Youth – 5 CFM Ideas for Feb 19 – 26, 2024

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5 TEACHING IDEAS FOR COME FOLLOW ME LESSONS

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2 Nephi 6 – 10

Nephi’s brother Jacob teaches the people several valuable lessons that are essential for our time 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

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 (how)

Possible engagement tool: Invite your class to listen to Jacob’s instructions and think about following them “continuously”?

Elder Andersen teaches us how to pray and think of Christ continuously…in a natural, doable way:

circumscribed in: surrounded by

In geometry, a circumscribed circle means the red outer ring contains the shape and all points.

Circumscribed circle
Circumscribed into one great whole.

Circumscribed

(Do you remember the phrase “all truth can be circumscribed into one great whole”?)

With God…all truth, wherever found or however apprehended, is circumscribed into one great whole. Ultimately, there are no contradictions, no quarrels, no inscrutable paradoxes, no mysteries. (Eric B. Shumway – President of BYU-Hawaii 1994)

Elder Andersen listed several things that “circumscribe” a prayerful mind.

  • His love
  • His life and teachings
  • His atoning sacrifice
  • His resurrection
  • prayer
  • remember sacred experiences
  • divine images and hymns
  • scriptures

Note: if you are not using the pdf handout below, write the list above on the board, etc. Or, as an activity, have your group help you pull out the points from the quote.

Circle with spiritual points around it
By focusing our attention on Jesus Christ, all else around us—while still present—is viewed through our love for Him. Less important distractions fade.

What meaningful guidance from our dear apostle Elder Andersen. When the scriptures say, “Look to me in every thought,” it doesn’t mean every thought is Jesus Christ – it means that every thought is influenced and connected to the teachings of Jesus Christ in some way. It means He is the filter for thinking, reasoning, acting, and reacting.

Possible activity: Quickly explain a circumscribed circle in your own words. Give each group member a copy of the pdf handout of the illustration above (color and B&W available). Have people volunteer which of the eight blue (outer) dots is one of their favorites and ask how they use it or why it means something to them.

Quote #2 (fatness)

Possible engagement tool: Tell your class that money and being entertained are among the top priorities of our culture. Ask them to listen to Jacob’s advice about those two things.

51 Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness. (2 Nephi 10:51)

“fatness” is used figuratively to represent the richness of God’s goodness.

Possible discussion question: When you hear Jacob’s advice, “Do not spend money for that which is of no worth,” what do you think he means by that? How is it possible to work hard, work a lot, and end up with nothing that satisfies us? When you hear the term “God’s goodness,” what comes up for you? Why are the things of God rich?

Quote #3 (honest moment)

Possible discussion questions: Do people always see themselves clearly? What does it mean to rationalize?

rationalize: a defense mechanism in which people justify difficult or unacceptable feelings with seemingly logical reasons and explanations; make excuses for; explain away

More discussion questions: Do we sometimes hide our guilt from ourselves, meaning we pretend something is less severe than it is? Do family or friends sometimes talk you out of doing what’s right? What will happen to those justifications and excuses when we stand before Christ at the judgment seat? (accept all reasonable answers – they will disappear because we will see ourselves perfectly) Have you ever had a moment when you realized you’d done something awful? How does that feel? How can we take care of mistakes and failures like that? (accept all reasonable answers – feel remorse, confess, apologize, try to make it up to someone)

Quote #4 (scattered)

Jacob speaks of the scattering of Israel among all the nations of the earth.

Note: The following quotes can be divided into three or four parts for 3-4 people to read.

Compare these verses to President Nelson’s comments about gathering Israel:

Possible discussion questions: Who are the Gentiles spoken of in verse 8? How can we become a righteous people? (accept all reasonable answers – cherish and honor your covenants above all other commitments) What does it mean to help gather Israel? (accept all reasonable answers – become ready and willing to receive Christ when He comes again and live the higher and holier laws of Jesus Christ) What are some of the higher, holier laws of Jesus Christ?

Quote #5 (grace)

We are often accused of not believing in grace by those of other faiths. One of the best descriptions of grace in the Book of Mormon shows we believe in grace. However, we do not believe in ‘grace alone’ or ‘no obedience required.’

Possible engagement tool: Invite your class to listen for teachings about grace in these verses.

Possible discussion questions: How would you explain our doctrine of Christ’s grace to a friend? What does the word ‘reconcile’ mean?

reconcile: become compatible, adjust, conform; to restore peaceful relations between two or more parties; to make oneself no longer opposed, find harmony, or merge.

More possible questions: Why are we naturally out of harmony with God? What does “reconcile yourselves to the will of God, and not to the will of the devil and the flesh” mean?

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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