Lesson 43: Jonah and the People of Nineveh


Remember as you teach LDS Primary 6 Lesson 43: Jonah and the People of Nineveh, the overall purpose is to understand that all who truly repent will be forgiven.

Teaching Thoughts

These are a few bonus ideas- keep scrolling for more!

  • Rachael has an awesome handout with a scripture and Jonah inside the whale (pictured to the right). Check out how to make one on Rachael's Booknook.

  • Teach your class while they sit in the belly of whale with this fun idea.

  • This is a super fun game to hand out for this lesson but you should probably wait until the very end of church to hand them out!

  • Use the paper plane object lesson included in the class packet from the Red Headed Hostess.

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

Teacher Study

“Repentance: A Joyful Choice” by Elder Dale G. Renlund

“Did You Get the Right Message?” by President James E. Faust

“Repentance and Change” by President Dallin H. Oaks


Jonah- Illustrated scripture story about 2 1/2 minutes

What Does it Mean to Repent?- A young man shares how he experiences the blessings of the Atonement (about 3 minutes).

Repentance: A Joyful Choice- The firecracker story from Elder Renlund’s talk


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

"Repentance"- Children's Songbook pg. 98

"Follow the Prophet"- Children's Songbook pg. 110 (verse 7)

"I Want to Live the Gospel"- Children's Songbook pg. 148

"The Fourth Article of Faith"- Children's Songbook pg. 124


Matthew 12:39-40- Jonas was foreshadowing of Jesus' death and resurrection

Matthew 16:4

Luke 11:29-30

Book of Jonah


My Primary 6 Lesson 43 handout packet includes

  • Whale and Jonah craft. Attach the whale to a clothespin so it looks like the whale is eating Jonah. I recommend printing on blue paper so your class only needs to color Jonah. Buy 100 clothespins now (they make great bag clips too). I got this idea from Chinderzoit.

  • Tic Tac Toe game boards in two sizes. You can play it as a class or divide into groups so everyone has a chance. I have question cards with answers for each person to ask each other. These questions and answers come from the Enrichment Activity 3.

Activity Ideas

Jonah and the Whale Cutouts- Stick figures to tell the story (whale mouth can open and close) or color these cutouts.

Jonah and the Big Fish- Illustrated story and more cutouts

Repentance: Turning from Wrong to Right- Make this repentance reminder

 What is Repentance?- Follow the lines to fill in the answers

Help Eli Show He is Sorry- Maze

Kelsey Makes a Mistake- Several activities- the last one is a hidden objects picture

Coloring Pages

Jonah and the Great Fish

Jonah Repents