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  • L e s s o n 4 1 : F a s t i n g B r i n g s U s C l o s e r t o H e a v e n l y F a t h e r a n d J e s u s C h r i s t , P r i m a r y 3 : C h o o s e t h e R i g h t B , ( 1 9 9 4 ) , 2 0 3

    LESSON 41:

    FASTING

    BRINGS US

    CLOSER TO

    HEAVENLY

    FATHER AND

    JESUS

    CHRIST

  • 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

    special blessings.

    PURPOSE

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    OUR OPENING PRAYER WILL BE GIVEN BY

  • ATTENTION ACTIVITY

    Listen to this story about Philip and his

    family.

  • ATTENTION ACTIVITY

    On one Sunday morning

    Phillip hurried into the

    kitchen where his mother

    was busy studying the

    scriptures.

    Whats for breakfast? he

    asked. Im hungry.

    Phillips mother looked at

    him sadly and said, Your

    father is not doing very

    well.

  • ATTENTION ACTIVITY

    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.

  • ATTENTION ACTIVITY

    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

    today.

    We will go without food and

    drink.

  • ATTENTION ACTIVITY

    Would you be willing to do

    that for your father?

    Yes, I would, Phillip

    answered.

  • What do we call going without food and

    drink for a righteous purpose?

    Fasting.

  • 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

    Sunday.

    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

    poor.

  • 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

    Sunday.

    We can fast and pray for help anytime, just

    as Phillip and his family did for Phillips

    father.

    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

    9:1729 .

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  • One day a man asked

    the Savior to help his

    son.

    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

    to cry.

    But he asked Jesus to help him have even

    more faith.

  • Jesus commanded

    the evil spirit to

    come out of the boy

    and never go into

    him again.

    The evil spirit was angry. It hurt the

    boy again.

    Then it obeyed Jesus and left.

  • The boy was so

    quiet that many

    people said he was

    dead.

    But Jesus took his hand and helped him

    stand up.

    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

    in them.

  • 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

    story.

    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

    were worried.

    It had been a dry winter, and they needed rain

    so they could plant their crops.

  • The stake

    president decided

    to hold a special

    fast, and he asked

    each bishop to

    announce it to

    the members in

    his ward.

    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

    The people

    continued to fast

    and pray.

    Finally, the stake

    president called

    another meeting.

  • 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

    came.

    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

    Heavenly Father

    and Jesus Christ.

  • Rhonda, a young girl, was injured in an

    automobile accident.

    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

    daughter.

  • The family decided to

    fast and pray.

    All of their relatives,

    neighbors, and

    friends wanted to join

    them in the fast.

    The bishop

    announced the fast at

    church, and many in

    the ward fasted with

    them.

  • 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

    would recover.

    As they entered her

    hospital room that

    morning, she looked

    up and spoke to

    them.

    Later she was able to

    sit up in bed and eat.

  • Rhonda was going to

    recover.

    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

    ever before.

  • I want to bear my testimony of the

    importance of fasting.

    I would encourage the you to want to fast.

    TESTIMONY

  • 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

    help.

    Do any of you have an experience you

    know about fasting?

    TESTIMONY

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    OUR CLOSING PRAYER WILL BE GIVEN BY

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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.

    MARK 9:1729

  • 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

    child.

    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

    help us.

    MARK 9:1729

  • 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.

    MARK 9:1729

  • 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.

    MARK 9:1729

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