It’s all about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the sacrament in this week’s Come Follow Me lesson, Matthew 26: Mark 14; Luke 22; John 18 "Not as I Will, but as Thou Wilt" (June 10-16). Let me know which handouts are most helpful to you!
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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.
“‘This Do in Remembrance of Me’” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“The Atonement” by President Russell M. Nelson
“Behold the Lamb of God” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“Always Retain a Remission of Your Sins” by Elder David A. Bednar
“Always Remember Him” by Gerrit W. Gong
“The Sacrament- a Renewal for the Soul” by Sister Cheryl A. Esplin
“The Sacrament Can Help Us Become Holy” by Elder Peter F. Meurs
“The Atonement of Jesus Christ” by Brother Tad R. Callister
“And Peter Went Out and Wept Bitterly” by President Gordon B. Hinckley
“None Were with Him” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“The Trial and Condemnation” from Jesus the Christ
“Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament” by President Dallin H. Oaks
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.
- "The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ: From the Last Supper through the Resurrection" by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Thomas A. Wayment
- "The Sacrament" by John Bytheway and Nathan Pinnock (Poem with illustrations)
- "Sacramental Reflections: Feasting at the Lord's Table" by Truman G. Madsen
- "The Sacrament: Experiencing Its Redeeming Power" by David A. Christensen
- "Of Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments" by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
- "Peter: A Novel" by Toni Sorenson
- There are a lot more books on the sacrament and Atonement on Deseret Book Bookshelf PLUS.
Remember to download your Come Follow Me Textables too!
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.
Always Remember Him (about 5 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives (about 15 minutes)- talk from President Russell M. Nelson
Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ (about 16 minutes)- talk from President Dallin H. Oaks
Abide in My Love (about 15 minutes)- talk by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Converted unto the Lord (about 15 1/2 minutes)- talk by Elder David A. Bednar
“Lord, Is It I?“ (about 18 1/2 minutes)- talk by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
The Miracle of the Atonement (about 4 minutes)- clip from a talk by
The Last Supper (about 6 minutes)- Bible video
The Savior Suffers in Gethsemane (about 8 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Remember How Merciful the Lord Hath Been (about 14 minutes)- talk by Elder Neal A. Maxwell
The Atonement (about 16 minutes)- Talk from President Russell M. Nelson
The First Sacrament (about 2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story
Sacrament (about 3 minutes)- Kids explaining the Last Supper in their own words
Jesus Suffers in the Garden of Gethsemane (about 2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story
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.
How can we give good works to the Savior?
In what ways might we betray the Savior without realizing it? How can we avoid doing that in our lives?
How do you remember the Savior during the sacrament?
What can you do to be better prepared for the Sacrament?
How can you make the sacrament a more sacred experience in your week?
What do you do to be mindful of your covenants during the week?
When have you had to allow the Father’s will over your own? How was it better than your own will?
Why must we be forgiving to those who betray us? How can be more like the Savior when we must forgive?
How does it make you feel when you ponder the Savior’s sacrifice for you individually?
When have you been uplifted through the enabling power of the Atonement?
When you have needed the cleansing power of the Atonement, how have you felt when you were forgiven?
When have you felt that Satan desired to have you? How do you make sure that you are staying close to the spirit and on the right course?
How are you continuing to be converted?
Have you ever had an experience like Peter, when he said he wouldn't deny the Christ, but did? What did you learn from that experience?
When has the Father not taken away a trial from you? How did it help you grow or benefit you? How were you helped through it?
When have you received a witness or testimony of the Savior? How were you able to gain it?
In what ways can you show that you are on the Savior’s side?
How can having a soft heart make you more receptive to the corrections you need to make in your life? How do you ensure you have a soft heart?
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 26:17-46; Mark 14:12-42; Luke 22:7-46
Discuss and ponder some quotes about the Atonement from this past General Conference. What can we learn from these quotes? How can they help us honor the Sacrament? You can send these prints to a copy center or photo printing place (download the zip file instead) and assemble them into a reverent book for Sacrament meeting, hang them throughout your home, stick them in your scriptures, etc. You can also print them at home using the other download.
Assign each person a different Atonement quote to ponderize for the week. Ask them to ponder and study it throughout the week then share what they learned when you meet the next week.
Hang the quotes around your home throughout the week to help your family ponder. I like to put little reminders where I know my kids will have a second to think about them or will definitely look often. Think about what they reach for most often or spend a lot of time. Add some of your thoughts or leave a blank piece a paper near the quote for them to add thoughts too.
Need a younger reverent book? A Year of FHE has you covered. Your children can color in the pictures!
I’ve included several different sacrament themed printables for you to use as well. For younger children, you can glue on cotton balls, popcorn, glitter blue circles, etc. over the sacrament trays as you talk about the meaning of the bread and water every week. For older children, you can make a puzzle and discuss the promises we make each week.
Print out your own Sacrament Prayers cards. Discuss ways we can better prepare ourselves to partake of the Sacrament each week. There is room on one card to write down some things you want to do. President Dallin H. Oaks mentions a few ideas in his talk (mentioned in the study suggestions)- this pin states some ideas clearly. Fold the card in half so you have one prayer on each side. Then you can laminate your cards to use every week as you listen to the prayers. If you don’t have a laminating machine, strips of clear packing tape work well too (This printable is included in the sacrament printables above).
Give everyone in your family or class a strip of paper to write down a word or phrase that describes what the Sacrament means to them. Collect the papers on a tray then read a few out loud and discuss. Is there a word we should replace with something better? How can we make sure we honor the Sacrament for what it is every week instead of getting used to it and treating it more lightly?
Make a Last Supper scene with the free printables at Catholic Icing. You’ll need a couple of empty egg cartons to make it.
Use my bread wrapper found in my teaching helps for Elder Christofferson's talk to discuss how Christ is the living bread and water and the symbolism of the sacrament. You can present your family or class the bread with the wrapper on, discuss the meaning, then enjoy the bread. It also makes a great gift- share a loaf with your neighbors or ministering families.
If you want to have some food like the Savior would have had, check out So Festive’s post about teaching the Last Supper.
Print out some Mormonads about the Sacrament. Give everyone in your family or class one Mormonad to present to the group. What does it teach? How can we apply that teaching to the way we approach the Sacrament every week? There are a few about the Sabbath in general but you can lead back to preparing for the Sacrament.
Invite your family or class to make sacrament count with this 4 week Sacrament Journal challenge from We Talk of Christ.
Continue your study of the Atonement with my study sheet. There is room to answer the questions that are in the manual plus add your own ponderings. Comes in three sizes. You can encourage personal study then come back together to share some of your thoughts.
Personalize the Atonement of Jesus Christ a little more by inserting yourself in the garden with Jesus. Draw or glue your face on the coloring page. Then laminate it and look at it as the Sacrament is passed to help you ponder. You can take your pages to an office store to laminate but I find if you have a good teacher store, they usually have laminating at better prices.
Use the personalized sheet to show one of the reasons why Christ atoned for us even though He asked for the cup to be removed. He was willing to do the Father’s will and because He loves you.
Watch how olive oil is made today and compare it to what Christ went through as He atoned for us. This video will start at about 2 1/2 minutes in where the stones are pressing the olives into a paste. After that they crush it down to get the oil out.
Play “Mother, May I?” with your class or family then discuss Matthew 26:39 where Christ says, “Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” How can we apply this scripture to our lives? Why is it important to say “as thou wilt”? How can that change the way we pray?
Mark 14:27-31, 66-72; Luke 22:31-32
Discuss the story of Peter and how he felt once he heard the rooster crow three times. Using my card rooster cards, discuss different situations we might be in. How can we continue our conversion? What can we do when, like Peter, we make mistakes? What else can we learn from Peter?
- The Red Headed Hostess has a great Walking His Steps through Jerusalem activity as well as other activities to help you teach this lesson.
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.