Youth – 5 CFM Ideas for March 11 – 17, 2024

by | Mar 9, 2024

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5 TEACHING IDEAS FOR COME FOLLOW ME LESSONS

See the complete list of CFM Lessons

2 Nephi 26-30

These chapters offer great opportunities for gospel discussion and learning.

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

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 (laborer)

labor: work hard; make great effort.

Possible engagement tool: Invite your class to think about what the scriptures mean by “laborer in Zion.”

Possible activity: List the things the Lord says not to do.

  • murder
  • lie
  • steal
  • swear with God’s name, take His name in vain
  • envy
  • have malice
  • contend
  • commit whoredoms

Possible discussion questions: What does ‘envy’ mean? (accept all reasonable answers — a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.) How can we keep from being envious? (Gratitude, confidence in God, serving others)

What does it mean to ‘have malice’? (accept all reasonable answers — Malice is the desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another) What is gossip? Can gossip be a form of malice? (yes, it’s designed to hurt reputations and sway sentiment against someone else.)

Does it take effort NOT to do some of these things? What do the scriptures say will happen if we do these things?

Quote #2 (sealed)

Everything that has happened from the beginning of the earth to the end of the earth has already been written and recorded in a sealed book. Someday, we will read the words of that sealed book.

Possible engagement tool: Remind your class that 2 Nephi 27 is largely the same as Isaiah 29.

Possible discussion question: If you had a chance to read this sealed book today, would you?

Optional – Deepen the Understanding

We might wonder why we have to wait for this book. Joseph Smith explains why the Saints are not always given every doctrine and piece of knowledge.

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Joseph Smith worked hard to teach the people great truths.

Joseph Smith often noted that he could not share every doctrine and teaching he wanted because the Saints would rebel against him and slaughter him. Here, he reveals why they were so frantic to crucify Christ and draws a parallel to his time (and our time). It’s worth pondering. Do you see the pattern?

Note: This quote can be divided among 2-4 readers.

Quote #3 (devil)

Nephi gives us a very clear look at how Satan operates! It’s essential to recognize the patterns.

Possible engagement tool: Ask your class to listen for three strategies that Satan uses with us.

Note: This quote can be divided among 2-4 readers.

Possible discussion questions: What are Satan’s strategies with us and others? Do you see a lot of anger and hatred in the world today? Who is responsible for that? Have you ever known someone who didn’t believe that there was a devil? Is all well in Zion? Why is it important to understand Zion isn’t finished and needs work? Does Nephi describe Satan’s tactics as obvious or subtle and sneaky?

Quote #4 (bible)

Possible engagement tool: Mention to your class that many Christian denominations believe the heavens are closed and that there can be no more prophets and revelations. Invite them to listen to how the Lord responds to that claim.

Possible discussion questions: What does the Lord say to those who claim He speaks to men no more? How do you feel about a prophet who receives revelation during our day? Why is continuing revelation so vital to you personally? What is one of your favorite revelations for our times?

Quote #5 (covenant people)

Possible engagement tool: Ask your class to consider what it takes to be covenant people of the Lord.

Possible discussion questions: Does the Lord restrict who can become covenant people? What are the two most essential requirements before you belong to the Lord’s covenant people? (Accept all reasonable answers—repent and believe in Christ.) Can you believe in Christ and not repent? Will belief in Christ, by itself, be enough?

Deepen the Understanding

Here’s an excellent quote from President Nelson:

Note: This quote can be divided among 2 readers.

Possible discussion question: How would you explain repentance to a friend?

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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