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(Friend Dec. 2005, suggestion # 4)

 

How do we express our gratitude to the Lord?

 

Invite the children to look up "thanks" or "thanksgiving" in the Topical Guide.

Give them time to look up a reference and choose a verse or simple story to share.

Take a few responses.

 

Teach them that one of the purposes of prayer is to give thanks.

 

In your own words, tell the story of Nephi as he relied on his father and the Liahona to find food and then gave thanks (see 1 Nephi 16:21–32).

 

Have the children find and read 1 Nephi 16:32.

 

Review the four parts of prayer as you sing "I Pray in Faith" (p. 14).

Explain that you can also express gratitude by the way you live or with a song of praise.

 

Choose a number of Primary songs of praise or gratitude and write the names on pieces of paper. Post them on the board print-side down.

 

On strips of paper, write case studies. For example:

 

Put the case studies in a basket and pass it down the row as you sing "I Am Glad for Many Things" (p. 151).

Stop the music and invite a child to choose a paper from the basket, read the case study, and answer the question.

 

They can then either pick one of the papers off the board or invite a friend to choose.

 

Sing the song as an expression of gratitude toward Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Repeat as time permits.

 

Express your gratitude to the Lord and encourage the children to remember the Savior and express their thanks in word and deed.