FHE Lesson #10

FHE Lesson #10: The Scriptures

(1) Explain that even though now the scriptures all look the same, they were originally very different in some ways. You could have them write on a scroll (two pencils taped to the ends of long, thin paper), using the Hebrew or Greek alphabet. Explain that the New Testament was originally written without spaced between the words or punctuation. Then, have them write with a toothpick on a piece of aluminum foil–explain that this is similar to (but much easier than!) how the Book of Mormon was written. And, finally, have them be a “scribe” to your Joseph Smith and take down the words as you read from the D & C. Now that they’ve seen some differences between the books of scripture, ask them what they think all scriptures have in common and discuss.

(2) Sing the Primary songs to learn the names of the books of the scriptures and their order and location.

(3) Game: give the kids little signs affixed to popsicle sticks (or pens) that say: Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Call out the name of a book (or section or Official Declaration . . .) and have the kids lift the sign corresponding to the book it belongs to. Then say a little something about what we find in that book. (You could cheat a little and use the Bible Dictionary here.)

4 comments for “FHE Lesson #10

  1. August 8, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Once again I wish I had access to some kids to use this lesson with. If someone had used your scripture-writing exercise with me as a kid, I doubt I ever could have forgotten it.

  2. August 8, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I’d lend you my kids, but I’m afraid you’ll throw them out the window of the church archives. :)

  3. August 8, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Naah, I’d eat ’em for breakfast with milk and sugar.

  4. August 9, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Julie, it seems like some of the exercises in the first paragraph might even work in Gospel Doctrine class, bringing some content and context to that frequently used term “scripture.” Scriptures have come down to us by natural means (via languages and manuscripts, as illustrated in your suggested activities), yet somehow they have come to be regarded rather differently.

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