There is a lot to cover in Matthew 8-9; Mark 2-5 "Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole" (March 4-10). You’ll want to pull out your Mission Impossible folder for this week’s lesson on healings and miracles! Remember to pick the most important things for you and your family to focus on.
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“Peace, Be Still” from Jesus the Christ
“Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?“ by Elder Matthew L. Carpenter
“Healing the Sick” by President Dallin H. Oaks
“Rescue in Unity” by Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong
“Teaching, Preaching, Healing” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“Jesus Christ- the Master Healer” by President Russell M. Nelson
“He Heals the Heavy Laden” by President Dallin H. Oaks
“Healing the Sick” by President Dallin H. Oaks
“Be of Good Cheer” by Camille Fronk Olson
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.
- "Making Peace with the Unknown" by Laurel C. Day
- "The Christ Who Heals" by Fiona Givens and Terry L. Givens
- "The Savior Heals without a Scar" by Sheri Dew and Wendy Watson Nelson
- "How Faith and Hope Can Heal" by Alissa Parker
- "Be Still: Using Principles of the Gospel to Lower Anxiety" by G. Sheldom Martin
- "Peace, Be Still" by various authors
Did you know you can now read the ebooks included with PLUS on your computer? It's awesome and how I use all New Testament study resources that are included. Go to read.deseretbook.com and login to your account.
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)
The Man Who Could Not Walk (about 1 minute)- Illustrated scripture story
Jesus Commands the Winds and the Waves (about 1 minute)- Illustrated scripture story
Jesus Forgives Sins and Heals a Man (about 3 minutes)- Bible video
Jesus Raises the Daughter of Jairus (about 3 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Jesus Heals a Woman of Faith (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Gordon Hinckley: Lesson I Learned as a Boy (about 4 minutes)
The Coat (about 2 minutes)- Cartoon story
Healing the Sick (about 17 1/2 minutes)- General Conference talk from President Dallin H. Oaks
Be, My Soul (about 4 minutes)
Sanctify Yourself (about 4 1/2 minutes)
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
Missionary Fun- Bright Idea
Missionary Service- Bright Idea
Good Neighbors- Bright Idea
Jesus Said Love Everyone- Bright Idea
Miracle images from the Bible Videos- lots in this lesson
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 miracles have you experienced? Are there any you want to share with someone?
Think of a time you have been healed. Why were you able to be healed? What helped?
When have you noticed miracles more often? Why do you think that is?
Why do you think Christ fasted for 40 days and was tempted before he performed any miracles (that were recorded)?
How are you preparing yourself to receive miracles and healings?
Why is faith necessary before these types of healings?
What can you do to increase your faith?
Which recorded healing that Jesus performed touched you the most? Why?
When have you been blessed even if you felt like you were not deserving?
How can you be prepared to ask for Heavenly Father's help when you will need it?
How are you putting Christ first in your life? Or what can you change to have Him there?
When have you felt peace during a challenging time? How were you able to do so? How did it help you?
What can you do spiritually now to help you be ready to take on hard times?
What is the most fearful thing for you? How can Heavenly Father help you overcome it?
If someone were to criticize your beliefs, what would you do?
How can you be more like Christ in standing up for what you believe?
What experiences have you had where you had to defend your beliefs? Would you do anything differently? How can you be more prepared for the next time?
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.
Assign out the different healings Christ performed by heading out my sticky note printables. You can stick them in your family’s journals to answer on their time then have everyone stick them on your TV screen when it’s discussion time. When leading the discussion, read the written answer first then open it up to more insights from others.
If you’d rather have a study sheet of the miracles instead, use the second button to print instead. Glue it in your journal or fill it out as a family.
Discuss how we can participate in healings today. What things must we keep in mind before someone can be healed (find them, have faith, priesthood blessing, our part, God’s timing, etc)? Watch Sanctify Yourself (about 4 1/2 minutes). What things can we do to prepare ourselves to be a recipient of healings as well as help and support others to be worthy to exercise their priesthood authority and faith? What things are we doing to be ready and worthy to act?
What miracles have you experienced today? Consider starting a miracle journal!
Remember to add your Mission Impossible file! Ask each person to fill out a sheet for each miracle performed and share with the family!
Discuss ways we can help others with their temporal as well as spirituals needs. It’s really easy to see the physical needs sometimes but it’s harder to see how they might be struggling spiritually. How can we support and build one another up? How can we reach out? There is a a handout to help you collect your thoughts included in my True Ministers Focus on the Needs of Others helps.
Discuss “Rescue in Unity” by Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong. He goes through the story of the man with palsy who was brought through the roof to be healed. It’s a great way to discuss how the others involved in that miracle as well as how we can reach out in love.
Head to the Harmony of the Gospels section in your scriptures and scroll down to III. The Ministry of the Messiah C. A Second Galilean Ministry. You will see here the miracles included in these chapters. Print out a bigger copy of a Bible map that shows the locations for these miracles. Pin point these locations on the map to help give a visual to your family. You can even head to Google maps to see what theses places look like now.
Color my free Peace, Be Still page. Coloring pages are great to use during quiet time, Sunday afternoons, early mornings, etc.
Turn my coloring page into an activity by discussing ways you have felt peace and comfort during fearful times. For each thing, you can add a life preserver to your picture or attach it with a string. You can also use lifesavers or circle pretzels and eat your treats when this part of your discussion is over.
Go through “Master, the Tempest Is Raging” (Hymn #105) line by line. Discuss what each line means, how it applies directly to your lives, and how it relates to the verses in Matthew 8:23-27 or Mark 4:35-41. End by singing the hymn or listening to a priesthood choir sing “Master, the Tempest Is Raging.”
Print an elder or sister missionary out to play Pin the Tag on the Future Missionary! As you discuss ways we can defend beliefs as well as share the gospel, you can play this fun game. Have each family member randomly pick one tag out of a bag. Before they can try to pin it on the missionary, they must give an example of how they can do that. OR before they draw a tag of the bag, they can list one thing they can do to be a missionary then draw and share that idea as well. Please note, the tags are different sizes depending on the missionary. If you need a larger tag to play, pick the sister missionary. The tags also come with a black background OR white background depending on your preferences.
Play a fun Be a Missionary Now game from Courtney Aitken. It’s free and fun for the whole family.
After you have played your missionary games, pick one way your family will focus being a missionary now for the week. You can even find free images to download and share with (and invite) your friends and family in my lesson helps for Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk, “Believe, Love, Do.”
Stay in your comfort zone and do missionary work- yes please! Use this cute M&M handout to discuss how your family or group and easily incorporate ways to share the gospel in everyday situations.
Discuss the Do’s and Don’ts of defending our beliefs. You can even role play several scenarios to practice. The more we do something, the easier it becomes. The youth article includes several downloadable images that you could use as you discuss the different points to remember. There is also an article by Elder Jörg Klebingat that includes great things to remember.
- Looking for even MORE? The Red Headed Hostess home packets are full of posters, study aids, and activities like this calming the sea one.
In the interest of focusing my time better, I will no longer be providing the specific links back to the activity pages. LDS.org already has a category page by theme now so I feel it’s redundant for me to do it as well. Definitely check out the latest addition of the Friend and New Era as well. I have years of those links by topic on this site too. You can search by keyword using my handy dandy search bar (be sure you have flash enabled though or you won’t get any results).