The day before He died, Jesus gave His disciples something to remember Him by.
"Lord, is it I?"
This is the message that really stood out to me in this week's lesson. I loved the talk by Elder Uchtdorf that is highlighted in this week's Come Follow Me lesson. It goes along with something President Nelson said in April's Conference, and I talked about this in this week's email if you're a subscriber.
President Nelson said this:

At this point you may be thinking that this message would really help someone you know. Perhaps you are hoping that it will help him or her to be nicer to you. I hope it will! But I also hope that you will look deeply into your heart to see if there are shards of pride or jealousy that prevent you from becoming a peacemaker. 

I think it goes great with Elder Uchtdorf's message, and i hope you'll take the time this week to read that talk as you study!  

There were a lot of other great videos and talks I found that went with this week's lesson, and I hope you'll enjoy the study of this section of the New Testament and find what you need there.

The Passion of Jesus Christ
This is an article I found by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel  that compares the four gospels and what they offer when telling their individual stories of this last week of the Savior's life. It can be easy to look at the four gospels and see the "same story" being told four different times, but I loved how Brother Holzapfel broke it down to show how each is different and how each writer offers something unique. 

In summary, the four gospels teach:

Matthew’s repeated use of the Old Testament provides a clue to his unique purpose, namely demonstrating the fulfillment of God’s purposes in and through Jesus. 

Mark’s account emphasizes the complete abandonment of Jesus by everyone, even one unnamed follower, and he emphasizes the mockery and the crucifixion itself, ending in the veil of the temple being rent in twain.

Luke’s account is marked by delicacy and tenderness. He cannot bring himself to report some details that were too distressing: Luke does not mention the brutality of the scourging or the details of Judas' betrayal. Luke writes about the struggle between Jesus and the power of Satan, make us aware of the magnitude of the terrible struggle between Jesus and the powers of evil. 

John's account was written sixty years after Jesus’ death, so he had some time to think about the events before he wrote it. John chooses to emphasize those things that have the most significance to the faithful. His story emphasizes Jesus' willingness and progress towards returning to His Father.  The Savior knows He is going to die, and that it will be a brutal death, but he goes to it freely.


It's quite an enlightening article! If you'd like to read it, you can find it here: The Passion of Jesus Christ by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel

The Cost and Blessings of Discipleship
You're probably familiar with this popular talk by Elder Holland, but this was good to review with this lesson. As the events in the New Testament are unfolding, I can't help but think of what this was like for the Apostles, who at this time didn't understand the meaning of it all just yet.  

These are a few of my favorite quotes from that talk:

Surely the angels of heaven wept as they recorded this cost of discipleship in a world that is often hostile to the commandments of God. The Savior Himself shed His own tears over those who for hundreds of years had been rejected and slain in His service. And now He was being rejected and about to be slain. 

Be strong. Live the gospel faithfully even if others around you don’t live it at all. Defend your beliefs with courtesy and with compassion, but defend them....It is a strait path, and it is a narrow path without a great deal of latitude at some points, but it can be thrillingly and successfully traveled, “with … steadfastness in Christ, … a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.” In courageously pursuing such a course, you will forge unshakable faith, you will find safety against ill winds that blow, even shafts in the whirlwind, and you will feel the rock-like strength of our Redeemer, upon whom if you build your unflagging discipleship, you cannot fall. 


If you'd like to read the whole talk, you can find it here: The Cost and Blessings of Discipleship by Jeffrey R. Holland

Finding Joy Through Loving Service
This talk goes perfectly with the Savior's admonition for us to "love one another as I have loved you" in this lesson. A few of my favorite quotes from this talk are:

It is only when we love God and Christ with all of our hearts, souls, and minds that we are able to share this love with our neighbors through acts of kindness and service—the way that the Savior would love and serve all of us if He were among us today. 

When this pure love of Christ—or charity—envelops us, we think, feel, and act more like Heavenly Father and Jesus would think, feel, and act. Our motivation and heartfelt desire are like unto that of the Savior. He shared this desire with His Apostles on the eve of His Crucifixion. 
He said: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you. … “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:34–35). 
The love the Savior described is an active love. It is not manifested through large and heroic deeds but rather through simple acts of kindness and service.


You can read the full talk here: Finding Joy Through Loving Service by M. Russell Ballard

The Setting of the Last SupperThis video is interesting. It gives some background to the Passover meal and how it was set up, how people were seated, and how it was served. 

 The Anointing Woman in Mark

Children Tell about the Last Supper and the SacramentI love these videos! It's so fun to watch kids explain and understand these things!

Christ's Agony in Gethsemane

Jesus Prophesies that Peter will Deny Him