Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Gospel Principles Study for Young Children, Intro and Lessons 1-10


Note that at this time, this is a semi-finished draft.  This study is an update of a study plan made by Michelle Duker, being updated to use the current Gospel Principles manual, as well as give picture references to the Gospel Art Book.

At this time, I haven't checked things like page numbers in other resources, or looked for newer Friend Articles, or done searches for other resources.

Note that older children could look up more of the Scripture References in the lessons, including the Additional Scriptures.


Gospel Principles Study Guide for Young Children
by Michelle Duker
updated by Heather Stovold

Original Introduction:

General Information
This study is for young children using the Gospel Principles manual published by the Church. The lessons are broken down into daily segments and augmented with songs, scriptures and memory suggestions, pictures, and materials from the Friend magazine. A few of the lessons are less appropriate for young children, and I've left them completely open or less structured to allow for easy adapting to family needs, or omission, as the parent sees fit.

A typical weekly plan involves some reading and discussion each day of the week, with Fridays usually spent in review or reading supplementary material from the Friend. For each weekly lesson, I list a suggested memory verse approximately every two weeks, pictures from the Gospel Art Picture Kit which may enhance the lesson, and stories from the various Scripture Readers published by the Church which relate to that week's theme.

Each day I have subject headings from the Gospel Principles manual to read for that day, suggested scriptures to look up, a song to sing from the Children's Songbook, and on Fridays a list of suggested resources from the Friend magazine.
~~Michelle Duker~~

Updated Introduction:

I located the original study plan at the School of Abraham at this location : http://www.schoolofabraham.com/gospelprinciples.htm

As the gospel principles manual has been recently updated, and the Gospel Art Kit is no longer sold by the church (although is available online), I talked to Michelle (who happened to be on an online group to which I belong, and started the process of updating this great resource to use with my family.  Michelle did tell me that she used her study plan a number of times with her family - when they needed a refresher or a younger child was now old enough to benefit by it.

Suggested resources - available from the church, or available online
[Note that web links may change, but the church will probably keep these available somewhere on the site. In fact some of these resources are in more than one location at this time.]

Note that it is my opinion that it is usually nicer to have the resources on hand, but it is great that they are available online.

Gospel Art Picture Kit [no longer sold](http://lds.org/hf/art/0,16812,4218-1,00.html)

The Scripture Stories books:
            Old Testament Stories (http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,8900-1-4473-5,00.html)
            New Testament Stories (http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,8898-1-4473-4,00.html)
            Book of Mormon Stories (http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,8187-1-4473-2,00.html)
            Doctrine and Covenants Stories (http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,8897-1-4473-3,00.html)
  

Scriptures for each reading child (http://lds.org/scriptures?lang=eng)
  
Legend:
GAPK: Gospel Art Picture Kit
GAB: Gospel Art Book

CS: Children's Songbook
FR: The Friend Magazine 

NTS: New Testament Stories
OTS: Old Testament Stories
BMS: Book of Mormon Stories
D&CS: Doctrine and Covenants Stories

IFC: Inside Front Cover
IBC: Inside Back Cover


Lesson 1: Our Father in Heaven

Memorize: Article of Faith 1
GAPK: #403 OR GAB 90   (First Vision)

Monday:

There is a God - 1st paragraph only  [Alma, a Book of ....], pg 5
CS: I am a Child of God, pg 1
Alma 30:44

Tuesday:

There is a God - finish the section, pg 5-6
CS: I Lived in Heaven, pg 4
Mosiah 4:9 

Wednesday:

The Nature of God, pg 6
CS: I Know My Father Lives, pg 5
D&C 88:41-44

Thursday:

Coming to Know God, pg 6-7
CS: I Am a Child of God, pg 1

Friday:

FR:
- Sharing Time: The Godhead, Feb 1995, pg 36
- Sharing Time: My Heavenly Father Loves Me, Jan 1996, pg 12
CS: I Need My Heavenly Father, pg 18


Lesson 2: Our Heavenly Family

Memorize: Article of Faith 1

Monday:

We are Children of our Heavenly Father, pg 9
CS: I Am a Child of God ,pg 1
Hebrews 12:9

Tuesday:

We Developed Personalities and Talents While we Lived in Heaven, pg 9-10
CS: Can a Little Child Like Me , pg 9
Alma 13:1-3

Wednesday:

Our Heavenly Father Presented a Plan for Us to Become Like Him - first paragraph [Our Heavenly Father knew we...] , pg 10-11
CS: I Know my Father Lives , pg 5
Moses 1:39

Thursday:

Our Heavenly Father Presented a Plan for Us to Become Like Him - finish section, pg 11
CS: I Lived in Heaven, pg 4

Friday:

NTS: Before the New Testament, pg 7
CS: I Need My Heavenly Father, pg 18


Lesson 3: Jesus Christ, Our Chosen Leader and Savior

Memorize: John 3:16
GAPK: #236 OR GAB 62 (The Ascension of Christ)
GAPK: #237 OR GAB 65 (Jesus at the Door)
GAPK: #239 OR GAB 66 (The Resurrected Christ)
GAPK: #240 (Jesus the Christ) OR GAB 1 (Jesus Christ) [different pictures]

Monday:

A Savior and Leader was Needed, pg 13-15
CS: I Lived in Heaven ,pg 4
Abraham 3:27
Moses 4:2

Tuesday:

Jesus Christ Became Our Chosen Leader and Savior, pg 15
CS: He Died That We Might Live Again, pg 65
Ether 3:14

 Wednesday:

The War in Heaven, pg 15-16
CS: I Lived in Heaven, pg 4
D&C 76:24-29 

Thursday:

We Have the Savior's Teachings to Follow, pg 16
CS: He Sent His Son, pg 34
3 Nephi 27:13-20

Friday:

FR:
- Sharing Time, Feb 1999, pg 46
- The Great Council in Heaven, Jan 1983, pg 48
- Sharing Time, The Plan of Salvation Offers Me Peace, Mar 1994, pg 14
CS: I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus, pg 78



Lesson 4: Freedom to Choose

Memorize: John 3:16

Monday:

Agency is an Eternal Principle, pg 17
CS: Choose the Right Way, pg 160
Moses 3:17
2 Nephi 2:27

Tuesday:

Agency is a Necessary Part of the Plan of Salvation, pg 17-19
CS: I Will Follow God's Plan, pg 164
Abraham 3:25 

Wednesday:

Agency Requires That There Be a Choice, pg 19-21
CS: Keep the Commandments, pg 146
2 Nephi 2:11

Thursday:

FR: Agency and Choosing the Right, Jan 1997, IFC
CS: I Will Follow God's Plan, pg 164

Friday:

FR: Path to Follow, Jan 1997, pg 36
CS: Keep the Commandments, pg 146



Lesson 5: The Creation

Memorize: Article of Faith 2
GAPK: #100 (Creation - Living Creatures) OR GAB 2 (The Lord Created All Things)
GAPK: #600 (The World) OR GAB 3 (The Earth) [same picture, different titles]

Monday:

God's Plan for Us; Jesus Created the Earth, pg 23
CS: The World is So Big, pg 235
Moses 1:33

Tuesday:

Carrying Out the Creation, pg 23-24
CS: My Heavenly Father Loves Me, pg 228
OTS: Jesus Makes the Earth pg 9

Wednesday:

God Shows His Love, pg 24-25
CS: All Things Bright and Beautiful, pg 231
D&C 58:18-19

Thursday:

FR:
- God's Love for His Children, April 1989, IFC
- Who Made the Birds That Fly, Feb 1999, pg 18
CS: I Think the World is Glorious, pg 230

Friday:

Review / Nature Study Day / "Catch-up" Day
CS: God is Watching Over All, pg 229



Lesson 6: The Fall of Adam and Eve

Memorize: Article of Faith 2
GAPK: #101 (Adam and Eve) OR GAB 4 (Adam and Eve Kneeling at an Altar)
GAPK: #119 OR GAB 5 (Adam and Eve Teaching Their Children)

Monday:

Adam and Eve Were the First to Come to Earth, pg 27
CS:  I Lived in Heaven, pg 4

Tuesday:

The Garden of Eden, pg 28
CS: I Will Follow God's Plan , pg 164
Moses 2:28

Wednesday:

Adam and Eve's Separation from God, pg 28-29
CS: Faith, pg 96
Moses 5:1-5

Thursday:

Great Blessings Resulted from the Transgression, pg 29-30
CS: I Lived in Heaven, pg 4

Friday:

OTS: Adam and Eve, pg 15
FR: And Not for Adam's Transgression, Feb 1996, pg 38
CS: I'm Thankful to Be Me, pg 11

Lesson 7: The Holy Ghost

Memorize: D&C 112:10
GAPK: #602 OR GAB 105 (Gift of the Holy Ghost) [different pictures, same title]

Monday:

The Holy Ghost Came to Adam and Eve, pg 31-32
CS: The Still Small Voice, pg 106
Moses 5:9-11

Tuesday:

Attributes of the Holy Ghost, pg 32
CS: The Still Small Voice, pg 106
D&C 130:22 

Wednesday:

The Mission of the Holy Ghost - first 1/2 (just to top of page 33), pg 32-33
CS: The Holy Ghost, pg 105
3 Nephi 28:11

Thursday:

The Mission of the Holy Ghost - finish, pg 33
CS: The Holy Ghost, pg 105

Friday:

FR:
- The Holy Ghost, Nov 1974, IBC
- Sharing Time: One of God's Greatest Gifts, Jun 2000, pg 37
- Silent Message, Nov 1996, p 8
CS: Listen, Listen, pg 107


Lesson 8: Praying to Our Heavenly Father

Memorize:  D&C 112:10
GAPK: #605 OR GAB 111 (Young Boy Praying) [different picture, same title]
GAPK: #606 OR GAB 112 (Family Prayer) [different picture, same title]

Monday:

What is Prayer, Why Do We Pray?, pg 35-36
CS: A Child's Prayer, pg 12
3 Nephi 18:19

Tuesday:

When Should we Pray?, pg 36-37
CS: A Child's Prayer, pg 12
Alma 34:27 

Wednesday:

How Should We Pray?, pg 37
CS: A Prayer Song, pg 22
Moroni 10:4

Thursday:

How Are Prayers Answered?, pg 37-38
CS: I Pray in Faith, pg 14
D&C 112:10

Friday:

FR:
- Take Time to Pray, Sep 1973, pg 9
- Prayers Can Be Smothered by Blankets, Nov 1987, pg 42
- "Prayer" Funstuff, Nov 1984, pg 26
- Kelly's Prayer, Jun 1997, pg 18
- Friend to Friend: The Miracle of Prayer, Jun 1974, pg 8
- Who Needs My Prayer?, Aug 1996, pg 38
- My Father and Prayer, Jun 1975, IFC

Lesson 9: Prophets of God


Memorize: Amos 3:7
Your Choice from list below, or other appropriate pictures of prophets:
GAPK: #101 OR GAB 4 - Adam
GAPK: #103 OR GAB 8 - Noah
GAPK: #105 OR GAB 9 - Abraham
GAPK: #107 OR GAB 13 -Moses
GAPK: #111 OR GAB 18 - Samuel
GAPK: #113 OR GAB 22 - Isaiah
GAPK: #117 OR GAB 26 - Daniel
GAPK: #120 OR GAB 6 - Enoch
GAPK: #207 -John
GAPK: #300 OR GAB 67 - Lehi
GAPK: #303 OR GAB 70 -Nephi
GAPK: #306 -Mormon   OR GAB 86 -Moroni
GAPK: #506 (Latter-Day Prophets) OR GAB 122-137 (Indiv. Latter-Day Prophets)
GAB 137 (Thomas S. Monson) [or picture of current prophet]

Monday:

Prophets Are God's Representatives on the Earth, pg 39
CS:  Follow the Prophet, pg 110
Amos 3:7

Tuesday:

Through the Ages God Has Called Prophets to Lead Mankind, pg 41
We Have a Living Prophet on the Earth Today, pg 41-42
CS: Latter-Day Prophets, pg 134

Wednesday:

We Should Sustain the Lord's Prophet, pg 42
CS:  Follow the Prophet, pg 110
D&C 21:4-5

Thursday:

Great Blessings Follow Obedience to the Prophet, pg 43
CS: Latter-Day Prophets, pg 134
D&C 21:6

Friday:

FR: - Funstuff: Prophet Puzzle, Jan 1997, pg 14
- Testimonies of the Latter-Day Prophets, Oct 1991, pg 38
- Finding Safety in Counsel, Aug 1998 IFC

Lesson 10: Scriptures

Memorize: Article of Faith 8
GAPK: #617 (Search the Scriptures) 
GAPK: #416 OR GAB 92 (Joseph Smith Translating the Book of Mormon)
GAPK: #325 (The Gold Plates) OR GAB 86 (Moroni Burying the Gold Plates) [different picture]
GAPK: #326 (The Bible and the Book of Mormon: Two Witnesses)

Monday:

The Scriptures are Available to Us Today (- Bible, Book of Mormon), pg 45-47
CS: Search, Ponder and Pray , pg 109
2 Nephi 29:11

Tuesday:

The Scriptures are Available to Us Today (- D&C, Pearl of Great Price), pg 47-48
CS: Search, Ponder and Pray , pg 109
D&C 1:37 

Wednesday:

Words of Our Living Prophets, pg 48
CS: Seek the Lord Early, pg 108
D&C :68:4
Article of Faith 9

Thursday:

Studying the Scriptures, pg 48-49
CS: A Young Man Prepared, pg 166

Friday:

FR:
- Sharing Time: Scripture Scholars, Feb 1990, pg 43
- "Press Forward, Saints", Jan 2000, pg 29



2 comments:

  1. Thanks, Heather, for putting the time in to do this! I'm excited to start tomorrow. I've also been wanting to brush up on my Chinese by reading the Gospel Principles manual in Chinese. It seemed too overwhelming before but I think I could do it at this pace.

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  2. I am glad that it will be helpful for you.

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