Joseph Smith—Matthew 1; Matthew 25; Mark 12–13; Luke 21 "The Son of Man Shall Come" (May 27- June 2) Helps

Wow! Is there a lot to cover in this lesson, Joseph Smith—Matthew 1; Matthew 25; Mark 12–13; Luke 21 "The Son of Man Shall Come" (May 27- June 2)! Pick what you feel is the most important for your family.

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Study Suggestions

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.

Joseph Smith-Matthew & Matthew 24; Matthew 25:1-13; Matthew 25:14-46; Mark 11-16; Luke 18-21 from the Seminary Teacher New Testament Manual

Matthew 24-25; Mark 11-16; Luke 18-22 from the Institute Teacher New Testament Manual

“A Modern-Day Widow’s Mite”- Short true story from the Ensign

“The Heart of the Widow” by Elder O. Vincent Haleck

“‘If Ye Had Known Me’” by Elder David A. Bednar

“Preparation for the Second Coming” by Elder Dallin H. Oaks

“Prepared in a Manner That Never Had Been Known” by Sister Linda K. Burton

“Talents” by Douglas M. Chabries

“Come, Let Us Walk in the Light of the Lord” by Sister Mary Ellen Smoot

“Focus and Priorities” by Elder Dallin H. Oaks

“Parables of Jesus: The Parable of the Talents” by Elder Ronald A. Rasband

“‘Ye Have Done It unto Me’”- Short true story from the Ensign

“What Have I Done for Someone Today?” by President Thomas S. Monson

“I Believe I Can, I Knew I Could” by President James E. Faust

“The Windows of Heaven” by Elder David A. Bednar

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.


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.

Converted unto the Lord (about 15 1/2 minutes)- Talk by Elder David A. Bednar

Be of Good Cheer (about 22 1/2 minutes)- Talk from President Thomas S. Monson

The Widow’s Mites (about 1 minute)- Illustrated scripture story

The Second Coming (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story

The Ten Virgins (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story

The Talents (about 2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story

The Ten Virgins (about 1 /2 minutes)- Bible video

The Parable of the Talents (about 3 minutes)- Bible video

Ye Have Done it Unto Me (about 3 minutes)- Bible video

Jesus Teaches about the Widow’s Mites (about 1 minute)- Bible video

Render unto Caesar and unto God (about 1 minute)- Bible video

Preparation of Heber J. Grant: Persistence and Tenacity (about 2 minutes)- President Grant tells how he developed his much desired talents

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 signs of the Second Coming have you seen?

  • How have the signs Jesus taught of been manifested in different ways?

  • What can you do to be better prepared for the Second Coming?

  • How can we avoid being deceived by Satan? Are there things that we are being deceived by?

  • How are we seeking to strengthen our testimonies?

  • Why are small and simple actions so important in determining if we are numbered among those who are prepared to meet the Bridegroom?

  • When has cultivating your talents increased them? How have you gained more from using your talents?

  • How has using your talents increased your self-worth?

  • When has serving another helped you come unto Christ? How did it help you be more Christlike?

  • How can you take the things you feel prompted to work on as a call to be better rather than take offense or rationalize your actions?

  • How can you better give all that you have to Lord?

  • How can you remain joyful in hard times?

  • When has the Holy Ghost helped you to know what to say or do right when you needed it? How did that increase your testimony?

  • How is Satan trying to distract you from the work of the gospel?

Teaching Ideas

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.

Joseph Smith- Matthew 1:21-55; Matthew 25:1-13; Mark 13:21-37; Luke 21:25-38

  • Review what Joseph Smith- Matthew is using my profile card. Remember to add it to your ring. It’s also a great time to review some of the past cards.

  • Discuss how you prepare for other things. Use my preparation worksheet to help. You can do it individually as a warm up activity or make it into a competition. Cut the strips apart and only show one at a time and see who can shout out the answer the fastest! Then discuss ways we can prepare for the Second Coming. Note- some of clues can go with lots of different answers, however, the church one is supposed to be for the Second Coming.

  • Write the answers for the preparation sheet and cut them apart from the picture clues. Cut each part and separate the two categories into piles. See how fast your family or class and match them together.

  • Discuss some of the signs that will take place before the Second Coming. The signs I made come from President Oaks' talk mentioned above. Print the signs on colored paper and draw sign posts on a white board or attach them some rulers.

  • You may also want to study Elder D. Todd Chrisofferson’s latest General Conference talk, “Preparing for the Lord’s Return.” You can find some questions to ponder as you study this talk in the General Conference section of this site.

  • Use the oil drops as stated in the manual- hide them around the room then discuss them together as you glue them on your lamp sheet. My drops are filled with some ideas of what we can do already, however, there are blank ones too.

  • Design your own oil drops of things you want to do to fill your lamps. Tape them on the top part of the lamp sheet until you have done it (each day or throughout the week). Then move it into or on your lamp as you do them.

  • Have some fun by challenging your family or class to drop "oil" into their jars. Grab a jar and some clothespins. As each person says one way they can prepare for Christ's Second Coming, they get to hold one clothespin at their nose and try to drop it into the jar!

  • Make a pocket lamp. Print two lamps and staple the two sides of the lamp together leaving an opening at the top. Have your class or family write on the drops of oil things they already know are true and put them inside their lamps. If they have oil drops leftover, encourage them to keep them and add them to their lamps as they continue to learn and come to know more things for themselves.

  • Make your own clay lamps. Find the directions of how to make the clay and bake it so you each can have your own lamps! You can talk a lot about how you carefully prepare it then cook it before it’s done as you compare making the lamp to preparing for the Second Coming.

  • Discuss how the gospel will be preached to all the world before the Savior comes again. Use my map to show where the gospel is already being taught. You can use some dot stickers or color the parts in.
  • If your family has a missionary, indicate it on my map. Then find out where others in your ward are serving. See how much of the map you can cover with people you know.
  • Color the map where the gospel isn’t yet. What can you do personally to help those people receive the gospel?
  • My map isn’t labeled or super detailed. If you want something better, these shower curtain maps are actually quite handy. We have one similar to that one layered with a curtain where the kids can use it all the time. You can also, of course, find a better detailed map online.
  • To discuss treasuring up the word of God, you can head back a few lessons to print out a treasure chest and jewels. For each jewel, say or write down one way you can treasure up the word of God.
  • Unearth some talents by burying some coins (try chocolate ones!) or my fortune cookies in some dirt or rice. Have your class or family dig through and find them. If using tubs, place a larger tub around the smaller one, you'll have a better chance of containing the mess.
  • Make your own fortunes using my fortune cookie talents. Write down the talents your family has on each strip in an encouraging way (keep track of who gets what cookie based on the different patterns). Pass out the cookies to each person and ask them to read it out loud. Then have them say how they can use that talent to serve the Lord and others.
  • Make fortunes for each other! Everyone pick another person and write down what they feel is one of that person’s talent. Then exchange cookies and read your own. Ponder how you can further develop that talent and use it to serve the Lord. What other talents would you add to your list?
  • Use my talent booklet to write down the talents of each person. You can pass it around and have everyone add one thing or fill it out individually. The other half of the booklet is for them to draw a picture of a talent they have or want to develop.
  • Discuss all of our unique talents. No one has the exact same talents as the next person including in a family or group of friends. It makes for a wonderful world because we each can contribute our own things in our way (just like how we can teach these lessons in our own way and do them differently each week). Color the Every Star is Different page to discuss this point. Break out a lot of different materials to emphasize the point of multitude of talents. You can use glitter markers, crayons, pom poms, stickers, and whatever else you have!
  • Grab baby photos of everyone in your family or class and a photo of them now (or have them stand next to their photo). Ask them things they have learned since being a baby. Our capabilites can continue to grow as we nurture them!

Matthew 25:31-46

  • Fill in the sheep with different acts of service you can do! Use the verses in Matthew 25:31-46 for inspiration. Discuss how when we serve others, it is like serving God.

  • Cut apart all the sheep and goats and toss them in a big pile with some blocks. Have your class or family separate the sheep from the goats and build a fence separating them as you read the parable. What can we learn from this?

  • Do some random acts of kindness or intentional acts this week! Hand out compli-”mints", take a little off someone’s plate, visit the sick, and more! Draw or write down what acts of service your family or class wants to accomplish this week on each sheep. Finish coloring the sheep as you do each one.

  • Focus on the acts of kindness you are already doing. Give each person a sheep to draw one thing they have already done this week. If they can’t think of one, encourage them to be more intentional next week.

Mark 12:38-44; Luke 21:1-4

  • Using the Heaven’s Windows handout, cut each window so it will open. Glue another sheet of paper behind it so you can write the blessings you receive as you pay your tithing inside the window.
  • Use the large tithing slip to make it easy to show how to fill it out and practice. It’s also a great opportunity to talk about filling out the rest of the slip like fast offerings and the missionary fund. You may want to show your family how to fill one out online as well.
  • Give one budget card to each person in your class or family. Have them figure out their tithing either with the pretend money, chocolate coins, or by writing it down. Make it more fun by bringing in items and “pricing” them to make a store. After your class or family pays their tithing, have them write down the other things they can buy with the rest of their money.
  • Use the tithing wallet from The Gospel Home to keep your money in and review important principles.
  • Besides paying our tithing, how else can we look after those who are poor?
  • Looking for more? The Red Headed Hostess lesson packets include scripture glue-ins like the one pictured above. She also has weekly posters and coloring pages.
  • Another great resource is Love Pray Teach. Their family packet has a fun I Spy for the Second Coming. She also has younger and older Primary children packets.

Activity Pages

I’m now linking to the category pages for available on 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.

Find the stories, activities, and more listed under the topics of Talents, Service, and Second Coming.