The Articles Of Faith
Objective: Familiarize children with the Articles of Faith.
Opening Song: The First Article of Faith, page 122, Children's song book
Scripture: "...and they that believe in him shall be saved." 2 Nep 2:9
Lesson Intro: Has anyone ever heard of the Articles of Faith? Can you tell me what they are? They were written by Joseph Smith, and are some of the things that we believe in as member's of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Song: The Second Article of Faith, page 122, Children's Songbook
Story: When Joseph Smith was the prophet of our church, a man named Mr. John Wentworth who was the Editor of the Chicago Democrat newspaper asked him to write a letter for him about our church. This is what the letter that Joseph Smith wrote him was like. (Read letter, and display picture of Joseph) At the end of his letter Joseph Smith wrote the Articles of Faith, and that is how the Articles of Faith came to be.
Activity: To introduce and familiarize children with the A of F show them each of the enclosed game card pictures, read the paraphrase on the back of each one, and make sure they understand why the picture goes with that paraphrase. After explaining each picture let the children hold them, and at the end review them.
Game: Place all picture cards on the floor next to the game board. Using the A of F card read the A of F in any order. The first child to guess which picture goes with the A of F read raises his/her hand and gets to pick up that picture and put it on the board in the proper place.
Closing Song: The Third Article of Faith, page 123, Children's Songbook
Continuing the A of F lesson.
7 March 1842
At the request of Mr. Wentworth, I have written the following sketch of the rise, progress, persecution, and faith of the Latter-day Saints, of which I have the honor under God, of being the founder. Mr Wentworth says that he wishes to furnish Mr. Bastow, a friend of his, who is writing the history of New Hampshire, with this document.
When I was fourteen I began to ponder religion. I knew that all the churches couldn't be right, so I went to a grove of trees, and asked God which church was true. He told me that none of them were, and that in the future I would know the fullness of the gospel. A few years later an angel came and told me about the gold plates, and that I would be the one to translate them and bring the gospel back to the earth.
On the 6th of April, 1830, the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" was first organized. We as members of the church were treated very badly by people that didn't believe the same way we did. We were driven from county to county, and state to state, and many of our people were sick and dying. We arrived in Illinois in 1839, where we began to build Nauvoo, "our city beautiful".
Our missionaries are going forth to different nations, and the Standard of Truth has been erected; no unshallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may raise, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every climb, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purpose of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done. (the articles of faith follow this)
The cards mentioned in the game are small cards about 3X3''. The pictures areas follows:
1 - 3 men's faces
2 - apple with Adam written on it
3 - cross with Atonement written on it
4 . a number 4
5 - hands
6 - church
7 - present
8 - scriptures
9 - light bulb with Reveal written on it
10-indian headband with Ten Tribes written on it
11-a person kneeling
12-crown with Kings written on it
13-scroll with honest, true, chaste, benevolent written on it
On the back of each card is written:
1 - We believe in God, his son Jesus and the Holy Ghost
2 - We believe that we will be punished for the things that we do wrong, like Adam was when he ate the fruit H.F. told him not to.
3 - We believe that we can be saved because Jesus died for us, but we have to do what he tells us.
4 - We believe that 4 important parts of the gospel are Faith, Repentance, Baptism, and receiving the Holy Ghost.
5 - We believe that people must be called of God by prophesy and the laying on of hands.
6 - We believe that our church is like Jesus' church long ago.
7 - We believe that H.F. has given us many gifts.
8 - We believe that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are words from God.
9 - We believe that God has told or revealed many important things to us, and will tell us more.
10-We believe that the 10 tribes of Israel will be gathered, and that Christ will lead us on this earth someday.
11-We believe that all people can believe that all people can believe and pray the way that they want to.
12-We believe in keeping rules and laws, and doing what our Kings and leaders tell us.
13-We believe in being honest and true