Resources to Help You Teach Acts 16-21 "The Lord Had Called Us for to Preach the Gospel" (July 22-28)

Have you started to notice any recurring themes in these Come Follow Me lessons over the months? Acts 16-21 "The Lord Had Called Us for to Preach the Gospel" (July 22-28) brings us back to the themes of Missionary Work and Service among others. Scroll down for free printables, ideas, and study resources to help you study and teach.

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Study Suggestions

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.

Acts 16, Acts 17, Acts 18-19, Acts 20-22 in the Seminary New Testament Teacher manual

Acts 16-20, Acts 21-28 in the Institute New Testament Teacher manual

“Becoming a Missionary” by Elder David A. Bednar

“Missionary Work: Sharing What Is in Your Heart” by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Sharing the Restored Gospel” by President Dallin H. Oaks

“Be Ambitious for Christ” by Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita

“Seek Ye Out of the Best Books” by Elder Ian S. Ardern

“Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives” by President Russell M. Nelson

“The Language of the Gospel” by Elder Valeri V. Cordón

“Service” by Elder Steven E. Snow

“You Are a Child of God” by President Gordon B. Hinckley

“I Am a Child of God” by Elder Donald L. Hallstrom

“Let the Holy Spirit Guide” by Elder Ronald A. Rasband

“To the Rescue: We Can Do It” by Elder Mervyn B. Arnold

“Hastening the Lord’s Games Plan!” by Elder S. Gifford Nielsen

“Come and See” by Elder David A. Bednar


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.


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.

Sharing the Restored Gospel (about 16 minutes) -Talk from President Dallin H. Oaks

We Are the Offspring of God (about 4 1/2 minutes)- Bible video

Come and See (about 15 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Elder David A. Bednar

A Witness of God (about 15 1/2 minutes) -Talk from Elder Neil L. Andersen

To the Rescue: We Can Do It (about 10 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Elder Mervyn B. Arnold

Hastening the Lord’s Game Plan! (about 9 minutes)- Talk by

Paul and Silas (about 2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story

Give Back- A page with a series of videos related to giving

Give As Jesus Gave (about 2 minutes)- #LighttheWorld video

I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go (about 6 minutes)- A member missionary video

Mission Prep- Page with lots of mission prep videos

Missionary Work- Page with lots of missionary work videos

Why Is It Important to Study the Scriptures (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Youth video

Marking Scriptures (about 2 minutes)- Elder Oaks and seminary students

Searching for Answers in the Scriptures (about 3 minutes)

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.

  • When have you learned line upon line as you follow the instructions you receive from the Spirit?

  • What experiences have helped convert you? How do you continue to have these experiences?

  • How does it make you feel to know that you are a child of God? How does that knowledge affect how you treat yourself and others?

  • When have you known that the Lord was with you supporting you?

  • How can (and do) you recognize the Holy Ghost?

  • When have you been more greatly blessed by giving rather than receiving?

  • How has having an attitude of “Thy will be done,” helped you live your life with less anxiety?

  • In what ways can you simplify your missionary efforts? How can you better invite others to come and see?

  • When have you been attacked because of speaking your beliefs? How did you handle the situation?

  • How can we be prepared to stand as witnesses of God and His commandments at all times and in all places?

  • How can the tools of technology we have be a help or a distraction in our lives and how we share the gospel?

Teaching Ideas

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.

Acts 16-21

  • Get your missionary on as you play “BEE” a Missionary Now. Similar to the previous games, this one has scenario cards to help you through. If you find that you aren’t moving far, add one dice to the game and add the two together for a total number of moves.

  • Make the missionary game harder by using the Preach My Gospel manual instead. Head to section 3 and ask questions from those missionary lessons instead and see how your family or class would respond.

  • If it’s a move backwards card, let them move forward instead if they can share one way they have shared the gospel this past year OR when they ignored the prompting and what they can do better next time. It’s all about learning from our mistakes!

  • Looking for a different kind of game? Go back and use my Pin the Tag on the Missionary game and play it again!

  • Discover where these places Paul visited are today. Compare your Bible maps to the Google one and see if you can place some of the cities on the map today. Or better yet, draw your own map!

  • Write down different places your family or class go each week on a set of cards. On another set of cards, write down types of people they may come across. Then on another set of cards, write down a way they can make a connection with these people (loves their family, wants to know more about their ancestors, looking for comfort after a death of a loved one, etc). Take turns drawing a card from each pile and practicing how you can share the gospel with these people no matter where you are!

  • Study Preach My Gospel section 5 together to better understand how we can recognize and understand the Spirit as we share the gospel.

Acts 17:16-34

  • Make your own child of God ties and necklaces. You can add beads as you string them together. Wear them or share them!

  • Surprise your children, a missing class member, or your neighbors with these I am a Child of God tic tacs! Print the wrappers and glue on top!

  • Because we are children of God, we can become like Him. Turn to page 126 in your Preach My Gospel manual and see the characteristics you have the ability of developing (Attribute Activity). How does it help you to know you can develop these attributes? Take the quiz and see how you are doing now and make goals for improvement. Note: These are Christlike attributes but we can assume God has these as well.

  • Grab your journal and take a minute or two to write down as much as you can to the sentence, “Because I am a child of God…” Share your answers with each other or ponder your responses when completed. Is there more you want to add still? You can also do this as a board activity in the classroom.

Acts 17:2-12; 18:24-28; 19:13-20

  • See how mighty in scripture you are! Play my Name 5 game. The goal is to name five answers in that category in five seconds. Some categories are harder than others so pick ones that will be right for your family or class. Obviously, this is knowing more facts than understanding the scriptures, however, knowing the scriptures is a great first step to understanding them.
  • Play a fun scripture Mad Gab game with the free download from The Red Headed Hostess. Mad Gab is a game where you read words that sound like others to figure out the real phrase. It’s lots of fun but you have to be familiar with the scriptures to play!
  • Reward those who study their scriptures this week with a superhero Scripture Power sucker. Super fun!
  • Play New Testament Golf! It's a great way to test your knowledge of the scriptures. Great for testing doctrinal mastery too!
  • Go through section 3 of Preach My Gospel and study the scriptures in each of the lessons. What can you learn from those scriptures. Are there some you want to better understand or memorize? How can that benefit you?
  • What are some things you are willing to "burn" or sacrifice so you can become mighty in scriptures? Write down your offering on a piece of paper and burn it in your own campfire or make a fake one.
  • Show how the Book of Mormon and other scriptures testify of Jesus Christ. Use the scripture circles in my Behold Your Little Ones Lesson 22 helps to show this. You can string them into a lei or glue them on popsicle sticks to hold up as you summarize the stories.

  • Share some scriptures with your family this week! Print them out on sticky notes and stick them throughout your house or classroom. See if you can memorize one this week and share what it means to you with someone.

  • Have a scripture relay! It’s tons of fun and great way to get into the scriptures. Write some scriptures from this lesson that you want your family to read on strips of paper. Then hide those strips in a bin of shredded paper, cotton balls, etc. Read more about how to run this scripture relay.

  • Show how all our scriptures testify of Christ with the free handouts from Primary 1 Lesson 41. Match what Jesus did with the book of scripture. You can also turn this into a bracelet or necklace. OR give out the books of scriptures pieces to your family or class members. Ask them to share one way they know that book of scriptures testifies of Jesus Christ.

Acts 20:32-35

  • Put the scripture that “it is more blessed to give than to receive”? (Acts 20:35) to the test with My Giving Calendar. Fill up your calendar with challenges or paste them on after you have accomplished a task. Is it better to give than receive?

  • Want a filled in calendar? Try Seeking Eternal Truth’s calendar where I can the idea for my calendar.

  • Fill your Giving Calendar with your own ideas of ways you can give. Remember, it can be a small thing or big. If you want to see more opportunities in your area, check out

  • Instead of recording how you are giving to others, write down on your calendar ways you have been blessed by others giving to you each day. Remember to included your gratitude in your prayers!

Activity Pages

I’m now linking to the category pages for available on 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.

Find activities and stories under the topics of Service, Missionary Work, Missionary Preparation, Holy Ghost, and Sacrifice.