We’ve reach the end of Acts this week in Acts 22–28 “A Minister and a Witness” (July 29- August 4). We’ll be moving onto the epistles next so enjoy this last little bit of story telling!
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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.
Acts 21-28 from the New Testament Institute Teacher manual
“Your Sacred Duty to Minister” by Brother David L. Beck
“Blessed and Happy Are Those Who Keep the Commandments of God” by Elder Von G. Keetch
“To Learn, to Do, to Be” by President Thomas S. Monson
“The Voice of Warning” by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
“Standing with the Leaders of the Church” by Elder Ronald A. Rasband
“Pure Testimony” by Elder M. Russell Ballard
“Your Sacred Duty to Minister” by Brother David L. Beck
“The Power of a Personal Testimony” by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“I Know It. I Live It. I Love It.” by Sister Ann M. Dibb
“Come What May, and Love It” by Elder Joseph B. Withlin
“Do We Trust Him? Hard is Good” by Elder Stanley G. Ellis
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.
- "I Can Do Hard Things" by John Hilton III
- "I Can Do Hard Things with God" by Ganel-Lyn Condie
- "However Long & Hard the Road" by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
- "Hard Times and Holy Places" by Kristin Warner Belcher
- "Born to Change the World: Your Part in Gathering Israel" by Brad Wilcox
- "The Bonner Family: Instilling a Love for Jesus Through Music" a LDS Living Podcast
- "Building a 3D Testimony" by Andrew Horton
- "A Testimony to Weather the Storm" by John Bytheway (a TOFW talk)
- "Your Faith Becometh Unshaken" by S. Michael Wilcox
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.
To Learn, to Do, to Be (about 24 minutes)- Talk by President Thomas S. Mons
The Voice of Warning (about 15 minutes)- talk by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Standing with the Leaders of the Church (about 14 minutes)- talk by Elder Ronald A. Rasband
The Miracle of the Roof (about 4 minutes)- Group of church members restoring a roof
Your Sacred Duty to Minister (about 10 1/2 minutes)- Talk by Brother David L. Beck
Pure Testimony (about 18 1/2 minutes)- Talk by President M. Russell Ballard
Paul Finishes His Mission (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story
Be of Good Cheer (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Blessed and Happy Are Those Who Keep the Commandments of God (about 5 1/2 minutes)- taken from Elder Von G. Keetch’s talk
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.
Do you remember becoming converted to a gospel principle? How were you enlightened? What can you learn from how Paul was converted?
How would you react to Paul’s conversion? Are we sometimes too worried about a person’s past rather than their future? How can we avoid that attitude?
How have you been able to be of good cheer despite what’s going on in your life? How has relying on the Lord helped you through the difficult as well as the good times?
Have you encountered someone who has wanted to destroy what you believe in? What did you do? How can we remain strong in the face of strong opposition?
How have you reacted when someone has falsely accused you of something? What would you change? How can you be prepared for next time?
What can you do to bear your testimony every day? How do you overcome feelings of nervousness when sharing your testimony? What helps you be bold?
When have you born your testimony boldly like Paul did? How did you feel? What was the outcome?
How have you been delivered when you are on the Lord’s errand?
When have you been slow to accept the words of the Lord’s servants? Why did you drag your feet? How were you able to accept and follow the commandment or concept you were struggling with?
When have you been quick to accept the words of the Lord’s servants? What difference did that make in your testimony and your life?
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 22:1-21; 26:1-29
Discuss how Paul was bold in declaring his testimony. Use my BOLD pages to help with your studies in several different ways (remember, share your creations with each other as well as why you choose to focus on that too):
Give everyone one letter sheet and have them draw or write down a part of the story in Acts 22 and 26. Bonus points if it starts with that letter.
Draw or write about other scriptural examples using the letter on your sheet. For example, for B, I could draw a Boat and Peter walking on the water.
Write or draw ways you can be bold in your testimony using the letter on your sheet. These can include past experiences as well. For example, Duck out of a inappropriate movie when out with friends.
Share your testimonies with each other! Randomly draw one letter. Base your testimony on a gospel principle starting with that letter. For example, if you draw O, you could share your testimony of ordinances.
Tell a short story to your family or class (It can be anything). Then ask three people to retell the story to everyone else. You may want the three people to wait in another room and have only one come in at a time to share. Then discuss why these retellings are different. Next use my free printable worksheet to record some of the differences you notice in Paul’s vision in each account. Why are these accounts different? Why is it helpful to have the different accounts?
You can also use the worksheet to draw or color instead as you review the different accounts together. Draw the part of the account that may be different or more clear in each box.
Roll my worksheet into a tube for a spy glass instead. Prepare a tray with various objects. Ask your class or family to look through the spyglass at the tray of items. Have each one tell what they can see. Do the others see it too? Why or why not? Then discuss the story of Paul and color your spyglasses.
Acts 24:24-27; 26:1-3, 24-29; 27
Use the second worksheet to discuss people’s reactions to our sharing the gospel. Some may accept, others will reject it but our duty is to share it regardless. The top three squares are for specific people while the bottom drawing is for the shipwrecked mates.
Role play different responses and how to respond without getting angry or making things worse. Remember, there are a lot of great videos on ChurchofJesusChrist.org to help with this such as When Beliefs Are Questioned or all these Missionary videos.
Get out the latest Conference Ensign and read the titles and one sentence excerpt at the front of the President Nelson’s talks and the other members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. What do you learn just from those two things? Is there something your family wants to work on together? You can write your answers on my General Conference Note Pages (try the Go and Do page).
Grab the Conference edition of the New Era. It contains a summary and picture quote for each talk. Ask each person in your family to read one talk and share one thing they are asking us to do or warning us against.
Play Follow the Prophet! It’s a great game for little ones. Place the arrows around the room and follow the picture of the prophet wherever he goes. You can play it like musical chairs where you turn on one of his conference talks and pause it. Then whoever is on an arrow point right/left/straight (or number them) gets to do a funny dance or shout hooray.
Have some fun with snakes! Cut apart the snakes in my handouts and play in one of the following ways (Note: These come in color or black and white):
Domino style! (Really more like Bendomino) Everyone takes an equal amount of pieces (five is ideal). Put the rest of the pieces upside down in a pile. Flip one piece over to start. The person whose birthday is furthest away (in both directions) goes first. They add a piece and finish the sentence on their domino card. In order to put your piece down, it must also match the other piece in some way. Be as creative as you want with this! For example, you could put the Book of Mormon piece next to the Atonement piece because the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ and His Atonement. The tricky part with Bendominos is you can’t have it curve in on itself. Don’t worry about the tail pieces- play them as regular ones.
Build your own snake! Build together or on your own and see what kind of crazy snake you can make. Finish the sentence as you put each piece down. How long can you make your snake?
Make your snake in your journal. Write about each pieces as you glue it together.
Play pin the tail on the snake. Before you can try to put your piece on, finish the sentence. If you have a younger crowd, they can repeat a phrase before they go. For instance, “Joseph Smith restored the gospel.”
Be sure you share Paul’s experiences with the shipwreck and snakes. What would you do in theses situations? How can these hard things strengthen your testimony? What can we do to make sure we are strengthening our testimonies at all times?
Use the snakes to act out the story instead. How has Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ helped you during hard times? What can we do now to strengthen our testimonies so it’s easier during the hard times?
Write questions on the back of the snakes and tape them to the board. Have your class pick a piece to take down to help out Paul and answer the question.
- Check out the fun printable activities to go along with Paul's shipwreck and more in The Red Headed Hostess lesson packet. I like that you can help Paul to land.
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.