Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 21: "Joseph Smith Saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ"

Lesson

Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 21: "Joseph Smith Saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ"

Teaching Thoughts

  • Check out the Joseph Smith Home Page that the Church has put together. There are all kinds of basic facts, pictures, and even a "virtual tour." 
  • Jumbo size your lesson with these handouts from Latter-day Chatter
  • I always recommend reading the First Vision directly from the scriptures (not the whole thing but key verses). It brings the Spirit into the room in a way nothing else can. I know they are young, but they can feel the spirit. 
  • This packet about the First Vision from The Red Headed Hostess contains 7 learning activities and helps. While you may only use 1 or 2 for this age group, it would make great FHE's. 

The following are links to LDS.org resources unless otherwise stated.


Teacher Study

"The Fruits of the First Vision" by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

First Vision Accounts


Music

"An Angel Came to Joseph Smith"- Children's Songbook pg. 86

"The Sacred Grove"- Children's Songbook pg. 87

"Latter-day Prophets"- Children's Songbook pg. 134

"This is My Beloved Son"- Children's Songbook pg. 76

"On a Golden Springtime"- Children's Songbook pg. 88

Videos

Joseph Smith's First Vision (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story

The Restoration (about 20 minutes)- Not one to just sit in watch in nursery but if you had it playing maybe they'd see parts of it or you can watch just a little of it.

Elder Christofferson (about 6 minutes)- Bears his testimony of Joseph Smith and how he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus 

Preparation of Joseph Smith: The First Vision (about 2 minutes)- I'd skip the first 20 seconds


 
 

My Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 21 handout packet includes

  • Sacred Grove coloring page- Have the children draw Joseph Smith and color the trees or draw themselves. Jazz it up with googly eyes and yarn or laminate the sheet and pull out the playdough instead!

Activity Ideas

Scripture Figures- You can use all or just the picture of Joseph Smith and turn them into puppets by attaching a stick.  Then give the kids a one liner to say with it like "I know the gospel is true" or something really simple.

Joseph Smith- Poster- you can use it in your lesson or cut it in pieces and do it as a puzzle together or individually...you can even hide pieces around the classroom for them to find.  You could also embellish it with some creativity- bring some cute up pieces of paper or yarn and glue for grass, cotton balls for clouds, etc.  Kids love gluing things.

2 Houses Where Joseph Lived- Photos of the houses where Joseph lived...fun to look at then the kids can draw their own home or you can cut these pictures and do something else fun (like make a lift the flap activity with pictures of things Joseph Smith restored underneath the flaps).

Prophet Portrait: Joseph Smith- Use to just look at, sing a song about him while holding it, or do the puzzle thing (you could shrink it down and paste it to Popsicle sticks and each child could have their own puzzle to do). 

Joseph Smith and the First Vision- Another poster this one in the grove.  You could bring in leaves and glue them on.

Joseph in the Sacred Grove Hidden Pictures- A trickier hidden pictures.

Joseph Smith Story Wheel- I love these but it would be something you would have to do before hand.  Make one and use it with your lesson. You could turn it into a necklace but put the string through the same hole as the brand so it will still work right.

Joseph Smith- Prophet of the Restoration- Make this scene to tell the story of the first vision

Joseph Smith Finger Scenes- Lots of fun finger puppets to tell the story

Coloring Pages

Joseph Smith Saw and Testified of Jesus Christ

Prophet Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith's First Vision- cutouts to make a scene or puppets