Youth – 5 CFM Ideas for Feb 27 – Mar 03, 2024

by | Feb 19, 2024

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5 TEACHING IDEAS FOR COME FOLLOW ME LESSONS

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2 Nephi 11 -19

Don’t be afraid of Isaiah! He has so much to teach us.

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 (delight)

Possible engagement tool: Invite your class to think about what their souls delight in as they listen to Jacob speak.

Jacob’s Delights

  • Lord’s covenants to man
  • Grace
  • Justice
  • Power
  • Mercy
  • The great and eternal plan of deliverance
  • proving Christ’s mission

Possible discussion questions: Why would Jacob delight in grace? Repeat that question for 2-4 items from Jacob’s list. Which item from Jacob’s list means the most to you and why?

Possible activity: Have a plate of treats or some popular candy and ask people to volunteer something spiritual or gospel oriented that they delight in. When they name something, have them take a treat. Do everyone who wants to volunteer something. It can be simple, like music, reading scriptures, a gospel teaching/principle, or a sacred experience.

Quote #2 (christ)

Many Christians have heard we do not believe that Christ was God or Jehovah before he came to earth. It is essential to explain that we know Christ is God and that he was God of the Old Testament.

Possible engagement tool: Ask your class to listen to what this verse teaches about Jesus Christ.

Possible discussion question: How does it make you feel about Christ to know that He was God before He was born? The scriptures teach that Christ is meek and lowly of heart (Matthew 11:29).

More possible questions: What does the word meekness mean? (accept all reasonable answers – behaving with goodness and kindness, showing strength, serenity, healthy self-worth, and self-control.) What kind of example does Jesus’ meekness set for us? (accept all reasonable answers – if God is meek and lowly of heart, then we need to follow that example)

Quote #3 (great words)

We have a lot of Isaiah chapters to cover over the next two weeks. Isaiah is more challenging to read, so let’s discover why they are so important!

man writing on ancient scrolls
Isaiah wrote his prophecies.

We are the Gentiles Nephi spoke of. Nephi knew the Book of Mormon was for our day and purposely included specific Isaiah chapters that he felt were most important for us to read. They are full of warnings, and as we study Isaiah, we realize that he uses historical events to describe the future, “all things that he spake have been and shall be.”

Possible discussion questions: What are some ways we can better understand Isaiah? (accept all reasonable answers – get a book that helps explain Isaiah or use Church resources online)

Quote #4 (haughty)

Possible engagement tool: What does ‘haughty’ mean?

haughty:  having or showing great pride in oneself and disdain, contempt, or scorn for others.

lofty: self-important and high regard for oneself

These verses describe humanity’s reactions to the Second Coming of Christ.

Possible discussion questions: Have you ever met someone who could be haughty because of their status, wealth, or accomplishments, but they were meek and lowly instead? How did you feel about that person? Do we have a lot of pride in our world? Does our world value people and give lots of status to those who break the commandments and who don’t believe in Christ? Are people sometimes proud of their wicked acts and lifestyles? What does Isaiah say will happen when the Lord comes again?

Quote #5 (prophecy)

Here’s another of Isaiah’s prophecies for our day, found in Isaiah 3 (2 Nephi 13).

Possible engagement tool: Invite your class to compare Isaiah’s prophecy about our day to what they see happening. Did Isaiah get it right? How is your town doing?

Everyone is doing this to each other. Think of ‘oppression’ in terms of hostility, accusations, disapproval, heckling, vandalism, rudeness, and a loss of civility and respect.

Possible discussion questions: Did Isaiah get it right? How is your town doing? Why is it important to treat others with civility and respect? How can we keep ourselves from reacting in like manner?

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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2 Comments

  1. Shanna L Davies

    Hello Shawnie! I love your lesson plans. They are so helpful! I’m trying to open the lesson plan for this week (Feb 19-25) but when I click on it it’s not working. I’m not sure if this is just happening on my computer or others as well. Any ideas?

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      I tried it and it is working. Not sure what happened?

      Reply

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