Lesson Helps for Acts 1-5 “Ye Shall Be Witnesses unto Me” (July 1-7)

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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.

Acts 1:1-8; Acts 1:9-26; Acts 2; Acts 3; Acts 4-5 from the New Testament Seminary Teacher manual

Acts 1-2; Acts 3-7 from the New Testament Institute Teacher manual

“Communicating by the Power of the Spirit”- Short visiting teaching message

“Let the Holy Spirit Guide” by Elder Ronald A. Rasband

“How Does the Holy Ghost Help You?” by Elder Gary E. Stevenson

“The Cloven Tongues of Fire” by President Boyd K. Packer

“Guided by the Holy Spirit” by President Boyd K. Packer

“The God that Doest Wonders” by President Howard W. Hunter

“Has the Day of Miracles Ceased?” by Elder Donald L. Hallstrom

“Miracles Today?” by Jay A. Parry

“To Draw Closer to God” by President Henry B. Eyring

“Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying” by Elder Dale G. Renlund

“Sustaining the Prophets” by President Russell M. Nelson

“God Is at the Helm” by President Gordon B. Hinckley

Remember to print out your free scripture reading chart for July too! Color in a new piece of the picture each day you read! See if you can guess what all the pictures have to do with the book of Acts.

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.


Videos

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.

Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying (about 10 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Elder Dale G. Renlund

The Doctrine of Christ (about 11 minutes)- Talk by Brother Ashton

Peter and John Heal a Man Crippled Since Birth (about 3 1/2 minutes)- Bible video

Peter Preaches and is Arrested (about 3 minutes)- Bible video

Sustaining the Prophets (about 15 1/2 minutes)- Talk from President Russell M. Nelson

Peter and John Are Judged (about 3 minutes)- Bible video

Peter and John Continue Preaching the Gospel (about 5 1/2 minutes)- Bible video

God Is at the Helm (about 24 1/2 minutes)- Talk from President Gordon B. Hinckley

The Apostles Lead the Church (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story

Peter Heals a Man (about 1 minute)- Illustrated scripture story

Peter, My Brother (about 32 1/2 minutes)- Audio speech only from President Spencer W. Kimball


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.

  • When have you had to trust in the times and seasons of Heavenly Father? Looking back how has that helped shape your life?

  • When have you been able to be a witness of Jesus Christ?

  • What has the Spirit helped you to be able to do?

  • How has having the Holy Ghost as a companion in your life helped you?

  • When has the Holy Ghost helped you to realize you must change something in your life?

  • When has following Christ brought you happiness in your life?

  • How have you been healed by the gospel?

  • How can you keep the faith rather than be deceived like those who called for Jesus to be crucified?

  • What would you do if you were told not to preach the good news of the gospel and of the Savior Jesus Christ?

  • Why is it so important to be of one heart and one soul in our families and wards?

  • Why is secrecy or seeking to deceive a road to destruction?

  • Have you ever sought to obey man rather than God? What were the results? How can you seek to follow God rather than man?

  • How has the Holy Ghost guided you in your callings or ministering efforts?


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.

Acts 1:1-11, 15-26; 2:1-42; 4:1-13, 31-33

  • One of the great ways you can teach how the Lord set up His Church back when Peter was the President and today is with the Cups Lesson. The free printable labels include the scripture references. Find out how to do this lesson and get the free printables.

  • Get to know the apostles today with my apostles tube dolls. Then make your own set of tube dolls for the apostles when Peter was the prophet.

  • Play Apostle Bingo, Swat It, or Memory! When they get a match or Bingo, have them say something about the apostle or a way we can sustain and follow them.

  • Make quote cards from the members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from this past General Conference. Then set out the tube dolls or memory cards and see if your family can match the quotes to the person. Don’t have time to make the cards? Head to the May New Era instead. They have a picture quote with each talk summary.

  • Assign each person in your family or class to find out more about a specific apostle. Ask them to find out things like their hobbies and likes as well as some of their latest teachings (tell them to check out their Facebook or Instagram page if they need help). Then meet together and learn from each other! You could also try to guess each other’s person instead by the clues you give.

Acts 2:1-18, 36-47

  • As you talk about the gift of the Holy Ghost, discuss different ways we feel the Holy Ghost. You can even feel the Holy Ghost in different ways at different times. However, the more we pay attention to the Holy Ghost and the many promptings we receive, the easier it is to understand and act. You can prove this point by using my Mystery Word cards. The first time through the cards, it takes a minute before you can understand what the word is. The next time through the deck, it’s much easier. The third time through the deck and you definitely know the words. Get the full deck of Mystery Words for more fun!

  • You can also use the Mystery Word cards to discuss the gift of tongues. The gift of tongues is given to help spread the gospel and point towards Jesus Christ. While the cards are in a different “language” you are used to, you can use your “gift of the interpretation of tongues” to figure out what each card means. Then discuss how they all point back to Jesus Christ.

  • Make your own Mystery Word cards instead to show of your “gift of tongues.” Then see if your family can guess. Keep your words associated to the lesson and expound on it after your word is guessed.

  • For more on the Holy Ghost, try my Primary 3 Lesson 20 activities or search “Holy Ghost” using the search bar at the top of the page.

  • For the gift of tongues, you could also play those crazy games like "Watch Ya' Mouth" It's entertaining for sure then, or course, tie it back into the scriptures and why we have the gift of tongues. You can buy the game online but I grabbed a cheap version from our dollar store.

Acts 2:36-47; 3:13-21

  • Have you ever felt pricked in your heart? What do we do when we feel pricked? You can demonstrate what pricked means by using a cactus. If you don’t have access to one, you can make it out of cardboard and toothpicks. Why can being pricked be a good thing?

  • Discuss ways we can continue applying the doctrine of Christ in our lives by making your own cactus garden. Cut out the cacti and place them on your garden scene as you discuss different ways you can put this principle into action.

Acts 3; 4:1-31; 5:12-42

  • Study the story of the lame man being healed using my interactive handout. Cut out the puppets and use the background scene to put on your own show. You can also cut a slit in the background to slide the lame man up to the temple easily.

  • After you read the story of the miracle of helping the lame man, use the temple background scene to record your notes about the affect of the miracles on the others as mentioned in the manual (lame man, Peter and John, witnesses at the temple, high priests and rulers, other saints). You can use some of the drawn characters or add in more with your own pictures.

  • Record some of your family’s miracles this week. Start a miracle journal for your family that you leave easily accessible so your family can add to it and refer back to it as needed. Why is it important to recognize the miracles we witness? How does keeping a record of your miracles help you? Number your miracles so they are easy to refer back to but also so you can see just how many have been in your life already.

  • Discuss how we can help each other out too. See how many random acts of kindness cards you can complete this week or fill up your own cards with acts you do throughout the week. You can even use my Love One Another banner activity.

Acts 3:12-26; 4:1-21; 5:12-42

  • Practice being bold in your testimony this week. Discuss with your family what you feel is being bold in your testimony of Jesus Christ. Then pick one way you each will try to be bold this week. As your week ends, share your experiences- if you went through with it, how it worked out, why you might not have done it, etc.

  • Discuss how the Savior also appeared to the Nephites. How is the Book of Mormon a bold testimony of Jesus Christ? Take a few minutes to write down your testimony of the Resurrected Lord. Then share it with someone this week- family, neighbors, online, etc.

Acts 4:32-5:11

  • After you read the story of Ananias and Sapphira with your children, play this honesty board game. If you want to play with older kids, just replace the cards with your own questions from the lesson or give a statement for them to figure out if it’s a truth or a lie.

  • Get some chocolate coins. Before handing them out, gently remove the wrapper and stick in an idea for an act of service. Let your family pick their coin under then condition that they agree to use whatever is inside that chocolate coin (they’ll think it’s just chocolate) but they must open it only when they are alone. When you meet back again, ask them what they received and how they used it (if they did). Then discuss the story of Ananias and Sapphira and tell what they did.

  • You can also use the ice cream and salt honesty object lesson from Over the Big Moon.


Activity Pages

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.

See the activity pages and stories under the topics of Peter, Apostles, Prophets, Holy Ghost, Testimony, and Miracles.