New Testament
Lesson 14
Who Is My Neighbour?

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us humble ourselves, forgive others, and show charity for one another.

Scripture references for study:  Matthew 18; Luke 10
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Lesson 14 Handout (PDF format)

Following The Transfiguration

Elder James E. Talmage: "Our Lord's descent from the holy heights of the Mount of Transfiguration was more than a physical return from greater to lesser altitudes; it was a passing from sunshine into shadow, from the effulgent glory of heaven to the mists of worldly passions and human unbelief; it was the beginning of His rapid descent into the valley of humiliation. From lofty converse with divinely-appointed ministers, from supreme communion with His Father and God, Jesus came down to a scene of disheartening confusion and a spectacle of demonized dominion before which even His apostles stood in impotent despair. To His sensitive and sinless soul the contrast must have brought superhuman anguish; even to us who read the brief account thereof it is appalling." (Jesus The Christ, p378)

READ MATTHEW 17:14-21. Healing of the demoniac youth.

Discourse On Meekness & Humility

On becoming as a little child.

READ MATTHEW 18:8-9. If thy hand offend thee, cut it off.

Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother." (Matthew 18:15)

"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." (Matthew 18:21-22) READ MATTHEW 18:23-35. Parable of the unmerciful servant.

Parable Of The Good Samaritan

In Luke 10:25-37 the Savior teaches us about charity.

While the Savior was teaching, "a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" (v25). The lawyer answered the Lord's question by saying, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself" (v27). The lawyer then asked the question, "Who is my neighbor?" (v29). Resource Note 1:  The Good Samaritan: Forgotten Symbols

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

A few weeks ago in our discussion of the great Sermon on the Mount, we read where the Lord declared that we should be "perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Why? Because this is our ultimate goal, to become like the Father. In this lesson we have learned some of the things we need to do to become like the Father. We need to exercise our faith. We need to become, humble and submissive. We must completely forgive others of their trespasses. And we must reach out and serve those around us. We each need to look into our hearts and seek ways of more fully implementing these great messages into our lives and then commit to doing it.

Record your thoughts on the teachings of Jesus in this lesson. What does it mean to forgive others? Who are your neighbors and how can you serve them?

Resources Used In This Lesson

A More Excellent Way by Neal A. Maxwell.

An Eye Single to the Glory of God: Reflections on the Cost of Discipleship by Robert L. Millet.

Doctrine & Covenants Commentary by Hyrum M. Smith and Janne M. Sjodahl.


Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage.

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volume 3, by Bruce R. McConkie.

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