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“Listen with Your Heart”

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The video clip from “The Parables of Jesus” tells us about two sons that refuse to help their father in the vineyard. One son repents and later goes to help in the vineyard. Use this parable to write your own parable and discuss how parables help us learn. Make Ice Cream Bibles (Ice Cream Sandwiches) and listen to the music MP3 "Listen with Your Heart.”

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES

MUSIC MP3

 

VIDEO CLIP:
The Animated New Testament:
The Parables of Jesus chapters 1–2.
(click on above for full screen)

PRINCIPLE:
Parables

 

 

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20-MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Children’s Songbook #57 “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” verse #1

 

 

If you wish to print sheet music or have an online music file to accompany you click on the song link to visit: http://www.lds.org/churchmusic

SCRIPTURE

Matthew 13: 13–16

 

13. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

 

15. For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

16. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

VIDEO CLIP

Watch chapters 1–2 from the Animated Complete Learning System, The Parables of Jesus DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

“There is nothing in all literature equal to the parables of Christ.

"His teachings were as impressive to his listeners then as they are today to those who read his words.They are so simple a child can understand, yet profound enough for the sage and philosopher. The similitudes he used were taken from pictures of human life and commonplace incidents that could be understood by every listener.” Howard W. Hunter, Ensign, May 1984, © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

What is a parable?

The word parable comes from the Greek word paraballo, which means to compare. A parable is a simple story which compares common experiences to divine truths. Jesus often taught in parables because a parable conveys to it’s listener religious truth exactly in proportion to his faith. If you do not listen with your heart it is merely a story. If you do listen with your heart it reveals important principles such as compassion, integrity, work, and repentance. By living by these important principles we will become closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

The parable is a helpful teaching method.

“One sees his own weaknesses better by viewing others who display the same weaknesses. Could this be applied in the home, where family members might participate in evaluating 'outside' situations rather than being discouraged by withering personal criticism?...An effective method is to use third-person examples that hit close to home....It avoids one-sided scorn that too often triggers the self-defense reflexes and helps induce desired self-analysis instead." Richard Lloyd Anderson, Ensign, Sept. 1974, © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

Discussion Ideas: Use as the Spirit and your family needs guide.

 

What book of scriptures contains the Savior’s’ parables?

The New Testament. Explain that the New Testament is the final portion of the Bible.

 

What important principles did you learn from watching the video clip of The Parable of the Two Sons?

Honoring parents, obedience, repentance, hard worker, etc...Emphasize the principle that your family might need to work on the most.

 

How was the first son, who refused to help but later apologized to his father, rewarded?

He inherited his father’s vineyard.

 

What are the eternal rewards we can obtain by repenting and being obedient to Heavenly Father’s commandments?

The Kingdom of Heaven, Exaltation, Eternal Life, Eternal Families, etc....

 

 

Quote:

“Each of the parables spoken by the Savior seems to teach a principle or give an admonition regarding the attributes necessary to qualify for exaltation.” Howard W. Hunter, Ensign, May 1984, © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

STORY

"My Parable of the Two Friends"

 

There once were two friends who were in the same class in school.

At the end of their first school year the two friends were given a reading test. The first friend did very well on the test, while the second friend didn’t do very well.

During summer break the first friend played outside from sunrise to sunset, while the second friend went inside early each day to read.

The first friend bragged that he could play all day and didn’t have to read because he was smarter. The second friend would sometimes resent having to stay in the house and read, but his mother always made sure that he had fun books to read. Once a week she would take him to the library where he would checkout the books he wanted to read that week and once a month she would take him to the bookstore to buy a book to keep for his very own.

Soon the second friend became a better reader. Once he became a better reader, he began to like reading.

There were days he chose to read for longer than an hour. The more he read the better reader he became.

By the end of the summer he had read over one hundred books.

 

The first friend had forgotten a lot of what he had learned the year before, while the second friend had improved over the summer.

The first friend looked on the second friend’s paper for the answers. Each friend scored 100% on the test.

The second friend didn’t know that his friend had cheated.

Even though the first friend had cheated, he bragged to the second friend that he got 100% on the reading test without having to read during the summer. The second friend didn’t let his friends bragging bother him. He was just happy that reading during the summer had helped him do better on the reading test.

One day the friends’ school class had a spelling bee. The first friend misspelled the first word he was given, while the second friend spelled every word right and won the spelling bee.

When the second friend went home that night he gave his mother a kiss and a hug. He thanked her for helping him become a better reader, because being a better reader made him a better speller.

 

by Margie Nauta Lee © Living Scriptures, Inc. 2006

 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT “Ice Cream Bibles” recipe

Ice Cream Bibles

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 14 minutes

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Lightly coat a 13” x 18” jelly roll pan with cooking spray.
  3. Melt baking chocolate on high in microwave for 2 minutes.
  4. Cream together brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla.
  5. Slowly add melted chocolate.
  6. Fold in flour, baking powder and salt and mix until smooth.
  7. Spread into pan (it will be a very thin layer). Bake for 14 minutes.
  8. Chill in refrigerator until completely cooled.
  9. Cut into twenty 3” x 3” squares and ten 1/2” x 3” rectangles (see diagram).
  10. Cut the ice cream with a hot knife into 3” squares.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 stick butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream

 

Treat Time:

Let children help assemble their ice cream bibles by placing an ice cream square (the book pages) on top of a cookie square (book back cover). Place another cookie square (the book front cover) on top of the ice cream. Place a 1/2 inch rectangle (the book spine) on one side, betweeen the two cookies. (Optional: Use decorator frosting to write Holy Bible on front cover.)

 

ACTIVITY

 

What you need:

A copy of “My Parable” stationery (artwork included with this lesson) and pen, pencil or crayons for each family member.

 

Preparation:

1. Print out the artwork.

Activity: Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.

1. Ask: What important principles can our family learn from the Parable of the Two Friends? (Honesty, hard work, gratitude, sacrifice, etc...)
2. Ask: What important principles do you need to work on doing better?
3. Tell your family to think about situations that they have evaluated in their lives or the lives of others that could help illustrate these principles.
4. Give each person a piece of “My Parable” stationery and a pen, pencil, or crayons and have them write their own parable. Help younger children with their idea (show and read example of the illustrated parable) and then let them draw their parable. Have an older sibling or parent write captions for their pictures.

 
 

ACTIVITY PAGES

 
       
         
         

MUSIC MP3

Listen to the song, Listen With Your Heart, from the Animated Stories from the New Testament, The Parables of Jesus DVD or CLICK FOR MP3

 

20-MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT "20-MINUTE" LESSON NOTES

 

1. Watch chapter 2 from the Animated Complete Learning System, The Parables of Jesus DVD.

(Also available for viewing online.)

 

2. What is a parable?

The word parable comes from the Greek word paraballo, which means to compare. A parable is a simple story which compares common experiences to divine truths. Jesus often taught in parables because a parable conveys to it’s listener religious truth exactly in proportion to his faith. If you do not listen with your heart it is merely a story. If you do listen with your heart it reveals important principles such as compassion, integrity, work, and repentance. By living by these important principles we will become closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

 

3. “There is nothing in all literature equal to the parables of Christ.

His teachings were as impressive to his listeners then as they are today to those who read his words. They are so simple a child can understand, yet profound enough for the sage and philosopher. The similitudes he used were taken from pictures of human life and commonplace incidents that could be understood by every listener.”

Howard W. Hunter, Ensign, May 1984, © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

4. What book of scriptures contains the Savior’s’ parables?

The New Testament. Explain that the New Testament is the final portion of the Bible.

 

5. What important principles did you learn from watching the video clip of The Parable of the Two Sons?

(Honoring parents, obedience, repentance, hard worker, etc... Emphasize the principle that your family might need to work on the most.)

 

6. How was the first son, who refused to help but later apologized to his father, rewarded?

He inherited his father’s vineyard.

 

7. What are the eternal rewards we can obtain by repenting and being obedient to Heavenly Father’s commandments?

(The Kingdom of Heaven, Exaltation, Eternal Life, Eternal Families, etc.)

 

8. If time allows, together as a family, write a parable to teach a principle that your family needs to work on. (See activity.)

 

Quote:

“Each of the parables spoken by the Savior seems to teach a principle or give an admonition regarding the attributes necessary to qualify for exaltation.”

Howard W. Hunter, Ensign, May 1984, © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.