Learn about forgiveness, the Good Samaritan, and more in this week’s Come Follow Me lesson, Matthew 18; Luke 10 "What Shall I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?" (April 22-28). There’s a lot of content to cover so remember to focus on what your family needs most.
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5 Ways to Reach Out with More Love and Kindness- from Mormon Channel
"Love- the Essence of the Gospel" by President Thomas S. Monson
"The Merciful Obtain Mercy" by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“Remember This: Kindness Begins with Me” by Sister Mary N. Cook
“Your Jericho Road” by President Thomas S. Monson
“Forgiveness” by President Gordon B. Hinckley
“The Ministry of Reconciliation” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“Until Seventy Times Seven” by Elder Lynn G. Robbins
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 Majesty of Forgiveness" by S. Michael Wilcox (TOFW talk)
- "Extending Forgiveness" by Virginia H. Pearce
- "Why We Forgive" by C. Terry Warner
- "Parenting the Strong-Willed Child: Fortifying Our Youth and Healing Our Prodigals" by Kevin Hinckley
- "Mary, Martha, and Me" by Camille Fronk Olson
- "Choosing the Good Part" by Brent L. Top
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. Remember, you can find the recommended videos from the Church here. They are also always the first few videos I post below. The illustrated New Testament videos are located here.
Good, Better, Best (about 14 1/2 minutes)- talk from President Dallin H. Oaks
Choosing Charity: That Good Part (about 13 minutes)- talk from Sister Bonnie D. Parkin
To Acquire Spiritual Guidance (about 16 minutes)- talk from Elder Richard G. Scott
Jesus Teaches that We Must Become as Little Children (about 3 minutes)- Bible video
Forgive 70 Times 7 (about 3 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Parable of the Good Samaritan (about 5 minutes)- Bible video
The Good Samaritan (about 2 minutes)- Chapter 35 of the illustrated scriptures stories
Forgiveness: My Burden Was Made Light (about 8 1/2 minutes)- This the story that was made into the movie, Just Let Go. You can watch Just Let Go with your Living Scriptures Streaming Service (try it a month for free).
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.
What does it mean to become as a child? How can you become more like one?
When have you felt that Christ has come to you when you have gone astray?
What does Matthew 18 teach about how to work out problems with others? How have you used this in your life?
How can you be more forgiving to those in your life?
How do you feel when you are forgiven? How do you feel when you forgive another?
What can you do to become more forgiving?
How can we use Christ’s example in our relationships with others? How can we be more forgiving and understanding?
In what ways can you better obey the first two commandments? Who needs your service?
What things can you do to be kinder and more caring in your family?
Have you ever helped or served someone when it was not convenient? How were you blessed because you served?
How have you felt when others have served you?
How can you choose the good part like Mary? What things are distracting you from the best things?
How can you make serving others a way of life? What does that look like to you?
What keeps you from serving now? How can you overcome that?
How can we become better at recognizing those in need of our service?
What helps you prioritize the best things first? How can we help each other focus on the best and not just the good?
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.
- Attach my label to a soda bottle to demonstrate this scripture with a cool object lesson. Attach two soda bottles together with a vortex connector. Then swirl it around to create a tornado effect (stir up to anger). Allow things to calm down again. Which way do you actually want to attempt pouring the soda? The same is with us- we respond much better to things when we are calm. If we are angry with someone, take time to calm down then resolve the problem and practice forgiveness.
- Grab some balloons and practice "letting it go." Write on each balloon a step of forgiveness. The Primary 3 Lesson 23 manual gives these steps: 1. Get rid of the feeling of anger and the desire to take revenge on the other person. 2. Forget the unkindness. 3. Treat the person with kindness and love. As you go over each step, give the balloon to a family member and ask them to let it go. You can either blow up regular balloons and let them swirl around the room as you let them go or get some helium balloons and let them rise to your ceiling as you let them go (We keep a helium tank in our house for parties. This helium tank even comes with emoji balloons that would be great for this activity!).
Like sweet treat reminders? Grab some smarties (both the Canadian or American version work) and my handout above. Leave it on your family’s pillows or give it to your ministering family as you give them a quick message.
How about a paper plane object lesson on forgiveness? Read all the details on Jedi Craft Girl.
I love the free forgiveness handout at Hang a Ribbon on the Moon. It outlines the process of forgiveness, realizing that sometimes it’s not so easy. Grab some bandaids and print yours.
Take a forgiveness quiz and get another free handout from my Primary 6 Lesson 17 helps. All the answers, by the way, are no. The quiz comes from the manual.
This week is a great opportunity to learn more about the way the Lord organizes His church. Remind your family of the miracle of the feeding of the 4,000 and 5,000. Before the food was taken to everyone, Christ had them organized into smaller groups (same with the pioneers trekking west). There is always order in God’s kingdom. Quorums of the Seventy is another way order is kept. As more people become members of the Lord’s church, more members Quorum of the Seventies are called.
Print out my definition card to add to your key ring and discuss with your family. Look up the additional scriptures mentioned in the manual as well as the additional resources in the Study Suggestions about the Quorums of the Seventies to add additional notes to your card. Remember to let your family ask their questions then search for the answers.
Point out similarities of keeping order in your home with how the Lord organizes His church. For example, household chores. Each calling has a responsibility just like we have responsibilities at home. Some are more fun than others just like at home but they all must still get done. Some even seem impossible (like cleaning your room) but with the help of the Lord, all things are possible.
Print my Steps to Service sign. I found these steps on a hand written poster in my old Relief Society room and fell in love with it. It describes the Good Samaritan story to me in today’s time so well. We are always SO busy with everything. Slowing down and turning around are necessary steps to help us serve those that we may quickly walk by otherwise (even during a ministering visit). I also like that the last step can have multiple meanings. First, throw yourself all in to the serve- really do it right. Second, go to town as in go into the city and get friends to help. Sometimes we need more people to help us help others.
Help your younger children understand the Good Samaritan story with my helping hands printable. As they do each action, add the hand to their “hand”book. It’s a little way to encourage doing good.
Play, “Do You Love Your Neighbor?” It’s a fun game that you can use to help drive home the point that whoever we come into contact with is our neighbor. It’s up to us to choose to love them.
Invite your neighbors over one night while you do your lesson, for dinner, a game night, or whatever you like to do together! If you haven’t even talked to your neighbors yet, go over and introduce yourselves. I find if you bring a bouquet of flowers or some warm bread, people love seeing you. Want a tag for that? Organize & Decorate Everything has some free neighbor tags.
If it snows this week, go and shovel a few neighbor’s yards. If it’s planting seasons, offer to help get their yard or garden ready. Find a way to simply serve your neighbors this week. Psstt… here are five more great ways you can keep serving.
Go on a walk emphasizing the steps in my printable poster before you go. As you walk, look around. What are some things you can do to help your neighbor? Did you pass by someone? Turn around. Is there anything you can do to help them out? As you go, look (and pray) for those opportunities. It could be picking up trash, helping a lost dog, making friends with someone along the way, or another need you see.
Grab some stuffed animals or use each other and some toilet paper and have a race to see who can wrap the wounds up the fastest (use up all the roll). I recommend buying some cheap rolls for this instead of using your good stuff.
Grab my To Do List printable and try going about your daily To Do’s more purposefully throughout this week. Before writing anything down, pray to know what to do first, what’s most important, what is needful. At the end of your week, journal about your experience and make any other necessary adjustments to your weekly routine.
Discuss as a family how you can go about doing the more needful things. What things as a family are you willing to give up in order to do the things with lasting value instead? You can study President Dallin H. Oaks’ talk, “Good, Better, Best” to help you sort out those things. Here’s a good quote from his talk,
“Consider how we use our time in the choices we make in viewing television, playing video games, surfing the Internet, or reading books or magazines. Of course it is good to view wholesome entertainment or to obtain interesting information. But not everything of that sort is worth the portion of our life we give to obtain it. Some things are better, and others are best. …
“Some uses of individual and family time are better, and others are best. We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen our families.”
Try sorting through your weekly duties and activities. Sort them as a family or as a individual into piles- “Good,” “Better,” and “Best.” Write each activity your family typically does in a week on a piece of paper and vote on which pile to put it in (Use my signs to make it easy). As you look at your stacks, consider if there are some good things you can begin to replace with better or best things instead.
Play a game of Old Maid. Before someone draws from another hand say, “Choose wisely.” It’s silly but a fun way to reinforce the point.
Matthew 18; Luke 10
When you have some spare time throughout the week (in the car, at dinner, etc), play name that tune! Look up some hymns that go with this week’s lesson. I suggest looking under the topics of Service and Forgiveness. Then challenge your family to see how many notes they can guess the hymn in. After they guess the hymn correctly, ask them how that song ties into the week’s lesson. The person who gets it correct, gets to pick the next song to guess (If you haven’t played Name that Tune before, watch the game show version to get an idea- skip ahead to one minute. I wouldn’t worry about the clues but you can if you want). NOTE: You can do this with any lesson. It’s a quick way to review what you are learning. If you don’t want to use it with notes, you could do it with the words of the song instead.
Print my worksheet and discuss what becoming like a little child actually means. You can good through the different parts of the body and think about how a child uses it versus adults then map it out on my free handout. For example: Children are always running around. We can compare that to quickly going and doing those things the Lord asks of us.
Use my sheets to write down all the things you think of children doing (including the not so great traits). Then go back through as a family and cross off those things that are childish and circle the things that are childlike (don’t want to do versus should try to be).
- Looking for more activities and ideas to teach your family? Teach Me Messages has great low cost lesson kits. This week’s includes a coloring page, maze, game idea, and more! Be sure to tell them I sent you!
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.