Youth – 5 CFM Ideas for April 15-21, 2024

by | Apr 10, 2024

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5 TEACHING IDEAS FOR COME FOLLOW ME LESSONS

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Enos, Jarom, Omni, Words of Mormon

Several wonderful life lessons are woven throughout these chapters. Prayerfully study these quotes, prioritize the ones that feel most important, and teach them first so you don’t run out of time. Quote #5 is probably quite valuable in our lives today.

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 (how)

Possible discussion questions: How is it done—how do our sins get forgiven? (Accept all reasonable answers – see Enos 1:8)

Possible discussion question: What important principle did Enos highlight for us? (Accept all reasonable answers—that we are forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement.)

Quote #2 (voices)

Possible engagement tool: Listen as Enos describes the kind of voice that had to be used with his people to keep them on the path.

Possible discussion questions: What kind of voice did the people need to help them stay on the path during Enos’s time?

Possible engagement tool: Tell your class that Jesus Christ listed all the different voices He will use with people in hopes of getting through to them, to give them another chance, and to save them – some people can only hear harsh voices. See which ones stand out to you:

Possible activity: Have your class help you pull out all the different voices Christ uses with mankind.

Voices Christ Will Use

  • Send prophets
  • Send angels
  • His own voice
  • Thunder
  • Lightning
  • Tempest (violent windstorm with rain, hail, or snow)
  • Earthquakes
  • Hailstorms
  • Famine (severe food shortage)
  • Pestilences (plagues, outbreaks and disease)
  • Sound of a trump
  • Voice of judgment (Reproof like Enos described)
  • Voice of mercy (tender blessings and expressions of love)
  • Voice of glory and honor and the riches of eternal life (teaching us about the great number of rewards that come from obedient living)

Possible discussion question: Different people respond best to different voices. Which voice best stirs you to remember God better, repent, and live more faithfully?

Quote #3 (whole soul)

Possible engagement tool: Amaleki (Ah-mal-eh-k+eye, think Amalekites) gives a formula for being saved. See if you can pick it out of this verse.

To Be Saved

Write on the board: To be saved = Offer Whole Souls + Fasting + Prayer + Endure to the End

Possible discussion question: What does it mean to you to “offer your whole soul” to Christ? When you hear that phrase, “offer your soul to Christ,” what could you do more to offer your whole soul? (I need to be more submissive and not grumble when it’s time to do tasks and errands for the Lord that are not fun.) Be ready to offer an answer to that question yourself.

Quote #4 (trials)

Possible engagement tool: Ask your class to notice how some of the most righteous, chosen men who have ever lived—whose words we read as scriptures—had complex lives with lots of adversity.

Note: These quotes can be divided between three readers.

Mormon

King Benjamin

And the first Mosiah (the first Mosiah, father of King Benjamin, grandfather of Mosiah)

Note how King Benjamin’s father, Mosiah, had to flee into the wilderness with his people and start life completely over.

Possible discussion questions: If we have difficult experiences or lives, does that mean God doesn’t love us? Name another important person in the scriptures or Church History who faces sore trials. Why do very good people have significant trials? (Accept all reasonable answers – God is in the business of growing and strengthening us, not giving us a problem-free life. Trials grow us and add stature to our spirits.)

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

~Charles Swindoll

Quote #5 (false voices)

Possible engagement tool: Ask your class to think about how many different voices and philosophies there are in the world today. Even within our Church, sometimes.

Possible discussion question: Mormon carefully selected records, knowing the Book of Mormon would benefit our day. Why did he write about false Christs, prophets, and teachers? Is that a problem today? Why is it important to choose our influences wisely?

Quote by President Nelson

Possible discussion questions: What stands out for you from the quote we just read? Have you ever had someone try to fill you with doubts about your faith? How often should you seek counsel from those who don’t believe? Who is the deceptive adversary? (Satan)

Summary

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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