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COME FOLLOW ME: BOOK OF MORMON-TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES | ALMA 30 – 31

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Come Follow Me: Book of Mormon, Teaching Ideas and Free Resources

ALMA 30-31

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.

  • What “counterfeits [of] the true gospel” do you notice in today’s world? For example, Sister Julie B. Beck, former Relief Society General President, taught, “Any doctrine or principle [we] hear from the world that is antifamily is also anti-Christ”
  • Consider making a list of the false doctrines Korihor taught in Alma 30:6–31. What are some of the consequences of believing these teachings? For instance, what is the result of believing that “when a man [is] dead, that [is] the end thereof”? (Alma 30:18).
    • What false doctrines taught by Korihor are similar to false doctrines you’ve noticed in the world today?
  • What can you learn from Alma’s response to Korihor’s teachings? (see Alma 30:31–35).
  • What do you learn from Alma 31:5 about the power of God’s word?
    • How have you seen the word of God lead “people to do that which [is] just”? (Alma 31:5). Ponder how you can “try” (use or test) the word of God to help someone you love.
  • How do you feel you could be more like Alma?
  • Family members could share what they see that testifies of God. How do these things—or other experiences we’ve had—help us know God is real?
  • What do we learn from Alma 30:56–60 about how the devil treats his followers?
    • What can we do to protect our home against his influence?
  • After reading Alma 31:20–38 with your family, you could discuss the following questions: How was Alma’s prayer different from the prayer of the Zoramites?
    • How can we follow Alma’s example in our personal and family prayers?
  • What are we doing each day in our home to learn about and speak of God?

Lesson:

I’m so excited to get to Alma and Korihor! Here we find what I like to think is my FAVORITE scripture. This little verse packs a punch and really puts into words a very large part of my testimony. ALL things denote there is a God. This was even the verse I chose to share during the 2019 Light the World Campaign.

I was left completely in awe when I saw the work of artist and photographer: Alexey Kljatov. Kljatov specializes in macro photography. Read more about his process or see more of his work here. 

One of the beautiful things about art is that the interpretation and feelings evoked for one person might be completely different and unique for the next. For me, I see God in these pictures. I see precision and geometry, and exactness. I do not see chance, or random happenstance. I see beauty, I see numbers, I see God’s Hand. God is in the details of our lives. It just takes the right lens to see Him sometimes.

Hearing His Voice 

As I came across this week’s reading assignment, I was reminded of the talk, “Hearing His Voice,” by Elder David P. Homer. This was a talk I had previously taught in Relief Society. Often times when I teach I create a graphic organizer for the sisters to complete during the lesson, this helps my brain process how and what I hope to teach. If you would like to download the graphic organizer as well as my notes from this lesson click on the link below!

This talk goes along perfectly with this week’s lesson, and this page can make a perfect companion to your, or your student’s study. *** This FREE Download is exclusive to members of Living on Lemon Lane. In order to access the download, you must be logged in. Not a member? Not a problem! Sign-up is FAST, FREE and Easy-Peasy Lemon Squeezy! Click here to become a member!

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If you do any of these activities PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take pictures and tag me! Post to the Facebook group, or tag @livingonlemonlane on Instagram! Don’t forget to pin these images to your Pinterest. This is a SMALL and SIMPLE way to support the efforts of Living on Lemon Lane and sharing these ideas with your friends and family.

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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Wonderful Podcast geared towards younger (Primary) reviewing some of the chapters this week.

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Activity

Come Follow Me Suggestions:

  • Sing together a song about the scriptures, such as “Scripture Power” (music.ChurchofJesusChrist.org), and ask the children to listen for how the scriptures help us. Repeat the phrase “The word of God is more powerful than …” several times, and ask the children to help you complete the phrase. 

Click Here to Download the Coloring Page

See below for more information about making a Prayer Rock!

Teaching Ideas for Families

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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. 

Click Here for the Free Living Scripture Lesson Plan this Week

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Activity Suggestions:

Come Follow Me Suggestions:

  • Take a walk outside with the children or ask them to stand at a window as you read Alma 30:44. Ask them to point out things they see that help them know God is real. This week’s activity page can also help.

  • MAKE PRAYER ROCKS: After reading Alma 31:20–38 with your family, you could discuss the following questions: How was Alma’s prayer different from the prayer of the Zoramites? How can we follow Alma’s example in our personal and family prayers? Younger children could put a rock under their pillows to help them remember to pray every morning and night. They also might enjoy decorating their rock.

Prayer Rock: 

Making a prayer rock is a great activity! This can be fun for the whole family and across a large span of ages. Essentially a prayer rock acts as a visual and sometimes physical reminder to prayer both morning and night. Making a prayer rock is as simple as finding a rock, cleaning it, letting it dry, and then decorating it! How you decorate it is completely up to you, think: bedazzle, modge podge, paint markers, or even sharpies! You can also give each rock a quick spray of clear acrylic to seal your piece!

Making a prayer rock is also a great activity for the youth, and works especially well as a virtual activity for primary, activity days, young women or young men! If we’re being totally honest I’d even enjoy this for Relief Society! If I were to do this as a virtual activity I would simply drop off the supplies and poem (See Free Download Below) and leave the rock finding and decorating up to the youth. Paint together during a zoom call, or do a zoom call to show and display their works of art.

To round out this activity I created this FREE Rock Prayer coloring page and printable. This is a FREE digital product. Feel free to add your own notes or edits, but remember this is for Personal Use Only. Feel free to point friends and family to the website membership if interested in sharing this download with a different household. *** This FREE Download is exclusive to members of Living on Lemon Lane. In order to access the download, you must be logged in. Not a member? Not a problem! Sign-up is FAST, FREE and Easy-Peasy Lemon Squeezy! Click here to become a member!

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 Read Alma 30:44 and talk about how God created this beautiful world for us. Then play this game to continue thinking about God’s creations.
  • Have each family member write the letters of the alphabet in a list down one side of a paper.

  • For two minutes, everyone should try to write a creation that begins with each letter. For example, you could write “Trees” for the letter T.

  • When time runs out, have everyone share their list.

Discussion: How do these blessings from God make you feel? What can we do to take care of God’s creations?

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Individual Study & Extension

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I have carried with me a great desire to bear testimony of the Lord, Jesus Christ. I have yearned to tell you in as simple terms as I can, what He did, and who He is. Although I know how poor mere words can be, I know also that such feelings are often carried by the spirit, even without words[…] How sweet it is, on those occasions, to be reassured that He lives, and to have my witness reaffirmed. I want, with fervent desire, to show you how our burdens of disappointment, sin, and guilt can be laid before Him, and on His generous terms have each item on the account marked, “Paid in Full.”

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“Your work to grow your testimony is not done—any more than the work of growing a redwood tree is done when the first tiny sprout pokes out of the ground. If we ignore or neglect these early spiritual promptings, if we do not nurture them by continuing to study the scriptures and pray and by seeking more experiences with the Spirit, our feelings will fade and our testimonies will diminish.” ...

We’re taking it back to one of my favorite Elementary school Activities for this week’s Come Follow Me lesson. All you need is a bean, seed, pea…etc of some sort, a plastic bag, wet paper towel, a window and some tape. I loved the activity suggestion from Come Follow Me this week, and thought this Bean Sprout activity would be the perfect way to illustrate it!
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Show the children a seed, and read to them the first few lines of Alma 32:28. Tell the children that the word of God is like a seed. Ask how we help a seed grow. Let the children pretend to plant a seed, water it, and help it grow. Point out that we can’t see the seed after we plant it, but we know it’s there and growing; we also can’t see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, but we know They are real and They love us. Help the children think of things they can do to help their faith in Jesus Christ grow.
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28 Now, we will compare the word unto a aseed. Now, if ye give place, that a bseed may be planted in your cheart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your dunbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to eenlighten my funderstanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
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This talk is the perfect companion to your #comefollowme study this week! I’ve also included a FREE Graphic Organizer to deepen your study! Do this as a family, send to your young men or young women or simply include it in your individual study this week!
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“Mountain climbers commonly refer to altitudes above 8,000 meters as the “death zone” because at those heights there is not enough oxygen to sustain life. There is a spiritual equivalent to the death zone. If we spend too much time in faithless places, seemingly well-intended voices deprive us of the spiritual oxygen we need.
In the Book of Mormon, we read of Korihor, who had such an experience. He enjoyed great popularity because his teachings were “pleasing [to] the carnal mind.” He said that parents and prophets teach foolish traditions designed to limit freedom and perpetuate ignorance. He argued that people should be free to do whatever they choose because commandments are nothing more than conveniently contrived restrictions. To him, belief in the Atonement of Jesus Christ was “the effect of a frenzied mind,” created by belief in a being who could not exist because He could not be seen.
Korihor created so much unrest that he was brought before the chief judge and the high priest. There, he rose “up in great swelling words,” criticizing the leaders and demanding a sign. A sign was given. He was struck so that he could not speak. Korihor then realized he had been deceived, and thinking of precious truths he had abandoned, he lamented, “I always knew.”
Korihor then begged for food until he was trampled to death by a group of Zoramites.The final verse in his story contains this sober reflection: “And thus we see that the devil will not support his children at the last day, but doth speedily drag them down to hell.””
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