Sunday, February 1, 2009

Object Lesson

I subbed for the Primary at the last minute for Emilee and the lesson was Joseph Smith receives the plates.  The message was if you're obedient, you are blessed, but I got my idea from when Angel Moroni showed Joseph the plates, but then he had to wait 4 years to take the plates from Hill Cumorah - so I let the girls each open the lid to their own treasure (chocolates) but didn't let them take them home with them.  They had to give the chocolates back to me.  Based on their reaction, I'd say it was effective ;)
I made 6 chocolates for each of them and labeled them appropriately to what Joseph Smith saw in the buried box on Hill Cumorah:

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Cailean said...

AHHH!!! That is the most creative thing! What a great idea. I will mention this some of our Primary teachers. I bet those kids will always remember that lesson!

Anonymous said...

I came across your blog from trying to find ideas for my lesson next sunday. This is a cute idea but you made a little mistake... It was the gold plates that were buried at the Hill Cumorah, not the brass plates. The gold plates was translated to become the Book of Mormon. The brass plates were what Nephi had to get from Laban and contained some of what we have in the Bible.

Primary Teacher said...

Oops anonymous - you are the one who goofed. Here is the info of what was included:

The Plates of Nephi, which were of two kinds: the Small Plates and the Large Plates. The former were more particularly devoted to the spiritual matters and the ministry and teachings of the prophets, while the latter were occupied mostly by a secular history of the peoples concerned (1 Nephi 9:2–4). From the time of Mosiah, however, the large plates also included items of major spiritual importance.
The Plates of Mormon, which consist of an abridgment by Mormon from the Large Plates of Nephi, with many commentaries. These plates also contained a continuation of the history by Mormon and additions by his son Moroni.
The Plates of Ether, which present a history of the Jaredites. This record was abridged by Moroni, who inserted comments of his own and incorporated the record with the general history under the title “Book of Ether.”
The Plates of Brass brought by the people of Lehi from Jerusalem in 600 B.C. These contained “the five books of Moses, … And also a record of the Jews from the beginning, … down to the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah; And also the prophecies of the holy prophets” (1 Nephi 5:11–13). Many quotations from these plates, citing Isaiah and other biblical and nonbiblical prophets, appear in the Book of Mormon.

Pam said...

I think it is wise of us, as teachers, to consider the age of these children. We should also confine ourselves to the lesson material. The scriptures, as we use them in this lesson, only refer to what was found in the "box" on Hill Cumorah, which were: the (gold)plates, the Urim and Thummim, and the breastplate. I don't believe we should be introducing "other" historical accounts.