And so we end our study of the four gospels with Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21 (June 24-30). It’s a happy ending and an invitation. Discover study resources, free handouts, and more below to help you teach this Come Follow Me lesson.
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I love the teacher manuals myself as they give some insights into the backgrounds of the time and even some ideas to teach my kids. The articles from General Conference are great for personal study as well.
“Sunday Will Come” by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
“Resurrection” by President Dallin H. Oaks
“The Resurrection of Jesus Christ” by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
“‘Because I Live, Ye Shall Live Also’” by Elder Shayne M. Bowen
“He Is Risen!” by President Thomas S. Monson
“‘Feed My Sheep’” by Elder Ulisses Soares
“Feed My Sheep” by Sister Silvia H. Allred
DESERET BOOKSHELF PLUS RECOMMENDATIONS
These are great to listen together in the car on the way to school. My whole family loves listening to the youth speaker ones especially. Remember, as a Deseret Bookshelf PLUS member, you can access these eBooks or audio books anytime. Find out more about Deseret Bookshelf PLUS.
- "Understanding Death and the Resurrection" by Jay A. Parry and Donald W. Parry
- "An Early Resurrection: Life in Christ before You Die" by Adam S. Miller
- "My First Story of the First Easter" by Deanna Draper Buck
- "Verse by Verse The New Testament" by D. Kelly Ogden and Andrew C. Skinner
Watch a video and discuss it after dinner, recap a part of the lesson before Church on Sunday, share a video in a group and discuss it together, or pause and discuss a video as part of your main lesson.
The First Great Commandment (about 20 minutes)- talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
He is Risen (about 2 1/2 minutes)- song from the Choir at Temple Square
Blessed Are They That Have Not Seen, and Yet Have Believed (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
“Give with Wisdom That They May Receive with Dignity” (about 22 1/2 minutes)- talk from Elder Marvin J. Ashton
Jesus Is Risen (about 2 1/2 minutes)- illustrated scripture story
What Happens after We Die? (about 1 1/2 minutes)- great video to share
Feed My Sheep (about 6 minutes)- Bible video
Jesus Is Laid in a Tomb (about 3 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Jesus Is Resurrected (about 4 minutes)- Bible video
Christ Appears on the Road to Emmaus (about 3 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
The Risen Lord Appears to the Apostles (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
He Lives: Testimonies of Jesus Christ (about 2 minutes)- Modern Apostles testify of Jesus Christ
Because of Him- Easter 2018 (about 2 1/2 minutes)
Questions to Ponder
Use these questions to help you ponder as you do your personal studies, encourage journaling for your kids, text them to a friend or child to get the conversation going, or take them with you in the car and randomly draw from a bag as you carpool to school or your next practice. These go beyond the questions in the manual.
What would your reaction be if you were with Mary Magdalene and the other Mary when the angel told them Christ had risen?
How would you show the Lord that you knew him?
How can you come to know the Lord?
How can we help overcome our own doubts?
What joy and hope do you have in your life because the Lord was risen?
In what ways can you gain a testimony of the Savior for yourself?
When has the word of God been confirmed to you? How do these experiences help increase your faith?
Have you had an experience when your eyes were opened? What allowed your eyes to be opened?
How can you better embrace the spirit of peace that Christ brings?
What do you do to show praise to God? How can you make your temple trips more meaningful?
When have you felt that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father know you personally? How does that knowledge help you in your life?
When have you had to have faith and believe something rather than have a perfect knowledge of it? How did that help you to grow?
How have you fed the Savior’s sheep? What keeps you from feeding his sheep? How can you overcome those challenges?
Why are you grateful you will be resurrected?
These are my ideas. My hope is that my thoughts may be a springboard to your own great ideas that are right for you and your family.
Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20
Discuss how we will all live again because Jesus Christ was resurrected. Because we will all live again, who are you looking forward to seeing? Draw pictures of someone you are excited to see using my frame handout. Then share your drawings with each other and a short testimony of the resurrection.
Glue the puzzle pieces behind the sheep coloring page then cut apart. Hide the pieces around the room or hand some to each person. As they answer the question, have them assemble the puzzle with the sheep side showing. The Teacher’s Choice piece can be any additional question you want to ask or something fun like “What color is your toothbrush?”. When you are done, ask them why they think it’s a picture of sheep (feed my sheep). Then ask because we believe in the resurrection, how will we feed His sheep?
You can also print out a coloring page of Christ in front of the empty tomb. You can have your children draw others into the scene or when they are done coloring, practice saying the phrase, “We will all live again because of Jesus Christ.”
There is a fun craft you can make to show how Jesus Christ was resurrected using a clothespin. Find the directions and printable at Home Front.
Watch a video with testimonies from modern apostles. He Lives: Testimonies of Jesus Christ is about 2 minutes. After you watch, have your own testimony meeting or take time to fill out your June testimony cards.
Discuss some of the appearances of Jesus Christ after He was resurrected using my timeline activity. Hand a card to each person (or break into teams). Have each person read the scripture verses then say where they think it goes on the timeline. You may want to do the first one so people can base their answers around your card. If they place the card in the correct place, it stays. If it’s wrong, they have to take their card back and try again next time. It gets harder as more cards get added!
Make your own additional timeline cards for the appearances of the Resurrected Savior. We know Jesus Christ also appeared to the Nephites and even Joseph Smith. For a quick guide and correct order of appearances, see my 20 Appearances of the Resurrected Christ free printable.
Remember to take advantage of the great resources from the Church that they make for Easter. You can discuss what you will do because of Jesus Christ.
Play my Feed My Sheep board game. Each card includes a way we can (or don’t) feed His sheep.
Or play my Fishers of Men game instead. The theme is the same just different animals! Both are lots of fun!
Don’t just talk about it; do it! Discuss as a family who you can invite to a Church meeting, one of your family lessons, or visit. Discuss how you can prepare, act, review and try again.
You may also want to go back to my free Pin the Tag on the Missionary game and discuss ways we can be missionaries now as well as prepare ourselves to serve full time missions.
Discuss how your family can minister to your neighbors, those you are assigned, their friends and more. What does ministering mean? You can download free gifs to send to a friend and find all kinds of service ideas on this blog.
Reach out to the lost sheep with the help of my free printable cards and tags. Sometimes it helps to have a little something when you reach out and visit. There are multiple sayings so you don’t have to say, “missing you” when you haven’t even met them yet. Lots of food and non food ideas to go with them too!
- I love the Jesus is Resurrected coloring activity page from The Red Headed Hostess. You can buy her weekly kits or save by signing up for the whole month.
- And if you still need more, be sure to check out Love Pray Teach's lesson kits. She has them for family, younger primary, and older primary kids.
I’m now linking to the category pages for available on ChurchofJesusChrist.org. They have stories, activity pages, and some media options available under each topic. Definitely check out the latest addition of the Friend and New Era as well.