While we discussed several parables in the home study, the primary lesson of "Who Hath Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear" Matthew 13: Luke 8; 13 (March 18-24) focuses on three parts: the parable of the sower, the parable of the wheat and tares, and how the gospel is a great treasure. I’m shaking things up with some gingerbread action too.
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“Eyes to See and Ears to Hear” by Elder Kim B. Clark
“Parables of Jesus: The Priceless Parables” by Frank F. Judd Jr. (Ensign article)
“The Truth of God Shall Go Forth” by President M. Russell Ballard
“What Will a Man Give?” by Elder Mark E. Petersen
The Mustard Seed- Fun facts from the New Era
“Parables of Jesus: Prophecy for Our Day” by Elder Carl B. Pratt (Ensign article)
“Precious Gifts from God” by President M." Russell Ballard
“‘Becometh As a Child’” by Elder Neal A. Maxwell
“The Parable of the Sower” by President Dallin H. Oaks
“Certain Women” by Linda K. Burton
The Power of Scripture (about 16 minutes)- Talk from Elder Richard G. Scott
Jesus Declares the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Jesus Declares the Parable of the Wheat and Tares, Mustard Seed, and Leaven (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
The Kingdom of Heaven (about 2 minutes)- Bible video
Parable of the Sower (about 4 1/2 minutes)- Bible video
Hang one on the board, mail it to the missing, cut it into a puzzle, and more! Bright Idea posters come from the Friend, Mormonads are from The New Era, and others are images found throughout LDS.org
Parables of the Master- Great to keep around for the future as we go through these other parables too. You could make a quick quiet book for younger children.
How Do You Punctuate the Gospel- Mormonad (tie it into the parable of the sower)
Which Side Are You On?- Mormonad (use it with the parable of the wheat and the tares)
Missionary Work Mormonads go well with the parable of the net.
Testimony Snowball- Bright Idea
Increase Your Faith- Bright Idea
Scriptures are Packets of Light- Bright Idea
Missionary Fun- Bright Idea
The Future is as Bright as Your Faith- Bright Idea
Courage- Doing the Right Thing When Afraid- Bright Idea
The Sower by George Soper (same as manual)
Burning the Tares- Bible video image
Jesus Teaches Parables- Bible video image
He that Hath Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear- Bible video image
A Mote- says you can use it to show how big a mustard seed is
Jesus Declares Parables to His Disciples- Bible video image
Instead of focusing on dirt, talk about making cookies, specifically gingerbread cookies! Rather than different types of soil you can discuss oven heat. If the oven is off, it’s not going to bake. If it’s too hot, they’ll burn.
- Decorate your own gingerbread man as you discuss how you can use the different parts of the body to learn more of the teachings of Jesus. You can even get these cute gingerbread stickers.
- "Plant" your gingerbread men! Tie the gingerbread men back into the sower parable by telling everyone to go home and plant themselves in good soil. You can send them with cups of dirt and tape a skewer on to the back of the gingerbread man so it will stay in.
If you are looking for a great parable of the sower printable, A Lively Hope has a journaling page.
If the weather is nice, go outside and identify different spots of ground that would relate to the parable of the sower. See what’s growing there and talk about how the different soil encourages different types of growth.
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, 47-48
Emphasis the wheat and the tare parable with wheat and tare paddles. Point out that while they are growing, the both look a lot alike. It isn’t until it’s harvest time that you can start to tell them apart. You can tie in how it’s by their “fruit” that we can tell them apart.
Using the wheat and tare paddles, read situation or choice cards and have your class vote whether it’s a wheat choice (good) or a tare choice (bad). Follow up each vote by asking your class how they know. Please note, these choice cards come from Primary 3 Lesson 25 .
Give your class opportunity to make up their choice and have people vote if it’s a tare or wheat choice.
Discuss how the gospel is such a great treasure! Cut a slit in the open treasure chest so you can insert your gospel treasures! Have your class draw on the back of each printable treasure another idea and share them with the class.
If you are looking for a simpler handout, check out my The Teachings of Jesus Are a Great Treasure coloring page with gospel jewels to glue on.
Looking to cover more of the parables that Jesus shared? Grab my 4 page Parable Poster over on my home helps for the week! You can review what each means then ask your class to draw a modern example of the parable.
- And as always, there are more handouts and ideas over at The Red Headed Hostess. For this week, she has a parable of the sower activity booklet and an object lesson with the parable of the wheat and the tares.
- Teach Me Messages also has weekly handout packets. This week's includes labels for the different cups of soil. Be sure to tell them I sent you!
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 though. 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).