In "What Shall I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?" Matthew 18; Luke 10 (April 22-28) primary lesson the main focus is forgiveness and kindness.
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5 Ways to Reach Out with More Love and Kindness- from Mormon Channel
"Love- the Essence of the Gospel" by President Thomas S. Monson
"The Merciful Obtain Mercy" by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“Remember This: Kindness Begins with Me” by Sister Mary N. Cook
“Your Jericho Road” by President Thomas S. Monson
“Forgiveness” by President Gordon B. Hinckley
“The Ministry of Reconciliation” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“Until Seventy Times Seven” by Elder Lynn G. Robbins
Deseret Bookshelf PLUS
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.
- "The Majesty of Forgiveness" by S. Michael Wilcox (TOFW talk)
- "Extending Forgiveness" by Virginia H. Pearce
- "Why We Forgive" by C. Terry Warner
- "Parenting the Strong-Willed Child: Fortifying Our Youth and Healing Our Prodigals" by Kevin Hinckley
- "Mary, Martha, and Me" by Camille Fronk Olson
- "Choosing the Good Part" by Brent L. Top
Remember, you can find the recommended videos from the Church here. They are also always the first few videos I post below. The illustrated New Testament videos are located here.
Good, Better, Best (about 14 1/2 minutes)- talk from President Dallin H. Oaks
Choosing Charity: That Good Part (about 13 minutes)- talk from Sister Bonnie D. Parkin
To Acquire Spiritual Guidance (about 16 minutes)- talk from Elder Richard G. Scott
Jesus Teaches that We Must Become as Little Children (about 3 minutes)- Bible video
Forgive 70 Times 7 (about 3 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Parable of the Good Samaritan (about 5 minutes)- Bible video
The Good Samaritan (about 2 minutes)- Chapter 35 of the illustrated scriptures stories
Forgiveness: My Burden Was Made Light (about 8 1/2 minutes)- This the story that was made into the movie, Just Let Go. You can watch Just Let Go with your Living Scriptures Streaming Service (try it a month for free).
These are my ideas. My hope is that my thoughts may be a springboard to your own great ideas that are right for your class.
- You could always tie in the famous song from “Frozen” called, “Let It Go.” Bring in some helium balloons and write on each one some ways people in your class have become offended (sharpies work fine but may still smear so be careful!). Then discuss ways, we can unburden ourselves of these things and let the balloon go. You may even want to discuss how we sometimes begin to let go but then quickly grasp it back down. How can we completely let go? Keep in mind, you will need to bring the balloons back down so make the ribbons on them nice and long so it’s easy to clean up. If you don’t want to hassle with helium balloons, use my free printable ones on the board instead. You can still add real ribbon for fun.
- Keep the balloon theme going with some steps of forgiveness balloon posters. If you want to be extra fun, bring in helium balloons with the steps written on them and let them float to the ceiling as you practice and go through each step. OR if you think your class can handle it, they can blow a balloon up and let it go as they give an example of going through each step.
- How about a paper plane object lesson on forgiveness? Read all the details on Jedi Craft Girl.
- I love the free forgiveness handout at Hang a Ribbon on the Moon. It outlines the process of forgiveness, realizing that sometimes it’s not so easy. Grab some bandaids and print yours.
Let everyone tell the story of the Good Samaritan with their own “puppet” scene. Cut the dolls so they stay connected to each other and you only have to rotate them to stick the next piece through (less pieces is always a good thing with kids). Then cut a slit where the men would walk by and where the hurt man should be. Practice the story together then encourage them to share it with their families or friends.
Using the plain background scene, have your class draw out the story of the Good Samaritan themselves. Let them present their creations to their neighbor when done. Then discuss what that story might look like in today’s world. You can have your class draw another scene on the back.
Be a Good Samaritan to some people in your church building. Wrap some Kit Kat bars with my free wrappers and go find someone that could use a “break.” Then ask your class how else can we help one another each day. Make a big list on the board. Take a photo of it and send it to their families this week and encourage them to do one thing together.
Put on your Kindness Thinking Caps (attach a white strip to the sides and secure) and grab your Secret Service badges. Fill them out and brainstorms ways you can be kind to others in our daily lives throughout the week. Write on the board, “At School,” “At Home,” “Playing Sports,” or whatever other things your class typically does and brainstorm! Have each person write one or two ways they will try to show kindness that week on the back of their Secret Service badge. They can pass out the hearts as they do acts of kindness too.
Use the situation cards to practice spotting opportunities of service and being willing to slow down to help each other out (You may want to print out my Steps to Service poster from the home study).
- Looking for more activities and ideas to teach your family? Teach Me Messages has great low cost lesson kits. This week’s includes a coloring page, maze, game idea, and more! Be sure to tell them I sent you!
I’m now linking to the category pages for available on ChurchofJesusChrist.org. They have stories, activity pages, and some media options available under each topic. Definitely check out the latest addition of the Friend and New Era as well.