of one of the ways listed. Label each picture.

Place the pictures facedown, and play the game. (See "Matching Game," TNGC, 169.)

June:
Heavenly Father teaches me how to strengthen my family
Home Can Be a Heaven on Earth (Hymns, no. 298) "And ye will not have a mind to injure one another, but to live peaceably" (Mosiah 4:13).

Week 1:
How can family prayer strengthen my family? 
Primary 1, lesson 27

Week 2:
How can family scripture study strengthen my family?  Primary 3, lesson 17

Week 3:
How can family home evening strengthen my family?

Week 4:
How can I help strengthen my family?

 

Have the Primary demonstrate a family home evening.

  • Divide the children into groups and assign each group to be in charge of part of the family home evening.

  • Have an adult ready to help each group prepare their part.

  • Give the groups several minutes to prepare.

  • For example, groups could be in charge of conducting, music, the lesson, and an activity.

  • The presidency might provide simple refreshments or recipes for treats (CHI, 239).

Teach that we can be "strong links" in our families (see David B. Haight in Conference Report, Oct. 2000, 22–25; or Ensign, Nov. 2000, 19–21).

Give each child a strip of paper with his or her name on it. Have the children draw or write on the paper something they can do to strengthen their families. Have the children stand and tell what they have drawn. Make a paper chain out of the strips. Send additional strips of paper home with the children so they can make chains with their families.

July:
Temples unite families
Families Can Be Together Forever
(CS, 188)
"Let this house be built unto my name, that I may reveal mine ordinances therein unto my people" (D&C 124:40).

Week 1:
Being baptized and keeping my baptismal covenants can help me prepare to receive the blessings of the temple
Primary 3, lessons 11, 13

Week 2:
Being temple worthy now can bless me and my family 

Week 3:
My family can be together forever through the covenants and ordinances of the temple Primary 3, lesson 35

Week 4:
Family history and temple work unite the generations of my family and help me remember my heritage Primary 5, lesson 34

 

Help the children understand that families can be together forever through family history and temple work.

Play a guessing game by giving a child a word or picture that has something to do with family history work (for example:

  • temple,

  • scriptures,

  • pedigree chart,

  • computer,

  •  ancestor,

  • family).

Have the other children guess the word by asking the child up to 10 questions that can be answered yes or no. (See "Guessing Game," TNGC, 169.)

Teach the children that a pioneer is a person who goes before, preparing the way for others. From Church magazines, Primary manuals, or the children’s own families, find stories about people who were pioneers because they were the first in their family or area to join the Church. Have the children share how they have been strengthened by learning about their family history and pioneer heritage.

August:
Faith, prayer, repentance, and forgiveness can strengthen my family
I Pray in Faith
(CS, 14)
"Successful . . . families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, [and] forgiveness" (Proclamation, paragraph 7).

Week 1:
Faith in the Lord strengthens me and my family 
Primary 3, lesson 7

Week 2:
Prayer strengthens me and my family 
Primary 3, lesson 19

Week 3:
Repentance returns me to the Lord’s path 
Primary 1, lesson 29; Primary 3, lesson 10

Week 4:
To be forgiven, I must forgive Primary 3, lesson 23

 

Lead the children in linking scriptures about faith and answers to prayers. Assign each class one of the scriptures and have them discuss how to apply it to themselves.

Sing a song that reinforces the scripture. For example:

  • Alma 32:28—"Faith" (CS, 96);

  • 2 Corinthians 5:7—"God’s Love" (CS, 97);

  • Moroni 10:5—"I Know My Father Lives" (CS, 5);

  • James 1:5–6 and Psalm 55:17—"I Pray in Faith" (CS, 14).

 (See "Scripture Linking," "Likening," TNGC, 58, 170–71.)

Teach the principles of repentance from Primary 1, lesson 29, or Primary 4, lesson 14. Cut footprints out of paper and write one of the principles of repentance on each footprint. Place the footprints on the floor. Give each class a simple story demonstrating a need for repentance. One child in the class might tell the story while the other children in the class move from one footprint to another on the floor, telling how each principle might be applied.

September:
Respect, love, work, and wholesome recreation can strengthen my family.
  "Successful . . . families are established and maintained on principles of . . . respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities" (Proclamation, paragraph 7).

Week 1:
Showing respect for each other strengthens my family 

Week 2:
Showing love and compassion strengthens my family 

Week 3:
Working together strengthens my family 

Week 4:
Participating in wholesome recreational activities helps my family develop unity and love for one another 

 

Ask a child to try, with the supervision of a leader, to lift a chair holding just one of the legs. Ask a second child to hold a leg of the chair and, with the first child, try to lift the chair. Ask two more children, each holding a leg of the chair, to lift the chair with the other two. Ask, "What does this teach about every family member helping?" Taking turns, have  several children demonstrate or draw a chalkboard picture of work they can do in their families. Have the other children guess what is being demonstrated or drawn.

Make four wordstrips:

  1. respect,

  2. love & compassion,

  3. work,

  4. wholesome recreational activities.

Have the children pass around the wordstrips while they sing songs they have learned in Primary this year. When the music stops, those holding the wordstrips stand and tell how they can live the principle on their wordstrip.

October:
Prophets teach me how to strengthen my family.
  "What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, . . . whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same" (D&C 1:38).

Week 1:
Bible prophets teach me how to strengthen my family

Week 2:
Book of Mormon prophets teach me how to strengthen my family 

Week 3:
Latter-day prophets teach me how to strengthen my family (for this week and next, select teachings that meet the needs of the children in your Primary; see general conference issues of the Ensign and the "Come Listen to a Prophet’s Voice" section of the Friend).

Week 4:
The prophet today teaches me how to strengthen my family.

Using pictures from the Primary manuals, GAK, Church magazines, or Visual Aids Cutouts (08456), prepare flannel-board stories or puppets about prophets who taught about strengthening families (see references for this month’s weekly gospel principles). Invite the children to share or dramatize the stories. Older children might prefer to apply the stories to their lives. (See "Likening," "Puppets," TNGC, 170–71, 176–77.)

Share a message from general conference about strengthening families. Form groups and have each group discuss ideas, songs, activities, and scriptures they can use to share this message in family home evening. Using resources the children can cut out and paste, have the children create or draw pictures that illustrate the message. Have the groups present their ideas to the Primary, and encourage the children to share them at home

November:
Keeping the Sabbath day holy can strengthen my family.
  "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Exodus 20:8).

Week 1:
The Sabbath day is a day to rest from our labors and to worship at church 
Primary 1, lessons 15, 44; Primary 3, lesson 40

Week 2:
The Sabbath day is a day to rest from our labors and to strengthen family relationships 
Primary 2, lesson 37

Week 3:
Sharing my testimony brings me closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus 
Primary 5, lesson 46; 
First Presidency letter, 2 May 200

Week 4:
 Fasting can bring me closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus 
Primary 3, lesson 41
Note: 
Young children should not be expected to fast. "Neither should parents compel their little children to fast" ( Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 244).

  • Sing "Saturday" (CS, 196)

  • "Reverently, Quietly" (CS, 26).

Have half of the children think of things they do only on Sunday. Have the other half think of things they do on Saturday to get ready for Sunday.

Have a child from each group act out something the group thought of for the other group to guess.

List the ways Joseph Smith and Nephi each received a testimony ( Joseph Smith—History 1:1–20; 1 Nephi 2:16–22). Help the children understand the basic parts of a testimony of the gospel (Primary 5, lesson 46).

Have the children trace a hand on a piece of paper.

Have them write "I can strengthen my testimony that" on the palm, and one of the parts of a testimony on each finger and the thumb.

December:
My family is blessed when we remember Jesus Christ.
  "And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me; for good cometh of none save it be of me. . . . I am the light, and the life, and the truth of the world" (Ether 4:12).

Week 1:
I remember Jesus when I partake of the sacrament 
Primary 1, lesson 40; Primary 3, lessons 32–33

Week 2:
Heavenly Father planned for Jesus to be born into a family Primary 1, lesson 46; Primary 3, lesson 47

Week 3:
What gifts can I give to Jesus?
Primary 3, lesson 37

Week 4:
Jesus Christ will come again Primary 2, lesson 43

 

Prepare a brief Christmas program. Give each class scriptures telling of Christ’s birth. Have the children draw pictures illustrating the scriptures. 
Sing Christmas songs from the
Children’s Songbook.  
Between the songs, have the different classes recite their scriptures together while showing their pictures.
Invite the children to share this activity with their families.

Help the children understand that we follow the example of Jesus Christ by serving others. Think of people in your ward or branch whom the children can serve. Children could write a Christmas message to missionaries or others, make a thank-you poster for the bishop or branch president, or learn a Christmas song to share with others.