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Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – God Meant It Unto Good

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After enduring slavery, false accusation, imprisonment, and many years of waiting and probably wondering, Joseph became second in command to Pharaoh and was placed exactly in a position to save the lives of countless people, including his own family. Without his trial and suffering, he could not have become such an instrument in God’s hands—who can make all things for our good.



Genesis 50:20

But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.



Nearer, Dear Savior, to Thee | Hymn #99

1. Nearer, dear Savior, to thee,
Nearer, nearer to thee—
Ever I’m striving to be
Nearer, yet nearer to thee!
Trusting, in thee I confide;
Hoping, in thee I abide.


Take, oh, take, and cherish me,
Nearer, dear Savior, to thee.

2. Nearer, dear Savior, to thee,
Nearer, nearer to thee—
Proved by my trials, I’ll be
Nearer, yet nearer to thee!
Humbly I come to thee now;
Earnest, I prayerfully bow.

3. Nearer, dear Savior, to thee,
Nearer, nearer to thee—
Ever my anthem will be
Nearer, yet nearer to thee!
Loving thee, ever I pray,
Aid me thy will to obey.

4. Nearer, dear Savior, to thee,
Nearer, nearer to thee—
Let me by holiness be
Nearer, yet nearer to thee!
When all my trials are done,
When my reward I have won,




Explain: Joseph had a spiritual gift to be able to understand and interpret dreams. He knew this gift came from God and used this gift to help others. Once, in prison, Joseph’s cellmates had both had dreams, but didn’t know what they meant. He offered to help, “Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you” (Genesis 40:8).

Video: Watch this video to see how Joseph interpreted one of the prisoner’s dreams.

Teach: After interpreting the butler’s dreams, Joseph still had to wait two full years before the Butler told Pharaoh of Joseph’s gift of dream interpretation which led to Joseph being released from prison.

Ask: Joseph had to wait a long time to be delivered from slavery, prison, and hardship. How can we stay faithful when the blessings don’t come right when we want them to?

Teach: Because Pharaoh trusted that Joseph had correctly interpreted his dreams, he made Joseph an overseer for the project to grow grain in abundance during Egypt’s seven years of plentiful harvest and store that grain for the upcoming seven years of famine (famine means there isn’t enough food. At this time, this would have been caused by extreme drought causing crops to fail and food to run out). Because Joseph heeded the warning from God given in Pharaoh’s dreams, they were able to store enough grain to provide food during the famine for their people and even for people in surrounding countries.

Video: Watch how Joseph responded to his family after seeing them for the first time since they had sold him into slavery. The video is available here.

Ask: In all of his trials, Joseph never forgot God. How do you think his faith helped him to forgive his brothers for what they did to him?

Explain: God doesn’t want us or others to use our agency to do bad things, but He honors agency and lets people make their choices, even if they are bad choices. God can make good come even from bad things. Joseph’s brothers made a bad choice to sell their brother into slavery. Even so, because Joseph remained faithful and trusted in the Lord, God was able to position Joseph to be exactly where he needed to be to save his family, the people of Egypt, and even people from the surrounding countries from starvation.

Testify: Doctrine and Covenants 122:7 teaches us that even if sad, hard, or terrible things are happening in our lives, that “all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.” If we trust in God and look for His hand in all things, we will see how he makes good come from all things.


Review: Watch the videos and read the explanations above to freshen your memory of how Joseph went from being imprisoned to saving his family and all of Egypt from famine.

Ask: Joseph had been a slave to Potiphar, and then imprisoned when Potiphar’s wife lied about him. He endured many hardships because of his brothers’ decision to sell him. But in all that time, he knew he was innocent in the eyes of God.

How does having a clean conscience change things for us, even when we are facing difficult circumstances?

How do you think his brothers felt during all that time, not knowing what had happened to Joseph, and not coming clean to their father about what they did to him?

Consider and Ask: In Genesis 42:21, Joseph’s brothers demonstrate that they still suffer remembering what they did to Joseph. “And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.”

For many years they would have carried the guilt of what they did to Joseph, and never forgotten it or him.

Why do we sometimes choose to carry the guilt and burden of sin instead of repenting and being made free and clean from sin?

What would change in our lives if we would repent every day? Why should we carry guilt and shame when Christ’s atonement provides a way for our release?

Testify: If our lives are turned to God and we trust in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, we can have peace even in the most trying circumstances of our lives. God can make “beauty for ashes” (Isaiah 61:3) if we remain faithful through these challenges.


Review: Watch the videos in the children’s section if you need to get caught up with what happens to Joseph after Pharaoh made him second in command over all of Egypt.

Consider or Journal: Joseph and his family were reunited because the famine in the land drove his brothers to Egypt. When have you witnessed a time where blessings came as a direct result of trials?

Read or watch: Bishop W. Christopher Waddell speaks on how acting in faith and trusting in God protect us in the midst of trial. Available here.

Bishop Waddell said, “There is a clear understanding that the effects of COVID-19, as well as devastating natural disasters, are no respecter of persons and cross-ethnic, social, and religious boundaries on every continent. Jobs have been lost and incomes reduced as the opportunity to work has been affected by layoffs and the ability to work has been impacted by health and legal challenges.”

Consider or Journal: Despite the trials being evident to all, in what ways have you seen people of faith blessed by their preparations before the pandemic hit? What blessings have you observed have come through remaining faithful during the trials of the pandemic?

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FHE Game / Activity


Using play dough (homemade or store-bought), show your family that through the pressure and molding of the dough does it become what you envision it to be. It might be uncomfortable for the dough to be rolled, stretched, and smooshed, but it can’t become what you design it to be without this process. Similarly, we might feel like our times of trial are uncomfortable, but in His hands, He can shape us into what He wants us to be.

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Rebecca Wright
Rebecca Wright
Becca loves audiobooks, dark chocolate, singing, hiking, walking,  going out with her husband, and raising their chickens and children. She still wants to meet her hero Sheri Dew, see flowing lava and a blue whale in person, and uplift others with her words.

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