Lesson 4: Joseph Smith's Childhood


The purpose of Primary 3 Lesson 4: Joseph Smith's Childhood is to encourage everyone to follow the example of Joseph Smith by following Jesus and being a good family member.

Teaching Thoughts

  • Keep in mind that next week's lesson is on the First Vision then the Restoration.
  • This page on LDS.org has several more links about Joseph Smith that are useful for these next few lessons.
  • This media page is full of images of Joseph Smith including as a child that you can use for additional coloring pages.
  • Discover 6 learning activities in this lesson packet about Joseph Smith's childhood from The Red Headed Hostess.

The following are links to LDS.org resources unless otherwise stated.

Teacher Study

"The Prophet Joseph Smith: Teacher by Example" by President Thomas S. Monson

"The Family of the Prophet Joseph Smith" by Elder M. Russell Ballard


"Love at Home"- Hymn #294

"Choose the Right Way"- Children's Songbook pg. 160

"An Angel Came to Joseph Smith"- Children's Songbook pg. 86

"On a Golden Springtime"- Children's Songbook pg. 88

"The Sacred Grove"- Children's Songbook pg. 87

"The Golden Plates"- Children's Songbook pg. 86

"This is My Beloved Son"- Children's Songbook pg. 76


A Seer Will I Raise Up (about 5 minutes)- Joseph Smith is prepared to bring about the restoration

D&C Stories- Illustrated scripture studies

Seeker of Truth (about 2 minutes)- Describes Joseph's search for truth

Special Witness- Elder Christofferson (about 6 minutes)- Testifies of Joseph Smith's First Vision

The Restoration (about 20 minutes)- The First Vision



My Primary 3 Lesson 4 handout packet includes

  • Wordstrips as stated in Preparation #3
  • Joseph Smith handout to go with Enrichment Activity #2