h3. Preparation: Cut out a large basic paper doll shape. Cut it into parts (a body, a head, arms, and legs). Cut out some eyes, a mouth, and a heart that can be added to the paper doll. Write the corresponding song or scripture (see below) to the back of each piece. Place the pieces on a table at the front of the room. Have magnets or tape available to post these pieces on the board.
Ask all the children with a certain characteristic (such
as brown hair or blue eyes) to stand up. Tell them that this
characteristic is something we inherit from our parents. Have the
children sit down and choose a different characteristic (tall, or curly
hair, etc.). Have these children stand up. Again, briefly explain that
this is something we inherit from our parents. Choose one more
characteristic (has a funny laugh, or a good sense of humor, or is good
at art or sports, etc.) and have these children stand up. Explain that
we are often like our parents, that we have inherited their
Tell the children that we also have inherited traits from our Heavenly
Father. Show the children the paper doll pieces on the table. Ask them
to help you put the paper doll together as you learn about some of the
things we have inherited from God. Ask a child to come select a piece
of the paper doll, read what is on the back, and post it on the board.
If it is a scripture, have the children look it up and read it together
(or have the younger children repeat it after you). If it is a song,
have everyone sing it. Briefly discuss what trait that piece
*Body:* Scripture--Moses 2:27 "And I, God, created man in mine own image."
Heavenly Father made us look like Him. We don't look like elephants or
dogs or fish, we look like Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
*Head:* Song--"I Am a Child of God," Children's Songbook, 2. We are
literal children of God. He created our spirit before we lived on
earth. The knowledge that we are children of God provides us with
strength, comfort, and hope. (See True to the Faith, p. 74.)
*Eyes:* Scripture--Matthew 13:16 "But blessed are your eyes, for they see;
and your ears, for they hear." Heavenly Father blessed us with eyes,
ears, and other senses. We can use these senses to study the scriptures
and learn more about Him. When we learn more about our Father in
Heaven, we can become more like Him. (See True to the Faith, p. 76.)
*Mouth:* Song--"Love Is Spoken Here," Children's Songbook, 190. Our Father
in Heaven has blessed us with a wonderful family, who can teach us more
about Him. We can feel closer to Heavenly Father when we pray, obey our
parents, and speak kindly to one another.
*Legs:* Scripture--Psalms 82:6 "Ye are gods; and all of you are children
of the most High." Our Heavenly Father is a God of strength and
knowledge and power. He has given us a plan so that we can return and
live with Him eternally. (See True to the Faith, p. 74-5.)
*Arms:* Song--"I Have Two Little Hands," Children's Songbook, 272 or "My
Hands," Children's Songbook, 273. God gave us our hands. We know that
Jesus used his hands to help and heal others, we can also use our hands
to do kind things for one another.
*Heart:* Scripture--John 13:34 "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye
love one another; as I have loved you." Our Heavenly Father loves us
very much. He has given us the ability to love others and to love Him.
After you have completed putting together the paper doll, bear your
testimony that we truly are children of our Father in Heaven, that we
have inherited from him divine qualities, and that we can return to
live with Him again.