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Reverence

by Lara Goold

Materials needed: scriptures

Purpose: Teach family members what it means to be reverent and why we show reverence.

Scripture: “Be still and know that I am God…” Psalms 46:10

Songs: “Reverently, Quietly”, Children’s Songbook page 26


“The Chapel Door”, Children’s Songbook, page 156
“When I Go to Church”, Hymns, page 157

Opening song and prayer:

Opening Activity:
“Why Animals Can’t Go to Primary” story with visuals: Read or retell this cute and silly story about
reverence using the enclosed flannel board figures.

Lesson:
Moses with picture and summary: Using the picture and summary included (or your own words), teach
your family about Moses and the burning bush and what we can learn about reverence from this story.

Define: Reverence is a feeling of awe or honor when we respect something. We want to treat the person
or place gently, politely, and with humility. One way to show reverence is by controlling our body and
thoughts.

Body Part Puzzles: Show the chest of the body and have the children take turns adding other parts to it
piece by piece. As they add each piece, discuss with them how that part of the body can show reverence.
Hands and arms: Fold during prayer, keep quiet in lap, don’t poke or bother others
Feet and legs: Walk quietly, keep still, keeping yourself away from bad places
Ears: Listening carefully to talks, listening to parents
Heads: Bow during prayers, keep sacred thoughts, think of ways to show respect and reverence
Eyes: Watch the teacher, bishop, or anyone who is speaking, close them during prayer
Lips: Speak quietly, smile, sing songs, pray, staying quiet while others are praying or teaching

Discuss: Our meetinghouses belong to Heavenly Father and they, too, are holy places. We are not asked
to take off our shoes like Moses was when we enter our church buildings, but we should dress
appropriately by not wearing immodest clothing. In addition we should sing and pray reverently, think of
Jesus’ love for us during the sacrament, and listen quietly to the speakers and our teachers. If we behave
irreverently by running, talking loudly, littering or distracting others, we will not be able to feel the
promptings of the Holy Ghost. When people behave irreverently they also keep others from being able to
feel His spirit. When we are reverent at church, the Holy Ghost will help us know and feel the things that
the Savior wants to teach us. The scriptures tell us that we should, “be still, and know that I am God.”

Reverence Matching Game: Turn all the cards face down and play memory. When people find a match they can
remind everyone how they can keep that part of their body reverent.

Closing song and prayer:


Homemade Oreo Cookies:
COOKIE:
2 chocolate cake mixes (dry)
1 cup butter
4 eggs

FILLING:
1 pkg. (8-oz.) cream cheese
1-3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbs. butter

Combine cake mixes, butter, and eggs and roll into small evenly sized balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at
350° for 6-8 minutes. When cool spread with filling and then sandwich them together like an Oreo!
Enjoy!
“Why Animals Can’t Go to Primary”—read this silly story about reverence, using the visuals following.
“Why Animals Can’t Go to Primary”—print the following flannel board figures onto heavy cardstock, laminate, and
mount with popsicle sticks, magnets or Velcro. PART 1
“Why Animals Can’t Go to Primary”—print the following flannel board figures onto heavy cardstock, laminate, and
mount with popsicle sticks, magnets or Velcro. PART 2
“Why Animals Can’t Go to Primary”—print the following flannel board figures onto heavy cardstock,
laminate, and mount with popsicle sticks, magnets or Velcro. PART 3
Moses and the Burning Bush (summary): print this page and mount onto the reverse side of the following
picture.
Moses and the Burning Bush: print this picture onto heavy cardstock, mount summary (previous) on reverse,
and laminate if desired.
Body Part Puzzles (Boy): print
onto heavy cardstock,
cut, laminate, and
cut again
(this ensures
a good seal
on the laminate).
Mount with
magnets or
Velcro.
Store in Ziploc
or sheet protector
with the number
of total pieces
indicated on
the front,
so that
you will
know if you’re
missing a piece.

You may want to


label the back of each
piece as well with which
puzzle it belongs to.
(NINE pieces total)
PART 1
Body Part Puzzles (Boy): print onto heavy cardstock, cut, laminate, and cut again (this ensures a good seal on the
laminate). Mount with magnets or Velcro. Store in Ziploc or sheet protector with the number of total pieces indicated on
the front, so that you will know if you’re missing a piece. You may want to label the back of each piece to distinguish
easily between the two puzzles. (NINE pieces total) PART 2
Body Part Puzzles (Boy): print onto heavy cardstock, cut, laminate, and cut again (this ensures a good seal on the
laminate). Mount with magnets or Velcro. Store in Ziploc or sheet protector with the number of total pieces indicated on
the front, so that you will know if you’re missing a piece. You may want to label the back of each piece to distinguish
easily between the two puzzles. (NINE pieces total) PART 3
Body Part Puzzles (Girl): print onto heavy cardstock, cut, laminate, and cut again (this ensures a good seal on the laminate (10 pieces total) PART 1
Body Part Puzzles (Girl):
print onto heavy cardstock, cut,
laminate, and cut again
(TEN pieces total) PART 2
Body Part Puzzles (Girl): print onto heavy cardstock, cut, laminate, and cut again (this ensures a good seal on the
laminate). Mount with magnets or Velcro. Store in Ziploc or sheet protector with the number of total pieces indicated on
the front, so that you will know if you’re missing a piece. You may want to label the back of each piece as well to
distinguish easily between the two puzzles. (TEN pieces total) PART 3
Reverence Matching Game: Forgive the poor quality of the scanning. I’m sorry, it was late. Print onto regular
paper and mount onto heavy cardstock (this will prevent you from being able to see through the cards) and trim to a
uniform size (template below). Laminate if desired. PART 1
Reverence Matching Game: Forgive the poor quality of the scanning. I’m sorry, it was late. Print onto regular
paper and mount onto heavy cardstock (this will prevent you from being able to see through the cards) and trim to a
uniform size (template below). Laminate if desired. PART 2
Reverence Matching Game: Forgive the poor quality of the scanning. I’m sorry, it was late. Print onto regular
paper and mount onto heavy cardstock (this will prevent you from being able to see through the cards) and trim to a
uniform size (template below). Laminate if desired. PART 3
Reverence Matching Game: I’ve created this page to help you to get the matching cards more uniformly sized.
Print this onto heavy, colored cardstock, mount the cards, cut, laminate, and cut again. PART 4
Reverence Matching Game: I’ve created this page to help you to get the matching cards more uniformly sized.
Print this onto heavy, colored cardstock, mount the cards, cut, laminate, and cut again. PART 5
Reverence Matching Game: I’ve created this page to help you to get the matching cards more uniformly sized.
Print this onto heavy, colored cardstock, mount the cards, cut, laminate, and cut again. PART 6
Reverence Matching Game: I’ve created this page to help you to get the matching cards more uniformly sized.
Print this onto heavy, colored cardstock, mount the cards, cut, laminate, and cut again. PART 7