New Testament 2023
June 5–11. John 14–17: “Continue Ye in My Love”

“June 5–11. John 14–17: ‘Continue Ye in My Love,’” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2023 (2022)

“June 5–11. John 14–17,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: 2023

Last Supper

The Last Supper, by William Henry Margetson

June 5–11

John 14–17

“Continue Ye in My Love”

Pray to know the needs of the children you teach as you read John 14–17. Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families can help support your study, and this outline can give you ideas about how to teach the children in your class.

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Invite Sharing

To help the children share what they are learning at home, let each child have a turn holding a paper heart and sharing something he or she does to show love for others.

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Teach the Doctrine: Younger Children

John 14:15

I show my love for Jesus Christ by keeping His commandments.

Help the children understand that they can show the Savior they love Him by keeping His commandments.

Possible Activities

  • Help the children recite John 14:15. Ask them to say “If ye love me” when you hold up a paper heart. Ask them to say “Keep my commandments” when you hold up the scriptures.

  • Help the children think of some of Jesus’s commandments. Invite them to suggest ways they can keep each commandment. Testify that doing these things shows our love for Jesus Christ.

  • Sing together a song about the commandments, such as “Keep the Commandments” (Children’s Songbook, 146–47).

  • Play the game on this week’s activity page with the children.

John 14:26–27; 15:26; 16:13–14

The Holy Ghost helps me.

Jesus taught His disciples important truths about the Holy Ghost. Consider how these truths might bless the children you teach.

Possible Activities

  • Show the picture The Last Supper (Gospel Art Book, no. 54). Explain to the children that at the Last Supper, Jesus taught His disciples about the Holy Ghost. Share some of the truths He taught in John 14:26–27; 15:26; 16:13–14.

    Jesus talking to disciples

    The Last Supper, by Clark Kelley Price

  • Share an experience when the Holy Ghost comforted you, guided you, or helped you know the truth. Testify that the Holy Ghost can help the children in similar ways.

  • Together with the children, sing a song about the Holy Ghost, such as “The Holy Ghost” (Children’s Songbook, 105). Invite them to listen for things mentioned in the song that the Holy Ghost does.

John 17:3

I can know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ taught that “life eternal” is to know “the only true God, and Jesus Christ.” As the children you teach come to know Them, they will find spiritual strength that will bless them throughout their lives and help them achieve eternal life.

Possible Activities

  • Read John 17:3, and ask the children to listen for who Jesus wants us to know. Show a few pictures that represent ways we can come to know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, such as pictures of the scriptures, a family learning together, and someone serving another person. Put the pictures face down, and invite the children to take turns turning them over and describing what is in the picture. How do these things help us know Heavenly Father and Jesus?

  • Talk with the children about things they do to get to know their friends better. How do we get to know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ better? Share ways you have done this.

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Teach the Doctrine: Older Children

John 14:15; 15:10–14

I show my love for Jesus Christ by keeping His commandments.

As you read these passages in your personal study, think about the children you teach. How will they be blessed when they understand that their obedience to the Savior is a sign of their love for Him?

Possible Activities

  • Invite the children to share ways Jesus showed He was obedient to Heavenly Father. Show pictures from the Savior’s life to help them (see Gospel Art Book, nos. 3435, 5657). Ask the children to talk about times when they obeyed Heavenly Father.

  • Invite a child to read John 14:15. Let the children take turns drawing pictures that represent someone keeping a commandment, while the rest of the children guess what he or she is drawing. For examples of commandments, see the For the Strength of Youth booklet (2022). How does keeping these commandments show the Savior that we love Him?

John 14:26; 15:26; 16:13

The Holy Ghost guides, comforts, and testifies of truth.

Have the children you teach received the gift of the Holy Ghost? What do they know about how the Holy Ghost can help them? Consider how you will help them better understand the roles of the Holy Ghost.

Possible Activities

  • Give the children the following verses to read in pairs: John 14:26; 15:26; and 16:13. Ask them to find words that teach them what the Holy Ghost does. Write the words on the board.

  • Share an experience when the Holy Ghost guided you, comforted you, warned you, or testified of truth to you. Invite the children to share any experiences they have had. How did they recognize the Holy Ghost’s influence?

  • Invite each child to draw his or her face on a paper bag. Shine a flashlight, representing the Holy Ghost, into each bag. Then put things in the bags that block the light, such as a pieces of cloth, to teach that our wrong choices can limit the influence of the Holy Ghost in our lives. Let the children remove the things from their bags to represent repentance.

John 15:1–9; 17:3

Heavenly Father and Jesus want me to know Them.

You will bless the lives of the children by helping them come to know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ better.

Possible Activities

  • Display a plant (or a picture of one) as the children take turns reading verses in John 15:1–9. How is Jesus like a vine? How are we like branches? What can we do to “abide in,” or stay close to, the Savior?

  • Read aloud John 17:3. Ask the children what they are doing to know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Share how you are coming to know Them.

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Encourage Learning at Home

Encourage the children to share with their families a song they have recently learned in class or in singing time.

Improving Our Teaching

Adapt activities. If you teach younger children, you may find additional ideas that you can adapt for your class in this outline’s section for older children. Similarly, activities for younger children can be adapted to teach older children.