Elaborating on a story by Wayne Dyer.
Have the class, or your family stand up with the goal of jumping as high as they can. Maybe have a goal on the wall or doorway or something to measure how high to jump. In the first situation, no one can bend their knees before they jump – not even a little! So basically you can only go on your tiptoes. You just can’t propel yourself into their air without bending your knees first.
Next have them bend their knees just a little bit and jump again and notice how much higher they can jump then finally allow the students to jump as high as they possibly can and bend as much as they desire.
Point out to them that the only way to reach and jump high is to bend low first. So when we are brought low with trials or difficulties we must remember that it takes that bending low to propel us higher. If we are brought low with trials, then we can build sufficient faith and trust in God so he can lift us to a higher spiritual place. There are many stories in the scriptures then that can illustrate this story. Have this lesson go along with whatever book of scripture you are working with.
For an object lesson regarding marriage, partnerships, working together, etc. I used a simple clothespin. I showed the class that if I only have one side of the clothespin it does not perform it’s full function. However, with the two sides of the clothespin being bonded together by the Lord the clothespin can perform it’s full function. In relationships if one side is trying to do it all, the relationship will not always work. But by working together with the Lord it is amazing what can be accomplished.
Submitted by Kori Hoyt
Bring a few combs to the class, or have them use their own combs. If you bring your own, please make sure they are washed and very clean before offering students to use them.
Have students comb their hair, with the stipulation that they cannot bend their elbows. This is quite a hilarious sight to see them trying to comb hair with straight arms. Its basically impossible unless the person has very long hair and can bend over very far. Then give the same comb to a neighbor and again with only straight arms, have the neighbor comb the hair. It is possible for this to happen
You can take this object lesson in several directions. It is the message that there are things we cannot do for ourselves. Another person must do it for us. This can be temple work for the dead, or it can be the savior’s atonement. Develop this idea any way you desire.
A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you, but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, “Who still wants it?” Still, the hands were up in the air.” “Well,” he continued, “what if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air. “My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.” “Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstance that come our way.” We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value: dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you.” The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but in WHO WE ARE. You are special. Don’t ever forget it.”
Source: Rabbi Nachum Braverman as heard on the Toni Grant radio show
This lesson can be tailored to be for the subject of parenting, or for the subject of the marriage relationship and accepting our mate, the way he/she is. You need a ball of play dough or soft clay and either a small plant or flower or seeds. Show how its possible to fashion any object or shape from the clay, but with the flower the only thing you have power to do is to help the flower be healthy and vibrant, or wilted and dying. You cannot shape it into some other object.
The lesson in this is that we have the power and opportunity to help our children or spouse or the relationship be the best it can by our love, example, service, & attention. But it is fruitless and even damaging to try to mold the flower into something different. Force is not the Lord’s plan. Providing the best circumstances for blooming is the Lord’s plan.
You need to pieces of paper, about 6 x 4 inches each. At the beginning, tell the class that you need to cut a hole in this paper big enough to put your head through. How difficult will this be?
Take the first piece of paper and cut a large hole in it. “Here is the best I could do. I have cut a hole in this paper, but I am not able to put my head through it.”
Take the second piece of paper and cut it.
“But now I have cut it in a different way and it fits over my head. This first piece of paper represents you and me when we are faced with a problem or a task. We have very limited ability to get things accomplished. This second piece of paper represents when we get inspiration from God, and trust in him to help us. ”
I used the scripture in Isaiah 55:8,9. It talks about God’s thoughts being higher than man’s thoughts. There are many different directions this discussion could go depending on the message you want. Faith, trust in God, continuing revelation, etc.
This particular lesson can be adapted for many different themes. It works well and keeps the attention of the class.
Source: From a book by Robert Folgrum
Gather a small mirror and a bright flashlight. Turn the light off in the room. Have one person hold the flashlight up and shine it down on the mirror. (You’ll have to experiment to find the best way to do this) The person with the mirror’s task is to see if they can reflect the light into the darkest corner of the room. Let two or three people try this and see if they can light up a dark corner.
The story that goes with this would be that Christ or God represents the flashlight, and we are the mirror. The light or the power to bring light to the dark places does not originate with the mirror, it only reflects it into many different places.
That is our mission, our meaning in life, to reflect God’s light, or love into all of the dark places that we can.
Expound on this message in whatever way fits best and of course there are skads of scriptures that would be appropriate.
When I was a little boy, my mother used to embroider a great deal. I would sit at her knee and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering. I told her that it looked like a mess from where I was. As from the underside I watched her work within the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat. She would smile at me, look down and gently say, “My son, you go about your playing for awhile, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side.”
I would wonder why she was using some dark threads along with the bright ones and why they seemed so jumbled from my view. A few minutes would pass and then I would hear Mother’s voice say, “Son, come and sit on my knee.” This I did only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower or a sunset. I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked so messy. Then Mother would say to me, “My son, from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a pre-drawn plan on the top. It was a design. I was only following it. Now look at it from my side and you will see what I was doing.”
Many times through the years I have looked up to my Heavenly Father and said, “Father, what are You doing?” He has answered, “I am embroidering your life.” I say, “But it looks like a mess to me. It seems so jumbled. The threads seem so dark. Why can’t they all be bright?” The Father seems to tell me, “‘My child, you go about your business of doing My business, and one day I will bring you to Heaven and put you on My knee and you will see the plan from My side.” Author Unknown
This object lesson requires a magnifying glass, a sunny day , a piece of paper, and just a regular piece of glass. Take your class or family outside and give one person the magnifying glass and another person the normal glass. See who can burn a hole in the paper. The lesson could take many direction after this: In order to get quickly to the heart of a problem with a solution, you have to have concentrated effort, or,
Magnifying your calling means giving real concentration and the result is magnified power, or,
look what unusual powers glass can have when it is concentrated in that one spot . That is what can happen when a group works together to solve a problem. If they are all working together. If its not a concentrated effort, then there is no power, or,
you think of something else……..
If possible, get a brand new small box of legos (the kind that has the picture right on the front of the thing that could be built on the front). Here is the lesson: Here are some legos and right on front is a picture of what you can build with these. Do I have to build exactly what is here? Can’t I choose to make any design that I can imagine? In fact, there are lots of different choices of really fun things that I can make with just the legos that are in this box. If your friend makes a rude comment or does something mean to you, that is like handing you the box of legos. You can choose to react in any way that you want. The most common thing would be to get mad and maybe give him a punch or yell and say two mean things back. But you don’t have to. You can make a choice to react in a different way. The discussion could go on at this point about what the other choices might be.