I love Primary. It’s my favorite place to serve in the Church, and if I had my way I’d serve there for the rest of my life. This month’s Sharing Time theme is “‘The Family: A Proclamation to the World’ Came from God to Help My Family.” Looking through the October lesson plans in the 2014 outline, week 2 caught my eye: “Marriage between a man and a woman is essential to God’s plan.” The topic — the importance of marriage — is one that matters a lot to me. I thought that the suggested lesson plan could do more to make the material applicable and memorable for all children. So just for fun, I put together a supplementary lesson plan that covers the same topics, but — I hope! — makes it more relevant for more kinds of families. Enjoy!
Week 2: Marriage is essential to God’s plan for men and women
Tell the story of God creating Adam and Eve. After he created the earth, the plants and the animals, God knew the world was not complete until he created men and women. Have a child read Genesis 1:27, and ask the rest of the children to put their hands on their heads whenever they hear the word “create.”
Explain that God created two humans so that they could help each other and take care of each other. He said “It is not good for the man to be alone.” God also wants us to share our lives with somebody special, so that we can help each other and take care of each other. We call this special partnership “marriage.” Marriage is one part of God’s plan of happiness for his children.
Ask for several volunteers to come up. Instruct them to place one hand behind their backs, then give each child a simple task, like unscrewing a jar, breaking a popsicle stick, or tying a knot in a string. Ask the children why it is hard to accomplish the task. (Because they only have one hand!) Now tell them they can use both hands. Just as two hands working together can accomplish more, two people working together as a married couple can serve and bless others.
Heavenly Father has a special job for married couples. It is not unscrewing a jar, breaking a popsicle stick, or tying a knot! It is raising children together. Working together, two parents love, protect and teach their children, just like our Heavenly Parents love, protect and teach us. Read the following quote from the Proclamation on the Family. Ask them to listen for a secret word that starts with “L” that they will hear twice: “Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live.” What was the secret word? Ask everybody to whisper it on the count of three. LOVE! Love is the most important part of marriage and family.
Sometimes mothers and fathers can’t be married anymore. When that happens, other people can help them. Tell the story of Ruth and Boaz. After Ruth’s husband died, a kind man named Boaz helped her by letting her pick up food from his fields for her to share with her mother-in-law. Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz all helped each other. Ask for a volunteer to attempt a small task one-handed, as before. This time, instead of allowing the child to use her other hand to complete the task, invite another child to help her. Explain that Heavenly Father loves all his children, and wants us all to help each other, especially those who are alone and need extra help.
Conclude the lesson by reiterating that marriage is one important part of God’s plan for men and women. Married couples help each other and serve others. Heavenly Father loves all his children, and he wants us to live in families so we can love each other.