(Friend May 2004, suggestion # 1)
Before Primary starts, ask four or
five children to think of their favorite game and be prepared to tell the
Primary how to play it while all talking at the same time.
Have the children stand at the front of the room and explain their games at the same time.
After a minute, ask the children to sit down.
Ask the Primary,
"What happened when everyone gave directions for a different game at the same time?" (The result was confusion.)
"Could you understand everyone at the same time?" (No.)
Point out that they could have understood the directions better if someone had taken responsibility for the group and called on one person at a time to explain each game.
Heavenly Father has given our fathers
the responsibility to preside, provide, and protect.
(Explain that the word preside means to give direction or take responsibility for.)
Write these three words on the board.
Give the children copies of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" (see Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102).
Through His prophets, the Lord has
explained what He expects of parents and children.
Have the children search for these three words in the proclamation.
Ask them to read paragraph 6 and underline any other responsibilities a father has.
Make a list on the board of the responsibilities listed in the proclamation.
Sing the first
verse of "Fathers"
Ask the children to listen for six things our fathers do to bless our families
lead our family,
Ask for responses, then bear
testimony that Heavenly Father has given our fathers responsibility for us.
Emphasize that our Heavenly Father is always there, and that we can go to Him in prayer for help and guidance at any time and any place.