Get ready for lots of love and talk of the Holy Ghost in John 13-17 “Continue Ye in My Love.” I’m excited to use the paper airplanes!
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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.
“He Loved Them unto the End” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“The Great Commandment” by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
“Commandments = Love?”- Youth article
“What Thinks Christ of Me?” by Elder Neil L. Andersen
“‘If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments’” by Elder Robert D. Hales
“Obedience Brings Blessings” by President Thomas S. Monson
“Obedience to Law Is Liberty” by Elder L. Tom Perry
“The Holy Ghost as Your Companion” by President Henry B. Eyring
“Receive the Holy Ghost” by Elder David A. Bednar
“That We May Always Have His Spirit to Be with Us” by Elder David A. Bednar
“The Unspeakable Gift” by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
“‘Abide in My Love’” by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
“‘As I Have Loved You’” by President Thomas S. Monson
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.
- "John 14:15" by John Bytheway (talk on the youth theme)
- "First Solo: Learning to Recognize the Spirit" by John Bytheway
- "Experiments upon the Word: 101 Object Lessons for Latter-day Saints" by Susan Luke (Object lessons by topic- try obedience and Holy Ghost)
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 from Elder D. Todd Christofferson
The Will of God (about 3 minutes)- Story from Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Love One Another (about 2 minutes)
Families Sacrifice, Give Love (about 1 minute)
Preparation of Thomas S. Monson: He Learned Compassion in His Youth (about 1 1/2 minutes)
The Holy Ghost (about 14 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Elder Robert D. Hales
The Holy Ghost as Your Companion (about 17 1/2 minutes)- Talk from President Henry B. Eyring
Receive the Holy Ghost (about 15 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Elder David A. Bednar
Abide in Me (about 2 minutes)- Clip from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
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 does it make you feel to know that even though you may fall or break the commandments, the Lord still wants you and will provide a way for you to return?
When has the Savior washed you? Why do you think it is important to be cleansed by repentance on a regular basis?
When have you been happy to follow the commandments?
How can you be less weary in well doing?
Why must we love others? How can we try to see and love others as the Lord does?
What can you do to better know and follow the way of the Savior?
How can you be one with the Father and the Son?
How has having the Holy Ghost as a companion comforted you in the times when you are troubled?
How has the Holy Ghost led you to love and help someone in your life?
How do your actions show that you love the Lord?
How can you invite the spirit to abide with you?
How can you show your love for others? How does that show my love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ?
When has the Comforter been sent to you? How did that companionship make you feel?
When have you felt peace and of good cheer? Why were you able to feel that way?
Why is it significant that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ be one in purpose?
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.
Cut the coloring page into puzzle pieces and hide them behind things that remind your family or class of their love for God. You can play it like Hot or Cold to find the pieces, let them look like crazy, or make it like a scavenger hunt. Once all the pieces are found, assemble then discuss where the pieces were found and how they relate.
Use the coloring page as a quiet activity as you review the lessons your family discussed this week.
Print the coloring page at the beginning of your week. Every time you read the words “commandments” or “love”, color in a piece of the sheet. See how often you read about those things by the end of the week. How many times have you shown your love by keeping the commandments this week? How are the two words related?
In chapter 13, Christ washes the feet of the apostles. Do the same thing in your family by having the parents wash their children’s feet. Emphasize the kindness by letting your kids play outside barefoot first!
Here’s a fun craft from Danielle’s Place that demonstrates how Christ washed their feet.
Don’t want to touch feet? Use an ice cream example instead! Give each person a scoop of ice cream to write down what they like about every person in your family or class. Then build the cones! You can also do one that doesn’t require so much cutting. And of course, eat some ice cream when you are done!
Build a real ice cream sundae. The person up goes ahead and picks one type of ice cream. Then for each thing someone says about them, they can add one more thing to their sundae- ice cream, toppings, whatever because knowing them is “sweet.”
Use the ice cream to write down acts of service your class feels they can do this week. OR build your ice cream tower as they give examples of Jesus serving others in the scriptures.
Take advantage of all the resources for the youth theme this year, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” You can learn the music, use their posters, and more.
Discuss how Christ left us such a great example of obedience. You can use these images and examples to do a quick recap or ask your family or class to go through your images and share one example.
John 14-16 (Holy Ghost)
Have some paper airplane fun! Use my airplane templates or use your own paper to make a dart plane or another design in a similar width (See how to fold a dart airplane). Write on your plane ways you keep the commandments and therefore show your love for the Savior. Place the hoops across your home either securing on tabletop surfaces or hanging from the ceiling. Then try to get your planes through the hoops. As you get one through, stop and read the scriptures and discuss the role of the Holy Ghost mentioned in that scripture. Have you experienced the Holy Ghost in that role before? How can you recognize it’s the Holy Ghost?
Make different obstacle courses with your paper airplanes. Discuss ways you feel the Holy Ghost, how you keep the commandments, or anything else to do with this lesson as you meet each goal.
Have some play dough fun! Print the vine sheet and make your own fruit to add to the vine as you discuss which fruit shows you are attached to the vine. You will want to laminate your page or put it inside a plastic page protector first so the dough doesn’t stick. Don’t want to use play dough? Use raisins instead.
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.