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COME FOLLOW ME: BOOK OF MORMON-TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES | ALMA 5 – ALMA 7

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Week 23: Come Follow Me: Book of Mormon, Teaching Ideas and Free Resources

June 1st – 7th

Alma 5 – 7

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.

  • Alma bore powerful testimony of the Savior and His gospel, and he also explained how he gained that testimony. As he testified, he did not mention his experience with seeing and hearing an angel (see Mosiah 27:10–17) but rather described the price he paid to know the truth for himself.
    • What do you learn from Alma 5:44–51 about how Alma came to know the truth?
    • How can you follow his example in your efforts to gain or strengthen your testimony?
    • What do you learn about the Savior from Alma’s teachings in Alma 5:33–35, 48–50, and 57–60?
  • Consider reading Alma’s questions as if you were interviewing yourself and examining your heart. You may want to record your responses to the questions.
    • What do you feel inspired to do as a result of your interview?
  • (see Alma 7). Alma perceived that the people of Gideon were “in the path which leads to the kingdom of God” (Alma 7:19). Throughout his sermon to them, Alma taught them many things about how to stay on that path (see Alma 7).
    • What counsel did he give them?
    • What can you apply to your life now?
  • Have you ever felt that no one understands your struggles or challenges? If so, the truths taught in Alma 7:7–16 can help. Elder David A. Bednar testified: “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” (“Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 90).

    • As you read Alma 7:7–16, reflect on what these verses help us understand about the purposes of the Savior’s sacrifice. How do we access His power in our lives? Consider recording your thoughts. See also Isaiah 53:3–5

  • Alma 5:6–13 Why did Alma want his people to remember the Lord’s mercy toward their ancestors?
    • What stories from your family history teach you about His mercy?
    • Maybe you could visit familysearch.org/myfamily to record these stories.
  • What recent experiences could they share to illustrate the importance of being prepared?
    • You could invite family members to review Alma 5:14–33 and find questions Alma asked to prepare his people to meet God.
  • What are some of the reasons we gather as Saints?
    • How can we make our time at church more helpful to ourselves and others?
  • What do we learn in these verses that helps us “fear not” (Alma 7:15) when we need to repent and change?
    • What do these verses teach us about turning to the Savior when we need help?
    • What other things have we done to receive His help?
    • How has He succored us?
  • Who do we know who is a good example of one or more of the qualities listed in this verse?
    • Why is it important to develop these qualities?

Lesson:

The introspective questions that Alma asked the people of Zarahemla, found in Alma 5:14–33, can help you search your own soul and understand what it means to experience a “mighty change of heart” throughout your life. President M. Russell Ballard explained the value of these questions: “I need to regularly take time to ask myself, ‘How am I doing?’ It’s kind of like having a personal, private interview with yourself. … As a guide for me during this private, personal review, I like to read and ponder the introspective words found in the fifth chapter of Alma” (“Return and Receive,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 64).

Consider reading Alma’s questions as if you were interviewing yourself and examining your heart. You may want to record your responses to the questions. What do you feel inspired to do as a result of your interview?

As I listened to this week’s reading, the inventory of questions really stood out to me. Often I find my mind organizing information read into a checklist or graphic organizer, I think this is one of my comprehension strategies. With the list of questions in chapter 5, I immediately wanted to dive a little deeper into the questions posed by Alma. When I read the quote by President Ballard in Come Follow Me this week, (See above) I liked the idea of using this as a way to take a personal inventory.

To help you with your study this week, I’ve created a printable with all of the questions posed in chapter 5. For me, this gives me something concrete, that I can hold, look at, and mark up. You will notice that many of the questions aren’t as simple as a yes and no, similar to many of the questions asked in Come Follow Me. I’ve left a space next to each question for you to use as you wish. Yes, it could be a place for a checkmark, but the more I grow, the more I learn that this is not a checklist Gospel. Rather, it’s growth, progression, and all about movement whether that be forward or backward. I wonder if you may even choose to “check” one of the questions that you choose to further study, ponder, or focus on for the week.

I’d love to hear how you use this personal inventory, and any takeaways you have. This is a FREE digital product, meaning you don’t have to print off a hard copy to use it. Feel free to add your own notes or edits, but remember this is for Personal Use Only. Feel free to point friends and family to the website membership if interested in sharing this download with a different household.

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Now, I know I have already shared this talk… But I feel it that important, that if you haven’t taken the time to study it or break down its teachings for your children that time should be made this week. This week Alma gives what is likely one of my most treasured scriptures. The shame in all of this is that it wasn’t until I was a young adult that I realized the implications and the significance of these verses:

Alma 7:11-12 

11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

President Bednar said it best:

“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.”

Consider studying what the word infirmity is|means|entails. Come Follow Me this week also has great suggestions for teaching this concept to children:

  • Show the children a picture of Jesus. Explain that He knows what it’s like to be hurt, sad, or scared. Read some of the words in Alma 7:11–13 that describe what the Savior suffered, and explain words the children might not understand. Point out that Jesus can help and comfort us when we are sad. Share how the Savior has helped and comforted you.

  • Ask the children to share experiences when they were sick or in pain or had another problem that made them sad. Bear your testimony that the Savior has suffered those things too and knows how to help us.

  • Invite the children to read Alma 7:11–13, looking for the things Jesus Christ suffered. They may be willing to share experiences when they felt pain, sickness, or afflictions. According to these verses, why was the Savior willing to suffer all of this? (Explain that “succor” means “to help.”)

  • Tell the children about an illness, injury, or other affliction you have had, and ask if they have felt something similar. Read together Alma 7:11–13, and point out what Jesus suffered for us. Help the children think of times when the Savior experienced these things, such as when He was tempted (see Matthew 4:1–11) or when He was suffering in Gethsemane. How does it help us to know that Jesus understands our struggles? Share your testimony of Jesus’s power to comfort, help, and heal us.

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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 Pride. You can even head to their website to download discussion questions to go along with the video and a fun coloring page.

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Activity

Savior in my Countenance Coloring Page

 

Teaching Ideas for Families

Watch or Listen To:

Finding time to make Come Follow Me can be tough, it can also be tough to keep the attention of family members. The Book of Mormon videos recently released by the church are a WONDERFUL resource. 

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Activity Suggestions:

How Can Alma’s Questions Help Us Grow Spiritually?

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Ensign Suggested Activity: Songs of Love

Read Alma 5:9, 26 together. Talk about what you think it means to sing songs of “redeeming love.”

  1. If possible, find a picture of Jesus to look at together.

  2. Ask each family member to pick a favorite verse from a Church hymn or children’s song to sing together.

  3. After singing, take turns sharing thoughts and feelings about Jesus.

Discussion: What change could each of us make to better follow Jesus this week? How does good music help us draw closer to God?

Individual Study & Extension

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    Thank you for this cute idea and download. This will be a great zoom activity we can do with our Young Women!

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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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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.⁣

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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?⁣
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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”

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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?

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