NEW TESTAMENT 2019

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The Greatest Gift

Reinforces this week’s “Come Follow Me” study: Christmas
“Good Tidings of Great Joy”

Scripture:

Luke 2:10-11

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Song:

Lesson:

Angels appeared to humble shepherds, announcing the birth of Jesus Christ. The shepherds were invited to go and see the baby Jesus. The Messiah, the King of Kings had been born.

We still celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with gratitude for His life, His mission, and His sacrifice for us. His promises bring us peace and His love fills our hearts. At Christmastime, and throughout the coming year, may we find ways to give gifts to our Savior and share His love with those around us.

Reflect on the lessons you’ve learned about Jesus Christ this year as you’ve studied the New Testament. How has your testimony of Jesus Christ grown? 

Quote:

“The sweetest gift given at Christmas will always be the one our Savior Himself gave us: His perfect peace. … Even in a world where peace seems far off, the Savior’s gift of peace can live in our hearts regardless of our circumstances. If we accept the Savior’s invitation to follow Him, lasting fear is forever banished.” Elder L. Whitney Clayton

Q&A:

What is the joyful news that the angel brought to the shepherds? (For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. [Luke 2:11])

What is the greatest gift that Heavenly Father has given us? (His son, Jesus Christ.)

Why is Jesus Christ the greatest gift of all? (Discuss ideas.)

Why do we give gifts at Christmas time? (Discuss ideas.)

What gifts has the Savior given us? (Discuss ideas.)

The wise men brought the savior gifts. As true Christians, what gifts can we give our Savior? (Discuss ideas. [You might include: Giving to the poor, sharing the gospel with non-members, keeping sacrament covenants/promises, trying to be like Jesus in all we do, etc.])

What have you learned this year about Jesus Christ as you’ve studied the New Testament? (Discuss ideas)

Story:

Jenny’s Gift

“Finally, the last present is wrapped!” Mother exclaimed as she taped the red bow to the present she had been wrapping for Grandpa.

“This one’s for Brice, here’s one for Scott, this ones for Grandma…” Ten-year-old Brenda said out loud as she re-arranged the packages in little piles, according to who they were for. “Wow, this is going to be the best Christmas ever!” Brenda excitedly exclaimed.

Four-year-old Jenny looked up from the picture she was coloring of baby Jesus in the manger. “Mommy, did you forget someone?” she asked.

Mother looked down at her long list of names. “No. Everyone’s name is crossed off,” she answered. “Thank goodness, I’ve been wrapping for weeks now!”

Brenda picked up a childishly wrapped present. “It says, ‘From: Jenny,’ but who’s it to?” she asked.

Jenny smiled proudly, “Daddy helped me wrap all my presents, but that one. I wrapped it all by myself.”

“I can tell,” Brenda drawled.

Jenny’s face turned red at her sister’s sarcasm. “I know how to write my name, but I didn’t know how to write His!” she whispered.

Mother gave Brenda the “that wasn’t very nice” look, before putting her hand on Jenny’s shoulder. “Whose name sweetie?” she asked.

Jenny pointed to the picture she was coloring.

“Jesus?”

Jenny nodded her head and then looked over at Brenda, “It is His birthday, you know!”

Brenda jumped up from where she was sitting and gave her little sister a big hug. “Oh, Jenny. I’m so sorry I hurt your feelings,” she apologized. “Of course, it’s His birthday! And you’re the only one sweet enough to remember to give Him a present.”

Jenny smiled. “There’s really nothing in the box. It’s in here,” she whispered while pointing to her heart.
“But the present will help me remember what I’m giving Him!”

by Margie Nauta Lee 

Activity idea:

Our Gifts for Jesus


Write down some of the gifts your family can give to the Savior. Encourage family members to work hard to give these gifts to our Savior, not just at Christmas time, but throughout their lives.

Treat idea:

Gingerbread Nativity


Make this cute gingerbread stable and manger with your family! A tiny baby Jesus made of marzipan is laid in the manger. Enjoy the delicious treat when you're done! Note: You can also use graham crackers instead of gingerbread to make it even easier.

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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