18 December 2007

Tiffany Gave a Talk

Tiffany was assigned to give a two minute talk in Primary last Sunday. Primary is the part of church where the children gather together and are taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ on their level. They sing songs, a child is assigned to give a prayer, another leads in reciting a scripture that changes monthly, and one is assigned to give a talk. They may also play a game centered on a gospel topic. I guided Tiffany in preparing the talk herself. I showed her how to find scriptures to support what she wanted to say, but what she used or didn't use was all her own idea.

A talk is really just a short speech or lecture on a gospel topic. Children are given the opportunity so that they can build skills of gospel study and public speaking. As they get older more is expected of them. After their twelfth birthday, they prepare talks a little longer (5 minutes) to give in front of the whole congregation in Sacrament Meeting. Then, finally, in adulthood, they may be expected to give a much longer talk (15-20 minutes) in Sacrament Meeting.

With that background, I won't delay any farther the text of her talk:

In the Friend, the First Presidency message says ”The message of the birth of Jesus Christ gives us the knowledge of what we must do to return to live with our Father in Heaven. As we keep the commandments and become more like our Savior, we will find peace in our hearts and joy in our lives.”

Jesus taught us that we need to be baptized. He asked John the Baptist to baptize him, but he said “I can't do it because you are better than me.” But Jesus said, “Heavenly Father gave you the power to baptize and I need to be baptized to show other people that they need to be baptized” So, John baptized Jesus. And he told us to be baptized so we can be a member of his church.

Jesus taught us to be nice to other people. He fed thousands of his followers. Matthew 15:32-38 tells us this story: “Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.” We need to be kind to each other like Jesus was.

Jesus taught us to love each other. He said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matt. 22:37-40)

Jesus taught us how to pray. He gave an example prayer. It is found in Matthew 6:9-13. “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

Jesus once lived on Earth, and I have faith that he will come again.

No comments: