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!

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