This week we start the beginning of the end with the Triumphal Entry in Matthew 21–23; Mark 11; Luke 19–20; John 12 “Behold, Thy King Cometh” (May 20-26). By the end of June, we’ll be done studying the Gospels and halfway through the year!
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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.
“The Great Commandment- Love the Lord” by President Ezra Taft Benson
“What Does ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ Mean?”- Questions and Answer from the New Era
“What Think Ye of Christ” by Elder Robert D. Hales
“Teachings of Jesus” by President Dallin H. Oaks
“What Doest Ye for Christ?” by Sam K. Shimabukuro
With so much work going on behind the scenes on ChurchofJesusChrist.org, it’s been difficult for me to do much research and find articles. I’ll post the ones I can but a lot of the times I get error messages. Let’s be patient while they do all the hard work- I’m sure it will be worth it.
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 Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ: From the Transfiguration through the Triumphal Entry" by Richard Neitzel Holzapel and Thomas A. Wayment
- "Object Lessons Made Easy: Memorable Ideas for Gospel Teaching" by Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson (great one to keep around!)
- "The New Tesatment for Latter-day Saint Families" by Thomas R. Valletta (check the notes for Matthew 23 for a photo of phylacteries)
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.
On Being Genuine (about 18 minutes)- talk from Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
The Lord’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem (about 1 minute)- Bible video
Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom (about 16 minutes)- talk from Elder Robert D. Hales
Remember How Merciful the Lord Hath Been (about 14 minutes)- talk from Elder Neal A. Maxwell
The Cloven Tongues of Fire (about 16 minutes)- talk from President Boyd K. Packer
New Testament Customs- Phylacteries (about 1 minute)- Explanation and examples shown
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 the Triumphal Entry of Jesus teach you about Him?
What can you do to show your love and reverence for Jesus?
How can we better show our reverence in the Houses of the Lord?
When have you put away your doubts and been able to do more than you thought because of your faith?
What helps you move beyond your first impressions to really getting to know someone? Have you judge someone based on their appearance before? Have you been wrong about your first impressions?
What are some ways we are hypocritical today? What can we do to avoid that?
When have your prayers been answered? How were they answered? How long did it take?
How have you been gathered to the Church?
How can you be sure to be chosen and not simply called?
In what ways are you paying tribute to your Heavenly Father? How could you be better at serving Him?
How did you show you love the Lord today? How did you show love unto your neighbors?
When have you seen someone who is great serve others? How did they serve?
How do you balance the spirit and letter of the law?
How does it make you feel that if you forgive others, you will be forgiven?
In what ways can you take what you’ve been given and make it greater or increase it?
How do you watch for the coming of the Lord? Are you seeking him?
When have you know someone or something was good because of the fruits they bore? Or vice versa?
When the Lord looks at your heart what does He see? Is it soft and desiring to be with him? Or is it hard and unreceptive?
How can you avoid being like the hypocrites in these chapters?
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 21, Mark 11, Luke 19-20
Start your discussion with some picture of optical illusions as you discuss the story of the fig tree that bore no fruit. Compare this illusions to the hypocrisy present when Christ was alive. What can we do to avoid hypocrisy?
You can also try this optical illusion experiment. It’s a little tricky but older kids will enjoy doing it. Then continue the conversation about the fig tree and hypocrisy.
What are some ways you have seen people in general be hypocritical today? Have we fallen into a similar trap? Discuss examples to help your family or class understand hypocrisy then discuss how to prevent it and fix it in our lives.
As you discuss the cleansing of the temple, show your family the new temple tour video with Elder David A. Bednar and Ronald A. Rasband (inside the Rome, Italy Temple). It’s a great opportunity to discuss the importance of temples and what we can do to keep them holy Houses of the Lord. You can study more about temples and look inside other ones as well.
Ask your family if they like your home better when it’s clean or dirty? Hopefully, the answer is clean. Discuss what you do to keep your home clean. If we put that much work into our own homes, how do you think we need to care for the Lord’s house? What is our part in keeping the temple clean- physically and spiritually?
Discuss how the Lord doesn’t judge us by our appearance but by our hearts. Use my little, fun flip book to demonstrate this point to your family or church class. The front has pictures that you can flip through to make different characters. On the back of each flap, write or paste my prompts. Take turns making different characters and explain how you would judge this person. Then read what’s on the back of the flaps for your character. That’s what’s really in their hearts. Did you guess correctly? Obviously, the only real people that would know what’s in our hearts is the person themselves and God.
Make your own flip book characters! Draw your own or cut up some magazines to make more characters using my blank templates. Remember to write on the back some prompts for what’s in each character’s heart. You may want to discuss why each person drew and wrote what they did.
Relate the story of Zacchaeus. Who is someone we might judge quickly today? What might help us go beyond our initial reactions. How might we reach out and include everyone more often?
Discuss the Triumphal Entry. Use my coloring page to help explain this significant event. Explain how this event show reverence and respect for the Savior but also showed that people recognized Christ as our King. Remember to color in palm leaves and clothes along the trail.
Invite your family or class to think of ways they can show love and reverence for the Savior like the people did during His triumphal entry. As you discuss or do each thing, add a palm leaf heart to your scene. If you run out of room, attach them below with string. You can also tie in the story of Mary washing the Savior’s feet in John 12 with this story as it is another way love and respect was shown to the Savior.
Print out a timeline of the Savior’s last week. This week we start with the Triumphal Entry. At the end of June, we finish studying the four gospels with the Savior’s Resurrection. Use the timeline as you study each week to help your family or class follow the events and get a feel for the real time these last events took place.
Ask your family or class what the two great commandments are then show them how the 10 Commandments easily fit into those two categories. What are some other commandments that we have been given that fit into these categories? Use the handout to write down their answers.
Cut apart the two commandment tablets and tape them on two opposite walls. Read a commandment (the ten or another) then ask your family or class to run to the tablet they think it falls under.
Here are some great photos and descriptions of phylacteries. You may want to watch the video about phylacteries to gain a better understanding. Why do you think these were originally worn? How did they become something else to some? Is there anything today that may compare to this?
- Discover more great helps, like this play-doh activity, in the lesson packet from The Red Headed Hostess. She has lots of coloring pages and activities too!
- Remember to also check out Love, Pray, Teach and their Come Follow Me packets. They have some for the home, junior primary, and senior primary. The home one this week includes a puppet show for the parable of the two sons.
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.