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The Tower of Babel

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Old Testament Lesson 9: The Tower of Babel

To Prepare: Read Genesis 11; print a copy of the activity below for each child participating. Choose between a dot-to-dot and a coloring page!

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To Teach: Read Genesis 11:1-5. Explain that the “slime” used for mortar was like tar or asphalt, and was used to bind things together and to resist water. Why might the people have wanted to build something waterproof? (They might have been worried about another flood.) The people were trying to build a tower to Heaven, and they might have worried that God would try to stop them with a flood.

Read verses 7-9 in chapter 11. Explain what confounding the languages meant and how it stopped the people from building the tower. Remind children of the Jaredites and how the brother of Jared prayed to have the language of his friends and family spared so that they could still understand each other.

End with the activity sheet. (Today was a short lesson.) Great job!

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Noah and the Ark

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Old Testament Lesson 8: Noah and the Ark

To Prepare: Read Genesis 6-9; print a copy of the activity below for each child participating.

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To Teach: Begin by reminding everyone that the world grew even more wicked after the city of Zion was taken up, and except for a few people, those that were righteous were also taken up to Heaven. God called a prophet, Noah, to warn the people and give them one last chance to repent. Show this picture of Noah preaching to the people. Ask everyone to look at the faces of the people listening to him. Do they believe him? What are they doing?

Read aloud Genesis 6:13-19. Explain that to “pitch it” means to cover the ark with something to make it waterproof. You will also need to explain what a cubit is. A cubit is the measurement from an adult’s elbow to the tip of their fingers. We can estimate that the ark was about 450 feet long (longer than a football field), 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high (more than 4 stories tall). Read or summarize the rest of chapter 6 and tell how there was going to be a flood and Noah would need to prepare food for his family and for the animals which would be on the ark.

Read or summarize Genesis 7:1-5. Point out that Noah brought 7 of some animals and talk about what ‘clean beasts'(animals that they were allowed to eat) were. Talk about why it would be smart to bring extras of animals you would eat. Read Genesis 7:17-24 and talk about how the rain fell for 40 days and 40 nights and covered the whole earth. Explain that even after the rain stopped, the earth was covered in water for a long time. In fact, it took 10 months before they could see the tops of the mountains.

Read Genesis 8:6-12 and tell the story of the birds sent out from the ark to check if the land was dry. Tell how Noah came out from the ark, built an altar, and made a sacrifice in thanks. Read Genesis 9:12-16. What is the covenant God made with Noah? (That he would not destroy the earth with a flood ever again.) What is the token? (Rainbows!)

If desired, watch the scripture story video about Noah and the Ark.

Finish up with the activity sheet. You did it!

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Enoch and the City of Zion

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Old Testament Lesson 7: Enoch and the City of Zion

To Prepare: Read Moses 7; print a copy of the activity below for each child participating. Choose between a coloring page and a color-by-number! If possible, grab a bowl of water, some ground black pepper, and a bottle of dish soap.

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To Teach: Begin with a prayer. Then show the bowl of water. Explain that the bowl of water represents the world. When it was first created, the world was clean and pure. But gradually (begin sprinkling pepper onto the water) wickedness began to cover the land. God called a prophet, Enoch, to preach and prophesy to the people, telling them to repent.

Add a few drops of soap to the dish and watch what happens (the pepper rushes away from the center of the dish). Then, read Moses 7:13-17 and discuss how what happened with Enoch and his people is similar to what happened with the pepper. (Because of Enoch’s faith and the people’s righteousness, they were separated and protected from the wicked.)

Next, read Moses 7:18 aloud and help children that have their own scriptures mark the verse in red. (Scripture mastery!) Discuss what it means to be a Zion people, and what ‘one heart’ and ‘one mind’ mean.

Finally, read Moses 7:19-21 and talk about how Enoch built the city of Zion. Talk about how the people of the city were translated (changed so that they would not die until the resurrection) and taken up to Heaven.

In the time between Zion being taken up into Heaven and the Flood, many righteous people were also taken up to Heaven. Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles wrote:

“After those in the City of Holiness were translated and taken up into heaven without tasting death, so that Zion as a people and a congregation had fled from the battle-scarred surface of the earth, the Lord sought others among men who would serve him. From the days of Enoch to the flood, new converts and true believers, except those needed to carry out the Lord’s purposes among mortals, were translated” (The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man [1982], 284).

Explain that because the righteous people were taken up to Heaven, there were few righteous people remaining on the earth when Noah was told to build the ark.

Finish up with the activity sheet, you’re done!

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