Chapter 35: Redemption for the Dead,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith
The main point of this activity and of this lesson is to show that God is equitable and gives a chance to each of His children. Make sure by the end of this attention activity that you have gotten that point across.
Start with a handful of seeds. You can use all of the same seeds (that you would plant in your garden), or a variety of different seeds. Try to get seeds that people will not know what they are. Display the seeds and ask if anyone in the class knows what the seeds will become (that is why it is best to have seeds that people will not know what they are). What do we know about the seeds, and what do we not know? If I told you that 5 of the seeds are bad, how would you know which of them would turn out bad? To know the final outcome of any seed, what do you need to do? The answer is to plant it. It is nearly impossible to just look at a seed and know what it will become. You have to give it a chance by planting it. Now ask, “In this analogy, how are we like the seeds? How is this like our Heavenly Father’s plan?” (The answer you want to make sure you get to is that Heavenly Father “plants” each of us to give us each a chance to show what we will become.)
Have class members look in the first section, “God loves all His children…” and find statements that support this idea. You can also pick some of the great statements from the next two sections as well to discuss what we learn about God and his attributes from this section. What do these statements teach us about how we ought to treat other people.
The last section is the application section. Now that we know that God will give everyone a chance, we have to make that possible by reaching out to the living and the dead to help fulfill this activity.