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What Qualities make Good Parents?

Matthew 1:18–25. Certain qualities make good parents. (10–20 minutes)

Ask two students to describe a characteristic they like about their parents. Invite a father or mother of a student to come to class and speak for three to five minutes and describe their feelings when their child was born, tell what the child was like as a baby, and express their love for the child. (Or, if available, use a speaker phone in the classroom to call some parents and ask them to do the same. Or ask some parents to do so in writing or on audio- or videotape, and then share the parents’ responses with the class.)

Invite students to list the qualities of a good parent. Divide your class in half. Ask one half to read Matthew 1:18–25 looking for good qualities Joseph had as a husband and father. Invite the other half to read Luke 1:28–30, 38, 46–55 looking for good qualities of Mary.

Read Romans 8:16–17 and look for the relationship we have with our Father in Heaven as we are led by His Spirit. Read Ephesians 2:4 and look for how our Heavenly Father feels about us. Ask:

  • How does being a good parent in this life help prepare us for godhood?
  • What could you be doing now to prepare to be good parents in the future?

List the students’ answers on the board.


Post Date: January 3, 2019
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Author: Jenny Smith


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Jenny Smith is a designer who started blogging in 2004 to share lesson and activity ideas with members of her home branch Mississippi. Her collection has grown, and she now single-handedly manages the world's largest collection of free lesson help for LDS teachers with faceted search. Her library includes teaching techniques, object lessons, mini lessons, handouts, visual aids, and doctrinal mastery games categorized by scripture reference and gospel topic. Jenny loves tomatoes, Star Trek, and her family -- not necessarily in that order.
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