Youth – 5 CFM Ideas for April 22–28, 2024

by | Apr 9, 2024

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5 TEACHING IDEAS FOR COME FOLLOW ME LESSONS

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Mosiah 1–3

These are powerhouse verses. Some of the most inspirational verses come from King Benjamin’s last sermon.

Please note: There are more than 5 scriptures below. Please read each quote idea and prioritize what you want to teach the most. For example, Quote #4 will take around 20 minutes, so if that is a high priority, I would teach it first or second. A printable PDF file is available to help you with Quote #4.

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 (name)

Possible engagement tool: King Benjamin promises to give his people a name when he speaks to them the next day and gives them a couple of clues. What clues stand out to you?

Clues

  • Stand out above all people
  • Because they have been obedient to the Lord’s commandments
  • Never blotted out – except by transgression

Possible discussion questions: What clues did King Benjamin give? Which name will King Benjamin give them? (If they’re not sure – go straight to the following scripture. If they guess correctly, congratulate/validate them and read the following scripture.

omnipotent: all-knowing, all-seeing, boundless, divine, immortal, everlasting, all-powerful

(pronounced aam·ni·puh·tnt)

More possible discussion questions: What name did King Benjamin give his people so they would never be blotted out? When someone suggests that we think Joseph Smith or anyone else saves us, what can you tell them? (Accept all reasonable answers – share a verse with that person, like Mosiah 3:17, and explain that we know only Jesus Christ can save and redeem us) When the scriptures describe Christ as omnipotent, what ideas come up for you—why is He omnipotent?

Quote #2 (list to obey)

Possible engagement tool: Ask your class to listen for where King Benjamin says contention comes from.

contention: Strife in debate, dispute, or controversy, the disagreement that results from opposing arguments.

list to obey: to choose to follow guidance or commands. Want to please. So replace the word list with choose, “and ye choose to follow the commands of the evil spirit.”

Jesus Christ further deepened that understanding when He told the Nephites:

Possible discussion questions: Why is it important to recognize where contention comes from? How much contention is in our world today? Does Satan benefit when we are angry? How?

Quote #3 (wisdom)

Possible engagement tool: Listen to this verse and see what thoughts come up for you.

wise: having or showing experience, knowledge, and good judgment

prosper: to be successful, to thrive

Possible discussion question: What blessings come from wisdom? (Accept all reasonable answers—it leads us down paths that allow us to be blessed and successful.) Where does wisdom come from? (Accept all reasonable answers – from the Spirit of the Lord.) Also read:

Painting of the Joseph Smith's First Vision
My favorite First Vision painting by Anthony Sweat

Possible discussion question: Where do we turn when we need help to succeed, thrive, and have knowledge and good judgment? Who did Joseph Smith turn to? How did the First Vision come about?

Possible discussion question: Where do light, wisdom, and truth come from? What happens when we partner with the Heavens through prayer and pondering and ask for help and guidance with our lives, path, and questions?

Quote #4 (natural man)

Possible engagement tool: Tell your class we’re about to hear a list of saint-like qualities we’re to develop. Ask them to pick out one to work on as we listen to the verse.

Possible activity: Let’s make a list of saint-like qualities we need to develop:

  • yields to the Holy Spirit
  • become as a child
  • submissive
  • meek
  • humble
  • patient
  • full of love
  • willing to submit to the Lord
  • endure trials

Possible activity: Draw quotes** out of a hat. Which quality does it describe? (It’s okay if they select the wrong one or more than one… keep going.)

Possible discussion question: What does it mean to become a child? By a show of hands, how many of us heard something from King Benjamin’s list that we need to work on? Does anyone mind sharing what they came up with? (Be ready to prayerfully share your own—be self-disclosing and humble; it helps others do the same.)

**Quotes (Printable PDF Below)

Yields to the Holy Spirit:

Become As a Child:

Submissive

Accommodating, dutiful, compliant, yielding

Meek

Humble

modest, respectful, unpretentious

Patience

capable, willing to endure, calm, forgiving

Full of Love

fondness, tenderness, warmth, attachment, endearment, devotion

Willing to Submit to the Lord

Endure Trials

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.

Printable PDF for Quote #4

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2 Comments

  1. Patricia Denny

    Sister Cannon,
    Any suggestions to discuss in Relief Society, from our dear Prophet’s talk at General Conference?
    Your guides are always so helpful, and can’t thank you enough for your assistance from all your gospel insights.

    Reply
    • Shawnie Cannon

      I should have that up by Wednesday evening.

      Reply

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