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COME FOLLOW ME: BOOK OF MORMON-TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES | ALMA 36-38

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

ALMA 36-38

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 has this truth affected you?
  • How does this account of repentance and forgiveness inspire you to follow Alma’s example and turn to the Savior?
  • Have you ever thought about what a miracle and blessing it is to have the scriptures today?As you read Alma 37, look for the blessings that come from having the scriptures.
    • How have you experienced these blessings?
    • How can we use the scriptures to help “show forth [God’s] power unto future generations”? (Alma 37:18).
  • In Alma 37:38–47, Alma compares “the word of Christ” to the Liahona. As you ponder this comparison, reflect on the ways you have experienced the miracle and power of Christ’s teachings “day by day”
  • As you read Alma 37:6–7, ponder and record ways you’ve seen this principle at work in your life. What are some small and simple things the Lord uses to bless you and accomplish His work?
  • From Alma 36:5–26 that teaches about being “born of God.” What do we learn from these verses? Perhaps family members could share how they have applied the principles Alma described.
  • Alma 36:18–21, 24 How could we use these verses to help someone see that repentance is a joyful experience, not a dreadful one? How can repentance inspire us to share the gospel with others?
  • What are some of the “small and simple things” (Alma 37:6) that bring about great things in our lives?
    • In what ways is the word of Christ like the Liahona?
    • How can we help each other study the scriptures more diligently?
  • Why is it wise to learn to keep the commandments while “in [our] youth”?
  • Does your family know what a bridle is? Maybe you could show them a picture of one and talk about how it is used to control an animal.
    • What does it mean to “bridle [our] passions”?
    • How does bridling our passions help us be “filled with love”?

Lesson:

I was excited to find that this week’s Come Follow Me Lesson included one of my favorite scriptures that was the center of a favorite Relief Society Lesson I had once prepared to teach.

While preparing this lesson, I had what I can only attribute to as a spiritual insight with how to introduce the lesson. I began this lesson as an Inquiry Lesson, meaning the lesson begins with questions posed, problems, or scenarios, and then it is up to the learner to find the answers, make the connections, or essentially to identify the lesson’s objective without it being told to them. I’ll try and introduce the ideas I’d like to share with you in the same way:

Below you will find one of my favorite paintings, “ Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (By Georges Seurat)”

 

Take a moment just to observe the painting.

  • What do you see?
  • What do you notice?
  • Does the painting evoke any emotion, memory…etc.
  • What do you notice about this painting that is unlike other paintings?
  • Observe the images of the painting below, what do you notice now?

What you are observing is a painting technique known as pointillism:

“One form of painting that developed in the late 1800s involves using tiny dots of primary colors (Red, Yellow, Blue) to create pictures in which secondary colors can be seen. This technique is called pointillism, and it was first used to describe the work of French artist Georges Seurat.

Pointillism is often considered part of the Post-impressionist movement. It was primarily invented by painters George Seurat and Paul Signac. While Impressionists used small dabs of paint as part of their technique, Pointillism took this to the next level using only small dots of pure color to compose an entire painting. –Wonderopolis

This painting is by far the most famous of the Pointillism paintings. It was George Seurat’s masterpiece. It is over 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Every bit of the painting is done with tiny little dots of pure color. Seurat worked on it for around two years. You can see it today at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

    • 1999:    In the first of the evening’s blockbuster sales, Seurat’s “Island of the Grand Jatte” (1884) sold for $35.2 million, including commissions.  With inflation being around 55.6 million today
    • Estimated 3,456,000 dots make up the painting. 
    • Seurat called the style of painting Divisionism when he invented it, but the name was changed over time.
    • The smaller the dots, the clearer the painting and the sharper the lines, just like with the screen resolution on a computer monitor.
    • In many ways, Pointillism was as much a science as an art.
    • Vincent Van Gogh experimented with the Pointillism technique. It is evident in his 1887 self-portrait.
    • The style often used dots of complementary colors to make their subjects more vibrant. Complementary colors are colors of the opposite hue, for example, red and green or blue and orange.

Now, with that introduction to pointillism… how does this relate to the scripture found in Alma 37:6

Now ye may suppose that this is afoolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by bsmall and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.

Above is the graphic organizer I created to help guide the Relief Society lesson mentioned above. I’ve uploaded this handout/graphic organizer as a free download for you. This would implement perfectly with Come Follow Me this week for your family or individual study or a lesson within your auxiliary. This FREE Download includes the depictions of “ Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (By Georges Seurat)” as well as my notes on pointillism.

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 (FREE) if interested in sharing this download with a different household.

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Consider these questions & quotes as you consider how the idea of pointillism relates to the gospel theme of Small & Simple Things: (These questions & quotes, as well as others, can be found on the free graphic organizer above.) 

  • We are taught many small and simple things in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to be reminded that in total and over a significant period of time, these seemingly small things bring to pass great things.”
  • 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?
  • Though each of these practices may seem to be small and simple, over time they result in powerful spiritual uplift and growth. Why is this a result:
  • How has one of these small & simple things blessed your life?
  • “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.”
  • 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.”
  • “At the same time, we must be aware that Satan will use small and simple things to lead us into despair and misery.” – M. Russel Ballard
  • “The spiritual pattern of small and simple things bringing forth great things produces firmness and steadfastness, deepening devotion, and more complete conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel.”             -David A. Bednar
  • 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?

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Comment below your takeaways, insight, and thoughts when relating the concept of pointillism to the Gospel Concept of Small & Simple Things. ****This was the BEST part of the Relief Society lesson.

I could list off my ideas and thoughts and insight, but I promise the best insight and ideas will come from your ideas shared in the comments below!

The talk I used to guide and base this lesson was, “Small & Simple Things” by Oaks. This is arguably one of my favorite addresses given by President Oaks. You will notice many of the quotes I used on the FREE graphic organizer above were taken directly from this address.

Consider adding this video segment of his address to your lesson:

Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (By Georges Seurat)” isn’t a favorite painting of mine because I love the colors or the scenery or even the very literal image of the painting itself. This is ironic because it is these requirements that determine other favorite art pieces. No, this painting by  Seurat is a favorite because of what you see when you look closely. In fact, its a favorite for what I see that’s not even there… It is a favorite because of the reminder that our finished live’s masterpiece will be made up of the small & simple strokes, compounded over time. Though the strokes are small and simple, each is intentional.

Lesson Extensions:

Consider having your children or students practice pointillism while creating, coloring, or painting the Liahona. For younger children, I would use the Free Liahona coloring page below, along with q-tips and paint! A blank piece of paper is perfect for older children and teens. Instead of using q tips try fine point markers. Also, consider making their piece of paper smaller to concentrate their work and dots. As your students or children work on their pointillism art. Discuss ideas such as what the dots could represent in their lives. Consider gospel habits we are asked to keep. What about this quote: 

“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.”

Discuss the beauty and detail of the piece when their are more small and simple dots as opposed to few. Consider the idea of how even though each dot is small and simple, it takes thought and intent of where to place it. Again… How does this relate to our own lives and the idea found in Alma 37?

Now ye may suppose that this is afoolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by bsmall and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.

 

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Chiasmus Alma 36 Breakdown Activity

In Alma 36 we come across one of the most intricate and beautiful examples of a chiasmus found in the Book of Mormon, let alone known. The ENTIRE chapter of Alma 36 is written in this ancient, poetic form.

“In his blessing to his son Helaman, Alma uses chiasmus in recounting his conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. This chart illustrates the deep structure of Alma 36. Jesus Christ is the crux of the chiasm, just as he is the center of the gospel and the only means whereby salvation can be attained. The turning point in Alma’s conversion was not the appearance of the angel or the fear of eternal banishment, but calling on the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Fittingly, Alma makes this spiritual turning point the literary focal point of this entire chapter, one of the finest examples of chiastic composition anywhere in world literature.”

John W. Welch

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, and add this as a second activity you could do with your students or family.

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 3 forms.

  1. The first is a color-coded key that relates each parallel line, underlines the commonalities, and highlights the contrasts. This is best for observing and noticing.
  2. The second is more of a worksheet. The verses and words are listed but it is up to the reader to color code the parallel lines, underline the commonalities of each line, and highlight the contrasts found in the parallelism.
  3. Lastly, is a less supported version. This one requires the reader to discover the parallel statement in the verses that follow the turning point. As well as what the learner was required to do in the second version.

This may sound complicated, but with the color-coded key supporting your guidance, this should be very straight forward, and extremely eye-opening! Honestly, my appreciation for this chapter of scripture was increased as I worked on creating the key. It is one thing to know that the Book of Mormon includes text that follows the ancient poetic literary form known as Chiasmus. It is another to study scripture and understand the depth, complexity, and beauty found.

There will be some that argue and belittle by saying technically chiasmus can be found in many types of literature like speeches, or even children’s literature like Dr. Seuss. If you take this comment at face value with no experience to combat it these little things can be faith shaking, and hopefully promote spiritual searching and study.  However, when|if you’ve taken the time to study this chapter there is spiritual insight and solid ground that can be gained.

I love physical, concrete evidence of the Book of Mormon. However, have learned that those things are simply a cherry on top. I truly believe there will never be enough physical, concrete evidence to prove without a doubt the Book of Mormon’s legitimacy, just as I believe there will never be enough physical, concrete evidence to disprove it. What is the point of faith in either case? The validity was always meant to be searched out spiritually.

My hope is that you study this physical evidence of the Book of Mormon’s validity you will also gain spiritual insight, that this chapter wasn’t authored by a young farm boy, rather, translated. Little else matters when that spiritual insight is gained.

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Below I will include a few of my favorite resources to aid your study of chiasmus and this chapter:

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Education Week Address by John Welch, credited with discovering chiasmus in the Book of Mormon

 

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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.)

Cute video put out by the Church about friendship & forgiveness 

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

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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.

Try this link if you’re having trouble playing the podcast:

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Activity

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Come Follow Me Suggestions:

  • Read Alma 37:6–7, and invite the children to crouch down every time you read the word “small.” Show them a few small things that can make big things happen or move big things, such as a battery or a car key. What big things happen or move because of these small things? Help the children think of some small or simple things God wants us to do. What big things can happen because of these small or simple commandments?

  • Show a picture or two of small things that accumulate into big things, such as a blade of grass and a field, or a raindrop and a lake. Testify that even small, simple actions can make a big difference in our lives and in the lives of others. Encourage the children to talk about some simple, good things they do every day, or share your own examples. Invite the children to pick one simple, good thing they can do this week and to draw a picture of themselves doing it. Invite them to take their drawings home and share them with their families.

  • Small Things For Alma 36–38 Read Alma 37:6 together. Crouch down when you hear the word “small” and jump up and spread your arms wide when you hear the word “great.” You could use the scripture verse or repeat the phrase, “Small things can make a great difference!” Talk about how small things like reading the scriptures or praying can make a great difference.

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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. 

Click Here for the Free Living Scripture Lesson Plan this Week

 

 

CLICK HERE: Listen to the Podcast: Stories from General Conference: Repentance

 

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Activity Suggestions:

 

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Activity Suggestion from Ensign: 

Alma 37:38–47 (July 20–26) Liahona Treasure Hunt

Read Alma 37:38–40 together, which describes the Liahona. When Lehi’s family was faithful, the Lord used this compass to guide them.

  1. Draw a circle with an arrow in it. Ask someone to hold this pretend Liahona.

  2. Pick a small object to use as treasure. Have someone leave the room while the rest hide the treasure. Then ask the person to come back in the room and try to find it.

  3. If that person shares one way they can keep the commandments this week, the person with the Liahona can point them toward the treasure.

  4. Each person takes a turn searching and holding the Liahona.

Discussion: How does God try to lead and guide us in our lives? When have you felt that God was guiding you? For additional insights, read and discuss Alma 37:41–47.

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Individual Study & Extension

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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.

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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments...”
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments.
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“The Bible Dictionary states, "Grace is an enabling power.”
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments...”
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments.
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“The Bible Dictionary states, "Grace is an enabling power.”
-Brad Wilcox, His Grace is Sufficient
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Gracelyn Jo
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments...”
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments.
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“The Bible Dictionary states, "Grace is an enabling power.”
-Brad Wilcox, His Grace is Sufficient
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Had to share Emily’s post and this piece titled “The Refiner’s Fire”

@emilyshayart 2020 has been a YEAR.
Personally, it tops the charts.
My family has been drastically and painfully altered, bringing overwhelming heartache.

And yet, considering a piece of rough ore- a rock encased with minerals which naturally contains impurities. With those impurities, it also carries within it precious metals such as silver and gold. For the refiner to create something out of that piece of ore, he needs to begin the refining process by breaking the ore with a heavy hammer. The ore then must be exposed to the refiner’s fire, with temperatures as high as 900-1000 degrees Celsius, in order to burn away the impurities and reveal the precious metal inside.
God refines us by allowing us to go through painful trials and difficulties. One might think, “What is the purpose of letting Their children suffer if They truly love us?” Is it possible- one way to look at this allegory is to help us understand the purpose beyond our pain- to expose and purify the greatness within?
Could there be a gold and silver lining to the trials we are experiencing? By clinging to hope, persevering in faith and trusting in the Master Refiner’s perfect plan, we are refined in the fire.

In this painting there are a few things I’d like to point out:
⁃ with the support of Jesus Christ and heaven raining down tender mercy to keep her from burning, she is safe, cool and unconsumed.
⁃ by accepting such love and support, this brings new growth – beautiful fiery growth.
⁃ Christ’s halo is made of all colors of the flame, as he takes on every and all impurities.

“I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say ‘The Lord is our God.’” Zech. 13:9

“Adversity should not be viewed as either disfavor from the Lord or a withdrawal of his blessings. Opposition in all things is part of the Refiner’s Fire to prepare us for an eternal celestial destiny.” -Quintin L. Cook

“God would not put you through a refiner’s fire if you were not worth refining.” -Brad Wilcox
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We’re BACK! Thank you so much for your kindness and patience as we took a brief pause to prepare for and welcome our sweetest new addition. THANK you to so many of you who reached out and checked in on us, to know that you have looked forward to and used these posts and even missed them...made me eager to return. ...

Excerpt from a personal post 💛 Thank you all for your patience as we welcome the newest member of our little family🍓
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2020 the Year of the Poppies
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“... You may not know this about me, but I love gardening, especially flower gardens. I'm no good at it, and again my good intentions out do any action on my part, leaving an often neglected and overgrown sight, however, I still love it and love learning, reading, and experimenting with different blooms. One of my favorite flowers is a poppy. I think there is so much to be said about and learned from these flowers. From the alien-like tubers you plant, to the fury foliage it produces, one would NEVER think that something so weed-like could ever produce such a gorgeous sight... And then... It does. Is that not life? Is that not 2020? This year has been hard for everyone, especially for some that I love the most, and yet despite everything, there has been beauty.

I truly believe that some of life’s most beautiful moments are produced after the hard or ugly. Is that not the Gospel and Hope found in Christ? Through His Grace the hard and ugly things we go through can actually be the source of something really beautiful, something better than we could have imagined, even a better version of ourself? 2020 has been hard, it’s still hard. But because of that hardness I’ve seen growth and light and beauty that I never would have expected. From repaired and renewed relationships, to a new focus on family and what’s really important, to things working out when they shouldn’t, to a beautiful new addition to our family... The increase is through Him. I think for me 2020 will always be the year of the poppies.
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Excerpt from a personal post 💛 Thank you all for your patience as I’ve taken a break from weekly posts as our family has welcomed its newest arrival.
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You may not know this about me, but I love gardening, especially flower gardens. I'm no good at it, and again my good intentions out do any action on my part, leaving an often neglected and overgrown sight, however, I still love it and love learning, reading, and experimenting with different blooms. One of my favorite flowers is a poppy. I think there is so much to be said about and learned from these flowers. From the alien-like tubers you plant, to the fury foliage it produces, one would NEVER think that something so weed-like could ever produce such a gorgeous sight... And then... It does. Is that not life? Is that not 2020? This year has been hard for everyone, especially for some that I love the most, and yet despite everything, there has been beauty.
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I truly believe that some of life’s most beautiful moments are produced after the hard or ugly. Is that not the Gospel and Hope found in Christ? Through His Grace the hard and ugly things we go through can actually be the source of something really beautiful, something better than we could have imagined, even a better version of ourself?
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I think for me, 2020 will always be the year of the Poppies.
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#generalconference is just around the corner! Snag the link to this FREE paper chain countdown in this week’s post💛 Each chain link includes a QR Code video to watch and complete each day to help your family spiritually prepare 🍋
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“There is a better way to prepare, because great faith has a short shelf life. We could decide to persist in studying the words of Christ in the scriptures and the teachings of living prophets. This is what I will do. I will go back to the Book of Mormon and drink deeply and often. And then I will be grateful for what the prophet’s challenge and promise did to teach me how to gain greater faith and maintain it.”
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What insights did you have while studying #comefollowme this week? Comment below!
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LOVED this post by @tendermercieseverywhere
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Samuel risked it all.⁣

After being kicked out of Zarahemla, he returned to the hard-hearted Nephites, climbed that outer city wall, dodged arrows and stones, and put his life on the line to preach repentance and salvation through Christ.⁣

He prophesied that the Son of God would come to redeem “all those who shall believe on his name.” (Helaman 14:2)⁣
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Believe on His name.⁣

To “believe on His name” is really to believe on His 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘴—and there are over 200 of them throughout the scriptures. Christ’s myriad titles perfectly capture who He is and who He can be in our lives if we’ll only believe. ⁣

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When we need an ally and a friend, He is our ADVOCATE WITH THE FATHER.⁣

When we yearn for a constant in an ever-changing world, He is ALPHA AND OMEGA.⁣

When we are spiritually famished and emotionally fatigued, He is the BREAD OF LIFE.⁣

When we are encompassed by darkness and yearn for the light, He is our BRIGHT AND MORNING STAR.⁣

When we just can’t shake the chains of addiction and sin, He is our DELIVERER.⁣

When our faith is not enough, yet we desire to believe, He is the FINISHER OF OUR FAITH.⁣

When we have wandered and can’t find our way back, He is our GOOD SHEPHERD.⁣

When we need hope for a future that only seems bleak, He is the HIGH PRIEST OF GOOD THINGS TO COME.⁣

When we’re consumed by the mists of darkness, He is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD.⁣

When we grieve, anguish, and cry out, He is the PRINCE OF PEACE.⁣

When we are wounded and seek divine healing, He is our PHYSICIAN.⁣

When we’re ready to be molded into something more, He is the POTTER.⁣

When our souls need reclaiming, He is our REDEEMER.⁣

When the winds of doubt blow us off course—when the waves of trial beat against us—He is our REFUGE FROM THE STORM.⁣

When our world is crumbling, He is our ROCK.⁣

When we need saving, He is our SAVIOR.⁣

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What’s in a name?⁣
What’s in 𝘏𝘪𝘴 name?⁣
Everything you and I will ever need.⁣
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What is your favorite title for Jesus Christ?
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“As a prophet reveals the truth it divides the people. The honest in heart heed his words, but the unrighteous either ignore the prophet or fight him. When the prophet points out the sins of the world, the worldly either want to close the mouth of the prophet or else act as if the prophet didn’t exist, rather than repent of their sins. Popularity is never a test of truth. Many a prophet has been killed or cast out. As we come closer to the Lord’s second coming, you can expect that as the people of the world become more wicked, the prophet will be less popular with them”

– President Ezra Taft Benson
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Excited to share these two FREE activities with you this week! So a chronological sort of the events as you read the account of #samualthelamanite or cut out the symbols that represent the signs Samuel mentioned, hide them, and then ”LOOK” for the signs! This is a great activity that lends well to a follow up discussion on looking for the signs of our Savior’s second coming 💛
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For those of you with kiddos headed back to school, don't forget about this FREE and CUSTOMIZABLE download!
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So very much of pure prayer seems to be the process of first discovering, rather than requesting, the will of our Father in heaven and then aligning ourselves therewith. […] When we do conform to His will, God will pour forth special blessings from heaven upon us, as was the case with Nephi, the son of Helaman” (All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience [1979], 93–94). Elder Neal A. Maxwell ...

The Lord loves effort. Even when our effort feels like it is next to nothing, or all we have left, it is something. I think I’m learning that the Lord not only loves effort, but through the enabling power of our Savior Jesus Christ and His Atonement… that effort can be consecrated and become more than what we ever had to give in the first place. Not only that but the Lord blesses us in our efforts. “When we do conform to His will, God will pour forth special blessings from heaven upon us…” I have felt this. In the tiniest ways, I have felt this.
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Read about my tender mercy on this week’s post.
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Have you ever felt that way?
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Did you download this FREE Printable for your Young Women? This is the perfect little drop off for your girls as they get ready to head back to school💛 Link in Profile, tag a friend with a calling in Young Womens Below 🍋🍋🍋 ...

Loved this excerpt from the #comefollowme manual this week:
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Think about evidences that the Lord has given you. For example, maybe you haven’t literally heard the Lord’s voice, but have you felt “a whisper” from the Holy Ghost that “did pierce even to the very soul”? (Helaman 5:30; see also Doctrine and Covenants 88:66). Perhaps you’ve been in darkness, cried unto God for greater faith, and been “filled with that joy which is unspeakable” (Helaman 5:40–47).
What other experiences have strengthened your faith in Christ and His gospel?
Helaman 5:29–33: What experiences have we had with recognizing the voice of God in our lives?
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The language in Heleman 5:12 has always really intrigued me. Scriptures like this one can become really relevant by simply noticing a single word. In the case of this scripture that powerful word for me is When.

Do you see it? Did the verse become that much more powerful to you by simply paying attention to that single word?

Notice that the verse doesn’t read, “If the devil shall send forth his mighty winds,” or “If all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you…”. The language instead is when.

Hardships, trials, pain, discomfort, and all-out storms WILL come, no amount of righteous living can prevent them… However, if our foundations are firm, and built upon our Savior Jesus Christ… We will not fall. There is peace in that. There is promise in that. There is POWER in that.
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