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COME FOLLOW ME: BOOK OF MORMON- WEEK 19 TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES | MOSIAH 11 – 17

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Week 19: Come Follow Me: Book of Mormon, Teaching Ideas and Free Resources

May 4th – 10th

MOSIAH 11 – 17

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.

  • When have you felt like you were standing alone in defense of the truth?
    • As you read Mosiah 11–13 and 17, what do you learn that can help you be ready when the Lord needs you to stand up for His gospel?
    • What other principles do you learn from Abinadi’s example?
  • As you read Mosiah 12:19–30, ponder what it means to apply your heart to understanding God’s word. Does this inspire you to make any changes in the way you approach learning the gospel?
  • What do you find in these verses that reveals that Abinadi trusted the Lord?
    • How does Abinadi’s example affect the way you view your callings and responsibilities?
  • In Mosiah 14–15, notice words and phrases that describe the Savior and what He suffered for you. What verses help deepen your love and gratitude toward Him?
  • Abinadi and Alma are inspiring examples of staying loyal to the truth even when doing so is unpopular. Members of your family may be facing social pressure to compromise their standards. What can they learn from Abinadi and Alma about standing for truth?
  • What does it mean to have God’s commandments “written in [our] hearts”? (Mosiah 13:11).
  • What are the good things that have happened because He came and atoned for us?
  • Mosiah 14   How do family members feel about the Savior as we study these words and phrases?

Lesson:

When have you felt like you were standing alone in defense of the truth?

“May we ever be courageous and prepared to stand for what we believe, and if we must stand alone in the process, may we do so courageously, strengthened by the knowledge that in reality we are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven,”                                                                             

-President Thomas S. Monson

Abinadi is the pinnacle of courage. With this in mind, I wanted to focus this week on the idea that we will all have moments in our lives where we will be required to have courage to stand up for what we believe. Many times, it will be easier to blend in or go with the popular opinion. This week I find great value in reflecting back on our lives and thinking to times where courage to stand for what we believe in was required, did we have courage, or did we choose the easier way?

I find it so important to share these moments with our students or loved ones, or to give our students or loved ones the opportunity to share a moment where they demonstrated Abinadi like courage.

Let me explain. Growing up, one of the stories my mother shared with me was a time when she and her friends were driving around, and a group of really cute boys pulled up in a really cool car and wanted her and her friends to join them. Here’s the kicker, alcohol was involved. The details of the story are fleeting to me, but one thing I will never forget her telling me. She said no, even though she really wanted to, and justifiably she could have without giving up her standards, she said no. You better believe that I had similar instances in my life, where I REALLY wanted to go, however, without fail, the example of my mother’s Abinadi like courage came to mind, making the hard choice a little simpler to make. As if after she had relayed this story on to me, the decision had already been made.

These experiences where you showed Abinadi like courage, or even where you regretted not standing up can act as a guiding light in your own children and student’s lives. I know because I have experienced that myself.

So for the activity this week, my hope is that you will take the time to reflect and discuss moments where you might have to stand alone, where you did stand-alone, or where you wished you would have stood. Ask family members and grandparents to ponder as well. Consider capitalizing on the activity from last week and adding those memories and stories to family search, if not please take the time to at least record them in a journal. 

Consider using the following stories from President Monsen, and L. Tom Perry, and Elder Cook about their moments of Abinadi like courage.

This entire interview between L. Tom Perry his wife, and Sheri Dew is really fantastic. To listen to his story about drinking a class of milk during business socials start the interview around the 57:35 point.

This video shares the example of early pioneer sister Eliza Cheney standing up courageously to her family while at Winter Quarters. Start the video around 9:16

Strength to Stand

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles encouraged us to honor our covenants so we can have the strength to set a righteous example to others.

“We inevitably must make choices,” Elder Cook said. “If we know the doctrines and principles of the gospel, we can make wise decisions. If our lives are pure, the Spirit will guide us. Then we will be able to symbolically pitch our tents toward the temple and the covenants we have made to the Lord, and we will be in the world and not of the world.”

We have a sacred duty to stand in the light and share who we are and what we stand for, Elder Cook said. He retold an instance where he stood up for his beliefs during a job interview following law school. After twice refusing alcoholic beverages offered to him, Elder Cook informed the interviewer of his faith.

“A few months later, the senior partner told me the offer of the alcoholic beverages was a test,” Elder Cook said. “He noted that my résumé made it clear that I had served an LDS mission. He had determined that he would hire me only if I was true to the teachings of my own church. He considered it a significant matter of character and integrity.”

Consider discussing this Facebook Post by Dale G. Rendlund:

“We can stand firm in our beliefs and have a loving relationship with those who hold differing opinions. For example, I believe drinking alcohol is a violation of God’s law. So what do I do when I am hosting friends who do not believe as I do? My wife and I arrange to go to a restaurant with them where they can order as they choose to. And when they order wine with their meal, I do not get in their faces and call them out as sinners.

Similarly, can I be friends with individuals who are living together without the benefit of marriage? Absolutely. And when I am with them, do I stand up in great indignation and call them to repentance, even though they are presently engaged in behavior I do not agree with? No, of course not.

We can stand firm in our beliefs and have a loving relationship with those who hold differing opinions. Let us not forget that the plan of salvation offers the love and mercy of our Savior Jesus Christ to all.”

 

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Teaching Ideas for Toddlers & Young Children

Watch or Listen To:

With a 2-year-old and 4-year-old, I understand the STRUGGLE and the attention span you are dealing with. Below are some of my favorite videos or audio recordings|podcasts you can listen to and watch with your children. My favorites right now are the Book of Mormon Story videos.**Different from the newly released B.O.M. videos. These are illustrated and READ stories to your children. THESE are PERFECT for when everyone is strapped in the car seat. My 4-year-old now requests these over the radio. Each segment is only 2-4 minutes long. This allows us to listen, review and discuss together, and listen again throughout the week.  Many of the videos I share can be found on the Saint’s Radio Channel App. (Formerly Mormon Channel App, If you don’t already have this, DOWNLOAD NOW.)

 

I am absolutely LOVING the YouTube Channel, Latter Day Kids. Each week they put out a beautifully illustrated video meant for young children to be used in conjunction with the Come Follow Me Lessons. This week’s video is all about standing for Truth. 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. 

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Activity

Click Here for Free Abinadi Coloring Page (Page 11)

  • Activity from the Friend: Commandments

    For Mosiah 11–17

    Read Mosiah 12:33–34 together and help your little ones say, “Commandments help us stay safe.” Then make up hand motions together for this rhyme: “This is the mountain where Moses went. This is the tablet the Lord did send. This is His finger that wrote the words. This is the voice that Moses heard. This is the cloud on the mountain tall. These are the commandments—count ten in all!” Then count to ten!

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. 

Read:

Activity Suggestions:

See above for activity suggestions based on having Abinadi like Courage

Dare to Stand Alone: Condensed story and crossword puzzle

 

Fun Free Crossword Puzzle by a YEAR of FHE based on chapter 13 in Mosiah

 

Individual Study & Extension

Watch or Listen To:

Excellent Video and Explanation of the chapters for this week!

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.

Recently I was asked to share my thoughts on the Come Follow Me program during the past few months for the LDS Website in the UK. @churchofjesuschrist -
Frankly speaking the invitation made me a little sick. My biggest fear is that it would seem like we were the perfect little family with the perfect little program in place, complete with cutouts and crafts, deep discussions and daily reflection....
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This couldn't be more from the truth. Yes, I do a weekly round up of ideas and resources for Come Follow Me that I publish on my website, but that doesn't mean that it always happens within my own home. When it does happen it typically looks like a bedtime story, or a video played while the kids eat lunch... When it does happen I often fall asleep while trying to catch up on last week’s reading... Most of all, when it does happen, I notice a difference within my home. This program is divinely inspired, the simple timing of everything amplifies it's divine origin to me. -
Art by @_thecoloramber one of the most beautiful illustrations of a family I've ever laid eyes on. Words fall short on this piece. It's my absolute favorite.
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This quote stopped me in my tracks... Make sure to head to the website for this week’s Round up of FREE Come Follow Me Resources! This week’s lesson is based on @comefollowmefamily AWESOME idea to use bubbles and balloons to teach about pride. AND @davidbowmanart released another FREE Sample video from his Drawn In, Come Follow Me monthly subscription that I know you are going to LOVE! His videos are wonderful and go beyond just a retelling of the story by diving deep into application in a language the whole family can enjoy! This is the ONLY paid subscription I use for #comefollowme Head to the website now for all of this, a coupon code, and MORE! -
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What are your takeaways from Come Follow Me this week? Do me a favor and spread the love by sharing this post or tagging a friend in the comments!
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By now we all know I love all things Lemon... Lemonade is not exception. ESPECIALLY a good tart Lemonade like @chickfila Did you know you could buy it by the Gallon??? Stay tuned... FREE Father’s Day Printable Gift Tags and a list of well received/ inexpensive gift ideas to accompany them! Whether your looking to outfit the entire ward, or just a thoughtful gift for a few of your favorite men, this post will highlight some fun ideas! -
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COMMENT BELOW: What are some of your favorite inexpensive gift ideas for #fathersday
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“And thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God” (Mosiah 27:25–26).
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”Conversion is a process, not an event. Conversion comes as a result of righteous efforts to follow the Savior. These efforts include exercising faith in Jesus Christ, repenting of sin, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end in faith. Although conversion is miraculous and life changing, it is a quiet miracle. Angelic visitations and other spectacular occurrences do not bring conversion. Even Alma, who saw an angel, became converted only after he “fasted and prayed many days” for a witness of the truth (Alma 5:46). And Paul, who saw the resurrected Savior, taught that “no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost” (1 Corinthians 12:3).”
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”Our behavior is nothing more than a reflection of the depth of our conversion to Jesus Christ." Ed J. Pinegar
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What has your behavior shown today of your conversion to Jesus Christ?
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Let’s talk FATHER’S Day... I’m getting ready to add a post on my favorite inexpensive gift ideas for #fathersday along with FREE & Thoughtful printables to complete the gift. So help me out... what are your FAVORITE ideas for budget friendly, visiting teaching friendly, give every man in the ward friendly GIFT IDEAS???
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Comment Below 💛🍋💛🍋
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This week in #comefollowme has me thinking a lot about the ripple effects of our choices. Consider the #rippleeffects of your Covenants. What about the ripple effect of Abinadi’s brave stand, or the ripples caused by Alma’s conversion. What choices are you making today, what ripple effect will they have tomorrow? ...

“What is the source of such moral and spiritual power, and how do we obtain it? The source is God. Our access to that power is through our covenants with Him. A covenant is an agreement between God and man, an accord whose terms are set by God (see Bible Dictionary, “Covenant,” 651). In these divine agreements, God binds Himself to sustain, sanctify, and exalt us in return for our commitment to serve Him and keep His commandments.”
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Head to the website to see this week’s round up of FREE, featured #comefollowme resources.
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If you are carrying a burden of any type, and your shoulders are tired. Take the time to study Bednar’s, “Bear up their Burdens with Ease.”
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“Thus, the Savior has suffered not just for our sins and iniquities—but also for our physical pains and anguish, our weaknesses and shortcomings, our fears and frustrations, our disappointments and discouragement, our regrets and remorse, our despair and desperation, the injustices and inequities we experience, and the emotional distresses that beset us.

There is no physical pain, no spiritual wound, no anguish of soul or heartache, no infirmity or weakness you or I ever confront in mortality that the Savior did not experience first. In a moment of weakness we may cry out, “No one knows what it is like. No one understands.” But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He has felt and borne our individual burdens. And because of His infinite and eternal sacrifice (see Alma 34:14), He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy. He can reach out, touch, succor, heal, and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do relying only upon our own power. Indeed, His yoke is easy and His burden is light.”
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Happy Mother’s Day💛 I know this can be a day filled with complicated emotions for so many. I hope you see a brightness, feel a peace, and know that you are loved.
I love this quote from President Kimball’s talk, “The Role of Righteous Women.”
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. “No greater recognition can come to you in this world than to be known as a woman of God. No greater status can be conferred upon you than being a daughter of God who experiences true sisterhood, wifehood, and motherhood, or other tasks which influence lives for good....You need to drink in deeply the gospel truths about the eternal nature of your individual identity and the uniqueness of your personality. You need, more and more, to feel the perfect love which our Father in Heaven has for you and to sense the value he places upon you as an individual. Ponder upon these great truths, especially in those moments when (in the stillness of such anxiety... know that our Father in Heaven is aware of your anguish, and that one day he will bless you beyond your capacity to express.”
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To all of my sweet sisters, Happy Mother’s Day💛💛💛 Don’t forget about the free Mother’s Day Printables you can download from the website. I used the Drink Deeply printable to complete these fun, inexpensive gifts 💛
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With this week’s focus on Abinadi like faith, I’ve been reflecting on times when I had the choice to stand for what I believe. A story I’m often reminded of is one my mother told me about a time where she had to stand firm. Her example anchored me when I faced similar situations. .
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Share a time when you had to stand, or a favorite story about someone having Abinadi like faith💛 Then head to the website to see this week’s #comefollowme FREE resources and activities.
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For this week’s #comefollowme activity I wanted to focus on Abinadi, and his courage. What gave him the courage to face those that would not just have him imprisoned or killed, but burned, and to meet them with such strength. I think so much of the answer is conversion. Do you feel that Come Follow Me has lead you to a greater conversion?
Comment below, then head to the website to see this week’s roundup of FREE resources, activities and printables.
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Looking for an easy, inexpensive gift idea for Mother’s Day? Whether you’re looking for a ministering gift, something for a family member or loved one, or even the ENTIRE ward?! Check out my list of FAVORITES. All inexpensive, practical, and something the women in your life actually want! ***Did I mention I’ve included 5 FREE gift tag printables to complete the gift! Head to the website now! 🍋🌷🍋🌷🍋🌷🍋🌷🍋🌷🍋
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What’s the best INEXPENSIVE Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever been given or that you’ve gifted someone else?!
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I personally was extremely touched and impressed by the following quotes I stumbled across pertaining to the blessings one receives when they do work for their ancestors or loved ones that have passed. My goal was to find one powerful quote to use in the images for this blog post, but I couldn’t pick just one. I had to share them all with you. ***Head to the website to see my favorites! Prophets and apostles have literally promised that when we are involved in family history work we will receive help and support from the other side, spiritual protection, an increase in our testimony and conversion, as well as an enhanced temple experience… Wow. Yet another nudge it’s time to get to work. ...

This question from last week’s Come Follow Me Lesson really struck me: “What stories from our lives or our ancestors’ lives can we share to inspire greater trust in God?”
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What are you doing to preserve those stories in your own life, family members, or ancestors?
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30 years old... The first thing Benson asked this morning was to see how much I’ve grown. I chuckled when he let me know that I certainly had gotten bigger, my belly even seemed more noticeable to Lovie. The only thing that seems to be growing right now is the baby in my belly (Watch the video for the gender reveal, ***party thrown before social distancing) I can’t help but reflect and want to document a little bit about this strange time. -
When businesses started shutting down, and the orders of social distancing were put in place, I watched in horror as my schedule fell apart. I had read a quote about how tragedy or stress can only cause what was already in your cup to spill over.... So instead of gratitude and joy, out spilled the anxiety, anger, and sadness...etc that I had suppressed and masked for so long because of my schedule. I’ve always been this way. If there’s an openness, or emptiness and I’m the one left to fill the time, the emptiness overwhelms me. I thrive with structure, I struggle to set it. So here I was left to face the openness with all of my tools, activities, and things to set a schedule around taken. I was left empty handed with nothing to hide behind, staring directly at this part of me I had always known was there, but never fully confronted. -
In the past few weeks, I have grown. I’m nowhere near where I need to be, or where I want to be, but I’ve grown. I’ve felt myself adapt and get a little better, a little stronger, and a little more “ok” each week, and for that experience I will be forever grateful. -
When everything fell apart it was my literal nightmare when it comes to my mental health. (I know this sounds trivial, and I know so many have experienced true tragedy and loss through this, please know I do not take that lightly nor am I trying to take away from that, this has simply been what I’ve experienced and I know that degree is menial compared to the true loss others have felt. My hope and prayer is that you too have felt strengthened; comforted, or edified through this.) -
So here I am, 30 years old today. Though this day looks nothing like I thought it would have, (continued in comments)
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30 years old... The first thing Benson asked this morning was to see how much I’ve grown. I chuckled when he let me know that I certainly had gotten bigger, my belly even seemed more noticeable to Lovie. The only thing that seems to be growing right now is the baby in my belly (Watch my story for the gender reveal, ***party thrown before social distancing) I can’t help but reflect and want to document a little bit about this strange time. -
When businesses started shutting down, and the orders of social distancing were put in place, I watched in horror as my schedule fell apart. I had read a quote about how tragedy or stress can only cause what was already in your cup to spill over.... So instead of gratitude and joy, out spilled the anxiety, anger, and sadness...etc that I had suppressed and masked for so long because of my schedule. I’ve always been this way. If there’s an openness, or emptiness and I’m the one left to fill the time, the emptiness overwhelms me. I thrive with structure, I struggle to set it. So here I was left to face the openness with all of my tools, activities, and things to set a schedule around taken. I was left empty handed with nothing to hide behind, staring directly at this part of me I had always known was there, but never fully confronted. -
In the past few weeks, I have grown. I’m nowhere near where I need to be, or where I want to be, but I’ve grown. I’ve felt myself adapt and get a little better, a little stronger, and a little more “ok” each week, and for that experience I will be forever grateful. -
When everything fell apart it was my literal nightmare when it comes to my mental health. (I know this sounds trivial, and I know so many have experienced true tragedy and loss through this, please know I do not take that lightly nor am I trying to take away from that, this has simply been what I’ve experienced and I know that degree is menial compared to the true loss others have felt. My hope and prayer is that you too have felt strengthened; comforted, or edified through this.) -
So here I am, 30 years old today. Though this day looks nothing like I thought it would have, (continued in comments)
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What is the source of such moral and spiritual power, and how do we obtain it? The source is God. Our access to that power is through our covenants with Him. A covenant is an agreement between God and man, an accord whose terms are set by God (see Bible Dictionary, “Covenant,” 651). In these divine agreements, God binds Himself to sustain, sanctify, and exalt us in return for our commitment to serve Him and keep His commandments.
- Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
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This week’s round-up of FREE lesson helps and resources for #comefollowme are live on the blog! The majority will help you connect and teach the importance and the WHY of making and keeping sacred covenants. I’m thinking this week we will take a little field trip to a near by temple to enjoy the peace and beauty of the grounds💛 What’s YOUR plan for teaching Come Follow Me this week? ...

This week’s #comefollowme lesson is all about service. I’ve listed ideas for service projects that we can do despite our limitations during the COVID19 outbreak... However, I want to hear YOUR ideas. ..
What are the big or small ways we can serve others during this time? ..
What are some ideas for how children can help serve or uplift others? ..
What is something you’ve been doing intentionally during this time to help your family or those around you?
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COMMENT BELOW! I can’t wait to read your ideas 💛💛
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