Toddler-Friendly Scripture Study: Chapter 3


Chapter 3: Lehi Leaves Jerusalem
If you haven't read my initial post, read it here. It explains the scripture study plan in a little more detail and gives more information for how to teach it. 

Song: Keep the Commandments, p. 146

Keep the commandments, keep the commandments!
In this there is safety; in this there is peace.
He will send blessings; He will sending blessings.
Words of a prophet: Keep the commandments.
In this there is safety and peace.

Teaching idea: Move your hands/arms to the music like the waves of the ocean, with palms down, arms rocking back and forth. As the song gets quieter/ louder the waves get smaller/higher. Watch first few seconds of this video.

Dramatization: God spoke to Lehi in a dream (pretend to be asleep). He told him to leave Jerusalem with his family (wake up). Lehi had a wife, Sariah, and four sons, Laman, Lemuel, Sam and Nephi (hold up four fingers and point to each as you say names of sons). Lehi’s family packed up food and tents and traveled into the wilderness (pretend to pack up a bag and begin walking). Laman and Lemuel thought their dad was foolish (make grumpy face and fold arms). They did not believe Lehi (shake head, “no”). They did not want to leave their home and money. Nephi wanted to understand what Lehi saw in his dream. He prayed to God (kneel down and fold arms). Jesus came and visited Nephi. He told Nephi that what his dad said was true. Nephi believed (nod head). The Lord said he would bless Nephi because of his faith.

Art/Craft: There are free activity books here that go along with a variety of scripture stories. You just need to create a free account (super easy). For this chapter, I downloaded the “Nephi and the Brass Plates” book and used pages 7, 9 and 10.

1. Preview the chapter with a picture walk. (Explanation found here.)

2. Read through the story. Ask questions and take time to look at the pictures as you read. Take as many days as needed to read the whole chapter.  End by listening to/singing the song. (Teach how to move arms like waves.)

3.  Have child color one of the coloring pages quietly while you read sections of the story from the actual scriptures. Find the passages you feel are most important to share and highlight them beforehand for an easier read. If needed, summarize between passages to make up for any disconnect. Take as many days as needed to read through the passages. End by listening to/singing the song.
Passages: 1 Nephi 2
            2 – whole verse
            4 – whole verse
            5 – “…and he did travel…Laman, Lemuel and Sam.”
            6 – whole verse
            7 – whole verse
            8 – “And it came… the river Laman”
            9 – whole verse
            10 – whole verse
            11 – “Now this he spake… against their father”
            12 – “…And they did murmur… had created them.”
            13 – “Neither did they… of the prophets.”
            16 – whole verse
            17 – “And I spake unto Sam”, “And it came to pass that he believed in my words”
            18 – whole verse
            19 – whole verse
            20 – whole verse
            22 – whole verse

4. Dramatization: act out the chapter as outlined. Then, while they color another coloring page, read a few of your favorite verses from the scripture passages. 

5. Watch the scripture story video for this chapter. Then act out the chapter with your child.

6. Have child act out dramatization on his/her own while you read the outline (try having older toddler do it without any help). Ask what their favorite part of the story was. Read 1 Nephi 2:20, first sentence: “And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise.” Share your testimony about how we can be blessed when we obey and keep the commandments, like Lehi and Nephi. End by singing the song.

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