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Pres. Thomas S. Monson’s Birthday
Print off pictures of Pres. Monson. Gather items listed or print off the pictures andplace in a bag: toy boat, toy bird, Boy Scout Manual, blank CD, newspaper, picture ofChrist, checkers. Print off the small photos of Pres. Monson for a matching game.
Kindness Begins With Me, Children’s Songbook pg 145
: Show the picture of Pres. Monson on his tricycle. Ask, “Do you know who this little boyis?” Let the children try a couple of times to guess. If nobody guesses show the picture ofPres. Monson with the fish and give this clue, “This boy’s favorite color is yellow. His favoritefoods include turkey dinners, pies, and chocolate.” Let the children guess again. Hold up thepicture of Pres. Monson in his Navy uniform. “This man loves to serve others. He travels aroundthe world teaching people about the gospel.” Let the children make a few more guessesthen hold up the picture of Pres. Monson now.
We are going to learn a little bit about our Prophet. Take turns pulling an item out ofthe bag and telling the story behind it.Hold up the picture of the birthday cake. Did you know that Pres. Monson’s birthday isAugust 21? Last year (2008) on the occasion of his 81st birthday, President Thomas S. Monsonwas asked to describe the ideal birthday gift. Without hesitating, he said, "Do something forsomeone else on that day to make his or her life better. Find someone who is having a hardtime or is ill or lonely, and do something for them. That's all I would ask."
Pres. Monson loves to serve others and wants us to do the same. He has told manystories about the opportunities he had to serve others throughout his life. Here’s one thathappened when he was a boy. Share the story from Friend to Friend.How would you like to give the prophet a birthday gift? Do you remember what Pres.Monson said his ideal gift would be? That’s right, SERVICE! As a family think of someone youcould serve on the prophet’s birthday. Plan it all out and make sure to mark you calendar!After performing your service talk about how you felt serving someone else.
Pres. Monson matching game.
Follow the Prophet, verse on Pres. Monson, several included in packet
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