In this week’s lesson, “We Have Come to Worship Him: Luke 2; Matthew 2” we are focusing on the birth and childhood of Jesus Christ.
As you ask your class to share what they have learned this week, try putting several different gospel art pictures on the board to help jog their memory. Then they can point to it as they share.
“Prophetic Announcements of Christ’s Birth” by President Dallin H. Oaks
“Twelve Witnesses of Christ’s Birth” by Joseph Fielding McConkie
“The Greatest Story Ever Foretold” by Brother Keith H. Pryor
"The Wondrous and True Story of Christmas" by President Gordon B. Hinckley
Matthew 1-2 from the New Testament Seminary Teacher Manual
Matthew 1-4 from the New Testament Institute Manual
Matthew 1-2 from the New Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students
Luke 2 from the New Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students
“The Joseph Smith Translation” by David Rolph Seely (Ensign)
“Latter-day Clarity on Christ’s Life and Teachings” by Ray L. Huntington and Camille Fronk
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.
"Because of the Messiah in a Manger" by Brad Wilcox
"The Nativity: Rediscover the Most Important Birth in History" by Alonzo Gaskill
"Come unto Christ" by John Bytheway
The Christmas Spirit- A little girl reminds her family of the real reason for Christmas (about 4 minutes)
What Shall We Give?- 4 minutes about what we really should give this Christmas
The Nativity- Bible video about 8 minutes
Good Tidings of Great Joy- About 5 minutes
A Gift to the World- About 9 minutes
Jesus Christ is Born- Illustrated scripture story (about 1 1/2 minutes)
The Wise Men- Illustrated scripture story (about 1 minute)
The Wise Men Seek Jesus- Bible video (about 5 1/2 minutes)
Shepherds Learn of the Birth of Christ- Bible video (about 3 minutes)
Mary and Joseph Travel to Bethlehem- Bible video (about 2 minutes)
The Christ Child is Presented at the Temple- Bible video (about 2 minutes)
The First Christmas Spirit- Bible video (about 6 1/2 minutes)
That He May Become Strong Also- Talk from President Henry B. Eyring (about 17 1/2 minutes)
These are my ideas based off the manual to help you facilitate discussion and teach specific points.
Pull out the paper bag puppets from last week to continue acting out these chapters.
Bring a beautiful gift bag filled with tissue paper as well as a few pieces of papers with gifts the Savior has given us and gifts we can give in return (print on different color paper to easily tell the difference). Pass the bag around the room asking each person to mention a gift the Savior has given them. If they can’t think of one, they can draw a piece of paper from the bag. Then have them say one thing they want to do to give a gift to Christ. Again, if they can’t think of something, they can draw it from the bag then personalize it.
As you discuss ways we can give gifts to the Savior, share some of the #LIGHTtheWORLD videos or examples from Christmas. You can even have your class say what gifts they have already given the Savior as they do this lantern object lesson.
- Need a safe Nativity set to bring? I love this toilet paper roll nativity set from Somewhat Simple. It’s easy to make and it’s okay if something gets ruined.
- Study some of the prophecies about Christ's birth using my worksheet. Each square as a prophecy you can read from the scriptues. Draw what the scripture explains will happen then find the fulfillment in this week's chapters.
- As you discuss prophecies, you could make a paper chain countdown to next week’s church class. Bring some Nativity stickers to decorate the strips then write some things they can do on each chain to prepare for your next lesson such as find out who John is.
Discuss Christ’s childhood as you make an All About Me book that shows how your class will grow too. Point out some similarities they might have with the Savior.
Since it’s the beginning of the year, it’d be a great time to discuss some things they might not have known last year but do now. For example: how to read, multiplication, an ancestor, etc. The more we grow, the more we learn!
Have some fun measuring each other! Print out my animal graphics then have them lay down on the floor and measure each other with the different animals. Are they 20 butterflies long or 6 crocodiles?
Get some pictures from the church library or print some out at LDS.org of Christ leading by example. Hand out one picture to each child then ask them to look at their picture and tell how we can follow Christ’s example and go about our Heavenly Father’s business.
Many of these resources are from LDS.org, however, some may be from other helpful bloggers.
Prophecies of Christ’s Coming- A 12 Day of Christmas prophecy countdown.
Nativity Figures and Facts- Make the picture with the fact
Scripture Ornaments- Answer the questions to put the scripture ornaments on the tree
The Greatest Gift- Ornaments with scriptures explaining their meaning
Testify of Jesus Christ- Match the prophets to their testimonies
Isaiah Prophesies of the Savior- Make this interactive picture to tell of his prohecies
The First Christmas- Dot to dot with Wise Men
What is Christmas?- Find the answer as you do each activity daily- each day includes a scripture to read too
The Nativity- Find the differences between these two pictures
Jesus Learned and Grew- Illustrated story for young children
Jesus Is Born- Illustrated story for young children
The Nativity- Color and glue to another sheet of paper to assemble
Nativity Craft- Make this simple stable and learn how to draw a sheep
Make Your Own Manger- Cute craft made with a paper bag
Nativity Cutouts- A pop out scene to assemble
The Wondrous Nativity- Another pop out scene to assemble
These posters would make great puzzles. You can also add yourself to some of them with some cutting and pasting.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS TO ACT OUT
Two Witnesses of Jesus' Birth (includes puppets for a shadow show)
Christmas Hymns Coloring Book- Great coloring book especially for older kids from A Lively Hope