Youth – 5 CFM Ideas for April 1-7, 2024

by | Mar 23, 2024

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Jacob 1-4

Jacob gives his heartfelt all into saving his people from their iniquities. He models how a dedicated leader thinks and feels about his people.

Lesson Notes

You can find the full Come, Follow Me lesson here. Unless you opt to spend a lot of time on a particular quote, try to pick around 2 questions per quote. Choose the questions that resonate the most with you and make a meaningful discussion for your group of personalities.

All blue quotes from the Book of Mormon (unless otherwise noted).

Lesson Prep

  • If you want the discussion to be more meaningful, hand out reading assignments ahead of time and ask the reader to answer one question about it (pick one of the questions below and give it to them, along with the assigned quote). The sooner you do this, the better, but at least show it to them before Sacrament meeting if possible. You can text it or email it, too.
  • Ask various people to read and participate – especially those who aren’t asked as much.

Lesson Delivery

You can arrange the quotes in any order that makes sense to you. I suggest starting with the most important ones and working your way down. Don’t worry about covering all the quotes.

  • Make sure you assign others to read the quotes. You’re talking enough already. Letting others read allows more people to participate.
  • Encourage discussion by accepting all reasonable answers. Validate people for participating and be thankful they spoke up. Engage with the answer in a conversational way whenever it feels natural. Never say, “That’s not the right answer,” or “We haven’t got to that part of the lesson yet.”
  • Remember, spiritual discussion is golden. We want people to talk about the gospel together.
  • If a lesson takes a different turn, roll with it. The Spirit intends for you to be successful.
  • If the discussion gets too non-spiritual, pull it back by going to the following quote or question.
  • Avoid videos – they shut down discussion. Save them for personal study.

Quote #1 (brother’s keeper)

Possible engagement tool: Ask: “Are we our brother’s keeper?” “What does the gospel of Christ teach us about that?” (Accept all reasonable answers. Some possible answers might include the parable of the Good Samaritan or the commandment, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”)

Let’s listen to how the priests, Jacob and Joseph, felt about being their brother’s keeper.


Possible engagement tool: Ask your class to notice in what ways being a priest in Jacob’s time is similar to the instructions given to priests in the Doctrine and Covenants.

Possible discussion questions: How dedicated was Jacob to his calling as priest and teacher? Do you sometimes need a reminder to pray or to pray more often? Why is encouraging people to pray so essential? How can we encourage others to pray? (Accept all reasonable answers – #1 is sharing your stories about praying and how it helped you personally.) Has prayer ever helped you? Does anyone have an experience with prayer they want to share?


Possible engagement tool: Ask your class to notice in what ways being a teacher in Jacob’s time is similar to the instructions given to teachers in the Doctrine and Covenants.

Possible discussion questions: Did Jacob’s teachers watch over the church and strengthen the members? The Doctrine and Covenants instruct teachers to keep an eye on the church and to be peacemakers. How can we help prevent hard feelings and “hard speeches”? (See D&C 124:116 – the footnote says that “hard speeches” means slander.)

Quote #2 (disciple)

Possible engagement tool: Ask your class to think about, “What is a peacemaker”? as they listen to this quote by President Nelson:

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Note: This quote can be divided among 3 readers.

Possible discussion questions: What stands out for you from this quote? How does it relate to the duty of teachers spoken of in Doctrine and Covenants, section 20? Who else has this duty? (All of us!) Is there something that you could do better? Does anyone want to share something they can do? (Keep it about yourself!)

Quote #3 (providence)

Possible engagement tool: Explain what providence means—

providence: God is aware of what is happening in a person’s life and is invested in how things go for them.

Possible discussion question: What does Jacob mean when he says, “The hand of providence hath smiled upon you”? What does it mean to wear a stiff neck and a high head? (Accept all reasonable answers – to be arrogant, conceited, or assume you are better/worth more than others.) Can a person be dressed very well, have nice cars and homes, and still be of inferior character? Does the world look and measure people differently than the Lord does? What does the Lord see, and why does that matter more?

Quote #4 (revelations)

Search the prophets!

Possible discussion questions: Why are revelations essential to us in 2024? What’s another word for “revelation,” or how would you describe revelation? (vision, epiphany, sudden answers, whisperings of the Spirit, confirmation, burning, enlightenment, greater understanding, new knowledge) What does it mean to “despise” the revelations of God? (Accept all reasonable answers – it means to disregard them or think they’re not essential or necessary.) Does the world sometimes despise the revelations of God? (i.e., they reject the prophets, that God speaks to us now, and the Book of Mormon)

Possible activity: Ask your class how revelations are made available to us. Write the responses on the board as people say them. (i.e., scriptures, General Conference, promptings from the Holy Ghost, Light of Christ, prayer, patriarchal blessings, other blessings, inspired family, teacher, and friends)

Quote #5 (why not)

Possible engagement tool: Tell your class that Jacob asks us a couple of important questions and to see if they can tell what they are.

Possible activity: Divide the class into teams or let them search individually. Assign half of the class to find a good verse about the atonement of Christ and the other half to find a good verse about the resurrection. Let them share the verse with the class. Then, have them switch topics. Have the first half find a different verse about the resurrection, and the second half find a different verse about the atonement. Share those verses, too.

Possible discussion question: How does knowing about Christ’s atonement and the gift of resurrection influence your outlook on life? Why is this essential gospel knowledge?

Example of an atonement verse:

Example of a resurrection verse:


Summarize class discussion highlights and/or share your testimony and feelings about the lesson. Thank your class for their excellent contributions and insights.

Final Comment

As you study and teach, you can help others find more truths in the scriptures. Thank you for bringing powerful Book of Mormon teachings into other people’s lives.

If you would like some tips on how to feel more confident while teaching, try “9 Tips for More Class Participation.Please arrange the quotes in any order that makes sense to you.

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