Youth – 5 CFM Ideas for June 3 – 9, 2024

by | May 28, 2024

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5 TEACHING IDEAS FOR COME FOLLOW ME LESSONS

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Mosiah 29 – Alma 4

This week’s lesson discusses the corruption that can sneak into our Church and our government. These are important repeating patterns to recognize and discuss.

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 (king)

Note: Quotes #1 and #2 cover similar topics. I would pick one or the other and not both. Quote #2 is a deeper conversation. Consider your age group and interests!

Possible engagement tool: Remind the class that King Mosiah switched his people over from having kings rule over them to judges elected by the people, and he explains why:

Possible discussion questions: What did King Mosiah teach about having kings? Why is it better to have elected people in charge of the government?

Quote #2 (corruption in government)

Possible engagement tool: Ask your class to notice the strategy and pattern used by corrupt high-ranking rulers as described by King Mosiah.

Note: This quote can be divided between 2-3 people.

Possible discussion questions: Why is understanding the pattern King Mosiah describes important? (Because governments in our day can do the same, and we need to recognize the pattern.) Does the same thing happen today? Why does the Church recommend we be active in our local politics?

Quote #3 (priestcraft)

Possible engagement tool: Write “priestcraft” on the board. And ask, “What do we know about priestcraft”? (Accept all reasonable answers.) Then read:

preacher making money
Teach popular ideas like, “Don’t worry about sin,” and people will give you more money.

Possible engagement tool: Ask, “Does anyone remember who Nehor is”? After a quick discussion, read the following verses from this week’s CFM.

What Nehor taught:

Possible discussion questions: What did Nehor teach that made people want to give him money? (Don’t worry about sin, it doesn’t matter.)

Often, people who are paid to preach are motivated to teach things that will be popular and that people want to hear, such as “Don’t worry about sin,” so that people will give them money,

More possible discussion questions: Are our bishops and teachers paid? How does that make a difference? Why is it better that people give each other the gospel freely? (Accept all reasonable answers – it’s given to us freely.)

Quote #4 (zion)

Zion is a community of the “pure in heart” where the Saints will “hold all things in common” and await the second coming of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith taught that Zion is a community where people live by principles of love, unselfishness, and working for the common good, resulting in economic and political equality and freedom.

Possible engagement tool: Ask your class to listen to how the Church during Alma’s time is similar to Zion.

Note: This quote can be divided between 2 readers.

Possible discussion questions: Was there anything about the Church in Alma’s day that appeals to you? Why is that? How are the descriptions of Zion and the Ancient Church alike? What would it be like to live in a community like this? How would you explain to a friend what this quote means: “In Zion, we seek to give to others, rather than have others give to us”?

Quote #5 (which)

Possible engagement tool: Ask your class to listen to the two types of Church members described in Alma chapter 4 and see if either of those descriptions resembles them today.

Please caution them to focus on themselves when discussing these verses.

Two Kinds of Church Members

Member #1

[Like how the Second Coming will happen and when. Or politically correct issues, especially trans / LGBTQ+. Or should we get COVID shots and mask up?]

Member #2

Possible discussion question: Which member sounds more like you? (There are times I’ve been member #1, and I need to guard against that more carefully.)

What has Jesus Christ said about contention at Church? (Accept all reasonable answers and then read the following verses together.)

What has the prophet said about contention at Church? (Accept all reasonable answers and then read the following quote together.)

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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