Lesson 33: The Saints Work to Build Nauvoo, the Beautiful


The purpose of teaching Primary 5 Lesson 33: The Saints Work to Build Nauvoo, the Beautiful is to encourage everyone to be hard workers like the Saints who settled Nauvoo.

Teaching Thoughts

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

Teacher Study

"The Value of Work" by Elder J. Richard Clarke

"Be Ambitious for Christ" by Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita

"Nauvoo-A Demonstration of Faith" by Elder L. Tom Perry

"Nauvoo: City Beautiful"


Pass It On (about 2 minutes)- Children show how they are accepting President Monson's challenge to serve others.

The Saints in Nauvoo (about 1 1/2 minutes)- An illustrated Doctrine and Covenants video about the saints in Nauvoo.

The Coat (about 2 minutes)- A true story about service from the life of Heber J. Grant.

Unselfish Service (about 2 1/2 minutes)- A video about following the Savior through service.


"Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel" Hymns #252

"Saturday"- Children's Songbook pg. 196

"When We're Helping"- Children's Songbook pg. 198

"Give, Said the Little Stream"- Children's Songbook pg. 236

"A Happy Helper"- Children's Songbook pg. 197


My Primary 5 Lesson 33 Handout Packet includes

  • 4 Thank You notes for your class to use with Enrichment Activity 5
  • Scripture poster to go with Enrichment Activity 6

Activity Ideas

Working on a Farm- A comic book story of President Kimball's experience working on a farm and what he learned about the value of work.

Hidden Pictures- Find hidden objects in a picture of a family working together to rake leaves.

Which Chore is Mine?- Follow the lines to match children to their chores.

Joseph and the Saints Build Nauvoo- Church history figures you can color and cut out to tell the story of the saints building Nauvoo.

The Saints Gather in Nauvoo- A picture puzzle to solve clues and discover what the word Nauvoo means.

A Walk Around Nauvoo- A game where players win by blowing through a straw to move a coin around Nauvoo.

A Big Helper- Look at a picture and find ways a young boy can help out at home. This is better for younger classes.

Fixing a Bike- Find hidden objects in a picture about a girl helping her brother fix his bike.

Serving Heavenly Father- Find differences in pictures of children helping at home.  This is better for younger classes.

Helping a Neighbor- Solve a puzzle by arranging pictures of a girl serving her neighbor in the correct sequence.

An Important Lesson- Use clues to decode a message about service.

Service Project- Find hidden objects in a picture of boys cleaning the church.

Serving Like Christ- A word search about service.

Serving Others Hidden Picture- Find hidden objects in a picture of children serving their neighbor.

Singing Service- Match notes children are singing to decode a message about service.

Winter Service Hidden Picture- Find hidden objects in a picture of a family shoveling snow for their neighbor.

Exploring Nauvoo- Some fun and interesting facts about life in Nauvoo.  You could try "cross writing" with your class.

Sharing Time: Peaceful Nauvoo- Color and cut out buildings in Nauvoo and find them on a map of the city.

Sharing Time: Nauvoo Cutouts- Use these cutouts of buildings in Nauvoo to go along with "Peaceful Nauvoo."

Coloring Pages

Because I am His Child, I will Serve God with all my Heart, Might, Mind and Strength

Following Jesus

I Can Help My Family

I'm Trying to Love my Neighbor

My Family and I Can Serve Others