The Church of Jesus Christ has been restored
CSMP-booklet 2011 pg. 10

Identify the doctrine (learning an article of faith):
Before Primary, write the sixth article of faith on the board.
Ask the children to close their eyes.
Tell them that after Jesus Christ died, the people became wicked and His gospel and priesthood were taken from the earth. Explain that this was called the Apostasy, and the people were in spiritual darkness—like having their eyes closed spiritually — until Jesus restored His Church through Joseph Smith.
Hold up a picture of the First Vision, and tell the children to open their eyes.

Help the children memorize the sixth article of faith by having them read it out loud together.
Erase several words, and repeat until all of the words have been erased and the children have memorized the article of faith.

Encourage understanding (playing a matching game):
Make wordstrips for each of the duties in the chart shown below. Write the titles of the offices on the board as shown, and leave a blank column in the middle to represent the duties.
Divide the children into fi ve groups, and give each group one of the “Duties” wordstrips. Invite each group to place their wordstrip in the correct place on the board. Point out that the restored Church has the same kinds of leaders as the Church when Jesus Christ was on the earth.


Title in the primitive church Duties Title in the restored church
Apostles Be a speciel witness of Jesus Christ Apostles
Prophet Speak the will of Heavenly Father Prophet
Pastor Lead a samll group of Saints Bishop
Teacher Teach the gospel Teacher
Evangelist Give special blessings Patriarch