Lesson 23: Forgiving One Another


The purpose of Primary 3 Lesson 23: Forgiving Others is to have the desire to forgive others.

Teaching Thoughts

The following are LDS.org resources unless otherwise stated.

Teacher Study

"Point of Safe Return" by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf 

“Forgiveness” by President Gordon B. Hinckley 


"Help Me, Dear Father"- Children's Songbook pg. 99

"Repentance"- Children's Songbook pg. 98

"Follow the Prophet"- Children's Songbook pg. 110 (verse 7)

"I Want to Live the Gospel"- Children's Songbook pg. 148

"The Fourth Article of Faith"- Children's Songbook pg. 124


The Shiny Bicycle (about 3 minutes)- Heavenly Father and Jesus make it possible for us to receive forgiveness

Alma the Younger Repents (about 3 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story

There is also this video of Alma the Younger from Living Scriptures. You can download the video using their streaming service and show it to your class (with permission from your Presidency). 


The Primary 3 Lesson 23 Handout packet includes

  • Balloon posters with the steps of forgiveness. This way when you forgive you can let the balloon go and be released from that burden. If you want to be really fun, bring in helium balloons with questions written on them and let them float to the ceiling when answered. OR if you think your class can handle it, after they answer the question, they can blow a balloon up and let it go. 
  • Be a Smartie- Forgive Others handout. It includes the scripture in D&C 64:9 as well. There is a blank space for you to attach candy smarties, a bandaid, or anything else you think would be appropriate. 

Activity Ideas

I Forgive You- Several different examples of problems- write why you will forgive him

Be Ye Kind- Bright Idea Poster

I Forgive You- Walk in the other's shoes activity

Forgiveness- (older classes) Decode the message

Alma the Younger Short Story- Grab these cute figures from Latter-day Chatter to tell the story

Coloring Pages

Joseph Forgives His Brothers

Nephi Forgives- Scripture story figures

..Strengthen Me and My Family