We have two weeks for Matthew 16–17; Mark 8–9; Luke 9 “Thou Art the Christ.” It can seem daunting but remember, you can include General Conference as well- ways to prepare, a review, and it even ties in nicely with priesthood keys and having a testimony.
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Looking for specific helps for General Conference? This post has ideas to help you prepare, notes and activity pages for during, and so much more! Be sure to check it out.
“Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives” by President Russell M. Nelson
“Prophecy and Personal Revelation” by President Henry B. Eyring
“Personal Revelation: The Teachings and Examples of the Prophets” by Elder Robert D. Hales
“Where Are the Keys and Authority of the Priesthood?” by Elder Gary E. Stevenson
“The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood” by President Dallin H. Oaks
“‘Lord, I Believe’” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“Lord, I Believe; Help Thou Mine Unbelief” by President James E. Faust
Book of Mormon Central has lots of other great resources for more study
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.
- "Personal Revelation: How to Recognize Promptings of the Spirit" by JoAnn Hibbert Hamilton
- "Personal Revelation: Receiving and Responding to the Voice of the Lord" by Gerald N. Lund
- "Recipe for Revelation" by Eric D. Richards
- "Women and the Priesthood: What One Mormon Woman Believes" by Sheri Dew
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 Spirit of Revelation (about 16 minutes)- Talk from Elder David A. Bednar
Patterns of Light: Spirit of Revelation (about 3 minutes)-From Elder Bednar
Power in the Priesthood (about 15 minutes)- Talk from Elder Neil L. Andersen
Priesthood Keys: The Restoration of the Priesthood Keys (about 2 minutes)- Story from Elder L. Tom Perry
Priesthood Keys: Keys Are the Authority of God (about 1 minute)- From Elder Hallstrom
Learn Your Duty (about s 1/2 minutes)- Clip from Brother Larry M. Gibson
Priesthood Keys: The Priesthood, an Opportunity to Serve (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Bishop Davies read about priesthood keys from the handbook
“Lord, I Believe” (about 15 minutes)- Talk from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Peter Testifies of Christ (about 1 minute)- Illustrated scripture story
Thou Art the Christ (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Jesus Teaches that We Must Become as Little Children (about 3 minutes)- Bible video
Whosoever Will Lose His Life for My Sake Shall Find It (about 2 minutes)- Bible video
Appearing in Glory: The Transfiguration (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story
Receiving Revelation (about 4 1/2 minutes)
Testing Revelation (about 1 1/2 minutes)- from President Dallin H. Oaks
Personal Revelation- Additional videos all about personal revelation
The Boy With an Evil Spirit (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story
Hang one on the fridge, mail it to a friend, cut it into a puzzle, and more! Bright Idea posters come from the Friend, Mormonads are from The New Era, and others are images found throughout LDS.org
Need a Lift? (Mormonad)
On Board? (Mormonad)
Master, I Have Brought unto Thee My Son (same as in the manual)
Testimony Snowball (Bright Idea)
Let Your Faith Show (Bright Idea)
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.
Looking for something easy to use every week? Try the Come Follow Me Discussion Cards from My Computer Is My Canvas. You can use them with any lesson so keep them in your car, pull them out at dinner time, or use them during your lesson time.
How have you gained a testimony of Christ? If you don’t know if you have one, how can you gain that testimony?
How have you received revelation in the past? How can you increase your ability to receive revelation in the future?
What do you feel an urgent need to know or understand?
How has your life been blessed because of revelation?
How has revelation directed you to where you are today?
How has revelation helped you in your Church calling?
Why is revelation so vital for us in these last days?
How does revelation help you with your concerns, fears, and weaknesses?
How can you stretch yourself beyond your current spiritual ability?
What can you do when you feel like you aren't receiving the revelation you need?
How can your home become a place of revelation?
How can you show that you know Christ and believe in Him?
How have you taken up your cross and followed Christ?
When have you served others and it helped you more than it helped them?
When lost in your life and turning to the service of Christ, how were you able to find your life?
Have you had an experience when you had a small amount of faith that was able to accomplish a large task?
What things in your life could be offensive to the spirit? How can you remove them from your life to allow the spirit to flow more freely to you?
Why do you follow the Christ?
Why is faith such an important element when gaining a testimony?
When seeking to build your faith, how have you been able to add to your faith little by little? How did you rely on the faith you already had?
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 16:13-19; 17:1-9; Luke 9:18-21
Read Peter’s Testimony (you can use my free printable card) and discuss how Peter gained his testimony (see Matthew 16:17). Then discuss how your family has developed their testimonies thus far. Have a testimony meeting OR fill out your monthly testimony card. If you don’t want to write it down every month, you can use my more generic testimony card above.
Get out your monthly testimony cards! Read Peter’s testimony and reread your own testimony. How is your testimony similar to Peter’s? Use your March testimony card to write your testimony this month and include Peter’s in your stack.
Ask the question Christ posed to his disciples to your family, “Whom say ye that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). Use my printable, have your family or group answer this question by drawing pictures, cutting out images from the church magazines, or writing down their testimony.
Use the “Whom say ye that I Am?” poster to show two contrasting views. First fill it out according to how the world or your neighborhood might answer the question. Some might be similar to how you personally would answer while others could be vastly different. How do we know which voices to listen to? How can we find out for ourselves? You can even compare this to how Joseph Smith asked God and received what we now call the First Vision. It’s through personal revelation that we gain our own testimonies. Then fill out a family poster answering the same question. Remember, while we absolutely want our children to have a testimony, they might not have strong testimonies yet so create an safe environment for them to say, “I don’t know” while encouraging them to find out for themselves.
Instead of writing your answer on my poster printable, write HOW we find out the answer to that question. Look up the suggested scriptures in the manual to study more about personal revelation as well as the Guide to the Scriptures.
Maria Eckersley also shares four great scriptures to help your family understand how and when they are feeling the spirit. You can watch her video together or watch it beforehand and share your own thoughts on ways we can know we are feeling the spirit.
Study President Russell M. Nelson’s talk from April 2018 General Conference, “Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives.” I share several more ideas for teaching from this talk and discussing revelation. Definitely check them out if you wish to dive deeper into the topic of personal revelation.
A great object lesson for listening to the Spirit and receiving personal revelation is demonstrated in a video by Motherhood Trade. It’s at the very bottom of her post (other great things in the post too). This would be a great one to tie into General Conference as well- the importance of being reverent even though you watching it on a TV in your home.
Watch the modern apostles testify of Jesus Christ using the Excerpts of the Living Christ or clips from General Conference.
Matthew 16:13-19; 17:1–9; Mark 9:2–10; Luke 9:28–36
Help you family visualize these stories more realistically by showing this video from Drive Thru History of possible mounts where the Transfiguration took place. Seeing the real life version of where these events take place makes it easier to understand that these events really happened.
If you want to study more about these events, Book of Mormon Central links to several videos discussing this transfiguration.
An easy way to understand the difference between translated and transfigured is to remember that they do the same thing- lift you to a higher spiritual level so you can endure the presence and glory of heavenly beings. Transfigured, however, is temporary while translated is lasting.
Download and discuss what Priesthood keys are using my definition card. Maria Eckersley also has some great object lessons for priesthood keys. Check them out and use one this week.
Discuss who has priesthood keys using my paper keys above. Explain while all the apostles hold all the keys only the President of the Church has the power to use all the keys. Also show how the Bishop doesn’t hold the same keys as the President of the Church. The Bishop would have less. This is a great point to go over near General Conference!
- Build your own keys! Grab the free pattern from Scripture Stackers and build the keys as you discuss what they are and how they can bless your lives.
- This is a great opportunity to discuss how Joseph Smith received the priesthood keys as well. Use the images I linked to above of Joseph Smith seeing Elijah in the Kirtland Temple. There is also this video, Priesthood Keys Restored in Kirtland Temple (about 2 minutes). You can also use the visuals on the Priesthood Restoration Historic Site.
- Marci Coombs has a great handout and treat idea to go along with priesthood keys. Give some to your family or those you minister to.
As you talk about faith to move mountains, also discuss how sometimes, the path to go over the mountain becomes clear instead. Faith can solve our problems in more ways than one. Color a path on my coloring page to show how the way we can conquer the mountain can become clear.
Cut the mountain apart from the rest of my scene above and place back together so it looks whole. Ask someone to use their seed of faith to move the mountain. Use whatever seeds you have around- you can even use some dried herbs if you are desperate. When they put their seed down blow or wave your hand to make the mountain move!
Get the blocks, cars, tracks, masking tape, trains, whatever you have and set up a great road on the floor. Then using your blocks (pillows, other objects), create big mountains or roadblocks. As your kids move their vehicle along the road, ask them how they are going to move that mountain. As they answer, “with faith,” move the mountain for them.
Pay attention to messages of faith from General Conference. Ask each person to share one thing they learned about faith from the speakers throughout the weekend.
In the interest of focusing my time better, I will no longer be providing the specific links back to the activity pages. LDS.org already has a topic page now so I feel it’s redundant for me to do it as well. Definitely check out the latest addition of the Friend and New Era as well. I have years of those links by topic on this site too. You can search by keyword using my handy dandy search bar (be sure you have flash enabled though or you won’t get any results).