18 But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God.
19 And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good — to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry , and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.
Jacob was called by God to teach the people. He knew that it was important to fulfill the calling that God had given him. God asked him to teach his people to repent and keep the commandments. Many of the people became prideful. They wore expensive, fancy clothes and acted like they were better than the people who couldn’t afford the same kinds of clothes. Jacob taught them that instead of focusing on their riches, they should first seek the kingdom of God. If we learn to love God and others, then we will want to share our blessings with those around us. We learn from Jacob that it is important to be humble and selfless, instead of prideful and selfish.
If we make mistakes, like becoming too prideful, Jacob reminds us that we can repent and change. If we come unto Christ and follow Him, we can obtain the greatest treasure of all: Eternal Life.
“Readjusting our desires to give highest priority to the things of eternity is not easy. We are all tempted to desire that worldly quartet of property, prominence, pride, and power. We might desire these, but we should not fix them as our highest priorities. Those whose highest desire is to acquire possessions fall into the trap of materialism.” Dallin H. Oaks
Why is it important for us to fulfill our callings? (Discuss ideas)
Why is it dangerous to be “lifted up in pride”? (Discuss ideas)
Is it bad to have riches? (Discuss ideas.)
How can we use riches for good? (Discuss ideas)
How can we “seek first the kingdom of God”? (Discuss ideas)
Teach children to seek first the kingdom of God, and remind them that the greatest treasure is Eternal Life.
These Cheddar Pennies remind us not to set our hearts upon riches, but to share with others. Let children help make their "Cheddar Pennies" by rolling the dough into the ropes. Then slice & bake into yummy cheesy crackers to share with the whole family!
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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