Youth – 5 CFM Ideas for July 08 – 14, 2024

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5 TEACHING IDEAS FOR COME FOLLOW ME LESSONS

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Alma 23 -29

This lesson touches on the depth of conversion, apostasy, joy, and understanding the mysteries of God.

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 them (pick one of the questions below and give it to them, along with the assigned quote). The sooner you do this, the better, but if possible, at least show it to them before the Sacrament meeting. You can also text or email it.
  • 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 (depth)

Alma describes how deeply the once-wicked Lamanites were converted to the gospel.

Note: the following verses can be divided between 2 readers.

zeal: determination, devotion, warmth, spirit

Possible engagement tool: Write zeal and its definition on the board.

Possible discussion questions: Can you think of an example of having zeal towards God? What does having zeal towards men look like? (accept all reasonable answers – ready to give service, fellowshipping, thoughtfulness) What does the word “faith” mean? Is it just belief?

Possible discussion questions: What kinds of actions and habits make us firm in the faith?

Quote #2 (apostasy)

Some people were hard-hearted and immune to the Spirit and miracles that the sons of Mosiah brought with them. Alma noticed a repeating pattern with those who rejected the gospel, even though they once lived it.

Christ taught that the depth of our conversion matters in a parable about accepting the gospel to his disciples. Listen carefully and decide which seed you would like to be:

Note: These verses can be divided between 2-3 readers.

Deepen the Understanding

The prophet Brigham Young explained how the parable applies to our faith today:

Note: this quote can be divided between 2 readers.

Possible discussion questions: Perhaps we need to strengthen our testimonies. How can we do that?

Quote #3 (joy)

Alma shares the path to joy.

Possible activity: Discuss the meanings of two pivotal words from these verses. Have someone read the definition for penitent.

penitent: “Penitent is an uncommon word and refers to a person who repents of sin. Interestingly, it does NOT mean a perfect person or one who has no sin to repent of. Rather, it describes someone who reforms as they progress. “Penitent” is kind of like a conscientious, ongoing resolve to do better. Truly penitent means improvement becomes a trait etched in one’s character.” (Divine Code – July 2020)

Write humble on the board and some of its equivalent words.

humble: modest, unselfish, self-aware, respectful, unpretentious, gracious, undemanding, grateful

Possible discussion questions: How can we seek happiness in humble ways? (accept all reasonable answers – the sons of Mosiah were full of service to others; count blessings; be grateful)

Quote #4 (know)

Possible engagement tool: Mention that God’s formulas for success are simple, plain, and precious. Listen for the formula Ammon mentions in this verse.

Possible discussion questions: What are the steps Ammon mentioned? (Accept all reasonable answers – repentance, faith, good works, much prayer) What would happen to our spirituality and understanding if we did those four things daily?

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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