Youth – 5 CFM Ideas for April 8-14, 2024

by | Mar 28, 2024

painted tree full of hearts

5 TEACHING IDEAS FOR COME FOLLOW ME LESSONS

See the complete list of CFM Lessons

Jacob 5-7

Also, reference the CFM lesson for Jacob 1-4 for excellent topics like “the Doctrine of Christ” that were missed because of General Conference.

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 (your story)

Possible engagement tool: Summarize the allegory of the Olive Tree in a few sentences. I would say something like, “Jacob chapter 5 is about an orchard of olive trees. Some trees were magnificent and produced good fruit, while others had wild branches that produced bad fruit. To save some of the trees, the Lord of the Vineyard would take outstanding branches from tame trees and graft them into wild trees in poor spots to see if he could save the wild or bad trees that weren’t doing so well. And vice versa.”

Short Intro

Let me share a personal experience with the Olive Tree allegory in Jacob chapter 5.

More than a decade ago, I found myself in socially challenging circumstances. They caused me a fair amount of concern, self-doubt, and questioning the logic of life.

Then came Jacob, chapter 5 in the Book of Mormon— The Olive Tree allegory, which I had previously assumed was meant for the Nephites and mostly blood Israelites.

The branches of the olive tree are an interesting visual sermon about becoming the Lord’s intentional transplant somewhere, but the analogy hadn’t yet hit me.

Then, one morning, that lengthy, symbolic, just-get-through-it allegory of the Olive Tree in Jacob chapter 5, and I came to an understanding.

It hit like a cascading burst of light.

There I was on the treadmill at the gym with my headphones on, not expecting to get much out of this chapter, when the Spirit whispered, “…this is your story.”

THIS IS YOUR STORY

It was one of those treasured, personal ah-hah moments that sank rather deep and explained my then-baffled, uncomfortable situation.

My social challenges gained tremendous meaning – and my outlook turned a corner.

Somewhere – in some place, you are the tame olive branch grafted in among the wild branches.

For example, it could be the family you were born into, the family you marry into, or perhaps your workplace, school, ward, church calling, community, or some other group.

Wherever it is, the allegory of the Olive Tree is your story, and it divinely and wisely replaces the “I’m out of place” story we tell ourselves—that self-talk story that messes with our sense of well-being, contentment, and maybe even our identity.

I cannot share all the intimate details of this personal revelation, but the overall beauty of it—I will.

The Lord (as quoted by Zenos) says:

You’re not out of place; you’re not the stand-alone. You’re the branch whose good fruit was meant to take hold and spread to the other branches, as many as will allow it. Your singularity was always okay; in fact, it’s not just okay—it’s your extraordinary contribution by being you and doing good anyway, despite the orientation and reaction of others.

The Sons of Mosiah

With this fresh perspective in the background of my awareness, along comes the story of the sons of Mosiah. The ones who purposely undertook a suicide mission to bring the gospel to the most scornful, non-receptive crowd of all times – the Lamanites.

It touched my soul deeply to realize that those four boys willingly took on that extreme, unfriendly rabble. In fact, they even VOLUNTEERED to let the Lord graft them in the most obnoxious, hopeless, gnarled tree in the vineyard. My conscience contrasted their readiness and zeal with my own resistance and awkward discomfort with the social dynamics of where I lived at that time.

I got it. Here, I deal with far fewer challenges, cultural differences, and social maladies. Yet, I’m still nursing my plight in my head, letting myself long for former groups of friends and different social cultures of times past. In short, I wrestled with reality.

What a fresh perspective to emulate the sons of Mosiah…to be among Lamanites with goodwill, real intent, tolerance, and service. To not mind being singular or different, to not mind contempt for being me, to know the Lord grafts in natural branches here or there to salvage more of the tree.

This understanding is joyful and brings great strength and resolve. The darts thrown by others lose their velocity and sharpness.

To the grafted-in olive branches, wherever you are, take heart. It’s worth saving the tree.

painted tree full of hearts

Possible discussion questions: Can you think of any scripture heroes who have been put in a very uncomfortable situation regarding other people, like a tame olive branch grafted into a wild tree? (Accept all reasonable answers—Joseph of Egypt, Moses, Nephi, Sons of Mosiah, etc.) If we find ourselves in that situation, does it mean the Lord disfavors us? How could someone strengthen themselves if they find themselves in that situation? (Accept all reasonable answers—attitude, perspective, prayer, gratitude, scriptures, seek out good and humble friends, be a good friend, serve others, and above all, develop a closeness to Christ and counsel with the Heavens in everything.)

Quote #2 (close to god)

Possible engagement tool: Tell your class that Jacob gives us essential, heartfelt advice. See what you think of his message:

Possible discussion questions: Who needs to repent of something, right now, today? (Every one of us—whether we take advantage of repentance or not is another story.) How would you describe ‘full purpose of heart’? (Accept all reasonable answers—sincere and all in.) What does it mean to come to Christ with full purpose of heart? What does that look like for you? What kinds of things would you do? What does “cleave unto God” mean?

cleave: be devoted to, be true

Another possible question is: What happens when we get rebellious and harden our hearts? (Accept all reasonable answers—we can’t hear the Spirit well and miss golden opportunities for inspiration and blessings.)

Quote #3 (wise)

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

Possible discussion question: What thoughts came to mind when you heard the prophet Jacob tell you to be wise? What do you need to be more wise about? What do you need to start doing or stop doing to be wise? (Do not require anyone to respond, but allow them to share if they want to. It’s best if you start by sharing what came to your mind and what you decided to change.)

Quote #4 (convincing)

Faithless and spiritually harmful voices can be compelling.

Note: This quote can be divided among 2–4 readers.

Possible discussion questions: Why was Sharem able to sway people away from the gospel? (He used flattery and the power of speech.) Have you ever heard someone who could sound convincing in almost anything—even if you knew they were probably wrong? Why are heartfelt prayer, scripture reading, taking the sacrament, and keeping the Sabbath day holy so important? (Accept all reasonable answers—it keeps the spirit of Christ in our lives, and we will not be so easily deceived.)

Quote #5 (proof)

Possible engagement tool: Miracles and signs mean nothing to the unfaithful. They do not convert people. It’s a repeating pattern that even if they witness a miracle, they will explain it away. Mosiah tells the wicked Sherem that a sign won’t matter. Listen for why it doesn’t matter:

More than 400 years later, before Christ visited the Nephites, we see the same pattern of denial:

Possible discussion question: What are the similarities between the two Book of Mormon verses 400 years apart? We know great signs and wonders are coming before Christ comes again. Will everyone believe them or be influenced by them? Why? What kinds of signs and wonders can we expect to see? (See Doctrine and Covenants 43:25)

scripture verse from the Doctrine and Covenants 43
The Lord uses many voices to try and reach you.

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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