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52 Weeks of New Testament Activities: Weeks 21-24

Week 21 The Second Coming

Matthew 1; Matthew 24-25; Mark 12-13; Luke 21 “The Son of Man Shall Come”

Song: “When He Comes Again” or “I Hope They Call Me on a Mission

Church Videos:
The Widow’s Mite: A Bible Story for Children
I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go
Ye Have Done It Unto Me
Jesus Christ and the Parable of the Talents
Parable of the Talents
The Ten Virgins Video (explains ways we can fill our lamps with oil)
General Conference Talk by Elder Christofferson: Preparing for the Lord’s Return

More Stuff:
Oil Lamp/Preparing for Second Coming Balloon Games
The Field Trip A Parable About the Second Coming of Jesus Christ from Latter Day Kids
The Parable of the Talents from Latter Day Kids

From the Manual:
Matthew 25:1–13 You could use the picture of the ten virgins that accompanies this outline to discuss Matthew 25:1–13. What details do we see in the picture that are described in these verses? You might cut paper in the shape of drops of oil and hide the drops around your home. You could attach the drops to objects like the scriptures or a picture of the temple. When family members find the drops, you could discuss how these things help us prepare for the Second Coming.

From the Friend:
The Ten Virgins
The Second Coming
Story: Jesus Christ said that before He comes again, the gospel will be preached to all the world (see Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:31). We can help get ready for the Second Coming by sharing the gospel with others.
Activity: Make your own missionary name tag! Write your name on a piece of paper and cut it out. On the back, write one thing you can do to share the gospel now. Pin or tape your name tag to your shirt.

Free Printable Missionary Tags:

Have some kind of celebration, however simple or big you want it to be (punch, treats, milk and cookies, family game/movie with popcorn, pinata if you want to go all out, etc.). Set a picture of Jesus out and remind them that when He comes again, it will be a happy time for us if we’re prepared. Testify of the importance of preparing for Jesus to come again and remind them of how much He loves us all.

Week 22 Christ’s Last Days

Matthew 26; Mark 14; John 13 “In Remembrance”

Song: “Love One Another

Church Videos:
Sacrament: A Bible Story for Children
Chapter 49: The First Sacrament
Jesus Gave Sacrament – New Testament Stories for Kids
Always Remember Him
Remember Jesus
Christlike Attributes
Love One Another
Preparation of Thomas S. Monson: He Learned Compassion in His Youth
Serving in the Savior’s Way 6-minute cartoon

From the Manual:
Gospel Topics: Sacrament
Matthew 26:26–29Mark 14:22–25 What is your family’s experience like during the sacrament each week? Reading about the first sacrament could inspire a discussion about the importance of the sacrament and ways to improve your experience. Consider displaying the picture Passing the Sacrament (Gospel Art Book, no. 108) and sharing ideas about what you can do before, during, and after the sacrament.

From the Friend:
A Tiny Piece of Bread

From the Manual: John 13:1–17 The Savior is our example of humbly serving others. In Jesus’s time, washing another person’s feet was a task for servants, not leaders. But Jesus wanted His disciples to think differently about what it means to lead and to serve. What messages do you find in the Savior’s words and actions in John 13:1–17? In your culture, washing others’ feet may not be a customary way to serve. But consider what you can do to follow the Savior’s example of humble service.

Choose some ways to serve others around you, such as making/taking treats to others. Stayinghomesawyer and ChickenScratchNSniff have some fun ideas that incorporate treats:

Printable Color Copies for Week 22:

Week 23 Holy Ghost Gift Box

John 14-17 “Continue Ye in My Love”

Note: You will need a battery-powered tealight for this week’s activity from 52 Weeks of New Testament Activities.

Song: “The Holy Ghost

Church Videos:
Friend to Friend Sister Johnson Talks About the Holy Ghost
How Does the Holy Spirit Guide?
What Does the Holy Ghost Feel Like? Asks Sister Jones (responses from kids)

25-minute video for parents: How to Teach Your Child How the Spirit Speaks to Them

More Videos:
Tuning Into the Holy Ghost from Latter Day Kids
Olivia the Owl A Story About the Still Small Voice from Latter Day Kids

From the Manual:
John 14:26–27. How is Jesus’s peace different from the kind “the world giveth”? Family members could share ways they have found peace and comfort through the Holy Ghost.

From The Friend:
Can You Hear Me? Paper Cup Telephone Holy Ghost Activity
The Holy Ghost Is…
Stories About the Holy Ghost

Eat fruit snacks or if you want to get fancy, make a fruit pizza (like the one below from Cooking Classy) while discussing this section from the manual:
John 15:1–8 As I abide in Christ, I will bring forth good fruit. What do you think it means to “abide in [Christ]”? (John 15:4). What is your “fruit” that shows that you are attached to the vine, which represents Jesus Christ?

Week 24 Help From Christ and Angels

Luke 22; John 18 “Not My Will, But Thine, Be Done”

Song:I Stand All Amazed” or “Gethsemane

Church Videos:
Chapter 51: Jesus Suffers in the Garden of Gethsemane
The Savior Suffers in Gethsemane (8 and a half minutes long)
Jesus is Tried by Caiaphas, Peter Denies Knowing Him

From the Manual:
Pass around a picture of the Savior in Gethsemane (such as the one in this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families). As each child holds the picture, say, “Jesus suffered because He loves [child’s name].” Invite the children to repeat these words with you.

Give a child a stick that is longer than the width of the classroom doorway, and ask him or her to hold it horizontally and try to walk through the door. Explain that the stick represents our sins, which keep us from entering God’s kingdom. Take the stick away to demonstrate that Jesus took upon Himself our sins so that we can be forgiven when we repent.

Angel Food Cake – While making/eating angel food cake, discuss how an angel strengthened Jesus Christ in Gethsemane (Luke 22:41–43) and remind them that angels can help strengthen us in our lives too.

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52 Weeks of New Testament Activities: Weeks 17-20

Week 17 Sheep in the Fold

John 7-10 “I Am the Good Shepherd”

Song: “The Lord is My Shepherd” or “My Shepherd

Church Videos:
Good Sheperd, Lamb of God talk from Elder Gong (15 minutes)
How to Draw a Shepherd and Lamb
How to Draw a Helpful Friend
Jesus Heals A Man Born Blind
Go and Sin No More

More Stuff:
I Am the Good Shepherd video from Latter Day Kids
The Lord is My Shepherd video from Latter Day Kids
Jesus the Good Shepherd 5-minute video from Douglas Talks
Video Clip of a Shepherd Calling His Sheep

Friend Stories:
Sheep and Their Shepherd

Graham Cracker Sheep from DadLifeLessons

Just For Fun:
Make paper plate sheep masks following directions from DanyaBanya

Week 18 Heads or Tails

Luke 12-17; John 11 “Rejoice With Me; for I Have Found My Sheep Which Was Lost”

Song: “Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd

Church Videos:
Jesus Taught About Heavenly Father’s Love
The Prodigal Son
President Russell M. Nelson on the Healing Power of Gratitude
Lazarus is Raised from the Dead
Chapter 43: Jesus Brings Lazarus Back to Life

Other Videos:
The Prodigal Son 27-minute cartoon from Latter Day Films
Devin Lost His Dollar from Latter Day Kids
Veggie Tales Junior and Laura Learn the Importance of Forgiveness

The Friend:
The Ten Lepers
The Lost Son
Jesus Teaches About Finding Those Who Are Lost

From the Manual:
Luke 17:11–19
To help family members apply the account of the ten lepers, you could invite them to leave secret notes of gratitude for each other. You could also sing together “Count Your Blessings” (Hymns, no. 241) and count the blessings your family has received.

Treat: Use chocolate gold coins like these ones while discussing how each of us is even more valuable to God than coins. See lesson plan from Week 18 of 52 Weeks of New Testament Activities for a fun way to use these while teaching.

Week 19 Candy Sacrifice Game

Matthew 19-20; Mark 10; Luke 18 “What Lack I Yet?”

Song: “Dearest Children, God Is Near You” or “I Know That My Savior Loves Me

Church Videos:
Jesus is Kind
Jesus Blessed the Children
Chapter 42: The Rich Young Man
Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me

More Videos:
Let the Children Come Unto Me from Latter Day Kids

From the Manual:
Mark 10:13–16Luke 18:15–17 To help family members ponder the account in these verses, you could sing together a related song, such as “I Think When I Read That Sweet Story” (Children’s Songbook, 56). What might it have been like to be among the children Jesus blessed? What might it mean to “receive the kingdom of God as a little child”? (Mark 10:15).

You will need to get Skittles or M&M’s for each child while playing the game in this week’s downloads, as well as larger prizes, such as candy bars, to give out at the end of the game. See Week 19 Lesson Instructions and Activity Sheet for details.

Week 20 Heart Sort

Matthew 21-23; Mark 11; Luke 19-20; John 12 “Behold, Thy King Cometh”

Song:Rejoice, the Lord is King!” or “I Am a Child of God

Church Videos:
The Lord’s Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem
How to Draw Zacchaeus

More Stuff:
I’m So Little, What Can I Do? A Story About Serving Others from Latter Day Kids
The Story of Zacchaeus from Latter Day Kids
Love Your Neighbor game from The Friend
This HelloKids website will make a coloring page from any name that you type in. It could be fun to use while discussing how Jesus loves us and knows all of our names, just like He knew the name of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1–10.

From the Manual:
Matthew 22:34–40 The two great commandments are to love God and love others as myself. If you ever feel overwhelmed as you strive to follow Jesus Christ, the Savior’s words to the lawyer in Matthew 22 can help you simplify and focus your discipleship. Here’s one way to do this: Make a list of several of the Lord’s commandments. How does each item on your list connect to the two great commandments? How would focusing on the two great commandments help you keep the others?

Matthew 21:28–32. What lessons from the parable of the man with two sons might help your family? For instance, you could use the story to discuss the importance of sincere obedience and repentance. Perhaps your family could write a script to dramatize the parable and take turns acting out different roles.

Matthew 22:15–22Luke 20:21–26 Children might enjoy making pretend coins with Jesus’s “image and superscription” on them. They could write on the backs of the coins some of the “things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21) that we can give Him. You might also talk about what it means to have the Savior’s “image and superscription” on us (Matthew 22:20; see also Mosiah 5:8Alma 5:14).

Follow instructions from this family devotional to talk about how what’s inside of us (in our hearts) is more important than what’s on the outside and remind them about how Heavenly Father and Jesus know what’s in our hearts. Even though not everyone can see our heart, God can, and he will bless us and help us be happier when we do our best to keep our hearts loving and good.

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52 Weeks of New Testament Activities: Weeks 13-16

Week 13 Feeding the 5,000

Matthew 14; Mark 6; John 5-6 “Be Not Afraid”

Song: “How Great the Wisdom and the Love” or “I’m Trying to be Like Jesus
The “Loaves and Fishes” song by Shawna Edwards is also great for this week’s lesson

Church Videos:
Jesus Fed Many People
The Feeding of the 5,000
Jesus Heals a Man on the Sabbath
Wherefore Didst Thou Doubt?
How to Draw Loaves and Fish

More Stuff:
Candle/Fan object lesson about fear, picture of what 5,000 people would look like, and more ideas (2019 lesson plan)
Peter Walks on Water video from Latter Day Kids
Jesus Feeds 5,000 Clip from The Chosen (7 minutes long)

Friend Stories:
Jesus Feeds 5,000 People

Jesus Walks on Water Snack from ministry2kidz

From the manual (we might use donuts for the “bread” to make it a little more treat-like):
John 6:28–58
Give each family member a piece of bread to eat, and discuss the benefits we receive from bread and other healthy foods. Then search these verses together, looking for why Jesus Christ called Himself the “bread of life” (John 6:35). What might it mean to “eat” the bread of life? (see D. Todd Christofferson, “The Living Bread Which Came Down from Heaven,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2017, 36–39).

Make bread with this activity from The Friend:
Make your favorite bread recipe, or try the one on page 8. Notice how something as small as yeast makes the whole loaf of bread bigger. How has Jesus made your small efforts big?

Week 14 Christ Is Risen (Easter)

Easter “Oh Grave, Where is Thy Victory?”

Song: “Jesus Has Risen” or “Risen” Easter song by Shawna Edwards

Church Videos:
The Story of Easter – New Testament Stories for Kids
My Joy is Full – Christ’s Visit to the Americas
He Is Risen (shows Jesus dying on the cross)
Jesus Is Resurrected
Blessed Are They That Have Not Seen, and Yet Have Believed
Chapter 51: Jesus Suffers in the Garden of Gethsemane
Handel’s Messiah: Debtor’s Prison
The Risen Lord Appears to the Apostles
Jesus is Risen – Come Create with Me

Other Videos:
A Very Special Easter
The Easter Surprise from Latter Day Kids

The Friend:
Easter Craft in April 2023 magazine
Easter/Stories from past Friend magazines

Easter Countdown Banner:
Another thing we LOVE doing the week before Easter is this Easter Countdown Banner (click on link to see full details and free printable pieces).

I loved Gary E. Stevenson’s conference talk when he stated, “The Book of Mormon shares the greatest Easter story ever told. Let it not be the greatest Easter story never told.” The scriptures listed on Sunday’s section of this countdown banner include 3 Nephi 11 and 17. After reading and discussing especially 3 Nephi 11:1-17 on Easter, we plan on also watching the My Joy is Full – Christ’s Visit to the Americas video with our family.

Treat: The activity in this week’s lesson plan/activity sheets has instructions for “Christ Is Risen” rolls. We’ve made these with our kids the last few years and have loved doing them! We usually watch the “He Is Risen” short video in this Bible movie set while we’re baking them/eating them. As a reminder, you can buy a physical copy of our 52 Weeks of New Testament Activities book that has all of the lesson plans/activities for the full year in it, or you can download these digitally each week.

Week 15 Who Am I?

Matthew 15-17; Mark 7-9 “Thou Art the Christ”

Song: “I Believe in Christ

Church Videos:
Chapter 32: Peter Testifies of Christ
Thou Art the Christ
President Nelson: Hear Him – Personal Revelation
How to Draw a Key and a Temple Come Create with Me
Priesthood Keys: The Restoration of Priesthood Keys
Where Are the Keys?
Chapter 33: Appearing in Glory: The Transfiguration

More Stuff:
A Sense of Revelation Come, Follow Me Family Fun activity from the April 2023 Liahona magazine (scroll down to see it)
What is a Testimony from Latter Day Kids

From the manual:
Matthew 15:7–9Mark 7:6–7. What is the difference between honoring God with our lips, or words, and honoring Him with our hearts?

Make heart-shaped sugar cookies while talking about how our hearts feel and how we might act if we have true faith in Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. Preppy Kitchen has a recipe for striped heart cookies that look fun to try to make.

Week 16 The Good Samaritan

Matthew 18; Luke 10 “What Shall I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?”

Song:Jesus Said Love Everyone” or “I Won’t Walk Away” song by Shawna Edwards

Church Videos:
The Good Samaritan: A Bible Story for Children
A Good Samaritan
Jesus Forgave
Forgive Every One Their Trespasses: The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
Parable of the Good Samaritan
Short Good Samaritan Explanation from Elder M. Russell Ballard

More Stuff:
Good Samaritan Story in The Friend magazine
The Good Samaritan video from Latter Day Kids
The Helpful Digger – A Story About Serving Others from Latter Day Kids
Love Your Neighbor game from The Friend
Good Samaritan First Aid Kit Gift Bag

Come, Follow Me Activity from The Friend:
For Matthew 18Luke 10
Story: Jesus told us to take care of our neighbors (see Luke 10:25–37). Each person around us is our neighbor, even if they look or act differently than we do.
Activity: Draw a picture of your neighborhood. You can include your family, friends, and neighbors. Every day this week, pick a person from your drawing and do something kind for them.

Treat: Follow instructions from Kidney-Garden to make “Kissing Hand Cookies” and remind everyone to be loving and to give a helping hand to others.

Amazon has some hand-shaped cookie cutters that could be used for this.

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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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52 Weeks of New Testament Activities: Weeks 5-8

Week 5 Jesus Christ’s Mission

Matthew 4; Luke 4-5 “The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me”

Song: “Come, Follow Me” or “I Will Follow God’s Plan” or “I Will Walk With Jesus

Church Videos:
Jesus Declares He Is the Messiah
Jesus Is Tempted
Angry People in Nazareth
I Want to Follow Jesus
Who Is Jesus? A Bible Story for Children
Fishers of Men: A Bible Story for Children

More Videos:
I Will Make You Fishers of Men from Latter Day Kids
I Will Lead You Along- A Story About Following Jesus Christ from Latter Day Kids

Friend Stories:
Following Jesus in Sweden from The Friend magazine
Following Jesus Together from The Friend magazine (kids share examples of ways they follow Jesus)
Follow the Leader Come, Follow Me Activity

Stuff from the Manual:
Matthew 4:1–2Luke 4:1–2.What insights can we gain from this account about the power of fasting? To help your family learn about fasting, you might use “Fasting and Fast Offerings” in Gospel Topics (topics.ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Family members could share experiences they have had with fasting. Perhaps you could prayerfully make plans to fast together for a specific purpose.

Luke 4:16–21. Do we know anyone who is brokenhearted or who needs to be “set at liberty”? (Luke 4:18). How can we help others receive the Savior’s healing and deliverance? You might also discuss how performing temple ordinances helps bring “deliverance to the captives” (Luke 4:18).
We plan on talking about how one way to follow Christ is to help others, such as the brokenhearted. Then we’ll put together little note/treat packages to send to others we know. (Tie this into being “fishers of men”)

As you read Matthew 4:1–11 and Luke 4:1–13, what do you learn that can help you when you face temptations? You could organize your thoughts in a table like this one:

More Stuff:
How to Draw Jesus Christ

Treat: Swedish Fish/Goldfish crackers to put in the boats from 52 Weeks of New Testament Activities.

Survivingateacherssalary and Catholic Icing also have fun ideas that could go along with this lesson (click on pictures below to go to their instructions).

Week 6 Water Musical Envelopes

John 2-4 “Ye Must Be Born Again”

Song: “God’s Love” or “He Sent His Son

Church Videos:
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Jesus Teaches a Samaritan Woman
Jesus Teaches of Being Born Again
Jesus Turns Water Into Wine

Friend/Church Stories:
The Wedding in Cana
The Woman at the Well

Treat: Follow instructions from Easy Breezy Sunday School to use Kool-Aid drops to act out the wine miracle.

Week 7 Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Matthew 5; Luke 6 “Blessed Are Ye”

Song: “Shine On

Church Videos:
Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes
Sermon on the Mount: The Higher Law
The Goal: A Story of Faith, Friendship, and Forgiveness (7-minute cartoon)
Sophia Stands for Right (6-minute cartoon)

Activities from The Friend:
Scripture Toss Activity
Sermon on the Mount Booklet

More Stuff:
Blessed by the Beatitudes Come, Follow Me Family Fun activity in The Liahona magazine (scroll down to see activity)
A Tale of Two Trucks: A Story About Resolving Contention from Latter Day Kids
Peacemaker Cookies: A Recipe for Being a Peacemaker from Latter Day Kids
Peacemaker Stories and Resources from The Friend
How to Draw a City on a Hill (Matthew 5:14)

Read Matthew 5:13. Does salt make popcorn better or worse? What other ingredients could be added to popcorn to make it yummy? Would we want to add dirt to it? Or would we rather add sugar/good ingredients? While we’re on Earth, would we rather add good/nice things by the way we treat people or bad/yucky things? Put caramel popcorn ingredients in for each good thing the kids can think of for ways to be kind to others and make the world a better place. Is the popcorn better when you add good ingredients? Is the Earth
better when we do good things? What can we do to make the world a better place (How can
we be like the salt/good ingredients of the Earth)? How can Jesus Christ help us do good things?

Week 8 A Strong Foundation

Matthew 6-7; Luke 3 “He Taught Them As One Having Authority”

Song:The Wise Man and the Foolish Man

Church Videos:
Sermon on the Mount: The Lord’s Prayer
Sermon on the Mount: Treasures in Heaven
Jesus Teaches About Prayer
Suggestion from the CFM manual: One way to learn from Matthew 6–7 as a family is to watch the videos “Sermon on the Mount: The Lord’s Prayer” and “Sermon on the Mount: Treasures in Heaven” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Family members could follow along in their scriptures and pause the videos whenever they hear something they want to discuss. This activity could span several days, if needed.

More Videos and Resources:
The Wise Alligator from Latter Day Kids
Wise Man and Foolish Man with Popsicle Sticks
The Golden Rule from Latter Day Kids

Friend Resources:
The Wise Man and The Foolish Man Scripture Figures

Treat: Follow directions from Almost Unschoolers to make a “Foolish House Snack.”

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52 Weeks of New Testament Activities: Weeks 1-4

Week 1 Mary & Joseph Puzzles

Matthew 1; Luke 1 “Be It Unto Me According To Thy Word”

Song: “He Sent His Son

Treat: After studying Matthew 1 and Luke 1, take turns rolling a die and answering questions based on what was rolled. Give each person a favorite small treat when they answer a question.

Church Videos:
Mary and the Angel
Joseph and the Angel
Elisabeth and Zacharias
John the Baptist is Born
The Naming of John the Baptist I like how this video shows Elisabeth having the courage to speak up and say, “Not so; but he shall be called John” to let others know that they were following what the Spirit prompted them to do rather than following the societal traditions for naming him. That is a great example for our kids to follow. After we’ve done the Mary and Joseph puzzles, we’ll probably show this video, spend some time talking about Elisabeth, and do some role-plays of how we can also be bold in following the Spirit’s promptings in our own lives.

More Videos:
Nothing Shall Be Impossible from Latter Day Kids

Extra Stuff:
How to Draw Mary and Joseph Video from Art for Kids Hub
How to Draw Mary and the Angel

Click on Mary picture below to download the color version of Mary and Joseph Puzzles:

Week 2 Photos & Stories

Matthew 2; Luke 2 “We Have Come to Worship Him”

Song: “Stars Were Gleaming

Treat: Baby Jesus Cupcakes

Church Videos:
Jesus Christ is Born
The Christ Child 17-minute video
Shepherds Learn of the Birth of Christ
The Christ Child is Presented at the Temple
The First Christmas Spirit
When Jesus Was a Child
Jesus Was Born in Bethlehem
Jesus Learned and Grew

Friend Stories:
Gifts for Jesus

Extra Stuff: How to Make the Nativity with Rock Art

Week 3 Hidden Picture Game

John 1 “We Have Found The Messiah”

Song: “The Lord is My Light” or “Jesus is My True Light

Church Videos:
Inviting Others to Come and See
Introduction: Our Heavenly Father’s Plan

Activities from The Friend:
The True Light Activity from The Friend‘s Come Follow Me Activities page
How Are You Following Jesus? questionnaire from The Friend
Where is Jesus?

More Stuff:
Jesus Christ Chosen as Savior reading passage from Gospel Topics
From the manual: John 1:45–51. “What did Nathanael do that helped him gain a testimony of the Savior? Invite family members to talk about how they have gained their testimonies.”
From the manual: “Share object lessons. Invite family members to find objects that they can use to help them understand principles found in the scriptures you are reading as a family. For instance, they might use a candle to represent the Light of Christ (see John 1:4).” (We plan on giving them time to find objects that represent Christ being the Light, the Word, the Creator, and the Life, and then discussing each)
Jesus Created All Things video from Latter Day Kids
How to Draw a Bird video that ties into The Savior creating the world

Treat: Make edible playdough. Read John 1:3. Memorize the phrase “all things were made by [Jesus Christ].” Take turns molding a chunk of the playdough into something in nature that was made by Jesus Christ (trees, flowers, rivers, clouds, etc.). Whoever guesses what it is first gets to mold another item for others to guess.

Week 4 Turning Toward Jesus

Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3 “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord”


Church Videos:
Jesus Was Baptized
Jesus is Baptized by John
Baptism: A Bible Story for Children
Sophia’s Baptism Promises

More Videos:
Jesus Was Baptized video from Latter Day Kids
Baptism video from Latter Day Kids
How to Draw a Child Being Baptized

Friend Stories:
Jesus Was Baptized short retell
Jesus Was Baptized story (includes questions)
Ready to Be Baptized?
A Promise to Try
Feeling New

More Stuff:
Baptism” reading passage from Gospel Topics

Treat: Follow directions from Dixie Delights to make 8-shaped treats while reviewing the covenants and requirements for baptism.