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Come follow Me 2024, May 20-26, YM and YW Free LDS lesson

Updated: May 30



Come Follow me 2024, May 20-26, Free LDS Youth YM and YW lesson helps, object lessons, baptismal covenants, spirit with us, Mosiah map, building a Church like Alma's, covenant sorting


If you are doing the Mosiah map, here is the next addition:


Download the map HERE


Here is the movie on how to teach the map. Keep in mind this movie was made to teach Primary children, you can apply the principals to teaching the youth.




When I am baptized, I make a covenant with God.

Consider how deeply the believers described in Mosiah 18 felt about Jesus Christ. They had to meet secretly, at great risk, to learn about Him (see verse 3). And when given the chance to show their commitment by the covenant of baptism, “they clapped their hands for joy, and exclaimed: This is the desire of our hearts” (Mosiah 18:11).

Reading these verses could be a good opportunity to ponder how important your covenants are to you. As you study Mosiah 18:8–14 in particular, consider questions like these:

  • What do you learn from these verses about the promises you made at baptism? What does God promise you? (see verses 10, 13).

 

Develop a spirit of inclusion. You may want to consider beginning each class with a question to which all class members have an opportunity to respond. This could help set the expectation that all are encouraged to participate in the discussion for the day.




 



  • How does the covenant to serve God relate to our efforts to minister to one another? (see verses 8–9).


I've done this activity with my YW. We all sat on the floor and sorted the covenants that had to do with kindness or ministering from the ones that didn't. I was really impressed with my girls, they had 3 that didn't fall in that category, and they were good reasons, I just followed my girls lead and it was amazing to see how they found service in almost every covenant.



  • What does it mean to you to “stand as [a witness] of God”? (verse 9).


Youth will often volunteer answers when another youth takes the lead. Here is an idea to share what youth have said on this subject, and maybe they can relate and share more. For youth that you struggle getting involved... If I was teaching I would say "I'm going around the room and asking the same question to each of you, you can either 1. think about it and I will come back to you. 2. draw a card and read what another youth said, or 3. you can give your own answer." As always go by your own inspiration.



  • How does keeping your baptismal covenant help you be “filled with the Spirit”? (Mosiah 18:14). How does the Spirit help you keep your covenant?


This is a power question! After getting the students feed back I would show them something like this...these are my son's hands.


Of course there is repentance, but it's all part of the progression(:



Answering these questions might lead you to ponder why covenants and ordinances are important to God. You could find insights in Elder Gerrit W. Gong’s message “Covenant Belonging” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2019, 80–83) or President Jean B. Bingham’s message “Covenants with God Strengthen, Protect, and Prepare Us for Eternal Glory” (Liahona, May 2022, 66–69).






Why are you grateful for your covenants? What are you doing to keep your promises?

See also Gospel Topics, “Baptism,” Gospel Library; “Alma the Elder Teaches and Baptizes at the Waters of Mormon” (video), Gospel Library.




God commands His people to gather, organize, and be united.

Some people wonder, why do we need a church? Search Mosiah 18:17–31, looking for the value Alma’s people found in gathering in “the church of Christ” (Mosiah 18:17). What similarities do you see in the Church of Jesus Christ in Alma’s day and our day?




Here is an example of what you can do:

Attach these papers to blocks or cups, have your youth students look up the scriptures and write/draw what was in your their scripture. Then read through the verses together as they stack the cups anyway they would like when their scripture is read they can explain it or pause between each stacking to talk about the scriptures. When you get to verse 21, ask this question Think about what you can do to help your ward or branch members be “knit together in unity and in love” (Mosiah 18:21). At the end put the steeple on top and testify of our church.This would be a good time to ask : Why are you grateful to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ?





How would you respond to a friend or family member who doesn’t believe that an organized church is necessary? Why are you grateful to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ?


Think about what you can do to help your ward or branch members be “knit together in unity and in love” (Mosiah 18:21).


See also Dallin H. Oaks, “The Need for a Church,” Liahona, Nov. 2021, 24–26; “Love One Another,” Hymns, no. 308.





God helps me carry my burdens.

Limhi’s people and Alma’s people both fell into bondage, although in different circumstances. What can you learn by comparing the accounts of Limhi’s people in Mosiah 19–22 and Alma’s people in Mosiah 18; 23–24? As you do, look for messages that apply to your life. For example, what does it mean to “prosper by degrees”? (Mosiah 21:16). How can you apply this principle?


The Primary section has an idea, that I think is youth worthy:


Consider filling a bag with heavy objects (to represent burdens) and inviting a child to hold the bag. As you read Mosiah 24:8–17 with your children, ask them to remove an item from the bag every time they hear about something Alma and his people did to seek God’s help with their burdens.




See also Camille N. Johnson, “Jesus Christ Is Relief,” Liahona, May 2023, 81–84.





I can trust the Lord.

Even though they had repented of their sins, Alma and his people still found themselves in bondage. Their experience shows that trusting the Lord and living our covenants doesn’t always take away our challenges, but it does help us overcome them. As you read Mosiah 23:21–24 and 24:8–17, note words and phrases that can help you learn to trust in the Lord, regardless of your circumstances.

See also David A. Bednar, “Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 87–90.




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