Youth – 5 CFM Ideas for Feb 05 – Feb 11, 2024

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5 TEACHING IDEAS FOR COME FOLLOW ME LESSONS

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2 Nephi 1-2

Nephi shares several lessons about life in these two chapters.

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

Put the quotes in any order that makes sense to you. I would start with the ones you feel are most important and work 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 (dwindle)

Possible engagement tool: Write the word “Dwindle” on the chalkboard and ask class members what it means. (dwindle: decline, fade, shrink, taper off)

Ask them to listen for the word as we listen to these verses.

Note: The following quote can be split up into two smaller quotes.

Possible discussion questions: What does it mean to dwindle in unbelief? Do people today have a chance to know about Jesus? What happens if they reject or ignore Him? Have we seen this occur in history? (accept all reasonable answers – when the Israelites took over the land of Canaan and when the European world discovered America.) What message do you get out of these verses?

Quote #2 (arms)

Let’s practice looking up deeper meanings with the footnotes.

But behold, the Lord hath aredeemed my soul from hell; I have beheld his bglory, and I am encircled about eternally in the carms of his dlove. (1 Nephi 1:15)

Possible activity: assign each class member a footnote to look up and share with the class what they learned about that footnote.

Note: Some footnotes have more than one verse. Tell them to select the one that means the most to them.

Redeemed: And I know that he will raise me up at the last day, to dwell with him in glory; yea, and I will praise him forever, for he has brought our fathers out of Egypt, and he has swallowed up the Egyptians in the Red Sea; and he led them by his power into the promised land; yea, and he has delivered them out of bondage and captivity from time to time. (Alma 36:28)

Glory: And the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. (Exodus 24:16)

Arms: Behold, he sendeth an invitation unto all men, for the arms of mercy are extended towards them, and he saith: Repent, and I will receive you. (Alma 5:33)

Love: Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:39)

Possible discussion question: What was Lehi telling us about the Lord?

Quote #3 (gain)

Jacob was visited by Christ when he was young. Nonetheless, to be chosen often means a lot of affliction.

Possible discussion questions: What did Jacob suffer that caused a lot of sorrow? Do we have church members today who have suffered because of troubled family members? Does having unkind family members mean you are not chosen? Who else is highly favored of the Lord yet has seen much affliction and sorrow in their lives? (accept all reasonable answers – Nephi, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, Moses, Joseph of Egypt, etc.)

Deepen the Understanding

One of the blessings of suffering trials and afflictions while standing firm with the Lord is that you increase in stature and capacity and become equal to what you face.

There’s a learning curve to praying and receiving personal revelation. After a lifetime, I’ve discovered the kinds of prayers which, guaranteed, don’t work. For example, when I was much younger, I used to pray that the Lord would zap entirely onerous people with lightning or send fire-breathing dragons their way to relieve my hardships (true story).

It never happened once.

Prayers that Work

On the other hand, Alma and his people unveiled one of the Universe’s secret keys to happiness, well-being, and inner peace. Their prayers get results.

Possible engagement tool: Ask the class to think about what it means to consecrate someone’s afflictions for their gain.

And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions. (Mosiah 24:14)

Similar to their experience, the prayer I discovered which works every time is, “Heavenly Father, please make me equal to what I face.” Challenges don’t disappear, but how they look and feel to me improves remarkably. My sense of capacity increases, and my weight decreases.

Possible discussion question: Why does this prayer successfully gain Heaven’s partnership?

Quote #4 (grace)

Possible engagement tool: Tell your class that “to answer to the ends of the law” means the furthest reaches of the law or complete and total justice. Christ’s atonement covers all of this and answers for all of what Justice demands.

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Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, by Howard Lyon

Word definitions:

redemption: deliverance, salvation, amends, recovery

grace: compassion, generosity, benevolence, pardon

truth: certainty, genuineness, infallibility, sincerity

Possible activity: Have the 2-3 class members choose alternate words from the list and reread verse 6 with their new words. For example:

Wherefore, (recovery) cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of (generosity) and (genuineness).

Possible discussion questions: Which replacement words were your favorite? If you describe Jesus Christ to a friend, what words would you use? What does it mean to have a broken heart and contrite spirit? (accept all reasonable answers) Why is repentance a spiritually healthy process – what does it do for us? (accept all reasonable answers – it qualifies us for Christ’s redemption)

Quote #5 (two choices)

Nephi explains that we have two paths to choose from.

Note: The following quote can be split up into smaller quotes.

Possible discussion questions: What are the two paths we can take? How would you explain these two choices to a friend? What benefits come from choosing Jesus Christ? (accept all reasonable answers – liberty and life) How is Jesus Christ the path to liberty and eternal life? What penalties come from choosing the devil? (accept all reasonable answers – to me miserable, captive/controlled) Have you ever had a bad habit that seemed to take over your life?

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 put the quotes in any order that makes sense to you.

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