Lesson: A Gift for Jesus
Talk to your kids about how at Christmas Santa brings gifts and how we all give presents to each other.
Why do we do that?
Because it reminds us of all the gifts that Jesus gave us when he was born and lived on earth. List them off with your family:
- the gospel
- the atonement (eternal life)
- resurrection (salvation)
- His example
- the Holy Ghost
- eternal families
Read James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect gift cometh from above..."
That means everything good we have comes from Jesus. Express your gratitude for all the things the Lord has given you.
Ask the following questions:
Whose birthday is on Christmas?
Did he get any presents on his birthday?
Show a picture or use the figures from you nativity of the Three Wise Men. Explain how they traveled far to see the baby Jesus and they brought Him special gifts to show their love and respect for him. Tell your family the gifts they brought.
Explain that since Christmas is Jesus' Birthday, we want to make sure we remember Him by giving him a gift.
Read the following scripture: D&C 4:2- "Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day." and/or:
3 Nephi 9:20- "And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit."
Explain that since Jesus has given us everything, the only thing and the best thing we can offer Him is our hearts.
We offer our hearts by trying harder to be like Him:
- more obedient
- kind to others
- pray more
- read the scriptures
This Christmas, what will your gift to Jesus be? Will you promise to obey your parents? or to be more helpful? or to be more kind?
Have everyone write down on a piece of paper what their gift to Jesus will be. You can have them share or keep them private.
After they're all written down, put them in a small gift box. Put Jesus' name on the box and put it under your Christmas tree.
Bare your testimony about the birth of the Savior. Express your gratitude for all the gifts He's given you and invite your family to strive to remember the gifts they promised to give Him.
Activity: we play the "Symbols of Christmas" memory game or you could color pictures of the Wise Men bringing gifts.
Treat: We didn't do this, but I thought it would be fun to have a birthday cake, since we talked about it being Jesus' birthday