Tell the following true story in your own words:
The Copper-Toed Shoes
When the pioneers came to live in Utah, most of them were poor. They had spent all their money to buy things for the long trip and to buy the tools they would need to build homes and plant gardens. Because the people didn’t have much money, many children had only one pair of shoes, which they wore on Sundays. They often went barefoot the other days of the week.
One pioneer girl named Melinda had a pair of heavy, ugly, copper-toed shoes that she had worn during the winter. In the summer her family bought her a new pair of pretty, comfortable Sunday shoes, and she was going to wear them in a parade.
Melinda’s best friend, Amanda, had no shoes at all. Melinda felt sorry for Amanda and got her mother’s permission to loan one of her pairs of shoes to Amanda to wear to the parade. As Melinda picked up her old, heavy, copper-toed shoes to take to her friend, her mother said, “If you are going to share, you should give something you would like to receive yourself.”
Melinda thought very hard for a few minutes. She thought about what Jesus would have done. She thought about which pair of shoes she would rather wear, and then she made up her mind. She took her new Sunday shoes for her friend to wear, and she went to the parade wearing her old, ugly, copper-toed shoes. But Melinda felt very happy! She knew she was sharing just as Jesus would want her to do.
Study the following questions and the scripture references as you prepare your lesson. Use the questions you feel will best help the children understand the scriptures and apply the principles in their lives. Reading the references with the children in class will help them gain insights into the scriptures.
What had Samuel the Lamanite prophesied to the Nephites about the Savior’s death? (Helaman 14:20–27.) Why was he trying to prepare them? (Helaman 14:28–29.) How were these prophecies fulfilled? (3 Nephi 8:5–25.)
What did the Savior say was the reason the people had been killed? (3 Nephi 9:2, 12.) What did he say to the people who had not been killed? (3 Nephi 9:13–14.) What does it mean to come unto Christ? What blessings will we receive as we become more like the Savior?
What did Jesus teach the people about his mission? (3 Nephi 9:15–17.) Why is it important for us to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?
What did Jesus say was the reason he came into the world? (3 Nephi 9:21.) What must we do to be saved from our sins? (3 Nephi 9:22.) How did understanding the Atonement make the people feel? (3 Nephi 10:10.)
How many times did the people at the temple in the land Bountiful hear the voice from heaven and not understand it? (3 Nephi 11:3–4.) What did the people do so they could understand the voice? (3 Nephi 11:5–6.) What does it mean to “open their ears to hear it?” (We must listen and be ready to receive what Heavenly Father wants us to hear.)
What did the people hear Heavenly Father tell them the third time? (3 Nephi 11:6–7.) What important things do we learn from this introduction? (We learn that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, they are two separate beings, the Father loves the Son, and we are to hear, or listen to the Son.) What can we do to better hear and understand the words of Jesus Christ?
What did the people see as they looked up toward heaven? (3 Nephi 11:8.) When the Savior told them who he was, why do you think the people fell down to the earth? (3 Nephi 11:10–12.) How would you have felt if you had been there? Why did Christ have the people feel the wounds in his body? (3 Nephi 11:14–15.)
How did the Nephites feel and show gratitude and love for the Savior? (3 Nephi 11:16–17.) How can we show love and gratitude for him and what he has done for us?
What important ordinance did Jesus Christ give Nephi the power to perform? (3 Nephi 11:19–21.) How should baptisms be performed? (3 Nephi 11:22–27.)
What did the Savior say about arguments and contention? (3 Nephi 11:28–30.)
What did he say all of us have to do to gain eternal life? (3 Nephi 11:33–38.)
Explain that the greatest news in the world today is that Jesus Christ lives. Many people think of him as having lived long ago and having died on the cross. What knowledge do we as members of his church have that makes us feel especially close to the Savior? (We know that he suffered for our sins and gave his life for us and that he lives and directs his church today.)
Invite the children to express their feelings about Jesus Christ.