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This lesson is all about Spencer W. Kimball. Learn about his life as a child and about the characteristics that made him such a great man and latter-day prophet of the Lord.Ready to print and teach!

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Spencer W. KimballMaterials needed: pictures of Spencer W. Kimball, comic strip, crossword puzzle, ingredients forcheesecake, article Spencer W. Kimball: Man of Action,

Opening Song:

familys choice

Opening Prayer: Lesson: Show the picture of young Spencer W. Kimball and tell the following facts from his life. This boy was the sixth of eleven children. He grew up on a farm in Thatcher, Arizona. He loved going to Primary. Beginning when he was nine years old, he memorized the Articles of Faith, the Ten Commandments, and most of the hymns from the church hymnal while milking cows and watering the horses each day. He learned to sing, lead music, and play the piano.

Can you guess what prophet this boy grew up to be? Let them guess. Show and read the comic strip about Spencer W. Kimball. What did Spencer memorize as a boy? Do you think you could memorize those like he did? Set a goal as a family to memorize the Articles of Faith together, as well as the Ten Commandments. A chart is provided for each family member to track their progress for the Articles of Faith. Show the picture of Spencer with his brothers. (Spencer is in the middle). Spencer is 11 in this picture. This was a hard year for him because his mother died. Spencer recalled that the news came as a thunderbolt. I ran from the house out in the backyard to be alone in my deluge of tears. Out of sight and sound, away from everybody, I sobbed and sobbed. My eleven-yearold heart seemed to burst. He loved his mother dearly. In 1914, Spencer graduated from Gila Academy, expecting to enter the University of Arizona in the fall. During the graduation ceremonies, however, Andrew Kimball (Spencers dad and the stake president), announced that Spencer was to be called on a mission. Show the picture of the missionary Spencer. From October 1914 to December 1916 he served as a full-time missionary in the Central States Mission. About seven months after his mission he met Camilla Eyring. They fell in love and were married November 16, 1917. Show picture of Spencer & Camilla. Spencer & Camilla eventually had four children, three boys and one girl.

For older children:

Go over the article Spencer W. Kimball: Man of Action and talk about the

character traits Pres. Kimball displayed.

Activity: To find out a little more about Pres. Kimball, do the crossword puzzle as a family orsplit into teams and race to see who can complete it the fastest.

Game: The Shoe Game Read before playing:

Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley said, On one occasion

I tried to slow [Pres. Kimball] down a little, and he said, Gordon, my life is like my shoes to be worn out in service.

Items Needed: A large cardboard box At least one shoe from each family member Scarf or Bandana

Place everyones shoe in the cardboard box. Use a scarf to blindfold family members one at a time, and have them reach into the box and pick out a shoe. If they pick their own shoe, they should put it back and try again. When everyone has picked someone else's shoe, they have to think of three nice surprises they can do for the shoe's owner throughout the week.

Closing Song: familys choice Closing Prayer: Refreshments: Spencer W. Kimballs Raspberry Cheesecake

Young Spencer

Spencer with his brothers. Spencer is in the middle.

Spencer before his mission

Spencer & Camilla

You can learn about President Spencer W. Kimball, the twelfth President of the Church, by doing this crossword puzzle. Read the clues, then fill in the puzzle by choosing the correct answer from the words below.

Bible journals lengthen Across

memorized missionary

parties priesthood shoes

small throat

2. While young Spencer W. Kimball pumped water and milked cows, he ________________ the Articles of Faith and the words of hymns. 4. One of his favorite sayings was ___________ your stride. That meant that Church members needed to work harder to do missionary work and keep the commandments. 6. President Kimball asked members to write in these so that others could read about their lives. 7. Young Spencer was a favorite at these neighborhood events, partly because he kept people laughing and partly because he could play the piano. 8. Although he was always __________, like his mother, he was good at sportsespecially basketball, volleyball, and snowshoeing.

9. President Kimball said, My life is like my __________, to be worn out in service. Down 1. When Susa Young Gates, a daughter of President Brigham Young, challenged people in Spencers stake to read this book all the way through, fourteen-year-old Spencer decided that he would. It took him a year, but he finished it! 2. President Kimball felt that every member should do this kind of work, and that each worthy young man should be a full-time __________. 3. After having surgery for cancer in his _______, Elder Kimball spoke in a whispery, scratchy voice. 5. People everywhere were very happy when Heavenly Father told him that all worthy men should be able to hold the ____________, no matter what their race or color.

Spencer W. Kimballs Raspberry Cheesecake1 3-ounce package lemon gelatin 1 cup hot water 1 cup evaporated milk, chilled and whipped 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon lemon juice cup butter 28 graham crackers, crushed 1 cup whipping cream, whipped and sweet In a mixer bowl dissolve gelatin in hot water; cool and blend in whipped evaporated milk. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar. Gently combine gelatin mixture with cream cheese mixture; fold in lemon juice. In another bowl, melt butter and combine with cracker crumbs. Place half of crumbs on bottom of 9x13-inch pan. Pour gelatin/cream cheese mixture on top and sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Chill at least 3 hours to set. Serve with whipped cream and raspberries. Makes 10 to 12 servings. (Lion House Desserts, [Salt Lake City: Eagle Gate, 2000], p. 14.)

Spencer W. Kimball: Man of Action By Garrett H. Garff Curriculum Department President Kimball lived what he taught: It is not so much what we know that is important, as what we do and what we are. Garrett H. Garff, Spencer W. Kimball: Man of Action, Ensign, Jan. 2007, 47 In 1981 Elder Robert D. Hales, then a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, said of President Spencer W. Kimball, He is a man of action, demonstrated by the simple sign on his desk that says, Do It. 1 As twelfth President of the Church, from December 1973 to November 1985, this man of action encouraged Latter-day Saints to avoid complacency and to reach for ever-greater levels of gospel performance. We must lengthen our stride, he said. 2 He further counseled: Let us remember that it is not so much what we know that is important, as what we do and what we are. The Masters plan is a program of doing, of living, not merely knowing. Knowledge itself is not the end. It is how we righteously live and apply that knowledge in our own lives and how we apply it to help others that describes our character. 3 Throughout his life, President Kimball showed his commitment to living the gospel. His teachings, in turn, offer practical as well as inspiring counsel that can help each of us live the gospel more fully. The following examples are taken from Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, which is the Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society curriculum for 2007 in 26 languages, including English Braille. Prayer One of the most trying experiences in Spencer W. Kimballs life was losing his mother, who died when he was 11 years old. He recalled that the news came as a thunderbolt. I ran from the house out in the backyard to be alone in my deluge of tears. Out of sight and sound, away from everybody, I sobbed and sobbed. My eleven-year-old heart seemed to burst. Even at this young age, however, Spencer knew of the comfort and peace that prayer could bring. During this time of sorrow, a family friend wrote, My children wept with [my wife and me] as we heard of the prayers of little Spencer and how the loss of his mother weighed so heavily upon his little heart and yet how bravely he battled with his grief and sought comfort from the only source. 4 Of prayer, President Kimball taught: Prayer is such a privilegenot only to speak to our Father in Heaven, but also to receive love and inspiration from him. At the end of our prayers, we need to do some intense listeningeven for several minutes. We have prayed for counsel and help. Now we must be still, and know that [he is] God. (Ps. 46:10.) 5 Learning the language of prayer is a joyous, lifetime experience. Sometimes ideas flood our mind as we listen after our prayers. Sometimes feelings press upon us. A spirit of calmness assures us that all will be well. But always, if we have been honest and earnest, we will experience a good feelinga feeling of warmth for our Father in Heaven and a sense of his love for us. It has sorrowed me that some of us have not learned the meaning of that calm, spiritual warmth, for it is a witness to us that our prayers have been

heard. And since our Father in Heaven loves us with more love than we have even for ourselves, it means that we can trust in his goodness, we can trust in him; it means that if we continue praying and living as we should, our Fathers hand will guide and bless us. 6 Scripture Study As a boy of 14, Spencer Kimball heard a sermon in which the speaker asked who in the congregation had read the entire Bible. Only a few raised their hands. Not being one of those few, Spencer keenly felt the need to read the sacred book from cover to cover, which he began doing that very night by the light of a coal-oil lamp. In about a year he completed his goal of reading all of the Bible, an accomplishment that contributed to his lifelong love of scripture study. 7 President Kimball ofte