How are you enjoying the books of Acts so far? It covers so much in so few chapters! This week we are studying Acts 10-15 "The Word of God Grew and Multiplied" (July 15-21). Keep scrolling for ideas and free printables to help you teach and ponder.
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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.
“‘Abide in My Love’” by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
“Let the Holy Spirit Guide” by Elder Ronald A. Rasband
“The Importance of a Name” by President M. Russell Ballard
“Foundations of Faith” by Elder Quentin L. Cook
“Clean Hands and a Pure Heart” by Elder David A. Bednar
“Lest Thou Forget” by Elder Ronald A. Rasband
“The Correct Name of the Church” by President Russell M. Nelson
“Come, Join with Us” by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“How Does a Person Pray Without Ceasing?”- Article from the Ensign
“Answers to Prayers” by Elder Brook P. Hales
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 Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith" by Terryl Givens and Fiona Givens
- "No Doubt about It" by Sheri Dew
- "Jesus Knows I'm a Christian" by John Bytheway
- "The 7-day Christian" by Brad Wilcox
- "Recipe for Revelation" by Eric D. Richards
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.
Abide in My Love (about 15 minutes)- Talk by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Peter’s Revelation to Take the Gospel to the Gentiles (about 9 minutes)- Bible video
Let the Holy Spirit Guide (about 16 minutes)- Talk by Elder Ronald A. Rasband
The Jerusalem Conference (about 3 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
The Importance of a Name (about 14 1/2 minutes)- Talk from President M. Russell Ballard
Lest Thou Forget (about 16 minutes)- Talk from Elder Ronald A. Rasband
God Is at the Helm (about 24 1/2 minutes)- Talk from President Gordon B. Hinckley
True Christianity (about 3 minutes)
Remember to share this week’s New Testament Textables with your friends and family too! They are great for those teens that prefer to sleep through your lessons or to send your Sunday School class. You can even put them in your ward email.
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 pondering scriptures and gospel principles lead to inspiration? When you have been inspired to do something while you were pondering?
How does the knowledge that all are children of God affect the way you treat others?
How are you seeking to work righteousness daily in your life, that you may be accepted of God?
What experiences have you had with the Holy Ghost that you are grateful for? How did they increase your faith?
When have the strength of multiple people praying for the same thing helped your prayers? How did this experience increase your testimony of prayer?
How can you focus on missionary work better in your daily actions?
In what ways do you strive to be a good example of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
Why do you think it is important to have a good balance between the spirit of the law and the letter of the law? How can it be dangerous to favor one side or the other?
What commandments have helped keep you safe when you have followed them?
How have you gained a testimony of continuing revelation? How can you avoid letting policy and program changes become a stumbling block to you?
What experiences have helped you learn line upon line? How have you been able to continue in your way even though you could only see a small portion of the big picture?
When have you been able to master your doubts? How were you able to do that?
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.
For some visuals to teach the dream Peter had about preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, check out the free printables on Kid Frugal or Bible Fun for Kids & More. You can recreate the scene and do some other fun activities.
Remember to check out the Ensign each month now with their quick lesson helps in the Family Study Fun section. This week there is an activity you can do to learn more about how “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34).
Acts 10; 11:1-18; 15
Play a fun game as you discuss how we all learn line upon line. The word at the top of the card is what you want your team to guess. The points you receive, depend on how many clues you need to guess it. If you guess it after the first clue is given (number five) then you get five points. If you get it after three clues are given you get three points and so on. The point being, for each clue we are given, we learn more about that thing or person. After we have all the clues, it’s a lot easier to understand what the word is.
Make your line upon line guessing cards. Let everyone in your family come up with a word for a guessing card that relates back to this lesson or another one we have learned this year. After you guess each others, ask why they picked that word. You can also ask which clues they learned this year and what they already knew. Discuss how you couldn’t make these cards unless your family or class had been learning from the scriptures every week.
Grab some butcher paper, poster board, or nine pieces of paper. Write down the letters in the world “Christian” and have each person in your family or class write words or draw a picture that starts with that letter that shows something Christians believe in or are. Share your answers with each other! What makes you a Christian today?
If you were to write the definition for the word “Christian” in the dictionary, what would it say? What does it say in your dictionary? What does it say in the Bible Dictionary or Guide to the Scriptures? Is there anything else you would add to your definition after reading these other ones?
Discuss how Peter escaped from prison with the assistance of an angel. You can demonstrate this story by making a magic wallet. As shown in the image above, have Peter start underneath the X in the wallet. Close the wallet and open it on the other side. Now Peter can leave the prison. Magic wallets are easy to make, you just need some sturdy paper like cardstock or use some cardboard (a cereal box will work). Follow the directions from Instructables Craft to make yours. I skipped adding a back to ours since it was only for this lesson and I don’t need it to last long. Print out the prison background scene and Peter to put inside your wallet (Don’t have ribbon to use? I used duct tape torn in half then folded in on each other).
Remind your family or class of how “prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him” (Acts 12:5). Peter being freed was a answer to these prayers. Write in the prison bricks answers to prayers your family or class has received. Why is it important to remember past answers to prayers?
What does it mean to pray unceasingly? Write your answers on the prison wall.
If you don’t have time to make a magic wallet, you can do a similar trick with my other printables for this scene. Make two slits across the prison background scene then slide the prison door through those slits so you can slide it back and forth. Place Peter in the prison with some double sided tape on top of him. Slide the prison door over Peter as you discuss why he was put into jail. Be sure to press on the prison door after you slide Peter underneath so he will stick to the door. Then tell how an angel helped Peter escape. Slide the door over again to show how Peter is no longer in jail (If you are really pressed for time, skip the slits and place the prison door on top of Peter doing the same thing with the tape. When you lift the door off the paper, Peter will be stuck on the back of the door as if he has disappeared).
One common question people ask is “Why do bad things happen to good people?” As you discuss the answer to this question, show how this has always been the case. Read through Acts 14 and write down the blessings and opposition that occur in that chapter alone.
Cut the worksheet in half and divide into two groups. One group focuses on the blessings and the other on the opposition. Have each group then present their findings. As you were preparing your answers, how did you feel about the people in this chapter? What usually happens, is the blessing people will see how blessed the people are while the opposition people will see how many hardships they had to endure. What are we focusing on in our lives- the blessings or opposition?
You may want to go back over the plan of salvation as you explain how we all have to go through opposition. You can use my free printables plan of salvation from a past lesson. Emphasize how it’s a plan of love even if it’s hard to remember sometimes.
Remember to keep using your Question Journal from the beginning of the year. Print out more pages to write down your own questions and research them as a family. Then make your Question Index and keep them in a folder or binder near your study supplies.
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.