January 14–20. Luke 2; Matthew 2: We Have Come to Worship Him
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    “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

    Wise Men traveling on camels

    Let Us Adore Him, by Dana Mario Wood

    January 14–20

    Luke 2; Matthew 2

    We Have Come to Worship Him

    Start by reading Matthew 2 and Luke 2. This week’s outline from Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families can help you understand these chapters, and this outline can give you teaching ideas.

    Record Your Impressions

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    Invite Sharing

    Ask the children to tell you what they remember about Christ’s birth. What are their favorite parts of the story?

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    Teach the Doctrine

    Younger Children

    Luke 2:1–14

    Jesus was born.

    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?

    Possible Activities

    • 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.

    Matthew 2:1–12

    I can give good gifts to 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?

    Possible Activities

    • Show a picture of the Wise Men as you review their story, found in Matthew 2:1–12, with the children. You could show the picture Wise Men Present Gifts (LDS.org).

    • 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.

    Luke 2:40–52

    Jesus was once a child like me.

    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.

    Possible Activities

    • 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.

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    Teach the Doctrine

    Older Children

    Luke 2:1–21; Matthew 2:1–2

    Ancient prophets foretold of the Savior’s birth.

    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.

    Possible Activities

    • 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.

    Mary, Joseph, and Simeon with the infant Jesus

    Simeon Reverencing the Christ Child, by Greg K. Olsen

    Luke 2:40, 52

    Jesus was once a child like me.

    Like Jesus, the children you teach have an important mission to prepare for. What can they learn from Jesus’s example?

    Possible Activities

    • 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?

    Luke 2:41–52

    I can follow Jesus’s example.

    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.

    Possible Activities

    • 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.

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    Encourage Learning at Home

    Invite the children to teach their family something they learned about the birth of Christ.

    Improving Our Teaching

    Children are curious and learn in many ways. Children enjoy learning through new and varied experiences. Use activities that help them move about, use all their senses, explore, and try new things. (See Teaching in the Savior’s Way, 25–26.)

    activity page: Jesus in the manger