(Friend March 2004, suggestion # 2)
Wrap five boxes with the following scriptures inside:
2 Nephi 9:21,
Write the word love on a paper heart and hide it in a sixth wrapped box.
Tell the children:
Pretend you accidentally broke a very valuable object.
How would you feel?
What would you say to the owner?
What could you do to replace the broken item?
What if you couldn't afford to pay for it?
Your earthly father will help you because he loves you. He tells you that if you are sorry, are obedient, and pay what you can, he will help you by paying the difference.
The Atonement is a gift for us from our loving Heavenly Father and His Son.
Jesus Christ paid for our sins and made it possible for us to repent and return to Heavenly Father.
Write on the board "What Jesus
Did for Us and Why."
Talk about and list the following (use pictures for younger children):
He atoned for Adam's sin so little children can be saved (manual pictures 1-5 and 2-52);
He gave us the gospel so we can live with Him (GAK 212 and manual picture 1-6);
He showed us how to live so we can be happy (GAK 226 and manual picture 1-46);
He suffered for our sins so we can be forgiven (GAK 227);
He died and was resurrected so we can be resurrected (GAK 230 and 239).
Divide the children into groups. Let each group unwrap one of the first five gifts, read the scripture out loud, and match it with one of the five listed items on the board.
Sing "Help Us, O God, to Understand" (p. 73).
Which one of these is a free gift to us that we receive no matter what we do? (The Resurrection.)
Which of these must we do something about before we can have the gift? (His paying for our sins—we must repent in order to be forgiven and live a happy life.)
Show the picture of Jesus in Gethsemane (GAK 227) and explain that He suffered for the sins of the world (D&C 19:18–19).
We have one more gift that we are blessed with. Open gift #6 and bear testimony of Heavenly Father's and Jesus' love for us.