(Friend Feb. 2005, suggestion # 2)
Teach the principle that making choices is an important part of our life on earth.
Our right to choose is called agency (agency or moral agency—not free agency).
As we use our agency to choose the
right, we are following Jesus Christ and can return to live with Him and
The scriptures will help us choose the right.
On the chalkboard, post a picture of Jesus with a 10-step path leading to Him and a paper child at the other end of the path.
Pass out to each class a paper in the shape of a road sign with one of the following scripture references printed on it:
2 Nephi 32:9;
3 Nephi 12:34;
Have the classes look up the
references and write on the paper the principle we are to obey.
Post the "road signs" so they are visible to the children.
Prepare case studies (see TNGC, pp. 161–62) that require the children to make a decision ~ for example,
"You hear someone talking unkindly about a friend. What do you do?"
"You have saved money for a special game but discover that it costs more than you have. You would have enough money if you didn't pay tithing. What do you do?"
Let the children respond by matching the case study with a scripture road sign, telling what they would do, and moving the paper child along the path toward the picture of Christ.
Sing songs from the "Choice" section of the Children's Songbook (see p. 307).
For younger children:
Substitute simple pictures illustrating the principles taught in the scriptures.
Let them solve the case studies and move the child along the path to Jesus