Continue the conversation about Christ’s teachings on the sermon on the mount in this week’s lesson, “He Taught Them as One Having Authority” Matthew 6-7 (Feb 25- March 3). Discover study ideas and lots of printables for this week below.
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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
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
Built Upon the Rock (about 26 1/2 minutes)- Living Scriptures New Testament video (this also includes an activity book!)
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
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.
These are my ideas and handouts. Use them to help you teach and brainstorm your own ideas.
- Discuss things you can learn from studying the Lord’s prayer. Use the scripture study squares to draw or write notes about a few verses at a time. You can divide the squares up into groups or do the worksheet as a class. It’s a good take home for the children to share with their families.
- Focus on the gratitude part of prayer with my other prayer worksheet where you write one thing you can pray thanks about for each letter of the alphabet. You can share some of your answers with each other. Make it more fun by bringing in an alphabet dice, having each child roll it and name something for the letter they roll.
- Talk about what happens sometimes when cats and dogs are in the same room (they fight or chase each other). Have you ever seen them get along? When the animals treat other kindly, they both act kindly to each other. Then tie that into Matthew 7:12 or the Golden Rule. Give each child a golden ruler printable (print on yellow paper) to color the cat and dog and discuss how they can apply the Golden Rule to their life. (Note: a lot of children will flip it around and use it as an excuse for treating someone unkindly because the other person was rude first. You may want to discuss how that is not how the Golden Rule works).
- Build a treasure chest for each person or use one as a class. There are two you can use. One is a foldable 3-D version which is lots of fun (cardstock is best). The other is designed to be used like a pocket (fold in half and staple on the edges). Then give everyone a jewel. They can write on them or simply say what each jewel represents in terms of laying up treasures in heaven as they put them in the treasure chest. You can give prompts for the younger children or use big plastic toy jewels for added fun!
Continue using the sermon on the mount handout from last week to discuss more teachings this week. On my home helps this week, there are printable birds that have some of the teachings written on them. You can give a bird to each child to share a little about or discuss them together.
- This fun wise man and foolish man handout is included in the home helps for this week. Scroll down to that post’s Teaching Ideas and find the coral button under this same picture to print yours out (comes in two sizes). You can make this handout and sing the song together as a class then send the rock activity home to do with their families.
- Print my blank rock scene and have your class make their own houses on top. You can use popsicle sticks and pieces of felt for added fun! As your class shares their creations, ask them what things they build their houses with (prayer, scriptures study, etc). You can even circle the paper around and staple it (cyclinder shape) so they'll stand up on their own.
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 class a block to start building a strong foundation. Then put a paper house on top- there's a great free foldable house from Picklebums.
- Discuss how God answers prayers using the scripture in Matthew 7:7. You can color this page, use it as a puzzle, or send it home with the children to discuss with their families. Whenever I bring extra fun coloring supplies, everyone seems to enjoy the activity. I love glitter markers myself!
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