Using pushpins, a bulletin board, and brightly colored yarn, write the
word wrong at the front of the room, using yarn to create each
Tell the children that when they repent they turn
wrong into right.
Ask the children to help you turn the word wrong
into right by figuring out what they could do to repent.
Use three case studies (see "Case
Studies," TNGC, 161–62) to give situations where children
need to repent.
After the first case study, have a child remove the w and form
it into a t.
Fourth Article of Faith" (p. 124), and
explain that repentance is the second principle of the gospel.
After the second case study, have a child make the n into an
After the third case study, have a child shape the o into an
i without the dot.
Me, Dear Father" (p. 99), and
explain that we need to forgive others who repent. Use a sticker to put
a dot above the i. Put a dot on each child's right hand, and
explain that it is to help them remember to choose the right and to turn
wrong into right. Put the letters in order on the board. Recite from My
Gospel Standards, "I will choose the right. I know I can repent when I
make a mistake."
Bear your testimony of repentance and of the
Atonement of Jesus Christ.
For younger children:
Help the children memorize the poem written by President Boyd K. Packer,
Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Add actions as appropriate. President Packer said: "I give you my
testimony that the Atonement of Christ can bless your life. I once tried
to express in writing what it means to me":
If we could only understand
All we have heard and seen,
We'd know there is no greater gift
Than those two words—"Washed clean!"
Apr. 1999, inside front cover; see also "Washed
Clean," Ensign, May 1997, 11)