This week I have a special kit for you to share with the children in your life. Every child should know that the most important thing that ever happened on earth was the atonement which took place in the Garden of Gethsemane, because Jesus made it possible for us to repent of our sins and be forgiven. Next, He was crucified, buried, and then resurrected after three days in the tomb. He thus made it possible for us to be resurrected.
One of the most important events of the 19th century was Joseph Smith’s first vision. A young man read a passage of scripture and went to a grove of trees to pray out loud for the first time, and look what happened! He saw God the Father and our Savior Jesus Christ face to face and spoke to them. As a result, the ancient Gospel was restored.
Here’s a kit for you to tell the story to children, and for them to retell it to each other.
I really like what we used to call “flannelboard stories.” Except now you can use magnets, tape, or velcro board (Storyboard) to tell them, and they don’t peel off and fall on the floor. Flannel never really worked very well. Usually you use visual aids to tell a story or illustrate a concept, and since most people are visual learners, they’re pretty effective.
Pretty soon I’ll be putting up a new, improved, and exciting (well, I’m excited at least) website with FREE 2018 theme series book downloads, plus instructions to make your own Storyboard! For this week, I have two story kits that you can use for Christmas. The stories are the Nativity and the Selfish Giant, written by Oscar Wilde. Mr Wilde was a contradiction, living a less than exemplary life, but writing beautiful stories with symbols of Jesus Christ in them.
There’s one Christmas tradition I like a lot, and that’s storytelling. When my kids were young, we always told the Nativity story on Christmas Eve, because that’s the reason we have a Christmas celebration in the first place. There are a lot of other great Christmas Stories, and here are three kits for telling them. In a kit, you get a story, some visual aids to help tell the story, activities to go with the story, as well as instructions and suggestions.