“January 14–20. Luke 2; Matthew 2: We Have Come to Worship Him,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2019 (2019)
“January 14–20. Luke 2; Matthew 2,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: 2019
Record Your Impressions
Ask the children to tell you what they remember about Christ’s birth. What are their favorite parts of the story?
Jesus left His home with Heavenly Father to be born on earth so He could be our Savior. How can you help the children remember the story of Christ’s birth?
As you read the story of Christ’s birth, invite the children to act out the story themselves or use this week’s activity page. See also “Chapter 5: Jesus Christ Is Born,” New Testament Stories, 13–15, or the corresponding video (LDS.org).
If you have one, bring a Nativity set and invite the children to set the pieces in appropriate places as you tell them the story of Jesus Christ’s birth. You could also show a picture of the Nativity (see, for example, this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families). Point to different people in the Nativity and invite the children to share what they know about each person.
Sing together the children’s favorite songs about Jesus’s birth. As you do, look for opportunities to bear your testimony of the Savior and invite the children to share why they love Jesus.
The Wise Men gave Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. How can you use this story to teach the children that they can give gifts to Jesus too—like love, service, and obedience?
Gift wrap pictures or objects that represent gifts we can give to Jesus. Invite the children to help you open the gifts and discuss how we give these gifts to the Savior.
Help each child draw or write a list of gifts they can give Jesus, such as “being a good friend” or “praying.” Invite the children to share their lists with the class and choose one to work on this week.
Learning about the Savior’s childhood may help the children you teach relate to Him. Ask the children what they can learn from these verses about how they can be like Jesus now.
Invite one of the youth in the ward to visit the class and share the story of Jesus teaching in the temple when He was a young man.
Ask several children ahead of time to bring pictures of themselves as babies to share. Ask them how they have grown. Share some of the ways Jesus grew (see Luke 2:40, 52). Sing with the children “Jesus Once Was a Little Child,” Children’s Songbook, 55, or another song about the Savior.
Read Luke 2:52 and explain what “wisdom” and “stature” mean. You might ask the children to perform actions that show what it means to increase in wisdom and in favor with God and other people. For example, they could act out reading a book or helping someone in need.
Prophets and believers had been looking forward to the Savior’s birth for centuries. Understanding this truth can help the children gain a deeper appreciation for the Savior’s life and mission.
Ask the children to talk about things they look forward to, such as a birthday or holiday. Have the children read Helaman 14:2–5 to find something prophets were looking forward to.
Read together some prophecies of the Savior’s birth (see Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 1 Nephi 11:18; Helaman 14:5). Help the children list details these prophecies contain and find their fulfillment in Luke 2:1–21 and Matthew 2:1–2.
Invite the children to draw a picture of the Nativity and share why they are grateful Jesus was born.
Like Jesus, the children you teach have an important mission to prepare for. What can they learn from Jesus’s example?
As you read Luke 2:40, 52, tell the children to listen for the things Jesus did. Invite the children to share ways in which they have grown since they were little. Share your own experience of learning the gospel little by little; then bear your testimony.
Complete activities that illustrate phrases in Luke 2:40, 52. For example, you could measure each child’s height (“Jesus increased in … stature”) or have them share their favorite scripture (“waxed strong in spirit”). Help the children make a record of ways they are growing and share it with their families.
After reviewing Luke 2:40, 52, invite the children to share what they think Jesus would have been like when He was their age. How would He have treated His mother? His brothers and sisters?
Even as a young man, Jesus was teaching the elders in the temple. Similarly, the children in your class have much to teach those around them.
Invite a child to come prepared to summarize the story in Luke 2:41–52. To help the children understand the story, teach what the “Father’s business” means. For example, you could tell the children what you or your parents do for a job. What was the job or “business” of Joseph, Jesus’s earthly father? (see Matthew 13:55). What was the business of His Heavenly Father? (see Luke 2:46–49; see also Moses 1:39).
With the children, read Luke 2:46–49 and ask, “How was Jesus doing His ‘Father’s business’?” Help the children list or draw on the board ways they can help do Heavenly Father’s business too.
To help the children build their confidence that they, like the boy Jesus, can teach the gospel, help them practice teaching each other a principle from For the Strength of Youth.
Invite the children to teach their family something they learned about the birth of Christ.