Teach more about the apostles and how Christ an help us in "These Twelve Jesus Sent Forth" Matthew 10-12; Mark 2; Luke 7, 11 (March 11-17). This a great lesson to start to get your class excited for General Conference in a couple of weeks too!
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“The Prophet of God” by Elder Neil L. Andersen
“Give Heed unto the Prophets’ Words” by Elder Quentin L. Cook
"The Sabbath Is a Delight" by President Russell M. Nelson
"Can I Honor God While Working on the Sabbath" by Samuel B. Hislop (LDS.org blog)
"The Power of Keeping the Sabbath Holy" by Elder John H. Groberg
“Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease” by Elder David A. Bednar
Videos can be great, however, I don’t recommend using them every week. Switch things up to make them the most useful.
Jesus Calls Twelve Apostles to Preach and Bless Others (1 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease (about 16 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Elder David A. Bednar
The Sabbath Is a Delight (about 3 minutes)
Upon My Holy Day- Honoring the Sabbath (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Great visual for thinking about honoring the Sabbath by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. There are 3 videos in this series.
Make the Sabbath a Delight by Finding Your Ancestors (about 3 minutes)- Clip from President Nelson's talk (there are several other videos on the Sabbath there as well).
Jesus Heals a Lame Man on the Sabbath (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind (about 8 minutes)- Bible video
Jesus Heals a Man on the Sabbath (about 3 minutes)- Children telling the Bible video
Keeping the Sabbath (about 1 minute)- Clip from President Gordon B. Hinckley
Preparation of Gordon B. Hinckley: Forget Yourself and Go to Work (about 2 minutes)- Story of the missionary letter he got from his dad.
Service Through Song (about 3 1/2 minutes)- A group shares love through singing hymns to a group of elderly residents.
Service (about 20 seconds)- Side by side comparison of showing love like Christ does (These short videos are great to share before or after your lesson through email or social media to keep the conversation going).
Great for a visual on the board, games, and more! Bright Idea posters come from the Friend, Mormonads are from The New Era, and others are images found throughout LDS.org
“When we’re helping we’re happy”- Bright Idea
Yoke of Oxen- photo
Learn the names of the members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles with a game of Swat It or Bingo. For Swat It, you place all the names out then flip one photo over at a time. The person to swat the correct name first gets the point.
Write all the titles or topics of the last General Conference talks given by the members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Then give your class the names and photos included in my free download. See if they can match up the photo and correct name to the topic on the board. You can give them a Conference Ensign for help. You could have them earn hints by telling you how they can do well on the Sabbath day or another thing you want to focus on in this lesson. When everything is matched up show how each talk leads us back to Christ (you could put a picture of Jesus up on the board and use arrows to point each one back to Christ).
Print out the sixth Article of Faith for your class to practice. Cut apart each word and see if your class can put it in the right order.
Get to know the apostles and prophets better! I made these “dolls” for the home study helps. Each one has a background that reflects some of their personal history. You can share a little bit about each person then send one home with each child to study more.
There is also a disciple version of the above dolls in the home helps for the children to draw themselves with their own personal history background. Then you could have your class share their drawings and how they are being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Make a General Conference Countdown Chain with your class. They should start it March 22 if they want to get through the whole chain by the time Conference weekend starts. Each link talks a little bit about one of the members of the First Presidency or Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (the facts in the chain match the facts on the dolls).
Make a Sunday Slider! I made a few ideas on the strip already but it also includes a lot of blank squares for your class to fill in. Have them draw some things that they do and explain how it helps them honor the Sabbath day. The overall point focusing on how keeping the Sabbath day holy looks like a bunch of different things. It’s our intent and purpose that matters.
Bring some butcher paper to class and have your class trace each other! Then go though the different body parts to discuss how we can keep the Sabbath day holy. For example, we can use our feet to walk over to visit a lonely neighbor. We can use our stomachs to fast for someone.
Use the cone printable from Bible Craft Club to tell the story of Christ healing the man’s hand. Then have your class make your own cone character of themselves to show how Christ helps us and gives us rest.
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).