Continue your study of the sermon on the mount in Matthew 6-7 “He Taught Them as One Having Authority” (February 25- March 3). Discover below free printables, study resources, and more to help you study!
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Matthew 5-7 from the New Testament Institute Manual
“Lessons from the Lord’s Prayer” by President Russell M. Nelson
“Patterns of Prayer” by Elder Bruce R. McConkie
“‘Judge Not’ and Judging” by President Dallin H. Oaks
“The Righteous Judge” by Elder Lynn G. Robbins
“Your Marriage and the Sermon on the Mount” by Paul Browning
“Charity Never Faileth” by President Thomas S. Monson
You might also like the “online class” that Emily Freeman and David Butler have on their You Tube channel.
Deseret Bookshelf PLUS Recommendations
These are great to listen to 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 Intimate Touch of Prayer" by Truman G. Madsen
- "Prayer, The Soul's Sincere Desire" by Mary Ellen Edmunds
- "He Hears Your Prayers" by Jack R. Christianson
- "Prayers that Matter: Why and How We Talk with God" by Robert L. Millet
- "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
Continue encouraging the daily habit of reading your scriptures with my March reading chart. Instead of focusing on a specific chapter or amount of pages to read, you color the number that corresponds with the day of the month.
Media- Videos, Music, Images
Watch a video and discuss it after dinner, print out images for your bulletin board, make a playlist to use to encourage personal study time, or learn a new song!
Lessons from the Lord’s Prayers (about 15 1/2 minutes)- Talk from President Russell M. Nelson
The Righteous Judge (about 10 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Elder Lynn G. Robbins
“If Ye Had Known Me” (about 15 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Elder David A. Bednar
Sermon on the Mount: The Lord’s Prayer (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Sermon on the Mount: Treasures in Heaven (about 4 1/2 minutes)- Bible Video
Jesus Teaches about Prayer (about 1 minute)- Illustrated scripture story
Treasure in Heaven: The John Tanner Story (about 20 1/2 minutes)- Church history video
Judging Others? Stop It! (about 3 1/2 minutes)- Clip from Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk
Looking through Windows (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Story from President Thomas S. Monson’s talk
Built Upon the Rock (about 26 1/2 minutes)- Living Scriptures New Testament video (this also includes an activity book!)
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
When Thou Liest Down at Night- Bright Idea
When Thou Risest in the Morning- Bright Idea
Seek Me Diligently- Bright Idea
In the Morning When I Wake- Bright Idea
Our Heavenly Father Is only a Prayer Away- Bright Idea
For images on the Sermon on the Mount, see last week’s resources.
Remember to download this month’s New Testament Textables designed by My Computer Is My Canvas. They are free and a great way to remind your family, class, or group about key points and readings throughout the week! Grab yours now.
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.
Which passage from the Sermon on the Mount is your favorite? How does your current situation influence your choice?
How has reading Jesus’ parables helped you understand His gospel principles?
What things do you put first, second, and third in your life? Why?
Who have others helped you keep your priorities? How does the gospel help you?
Why is it important to you to pray in secret?
What new understanding do you have about the Lord’s Prayer after reading what President Russell M. Nelson’s quote from the manual?
When, if ever, have you tried to serve two masters? Why did you try? How did you fix it?
When have you been more concerned about the mote in someone else’s eye and not the beam in your own? What helped you refocus on your own improvement instead?
How do we judge righteously? What does that mean?
What can you do to use good righteous judgment?
When have you sought for and knocked on Heavenly Fathers door?
What warnings stand out to you the most in Matthew 7:13-20?
How can you get to know the Lord more personally?
Where is your house built, in the sand or on the rock? How can you tell? What can you do to make it stronger?
How has prayer helped you grow closer to Heavenly Father?
How has prayer brought you comfort?
How has your family been blessed through praying together?
What are some obstacles to consistent family prayer? How can you work with your family to overcome these obstacles?
How can you make your prayers more meaningful?
What are some ways Heavenly Father has answered your prayers?
How does prayer bring us into partnership with God?
How does remembering who we are impact the way we approach God in prayer?
How can you increase your faith in prayer?
Why do you think God answers prayers in different ways?
How can prayer help you?
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.
Continue your sermon on the mount discussion by using the printable from last week’s home study helps. This time add some other teachings using my bird cards. As you discuss them, add them to the mount scene. Then pick one or two your family would like to focus on this week and add them to your house scene from last week as a reminder. Psstt… the birds are also great to talk about how these principles are a higher law.
- Instead of adding the birds to your mount scene, try to catch a bird! You can do this in two ways. 1) Give everyone a net to try to catch a bird. Then on the count of three, throw the birds up in the air and have your kids catch them (think Elefun). Each person can then explain or give a real life explain of that principle. 2) Play it like a fishing game except the worms on your pole attract birds instead of fish.
As you study the sermon on the mount, use my journal inserts to help you focus on a particular subject, illustrate your thoughts, and find your notes easier in the future. Use them as a family or individually.
Put the journal pieces in a bag. When it’s time to discuss, pass the bag around and have each person randomly draw one out. Whatever they draw is what they share about!
The podium journal insert is also available at a full sheet size so you can talk about what it looks like in your group or family to put the Kingdom of God first and what your second and third priorities are. Hang it on your bulletin board or fridge to help your family focus on first things first.
Use my Save the World poster to discuss the power and importance of sincere prayer. I made this poster based off a quote from President Gordon B. Hinckley when we studying his life and teachings in Relief Society and Priesthood. You can staple other strips of paper in front of where it says “the world” to more directly apply it to your life. Think about what applies to your family instead such as “your grades”, “your lost toys”, “your sanity”, etc.
This week, there is a simple coloring page you can use as you discuss prayer that includes a boy and girl version. There is a lot of white space on this coloring page so you can easily write or draw around the picture things to keep in mind as we pray. For example, if you are focusing on the language you would like your family to use during prayer, you can write down what “thee” means etc.
Looking to make your own prayers more meaningful? Sometimes stopping to think about what you want to include before your pray can help. I made free prayer note sheets to help you stop and ponder before you start. There is also a place to write down impressions and answers you have received as a result of your prayers.
Get a coloring page that can go along with getting answers to prayers in the Primary helps for the week. Cut it into a puzzle and discuss some key things to keep in mind as you put each piece together.
Make a short quiet book focused on prayer for your little ones. Print this free illustrated scripture from Alma 37:37 and include photos of people in your family saying a prayer.
Do the activity included in the youth theme song for 2017 video where your family or group writes on one paper things they have asked in prayers and another their answers. Watch the video and discuss!
Practice how to be reverent during a prayer by doing a silly game. Print my prayer signs. When the prayer sign goes up, everyone gets into the prayer position and tries to be as quiet and still as can be. When the sign goes down, they can laugh and run and dance all silly.
Build a praying child with Legos! You can give your children the pattern as you discuss the Lord’s prayer or give out so many blocks as you get to certain points in your lesson to help with reverence. Find the pattern at Scripture Stackers.
Have some fun discussing righteous judgement with some M&M’s and wrapped gifts. Read the idea from Elementary School Counselors. Then discuss how we can be righteous judges using the talk, “The Righteous Judge” by Elder Lynn G. Robbins as a guide.
Head to the grocery store and find some foods or fruits that may look unusual but taste great or are pretty on the inside. Decided on which foods to buy then try them all at home. How did you decide which ones were actually good to eat? How do we decide how something else is good? Discuss ways we can judge righteously and what we can do when we don’t know.
Discuss what it means to come to know the Lord. How do we do that? Use my handout above to ask your family to ponder it before you discuss. Then they can bring their answers and share with the group.
Have fun with the wise and foolish man story using my handouts above (use the coral button). Using the letters on the rock, decipher what the rock is that we should be building our “houses” on. Label your photo with what the other parts in the story might represent.
You can also act out the story by making the house on the sand fall down by sliding it up and down! There are two sizes so you can put one in your journal too.
There are a lot of fun rock treat ideas on Kara’s Party Ideas if you are looking for a family night treat!
Here's a great way to demonstrate this story without being so wet (from Somewhat Planned), however, pouring water on top is super fun too! I also really like the more personal application of building on the rock with the object lesson from Danielle’s Place.
Bring blocks to act as the rock you build upon. As you discuss ways we can follow Jesus, give your family a block to start building a strong foundation. Then put a paper house on top- there's a great free foldable house from Picklebums.
Do some rock painting! Paint your rock into a house or ways we can make our foundation strong!
- Remember to check out The Red Headed Hostess for even more helps and fun like these scripture glue-ins!
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.
The Lord’s Prayer- Make a prayer mobile
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
Building upon My Rock- Make this screen by coloring the strips and sliding it through the slot
An Unshakable Foundation- Message, dot to dot, and find the differences from President Henry B. Eyring
Prayer Reminders- Mini puzzles to put together with reminders about prayer
Time for Family Prayer- Do the maze to get to the family prayer.
Prayer of Thanks- Count the different things that we pray about in thanks.
"Shhh...It's Time for Prayer"- Make these prayer puppets to help each other be reverent. Try giving one to each child to take one and enjoy their families to be reverent during prayers too.
Fasting and Prayer- Make movable puppets to demonstrate how to pray reverently- each child can practice using the puppets.
The Power of Prayer- Board game to play (best for older classes as you need to read scriptures)
Heavenly Father Hears and Answers Prayers- Best for older classes, cut out and write parts of prayers as a reminder.
I Can Receive Answers to Prayers- Cut and color out these steps of receiving answers.
Answer to Prayer- Read this comic about John Taylor and his answer to prayer.
Jesus Teaches About Prayer- Scripture stories
Prayer is Reverent Communication- Play memory with these cards.
Heavenly Father Are you Really There- Best for older classes- make this prayer reminder
Prayer- Best for older classes- word search with an answer
Prayer Puppets- Make these prayer puppets with a play.
Prayers and Ordinances- Decode the answer, best for older classes.
Ponder, Pray, Listen- Cut this slider out as a reminder to pray morning and night.
I Can Pray for Others- Make this booklet to remember other pray for which to pray.
Heavenly Father is Only a Prayer Away- Bright Idea Poster