Jonah and the People of Nineveh
To help each child understand that Heavenly Father forgives all who truly repent
- Bottle water
- Red food coloring
- Print out baseball game. Located in a separate folder than lesson
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Use a bottle of clear water as a representation of a person free from sin. Do you know what color scarlet is? Scarlet is bright red. Drop a small amount of red food coloring into the water, and point out how the color spreads throughout the water. Compare this to sin. Then add a few drops of liquid bleach to clear up the color, and compare this to how repentance cleanses us from sin. (You might want to try this experiment in advance to know how much food coloring and bleach to use.)
Read to them the following from Isaiah 1:18: “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”
What do you think this verse means? (Remind the children that white is a color often used to represent purity.)
What does repentance mean?
We can all be forgiven of we truly repent. Have a child read
D&C 58:42: Behold, he who has repented of his sins, same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.
There was a city called Nineveh and the people who lived there were very wicked. The Lord wanted Jonah
to go to Nineveh and tell the people to repent. The people of Nineveh were not Israelites and were not part of the covenant people; why would the Lord send Jonah to preach repentance to them?
As you discuss these questions, help the children understand two points:
- First, those people who are part of the house of Israel have the responsibility to take the gospel to those who are not part of the covenant people.
- Second, Heavenly Father loves all his children and wants them all to be worthy to come back into his presence.
Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh! So instead of going and listening to God, Jonah ran away. He ran to the sea and found a Sea Captain
who was willing to take him far far away from Nineveh. Do you think it is possible to run away from the Lord?
Jonah went to the bottom of the ship and fell asleep; he was exhausted from all the running.
Jonah wasn’t on the ship very long before a horrible storm started crashing into the ship
. Who do you think caused the storm? The Sea Captain came to Jonah and said: have a child read
Jonah 1:6. “How can you be asleep? Get up and start praying!”
Jonah knew that the storm was his fault. The Lord was angry with him and had caused the storm. He told them that the Lord wanted him to do something that he did not want to do. Jonah told the sailors to throw him overboard and the storm would end. The sailors did not want to throw him over board; they decided that they would try rowing the boat to land. This did not work. the storm just got worse. Finally, they knew they had no choice. They threw Jonah over board.
Do you know what happened next? Yep, the storm immediately calmed and the water became perfectly still, not even a little ripple. The men in the boat realized the Jonah’s God was the true God.
As the Captain and his crew looked out of the calm sea, they saw a huge fish come
and swallow Jonah up! God sent the huge fish so Jonah would not drown in the sea. Jonah was in the fish’s belly for three days.
What do you think it would be like in a fish’s belly? It would probably be really gross! It would be dark because there are no windows in a fish’s belly and then the smell! It would be really gross and probably really scary. Jonah had no idea how long he would be in the fish’s belly.
What would you do if you were trapped in a fish’s belly? What do you think that Jonah did while he was in the fish? Have a child read
Jonah 2:1–2. Jonah asked the Lord to forgive him for running away. He also thanked the Lord for not letting him drown.
On the third day the Lord answered Jonah’s prayers. Have a child read
Jonah 2:10. The Lord answered Jonah’s prayers and the huge fish threw Jonah up and on to dry land. Jonah was so happy to be out of the fish!
To show the Lord that he was truly sorry and that he was repenting, Jonah headed to Nineveh. Jonah told the people of Nineveh all about him running away, the storm and the huge fish.
What do you think the people of Nineveh did when they heard Jonah? Have a child read
Jonah 3:5–8 for the answer. Remember in the Esther lesson, Mordecai put on sack cloth, who remembers what it means? Sack cloth was a coarse, dark cloth made of the hair of camels and goats. This cloth was made into rough garments for people to wear as a symbol of sorrow and mourning. The people of Nineveh recognized they had been doing wrong, prayed to God, and turned away from their evil practices.
Steps of Repentance
When we left Heavenly Father to come to this earth, we were pure and did not have any sins. Heavenly Father knew that we would not remain pure but would make mistakes as we grew and learned. Because of his love for us, Jesus Christ suffered for our sins, making it possible for us to be forgiven through repentance. (Show each Steps of Repentance as you talk about them.)
As you say each step of repentance, point to the appropriate word strip.
The first step to repentance is . Pretend you are at your friend’s house. You are sitting on the couch and you best friend walks by. You, without thinking, throw the remote at him and tell him “think fast!” He is not ready for it and moves really quick. The remote hits the flat screen T.V. and shatters it. Of course you are really, really sorry but is saying you are sorry enough?
The second step of repentance is . Who do you ask forgiveness from when you break the T.V.? You should ask your friend’s parents for forgiveness. That can be really scary! They are going to be really mad! Point out that when we repent of our wrong choices, we must ask our Heavenly Father and the person we have wronged to forgive us. We need to admit that we have made a wrong choice and then ask to be forgiven for what we have done. How do we ask Heavenly Father to forgive us? (We ask in prayer.)
The third step is . How can you do this with the broken T.V.? You can tell them you are going to replace it or work the money off.
The fourth step is . Don’t throw things in the house! We need to decide never to make that wrong choice again.
We will know we have truly repented if we feel sorry for doing wrong and we are willing to admit it, ask to be forgiven, try to right the wrong, and decide never to make that wrong choice again.
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Draw a baseball diamond on the chalk board. Print a player for each player
10Save10Save. Write their names on the bat. Put magnets on the back. For extra durability laminate. One team is the red the other team is the blue. Have the first team roll the dice
10Save. If they answer the question correctly they are on the base that the dice says i.e. first base second base, etc. Have the other team roll the dice and answer a question. Unlike real baseball they can be on the same base at the same time. Like normal baseball the teams make points on who crosses home base. If they roll a home run they get a point for everyone on their team who is on base.
Making the Giant Dice
To make the dice print it on card stock. *I have found that it is easier if you use double stick tape to glue the sides together. *
*If you want easy storage, use Velcro to connect it together. *
Glue the pieces together making a big “t”
10Save. Then fold into a cube.
Testify that Christ has made it possible for is to be forgiven of our sins through the Atonement, and that Heavenly Father will gladly forgive all who truly repent. Express your gratitude for the great gift of repentance, and emphasize how important it is that we all take advantage of this gift.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.
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