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Week 1 COME FOLLOW ME: Doctrine and Covenants – TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES | D&C Section 1
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.
- What do you learn from section 1 that will help you get the most benefit from your study of the Doctrine and Covenants? For example, you might ponder what it means to “hear the voice of the Lord” in these revelations (verse 14) or to “search these commandments” (verse 37).
- What do you learn about the Lord’s servants? When have you heard the Lord’s voice in the voice of His servants? (see verse 38).
- Notice that in verse 3 and verses 24–28, the Lord said that people’s sins and errors would be made known. In one case this is a painful, sorrowful experience, and in the other case it is instructive. Why are these situations so different?
- Consider how you react when you become aware of your sins and weaknesses.
- What qualities do you find in verses 24–28 that can help you respond in the right way?
- What do these verses, along with verses 31–33, teach you about how the Lord views your weaknesses and sins
- Although section 1 warns of distressing days to come, it also contains a reassuring message: “I the Lord, knowing the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth, called upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and spake unto him from heaven” (verse 17). Note the calamities that the Lord warned about (see, for example, verses 13–16, 35).
What other calamities do you notice in today’s world—or in your own life? Verses 17–30 describe what the Lord has done for you in anticipation of these calamities. Consider making a list of what you find.
- According to Doctrine and Covenants 1:1–6, 37–39, how does the Lord warn us?
- What has He warned us about recently?
- Perhaps you could watch or read parts of recent general conference messages and look for examples of God’s “voice of warning.”
- What does it mean to “establish [the Lord’s] righteousness”?
- How can we make sure we are doing that, rather than walking “in [our] own way”?
- What does it mean to say that the Church is “true and living”?
- How will you make your scripture study a regular part of family life?
- What study ideas can help you learn from the scriptures? (See “Ideas to Improve Your Family Scripture Study” at the beginning of this resource.)
Who is EXCITED about delving into Doctrine and Covenants? There is something about that new year and new start that is so refreshing. I find myself more motivated and more excited. Like in the past, my plan and intent is to provide you weekly blog posts with FREE Come Follow Me Resources and Ideas for your students, family, children, or individual study.
I can honestly say I have never read the Doctrine and Covenants cover to cover. In fact, oftentimes I will hear or read a profound scripture only to realize and be surprised that it’s in the Doctrine and Covenants. This year I am committed to better understanding not only the verses but also the context of the revelations behind them.
Unlike the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants contains no storyline, and it doesn’t read chronologically. I think this makes it crucial to study what’s going on behind the scenes to truly understand and appreciate the revelation we’re reading and how we can apply it.
There are lots of great resources available to you to help you, comment below if you have a favorite! The Come Follow Me headings do a great job to give you a brief background on the assigned reading. If you want to delve deeper… You HAVE to check out, “Revelations in Context.” This book was put out by the church in 2016. “This book contains stories told from the point of view of those who experienced the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants, giving us insight into their meaning. While the section headings provide context for the revelations, they don’t tell the complete story. What questions prompted the revelations? What did the Lord’s responses mean to those He addressed? How did they respond?” This book aims to answer those questions!
Click Here to Read Revelations in Context Preview
Click Here to Read Revelations in Context Section on D&C 1
If you have stellar resources that share context or make a wonderful study aid to the Doctrine and Covenants. PLEASE share them in the comments below!
Before I sign off I HAD to share this excerpt from a new Podcast/video by John Bytheway and Hank Smith, in it they ask Anthony Sweat, (one of my new favorite artists) to express his thoughts on Joseph Smith, and well… it’s pretty remarkable. Sweat has taught the Doctrine and Covenants for over 20 years and recently released his book, “Repicturing the Restoration,” Which is one I can’t wait to get my hands on! If you don’t catch the whole podcast, make sure to at least make time for the moment at 58 minutes.
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Teaching Ideas for Toddlers & Young Children
Watch or Listen To:
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.)
- PODCAST: Scripture Stories Podcast on the Doctrine and Covenants,**Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. SO GREAT for Primary Aged Children! Click Here to Listen.
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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Click Here to Read the Message from our Prophet, “I Love You”
- For Doctrine and Covenants 1: Help your little ones say, “Joseph Smith was a prophet.” Then go to children.ChurchofJesusChrist.org and click on “Music” to find a song to sing about Joseph Smith.
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Activity Suggestions From Come Follow Me:
- What does it mean to say that the Church is “true and living”? To get your family thinking about this question, perhaps you could show them pictures of living things and nonliving things. You could also discuss what you can do as a family to help “bring [the Church] forth out of obscurity and out of darkness.”
Click Here for an AWESOME and FREE slideshow of Living and Non-Living Things
- The Lord declared that His voice is a “voice of warning.” How will you inspire the children to hear and obey the warnings He gives?
- Let the children hold pictures of warning signs—such as traffic hazards, bad weather, or poison—and talk about how they warn us of danger. Or tell a story about a time when you obeyed a warning. Compare these warnings to the warnings the Lord gives us through His prophets. Testify that He warns us because He loves us and wants us to be safe (see also this week’s activity page).
- Read to the children from Doctrine and Covenants 1:4: “And the voice of warning shall be unto all people.” Share something that the prophet has recently taught that can keep us safe. Show related pictures, if possible. Talk about how you are following the prophet’s counsel.
- The prophet’s words are God’s words: The children you teach may have heard the President of the Church speak, but they may not realize that his words come from God. Help them learn to recognize the words of the prophet as God’s words.
- Play a simple game by giving instructions to one child and asking him or her to repeat the instructions for the other children. Help them see that following the child’s instructions is the same as following your instructions and that following the prophet is the same as following the Lord. Read to them the last line of Doctrine and Covenants 1:38: “Whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.”
- Sing together a song about prophets, such as the last verse of “Follow the Prophet” (Children’s Songbook, 110–11). Share your testimony that the prophet speaks the word of God.
- Share a picture, recording, or video clip of the living prophet. Bear your testimony that the prophet tells us what God wants us to know. Invite the children to share how they feel about the prophet.
Teaching Ideas for Families
Watch or Listen To:
- 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.
Activity Suggestions From Come Follow Me:
- The Lord knew the challenges we would face, so He restored the gospel through Joseph Smith: You can help the children prepare for future challenges by teaching them how the Restoration of the gospel provides spiritual protection.
- Help the children think of some of the problems in the world today. Review Doctrine and Covenants 1:15–16 with them, and help them identify some of the problems that the Lord prophesied would occur. Invite them to discover in verses 17 and 29–30 what the Lord has done to help us face the challenges of our time.
- Ask the children to imagine they are preparing for a trip. What would they pack? How would it help them to know that it would rain during their trip or that their car would get a flat tire? Read together verse 17, and discuss what the Lord knew would happen to us and how He prepared for it. (If necessary, explain that a “calamity” is a disaster or terrible thing.) How do God’s commandments help us deal with the challenges of our time?
- The word of the Lord lasts forever: You can help the children build their faith in Jesus Christ by teaching them that His word is sure and dependable.
- Help the children compare things that are temporary, like a bubble or a snowflake, with things that seem permanent, like a mountain or the sun. Ask them to find in verses 37–38 something that the Lord said is permanent. Why is it a blessing to know that God’s word “shall not pass away”?
- Help the children understand that the “voice of my servants” includes the voices of our apostles and prophets. Help the children find “prophecies and promises” in a recent general conference address by one of the Lord’s servants. Bear your testimony that these words are inspired by the Lord and “shall all be fulfilled.”
Individual Study & Extension
Watch or Listen To:
Just stumbled across this series and could not be more excited about it. Click Here for the Podcast Version of this Video
When I saw Dr. Anthony Sweat was a guest speaker I had to share this, he has been teaching the Doctrine and Covenants for the past 20 years, and recently published and illustrated his book, “Repicturing the Restoration,” Which is one I can’t wait to get my hands on!
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