C. The Temple tax for Peter and Jesus, Matt. Invite a student to read Matthew 17:24–26 aloud. Invite a student to come to the board and place a star next to each of the individuals listed on the board who appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith in our dispensation. needed a tent to hang out in. To help students understand the context of this passage, explain that under the law of Moses all Israelite males over the age of 20 were required to pay an annual temple tax, called tribute (see Exodus 30:13–16 ). Invite students to read Matthew 17:27 silently, looking for what Jesus instructed Peter to do next. happening. It was God. of wonderful things to come. History…fulfilled! (2 Pet. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. The disciples were, again, probably more than a little frightened by that. 9 And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” Matthew 17:7-9. Jesus was the Son of God. Every week, thousands of churches use our Bible lessons, craft ideas, printable resources, and coloring pages to teach kids the Christian faith. After students understand a doctrine or principle taught in the scriptures, ask questions that help students reflect on past spiritual experiences related to that doctrine or principle. Additional review activities can be found in the appendix of this manual. He also prophesied of His death and Resurrection. These appearances in Kirtland provide a pattern for understanding what took place on the Mount of Transfiguration.). All who serve in the Church are called under the direction of one who holds priesthood keys. John the Baptist Conferring the Aaronic Priesthood, “The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood,”. Video Audio. At that time, Peter and each of the other Apostles had already been given priesthood authority, but they had not yet been given the keys of the kingdom. in the future. or “tent” material; flashlight; pictures of historical figures; butterfly toys Turn the lights back on to “wake” them. “(3) Moses and Elijah—two ancient prophets who were translated and taken to heaven without tasting death, so they could return with tangible bodies on this very occasion, an occasion preceding the day of resurrection—appeared on the mountain; and they and Jesus gave the keys of the kingdom to Peter, James, and John [see Teachings: Joseph Smith, 105]. This money was used to support costs associated with operating the temple. Hold up a driver’s license, or invite a student with a driver’s license to show it to the class. to the mountains, or been camping. Lessons Matthew - Lesson 17B 11.04.2019. Ask the class to follow along, looking for who else was present on the Mount of Transfiguration. Video Audio. another! Help them sound out the word “transfiguration” and talk about how Jesus was shining before His special disciples. 1:16–19; D&C 131:5. The glory of God was revealed in the transfiguration, as the disciples witnessed Jesus shining before them. Conclude the lesson by inviting students to write in their class notebooks or scripture study journals something they will do to better live the principle they identified above. In the same way, our faith can be enhanced by realizing 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. Write this principle on the board.). ), Matthew 17:1–13. Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles summarized what we know took place on the Mount of Transfiguration: “(1) Jesus singled out Peter, James, and John from the rest of the Twelve; took them upon an unnamed mountain; there he was transfigured before them, and they beheld his glory. (As students explain, you may want to display the following pictures: The First Vision; John the Baptist Conferring the Aaronic Priesthood; Melchizedek Priesthood Restoration; and Elijah Appearing in the Kirtland Temple [Gospel Art Book (2009), nos. 90, 93, 94, 95; see also LDS.org]. Help students understand that transfiguration refers to “the condition of persons who are temporarily changed in appearance and nature—that is, lifted to a higher spiritual level—so that they can endure the presence and glory of heavenly beings” (Guide to the Scriptures, “Transfiguration,” scriptures.lds.org). Invite students as they study the scriptures today to look for how Peter received the keys of the kingdom and how these same keys were later conferred upon Joseph Smith and others in our day. Christ was the very one to whom Elijah and Moses had pointed. Invite students to read the three scripture mastery passages that have already been introduced in this manual. Ask the class to follow along, looking for the questions the tax collectors and Jesus asked Peter. If you are not lucky enough to have access to lite brite, you might be able to find a fun glow in the dark item, chalk, a black light, or even create a “lite brite” of sorts by poking holes into a paper and holding it up to a light. Transfiguration tale, but what should be the emphasis for communicating the Thanks for this! Young students can certainly benefit from a greater 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. understanding of how the disciples witnessed Christ’s glory on the mountain. After descending from the mount, Jesus cast a devil out of a boy. “(4) John the Baptist, previously beheaded by Herod, apparently was also present. …, “(5) Peter, James, and John saw in vision the transfiguration of the earth, that is, they saw it renewed and returned to its paradisiacal state—an event that is to take place at the Second Coming when the millennial era is ushered in. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” 8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. What kinds of special things happen when you Copyright © 2007-2020 Ministry-to-Children. To help students understand why Moses and Elijah appeared on the mount, invite a student to read aloud the following statement by the Prophet Joseph Smith: “The Savior, Moses, and Elias [Elijah], gave the keys [of the priesthood] to Peter, James, and John, on the mount, when they were transfigured before him” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 105). or pictures; cotton balls; cups; crayons; oil; paper; aluminum foil; glue/tape