Lesson 21: Joseph Smith Is Tarred and Feathered


The purpose of  teaching Primary 5 Lesson 21: Joseph Smith Is Tarred and Feathered is to help everyone develop a forgiving attitude.

Teaching Thoughts

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

Teacher Study

"The Healing Ointment of Forgiveness" by Elder Kevin R. Duncan

"Forgiveness" by President Gordon B. Hinckley


Forgive 70 Times 7 (about 3 1/2 minutes)- A Bible video of Christ explaining how we should forgive others.

Forgiveness: My Burden Was Made Light (about 8 1/2 minutes)- A man learns to forgive after his family is killed in a car accident.

Required to Forgive (about 8 minutes)- W.W. Phelps tells how Joseph Smith forgave him. Start at minute 4.


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

"How Will They Know?"- Children's Songbook pg. 182

"Jesus Said Love Everyone"- Children's Songbook pg. 61

"Kindness Begins With Me"- Children's Songbook pg. 145


My Primary 5 Lesson 21 Handout Packet includes

  • Proverbs 15:1 label- Attach it to a soda bottle to demonstrate this scripture with a cool object lesson. Attach two soda bottles together with a vortex connector. Then swirl it around to create a tornado effect (stir up to anger). Allow things to calm down again. Which way do you actually want to attempt pouring the soda? The same is with us- we respond much better to things that are calm. Send a connector home with your class to demonstrate this principle to their families.
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Activity Ideas

Cease From Anger- Take this quiz to see how forgiving you are. You could look up the scriptures to go with it and use it as a scripture chase game or a discussion starter.

Family Fun Time: Forgiveness- A list of forgiveness tips you can use to either build a paper house as they suggest, or you can use these tips to create a memory game or any other game of choice.

Following Jesus- Three challenges to help us be better at forgiving.

I Forgive You- A matching game matching pictures of shoes with situations that require forgiveness.

Be Ye Kind to One Another- A Bright Idea Poster. Find 11 ways to use posters and pictures in your lessons here.

You Can Repent and Forgive- A list of ways that can help you forgive others when they do something to hurt you.

Coloring Pages

Joseph Forgives His Brothers