Teaching Ideas for "The Living Bread Which Came Down from Heaven" by Elder D. Todd Christofferson

We begin by discuss the miracle of feeding the 5,000 in "The Living Bread Which Came Down from Heaven" by Elder D. Todd Christofferson. He uses this beautiful story to help us understand on we need to internalize the qualities of Jesus Christ.

 
 

You may choose to focus on the Living Bread part of the talk or more on "holiness to the Lord" which is focus of the second half of the talk with the sacrament tying it all beautifully together.


Questions

  • How can we internalize the qualities and characteristics of Christ?
  • What are some qualities of Christ that you admire?
  • How can you make holiness a more prominent part of your life?
  • How can we bring the Savior completely into our lives?
  • What things are we seeking?
  • Where can you inscribe holiness in your homes and life?
  • In what ways can we become one with the Savior?
  • How would you describe taking the sacrament?
  • What meaning does the sacrament have for you personally?
  • How has partaking of the sacrament blessed your life?
  • Each week we are handed the sacrament trays and take something. What are we giving in return? 
  • "If we yearn to dwell in Christ and have Him dwell in us, then holiness is what we seek, in both body and spirit." What are we seeking? How do we seek holiness?
  • Are the things we read, view, hear, and think evidence of the holiness we should be seeking?
  • In what ways do you choose holiness?
  • How can we be not content where we are yet not discouraged? 
  • How has the Atonement blessed you personally?
  • What are your feelings as you ponder the Savior's sacrifice for you? 
  • What can you do to gain a better understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ? How can you help your family do the same?
  • How does holiness relate to the sacrament? 

Teaching Thoughts

From the Church: "Here are some questions that Relief Society and quorum members could have in mind as they review Elder Christofferson’s message: What is holiness? How do we seek after holiness? How does partaking of the sacrament help us in our efforts? Members could share words from Elder Christofferson’s message that help answer these questions. How do we help each other as 'fellow Saints' in our efforts to become more holy?"

These are my ideas. My hope is that reading my thoughts will be a springboard to finding the right plans for your class. Remember you are leading a discussion, not teaching a lesson so you may only need one of these ideas.

  • Give each class member a small piece of paper to write a word that describes what the sacrament means to them. Ask everyone to pass their papers down the row and collect them on a tray. Read a few of the words out loud and discuss.
  • Give time towards the end of your lesson for your class to ponder and record any impressions to the question, "What lack I yet?"
  • Print out the pictures included in Elder Christofferson's class to place on the board. Would we act differently if we had this reminder everywhere? How does it change your actions if everything you did, you did with holiness?
  • Those of you that teach Relief Society, you can use these free Holy Woman handouts. These are based on the book I've shared with you before by Wendy Watson, "What Would a Holy Woman Do?" (pssttt.... this audio book is included with your Deseret Bookshelf PLUS membership).
  • Use my bread wrapper as a visual with a real loaf of bread in your class. Discuss what "living bread" means and how we partake of the Living Bread. You can send home slices of homemade bread. There is also a mini loaf label.
  • Define the word holy or holiness as a class. Read the definition from the dictionary, the Bible Dictionary, etc. and come up with your own definition. How do we obtain this holiness? How can we help each other achieve it?
  • Discuss the miracle of feeding the 5,000 like Elder Christofferson does in the beginning. What else do we learn from this miracle? What is holy about it?
  • Make an anagram out of the word "holy." Come up with a word for each letter to help organize your lesson or do it as a class.

 

  • Save the above image and share it in your ward's Facebook group or email before you teach to get the conversation started.