Parable of the Talents
Print off the pictures below, color and cut them out. Then laminate them. Read Matthew 25:14-30 with your child. While reading, lay out the pennies under each of the 3 pictures of the servants according to the parable. Place the rocks over the penny of the servant that buried his talent in the ground and then have each one of the servants and their pennies report to Jesus. Talk about the meaning and importance of this parable.
Print off the story puppets for the talent story below. Color each child, cut them out and laminate them. You can either use them as finger puppets like they were made for or you can just cut out the pictures and use them as flannel board figures. Then names of the children from the story might be blurred from bad quality so starting on the left column going down. Here are the names: Bryan Rachael Johnny Sydney Empty picture to draw yourself Christy Amy Stephen Jennifer Sam Print off the questions and laminate. Read the following story using the corresponding pictures. Then discuss what each child’s talent was and write it in dry erase marker in the blank. Then draw your child in the empty space figure and talk about what talents your child has. Next, print off the story about the Talent Show, laminate it ad read it to your child. Talk about different kinds of talents. Explain that the talents do not define you as a person, they are something God gave us to share with others.
Rachael, Stephen, Jennifer, Christy, Amy, Johnny, Sydney, Sam, and Bryan were challenged by their Primary teacher to do something nice for someone by sharing their talents. They were not to ask anyone else for help. Their teacher assured them that Heavenly Father had given each one of them a special gift that could help someone else. What can we do, and how will we do it? they wondered. Stephen took charge and asked everyone for a suggestion. Rachael had the first idea. She knew that Sister Allen had fallen and broken her hip. Perhaps the children could visit her. “But what would we do when we got there?” Jennifer asked. Stephen asked for more ideas, and Sydney said, “I could draw a pretty get-well card, and we could all sign it and give it to her. She could put it by her bed and look at it.” “I’ll write a poem,” Jennifer added, “to put on the inside that tells her that we are thinking of her.” “I could bake a batch of cookies,” Amy offered, “that she could nibble on or share with friends that come to visit.” Christy thought that she’d talk to Sister Allen and ask her how she was feeling. Bryan decided that Sister Allen might need to be cheered up after being in bed so long. “I’ll tell her a couple of my jokes.” “I could bring a bouquet of flowers from my garden,” Johnny suggested. “Sister Allen hasn’t been outside for a long time, and she might enjoy smelling them.” Stephen asked Sam to call Sister Allen about the best time for them to visit. Sam also offered to call all the children to remind them of their assignments. The children were excited about their plan. They knew that each of them was sharing the special gifts and talents that Heavenly Father had given them. And they were happy that they could use their talents to help Sister Allen.
Rachael always tries to help others and remember them on special occasions. She is __________________________________________. Stephen likes to organize and give directions. He is a __________________________________________. Jennifer likes to write poems and stories. She is __________________________________________. Everyone likes to share their problems with Christy. She is a __________________________________________. Amy can bake delicious cookies. She is a __________________________________________. Johnny likes to work in the garden. He is a __________________________________________. Sydney can draw beautiful pictures. She is an __________________________________________. Sam always finishes any assignment he’s given. He is __________________________________________. Bryan always has a smile on his face and can tell jokes and funny stories. He has a good __________________________________________.
But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him (Moroni 7:47 ).
BY ALISON PALMER
(Based on a true story)
arie looked out the car window as she and her Primary class drove to the nursing home. She hoped none of the girls noticed the tears that lled her eyes. When Sister Gibson had suggested the talent show for an activity day, it seemed like such
a good idea. Every girl had gone to work planning the talent she would share. Marie had tried, but she hadn’t been able to come up with anything to do. A couple of the girls were playing the piano. One girl was playing the violin, and one was singing. Another was reciting a poem she’d written, and Marie’s best friend, Shelley, was going to do a back ip. Andrea wasn’t performing, but she had made cookies for everybody to have after the show. The more Marie thought about the talent show, the more she was convinced that she didn’t have any talents. She wasn’t even sure why she had come. Sister Gibson had tried to make her feel better, telling her that she hadn’t yet discovered a very special talent that Heavenly Father had given her. But that was hard for Marie to believe. She didn’t think she’d ever be good at anything. The gathering room at the nursing home was quiet. There were old people everywhere, and that made Marie even more nervous. She didn’t know what to say to them or how to act. The other girls seemed to feel the same way too. They were huddled together, shyly looking around until Sister Gibson showed them where to sit.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY BRANDON DORMAN
Marie still felt bad as the program started. Then, just after the rst piano solo, she heard someone coughing behind her. Marie turned around and saw a gray-haired woman whose body shook with each cough. Marie stopped thinking about herself and started to worry about the woman. She quietly dug a hard candy out of her pocket and went to the woman. She put her hand on the woman’s shoulder and held out the small gift. When the wrinkled hand reached for it and the woman smiled at her, Marie felt happiness and peace. Marie stayed by the woman for the rest of the
program. She held her hand and sometimes told her about what was happening. It felt good to be doing something for someone else, and it kept her from feeling sorry for herself. When it was time to leave, the woman hugged Marie and whispered, “Thank you for talking to me. You have a real talent for making people feel loved.” On the way back to the church, Marie was grateful to know that she did have a talent after all. When she served others, she felt Heavenly Father’s love, and she helped others feel His love too. That was a pretty special talent to have. ●
“All of us are endowed with abundant talent, beauty, and ability.”1
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
FRIEND JANUARY 2009
(Instructions from the pdf of the game:
Explain to your child that everyone has talents. Heavenly Father wants us to enjoy our talents and the talents of others. He also wants us to use our talents to help people. Print off the pictures below, cut them out and laminate them. Place the cards facedown in a stack. Feel free to make talent cards of your own and add them to the game. Each time you play the game, someone is chosen to be “it.” It pretends to be a person with a problem and tells the players about it. Each player in turn draws a card from the top of the pile, names the talent, and tells how that talent could be used to help It. Other players may then add their own thoughts. After each card, It tells how much (or how little) he or she has been helped. When all the cards have been used, if It feels “much better,” everyone wins. If It doesn’t feel much better, you still don’t lose, because you tried.