Year 01/Lesson 32: Jesus Teaches the Beatitudes

8.07.2010

A Year of FHE // A Family Home Evening lesson about Christ teaching the Sermon on the Mount and how we can live the Beatitudes.  Includes scripture, song, lesson and activities for young children AND older children. #lds #familyhomeevening #beatitudes #sermononthemount
What You'll Need: scriptures, Gospel Art Book 39  or GAK 212, pencil (or crayons for younger children) and small piece of paper, printed crossword, coloring page, and coloring tools.


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 )

Lesson:
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:
Young Children // Coloring Page
Click HERE to download coloring page.

Older Children // Crossword Puzzle
Included in lesson download

A Year of FHE // Free BEATITUDES coloring page to use for Primary, Sacrament Meetings or Family Home Evening. #lds #coloringpage #beatitudes

A Year of FHE // Beatitudes Word Search to help older children and adults understand the meaning of the Beatitudes.  #lds #familyhomeevening #beatitudes

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2 Way Righteous Comments:

Timothy and Nicole said...

I LOVE this lesson & I'm excited to use it tonight! Thank You for posting all of these great ideas.

Suzette said...

I had felt impressed to teach my children the beatitudes (after discussing them during Sunday school recently) and was so pleased to discover this lesson! I have used some of your lessons in the past and have appreciated them all. Thank you so much!

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