What You'll Need: scriptures, Gospel Art Kit #212, pencil (or crayons for younger children) and small piece of paper, printed coloring pages and coloring tools.
You can also choose to download the Word doc. of this lesson for easy printing.
Scripture: Joshua 24:15 - "...Choose you this day whom ye will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
Opening Song: I'm Trying to be Like Jesus (PCS #78 )
When Jesus Christ was still alive on the earth he taught people. He taught them whenever he could. He gave lessons called Sermons and taught with stories called Parables. We have a record of His teachings in the scriptures because his words were so important that Heavenly Father wanted all of His children to hear them.
(Show Gospel Art Kit #212 - Jesus Teaches the Sermon on the Mount)
When Jesus was on the earth he gathered his people together to teach them. Sitting on a mountainside, Jesus gave what is known as the Sermon on the Mount. Included in this sermon were the Beatitudes, special blessings that Jesus promised for righteous living. These lessons were so important that, after his death, Jesus appeared to the Nephites and taught them the same lesson.
(Go through each Beatitude and explain what the words mean using the key below)
Blessed are the poor in spirit = you are teachable.
Blessed are they that mourn = feel sad.
Blessed are the meek = to be gentle and kind
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness = we should want to be good as much as we want food and water.
Blessed are the merciful = to be willing to forgive.
Blessed are the pure in heart = turn away from naughtiness in thought and action.
Blessed are the peacemakers = don't fight with others
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake = even if others make fun of you for your beliefs, if you stand up for what you believe in, you will be blessed.
(Give each child a piece of paper and pencil)
We want to follow these important teachings of Jesus. Each member of our family is going to choose one of the Beatitudes and work on living that teaching this week. Choose one and write it on your slip of paper. (Children my draw a picture with crayons depicting the Beatitude if they are too young to write)
Bear your testimony about following Christ's teachings. Explain to children that if each of them works on their chosen Beatitude your home will be more peaceful and full of the love of Christ.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)
Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the September Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.
Activity: Coloring Page
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