Welcome to February! This month we’ll be talking about Heavenly Father’s plan for us. We’ll learn about why we are here, about how Jesus created the earth, and about how we can follow the plan and return to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Because we’ll be spending an entire month talking about this plan, you may want to reinforce the ideas of progression and following the right path by creating a simple map with your children. Draw a path that begins in the premortal existence, travels to earth, and then continues on to eternal life and exaltation. Throughout the month, as you talk about the plan, you can refer to this map.
If you would like, you can add a picture of each child and have the children move their pictures along the path throughout the month, each time they do something that will bring them closer to Heavenly Father. These actions could include attending church, participating in a lesson, reading scriptures, singing Primary songs, and so on.
Week 1: Heavenly Father has a plan for me.
Depending on the age of the children you are teaching, you can explain the Heavenly Father’s plan in detail or in a more generalized manner. For young children, you can simply explain that we lived with Heavenly Father before we were born and that someday we will return to live with Him again, if we choose the right. Have young children sing “I Lived in Heaven,” and talk about how important it is to follow Heavenly Father’s plan.
Older children may want to know more specifics. You could have them look up the scriptures for each of the terms below and explain in their own words what that term means and why it is an important part of the plan.
Alternatively, you could place all of the scripture references on slips of paper in a bowl and then have each person choose a scripture, look it up, and match it to the correct term.
Premortal Existence – D&C 93:29
The Creation – 2 Nephi 2:13–14
The Fall – Alma 12:22
The Atonement – Alma 34:9
Death, Resurrection, and Judgement – Alma 11:42–44
Three Degrees of Glory – D&C 88:20–32
Discuss these terms together and help the children understand how we can follow God’s plan now and in the future.
Week 2: Jesus Christ created the earth for me.
This week talk about how Jesus created all things. With your children, spend some time reflecting on the beautiful things Christ created for us to enjoy. Weather permitting, you could take a walk outside or look at photographs of nature scenes. You could also talk about how Heavenly Father created our bodies and made each of us unique.
President Uchtdorf has taught us that as children of God, “we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before” (“Happiness, Your Heritage,” October 2008)
Devote some time this week to creativity as a family or a class. Help each child to create something like a piece of art, an invention, or a simple craft project. Your creations don’t need to be perfect. And they won’t all look alike. The point is to enjoy creating things together and to appreciate our Heavenly Father’s creations all around us.
Week 3: Families are central to Heavenly Father’s plan.
This week is a great time to review The Family Proclamation. You may want to watch President Hinckley’s talk together in which he reads the proclamation.
You could also memorize a portion of the Proclamation together. Talk about how important families are to our Heavenly Father and discuss how families can be together forever because of His plan.
Week 4: I will follow God’s plan.
Discuss the difference between Satan’s plan and the plan Jesus and Heavenly Father made for us. Talk about agency and what it means to be able to choose for ourselves. Have the children take turns acting out good and bad choices. Use the following list to give you some ideas, or let the children come up with their own scenarios.
- Good choice: being kind at school
- Bad choice: being irreverent at church
- Good choice: paying tithing
- Bad choice: getting mad at parents
- Good choice: making a new friend
- Bad choice: forgetting to say prayers
- Good choice: working hard on a family project
- Good choice: reading the scriptures
- Good choice: sharing with others
Emphasize the idea that each good choice we make helps us return to Heavenly Father. Remind the children that when we make mistakes, we can repent and that this is also part of our Heavenly Father’s plan.