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52 Weeks of New Testament Activities: Weeks 9-12

Week 9 Water Bottle Storms

Matthew 8; Mark 4 “Thy Faith Hath Saved Thee”

Song: “Master, the Tempest Is Raging

Storm Sound Effects

Church Videos:
Calming the Tempest
Jesus Commands the Winds and the Waves
The Man Who Could Not Walk
Gordon Hinckley: Lessons I Learned as a Boy
Jesus Forgives Sins and Heals a Man Stricken with Palsy
The Coat
Widow of Nain

More Videos:
Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man from Latter Day Kids
How to Draw a Storm and a Boat

Friend Stories:
Comforted by the Scriptures
Finding the Way Back
He Is There
Peace from the Savior
How Can I Keep From Being Afraid When Scary Things Happen in the World?

Church Talks:
Master, the Tempest is Raging (Howard W. Hunter)
Peace, Be Still (Lisa L. Harkness)
My Peace I Give Unto You (Dieter Uchtdorf)

Make orange slice boats on Jell-O like these ones from Momtastic.

Week 10 Christ’s Help and Healing

Matthew 9-10 “These Twelve Jesus Sent Forth”

Song: “When Faith Endures

Online Dice Roller (can be used for activity in this week’s lesson plan if you don’t have real dice)

Church Videos:
Jesus Healed People
Jesus Organizes the Church: A Bible Story for Children
Jesus Calls Twelve Apostles to Preach and Bless Others
Jesus Heals a Woman of Faith
Jesus Raises the Daughter of Jairus
Apostles: Special Witnesses of Jesus Christ – Now You Know

Other Videos:
Jesus Has Power to Heal Us from Latter Day Kids

Friend/Church Stories:
Meet the Apostles (short videos about each apostle)
Special Witness Cards (facts about apostles)
Apostles Around the World

Treat: Eat a favorite treat while watching a past conference talk from church leaders or short messages about apostles on the “Meet the Apostles” website. Come up with a plan for how to make our next conference more meaningful as we listen to messages that are given.

Week 11 Prayer Cards

Luke 11 “I Will Give You Rest”

Church Videos:
The Light That Shineth in Darkness
Upon My Holy Day – Getting Closer to God
Upon My Holy Day – Honoring the Sabbath
Upon My Holy Day – Rest and Renewal
Jesus Acclaims John the Baptist
A House Divided

Song: “How Gentle God’s Commands” or “Saturday

Stories from The Friend:
The Earthquake Prayer

More Stuff:
How to Draw Yoked Oxen
Take My Yoke Upon You from Latter Day Kids
Primary Kids Explain Prayer
Come Follow Me: Keeping the Sabbath Holy
How to Draw Children Ready for the Sabbath Day

From the Manual:
We’re planning on starting our lesson with this idea of inward cleanliness and then using it to lead into discussion on how both prayer and keeping the Sabbath Day holy can help us be clean on the inside: Luke 11:37–44 Perhaps your family could discuss these verses while washing dishes together. You could talk about why it would be a bad idea to wash only the outsides of things like bowls and cups. You could then relate this to the need to be righteous not just in our outward deeds but also in our inward thoughts and feelings.

Matthew 11:28–30 You can help your family visualize the Savior’s teachings in these verses by having them take turns trying to pull something heavy, first by themselves and then with help. What are some of the burdens we carry? What does it mean to take Christ’s yoke upon ourselves?

Read Matthew 11:28–30, and show the picture of yoked oxen in this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families. Ask the children to point to the oxen and the yoke. Explain that yoked oxen can pull more weight together than each could separately. Testify that when we feel sad, worried, or scared, we can seek Jesus and He will help us.

Matthew 12:10–13 As you read about Jesus healing a man on the Sabbath, your family could talk about how we are “restored whole” by the Savior. How can the Sabbath be a day of healing for us? Inspired by the Savior’s example in these verses, your family could make a list of ways you can “do well on the sabbath” (verse 12). Be sure to include opportunities to serve others. It could be helpful to keep your list and refer to it on future Sundays.

Invite a child to pretend to be the man whose hand was healed by the Savior (see Matthew 12:10–13). Another child could ask him or her questions about the experience.

Compare our arms being folded when we pray to the twists on pretzels. Blog Lovin has a cute printable that could be put onto bags of pretzels. If you want to make it more of a sweet treat, you could dip them into chocolate while talking about how following God’s commandments and praying each day brings more sweetness into our lives.

If we are feeling ambitious enough, we might try to make homemade pretzels using this recipe from BriannaJoycee. We’ll dip them in butter with cinnamon and sugar instead of using salt to make them a little sweeter. 💖

Week 12 Parable Story Time

Matthew 13; Luke 8; 13 “Who Hath Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear”

Song:We Are Sowing

Church Videos:
Jesus Declares the Parable of the Wheat & Tares, Mustard Seed, and Leaven
Parable of the Sower
Jesus Declares the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
The Kingdom of Heaven

From the Manual:
Matthew 13 As your family members read the Savior’s parables, they might enjoy thinking of their own parables that teach the same truths about the kingdom of heaven (the Church), using objects or situations that are familiar to them.

Matthew 13:3–23Luke 8:4–15 After reading the parable of the sower together, your family might discuss questions like these: What can make our “ground” (our hearts) “stony” or “choke” the word? How can we make sure our ground is good and fruitful? If you have younger children in your family, it could be fun to invite family members to act out different ways to prepare our hearts to hear the word of God while other family members guess what they are doing.

Luke 8:1–3 In what ways did “certain women” minister to the Savior? “Female disciples traveled with Jesus and the Twelve, learning from [Jesus] spiritually and serving Him temporally. … In addition to receiving Jesus’s ministering—the glad tidings of His gospel and the blessings of His healing power—these women ministered to Him, imparting their substance and devotion” (Daughters in My Kingdom [2017], 4). Women who followed the Savior also bore powerful testimony of Him (see Linda K. Burton, “Certain Women,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 12–15).

Other Videos:
The Parable of the Sower from Latter Day Kids

Treat: Follow directions from Bitz & Giggles to make dirt cups with flowers.

Additional Activity Ideas For Parables:
If you’d like to spread your study out throughout the week, here are some additional fun activities that could be used for the parables:

The Wheat and Tares(Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43)
From the manual:

  • Let the children act out the parable of the wheat and the tares (see Matthew 13:24–30). Explain that the wheat represents people who make righteous choices, and the tares (harmful weeds) represent people who do not. One day, Heavenly Father will gather the righteous people to live with Him.
  • Give the children some examples of right and wrong choices. Ask the children to say “wheat choice” when you describe a right choice and “tare choice” when you describe a wrong choice.
  • Bring pictures of stalks of wheat, and let the children draw on the pictures some ways they can be righteous.

The Mustard Seed (Matthew 13: 31-32)

The Leaven (Matthew 13:33)

The Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:44-46)
Make bracelets from crafting pearls
From the manual:

  • Hide pictures of a treasure chest and a pearl in the room, and let the children find them. Use the pictures to teach about the parables in Matthew 13:44–46. Talk about why someone might give up everything they have for a beautiful pearl or a treasure in a field. Explain that sometimes we give up something good for something even better. Tell the children why the gospel is valuable to you.
  • Place in a box or chest several objects or pictures that represent “treasures” in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, such as the Savior, temples, or the Book of Mormon. Ask each child to choose an object or picture and talk about why it is a treasure.
  • Sing together “The Church of Jesus Christ” (Children’s Songbook, 77), and ask the children to talk about reasons they’re thankful for the Savior’s Church. Testify of the blessings you’ve experienced because of your membership in the Church.

The Net(Matthew 13:47-50)
(could write things on fish in this link that are good/bad things we can do)

The Householder (Matthew 13:52)
You could have them find/talk about scriptures or things that they’ve learned that are considered treasures to them

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