I will study the scriptures
Friend March. 2007, suggestion #  2 - older children

Bring a dictionary, some Bibles, and a hymnbook. Tell the children that they are going to use the books to study the scriptures.

Explain that when we study the scriptures, we do more than just read them.

Ask the children to look up James 1:5.

Divide the Primary into groups.

  1. Give one group a dictionary, and ask them to look up the difficult words such as liberally and upbraid.
  2. Have another group use the Topical Guide, Bible Dictionary, or Guide to the Scriptures to look up revelation and find out ways that Heavenly Father answers prayers.
  3. Another group could use the Bible Dictionary to find out who James was.
  4. Another group could look up Joseph Smith—History 1:11, a footnoted scripture in James 1:5, to find out why this scripture is so important.
  5. Have a teacher show a group how to use the scripture index in the back of the hymnbook (pp. 410–14); have them find a song that relates to James 1:5.

Have each group report on what the group learned. Joseph Smith read this scripture, and it prompted him to pray. Tell the children that Heavenly Father will answer our prayers too.

For younger children: Help the children memorize the poem "I Will Follow Jesus Christ," with actions in the second part:

Jesus Christ was baptized,
and I'll be baptized, too.
I'll follow His example.
That's what I want to do.
I'll follow in His footsteps. [walk in place]
I'll study [put hands together to form a book], and I'll pray [fold arms].
I'll try to be more loving [hand on heart]
each and every day.
(Elizabeth Giles, Friend, May 1999, 24)

Explain that our prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley, also teaches us to pray. Sing a song he wrote, "Don't Ever Forget to Pray" (Friend, Apr. 2006, 11). Bear testimony of the blessings that come through prayer and scripture study.