Monday, December 17, 2007

Obedience and Jonah

So I was looking for a lesson on obedience and I found this one at I liked it and am using it this week. Everything typed in green was the idea from the website. I am adding some things that I liked.

Opening Song: Quickly I'll Obey (Childrens Hymn Book pg. 197)
Closing Song: Pioneer Children were Quick to Obey (Children's Hymn Book pg. 215)
Scripture: Romans 5:19
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Thought: "Obedience to His commandments and a commitment to living a life that demonstrates He can trust you."- Elder Richard G. Scott January 2007 Ensign

Needed: This printout A fastener (or paper clip if fastener isn't available)
Cut out all the shapes on the printout. Place the mouth up to the whale, with the gray part behind. Stick the fastener into the middle of the whale so that the mouth opens and closes.
Lesson:What is obedience?
Read or tell the story of Jonah. Use the printouts to tell the story. (Jonah chapter 1 and 2)
How was Jonah not being obedient?
what did Jonah do to ask forgiveness?
What can we do to be obedient?
Bare your testimony about how we are blessed when we are obedient.

I wanted to tell the story of Jonah in a way that my daughter (23 months old) might understand so I found the church's story board from the Old Testaments Stories I like that they have pictures if I want to print them out.

*Jonah was a prophet of God. God told him to go to a city called Nineveh. The people there were wicked. God told Jonah to tell the people to repent.
Jonah 1:1–2
*Jonah did not obey God. Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh. He did not want to tell the people to repent. He got on a ship. The ship was sailing to another city.
Jonah 1:3
*God sent a bad storm. The wind blew hard. The men on the ship were afraid it would sink.
Jonah 1:4–5
*The captain of the ship went to Jonah. Jonah was sleeping. The captain woke him. He told Jonah to pray and ask God to help them.
Jonah 1:6
*The men thought the storm came because Jonah was on the ship. They wanted the storm to stop. They asked Jonah what they should do.
Jonah 1:7–11
*Jonah told them to throw him into the water. He knew God sent the storm because of him. He had not obeyed God.
Jonah 1:9–12
*The men did not want to throw Jonah into the water. But they knew the storm would stop if they did. So they threw him into the water. The storm stopped.
Jonah 1:13–15
*God sent a big fish. The fish swallowed Jonah. Jonah was in the fish for three days and three nights. Jonah prayed to God. He repented. He said he was sorry he had run away. He promised to obey God.
Jonah 1:17; 2:1–9
*The fish put Jonah out on dry land. Again God told Jonah to go to Nineveh. He said to tell the people to repent.
Jonah 2:10; 3:1–2
*This time Jonah obeyed God. He went to Nineveh. He told the people to repent. If they would not repent, Nineveh would be destroyed.
Jonah 3:3–4
*The people did repent. They stopped being wicked. They fasted and prayed. God did not destroy Nineveh.
Jonah 3:5–10


Hunt Family said...

Thank you ! You just made my Monday night a lot easier.

Becky and Ryan said...

Thank You! I have been looking for a FHE Lesson that involved the story of Jonah!!


AJ said...

Thanks so much for this lesson! Really helped me explain so much better to my kids!