"Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole" Matthew 8-9 (March 4-10)

This week we dive into a LOT of healings Christ performed in “Thy Faith hath Made Thee Whole” Matthew 8-9 (March 4-10). Will you focus your class time on the healings or on how Christ calmed the sea?

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Study Suggestions

Matthew 8-10, Mark 2-3, Mark 4-5 from the Seminary Teacher Manual

Matthew 8-12, Mark 1-4, Mark 5-7 from the Institute Teacher Manual

“Peace, Be Still” from Jesus the Christ

“Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?“ by Elder Matthew L. Carpenter

“Healing the Sick” by President Dallin H. Oaks

“Rescue in Unity” by Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong

“Teaching, Preaching, Healing” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

“Jesus Christ- the Master Healer” by President Russell M. Nelson

“He Heals the Heavy Laden” by President Dallin H. Oaks

“Healing the Sick” by President Dallin H. Oaks

“Be of Good Cheer” by Camille Fronk Olson

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.

Did you know you can now read the ebooks included with PLUS on your computer? It's awesome and how I use all the New Testament study resources that are included. Go to read.deseretbook.com and login to your account.


Everyday Example: When Beliefs Are Questioned (about 13 minutes)

The Man Who Could Not Walk (about 1 minute)- Illustrated scripture story

Jesus Commands the Winds and the Waves (about 1 minute)- Illustrated scripture story

Jesus Forgives Sins and Heals a Man (about 3 minutes)- Bible video

Jesus Raises the Daughter of Jairus (about 3 1/2 minutes)- Bible video

Jesus Heals a Woman of Faith (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Bible video

Gordon Hinckley: Lesson I Learned as a Boy (about 4 minutes)

The Coat (about 2 minutes)- Cartoon story

Healing the Sick (about 17 1/2 minutes)- General Conference talk from President Dallin H. Oaks

Be, My Soul (about 4 minutes)

Sanctify Yourself (about 4 1/2 minutes)

Teaching Ideas

  • Discuss the healings Christ performed in these chapters with a matching game. Each miracle matches up with a saying or other detail from the event. The description also includes the scripture reference so your class can look them up if they need help. The phrase, “Talitha cumi” is found in the scripture verses and can be a great way to discuss how if we don’t know what something means, we can look it up in the footnotes and other helps. In this verse, however, it tells us right away.

  • My comic book templates would be great with this lesson. You can ask each child to draw a different miracle (put the scripture reference on their page). Then have each child share their masterpiece and story. Remember to remind them to keep it simple! You may want to say even if they don’t finish their drawing in the time you give them, they will still have to present it.

  • Put all the miracle cards on the board. Point out how they are all different- different circumstances, different healings, different people, etc. Then ask what all those things have in common- Christ, power, etc. Focus the similarities back to how every person needed to have faith before they were healed. Then discuss how we must have faith before we are healed too! How can we develop our faith further now so we can have the faith needed to be healed later (physically or spiritually)?

  • Grab some fun bandaids to hand out to your class. Write on top of each one or on the wrapper, "Jesus Heals." Tell your class one bandaid is for them to use as needed and one is for them to share with a friend. You can even get these glow in the dark bandaids and tie in how we can let our lights shine.
  • I love the way Miscellany of Randomness retells the story of the man with paralysis being healed. You will need four strips of paper and three brass fasteners to make it work. My guess is if you teach your class how to tell the story, they will want to take one home for themselves to show their families too so bring extras!

  • Bible Craft Club has two great paper crafts that show how people are healed. There is one for the leper and one for the blind.

  • I love the idea of a Compassion Detour. Emily Freeman and David Butler used this phrase in their weekly Don’t Miss This video. You can print one to put up on your board and go through some scenarios. Ask your class if they would take the detour and what they would do (Psst… there are scenarios included in the Secret Service badge printable mentioned below).

  • Hide some Compassion Detour opportunities throughout your church building. You can ask people to set up in the hallways of your building at a certain time. For example, you can have a mom with a child struggling to open a door. When your class sees them and helps, the person they help presents them with a Compassion Detour sign. See how many they can collect! You could also have someone who drops everything, someone who is looking for the bathroom, etc.

  • After your Compassion Detours, give your class their own “Secret Service” badges! Tell them how they are officially enrolled in the “Secret Service” and should go about doing good whenever they can.

  • Discuss how Christ can help us find peace in our storms with my boat in the storm handout! As you relate the scripture story, your class can rock their boats back and forth when you cut a slit in the waves. Then as you discuss how Christ can calm our seas, you can tape the boat in place (or use a bandaid!).

  • If you have an older class, you can write in the waves some of the things that cause them stress like tests at school. Then in the sky, you can write ways they can feel peace from the Savior such as saying your prayers.

  • Looking for a coloring page of the storm instead? There is a free Peace Be Still coloring page in this week’s home helps!

Activity Pages

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).