This lesson preparation is simple…all you need is a Bible turned to Luke 15 and some cotton balls! The lesson teaches of individual worth.
Objectives: To teach children that– 1) the Savior will help them and 2) we all can be the helpers the Savior sends out to bless others.
Readiness: Before the start of the lesson, put a pile of cotton balls in the middle of the floor and then hide a few cotton balls around the room. To begin the lesson, have the children go find the missing cotton balls. Tell them how many there are to find. (Hence, you are finding sheep and bringing them back to the fold.)
Lesson: Read, watch, or tell the story of the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:2-7). Here are some resources from churchofjesuschrist.org:
2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
Discuss the story with your children. Ask them questions. Make sure to help the children see that sometimes we are the lost sheep and sometimes we are the one Jesus has sent out to find the lost sheep.
Talk about ways your family can help people who are “lost”.
(The photo is this post is from pixabay.com and the videos are from lds.org)