The Creation

Song:

"My Heavenly Father Loves Me," Children's Songbook, p. 228

Scripture: Moses 2:31

Quote:

I testify that God lives! Jesus is the Christ and Creator! He is Lord over all the earth. As beneficiaries of the divine Creation, what shall we do? We should care for the earth, be wise stewards over it, and preserve it for future generations.

(Russell M. Nelson, "The Creation," Ensign, May 2000, 84

Lesson:

Take a "click-style" ball-point pen apart (top, bottom, ink cylinder, and spring) and show all the little parts that make it work.

Ask: Do you think that these parts could put themselves together to form a pen? Put them in a paper sack and have two or three family members shake the sack and see if the pen reassembles itself.

Explain that the world and our bodies are much more complicated than the pen. They could not have been created by chance. There must have been a creator, and he is our Heavenly Father.

(Alma Heaton, Tools for Teaching, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1979], p. 10.)

Activity:

Give some modeling clay or salt dough to each family member. Assign one to shape a sun; another, a moon; one, the earth; and the rest, stars. Place the creations where all can see them. (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. 187.)

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