It’s the start of the Sermon on the Mount this week as we study Matthew 5; Luke 6 “Blessed Are Ye” February 18-24.
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“We Are Architects of Our Own Happiness” by Gérald J. Caussé
“True Happiness: A Conscious Decision” by Benjamín De Hoyos
“What does it mean to be the ‘salt of the earth’?” from April 1999 Ensign
“The Salt of the Earth” from January 2014 Ensign
“The Higher Law” by Larry E. Dahl (February 1991 Ensign)
“Law of Moses” from the Bible Dictionary
“The Law after Christ” by Stephen E. Robinson (September 1983 Ensign)
”Joy” from Guide to the Scriptures
“Be Ye Therefore Perfect- Eventually” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“Perfection Pending” by President Russell M. Nelson
Remember for whole New Testament study guide recommendations, see my general New Testament helps page.
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.
- "Be Happy: Simple Secrets to a Happier Life" by Hank Smith (He’s a youth speaker but this is a book, not just a fireside)
- "Happiness: Finders, Keepers" by Mary Ellen Smoot
- "Habits of Happiness" by Wendy Ulrich
- "Experiencing Your Plan of Happiness" by Hank Smith (Time Out for Women talk)
- "Illuminiating the Sermon at the Temple and the Sermon on the Mount" by John W. Welch (ties in the sermon to the Nephites)
- "The Mount and the Master" by Robert E. Wells
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.
Sermon the Mount: The Beatitudes (about 2 minutes)- Bible video
#LIGHTtheWORLD: A Christmas Message (about 2 minutes)
Sermon on the Mount: The Higher Law (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
“Perfection Pending” (about 16 minutes)- President Russell M. Nelson’s General Conference talk (as linked above in the study suggestions)
Jesus Calls Twelve Apostles to Preach and Bless Others (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
The Sermon on the Mount (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story (Chapter 19)
Jesus Chooses His Apostles (about 2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story (Chapter 18)
The Perfect Lie- Tiffany Webster (about 16 minutes)- Hope Works speaker
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
Master Teacher- Mormonad with the Savior teaching on the mount
“Blessed are the peacemakers”- Bright Idea
Standards themed Mormonads go well with discussing worldly teachings versus Christ’s laws.
“Let your light so shine before men”- Bright Idea (with a lighthouse- pairs well with my handouts below)
“Ye are the light of the world”- Bright Idea
“Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam”- Bright Idea
“Walk as children of light”- Bright Idea
“I am the light of the world”- Bright Idea
Salt and Dirt- Photo
- Looking for a poster to go with this week's lesson? You can find this one in my Primary helps for the week. If you are doing this at home, use glow paint to color in the scripture verse or other parts of your picture. Then discuss how glow in the dark things work (they need to charge first). How can we charge ourselves?
- LDS Printable also has one of my favorite coloring pages for "Let Your Light Shine." Mine hangs by my desk as a reminder. Great choice for those looking for something more challenging!
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 do you think are some of Christ’s teachings that might be hard for people to hear today?
What brings happiness to you? Small and big, make a list. What from your list will bring you everlasting happiness?
What comes to mind when you contemplate “everlasting happiness”? How does it differ from what others might consider happiness?
In what ways can you can you have more everlasting happiness in your life?
How can you share your knowledge of happiness with someone else?
What do you think are the main differences between the law of Moses and the higher law? Why do you think we needed the law of Moses first?
What are some other things you learn from reading Christ’s sermon on the mount?
What are some teachings from the sermon on the mount you want to apply more consistently in your life? How will you do so?
What teachings from the sermon on the mount do you want to apply more thoroughly in your home? What goals can you set to make that happen?
How can you use the way the Savior taught on the mount to help your family and friends understand Christ’s higher law?
How can you continue to preserve your discipleship of Christ?
Why might people hide their light under a bushel? What does that mean?
How are you shining your light? How can you make your light brighter?
When has your light been able to help someone, whose light was not so bight?
If you were to put the sermon on the mount in today’s words, what would that look like?
Why are our thoughts important? What do you do when your thoughts are not in line with living the higher law?
In what ways can you elevate your actions to be more in line with the law of Christ?
How have you let the word “perfect” as the world defines it, affect you?
How does knowing the correct definition of “perfect” in the scriptures help you understand what God requires of you? How can you become “perfect”?
Why do we strive for perfection if it is not obtainable now?
How can Christ’s example of being perfect help you?
How do you love your enemies? What helps you?
What are some things you and your family can do to live the principle of loving your enemies? What experiences have you had with this in the past?
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. Some ideas are for families with young children while others might be for widows meeting together as a group. Read through and find what’s right for your situation.
Encourage and enhance your personal study with my journal inserts. They also make it easy to find your notes when you want to look them up again later! Ask your family or group to study these specific passages before you meet together. Then discuss them using the journal inserts as prompts for discussion topics too.
Use the bridge journal insert to discuss the difference between the law of Moses and the higher law, the law of Christ. Write the higher law on top of the bridge and the law of Moses underneath. How might the law of Moses prepared people to live the law of Christ? What happened when people were more focused on the letter of law instead of the spirit of the law? Do we do that today? How? How can we make sure we are truly living the law of Christ and not simply following the rules?
Use the Disappearing Coin Magic Trick to talk about the difference between lasting happiness and the kind that fades quickly. All you need is three quarters and a piece of foil. After you do the magic trick, discuss what those things that disappear are and why they don’t lead to everlasting happiness. Read Matthew 5:1-12 and Luke 6:20-26 then talk about things that do bring lasting happiness and how we can obtain it.
Make a New Testament Candy Gram to go along with the salt metaphor! It goes great with salt water taffy, salt and vinegar chips, and more!
Print your own mount to discuss some parts of this sermon. The mount is two pages to provide a great visual for your discussions. The mount has the blessings given on it that you match up with the green cards of things we must be in order to get those blessings.
There are also bees you can add on to your scene from President Gordon B. Hinckley’s talk to discuss some modern day counsel and how they relate back to the sermon on the mount.
Teach about salt losing it’s savor. It isn’t because it’s old, it’s because it becomes contaminated. You can demonstrate this by pouring some table salt onto a plate. Have your family examine the salt up close. Grab a magnifying glass, taste it, etc. It’s good salt. You can even talk about what salt helps with in today’s terms as well as what it was used for in Biblical times (see the articles listed under Study Suggestions). Then pour a bunch of other similarly shaped things in the salt like sand, pepper, cayenne pepper, etc. Have your family examine the salt again and if they dare, try it. Then say it’s time to clean up and would they please separate the salt out so you can put it back in the jar and use it later. Obviously, they can’t. You’ll have to just throw the salt away. Read the scripture in Matthew 5:13 and discuss how it applies to our lives. Have your family glue the salt journal insert (or even some of your real experiment) into their journals and record their feelings and thoughts.
Continue the discussion about the sermon on the mount and how we can incorporate those teachings in our home. Print my two page house scene and remove those things you wish to focus on in your home from the mount scene and tape them on your home scene instead. Write in your family’s goals to incorporate those things and when you will check on your progress.
You can also use my house to discuss how we can be lights for others. What would happen if your home was invisible? Would it be easy for people to come visit? Would some people even know we live here? What opportunities might we miss out on if our home was invisible? Would your neighbors miss you? etc. Compare that example to Matthew 5:14-16. Then transform your house from my printable above to a light“house.” After you have the topper on, add beams of light as you discover ways your family has been a light to others as well as things you want to do to shine more brightly.
- Discuss being a light of the world as you make this fun Candle Block Pattern from Scripture Stackers. You could put one piece on a time throughout the week as you discuss ways we can be lights or as your read the chapters for the week. See what other Lego designs your kids can come up for this week too!
Use these activities during your lesson, as a morning activity reminder, or any other time to quietly reinforce this week’s lesson. Many of these resources are from LDS.org, however, some may be from other helpful bloggers.
Go the Second Mile- Maze and discussion activity
Beatitudes- Word search with fill in the blanks
The Beatitudes- Matching
If I Choose to Obey, I'll Be Happy All Day- Make a Beatitude Book
Peacemakers- Decode the sentence
I Am a Peacemaker- Peacemaker 24 hour challenge worksheet
Body Blessings- Word puzzle
Sermon on the Mount- Crossword Puzzle
Eternal Treasure- Treasure chest activity
Following Jesus: Be Generous- Includes summary, examples, and challenges. Other ones in this series that go with the Sermon on the Mount: Be Helpful, Be Brave, Be a Peacemaker, Pray, Be Merciful, Be A Good Example.
Cease from Anger- Examples with multiple choice answers of how to act as peacemakers instead of reacting.
I am a Peacemaker- Read what other kids think about being a peacemaker than fill out how you can be a peacemaker. The writing is better for older classes.
Blessed are the Peacemakers- Bright Idea poster. Try making it into a puzzle and put one piece up at time as you do the lesson or as they try to guess what the lesson is about.
A Peacemaker- Illustrated story about how Joseph Smith is a peacemaker and told us to be as well. Turn it into a comic strip on a scroll for a fun way to read it.
Peacemaker Wanted- Towards the bottom there is a order of sequence activity. President Eyring offers some good counsel as well.