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Come Follow Me: Book of Mormon, Teaching Ideas and Free Resources
ALMA 13 – 16
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.
- How do you feel about the priesthood as you ponder these truths?
- How have priesthood ordinances helped you look to Christ for redemption?
You might wonder, as many do, why terrible things happen to people who are trying to live righteously. You may not find all the answers to this difficult question in Alma 14, but there is much to learn from the way Alma and Amulek responded to the situations they faced. What do their words and actions teach you about why the Lord sometimes allows righteous people to suffer?
What do you learn from them about facing persecution? See also Matthew 5:43–44; Mark 14:55–65; Romans 8:35–39; 1 Peter 4:12–14; Doctrine and Covenants 122:5–9.
- It might be interesting to make a list of the things Amulek gave up to embrace the gospel (see Alma 10:4–5; 15:16) and compare it to a list of what he gained (see Alma 15:18; 16:13–15; 34:8). What are you willing to sacrifice in order to become a more faithful disciple?
- Your family might benefit from noting every time the word “rest” appears in Alma 13. What other words and ideas appear with it?
- How does this help us understand what “the rest of the Lord” might mean?
- How is it different from physical rest? How do we feel when we are dirty?
- How do we feel when we become clean again?
- How are these feelings similar to what we feel when we sin and then repent and become clean through the Savior’s Atonement?
- What do we learn from Zeezrom’s experience about the Lord’s power to strengthen and heal us, even when we make mistakes?
- What role can the priesthood play in our receiving His strength and healing?
- After reading these verses, you might read Alma 9:4. What do we learn by contrasting the way Zoram felt about the prophet’s words with the way the people of Ammonihah felt?
- What are we doing to be faithful to the words of our living prophet?
My focus for this week has everything to do with the idea of STRUGGLE. Do me a favor and add this talk to your individual study. There is SO much depth, I’ve listened to it multiple times and am yet to feel like I have a good handle on this. Not to mention I think this is one of the greatest talks given by a woman over the pulpit… As do the Historians that put together the, “At the Pulpit” discourses book!
Click Here to read the Theology of Suffering by Francine R. Bennion
***If you’re like me and have trouble finding time to stop and read… there is also an original recording you can listen to at the link above. Let me know what you think in the comments!
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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 the Priesthood. 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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If you have trouble finding the activity from the link above this one is a direct link, however, please remember to subscribe to Latter Day Kids as a way to THANK them for sharing their talents FREELY.
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Drawn In: Free Sample of Subscription Videos
The ONLY Paid Subscription I use for Come Follow Me
I’ve recently teamed up with David Bowman artist, author and creator of the Drawn-In Video Subscription to bring a discount to all Living on Lemon Lane readers. This is the ONLY Paid Come Follow Me product that I have a subscription to, and it is worth every cent. Each week you get TWO engaging and fun videos (around 20 minutes long each!) as well as exclusive content and printables! Like his books, instead of just introducing the scripture story he explains a principle, then takes it a step further by exploring APPLICATION. Click here to watch his Free Videos, If you’re interested make sure to use the promo code LEMONLANE10 at checkout to recieve 10% off of the yearly membership!
Click Here to Learn More, Use Code LEMONLANE10 for an exclusive discount off the yearly membership!Head to davidbowmanart.com to watch more FREE episodes and learn more about subscribing ($4.95 per month – gets you 2 episodes PER WEEK that go directly with Come Follow Me as well as supplemental PDF print outs)
Wonderful Podcast geared towards younger (Primary) reviewing some of the chapters this week.
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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.
- 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.
- Scriptural Giants: A Change of Heart, Alma 13-15
- Encounter in Ammonihah
- No Joy Without the Struggle
- Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen? Video Included
- When Good Things Happen to Others and Bad Things Happen to You
- 5 Scriptures that Will Get You through almost Anything- John Bytheway
Activity Suggestion from Ensign: Prison Break
Read Alma 14:17–18, 26–28 together. After Alma and Amulek were wrongly imprisoned, God gave them strength to break free.
Build a pretend prison with blankets, cushions, or pillows.
Let each family member take a turn acting out the scripture story by being in prison and breaking free.
After each person breaks free, have them share one way God has helped them in real life.
Discussion: Alma and Amulek used their freedom to continue teaching people about the gospel. How can we help others with what God has given us?
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Individual Study & Extension
Watch or Listen To:
Click Here to read or listen to the Theology of Suffering by Francine R. Bennion
- John Welch Notes: Learn about the Book of Mormon with verse by verse commentaries from renowned Book of Mormon scholar.
- Learn From Alma and Amulek: Uchdorft
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