“Lesson 41: Fasting Brings Us Closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ,” Primary 3: Choose the Right B, (1994),203 LESSON 41: FASTING BRINGS US CLOSER TO HEAVENLY FATHER AND JESUS CHRIST
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To help the children understand that
fasting can bring them closer to
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ
and that they can fast and pray for
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Listen to this story about Philip and his
On one Sunday morning
Phillip hurried into the
kitchen where his mother
was busy studying the
Whats for breakfast? he
asked. Im hungry.
Phillips mother looked at
him sadly and said, Your
father is not doing very
Phillips father had been
injured in an accident, and
he lay sick in the hospital,
unable to move.
I thought he was getting
better, Phillip answered as
his eyes filled with tears.
Your father needs our faith
and prayers today, Phillip,
his mother spoke softly.
We need to become close
to Heavenly Father and
Jesus Christ now as we pray
for your father to get well.
To do this, Phillips
mother continued, we will
not eat some of our meals
We will go without food and
Would you be willing to do
that for your father?
Yes, I would, Phillip
What do we call going without food and
drink for a righteous purpose?
By fasting, we show Heavenly Father and
Jesus Christ that we love them and trust
them to help us and to answer our prayers.
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know it is
hard for us to fast.
They know that when we fast, our prayers
are sincere and we really need their help.
Because this is a requirement for those
who are baptized, they should start to
consider fasting about the time that they
are old enough to be baptized.
Little children and people who are sick are
not expected to fast.
We begin to fast after we are baptized.
We call this special day each month fast
On at least one Sunday each month the
members of the Church are asked to fast
for two meals.
During this time, we do not eat or drink.
The money that we give is called a fast
offering, and it is used to help buy food and
clothing for the poor and needy.
Our latter-day prophets have also asked us
to give to those in need.
They have asked us to give to the Church at
least the amount of money that we save by
not eating or drinking while we fast.
What are fast offerings?
Money donated to the Church to help the
What is this money used for?
To buy food, clothing, and other necessities
for the poor and needy
That is when we fast other than on fast
We can fast and pray for help anytime, just
as Phillip and his family did for Phillips
We and those we love need Heavenly
Fathers help all the time, but there are
times when we have a particularly difficult
problem to solve or when someone in our
family is very ill.
Jesus Christ knew how helpful prayer and
fasting can be.
Listen to the following story from Mark
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One day a man asked
the Savior to help his
The disciples had already tried to heal his
son, but they could not.
The boy had an evil
spirit in him.
Jesus had the man bring his son to Him.
When the boy came,
the evil spirit made
him fall to the ground.
The father said that it had been in him
since he was a child.
The Savior asked how
long the evil spirit had
been in the boy.
Jesus said that He could heal the son if the father had faith.
He said that he had faith.
The father began
But he asked Jesus to help him have even
the evil spirit to
come out of the boy
and never go into
The evil spirit was angry. It hurt the
Then it obeyed Jesus and left.
The boy was so
quiet that many
people said he was
But Jesus took his hand and helped him
The boy was healed.
The evil spirit was gone.
Later the disciples asked Jesus why they had not been able to make the evil spirit leave the boy.
Jesus told them that sometimes they
needed to fast and pray in order for a
person to be healed.
Heavenly Father always hears our prayers, but
when we are willing to fast, we show Heavenly
Father and Jesus Christ that we truly have faith
When we are willing to pray and fast, we show
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that we love
them and that we are trying to be close to
them so that we can receive their help.
Listen to the following
See if you can see how
fasting and prayer
helped bring people
closer to Heavenly
Father and Jesus Christ.
It was spring and the farmers in the valley
It had been a dry winter, and they needed rain
so they could plant their crops.
to hold a special
fast, and he asked
each bishop to
announce it to
the members in
He knew the people needed to draw closer to
Heavenly Father and Jesus before they could
receive the special help they needed.
People from everywhere in the stake came to a
meeting to join in praying and fasting.
They prayed for rain or snow so they could
plant their crops and they would grow.
They waited and waited, but the moisture they
needed did not come.
Months went by
continued to fast
Finally, the stake
Plant your crops, he told the people.
Heavenly Father has heard your prayers.
Even though the farmers had not seen any
signs of rain, they did as they were directed.
Within a few weeks, Heavenly Fathers answer
Day after day the rain fell, giving the crops the
moisture they needed to grow.
That year the farmers had one of the best
crops they had ever seen.
(See David Carl Danielson, Rain in Due
Season, Ensign, July 1978, pp. 6869.)
Here is another
story about how
fasting can help
bring you closer to
and Jesus Christ.
Rhonda, a young girl, was injured in an
When her family heard the bad news, they
rushed to her side at the hospital.
She was in a coma, which means that she was
unable to speak or move.
Day after day her
family waited at the
hospital, hoping and
praying that she would
be well again.
But somehow, their
prayers didnt seem
to be enough.
They wanted to feel
closer to Heavenly
Father and Jesus
Christ, to show them
their love and ask
them to heal their
The family decided to
fast and pray.
All of their relatives,
friends wanted to join
them in the fast.
announced the fast at
church, and many in
the ward fasted with
They felt close to
Heavenly Father and
Jesus Christ and knew
that Heavenly Father
would help them if it
was best for Rhonda.
Later, while kneeling
in prayer, Rhondas
parents had a feeling
that their daughter
As they entered her
hospital room that
morning, she looked
up and spoke to
Later she was able to
sit up in bed and eat.
Rhonda was going to
The bishop also told
the family that
because of that fast,
the people of the
ward had grown
closer together and
had shown more love
for each other than
I want to bear my testimony of the
importance of fasting.
I would encourage the you to want to fast.
To fast and pray willingly is one of the
most important ways to show Heavenly
Father and Jesus Christ that we want to
feel closer to them and receive their
Do any of you have an experience you
know about fasting?
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17 And one of the multitude answered and said,
Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which
hath a dumb spirit;
18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth
him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth,
and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that
they should cast him out; and they could not.
19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless
generation, how long shall I be with you? how
long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
20 And they brought him unto him: and when he
saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he
fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago
since this came unto him? And he said, Of a
22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire,
and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou
canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all
things are possible to him that believeth.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried
out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help
thou mine unbelief.
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running
together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto
him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee,
come out of him, and enter no more into him.
26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and
came out of him: and he was as one dead;
insomuch that many said, He is dead.
27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted
him up; and he arose.
28 And when he was come into the house, his
disciples asked him privately, Why could not we
cast him out?
29 And he said unto them, This kind can come
forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.