Top

COME FOLLOW ME: BOOK OF MORMON-TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES | ALMA 32 – 35

TO STAY UP TO DATE, MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW @LIVINGONLEMONLANE ON INSTAGRAM!

Make sure to tag a friend to help spread the word. 

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

ALMA 32 – 35

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.

  • As you read Alma 32:1–16, think about how you prepare to hear the word of God. What experiences have humbled you?

    • What have you done to become more humble? These verses could teach you how to choose humility rather than be compelled to be humble. For example, what is the difference between being “poor as to things of the world” and being “poor in heart”? (verse 3).

    • What does it mean to “humble [yourself] because of the word”? (verse 14).

  • Why do you think Alma spoke about planting a seed in response to the Zoramites’ questions about worship?
    • What is the seed that Alma spoke of? (see Alma 32:2833:22–23). As you read Alma 32:17–43, note words and phrases that help you understand how to exercise faith in Jesus Christ and His word.
    • What do you learn about what faith is and what it is not? Then, as you read chapters 33–34, search for answers to the Zoramites’ question “How [do we] plant the seed?” (Alma 33:1).
  • (see Alma 31:12–23). How will the things you learn from these verses affect the way you pray and worship?
  • As you read Alma 34:30–41, consider how you might “improve [your] time while in this life” (verse 33). How can repentance and patience help you prepare to meet God? Are there changes you need to make that you have been procrastinating? Be sure to act on any spiritual impressions you receive.
  • Alma 32:9–1133:2–1134:38–39  What would it be like if we were allowed to worship and pray only on Sunday? As you read these verses together, family members could discuss how they can worship every day and why they are thankful that they can.
  • Alma 34:31 What experiences have shown us that when we repent, we begin “immediately” to experience the blessings of the plan of redemption?
  • Alma 34:33–35 Does your family know what it means to procrastinate? Maybe someone can share examples of procrastination and its negative consequences. What does it mean to “procrastinate the day of [our] repentance”?

 

Lesson:

We’re taking it back to one of my favorite Elementary school Activities for this week’s 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!

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.

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.

 

Germinate a Seed or Bean in a Ziplock Bag

Step 1

Wet a paper towel. Squeeze most of the water out.

Step 2

Fold the paper towel to fit into the Ziploc bag. Place in the bag.

Step 3

Insert one or beans, seeds…etc per bag in between the paper towel and the side of the bag. Do not seal the bag completely.

Step 4

Tape the bag to a sunny window, with the bean or seed facing the window.

Step 5

Monitor the Ziploc bag, making sure that the paper towel stays moist while the bean/seed sprouts. Pinto beans will germinate quickly, sometimes overnight.

Step 6

Plant the bean sprout in a paper cup with potting soil or in the garden. Handle the root gently. It breaks easily. Water the sprout thoroughly after planting.

Lesson Suggestion from Come Follow Me:

Maybe each family member could plant a seed and discuss what we need to do to help it grow. Over the coming weeks you could check on your seeds and remind each other of the need to continually nourish our testimonies.

Because I can’t help myself and it seems to tie in so perfectly I wanted to share an excerpt from a favorite book that I would read with my students while teaching 5th grade. This excerpt in my mind ties back last week’s lesson perfectly. The idea that ALL things denote there is a God. This excerpt is from the novel, “The City of Ember.” Essentially, a community is living in secluded darkness, their survival depends on resources, food, supplies, and electric systems that were set up by their ancestors. This snippet comes from a dialogue between the main character Lina and her friend|gardener Clary.

This dialogue, though insignificant has always been my favorite part of the story. There is life in that little bean or seed. Something inside it that acts in perfect obedience to the laws set upon it.

The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the bearth, and call things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its dmotion, yea, and also all the eplanets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.

 

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.

Click Here to access this week’s Printables and Activities

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. 

Click here to subscribe to Latter Day Kids

 

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 receive 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.

If you are having trouble getting the podcast to play, try this link!

Read:

Activity

Come Follow Me Suggestions:

  • 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.

  • Draw a tree on the board, and let the children add a leaf or a fruit every time they think of something they can do to help their faith in Jesus Christ grow. Invite them to do simple actions to represent the things they thought of.

  • Sing a song that teaches the children about prayer, such as “A Child’s Prayer” or “We Bow Our Heads” (Children’s Songbook, 12–13, 25). Help them notice what the song teaches about prayer.

Click Here to Download the Coloring Page

Click Here to Download the Coloring Page

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. 

Click Here for the Free Living Scripture Lesson Plan this Week

Read:

Activity Suggestions:

Come Follow Me Suggestions:

Alma 32:28–43: A picture of a tree accompanies this outline; you might use it to illustrate Alma’s words in these verses. Or your family could go for a walk to find plants at different stages of growth and read verses from Alma 32 that compare a growing plant to our faith. Maybe each family member could plant a seed and discuss what we need to do to help it grow. Over the coming weeks you could check on your seeds and remind each other of the need to continually nourish our testimonies.

*** 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!

Activity Suggestion from Ensign: Alma 32:26–43 (July 13–19)

Testimony Art Show

Alma compared the word of God to a seed. He explained that if we exercise faith to plant the seed in our hearts and nourish it, it will grow little by little into a tree that bears delicious fruit.

  1. Give each family member art supplies, like paper and crayons.

  2. Listen to Alma 32 on the Gospel Library app or on the Church website. While listening, invite everyone to draw a plant that represents how strong and healthy they want their testimony to be.

  3. Hang these pictures somewhere you’ll see them during the week.

Discussion: What can we do to help plants grow strong? How can we help our testimonies grow? How does a strong testimony bless our lives?

Click Here to Download the Infographic

 

Individual Study & Extension

Watch or Listen To:

 

Read:

:MOST IMPORTANT PART:

Comment below and share YOUR favorite resources for this week of Come Follow Me in the Book of Mormon. Join the conversation on @livingonlemonlane on Instagram and stay updated on new blog posts!  If you enjoyed this PLEASE SHARE! Till next week.

Comments

  1. Thanks for all of your great ideas! I can’t get the scripture stories stories and inspiration for children podcast to play. Any tips or tricks to get the podcast to work. Or is there a way to find the original podcast? I am very interested in trying it with my kids.

    • Absolutely! Thanks for letting me know the podcast player wasn’t working. Finding that podcast is actually quite a goose chase! I just added a link to the original podcast from the Church’s website. Hoping you have more luck with this one! This podcast is a favorite amongst my kiddos.

MAGNOLIA THEME IS HERE, and she’s so pretty! Snag it now at its lowest price💛 These kits include templates for everything you need for a Virtual Open House or Digital Meet the Teacher! All text is editable, interactive dice roll slide, blank slides are included, and printable versions of appropriate slides are included!
.
.
.
When do you head back to school, and what will school look like for you? COMMENT BELOW 🍋
...

9 years later and you’re still the best choice I’ve ever made and continue to make each day. Happy Anniversary my love, there’s no one I’d rather do this whole life thing with. Also can you even handle this poppy field, bet you can’t guess one of my top 3 favorite flowers of all time...
The more I garden, the more I fall in love with poppies💛
.
Drop your favorite flower in the comments!
.
Only a few more hours to enter my FLASH GIVEAWAYS! All #distancelearning Resources! Head to my story to learn more!
.
🍋
.

📸: @kenlem24
...

Distance Learning FLASH GIVEAWAY #4 I’m so excited to share the new Digital, Distance Learning products with you! Each of my Distance Learning products include a printable counterpart so you can adapt to no matter what this school year brings!
.
🍋
.
Next up on the Giveaway 🚂 is The MAMMOTH Reading Comprehension Resource! All of the products in this bundle are **Strategy Focused (Individual Elements of Fiction, & Active Reading Strategies) **Editable, and available as both DIGITAL or Printable. Assign with ANY text, novel, digital passage, or website article! Individually, this product would cost well over 100$ however with bundling it’s priced at a 1/3 of that! Head to the website to learn more, and enter below to snag this gargantuan product for FREE!
.
🍋
.
Entering this Product Giveaway is EASY PEASY 🍋 SQUEEZY!
1. Like this photo
2. Comment your FAVORITE Novel to introduce to your class #classroomlibrary
.
🍋
.
3. Tag a friend for an additional entry!
4. SHARE this post to your story for an additional 10 ENTRIES!
.
🍋
.
Head to my story to learn more about this resource and the other digital products I’ll be giving away today!
.
🍋
.
Winners of all product FLASH Giveaways will be announced at 6:00pm 🏔 time!
...

Distance Learning GIVEAWAY #2!
I’m so excited to share the new Digital, Distance Learning products with you! Each of my Distance Learning products include a printable counterpart so you can adapt to no matter what this school year brings!
.
🍋
.
Informational Text Breakdown BUNDLE! This bundle includes both the BEST SELLING Printable, (3rd - 12th) [Don’t believe me... check out the reviews] as well as the newly added DIGITAL Informational Text Breakdown and virtual 🎲 Roll and Respond Page! These are WONDERFUL.
Pair with any text, (I’ve included all my favorite online sources for non-fiction, leveled, FREE passages!) send students on a a Text Feature Scavenger Hunt, identify Author’s Purpose, content related vocabulary, and MORE all jam packed into a single page meant to be used over and over and over again!
.
🍋
.
Entering this Product Giveaway is EASY PEASY 🍋 SQUEEZY!
1. Like this photo
2. Comment your FAVORITE tool, website, or resource for Distance Learning and explain WHY #helpeachother
.
🍋
.
3. Tag a friend for an additional entry!
4. SHARE this post to your story for an additional 10 ENTRIES!
.
🍋
.
Head to my story to learn more about this resource and the other digital products I’ll be giving away today!
.
🍋
.
Winners of all product FLASH Giveaways will be announced at 6:00pm 🏔 time!
...

Let’s do a GIVEAWAY!!! I’m so excited to share the new Digital, Distance Learning products with you! Each of my Distance Learning products include a printable counterpart so you can adapt to no matter what this school year brings!
.
🍋
.
Let’s start with my virtual Math About Me BUNDLE! This bundle includes both the Best-Selling Printable (3rd-6th) In the Numbers (5th grade and Up) as well as their newly added DIGITAL Math About Me counterparts! This is the PERFECT way to spend the first day or Math, all while you get to know your students through numbers!
.
🍋
.
Entering this Product Giveaway is EASY PEASY 🍋 SQUEEZY!
1. Like this photo
2. Comment what you’re most looking forward to this school year #spreadpositivity
.
🍋
.
3. Tag a friend for an additional entry!
4. SHARE this post to your story for an additional 10 ENTRIES!
.
🍋
.
Head to my story to learn more about this resource and the other digital products I’ll be giving away today!
.
🍋
.
Winners of all product FLASH Giveaways will be announced at 6:00pm 🏔 time!
...

LOTS of great resources, ideas and activities for your Come Follow Me Lesson this week! Head to the website to see resources and ideas from a few of my favorites like @savingtalents @latterdaykids @cmlgill @livingscriptures @davidbowmanart
ALL FREE, and ALL WONDERFUL!
.
.
.
📸 credit: @hollyshome
...

We are people of peace. We are followers of the Christ who was and is the Prince of Peace. But there are times when we must stand up for right and decency, for freedom and civilization, just as Moroni rallied his people in his day to the defense of their wives, their children, and the cause of liberty (see Alma 48:10)
-Gordon B. Hinkley
...

Today was strange, and uncomfortable, and unfamiliar. However, strangely, at the same time, it felt like being home. I long for the day when we can resume meeting regularly for worship as Ward families. Until then, I notice a strength amid our adaptations.
Until then, I hope I never forget the moments of peace, and unity that were felt as we worshipped in our home.
Until then, I hope I never take for granted the things that once were familiar.
Until then, I am grateful for a gracious and loving Heavenly Father that is aware of and delivers His children.
...

Loving this idea from @livingscriptures for creating a scale to help teach the idea of Justice and Mercy for Come Follow Me this week! Head to the website to see other FREE resources, printables and videos this week💛 ...

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.”

-Boyd K. Packer
...

I’ve got TWO Free Downloads for your #comefollowme study this week, on top of all of the other fantastic and FREE Resources already available. I was hoping to find a worksheet of sorts that would allow the learner to essentially experience, and breakdown the Alma 36 chiasmus. When I couldn’t find anything, I felt that I should take the time to create it. To truly appreciate the intricacies found in this chapter, one needs to devote the time and attention these scriptures deserve. I feel this graphic organizer|worksheet will do just that. This free download includes different 3 forms.
.
.
.
Head to the website to learn more!
...

FREE Download for Come Follow Me this week💛 Head to the website, I WANT to hear your thoughts on the lesson I’ve suggested to focus on. Use the printable and activity for your individual study or family. Consider making drop off kits for #activitydays #youngmen or #youngwomen #ldsmutual
Consider these questions from the FREE printable pictured:
🍋
What are some of the examples given of small & simple things we can do that will result in spiritual uplift and growth? Can you think of others?
🍋
How has one of these small & simple things blessed your life?
🍋
Do you feel something nudging you toward self-improvement/repentance while reading above? What’s one small & simple thing you can start doing?
“Another source of spiritual uplift and growth is an ongoing practice of repenting, even of seemingly small transgressions. Our own inspired self-evaluations can help us see how we have fallen short and how we can do better.”
🍋
What are some of the blessings and promises given to those that apply the spiritual pattern of small and simple things? Have you seen this in your own life?
...

I’m SO excited to share this week’s round up of FREE, Come Follow Me Resources!
Head to the website NOW, and tag a friend in the comments 💛💛
-
-

“Those “seemingly insignificant” private decisions include how we use our time, what we view on television and the internet, what we read, the art and music with which we surround ourselves at work and at home, what we seek for entertainment, and how we apply our commitment to be honest and truthful. Another seemingly small and simple thing is being civil and cheerful in our personal interactions.” President Oaks
...

Awesome, FREE resources for this week’s Come Follow Me Lesson! I’ve added my favorites to the website💛 Head to the website to learn more, tag a friend in the comments 🍋🍋🍋 ...

“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!
.
.
.
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.
.
.
.

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.
...

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!
.
.
.
Tag a friend below!
...

“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.””
...