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COME FOLLOW ME: Doctrine and Covenants – TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES | D&C Section 1

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Week 1 COME FOLLOW ME: Doctrine and Covenants – TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES | D&C Section 1

D&C: 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?

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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!

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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

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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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  • 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.”

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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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I also want to note that our “scipture study” may not look like your traditional scripture study… and that’s ok! The Lord LOVES effort. So no… At the moment we are not sitting down and opening our scriptures for a formal study, we aren’t even reading a children’s version of the scriptures. Instead, thanks to my husband, we are simply working on memorizing a SINGLE VERSE of scripture each morning. We will use that same verse of scripture until my kiddos have it mastered. This feels doable. This feels obtainable. This is currently working for us. I’m hoping we can do a single verse each week, a verse that can be found in the assigned Come Follow Me reading!
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Like a warrior we need our spiritual armor at the start of the day!
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Emma Smith. Call me a cynic, but if you put value on the fact that none of the witnesses ever recounted their testimony of the Book of Mormon, I put 10 fold that value on Emma.
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My heart swells and breaks a little when I think of dear Emma. She is someone that I can not wait to meet, to hug, and to cry with. She endured SO much, and loved Joseph with a depth that seems unobtainable.
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I know we need to be careful putting early Saints on a pedestal, but that’s just it, much of the pedestal I place her on is grounded in how “human” she is to me.
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“I have never seen a woman in my life, who would endure every species of fatigue and hardship, from month to month, and from year to year, with that unflinching courage, zeal and patience, which she has always done; for I know that which she has had to endure; that she has been tossed upon the ocean of uncertainty; that she has breasted the storm of persecution, and buffeted the rage of men and devils, until she has been swallowed up in a sea of trouble which [would] have borne down almost any other woman.”3

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What’s your favorite hymn? Drop it in the comments below!
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In 1825, 21-year-old Emma met 19-year-old Joseph Smith when a guy named Josiah Stowell hired Joseph to help him dig for purported lost silver near Harmony, PA. The Smiths often took random jobs like this to help provide for the family, but Joseph’s current living + all the rumors about him still didn’t impress Emma’s dad. But she was done being with all the single ladies, so she put her hand up and Joseph liked it so he put a ring on it—they eloped and were married on Jan. 18, 1827 in South Bainbridge, NY.
Fast forward to June 15, 1828: At the same time Martin Harris was losing 116 pages of The Book of Mormon, Emma nearly died. After an agonizing labor, she gave birth to her first child, but the baby was very frail and died soon afterward. Little did she know that her first three children would not live beyond a day, and of the nine children she bore, only four would grow to adulthood. Emma and Joseph named this first baby Alvin.
Now let’s jump to July 1830: Soon after Emma’s “memorable” baptism day (see Joseph Knight Sr. post), the Lord sent a revelation just for her, now known as Doctrine & Covenants 25. (Go read p.36-38 in “Revelations in Context”—good stuff.) Among other things, Emma is assigned to “make a selection of sacred hymns.” Today, 26 of Emma’s original selections are still in our hymn book. Zero came from Beyonce.
Of course, Emma later became the first president of the Relief Society, fulfilling, at least in part, her designation by the Lord as an “elect lady” according to Joseph in 1842.
Emma was a leader in public and in private—often left to face life’s challenges alone when her husband was falsely accused and imprisoned.
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“In the twentieth section of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord devotes several verses to summarizing the vital truths which the Book of Mormon teaches. (See vs. 17–36.) It speaks of God, the creation of man, the Fall, the Atonement, the ascension of Christ into heaven, prophets, faith, repentance, baptism, the Holy Ghost, endurance, prayer, justification and sanctification through grace, and loving and serving God”

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Do you teach Young Women, in the Relief Society, Primary or even Activity Days?? If so check out this brilliant idea for teaching Priesthood responsibilities outlined in Doctrine and Covenants 20 by @comefollowmeathome
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“I have served in the Young Women organization more any other in the church. It is my *favorite* place to be. And the most memorable lessons I taught were about D&C 20.
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There is a lot of information in this section about the duties of priesthood holders. When I taught this I would have the girls read through the verses starting at verse 38 and we would list all of the duties of Elders down to Deacons up on the board. I would then ask them to look at the board and tell me which of the things *they* could do and I would put a star by it. Nearly every single duty ended up with a star next to it (except things like baptism, confirmation, blessing the sacrament, etc).
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By the end of the lesson you could see a light come on in them—they could participate in the duties of the priesthood without having to be assigned to do it! It was an empowering lesson! There is SO much that could be written on this topic—and there has been by people much more knowledgeable than me—but this is one way you can help the women and girls in your life know that they are part of this great work.”
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Art: @caitlin_connolly_
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Some of my favorite resources are: Women and the Priesthood by Sheri Dew, The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood (April 2014 Conference) by Dallin H. Oaks, womeninthescriptures.com @womeninthescriptures
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A post about flowers by @comefollowmedaily and artwork by @thecoloramber ... How could I not repost?! ⬇️READ THIS ⬇️
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Posted by @comefollowmedaily
“When I was young, we lived next to a very nice old lady who would occasionally let us come to her house.

One day, she allowed us to visit her garden in her backyard. It was absolutely beautiful, with brightly colored flowers everywhere. As soon as we entered the yard, the woman asked us kindly but firmly to NOT pick any of the flowers.

But as I passed the multi-colored flowers, I had what I thought was an absolutely wonderful idea.

I could pick some of these flowers and make them into a bouquet for my neighbor! Surely she would love having these beautiful flowers in her house, where she’d be able to see them more often.

I found the most beautiful flowers in the garden, and a few minutes later, in front of my horrified mother, I presented the woman with the colorful bouquet: “They’re for you!” I said, beaming. “To put in your house.”

The old woman took the flowers with a sigh. “Thank you, but I don’t want them in my house,” she said. “These are my flowers, and I wanted them to stay in my garden.”
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I learned an important lesson that day: obedience is most important.

In D&C 22, I am sure the people who didn’t want to be rebaptized had good rationalizations.

When they had been baptized before into other churches, it was probably a wonderful, spiritual experience for them,
One that brought them close to Christ,
And they felt like getting rebaptized was unnecessary.

But they ended up getting a strong rebuke from the Lord:
“Enter thee in at the gate, as I have commanded, and seek not to counsel your God.”
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When I picked the flowers in that garden, I thought I knew better than the woman who had planted those flowers in the first place.

I should have trusted the gardener,

Just like the early saints needed to trust God and His prophet.

As Proverbs 3:5 puts it: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

Be humble.
Trust in Him,
And the Great Gardener will direct your path.

Art by @thecoloramber
Written by Sarah Keenan
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The patterns of humility and repentance in the life of Martin Harris powerfully illustrate that humility allows the Spirit to be with us. Such an attitude fosters a desire to follow the Savior, do His work, and serve others. As Martin’s remarkable experience shows, repentance is the key to remaining humble. The Savior’s Atonement in our behalf makes this possible. Larry E. Morris ...

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