Game Ideas for Teaching the Plan of Salvation
29 SEP 2017
The Plan of Salvation is a crucial aspect of the doctrine of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, or the Mormon Church. In order to teach the Plan of Salvation, there are a variety of games that you can play so that children or other students can learn about what Mormons believe.
1 Board Game
Create a simple board game that will allow children to learn about what Mormons believe when they talk of the Plan of Salvation. Decorate a piece of cardboard with a picture of the baby Jesus in the bottom left and the adult Jesus in the top right. According to Primary Page, join the two together with footprints, via seven milestones titled "Birth, Blessing, Baptism, Confirmation, Priesthood Ordination, Temple Endowment, Temple Marriage and Death." Then, compete the game by rolling dice to advance across the board to see who reaches the end first.
2 File Folder Game
The website "Sugar Doodle" (see Resources) offers a file folder game that you can use to teach the Mormon Plan of Salvation. Download the game and print out the various pages. The game involves placing the steps of the plan of salvation in order, beginning with the period prebirth in heaven and culminating in the return to heaven. Cut out the picture steps and place a small magnet on the back of each picture. It is up to the child to place the steps in the correct order, which will help him learn about the Mormon Plan of Salvation.
3 Trivia Games
As with any form of learning, trivia games are a good way to make remembering facts an engaging activity. Write a series of questions down on some flashcards, with three possible answers. If the student can answer the question without the multiple choice, she gets three points; if she gets it right with multiple choice, she get one point. The player with the most points wins. This can be an effective rainy day activity to teach about the Plan of Salvation. For example, the questions can include "What name do Mormons give the veil through which human souls pass before birth?" or "What religion believes in the Plan of Salvation?" Tailor these to the ability and age of the child, with the former example being more suitable for an older child than the latter.