4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
Saul persecuted the followers of Jesus. He would send people to prison if they believed in Jesus Christ. One day, as Saul was traveling to Damascus to find more of Jesus’s disciples to cast into prison, a bright light appeared to him, and he heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” It was the voice of Jesus Christ. Saul asked “What wilt thou have me to do?” From that day on, Saul stopped persecuting the church, and instead taught people about Jesus Christ and bore his testimony that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
“As you commit now to do the will of the Lord, He will help and strengthen you. Your faith, trust, and desire to follow Him will be your greatest key to success. …As you commit now to do the will of the Lord, He will help and strengthen you. Your faith, trust, and desire to follow Him will be your greatest key to success.” John B. Dickson
Why do you think Saul decided to change? (Discuss ideas.)
How can we know what Jesus wants us to do? (Discuss ideas.)
How can doing the will of the Lord help us live happier lives? (Discuss ideas.)
What will help us keep our commitment to follow Jesus Christ? (Discuss ideas.)
Jayden Passes the Test
“Encyclopedia?” Father asked, after handing Jayden a plate filled with pancakes and sausage.
Jayden confidently recited, “E-N-C-Y-C-L-O-P-E-D-I-A.”
Father ruffled Jayden’s hair. “Good job, son. I’m proud of you for studying so hard. I wouldn’t be surprised if you could spell every one of your spelling words backwards if you wanted.”
Jayden smiled. He had been tempted to not study when his father had told him to, but he remembered, the lesson they’d had on Sunday. Thinking about the question, “What would Jesus have me do?” had helped him make the choice to obey his parents.
David, slid into the bus seat next to Jayden. “Are you still studying for the big spelling test?” he asked.
Jayden shut the book. “I’ve studied for about a jillion hours. How ’bout you?”
David shook his head. “I don’t need to study. Spelling’s easy for me!”
“Number your papers from 1 to 50,” Mrs. Thompson told the class. She then began the test, “Number one, junction. There was a junction in the road. Two, temperature. The temperature was ten degrees below zero…”
Jayden smiled when the spelling of each word seemed to jump out of his head and onto the paper.
“…Fifty-nine, encyclopedia. The encyclopedia is a good resource book.”
Jayden quickly wrote down his answer. David wrote down “E-N-C,” but wasn’t sure if the next letter was a ‘Y’ or an ‘I.’ After making sure Mrs. Thompson wasn’t looking, he poked Jayden in the back and whispered, “Move your head so I can see your answer.”
Jayden looked up to see if Mrs. Thompson was watching, but she seemed to be absorbed in the spelling book. Jayden turned to his best friend’s pleading eyes. He really wanted to help David and Mrs. Thompson wouldn’t even know, but then he remembered the question again: “What would Jesus have me do?”
Jayden kept his paper blocked from David’s view and slowly shook his head “no.”
Just before the bell rang, Mrs. Thompson asked David and Jayden to stay after class. Jayden felt sick. She knew. “What if she doesn’t believe me?” he thought. Then a peaceful feeling came over him. “It’s going to be okay. I didn’t do anything wrong.”
After excusing the other students Mrs. Thompson approached their desks. “I know what took place
during the spelling test,” she said. “You’re very lucky Jayden is such a good friend, David!”
David looked puzzled. “A good friend would of let me copy his paper,” he thought.
“Because Jayden was a good enough friend to not let you cheat,” she explained, “I’m not going to give you an ‘F’ on the spelling test.”
David’s face turned red and the anger he felt towards Jayden melted away.
“But, it had better not happen again,” Mrs. Thompson warned.
After dinner, Jayden told his parents what had happened during the test and about the good feeling he felt inside. “Doing what’s right really does make you happy! Doesn’t it?”
“It always works for me!” Father exclaimed.
Mother gave Jayden a big hug and whispered in his ear, “I want you to always remember that when you’re doing what’s right, it not only makes you happy, it makes Daddy, me and Heavenly Father happy too.”
That night Jayden knelt beside his bed. “Thank you, Heavenly Father,” he prayed, “for helping me to do what Jesus wants me to do.”
by Margie Nauta Lee
To “turn over” a new leaf means that you are committing to change your life for the better. Bake these fruit turnovers shaped like leaves to get your family excited to turn over a new leaf and commit to following Jesus Christ!
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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