This lesson was actually put together for a Sharing Time and is based initially on the 2011 Outline for Sharing Time – September, week 3. It is about preparing to serve a mission. I asked the teachers in the room if they had gone on missions (I knew the answer before hand and knew that we had several return missionaries in the group). Then I asked if they had needed to do anything to get ready for their missions and let them tell just a few things that came to mind right away. Then I started into the actual I Hope They Call Me On A Mission lesson plan. (I apologize that this is not a cute copy of the lesson, but I just ran out of time and decided that I better post it now while I have FIVE minutes, even though I would rather make it cute first – trying for that may just mean that I never post it at all. Better bland than nothing!)
For the discussion of the various ways to prepare for a mission, I laminated one of the large Elder Banks pictures and laminated it. I attached another paper to the back with tape – leaving it kind of puffed out at the top and only taped on 3 sides, leaving the top open. I then printed on card-stock the coins found at EnchantedLearning. I did not color them or do anything other than cut them out and laminate them – I thought they were way cute just as they were. Then I taped one of the word strips of how to prepare for a mission to the back of each coin (I folded them in half so they did not stick out on the sides). I taped the coins up around the Primary room and let the kids all find a coin and share the idea on the back and then put their coin in my big Elder Banks.
At the end of the lesson, I let each child have an Elder Banks Piggy Bank that had a copy of the mission preparation word strips and a tithing envelope and tithing slip inside. I encouraged then to start now to work toward saving for their missions so they can receive the blessing that will come because of it. I also strongly encouraged them to always be preparing to be a missionary so that they are living worthy any time Heavenly Father can use them as a mouthpiece – as a full-time missionary or not.
Some handy outside resources follow:
- Coloring page of Ammon
- Some good missionary preparedness thoughts
- “Ammon: Missionary to the Lamanites” – a fairly complete but simple retelling of Ammon’s mission to the Lamanites
- A game idea that I did not use, but seriously thought about! I may use it when I have a little more time in an FHE sometime.
Anyway, I hope you have fun with the lesson! I had tons of fun making my cute Elder Banks and being able to share it with you. Ah, the magic of computers. I would love it if you would let me know what you think or ESPECIALLY anything ELSE that you do to add to this – I am constantly in search of new ideas! Also if you find I have any typos or anything that I should fix, please let me know so those that use it after you will benefit from your editing skills. Thanks! 🙂
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