Youth – 5 CFM Ideas for March 04 -10, 2024

by | Feb 26, 2024

5 TEACHING IDEAS FOR COME FOLLOW ME LESSONS

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2 Nephi 20 -25

Here are some more essential understandings from Isaiah to discuss! He powerfully wrote for our day.

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 (corruption)

Isaiah writes to warn our day of repeating patterns. First comes the corruption, then comes the destruction.

To begin, let’s read Isaiah as it is written and then read a more modern English version written by a Latter-day Saint scholar named Avraham Gileadi. You can read his bio here.

Possible engagement tool: Tell the class Isaiah wrote to warn us of wickedness and destruction in our time. Nephi picked these Isaiah chapters, especially for us. What do these two prophets want us to be aware of?

Note: These quotes can be split up between two or more people.

From Avraham Gileadi – a Jew who speaks Hebrew and is now a Latter-day Saint.

desolation: the state of a place that is empty or where everything has been destroyed

holocaust: historically, holocaust meant a sacrifice in which the offering was burned completely on an altar. The modern use of this word means destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war.

Possible discussion questions: What word does Isaiah use for ‘holocaust’ in verse 3, as quoted by Nephi? (desolation) What is Isaiah warning us about? Why will desolation come? (accept all reasonable answers – because of wickedness) What specific wickedness does Isaiah describe? Do you see any evidence of that today? (my personal opinion – abortion fits perfectly; it robs the fatherless of life)

Optional comfort quote:

Note: These quotes can be split up between two or more people.

Quote #2 (relief)

As difficult as life becomes because of the wickedness of the world and the destruction it brings, it becomes like paradise when Christ comes again to rule.

Possible engagement tool: Ask your class to picture these verses in their minds.

‘Mountain’ symbolizes a kingdom or nation in Isaiah’s writings.

Christ will bring so much light, love, and unity with Him that even the animals will be at complete peace.

More possible questions: What stands out for you from these verses? Can you see why some people look forward to the Second Coming? Look at verse 9 carefully – WHY will there be so much peace? (accept all reasonable answers – because the earth will enjoy a complete acquaintance and understanding of Jesus Christ and His teachings) How would our world be different if the gospel of Jesus Christ was fully embraced everywhere? Can we live more Christ-like lives than we are living now?

Possible activity: Hand out pieces of paper and have people write 1-3 ways to be more Christ-like. What do they need to stop doing or start doing? Give them 2 minutes. Use music or silence. Then, ask, “Would anyone like to share something they wrote?” Be ready to share one of your own.

Quote #3 (song)

Isaiah writes a poem/song to express the joy people will have when Jesus Christ lives among us.

Possible discussion questions: What do you imagine will be different when Christ lives on earth again? How do you imagine you will feel?

Quote #4 (christ)

Possible engagement tool: Ask your class to listen for what they think is the most essential message of the Book of Mormon.

rejoice: feel or show great joy or delight.

Optional: Sing “Tell me the stories of Jesus” (found here)

Possible discussion questions: What does it mean to talk of Christ? Who should we be talking to about Christ? Have you ever felt great joy or delight for Christ? What are some of your thoughts about Christ today? What is one of your favorite stories about Jesus? What do you think of when you hear the words ‘Jesus Christ’?

Quote #5 (worship)

Possible engagement tool: Write the word worship on the board and ask what that means (accept all reasonable answers).

worship: show reverence and adoration for (a deity); honor with religious rites. revere, venerate, pay homage to, honor, adore, praise, pray to, glorify, exalt

Possible activity: Pass out a sheet of favorite hymns that worship and speak to Jesus Christ directly. Have people volunteer which ones they like best and why. Pick out a favorite hymn to sing as a class.


Here’s a powerful quote about our relationship with Jesus Christ by President Nelson:

Note: This quote can be divided between two people.

Possible discussion questions: What stands out for you from these scriptures, songs, and quotes? Could you draw closer to the Savior? How would you do it?

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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