Luke 12–17; John 11 “Rejoice with Me; for I Have Found My Sheep Which Was Lost” (May 6-12)

In Luke 12–17; John 11 “Rejoice with Me; for I Have Found My Sheep Which Was Lost” (May 6-12) we get to focus on the mercy and love of the Lord.


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Study Suggestions

Luke 10:38-Luke 12:59, Luke 13-14; Luke 15; Luke 16; Luke 17; John 11 from the New Testament Seminary Teacher manual

Luke 9-14; Luke 15-17; John 11-13 from the New Testament Institute Teacher manual

“The Other Prodigal” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

“Waiting for the Prodigal” by Elder Brent H. Nielson

“Search and Rescue” by President Thomas S. Monson

“O Remember, Remember” by President Henry B. Eyring

“He Will Place You on His Shoulders and Carry You Home” by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Shepherding Souls” by Elder Gary E. Stevenson

“The Gathering of Scattered Israel” by President Russell M. Nelson

“That the Lost May Be Found” by President M. Russell Ballard

“He Will Place You on His Shoulders and Carry You Home” by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“The Divine Gift of Gratitude” by President Thomas S. Monson

“An Attitude of Gratitude” by President Thomas S. Monson

“Gratitude: A Path to Happiness” by Sister Bonnie D. Parkin

“Christ the Redeemer” by Elder Carlos H. Amado

“The Lord Has Not Forgotten You” by Sister Linda S. Reeves

"Grateful in Any Circumstances" by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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.

Remember to also reference the New Testament guides as you study along such as "Verse by Verse, The New Testament: Volume One, The Four Gospels" by D. Kelly Ogden and Andrew C. Skinner.


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.

The Other Prodigal (about 16 minutes)- talk from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

O Remember, Remember (about 15 minutes)- talk from President Henry B. Eyring

Lazarus is Raised from the Dead (about 8 minutes)- Bible video

To the Rescue: We Can Do It (about 10 1/2 minutes)- talk from Elder Mervyn B. Arnold'

Jesus Brings Lazarus Back (about 2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story

Lazarus is Raised from the Dead (about 8 minutes)- Bible video

The Prodigal Son (about 5 1/2 minutes)- Bible video

The 10th Leper (about 5 1/2 minutes)- Scripture study with President M. Russell Ballard

The Ten Lepers (about 1 minute)- Illustrated scripture story

Thanksgiving Daily (about 2 minutes)

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving (about 5 minutes)- You could do a similar video with your family or church class

Give Thanks (about 1 1/2 minutes)- clip from President Russell M. Nelson

On Gratitude (about 2 minutes)- clip from President Thomas S. Monson

Remember! Living Scriptures has a great review clip they share every week too. We watch them Sunday mornings before Church as a quick recap. Take advantage of the other fuller length videos they have throughout the week too.

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 needed to be rescued? How were you rescued? Have you ever sought to rescue another?

  • How does it make you feel that Heavenly Father knows you and wants you to return to him? How can you strive to be working toward making it home to him?

  • How do you know what your value is to God?

  • When has the Holy Ghost given you what to say when you did not know what to say?

  • How can having a doubtful mind destroy your faith?

  • In what ways can you prepare yourself and your family for the coming of the Savior?

  • How can I better use my Sabbath days?

  • Has the Savior ever tried to gather you to him, but you were resistant? Why? How were you able to overcome your resistance to become gathered to him?

  • How can you become more humble in your life?

  • What excuses are you making to avoid living a higher life? What is keeping you from the great supper?

Remember, you can send these images to your family or class throughout the week!

Remember, you can send these images to your family or class throughout the week!

  • When have you lost something very important to you? What did you do to find it? How can we be more willing to go find those who are lost and need the gospel in their lives?

  • How can you be more forgiving to those in your life? Why is it important to forgive others?

  • Why must we always be humble even when we are doing what is right?

  • Why is seeking after the one an important part of Christ’s ministry? How can we exemplify the Savior’s willingness to go after those who are lost?

  • How are you taking care of things that are in your stewardship? Do you need to be a better steward over your family? your ministering brother/sisters/families? your calling? Others areas?

  • What small things can you improve upon in your life? How will you improve them?

  • Is there anyone in your life that you could seek to better forgive? How can you do that?

  • How can we show our gratitude to Heavenly Father and Jesus more?

  • In what ways can you seek to lose your life in service of God rather than looking back like Lot’s wife?

  • What miracles have occurred in your life? How have they increased your faith and testimony?

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.

Luke 12-17, John 11

  • As you go through the many stories and parables throughout this lesson, try breaking it up between the members of your family or class. Give everyone a specific story to read on their own (or with your help) and ask them to illustrate it with my free comic book templates (see my example of the foolish rich man above). Give everyone time to share their creation then discuss what it may mean as a group. You can do it all in one day or spread it out throughout the week.

  • Make a treasure hunt! Include two types of treasure- one that you know your family or class will go for such as candy and one that is valuable but not as immediately enticing like puzzle pieces. When everyone is done collecting (give a specific time limit so they don’t have time to grab it all), announce a reason to give up the more flashy prize- taxes, expired food, etc. Then see what people have left. How did they do? Relate it back to the parable of the foolish rich man.

  • There are lots of great coloring pages and another great scripture to print included as a bonus freebie in my New Testament Spot It game post. Be sure to taken advantage of them and get coloring and sharing!

Luke 15

  • Practice “finding” things that have been lost using my fun Dot Game printables! The goal is to trap the most objects inside your box. The catch is for every one you do trap, you have to say one real way we can go about finding it. There is one for the lost coin, the lost sheep, and the prodigal son.

  • Focus on how Christ will welcome us back with loving arms as we each slip into the role of the prodigal son occasionally. You can make the craft from Meaningful Mama complete with your own hand prints to talk about how we can welcome others with open arms as well.

  • Play a fun relay game as you discuss the parable of the prodigal son. Bible Fun for Kids shares how they assembled their relay with pig food, a robe, ring, and shoes before you sit down at the feast.

  • Know some lost sheep that could use a welcoming hand? Use my free Berry Sweet Friendship Cards and Tags to offer some love. There are several sayings to choose from!
  • Play your own shepherding game! Hid a "sheep" somewhere in your house for every person that is playing. It's best to use blown up white balloons for this game. Then grab your broom, a hockey stick, or anything else you think would work as a shepherd’s crook for each player. Pick a destination for your “sheep” and see how long it takes everyone to find their sheep and get them all in the pen. You can pick a room or even use masking tape on the floor as your pen. (Note: If you really want to get in on the sheep fun, there are super fun walking sheep helium balloons you can order. You can take them to a place to blow it up for you if you don't have a tank. We go to the dollar store. You could have so much fun with these sheep balloons!). Then discuss the parable of the lost sheep and how we can help rescue them.

Luke 17:11-19

  • Get your gratitude on with some popcorn giving fun! Print tags or print directly on your lunch bag and hand out some popcorn, apricots, or a little bit both to people in your lives (apricot flavored candy with the popcorn works well too!).

  • Have little ones that need visuals as you share the scripture stories? Use the glove idea from Faith Sprouts to help your children visualize what’s going on in the story of the Ten Lepers.

  • Grab 10 stuffed animals, dolls, pillows, whatever you have to make 10 lepers. Wrap each one up with toilet paper to show how they are lepers. As you wrap them, add in my Thankful Prompts so they stay hidden (I folded ours in half). Then act out the story with the objects you have. When it’s time to see if they are healed, give out the stuffed animals to each person and have them start unwrapping each one. As they discover the thankful prompts you wrapped up in each one, have them share. See what a difference it makes when we share our gratitude about just one thing.

  • Print my Thankful sheets out to practice your own family's gratitude. Think of something new every day of the week, all together, or individually.
  • Practice saying Thank You in different languages! You can enter "Thank you" or "Thanks" into Google Translate and pick a language or grab these fun multilangual Thank You stickers to practice and make Thank You cards.

John 11:1-46

  • Grab more toilet paper and pick someone to be Lazarus. Everyone else gets to wrap him up as much as they possibly can. Then act out the story. When it’s time for Lazarus to rise and come out, have him try to break free of all the toilet paper. It’s pretty fun so grab some extra roles for others to try too!

  • Remember to show how the story of Lazarus was a foreshadowing of Christ’s resurrection. Go through the story and show the similarities. You can also go back to the story of the daughter of Jairus and the son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-17; 8:41-56).

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.

See the activities under the topics of The Prodigal Son, Gratitude, and Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead.