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Week 22: Come Follow Me: Book of Mormon, Teaching Ideas and Free Resources
May 25th – 31st
MOSIAH 29 – ALMA 4
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.
- Have you noticed religious rights being threatened in your nation or community?
- What do you learn from the way the Nephites responded to this threat? (see Alma 2:1–7).
- There are likely many important issues facing your community. How can you, like the Nephites, make sure that your voice is included in “the voice of the people”?
- Perhaps you live in a place where the voice of the people has limited influence on the government; if so, are there other ways you can be a positive influence in your community?
- Why might people have found Nehor’s teachings enticing? As you read Alma 1:2–4, see if you can identify the falsehoods in Nehor’s teachings; you’ll probably notice that they’re taught alongside partial truths.
- Gideon withstood Nehor “with the words of God” (Alma 1:7, 9). Can you think of scriptures that refute Nehor’s falsehoods?
- How can you be more like the people of God? Do you notice any “priestcraft” in your own service? Chapters 1 and 4 of Alma both describe periods when the Church prospered, but Church members responded to that prosperity differently in each case. What differences do you notice?
- Based on what you find, how would you describe the attitude that “humble followers of God” (Alma 4:15) have toward riches and prosperity?
- What do you feel inspired to change about your own attitude?
- Some might say that the office of chief judge would have put Alma in the best position to solve the problems he saw among his people. But Alma felt there was a better way. What impresses you about his approach to helping his people?
- Your study may inspire thoughts about how you can righteously influence those around you; if so, act on those thoughts.
- What message did the Amlicites want to communicate when they “set [a] mark upon themselves”? (see Alma 3:4, 13).
- What messages might we send—intentionally or unintentionally—with our appearance? This might be a good time to review “Dress and Appearance” in For the Strength of Youth (2011), 6–8.
- What things or experiences have “awakened [us] to a remembrance of [our] duty” toward God? (Alma 4:3).
- How can we avoid being a “stumbling-block to those who [do] not belong to the church”? (Alma 4:10).
- To help your family understand the power of testimony, you could ask them to think of a time when hearing someone’s testimony affected them deeply.
- Why might Alma have chosen to use testimony and the word of God to touch the hearts of the people? (see also Alma 31:5).
- Why is this more effective than other methods people might use to persuade others to change?
- Are there people whose faith we could strengthen by sharing our testimonies with them?
The lesson this week comes from @comefollowmefamily
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When I saw this activity suggestion for this week’s Come Follow Me Lesson, I knew I had to share it with you. Not only is the use of bubbles PERFECT for this time of year, but there is a lot of depth and discussion that can be had with this analogy.
I’ll give an excerpt from the Come Follow Me Family Blog, If you would like to read the post in its entirety simply click on the link!
My favorite suggestion for this lesson is to compare and contrast bubbles, with a balloon filled with helium that’s tied to a string to anchor it. If you’re able I think the lesson could be even more impactful with 2 balloons. One anchored, one not. Let one fly away as you discuss how Pride can lift you up. Then tie a string to the other and explain how Christ anchors us. I LOVED the thought from @comefollowmefamily to demonstrate the balloon with a long string and with it being tethered closely to your hand or a base point. When we are further from Christ we can be tossed to and fro, and lifted up in pride. However, when the string is short and we are close to Christ and a solid foundation, the same winds that could have thrown us hardly have any effect. Notice, there are still winds, but their effects are lifted. Like the idea of our burdens being lifted or made light from a previous week’s lesson.
“Alma 1: 36 & Alma 4: 6-19. It talks about pride and being lifted up. That they “began to be lifted up in the pride of their eyes, and to set their hearts upon the riches and upon the vain things of the world, that they began to be scornful, one towards another, and they began to persecute those that did not believe according to their own will and pleasure” (Alma 4: 8)
Pride is lifting yourself up and thinking you are better than others.
I thought of bubbles. Sometimes we can be like bubbles and ‘puffed up’ and ‘float’ and think we are pretty neat. The thing about bubbles is that they can’t go where they want to. They are forced to go where the wind takes them. I feel like that is kind of like the world. You are blown without an anchor. And then you *pop* and bam the fun is over. Pride is not sustaining. We aren’t better than others…”
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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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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.
- I LOVE using the Institute and Seminary Manuals to aid my study! They answer questions, provide insight and background coupled with beautiful quotes from Prophets and Apostles.
- Enough Stuff- New Era Article
- CTR – By L. Tom Perry, New Era Article
- Nehor’s Narcissism – Ensign Article
- Recognizing Satan’s Counterfeits
Individual Study & Extension
Watch or Listen To:
- John Welch Notes: Learn about the Book of Mormon with verse by verse commentaries from renowned Book of Mormon scholar.
- Alma the Elder
- How do We Judge Righteous Judgement
- What is Humility and How Do We Develop It?
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