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Come Follow Me: Book of Mormon, Teaching Ideas and Free Resources
3 NEPHI 8 – 11
QUESTIONS TO PONDER:
Each Come Follow Me Lesson asks important and reflective questions. When I first began my individual study these questions threw me off. Simply because many of these questions required so much depth and individual reflection in order to answer honestly. My first approach to come follow me was to get in, get out, get it done, check it off. These questions simply didn’t allow me to do so. In fact, I felt a little sick when I would read a question like, “How does the spirit speak to you?” and I wouldn’t know the answer right away. After a time, and pondering on that specific question I realized IT’S OKAY. In fact, I think these questions were meant to be set aside, thought about, and pondered. When we try and come up with the quick easy, obvious, answer, we are depriving ourselves of an opportunity to reflect, ponder, pray, and RECEIVE REVELATION. Is this not the whole reason for Come Follow Me? Are we not trying to finetune and recognize how we, and how to receive personal revelation.
So each week I will list out some of the questions issued in Come Follow Me. Maybe you pick to ponder about all of them, maybe you pick just one. Whatever you do, ponder on this for the ENTIRE week. Pray about it, discuss it with loved ones, then at the start of the new week, take the time to write down your impressions or thoughts, share them with your family, testify of powerful insights.
- You might notice that themes related to darkness and light—both physical and spiritual—are repeated throughout 3 Nephi 8–11. What do you learn from these chapters about spiritual darkness and light?
- What brings darkness into your life?
- What brings light?
- Why do you think the Savior chose to introduce Himself as “the light and the life of the world”? (3 Nephi 9:18; 11:11).
- How has Jesus Christ been a light in your life?
- How do you imagine the people felt after experiencing the destruction and darkness described in 3 Nephi 8?
- How do you think they may have felt when they heard the Savior’s voice speaking about light, mercy, and redemption in chapters 9 and 10?
- Search 3 Nephi 9–10 for evidence of Christ’s mercy and His eagerness to forgive. For example, what do you find in 3 Nephi 9:13–22 and 10:1–6 that helps you feel the Savior’s love and mercy?
- Ponder experiences when you have felt Him “gather” and “nourish” you (see 3 Nephi 10:4). Consider recording these experiences in a journal or sharing them with your loved ones.
- Have you ever felt that you were struggling to understand a message that God was communicating to you? Perhaps the experience of the people in 3 Nephi 11:1–8 can help you understand some principles of hearing and understanding God’s voice. You might note the characteristics of God’s voice that the people heard and what they did to better understand it. How might this account apply to your efforts to hear and recognize the voice of God in your life through personal revelation?
- There were about 2,500 people gathered in Bountiful when Jesus Christ appeared (see 3 Nephi 17:25). Despite this large number, the Savior invited them each “one by one” to feel the nail prints in His hands and feet (3 Nephi 11:14–15). What does this suggest to you about the importance of having personal experiences that build faith in Jesus Christ?
- In what ways does the Savior invite you to “arise and come forth unto” Him? (3 Nephi 11:14).
- What experiences have helped you gain a witness that He is your Savior?
- You might also consider how the Savior’s example in these verses could inspire your efforts to minister to others.
- Why does the Savior want to gather us close to Him?
- Is someone in your family preparing to be baptized? Reading 3 Nephi 11:21–38 could help them prepare. How can pondering the Savior’s teachings in these verses help family members who have already been baptized?
- What do these verses teach us about contention?
- How can we “[do] away” with contention in our home? (3 Nephi 11:30).
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Teaching Ideas for Toddlers & Young Children
Watch or Listen To:
With a 2-year-old and 4-year-old, I understand the STRUGGLE and the attention span you are dealing with. Below are some of my favorite videos or audio recordings|podcasts you can listen to and watch with your children. My favorites right now are the Book of Mormon Story videos.**Different from the newly released B.O.M. videos. These are illustrated and READ stories to your children. THESE are PERFECT for when everyone is strapped in the car seat. My 4-year-old now requests these over the radio. Each segment is only 2-4 minutes long. This allows us to listen, review and discuss together, and listen again throughout the week. Many of the videos I share can be found on the Saint’s Radio Channel App. (Formerly Mormon Channel App, If you don’t already have this, DOWNLOAD NOW.)
I am absolutely LOVING the YouTube Channel, Latter Day Kids. Each week they put out a beautifully illustrated video meant for young children to be used in conjunction with the Come Follow Me Lessons. This week’s video is all about All Things Denoting there is a God! You can even head to their website to download discussion questions to go along with the video and a fun coloring page.
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PODCAST FOR KIDS:
- Wonderful Podcast geared towards younger (Primary) reviewing some of the chapters this week.
- Illustrated Book of Mormon page 117
- Book of Mormon Stories Young Readers ***My Favorite (INCLUDES VIDEO)
- Jesus Visits the Nephites Friend Article
- Bull Fight: Story from the Friend
- The Holy Ghost is: Graphic Organizer for the Friend
- How Can I feel Close to the Savior
Activity Suggestions from the Friend or the Come Follow Me Manual:
- Scroll Down for Picture of Hen:
Show a picture of a hen caring for her chicks. Read 3 Nephi 10:6, and tell the children about how a hen calls to her chicks and protects them under her wings when there is danger. Discuss how Jesus is like the hen and we are like the chicks. How can we come to Him to find safety?
Place a picture of Jesus on a wall. Invite the children to walk around the classroom as you read 3 Nephi 10:4 out loud. Tell them to move toward the picture of Jesus when they hear the words “gathered” or “gather.” Repeat this activity as you read verses 5 and 6. Share with the children how you have come to the Savior for safety, and testify that He will protect us from spiritual dangers as we keep His commandments.
Light of the World: Turn off the lights and shine a light on a picture of Jesus as you read 3 Nephi 9:18. Then help your little ones say, “Jesus is the Light of the World.” You could also read the scripture story on pages FJ4–FJ6. Testify that Jesus knows each one of us individually. He loves us!
Puzzle in the Dark
Sing “Teach Me to Walk in the Light” (Children’s Songbook, 177).
When Jesus visited the Nephites, He testified that He is “the light and the life of the world” (3 Nephi 9:18).
Turn off the lights and try to put together a puzzle in the dark. Then try again with the lights on. How did the light help you? How does Jesus help us?
Teaching Ideas for Families
Watch or Listen To:
Finding time to make Come Follow Me can be tough, it can also be tough to keep the attention of family members. The Book of Mormon videos recently released by the church are a WONDERFUL resource. ***Filming has recently been postponed due to Covid 19
- I LOVE using the Institute and Seminary Manuals to aid my study! They answer questions, provide insight and background coupled with beautiful quotes from Prophets and Apostles.
- How to Tune into the Holy Ghost
- Youth Voices: Coming Unto Christ
- How to Come Unto Christ: Holland
Activity Suggestion from Come Follow Me:
- To help your family relate to the experiences described in 3 Nephi 8–9, you could retell or listen to a recording of portions of these chapters in a darkened room. Discuss what it might have been like to be in darkness for three days. Then you could talk about how Jesus Christ is “the light … of the world” (3 Nephi 9:18).
- The imagery of a hen gathering her chicks can be a powerful teaching tool to help children understand the Savior’s character and mission. You could read these verses while your family looks at a picture of a hen and chicks. Why would a hen need to gather her chicks? Why does the Savior want to gather us close to Him? What might happen if a chick chose not to gather when called?
- Perhaps you could read some of these verses in a soft, “small voice” (3 Nephi 11:3). What did the people have to do to understand the voice from heaven? What do we learn from their experience?
- Display the picture in this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families while you describe in your own words the resurrected Savior’s appearance to the Nephites and Lamanites. Read short passages from 3 Nephi 11 that will help them feel the sacredness of this event. Invite them to close their eyes and imagine how they would feel if they got to see Jesus. Or show the first minute of the video “My Joy Is Full” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Tell the children about how you feel when you read and ponder these events. Testify that Jesus wants us all to come unto Him and feel His love. Complete the activity page with the children.
- Play a recording of a hymn or children’s song softly so that it is difficult to hear. Ask the children if they can understand the words of the song. Then help the children search 3 Nephi 11:3 for descriptions of the voice from heaven. Why doesn’t God speak to us in a “loud” or “harsh” voice? What can we do to hear Him better?
Activity Suggestion from the Ensign:
Opening Our Ears
Read 3 Nephi 11:3–7 together. Before Jesus Christ appeared to the people in Bountiful, they had to “open their ears” to the words of God.
Invite everyone to turn to each other and talk about their day.
Meanwhile, have someone softly read 3 Nephi 11:7. Then ask the group if they can repeat what was said.
Read the scripture again, this time with everyone listening quietly. Now repeat the verse together.
Discussion: Why was it easier to remember the verse the second time? How can we eliminate distractions and “open our ears” to the Spirit this week?
Individual Study & Extension
Watch or Listen To:
- John Welch Notes: Learn about the Book of Mormon with verse by verse commentaries from renowned Book of Mormon scholar.
- Come Unto Christ: Eyring
- What Caused the Darkness and Destruction in the 34th Year?
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