The Help You Need to Teach Ephesians "For the Perfecting of the Saints" (September 30- October 13)

It’s time for another two week Come Follow Me lesson as we learn from Ephesians "For the Perfecting of the Saints" (September 30- October 13). I recommend at least teaching the first two chapters before General Conference as they can prepare your family for General Conference. Remember to head to my General Conference Activities page for additional resources to use throughout the best weekend of the year too!

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Remember! Keep scrolling. These posts are long and full of resources! The Weekly Recap and all the Questions to Ponder are at the very bottom of this post.

Ephesians 1:4-11, 17-19

These scripture verses talk about being foreordained as well as the dispensation of the fullness of times and the gathering.

Additional Study Suggestions

“Gathering the Family of God” by President Henry B. Eyring

“Gather Together in One All Things in Christ” by Elder David A. Bednar

“Sisters’ Participation in the Gathering of Israel” by President Russell M. Nelson

“Preparing for the Lord’s Return” by Elder D. Todd Christofferson

“12 Facts about the Gathering of Israel” by David A. Edwards (New Era article)

“Did Paul Believe in Predestination?” Question and Answer from the Ensign

“Foreordination” from True to the Faith

Videos to Share

“Gathering the Family of God” (about 18 minutes)- Talk by President Henry B. Eyring

“Foreordained to Bear the Priesthood” (about 30 seconds)- Clip from President Russell M. Nelson

“Foreordination” (about 30 seconds)- Clip from Elder Neal A. Maxwell

Questions to Ponder

  • How does knowing you have been foreordained change your outlook on life?

  • What does the dispensation of the fullness of times mean to you?

  • How can you help gather Israel?

  • What are some things the prophet, President Nelson, has asked us to do to assist in this great work? How are you doing at it?

  • How is predestined different from foreordained? Why is it important to you to understand the difference?

  • What are some things you were foreordained to do?

Teaching Activities

  • If you assign chores in your house, liken it to how we are foreordained. We may be assigned certain tasks or responsibilities but it’s up to us whether or not we follow through with it just like our chores.
  • Play a game of Pick Up Sticks (this one has plastic sticks so you don’t have to worry about splintering). You can assign each color of stick to a different theme of things that have been restored in these later days or that will happen during the gathering. For example, all the orange sticks can be a tribe of Israel and when you collect it, you name one of the tribes. The blue sticks could be spiritual gifts, etc.
  • Go over the 12 Facts about the Gathering of Israel and discuss what things you are already doing, what else you can do, and when.

Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:11-16

These verses discuss how the Church is founded on apostles and prophets and show that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone.

Additional Study Suggestions

“Prophets, Seers, and Revelators” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

“What Is the Blueprint of Christ’s Church?” by Elder Tad R. Callister

“Why the Church” by Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Videos to Share

How the Church is Organized (about 6 minutes)

Foundations of Apostles and Prophets (about 1 minute)

Questions to Ponder

  • How have the apostles and prophets blessed you with direction and stability?

  • Why is it important for you to know for yourself that Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

  • What are some of the things you took away last General Conference?

  • What are you doing to prepare yourself for this General Conference?

  • Why do you like having living prophets and apostles today?

  • How can you sustain the apostles and prophets?

  • How do you know the leaders of the Church love you?

  • How can you strengthen your testimony that the current apostles and prophets are called of God?

Teaching Activities

  • Use the cup lesson to help demonstrate how the Church is founded on apostles and prophets and Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone. Instead of putting the Jesus cup at the top of the tower, make Him the cornerstone. If you were to remove Jesus from the tower, the rest would topple over. The same will happen if you remove the prophets and apostles cups.

  • Get to know the prophets and apostles today. Use my Apostle Tube Dolls or General Conference Countdown Chain to learn a few facts about them. You can even print a paper podium for the dolls to stand behind.

  • Discuss some of the words from the prophets from last General Conference. The New Era has great short recaps to make reviewing easy. Or go back through your notes from this recent session and share your thoughts with each other.

  • Use my General Conference note pages or sticky notes to go back through and review some of the things that were said in the October General Conference. The pages focused on what we learn about Jesus and themes you see would be good way to review the main topics from the weekend as well as show how the Church has Christ has the cornerstone.

  • Play a guess who game with my General Conference Sticky Notes. Stick them on each person’s back without them seeing who it is. Then they must ask Yes or No questions to discover who their person is.

Ephesians 2:13-19; 5:21-6:4

These verses focus on strengthening our relationships with our families as well as our fellow citizens.

Additional Study Suggestions

“Fundamentals of Enduring Family Relationships” by President Ezra Taft Benson

“Children and the Family” by Elder W. Eugene Hansen

Happiness in Family Life- Goes through the several points in the Family Proclamation

“3 Steps to Strengthen Family Relationships”- Mormon Channel Blog

“More Diligent and Concerned at Home” by Elder David A. Bednar

Videos to Share

Setting Realistic Expectations with Self, Spouse, and Kids (about 30 minutes)

Home and Family- Through Small Things (about 3 1/2 minutes)

From the Head to the Heart (about 3 minutes)

Fathers and Sons (about 5 1/2 minutes)

More Diligent and Concerned at Home (about 1 1/2 minutes)

Gospel Solutions for Families- Great page with lots of videos!

Questions to Ponder

  • Why do you want to strengthen your family? How can you do it?

  • How can you continue to strengthen your relationships amid frustrations and doubts?

  • How is your relationship with each member of your family right now? What are you happy about in your relationships? How do you want to improve?

  • What can you do to be more friendly to those that aren’t in your family? How do you go from stranger to friend? Why should you bother?

  • Why do you personally obey your parents? How has obeying them blessed your life?

  • What do you do when it’s hard to obey your parents? What can help you in times like these?

Teaching Activities

  • Print out my fun Halloween and Fall themed cards to strengthen your relationships. If you want to text these instead, check your October’s newsletters! They are this month’s freebie for subscribers. Be sure you are getting my weekly emails.

  • Write a name on the back of my cards. Hand the cards out randomly and ask each person to think of a way to strengthen their relationship with that person this week. For example, they could pray for them citing specific things that person might need. If you are doing this in a classroom setting, keep the terms general such as Mom, brother, next door neighbor, etc.

  • Use some of my cards to leave an anonymous uplifting note to someone at church or at home.

  • Record a quick 30 second max video of each child sharing one reason they love their parents. If you’re the Mom, do it for Dad or vice versa. Remember to email to that person and include a quick note about how awesome they are doing at raising these kids.

  • Head over to my Primary 3 Lesson 39 helps and print out the fill in letter and coloring page to give parents. If you are the parent, have them send it to their grandparents. They deserve recognition too. You can also use the Thank You notes in Primary 3 Lesson 28.

Ephesians 6:10-18

And now, time for some of the most popular verses in Ephesians- the armour of God (or (or armor depending on where you live). I used “armour” in most of the handouts since that’s how the scriptures spell it.

Additional Study Suggestions

“Build a Fortress of Spirituality and Protection” by Elder Ronald A. Rasband

“Put on the Whole Armor of God” by President N. Eldon Tanner

“The Army of the Lord” by President Thomas S. Monson

“The Temple Garment: An Outward Expression of an Inward Commitment” by Elder Carlos E. Asay

Videos to Share

The Armour of God (about 2 minutes)- Bible video

“Put on the Whole Armor of God” (about 18 minutes)- Talk by President N. Eldon Tanner

The Whole Armor of God (about 14 1/2 minutes)- Modern example (seminary video)

Put On the Whole Armor of God (about 3 minutes)- Clip from Elder Robert D. Hales

Going to Grandma’s (about 4 minutes)

Questions to Ponder

  • How do you put on your armour each day? How do you know it’s on?

  • What happens when we start to take off pieces of our armour? How might you do that?

  • What protection has the armour of God given you?

  • When have you been grateful to be fully armed and protected?

  • How can you help others put their armour on?

  • What can you do when your armour feels more like a heavy burden instead of the protection it is?

  • If you left your house without your armour, how can you fix that while still being away from home?

  • Have you ever only put half of your armour on? What can you do to ensure you put the whole armour of God on each day?

  • Why do you think that piece of armour is associated with that word? What further understanding can you gain from knowing where each piece goes?

Teaching Activities

  • Have some fun! Print out my armour of God photo props and have a photo session with your family. Take turns with who gets to take the photos and the various props. Act like knights in some and silly people in another. Then print out some of your favorite pictures and hang them up in your home as a reminder.

  • When you are done with your photo props, use them for a game instead. Give everyone at least one prop to hold. They must keep the prop face down so they can’t read what’s on the front of them. Then ask various questions about the armour of God. If they think their prop is the answer, they hold it up. Then as a group, you decide if the answer is right or if another piece would be better.

  • Print my matching game to help you learn what each piece of armour represents. Why do you think that piece of armour is associated with that word? What further understanding can you gain from knowing where each piece goes?

  • Play Head, Shoulder, Knees, and Toes. Randomly throughout the song, shout, “Stop!” Whichever part of the body you shout stop on, relate it back to the armor of God. Head= Helmet, Shoulders= Breastplate, Knees=Girdle, Toes=Shoes, Eyes=Your choice, Ears=Sword, Mouth=Shield of Faith, Nose=Your choice. How can the messages of General Conference help us understand how to best put on our daily armor? How can we help each other be fully armed each day?

  • Head over to Latter-day Printable and get their armour of God coloring pages. They are always a favorite for us to color!
  • Print my armour of God posters out and hang them up throughout your home. They are great reminders to put on your armour before leaving home.
  • Make your own armour of God pieces. Bubble wrap can make a great breastplate and you can assemble a helmet out of cardboard. Then have each of your children pose in a knightly position as you take their photo. Place it in a frame by their beds to help them remember to always be fully suited. If you need more ideas of what to wear, check out the ideas on this page from The Friend.
  • As you make your belt or girdle of truth, consider writing down truths you know about God and the Gospel on each piece that would hang down from the belt.
  • Once you are fully armed, have a battle in the backyard. Build your own wall between two teams and knock it down as you battle it out. Purely fun, of course! If you want to be on the same team, set up balloons or other obstacles to be the bad guys or temptations in life.

  • Looking for an object lesson for this one? Use the classic orange example. When an orange is covered in armour (it’s peel), it’ll float in water. Once you remove it’s armour, it sinks. Get the details at Mothers Who Know.

Additional Helps

Print out the Weekly Recap to help you plan and remember your lessons for the week. The Questions to Ponder are great if you are asked to teach last minute as well as for your personal study and family discussion.

Find more great fun from other talented people. The Red Headed Hostess Packet has a paper doll version of the Armor of God. Love Pray Teach has a great Kindness Cootie Catcher you'll want to use.