Naaman Is Healed

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“Lesson 35: Naaman Is Healed,” Primary 6: Old
Testament, (1996),154
Erase or cross out every other letter
of the message starting with the first
letter of each word.
Don’t tell what it says until everyone
else is done!
Did obedience to the instructions
lead you to a pleasant surprise?
In this lesson we
will learn about
an important
military leader
who followed
the instructions
of a prophet and
was healed from
a terrible
As captain of the king’s army,
Naaman was an important man in
the country of Syria. He was a good
and valiant man, but he was a leper.
He was very
sick. He had
sores on his
body. His skin
was falling off.
Naaman’s wife had a little maid
from the land of Israel.
 The maid told
Naaman’s wife
that if Naaman
were with the
prophet, the
prophet would
heal him.
When the king of Syria heard this,
he sent Naaman to the king of
Israel with gifts of silver and gold
and a letter asking the king of Israel
to heal Naaman of his leprosy.
The king of Israel could not cure
He was frightened that Syria would
start a war with Israel if Naaman
was not healed.
The King was so unhappy that he
tore his clothes.
Elisha was then the prophet. He told
the king to send Naaman to him.
So Naaman went with
his horses and his
chariot and stood at the
door of Elisha’s house.
Elisha sent his servant to
talk to Naaman. He told
Naaman to wash seven
times in the Jordan
River. Then Naaman
would be healed.
Naaman was angry because
Elisha did not come out to heal
 He said that there
were better rivers in
Syria. Why couldn’t
he just wash in one
of those rivers?
 Naaman decided not to do what
the prophet counseled.
Naaman did not
want to do what
Elisha said. He
started for home.
His servants asked him if he would
have done something difficult to be
They asked him why he wouldn’t do
something easy to be healed if he was
willing to do something difficult.
Naaman thought it over, then
went to the Jordan River and
washed himself seven times as
the prophet Elisha had
instructed him.
 When he came out
of the river, he
was completely
Naaman returned to Elisha’s
house, happy and thankful.
Naaman tried
repeatedly to
give Elisha gifts
because he was
so grateful.
Each time, Elisha refused the gifts.
Naaman told Elisha that he knew that
he had been healed by the power of
God, and he promised that from then
on he would worship only God.
After he left,
noticed Gehazi,
Elisha’s servant,
running after
Gehazi lied and told Naaman that
Elisha had changed his mind about
the gifts.
Naaman gave the
gold and silver and
clothing to Gehazi
and continued on his
journey home.
Gehazi hid the gifts in his own
home and returned to Elisha.
When Elisha asked where he had
been Gehazi lied and said he
hadn’t gone anywhere.
Elisha told Gehazi
he knew what he
had done. Because
of his lies and
wicked acts, he
was cursed with
What kind of a man was Naaman?
Let’s read 2 Kings 5:1
What disease was he afflicted
 Leprosy is a skin disease. Because
people feared catching it, lepers
were often cast out of cities and
had to live in designated areas
with other lepers.
Who told Naaman’s wife that there
was a prophet of God in Samaria
who could heal Naaman of leprosy?
Let’s read 2 Kings
What does this tell
us about this faithful
Israelite girl?
How can our faith
help others?
Why was the king of Israel upset when
he received the letter from the king of
Syria asking him to heal Naaman?
Let’s read 2 Kings 5:7
The power a king has is different from
the power of the priesthood that Elisha
The king did not have the power to
heal. He feared there would be a war
with Syria if Naaman was not healed.
What instructions did Elisha send
to Naaman through a messenger.
 Let’s read 2 Kings 5:10
Why did Naaman get angry?
Elisha sent a
servant instead of
coming himself,
and the answer
was so simple.
 When
might we disregard
simple messages from
Heavenly Father because we
want answers that are more
 Why
do we
do this?
The following quotation is by
President Spencer W. Kimball:
“Expecting the
spectacular, one
may not be fully
alerted to the
constant flow of
(in Conference Report, Apr. 1977, p.
115; or Ensign, May 1977, p. 78).
Enrichment Activity #2
When Joseph
Smith was a
boy reading the
came to him to
go into the
woods and pray
about which
church to join.
Enrichment Activity #2
 Do
you have
an experience
of your own
when you
were inspired
Enrichment Activity #2
How might answers come in
situations such as the following?:
Someone is praying to know if the
Church is true.
Someone is praying for help with a
difficult class in school.
Someone is praying to get along
better with friends or family
Enrichment Activity #2
How did Naaman’s
servants convince him
to do what the prophet
Elisha told him to do?
Let’s read 2 Kings
What should we do if
we don’t want to
follow the teachings of
the prophet?
What happened when
Naaman obeyed
Elisha’s instructions?
Let’s read 2 Kings
What happens
when we obey the
Reaching out to others is
one way you can share
the gospel every day.
 Each time you tell the truth, are
helpful and kind to your friends, or
live the gospel standards, you are
sharing the gospel.
Enrichment Activity #3
When you do these things,
you are planting tiny
seeds of the gospel in
people’s hearts.
Some of those seeds may
someday grow into
beautiful, strong
testimonies of the gospel.
Enrichment Activity #3
Listening to what the
prophet is teaching us
to do and obeying
what he asks us to do
will bless our lives.
Enrichment Activity #3
 What
should we
do if we want to
receive a special
blessing, such as
to be healed?
President David O. McKay
was in Berlin, Germany, in
1952 when he received a
message from one of the
members of the Church in
that mission—a sister
whose husband and eldest
son had both been killed.
She had been driven from her home.
Enrichment Activity #4
Because of exposure and
lack of nutrition she
finally became paralyzed
and had been confined to
her bed for five years.
She expressed the desire that her two
little children—a boy and a girl about
ten and twelve years of age—be sent
over to meet the President of the
Enrichment Activity #4
This good sister said, “I
know if I send my
children to shake hands
with President McKay,
and then they come home
and take my hand—if I
can hold their little hands
in mine I know that I shall
get better.”
Enrichment Activity #4
Arrangements were made
for them to take the trip.
President McKay said,
“When that little girl and
boy came along, I went to
them and shook their
hands, and said, ‘Will you
take this handkerchief to
your mother with my
Enrichment Activity #4
“I later learned that after I
had shaken hands with
them, they would not
shake hands with anyone
else, for they did not want
to touch anyone with their
hands until they got back
to their mother.”
Enrichment Activity #4
The mission president’s
wife later reported,
“Immediately after the
children came home, her
feet and toes began to
get feeling in them, and
this feeling slowly
moved up into her
Enrichment Activity #4
“And now she gets out of
bed alone and seats herself
on a chair, and then with
her feet and the chair,
works all the way around to
the kitchen sink.
“She has the children bring her the
dishes to wash, and other things, and
is very thankful that she is able to
help now.” (Adapted from Cherished Experiences from the Writings of President
David O. McKay, comp. Clare Middlemiss, rev. ed. [1976], pp. 142–44.)
Enrichment Activity #4
 People
may be healed:
According to
their faith in
Jesus Christ.
If they are
worthy and have
done their part.
If it is the will of
the Lord.
Enrichment Activity #4
When Naaman offered Elisha money
and clothes, why did Elisha refuse?
 Naaman was healed
by Heavenly Father
through the power of
the priesthood.
 Priesthood holders
cannot use the
priesthood to gain
recognition or wealth.
What should we
do to express our
gratitude for the
help we receive
and to repay those
people who help
What lie did Gehazi tell Naaman?
 Let’s read 2 Kings 5:21–22
After putting the
money and clothes
in his house, how
did Gehazi answer
Elisha’s question of
where he had been?
 Let’s read 2 Kings
 What
happen if we
tell lies?
 Who is harmed
most when we
tell a lie?
What did Elisha say would happen
to Gehazi for what he had done?
 Let’s read 2 Kings 5:27
How did Gehazi look when he left
Elisha’s presence?
Gehazi’s appearance,
being “as white as
snow,” was a
symptom of leprosy.
Let’s role-play
Naaman’s wife,
the Israelite
servant girl,
Elisha, Elisha’s
servant, and
Enrichment Activity #1
1. Adam was a prophet, first one that we know.
In a place called Eden, he helped things to grow.
Adam served the Lord by following his ways.
We are his descendants in the latter days.
2. Enoch was a prophet; he taught what was good.
People in his city did just what they should.
When they were so righteous that there was no sin,
Heav’nly Father took them up to live with him.
3. Noah was a prophet called to preach the word,
Tried to cry repentance, but nobody heard.
They were busy sinning—Noah preached in vain.
They wished they had listened when they saw the
4. Abraham the prophet prayed to have a son,
So the Lord sent Isaac as the chosen one.
Isaac begat Jacob, known as Israel;
Jacob’s sons were twelve tribes, so the Bible tells.
5. Moses was a prophet sent to Israel.
He would lead them to the promised land to
They were slow to follow, or so it appears.
They were in the wilderness for forty years.
6. Samuel was a prophet chosen as a boy.
Hannah promised God her son would serve with joy.
In the tabernacle, Samuel heard his name;
He was called by God and answered, “Here I am!”
7. Jonah was a prophet, tried to run away,
But he later learned to listen and obey.
When we really try, the Lord won’t let us fail:
That’s what Jonah learned deep down inside the whale.
8. Daniel was a prophet. He refused to sin;
So the king threw Daniel in the lion’s den.
Angels calmed the lions, and the king soon saw
Daniel’s pow’r was great, for he obeyed God’s law.
9. Now we have a world where people are confused.
If you don’t believe it, go and watch the news.
We can get direction all along our way,
If we heed the prophets—follow what they say.
Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet; don’t go astray.
Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet; he knows the way.
Words and music: Duane E. Hiatt, b. 1937. © 1989 IRI
Enrichment Activity #5
I bear my
testimony of the
importance of
following the
counsel of
righteous leaders
and the blessings
that come to our
lives through this
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domain. The hymns, scripture story and lesson are primarily from Portions of articles were combined with the
scripture story from the following articles:
Beverly Webecke Ahlstrom, “Elisha and Naaman,” Friend, Jul 1990, 39
 Sandra Stallings, “Naaman the Syrian,” Friend, Feb 1987, 48
 Ralph W. Hardy Jr., “Naaman and Gehazi: A Contrast in Obedience,” Ensign,
Aug 2002, 27
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