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COME FOLLOW ME: DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS – TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES | D&C 2; Joseph Smith—History 1:27–65

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Week 3 COME FOLLOW ME: Doctrine and Covenants – TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES | D&C Section 2

Joseph Smith History 1 – 26

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.

  • Joseph would bring forth the Book of Mormon; what have we been asked to do with it?
  • Joseph would receive priesthood keys to turn the hearts of the children to their fathers; how are we turning our hearts to our ancestors?
  • Joseph was told of prophecies that would soon be fulfilled; what is our part in helping to fulfill them?
  • When we take part in God’s work, we can expect to face opposition and even persecution, just as the Prophet did. But we can also have faith that the Lord will make us instruments in His hands, just as He did for Joseph.
  • As you read Joseph Smith—History 1:27–33, consider that God has a work for you to do, as He did for Joseph Smith. Ponder this invitation from President Russell M. Nelson:
    • “Ask your Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, how He feels about you and your mission here on earth. If you ask with real intent, over time the Spirit will whisper the life-changing truth to you. … I promise you that when you begin to catch even a glimpse of how your Heavenly Father sees you and what He is counting on you to do for Him, your life will never be the same!” (“Becoming True Millennials
  • COME FOLLOW ME: DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS – TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES | D&C 2; Joseph Smith—History 1:27–65

    You may sometimes feel the way Joseph did in verses 28–29. What can you learn from Joseph’s example about what to do when your actions are not consistent with the work God has called you to do?

  • As you read Joseph Smith—History 1:34–65, consider what details in these verses might stand out to you if you had never heard of the Book of Mormon before. As a believer, why is this account important to your testimony of the Book of Mormon?
  • Moroni quoted to Joseph several Old and New Testament prophecies, such as Isaiah 11Acts 3:22–23; and Joel 2:28–32. Why might these prophecies have been important for Joseph to know?
    • Why are they important for you to know?
  • What do words like “plant,” “hearts,” and “turn” in this section teach you about the mission of Elijah and the blessings of the priesthood keys he restored?
    • How have you felt your heart turn toward your ancestors?
    • Think of ways you can experience such feelings more often.
    • Perhaps you could ask a relative to share a story with you about one of your ancestors—even better, you could record it. Maybe you could identify a deceased ancestor who never received gospel ordinances and then perform that work in the temple.
  • How did Joseph Smith feel about his mistakes?
      • What did he do in response to those feelings?
      • What do we learn from him about what to do when we make mistakes?
  • You could ask a family member to read aloud part or all of Moroni’s message from Joseph Smith—History 1:33–42 four times (because Moroni repeated this message four times). Between each reading, ask the other family members to share what they remember from his message, without looking at the scriptures.
    • Why might the Lord repeat important messages several times?
    • What are some other ways the Lord teaches us through repetition?
    • Identify the promises God made as part of His covenant with Abraham. How do we “plant” these promises in our hearts?
  • To help family members turn their hearts to their fathers (or ancestors), you could invite them to learn about an ancestor and to share what they learn with the rest of the family.
    • Why does the Lord want us to learn about our family members and perform temple ordinances for them?
    • How are we blessed when we participate in family history and temple work? (see Dale G. Renlund, “Family History and Temple Work: Sealing and Healing,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2018, 46–49).

Lesson:

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.

I’m reminded of a time when I was listening to the Saint’s Radio program, “All Things Creative.” Again this was an instance where I just happened to turn on the radio, and it just happened to be an episode about LDS Bloggers. Which seems like a 1 in 1,000,000,000 types of chance when you consider the type of material that radio program puts out. The light streamed through my daughter’s window, and I knew that I needed to make THIS. On Lemon Lane. It had always been something I had wanted to do but was never ready to pull the trigger, but something spoke to my soul that there was room for this space and that I could create something helpful, and maybe even meaningful to others. This is my sacrifice, this is my widow’s mite, this is the sharing of my talents to build up the Kingdom of God.

If you remember, the Parable of the Missing Bath Bomb, click here to read the sweet story, I’m learning that if it’s important to you, It’s important to God, and if you are willing to put in the work, through His grace, we can be enabled.

and well, it happened again. Yesterday, I was working on Teaching on Lemon Lane into the early hours of the next day like I often do. I had a show about Vikings playing in the background… my ancestors…?? I got sidetracked thinking I should find out if any of the well-known vikings were in my family line, cue family search, cue rabbit hole, cue I think I indexed for the first time in my life and it was fast and easy! My heart swelled as I looked through the different famous relatives on my tree. (Check out how to find yours in LESS than 30 seconds using the Family Search Activity I’ve linked below!)

Fast forward to today. I start reading through this week’s Come Follow Me, a little anxious as I go in blind not sure what this week will be about, let alone what I will write about. Then, an almost smirk overtakes my face as I read Doctrine and Covenants 2.

Behold, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of aElijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and bdreadful day of the Lord.

And ahe shall plant in the hearts of the children the bpromises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers.

If it were not so, the whole aearth would be utterly wasted at his coming.

Elijah.

Family History.

Coincidence… or tender mercy.

The hand of God is in our lives. He is in mine. When I take the time to work. When I am willing to sacrifice. When I am intentional. He is there. He is in the details.

Click Here to Find Out the Famous Relatives on Your Tree, THEN COMMENT BELOW or on this week’s Instagram Post!

 

ALSO,

I’m so excited to share with you one of my absolute FAVORITE resources on the Prophet Joseph Smith. The Saints Channel, formerly Mormon Channel, put together a program called, “Perspectives.” Essentially it is a collection of episodes featuring different quotes, journal entries, quotes, and experiences related to the prophet Joseph Smith. I hope you take the time to listen to ALL of them WITH your family or your students, but today I will take the time to link two of my favorites. Perspectives on the Prophet Joseph Smith by Gordon B. Hinkley, and Emma Smith.

Next week I will share Elder Holland’s…

 

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Teaching Ideas for Toddlers & Young Children

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With young children, 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.  Many of these are PERFECT for when everyone is strapped in the car seat. My 5-year-old now requests many of these over the radio. 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.

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SO EXCITED! Angie Mae Killian released a new Family History themed song, and like anything she does… It is inspired and beautiful. @angiemaek

 

 

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Activity Suggestions:

 

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Activity Suggestions From Come Follow Me:

  • Possible Activities

    • Help the children say the name “Elijah” a few times. Ask them to listen for this name as you read Doctrine and Covenants 2:1. Explain that these are Moroni’s words to Joseph Smith, and they teach that Elijah would come to restore priesthood authority. Elijah later did appear to Joseph in the Kirtland Temple and gave the Prophet the power to seal families together.

    • Ask the children to tell you something they love about their families. Display a picture of a family next to a temple—your own family, if possible (or see Gospel Art Book, no. 120). Testify that Heavenly Father wants families to be together forever, and this is one reason He gave us temples.

Teaching Ideas for Families

Watch or Listen To:

The church recently released, “Saints,” A New Narrative approach to church history. It. Is. WONDERFUL. This gives such depth and understanding to the early saints. Historians did a remarkable job marrying facts, conversations, and primary sources with the art of storytelling. Every conversation read, or detail noted, comes from a primary account. Saints is also intended to be read and comprehended at an 8th-grade reading level making it accessible to nearly every Latter-Day Saint. Please add this to your study this year!

Click Here to Listen to or Read Chapter 1 of the “Saints,” (**To listen, click on the headphone icon in the bottom right-hand corner)

 

 

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  • You HAVE to start reading or listening to SAINTS:  (“Saints” was recently released by the church it is a narrative approach, (all primary-sourced insights) to  Church  History)  It is intentionally written in a way the entire family can enjoy and benefit from!

 

  • Another GREAT Resource is Revelations in Context: This is another book released by the church,  its purpose is to give you the behind the scene details to the  Section of the revelation given.  What prompted the question, what was going on…etc.
  • “The Doctrine and Covenants is a book of answers to prayers: many of the sacred revelations in this book came in response to questions. So it’s appropriate to begin studying the Doctrine and Covenants by considering the question that began the latter-day outpouring of revelation.” This book will help provide that background…

 

Activity Suggestions From Come Follow Me:

 

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  • Watch the video above and identify the promises God made as part of His covenant with Abraham. How do we “plant” these promises in our hearts?

 

Individual Study & Extension

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:MOST IMPORTANT PART:

Comment below and share YOUR favorite resources for This week of Come Follow Me in the Doctrine and Covenants. Join the conversation on @livingonlemonlane on Instagram and stay updated on new blog posts!  If you enjoyed this PLEASE SHARE! Another great way to share or support the efforts of Living on Lemon Lane is to simply pin your favorite images to Pinterest! Till next week.

Comments

  1. Thank you for your hard work on Come Follow Me! I always check here each week for help in teaching my family. I have teenagers and they are hard, but you always have great ideas and questions to keep them engaged.

    • Kerry, these types of comments make all the work worth it! Thank you so much for taking the type to comment. I can’t imagine teaching teenagers, my littles are still so little. I’ll make sure to keep your teenagers in mind as I gather content!

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