Joseph Smith

Song: "The Golden Plates" (Children's Songbook, p. 86.)

Scripture: D&C 124:1

Quote:

To each true believer there must ultimately and finally come a conviction that Joseph Smith was a revealer of truth, a prophet of God. Each must be convinced that God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ did appear to Joseph Smith and did commission him to reestablish the church of Christ upon the face of the earth.

(James E. Faust,"The Expanding Inheritance from Joseph Smith," Ensign, Nov. 1981, 75)

Lesson:

The following is a list of titles the Lord gave Joseph Smith. Show each word to your family and have them find that word and underline it in D&C 21:1.

Prophet

Seer

Apostle

Elder

Translator

Discuss what each word means, then ask how Joseph Smith acted in that specific role (of apostle, prophet, elder, and so on). Bear your testimony that the president of the Church holds all the keys of God's power that have been restored to the earth at this time.

(Dennis H. Leavitt and Richard O. Christensen, Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The Doctrine and Covenants, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2004], p. 43.)

Activity:

Joseph loved to wrestle. Have family members participate in one or both of the following wrestling matches.

Indian Arm Wrestling

1. Have two people sit down and face each other across a small table. make sure the opponents are not too different in size.

2. Both then place their right elbows side-by-side on the table and grip each other's right hands. The left hands must be placed on the table and must not grasp anything.

3. When the players are in position, give the command to start. The wrestlers try to touch their opponent's hand against the table without lifting their elbows.

Indian Leg Wrestling

1. Have two people lie on their backs side-by-side with their heads in opposite directions. You may prefer to have a pad or rug underneath.

2. Count to three slowly. On the count of one and two, both people raise their inside legs straight up. The two heels should meet when both legs are straight. On the count of three, the wrestlers lock legs and try to flip the other person over. The person who flips over first is the loser.

(George and Jeane Chipman, Games! Games! Games! , [Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain, 1983], p. 83-4.)

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