Jesus Christ will come again
(Friend Dec. 2004, suggestion # 4)

To help the children understand how we can be spiritually prepared for Jesus to come again, copy and cut out enough oil lamps for each child and five or six extra ones (see Primary 7 manual, p. 86).

Show a picture of the Second Coming (GAK 238).
When Jesus died and was resurrected, He promised that He would come again.

  • Have you ever wondered what that will be like? Jesus has not told us when He will come, but the scriptures tell us that it will be a glorious event. He will be our King and Ruler. It will be a heavenly, happy time for us if we are prepared to meet Him.

Because Jesus wanted us to know how important it is to be prepared, He told us a parable, or story, of the ten virgins.

Teach the children the parable (see Matthew 25:1–13), and help them to understand that this parable likens the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, which is when the Savior will return to earth to rule during the Millennium, to a wedding (see Primary 7 manual, p. 84).

  • How can we prepare for the Savior's coming? President Spencer W. Kimball taught: "In our lives the oil of preparedness is accumulated drop by drop in righteous living" (Faith Precedes the Miracle, 256).

As you pass out the extra paper lamps randomly among the children, ask them to think of things they can do to add oil to their lamps.

Sing "When He Comes Again" (pp. 82–83), and have the children pass the lamps back and forth. When the music stops, the children holding lamps should tell or act out a way they can prepare. Sing and repeat.

Pass out a paper lamp to each child. Let them draw or write on the lamps what they will do to prepare for the Savior's Second Coming and take them home to share with their family