Ideas and Printables to Help You Teach 1 Corinthians 14-16 “God Is Not the Author of Confusion, but of Peace” (September 2-8)

In Come Follow Me 1 Corinthians 14-16 “God Is Not the Author of Confusion, but of Peace” (September 2-8), we learn that some people in Corinth were teaching that there was no Resurrection. Clearly, Paul knew otherwise as he had seen the Resurrected Christ himself. You’ll see several testimonies of this in these chapters.

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Paul also mentions the practice of baptisms for the dead which we do today. It’s a great opportunity to teach your children more about this great ordinance, prepare them, or encourage them to make returning to the temple a regular habit.

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1 Corinthians 14

Additional Study Suggestions

“The Power of a Personal Testimony” by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Prophecy” from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism

“The Spirit of Prophecy” by Brother L. Aldin Porter

Videos to Share

Fulfillment of Prophecy (about 3 minutes)

Testimony of Jesus Is the Spirit of Prophecy (about 1 minute)

Questions to Ponder

  • Have you experienced the gift of prophecy in your life?

  • In what ways is a testimony a gift of prophecy to you?

  • How can you further develop your gift of prophecy?

  • How would you define the gift of prophecy to a friend?

  • Why do you feel the gift of prophecy is important to have in your life?

  • What things do you learn about the gift of prophecy from Paul? Why should we “covet to prophesy”?

Teaching Activities

  • Build a Time Capsule! Print out my Time Capsule sheets for each member of your family or class focusing particularly on the Gospel Truths You Know sheet. Decide when you want to open your time capsule (the end of the year, next year, 10 years from now), mark it on the label, and place your capsule somewhere safe. You can keep it on a bookshelf or bury it in your backyard (just don’t leave it behind if you move). Remember to set a reminder in your phone to open it later too. Compare this to the gift of prophecy. The gift of prophecy may pertain to the past, present, and future which your time capsule refers to as well. The Gospel Truths sheet focuses on your testimony which is the spirit of prophecy (see Revelations 19:10). What other parallels can you find?

  • Note: The circle Time Capsule label will fit inside a mason jar lid. You can print out the half sized sheets and fold them to fit inside a large mason jar.

  • Read “Prophecy” in the Guide to Scriptures as well as the additional scripture references include there. Then read 1 Corinthians 14:3, 31, 39-40. What things do you learn about the gift of prophecy? What particularly do you learn from Paul? Why do we want to covet prophecy?


1 Corinthians 15:1-34, 53-58

Additional Study Suggestions

“And There Shall Be No More Death” by Elder Paul V. Johnson

“Baptisms for the Dead: What to Know Before You Go”- from the April 2004 New Era

“The Spirit of Elijah” by President Russell M. Nelson

“Roots and Branches” by Elder Quentin L. Cook

About Proxy Baptism and Confirmation- from the temples section of ChurchofJesusChrist.org

Need Family Names for the Temple? Use FamilySearch’s “Ordinance Ready” Feature- Church News

“‘Because I Live, Ye Shall Live Also’“ by Elder Shayne M. Bowen

“Mrs. Patton- The Story Continues” by President Thomas S. Monson

Videos to Share

And There Shall Be No More Death (about 10 minutes)- Talk from Elder Paul V. Johnson

Glad Tidings: The History of Baptisms for the Dead ( about 7 minutes)- Starts with Joseph Smith’s struggle over his brother Alvin’s death.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (about 15 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Until We Meet Again (about 3 1/2 minutes)- Story from President Thomas S. Monson’s talk

Spiritual Dynamite (about 2 1/2 minutes)

What Are Baptisms for the Dead? (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Great one to share!

Questions to Ponder

  • What blessings do you have in your life because of the Resurrection?

  • How can your testimony of the Resurrection bring comfort and joy to others?

  • How can you better appreciate the significance of the Resurrection?

  • How does your testimony of the Resurrection enrich your life?

  • Why do you personally go to the temple to do work for the dead?

  • What experiences have you had in the temple while doing work for others?

  • How do you prepare yourself before you go to the temple? How can you help someone prepare to attend the temple for the first time whether doing baptisms or more?

Teaching Activities

  • Plan a time to attend the temple to do baptisms for the dead this month. Prepare names to take with you and go with a prayerful and thankful heart for the Resurrection. Record your thoughts afterward or have a family testimony meeting. You can make your own temple journal cover with my free temple picture download. These are sized to go on a small 3x5 notebook so it’s easy to keep in your car or temple bag. The four temple choices are Denver, Salt Lake City, Prove City Center, and Indianapolis.
  • If you have someone in your family or class who is preparing to enter the temple for the first time to do baptisms for the dead, watch the video, What Are Baptisms for the Dead?. Answer any other questions they might have and play my game to better understand baptisms for the dead. To play, divide the number of cards equally between everyone. You may need to print additional sets depending on how many people you have. The person next to you gets to draw one of your cards. They then must answer that question. Sometimes there are hints on the cards. If they can’t answer it, they add the card to their hand. Once you are out of cards, you can either sit out or keep picking from your neighbor.
  • Plan a visit to the grave of one of your ancestors. Clean up their grave, bring flowers, and share stories. Bring some paper to do a gravestone rubbing too. Can’t visit in person? Plan a night telling stories about that person around a campfire (real or fake). Then share with each other why you are excited to see (or meet) this person again. Remind everyone because Jesus Christ overcame death, we can all be Resurrected too.

  • Help someone else get connected with their ancestors. Using the app Billion Graves, you can take photos of grave stones and help others find their ancestors. This is extremely helpful for discovering dates otherwise unknown as well as keeping these records permanently as stones become unreadable.

  • Play some family history games or talk about your family history around the dinner table. These are great ways to get thinking about your ancestors and how you can help them or others by doing temple work. You can also teach each other how to Index or find names to take using the Ordinance Ready feature on Family Search- it’s a game changer.


1 Corinthians 15:35-54

Additional Study Suggestions

“What Are Resurrected Bodies Like?”- from the August 2019 New Era

“The Resurrection of Jesus Christ and Truths about the Body” by David A. Edwards

Videos to Share

Resurrected Perfect Form (about 2 minutes)

Questions to Ponder

  • What words would you use to describe resurrected and mortal bodies?

  • Why is it important to you to know the difference between these two states of the body?

  • Why do you feel light is an important characteristic of resurrected bodies?

  • Why do you want to live in the Celestial Kingdom? What are you willing to do to get there?

  • How can you help those around make it to the Celestial Kingdom as well?

Teaching Activities

  • Head out on a scavenger hunt. Stay indoors only or head outside. Each team (or person) has to find an object that represent a word on the list. The more you find, the more points you get! Each object can only be used once. Be prepared to back up your choices- other teams may challenge the answers. Discuss these words and what they mean before you start to give everyone a head start.

  • If you want to do the scavenger hunt at church, bring in a bag full of random items and let your class dig through the piles and make connections. It’s great to see how creative they can be.

  • Using my carving templates, make three pumpkins or tins to go with the three degrees of glory. Fill up each can with different amounts of tea lights to represent the different levels of glory (I use these battery tea lights). How is a carved pumpkin different from a regular pumpkin? You can compare this to resurrected and mortal bodies (the hollow ones with rot much faster, etc). I know, I know, I’m early on the pumpkin thing so if you don’t want to use a pumpkin try a watermelon or a tin can. It'll still be great!

  • To punch holes in a tin can, you will need to fill them with water first (all the way full) and freeze them. The bottoms will pop out but don’t worry, you can hammer those back in when you are finished. The frozen water makes it easier and safer to use a hammer and nail to punch holes in your can. The bigger nails work better for letting more light in but you can play around with different sizes and use a combination for a beautiful finished product. And you can keep your tin cans and use them as night lights throughout this week as a reminder. Tip: Do this outside as ice will chip out as you go! Watch my video on this page for more helpful tips too.

  • Use your carvings or punched tins to discuss the three degrees of glory using different amounts of tea lights inside each one again. Discuss how each of these kingdoms is a place of glory. Each will be amazing and we will be happy there. However, only one is where we can live with God again. You can point out some of the other differences of the Celestial Kingdom by referring to scriptures and the definition in the Guide to the Scriptures. Why do you want to live in the Celestial Kingdom? How can we help each other get there?

  • Want a print out of the Plan of Salvation instead? Head back to one of the earlier lessons to print all the pieces and show your family how it’s a plan of love!


1 Corinthians 16:13

Additional Study Suggestions

“Stand Fast through the Storms of Life”- from Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

Videos to Share

Stand Strong in Holy Places (about 1 minute)

Questions to Ponder

  • Which areas would you like to be spiritually stronger in?

  • How can physical strength also help your spiritual strength and vice versa?

  • What do you feel your spiritual strengths and weaknesses are?

  • Who can help support you as you build your spiritual strength? Who can you support?

Teaching Activities

  • In this verse, it mentions how we need to “stand fast” and “be strong.” Tie this into being physically and spiritual strong. Print out my fitness challenge and do the various physical challenges. Then using the print out to discuss how we can be spiritually strong and what exercises are needed to strengthen our spiritual selves.

  • Set up a family exercise routine for your week- both spiritually and physically. You can even combine the two- listen to scriptures as you run together, have a General Conference talk on while you are doing sit ups together, etc.

  • What are some other ways we need to be strong? What can we do for our mental or emotional health? For example, the Feelings Wheel can be helpful to identify your feelings and process them better.


Print all the above questions on one sheet. Keep it by your scriptures and journal so you can write down your ponderings or use them in the car as you try to keep the conversation going.

You can also print out a brief weekly recap of the activities and main points covered above. Use it to organize your week or review before church.


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