Lesson 41: Fasting Brings Us Closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ


The main purpose of Primary 3 Lesson 41: Fasting Brings Us Closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is to understand the purpose and blessings of fasting. 

Teaching Thoughts

  • Bring in an empty plate to place on the table. Talk about how fasting is more than going without eating then have your class place what or who they are fasting for on the plate.
  • Tie in the scripture story of Esther.
  • Use this fun file folder Fasting game included in The Red Headed Hostess class packet.
  • Use the red wagon story and printables from Little LDS Ideas.

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

Teacher Study

Fasting and Fast Offerings- Topic post with lots of info

"The Law of the Fast" by Elder L. Tom Perry


"Faith"- Children's Songbook pg. 96

"In Fasting We Approach Thee"- Hymn #139

"Because I Have Been Given Much"- Hymn #219 (no words online)

"Bless Our Fast, We Pray"- Hymn #138


Esther- The illustrated scripture story 

For Such a Time as This- Bible video

The Sons of Mosiah Become Missionaries- Illustrated scripture story

Jesus is Tempted- Illustrated scripture story


My Primary 3 Lesson 41 handout packet includes

  • Questions mentioned in the Preparation section
  • Fasting worksheet to go with Enrichment Activity 2

Activity Ideas

There isn't much on fasting on LDS.org and what there is, mostly relates back to Esther so I included a few more things focusing on her.

Queen Esther- Decode the message

Esther- poster 

Queen Esther- (older classes) Crossword puzzle or use this one

Esther- Scripture figures to cut out or use these ones that you can color yourself

Fasting and Prayer- Color and put together these movable figures

For Such a Time as This- Bright Idea poster of Esther

Coloring Pages

Esther Pleads with the King