Lesson 2: The Apostasy and the Need for the Restoration of Jesus Christ's Church


The main purpose for Primary 5 Lesson 2: The Apostasy and the Need for the Restoration of Jesus Christ's Church is to understand that Christ's church was taken from the earth because of apostasy and has been restored to earth today. 

Teaching Thoughts

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Teacher Study

"Apostasy and Restoration" by Elder Dallin H. Oaks

"The Restoration of All Things" by Elder James E. Faust

"Apostasy, Restoration, and Lessons in Faith" by Brother Andrew C. Skinner


A Search for Truth (about 15 1/2 minutes)- Wilford Woodruff's search helps explain the need for the Restoration.

Apostasy-Jan (about 2 minutes)- Jan shares about the Apostasy

After the New Testament (about 3 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story

The Restoration (about 19 minutes)- Live action reenactment of the First Vision

The Apostasy and Restoration (about 2 minutes)- Paul forewarns of the apostasy


My Primary 5 Lesson 2 handout packet includes:

  • Information sheets for John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, and Roger Williams- If you are planning early enough, give each strip to a different child so they can present about that person on Sunday.
  • Journal page- fill out as a class, at the end of your lesson as review, or send it as homework

Activity Ideas

"This Is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!"- Build a 3D church with restoration walls

Jesus Christ Restored His Church in the Latter Days- Use the coins in this treasure chest with wordstrips you prepare according to the manual (Preparation #4)

Partial Pictures- Match the photos to the scriptures- You could include it with the Attention Activity in the manual.

The Church of Jesus Christ Has Been Restored- Discover the hidden pictures

Joseph Smith Prophet of the Restoration- Scene to assemble with Joseph Smith

Coloring Pages

My Faith in Jesus Christ Grows When I Learn about the Restoration of the Gospel