How did last week go? I feel there is so much material in each lesson, it’s so hard to decide what to focus on! Matthew 19-20; Mark 10; Luke 18 "What Lack I Yet?" (May 13-19) is no exception. Don’t let it overwhelm you. Focus on what’s right for your family. You don’t have to go through it all.
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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.
“Why Marriage and Family Matter Everywhere in the World” by Elder L. Tom Perry
“Celestial Marriage” by President Russell M. Nelson
“Eternal Families” by President Henry B. Eyring
“Why Marriage, Why Family” by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
“Divorce” by President Dallin H. Oaks
For more teachings concerning the topic of divorce, see the topic page on ChurchofJesusChrist.org
“What Lack I Yet?” by Elder Larry R. Lawrence
“Then Jesus Beholding Him Loved Him” by Elder S. Mark Palmer
“The Laborers in the Vineyard” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“Meeting the Challenges of Today’s World” by Elder Robert D. Hales
“Our Good Shepherd“ by Elder Dale G. Renlund
Same-Sex Marriage- Resources and information for further study and understanding
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.
- "Marriage & Divorce" by President Spencer W. Kimball (from an address given at BYU in 1976)
- "Teens, Temple Marriage, & Eternity" by Allan K. Burgess
- "Are We There Yet?" by Robert L. Millet
- "31 Days to a Better You: Proven Principles for Becoming a More Faithful Disciple of Christ" by Ed J. Pinegar
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.
Everyday Example: When Beliefs Are Questioned (about 13 minutes)
Divorce (about 17 minutes)- talk from President Dallin H. Oaks
What Lack I Yet? (about 10 1/2 minutes)- talk from Elder Larry R. Lawrence
Then Jesus Beholding Him Loved Him (about 10 1/2 minutes)- talk from Elder S. Mark Palmer
The Laborers in the Vineyard (about 15 1/2 minutes)- talk from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Meeting the Challenges of Today’s World (about 14 1/2 minutes)- talk from Elder Robert D. Hales
Celestial Marriage (about 15 1/2 minutes)- talk from President Russell M. Nelson
Our Good Shepherd (about 15 1/2 minutes)- talk from Elder Dale G. Renlund
Suffer the Little Children to Come unto Me (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
The Rich Young Man (about 1 minute)- Illustrated scripture story
Man and Woman (about 1 minute)- clip from President Gordon B. Hinckley
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.
Remember to text your family, class, or ministering families these Come Follow Me textables every week too! They are free!
How can I better help my marriage or the marriages of others in my life?
Why is marriage so important? Why do we strive to keep marriages together? How can we strive to help our marriages and families last forever? What ways can we help nourish them?
How has keeping the commandments been a protection in your life?
What do you lack? What could you work on to be and do better? Do you go away sorrowful when you know what you must do?
What things has Heavenly Father helped to make possible in your life that seemed impossible?
How can I avoid becoming like the workers who worked all day and were paid the same as those who only worked the last part of the day? What else can I learn from this parable?
How can I be a better supporter of my family, friends and those I minister to? How can I be happy with them when they succeed and help them when they are struggling?
What does it mean to really become as a little child?
When has Jesus Christ been merciful to you? How has it made your faith whole or increased?
How can you be humbler like the publican as he prayed?
What can you do today to follow the Savior?
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 19:1-9; Mark 10:1-12
Use my word search to help discuss the importance of marriage. It works great as an introduction or review activity. Discuss the words found within and how they relate back to The Family: A Proclamation to the World and eternal marriage. Note: Woman and Man are found in two different spots.
When you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. I love the lesson Elder F. Burton Howard taught in his talk, "Eternal Marriage" with the story of the silverware. You can use his example then ask your family or class what things they treat differently because they want it to last forever.
Use my love notes to cultivate your important relationships. The words from the cards are inspired by Gordon B. Hinckley Chapter 10.
Discover the things you can learn about eternal marriage from The Family: A Proclamation to the World. Cut the temple pieces apart and assemble it as you discuss each part.
Print one of the blank temple versions (one has more pieces) and draw or write in your own phrases and discussions.
Attach the temple pieces to blocks and really build a temple as you discuss each piece.
Pass out the blank pieces of the temple to each person in your family or class. Ask them to write something they know about eternal marriage OR a question they have about it. Shuffle the pieces up as they are returned so you can read and discuss them anonymously if needed.
Print out the blank temples and draw or write down your own goals for an eternal marriage.
Matthew 19:16-22; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 18:18-23
Okay, I know the phrase is “What lack I yet?” but I was thinking about how I could relate this story to my children and my mind immediately went to a yeti. 😂 If it helps them remember then why not?!
Print out the yeti cards for your family or class to draw one part of the story. You can split it up by the verses or do it by the different accounts and see what sticks out to them. Then present and discuss. You can lay it out like a timeline on the floor or whiteboard.
Invite your children to ask in prayer the same question, “What lack I yet?” Then sit quietly and write down whatever comes to mind. They might use the space on my cards to draw as they wait or to jot down the words that come to their minds. Encourage them to try it until they feel they have their answer then WORK on it. Be sure they know you are there to help them along way when they need it!
- Love Pray Teach has a fun seek and find activity sheet for this story as well as lots more included in their lesson packet. Great to use if you are looking for more or even a daily guide.
Play musical chairs normally for a few rounds. Then when things are starting to get more intense, slowly add in more chairs so the people that have been out can go back in. Most likely, you’ll hear some complaining. That’s your cue to teach about the parable of the laborers in the vineyard.
Enjoy some raisins as a snack as you discuss this parable!
See if you can reenact this parable during the week without your family or class knowing what you are doing. For example, one day you could offer to pay one child $1 for cleaning the living room. When he is halfway done, tell another child you will pay them $1 for cleaning the living room as well and so on. If you are doing this in a church setting you can offer a cookie for helping to unpack or drawing something really detailed on the board. When they realize everyone got the same reward, see how they react. Then when it’s time for the lesson and you have read this parable, remind them of what happened earlier. Discuss their feelings as well as some the insights from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland for this parable.
Discover a coloring page, puzzle, and more ideas for this parable over at Sermons 4 Kids (scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the links you want at the bottom).
- Keep discussing the parable of the laborers in the vineyard and more with the helps included in The Red Headed Hostess lesson packets. Her packets also include scripture marking activities.
If you want more activities to learn about prayer, use my search bar at the top of this page. There are a lot of free handouts and ideas in past lesson helps!
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.