Lesson 39: The Saints Build Winter Quarters


The purpose in teaching Primary 5 Lesson 39: The Saints Build Winter Quarters is to understand that great things can be accomplished when people cooperate and serve each other.

Teaching Thoughts

  • Head to JustServe.org before class and see if there is something your class can do to serve the community.
  • Cut up the words to Mosiah 2:17 and see if your class can put it in order.
  • The map activity included in The Red Headed Hostess Class Packet is great.

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

Teacher Study

"Faith in Every Footstep" by Elder M. Russell Ballard

"Walking in the Light of the Lord" by President Gordon B. Hinckley


The Saints Establish Winter Quarters (about 2 1/2 minutes)- An illustrated story from the Doctrine and Covenants about the Saints postponing their trip West to stay at Winter Quarters.

Pioneers (about 5 minutes)- Elder Rasband describes pioneers both modern and historical.

Humanitarian Efforts Review-Bishop Burton (about 3 minutes)- Bishop Burton gives an overview of how the church's humanitarian work serves the world.

Pass it On (about 2 minutes)- Children show how they are doing as President Monson asked to serve others.

The Coat (about 2 minutes)- The illustrated story of a boy giving his coat to another boy in need.


"I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus"- Children's Songbook pg. 78

"To Be a Pioneer"- Children's Songbook pg. 218

"Whenever I Think about Pioneers"- Children's Songbook pg. 222

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

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


My Primary 5 Lesson 39 Handout Packet includes

  • Scripture card puzzles to go with Preparation 3
  • Worksheet to go with Enrichment Activity 1

Activity Ideas

Waiting in Winter Quarters- Pictures of the display at the Mormon Trail Visitor's Center at Winter Quarters.

The Saints Stop at Winter Quarters- Find the hidden objects in this illustrated picture of Winter Quarters.

Heading West- A board game to play about the pioneers leaving Nauvoo for the West.

Pioneer Fun- A game pioneer children used to play.

A Pioneer Message- Find a message from pioneers by solving the word puzzle.

Fixing a Bike- Find hidden objects in this picture of a girl serving her brother by fixing his bike.

Helping a Neighbor- Order pictures in the correct sequential order and find a message.

An Important Lesson- Find a message by following the instructions about a Primary class serving.

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

Serving Like Christ- A word search about service.

Singing Service- Decode a message of music notes to discover a message about service.

Serving Others Hidden Pictures- Find hidden objects in this picture of children serving their neighbors.

Coloring Pages

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

Following Jesus

My Family and I Can Serve Others