NEW TESTAMENT 2019

Come, Follow Me

with

I Shall Go On Living

Reinforces this week’s “Come Follow Me” study: 1 Corinthians 14-16
“God Is Not the Author of Confusion, but of Peace”

Scripture:

1 Corinthians 15:20-22

20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Song:

Did Jesus Really Live Again? Children’s Songbook page 64

Lesson:

Many of the new Christians in Corinth were confused about some of the things they had been taught. Many didn’t believe in resurrection of the dead. In his letters to the Corinthians, Paul reminded them that because Jesus was resurrected, we can be resurrected too.

When we are resurrected, our bodies will be changed and become “incorruptible” as Paul taught, never to die again. Because we know we will be resurrected and live after we die, we know it is important to live the best we can while on the earth.

Paul also mentions that baptism for the dead was being performed in the church anciently, just as we do today. We can help our ancestors who died without a knowledge of the gospel have the opportunity to accept the gift of baptism by performing baptisms for the dead in temples. We can also be sealed to our families through temple ordinances. If we live worthily, we will have the opportunity to have the gift of eternal life and live in God’s presence as families.

Quote:

“Now, the next thing of which I am certain, and of which I bear witness, is the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. … It affirms that we lived before we were born in mortality. Mortality is but a stepping-stone to a more glorious existence in the future. The sorrow of death is softened with the promise of the Resurrection.” Gordon B. Hinckley

Q&A:

Because Jesus Christ was resurrected, what blessings are promised to us? (Discuss ideas)

How does our knowledge of the resurrection affect the way we live? (Discuss ideas.)

How are mortal bodies different from resurrected bodies? (See 1 Corinthians 35-54)

What is the difference between immortality and eternal life? (Immortality is to live forever as a resurrected being. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, everyone will receive this gift. Eternal life is to live in God’s presence as families. This is also a gift from Jesus Christ given after “all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23) to obey the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

Where are the ordinances that seal families together for eternity performed? (In the temple.)

Why is the building of temples throughout the world important? (Discuss ideas.)

Story:

Memories

On the morning that Momma went home to Heavenly Father, the five children and Daddy sat in the front room, searching through photos. Grace, the eldest, gazed at the photo of the family all dressed in white. She remembered how happy they had been when their prayers had been answered and Daddy joined the church. Grace had been especially happy, because Daddy had been able to baptize and confirm her. Grace pictured her family standing together in front of one the two big mirrors facing opposite walls in the sealing room.

“What do you see?” Momma had asked the children.

“I can see forever,” Grace answered in awe.

“That’s how long we’re going to be a family,” Momma promised.

The memory brought comfort and a new trickle of tears down her cheeks. Grace caressed the picture, before handing it to Deanne.

“Oh, good. You found it,” Deanne said. “That’s my favorite picture. The day we were sealed together for time and all eternity!” she exclaimed “I think we should display our temple picture next to the porcelain temple that Momma and Daddy had on their 50th wedding anniversary cake.”

“Momma would love that,” Suzanne said. “And let’s display the lastest family picture alongside the quote Momma framed, ‘Let there be no empty chairs in our Heavenly home,’” She added.

Daddy held up the big family picture. “It’s hard to believe our little eternal family grew from seven to seventy-seven,” he said, before being overcome with emotion.

As the day went on, Grandma and Grandpa’s house filled to the rim with family members–all coming together to find comfort, offer love and support and to share special memories of Grandma.

“One of my sweetest memories, after she started to lose her memory, was going to the temple with Momma and Daddy. I was so worried she would get lost. I held her hand and helped her throughout the ceremony,” Deanne shared. “It reminded me of the first time I went to the temple, but the roles were reversed. In the Celestial Room, the three of us sat quietly together, basking in the wonderful spirit. Momma didn’t remember how to find her way home anymore, or even how to cook and sew, but she still knew the importance of the temple.”

“I remember, before Grandma got sick, she would say ‘There’s my Willem,’ every time I came to visit,” eight-year old Willem said as he cuddled up next to Grandpa on the couch. “Did you know I was her favorite?” he whispered to Grandpa.

Grandpa smiled and nodded his head. After Willem went to play with his cousins, three-year-old Jordyn curled up in Grandpa’s lap. “Gwama, was my favwite!” she exclaimed, “And I was her favwite too! Wasn’t I, Gwampa?” Grandpa kissed her on the forehead. “Yes, you were, Princess.”

Next came five-year-old Paige who put her arms around Grandpa’s neck. After declaring that she had been Grandma’s favorite, she told Grandpa that it was okay to be sad, “but we need to be happy too,” she said, “because Grandma’s not gone very far. She’s just in heaven and she’s waiting there for all of us.”

Tears streamed down Grandpa’s cheeks. “That’s right Paige,” he whispered, “and even though I’ll miss her every single day until then, I’m happy she isn’t sick anymore and has her memories back.”

One by one that day, each great-grandchild hugged Grandpa tightly. Each one knew that they were Grandma’s favorite, and Grandpa knew that each one was right.

by Margie Nauta Lee

Activity idea:

Building Temples


President Gordon B. Hinckley and prophets after him have prepared the way for many temples to be built throughout the world. Learn what we can do to be prepared to enter the temple with this activity.

Treat idea:

Temple Sugar Cookies


Let your family build their own temples with temple shaped sugar cookies and frosting. YUM!

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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