Love One Another

Song: "Love One Another" (Children's Songbook, 136)

Scripture: John 13:34


This principle of love is the basic essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Without love of God and love of neighbor there is little else to commend the gospel to us as a way of life.

(Gordon B. Hinckley, Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1997], p. 317.)


Preparation: Cut a row of large paper dolls. Write "love" on the first arm of the first doll, write "service" on it's other arm. Label the entire row of dolls in this manner.

Line up a row of dominoes. Let a child come and push the first domino down. It will knock the rest of the row over too. Explain that even though the first domino was the only one that was touched, it pushed the second one over, which knocked the third one down. It continued this way until the entire row fell.

Display the row of paper dolls. Explain that love and service work similarly to the dominoes. Liken the paper dolls to ourselves. As we learn about Jesus we grow to love him. We begin to feel so much love that we show it by helping, or serving, someone else. That person feels the love that your service brought to them, and their love becomes so great that they in turn serve another.

(Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson, Sharing Time, Family Time, Anytime, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1992], p. 92.)


Play "Guess Who Loves Me." The person who is "it" thinks of something that someone in the family has done for him that showed love for him. The rest of the family tries to guess who did it. The one who guesses is "it" next time.

(Alma Heaton, The LDS Game Book, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1968], p. 57.)


Drop Doughnuts

2 eggs

1/3-cup sugar

2 T. melted shortening

1/3-cup milk

2 cups flour, stirred and measured

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Beat eggs until very light. Add sugar, melted shortening and milk. Add dry ingredients, which have been sifted together. Mix well. Drop by teaspoonfuls into deep hot oil (375 degrees). Fry on all sides until golden brown. Drain on brown paper; sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. (Winnifred C. Jardine, Country Cooking, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1980] p. 47.)

Comments and feedback can be sent to