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COME FOLLOW ME: BOOK OF MORMON-TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES | ALMA 39 – 42

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

ALMA 39-42

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.

  • Lord” (Alma 39:5). Why is chastity important to you?
    • Why is it important to the Lord?
  • Consider the counsel Alma gave Corianton in Alma 39:8–15. How does it help you further understand the importance of the law of chastity and how to overcome temptation?
  • As you read Alma 39–42 this week, look for evidence of God’s mercy. How has God’s mercy blessed you?
  • What truths did Alma teach in chapters 40–41 that would have been helpful for Corianton—and anybody who has sinned—to understand?
    • How can remembering these truths help you when you feel tempted or are seeking forgiveness?
  • Notice that throughout chapter 40, Alma had several unanswered questions about life after death. What did he do to find answers?
    • What did he do when he didn’t have answers?
  • As you read Alma 42, look for how the Savior’s Atonement makes it possible for you to receive mercy without “rob[bing] justice” (verse 25). What truths do you find in this chapter that help you feel His mercy?
  • Would your family benefit from a discussion about the law of chastity?
  • Ponder how you can help your family understand the blessings of chastity and of intimacy in marriage
  • Alma 39:9–15: What do we learn from these verses about how to avoid sin?

Lesson:

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.”

The Mediator, Boyd K. Packer

This week I wanted to share a text my husband shared in our extended family’s group message, as well as segments from the conversation we’ve had this week.
I found the pattern and repetition of the emphasis on MERCY inspiring this week and last week. Here’s some of the scripture chain I thought worth sharing. 
Alma 32 “whosoever repenteth shall find MERCY; and he that findeth mercy and endureth to the end the same shall be saved.”
Alma 34 “he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of MERCY, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance.
16 And thus MERCY can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety
‘Mercy overpowers justice’
Alma 36 “as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have MERCY on me, who am in the gall of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death.”
LDS definition of Mercy: “Mercy is the compassionate treatment of a person greater than what is deserved, and it is made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Our Heavenly Father knows our weaknesses and sins. He shows mercy when He forgives us of our sins and helps us return to dwell in His presence.
God’s compassion may seem to conflict with the law of justice, which requires that no unclean thing be permitted to dwell with Him (see 1 Nephi 10:21). But the Atonement of Jesus Christ made it possible for God to “be a perfect, just God, and a merciful God also” (Alma 42:15).
The Savior satisfied the demands of justice when He stood in our place and suffered the penalty for our sins. Because of this selfless act, the Father can mercifully withhold punishment from us and welcome us into His presence.
Every blessing we receive is an act of mercy, more than we could ever merit on our own.”

Since he sent out the text above we’ve discussed and pondered this idea of Mercy taught by Alma. As we began to discuss mercy my husband also began to notice the repetitiveness of this Gospel Concept in the book of Alma. What is so interesting is that to our knowledge, every time Alma is teaching a group of people he discusses the idea of Mercy. This lead me to do a rough count of the word “mercy.” When you search the word mercy in the Book of Mormon, it is mentioned 93 times in the 15 books that make up the Book of Mormon, 42 of those times come from the chapters found in Alma. Now Alma is one of the longest books in the Book of Mormon, however to me this makes him even more real. Isn’t it interesting that almost half of the mentions of the word mercy, come from Alma? Arguably someone that had experienced the reality of mercy and justice to one of the greatest extents in scripture. Of course, the idea of mercy would be a reoccurring and POWERFUL principle.

This week I wanted to include additional videos, resources, and activities centered on the idea of Mercy.

 Activities or Object Lessons on Justice | Mercy

Create a Justice & Mercy Scale, Free printable and tutorial from Living Scriptures

Read: Justice | Mercy

Watch or Listen: Justice |Mercy

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

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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.

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

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Activity Suggestions:

Click Here for the Free Living Scripture Lesson Plan this Week

Free Coloring Page & Activity from the Red Crystal Click Here to Download

Come Follow Me Suggestions:

  • Alma 42:4 You could play a game in which pieces of paper with Christlike attributes or gospel principles written on them are scattered around the room. You could see how many pieces of paper family members can gather in a certain amount of time, then discuss how the things written on the papers can help us become more like God. How is the “time granted” to us on earth like the time allotted in this game? How can we use our “probationary time” on earth to become more like the Savior?
  • Alma 42:12–15, 22–24 Perhaps you could illustrate the relationship between justice and mercy by using a drawing of a simple scale to discuss questions like these: What happens to the scale when we sin? What does justice require for the scale to be balanced? How does the Savior meet the demands of justice and make mercy possible?
  • Explain that Shiblon and Corianton were brothers and that Shiblon was a good example for Corianton. Invite the children to repeat this question with you: “Has he not set a good example for thee?” (Alma 39:1). Ask the children to talk about someone who is a good example for them.

    • Play a game or sing a song in which the children follow or imitate you, such as “Do as I’m Doing” (Children’s Songbook, 276). Let each child have a turn being the leader or example. Ask the children how they can be a good example to someone.

    • Show pictures of Jesus doing good things, and explain that He is our perfect example. Explain that we can be good examples, like Jesus was. Invite the children to draw pictures of themselves.

    • Bring a flashlight or a picture of the sun, and compare light to the power of a righteous example. Just as the light from a flashlight or the sun can help us see a path we need to follow, a righteous example shows us what to do in order to follow Heavenly Father. Share an experience when someone’s good example helped you. What can the children do to be a good example to others? Testify that Jesus Christ is our perfect example.
    • Encourage the children to thank a family member who has been a good example to them and to think of one way they can be good examples this week.
  • Without going into detail about the nature of his sins, explain that Corianton made a wrong choice. What could we say to help him? Read to the children what Alma, Corianton’s father, said to him: “Ye should repent and forsake your sins” (Alma 39:9). Tell them that “repent” means that we ask Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to forgive us and help us correct our mistakes and that we then try to be more like Them.

    • Give a child something heavy to hold while you tell a story about someone who did something wrong and felt bad. Tell the children that the object is like the bad feelings we may have when we make a mistake. Take the heavy object from the child as you testify that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ can take away the heavy, bad feelings and help us correct our mistakes when we repent. Sing together a song about repentance, such as “Repentance”(Children’s Songbook, 98).

  • While you read Alma 40:23 aloud, have the children use this week’s activity page to help them visualize what this verse is teaching. Invite each child to use the activity page to teach another child what resurrection is.

    • Show a picture of the resurrected Savior, and teach the children a song about the Resurrection, such as “Did Jesus Really Live Again?” or “He Is Risen” (Children’s Songbook, 64; Hymns, no. 199). Pause periodically to explain the meaning and significance of the words and phrases.

    • Ask the children if someone they know has died. Bear your testimony that someday that person and everyone else will be resurrected because of Jesus Christ. If needed, use this week’s activity page to explain what it means to be resurrected.

Click Here to Download the Coloring Page

Fun and Free Activity Idea from Or So She Says that goes along well with the idea of Wickedness Never Bringing Happiness

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

Read more about Rich Millar’s story here:

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Activity Suggestions:

Activity Suggestion from Ensign: 

Flip a Choice

Alma 42:4 together and talk about how this life is a time for us “to repent and serve God.”

  1. Sit in a circle and give each family member three index cards.

  2. On two of the cards, write good choices. On the third card, write a bad choice.

  3. Turn the cards face down and mix them up in the middle of the circle.

  4. Take turns flipping over one card at a time. When someone reads a good choice, give the person a high-five (or another gesture that means “Good job!” in your culture).

  5. When someone reads a bad choice, the person shares something they could do to repent and serve God instead.

Discussion: Testify that Jesus Christ makes it possible for us to change and become better people. How can we use our time this week to follow Him and serve God?

Click Here to Download the Infographic

Click Here to Download the Infographic based on Alma 39 by Book of Mormon Central

 

Individual Study & Extension

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The first activity requires you to upload a picture of yourself, it will then calculate who you look like the most in your family tree! Sarah Mae Eden was a consistent front runner in my results, which sharing the same middle name Mae, felt extra serendipitous.
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Head to this week’s blog post for the second @familysearch activity idea and more details! Comment below who you look the most like, or tag a friend💛
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I was so excited when I saw @angiemaek had released a new song. (Composer of My Own Sacred Grove) I was even MORE excited when I realized it was about Family History, then I was the MOST excited when I realized this week’s Come Follow Me focused on Elijah’s promise to turn their hearts to their fathers 💛
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Head to this week’s blog post to listen! Thank you again @angiemaek for sharing your talents with us. Absolutely beautiful 💛
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This isn’t the first time this has happened. In fact, as I look back I can think of a handful of times where something similar has happened, in relation to preparing these posts or hoping they will come together.

You see, I’ve been praying, sometimes as a formal prayer, but mostly a plea from the depths of my heart, that Heavenly Father would help me to figure out how to make these weekly posts work. Because genuinely, I WANT to do them. They are good for my soul. However, putting these posts together takes a lot of sacrifice in the sense of time and dedicated thought, which as a mother with 3 young children, and a business on the side, time and dedicated thought are two of my most precious and rare resources....
(Head to this week’s post to keep reading 💛)
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Did you catch this week’s free printables and activities for Come Follow Me?! This coloring page of Joseph Smith and Emma, melts my heart.
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Side Note: Who has used @familysearch Famous Relative app? It’s the PERFECT family activity for this week with the focus being on #familyhistory
You may be asking what this little side note has to do with this coloring page... well through the #familysearch I found I’m related to BOTH Joesph and Emma!
Head to this week’s blog post for more information and a link to the activity, then comment below with a famous relative In YOUR family tree!
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Did anyone else see @latterdayfamily suggestion for recreating the first vision using rocks! Such a fun and creative idea💛 She used Canvas, making it a durable piece of art that can be displayed for the year. Absolutely LOVED this idea.
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Head to the blog for more ideas for this week’s Come Follow Me Lesson
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If Joseph Smith’s transcendent experience in the Sacred Grove teaches us anything, it is that the heavens are open and that God speaks to His children. The Prophet Joseph Smith set a pattern for us to follow in resolving our questions. Drawn to the promise of James that if we lack wisdom we may ask of God, the boy Joseph took his question directly to Heavenly Father. He sought personal revelation, and his seeking opened this last dispensation.”

“In like manner, what will your seeking open for you? What wisdom do you lack? What do you feel an urgent need to know or understand? Follow the example of the Prophet Joseph. Find a quiet place where you can regularly go. Humble yourself before God. Pour out your heart to your Heavenly Father. Turn to Him for answers and for comfort” (Ensign, May 2018).

-President Russel M. Nelson
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Did anyone else wonder if reading the Doctrine and Covenants would be as relatable and comparable to reading the Book of Mormon last year in relations to the state of the world....
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And then you read about Joseph Smith’s experience....
✅Chaos
✅Differences of Opinions
✅Not knowing what’s truth
✅People that should have been his friend treating him unkindly because of beliefs.....
If there has ever been a time in my life where I’ve so desperately yearned to know what is truth and what is not, it would be now. Grateful for the restored gospel.
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“The Prophet Joseph Smith set a pattern for us to follow in resolving our questions. Drawn to the promise of James that if we lack wisdom we may ask of God, the boy Joseph took his question directly to Heavenly Father. He sought personal revelation, and his seeking opened this last dispensation... In like manner, what will your seeking open for you? What wisdom do you lack? What do you feel an urgent need to know or understand? Follow the example of the Prophet Joseph. Find a quiet place where you can regularly go. Humble yourself before God. Pour out your heart to your Heavenly Father. Turn to Him for answers and for comfort” (Ensign, May 2018).

-President Russel M. Nelson
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It was just me & the kiddos last Saturday. I had put off a lot of projects over Christmas break & was hoping to dedicate the majority of that day to getting caught up. After my kids had finished a movie I decided the next “keep em happy” activity would be a bath w/ one of their new bath bombs. As I worked I asked the kids to pick out a bath bomb & toys they would like to play with as they tubbed. The kids grew impatient as I struggled to pull myself away from the computer. Time passed & baby Grace woke up fixed on a feeding. Benson & Lovie got antsy realizing it would be even longer before I could start their tubs. I assured them I’d help as soon as sis was done & reminded them to find their bath time tools they had previously picked out. At some point between the picking out & waiting for mom, Benson had lost his bath bomb. The anxiety filled him as the reality of the disappearance of his bath bomb set in. Desperately he began to search as I helplessly sat in the chair nursing Grace. After a valiant effort he returned to no avail. I told him to say a prayer, & try again which he quickly, humbly & obediently did. Again, another valiant effort of searching commenced. This time I offered my own silent pleading that Heavenly Father would answer his prayers & that Benson would be able to find it on his own, without my interference. Benson returned to the living room deflated and defeated. Still no sign. He sat on the ground, & began to complain & look for something else to fill his attention. At this point I told him something to the effect that Heavenly Father cares about what you care about, so if finding this bath bomb is important to you, it’s important to him... “however,” & I quote, “you have to do the work, it (the bath bomb) won’t just fall from the sky.” Inspired once again, Benson stood up & got to work. Lovie offering a sweet vocal prayer of encouragement behind him, they were off. Not moments later Benson was again at the Christmas Tree, a place he had looked again, & again, & again. This time his small wooden rocker he intended to use as a stool bumped the tree, and would you believe it... thud. The missing bath bomb literally fell from the sky. ...

WE’RE BACK!
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I’m SO EXCITED to share some of the AMAZING and FREE resources I’ve found to aid your study of the Doctrine and Covenants this year! Head to this week’s post!
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Raise your hand in the comments if you were as clueless as I was to the FREE book put out by the church meant to provide context to each of the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants???!!🙋🏼‍♀️
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Thank you all for your patience as I take the time to refocus and reground myself. This Christmas season more than ever I've felt more distant and distracted from what truly matters. I had the best of intentions of this year being more Christ centered, and my intentions remained only that. I plan to take these next few days to sure up my foundation and refocus my attention on Him. *If you want to read/see the story that struck a chord in my soul, head to my story/teaching account @teachingonlemonlane
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I'll be taking a break from here but look forward to the new year and our study of Doctrine and Covenants!
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This absolutely stunning portrayal of baby Jesus is by Mallory Fiso of @foxandpebble Head to her account to see her other beautiful depictions of the #nativity.
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Thank you all for your patience as I take the time to refocus and reground myself. This Christmas season more than ever I've felt more distant and distracted from what truly matters. I had the best of intentions of this year being more Christ centered, and my intentions remained only that. I plan to take these next few days to sure up my foundation and refocus my attention on Him. *If you want to read/see the story that struck a chord in my soul, head to my story/teaching account @teachingonlemonlane
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I'll be taking a break from here but look forward to the new year and our study of Doctrine and Covenants!
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This absolutely stunning portrayal of baby Jesus is by Mallory Fiso of @foxandpebble Head to her account to see her other beautiful depictions of the #nativity.
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#comefollowme #comefollowme2020 #comefollowmebookofmormon #bookofmormon #lds #ldsprintable #goanddo #strivetobe #imamormon #generalconference #ldsliving #ldsart #temples #ldsquote #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints #mormon #comefollowmeprimary #comefollowmetoddlers #comefollowmeforfamilies
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Thank you all for your patience as I take the time to refocus and reground myself. This Christmas season more than ever I've felt more distant and distracted from what truly matters. I had the best of intentions of this year being more Christ centered, and my intentions remained only that. I plan to take these next few days to sure up my foundation and refocus my attention on Him. *If you want to read/see the story that struck a chord in my soul, head to my story/teaching account @teachingonlemonlane
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I'll be taking a break from here but look forward to the new year and our study of Doctrine and Covenants!
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This absolutely stunning portrayal of baby Jesus is by Mallory Fiso of @foxandpebble Head to her account to see her other beautiful depictions of the #nativity.
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#comefollowme #comefollowme2020 #comefollowmebookofmormon #bookofmormon #lds #ldsprintable #goanddo #strivetobe #imamormon #generalconference #ldsliving #ldsart #temples #ldsquote #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints #mormon #comefollowmeprimary #comefollowmetoddlers #comefollowmeforfamilies
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Thank you all for your patience as I take the time to refocus and reground myself. This Christmas season more than ever I've felt more distant and distracted from what truly matters. I had the best of intentions of this year being more Christ centered, and my intentions remained only that. I plan to take these next few days to sure up my foundation and refocus my attention on Him. *If you want to read/see the story that struck a chord in my soul, head to my story/teaching account @teachingonlemonlane
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I'll be taking a break from here but look forward to the new year and our study of Doctrine and Covenants!
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This absolutely stunning portrayal of baby Jesus is by Mallory Fiso of @foxandpebble Head to her account to see her other beautiful depictions of the #nativity.
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#comefollowme #comefollowme2020 #comefollowmebookofmormon #bookofmormon #lds #ldsprintable #goanddo #strivetobe #imamormon #generalconference #ldsliving #ldsart #temples #ldsquote #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints #mormon #comefollowmeprimary #comefollowmetoddlers #comefollowmeforfamilies
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Thank you all for your patience as I take the time to refocus and reground myself. This Christmas season more than ever I've felt more distant and distracted from what truly matters. I had the best of intentions of this year being more Christ centered, and my intentions remained only that. I plan to take these next few days to sure up my foundation and refocus my attention on Him. *If you want to read/see the story that struck a chord in my soul, head to my story/teaching account @teachingonlemonlane
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I'll be taking a break from here but look forward to the new year and our study of Doctrine and Covenants!
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This absolutely stunning portrayal of baby Jesus is by Mallory Fiso of @foxandpebble Head to her account to see her other beautiful depictions of the #nativity.
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#comefollowme #comefollowme2020 #comefollowmebookofmormon #bookofmormon #lds #ldsprintable #goanddo #strivetobe #imamormon #generalconference #ldsliving #ldsart #temples #ldsquote #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints #mormon #comefollowmeprimary #comefollowmetoddlers #comefollowmeforfamilies
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Thank you all for your patience as I take the time to refocus and reground myself. This Christmas season more than ever I've felt more distant and distracted from what truly matters. I had the best of intentions of this year being more Christ centered, and my intentions remained only that. I plan to take these next few days to sure up my foundation and refocus my attention on Him. *If you want to read/see the story that struck a chord in my soul, head to my story/teaching account @teachingonlemonlane
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I'll be taking a break from here but look forward to the new year and our study of Doctrine and Covenants!
.

This absolutely stunning portrayal of baby Jesus is by Mallory Fiso of @foxandpebble Head to her account to see her other beautiful depictions of the #nativity.
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#comefollowme #comefollowme2020 #comefollowmebookofmormon #bookofmormon #lds #ldsprintable #goanddo #strivetobe #imamormon #generalconference #ldsliving #ldsart #temples #ldsquote #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints #mormon #comefollowmeprimary #comefollowmetoddlers #comefollowmeforfamilies
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Each year our family gives a favorite Christmas book to some of our loved ones. (I wish I was able to get my hands on more of them!😭) With the passing of author Tomie dePaola, it seemed appropriate to give one of his. Reading this book, THIS year, made me cry. I struggled to make it through as it highlighted my weaknesses and put into words what I've been trying to set aside and not deal with. Last year I had great intentions of celebrating a more Christ centered Christmas, December arrived and again my intentions remained only that. Reading this story struck a cord in my soul. I'm old Befana. There may only be a few days left until Christmas, but I'm going to be intentional with them. On that note, I'll be taking a break from social and working to reground myself with the foundation that matters, and refocus my attention on Him. Love you all, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Head to my story for a swipe up of a reading of, ”The Legend of Old Befana, ” by the late Tomie dePaola
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This is SO GREAT!! Head to @figlittles to download a COMBINED (Come Follow Me/Light the World) Calendar! Thanks so much Ali, this is GENIUS💛💛💛
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@figlittles post:

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed (like me!!) with all the fun advents, traditions, count-downs, and to-do’s I’ve got something you might like.

I decided rather than pumping out a slew of unique content for the December PlayGuide, I’d put together a simple calendar that combines Come Follow Me lessons with the church’s Light The World (LTW) campaign! These calendar templates have the original prompts from Light The World, but I’ve done the work for you and picked a scripture and discussion prompt that perfectly accompanied the LTW theme for that day. It is PRETTY genius if I do say so myself! 🎉

I hope this is useful and helps you simplify this season instead of piling on more!

It’s only December 2...but is anyone else feeling the holiday craziness already too?! Do you think this year is more or less busy than other non-Covid holidays? 🤷🏼‍♀️ vote with a 🎄 for MORE busy and a ☃️ for LESS busy!

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#givethanks 3:7
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I'm grateful for refinement. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to be a little better everyday. Though my growth pattern is for every step forward there's a few steps back, somehow, over time, minuscule little by minute little, there's been progress. Though I don't see it in the day to day, I do see it in the years gone by and though it is slow, and the curve to my chart is gradual, it's there. I know this is due to Christ’s enabling Grace, available through His atonement. I don't think I'll ever quite have the words, the comprehension, or the understanding to adequately express my gratitude for this.

Art by one of my very favorites Emily Shay
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Had to share Emily’s words when she debuted this piece, ”The Refiner’s Fire.”
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”...And yet, considering a piece of rough ore- a rock encased with minerals naturally contains impurities. However 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.
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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 the 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”
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(Continued in the comments)
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“Hope is not knowledge, but rather the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promise to us. It is confidence that if we live according to God’s laws and the words of His prophets now, we will receive desired blessings in the future. It is believing and expecting that our prayers will be answered. It is manifest in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf ...

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