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Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – He Trusted in the Lord God of Israel

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No matter where we came from or what influences surround us, we can choose to obey the true God of Israel. Our Come Follow Me family home evening lessons each week help you teach your family important gospel principles. This FHE lesson includes three different plans.

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Scripture

2 Kings 23:3

And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.

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Hymn

As I Search the Holy Scriptures | Hymn #277

1. As I search the holy scriptures,
Loving Father of mankind,
May my heart be blessed with wisdom,
And may knowledge fill my mind.

2. As I search the holy scriptures,
Touch my spirit, Lord, I pray.
May life’s myst’ries be unfolded
As I study day by day.

3. As I search the holy scriptures,
May thy mercy be revealed.
Soothe my troubled heart and spirit;
May my unseen wounds be healed.

4. As I search the holy scriptures,
Help me ponder and obey.
In thy word is life eternal;
May thy light show me the way.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Teach: Throughout Second Kings, most of the kings are wicked and led the children of Israel into idol worship, or worship of false gods. There were, however, a few along the way who had the faith and courage to do what was right. One of these was Hezekiah.

Read: 2 Kings 18:1, 3, 5-6

Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did. He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses.

Explain: Hezekiah understood that the God of Israel was the only true God. As king, he had influence over the people to help them come to know the truth.

Ask: You and I aren’t kings, but how can we still use our influence to help other people around us know Jesus and keep His commandments? How was Hezekiah able to be faithful when so many around him were not faithful to the God of Israel?

Read: 2 Kings 18:5-6

He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses.

Testify: Hezekiah stayed faithful because he trusted in God, and he stayed true to Him no matter what anyone else said or taught. Sometimes we can feel alone if our prayers aren’t answered right away or we are struggling with a trial for longer than we would like. Whether or not we can see, hear, or feel the Lord has nothing to do with whether or not He is there. When we trust Him, keeping His commandments through the hard times, we will grow closer to Him and not fear what other people think or say about us.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Teach: The kings of Israel had a responsibility to their people to lead them to the God of Israel, but the majority of Israel’s kings following Solomon failed to do that. For many generations, the Israelites worshiped false gods. Many truths were lost because the people had persisted in their idolatry rather than studying and living according to the law of Moses. But King Josiah learned of the truth and insisted on leading his people according to the truth he knew.

Read: King Josiah desired to live righteously, but he didn’t know how to go about that having been in the shadow of generations of idol worship. When the high priest found the ancient record of the law of Moses in the temple, King Josiah knew his people had gone very far astray.

Read: 2 Kings 22:8-11

And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.

And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the Lord.

And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king. And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.

Teach: When King Josiah learned the law, he knew he had a responsibility to share what he knew.

Read: 2 Kings 23:1-2

And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem.

And the king went up into the house of the Lord, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the Lord.

Ask: We have now only the law of Moses, but the fullness of the Gospel. What is our responsibility to share it with others who don’t yet know the truth?

Video: Watch this depiction of King Josiah–and what can happen when we let the word of the Lord in our hearts to change us.

Quote: President Spencer W. Kimball praised King Josiah and his willingness to let the words of the Lord found in scripture change him.

I feel strongly that we must all of us return to the scriptures just as King Josiah did and let them work mightily within us, impelling us to an unwavering determination to serve the Lord.
Josiah had the law of Moses only. In our scriptures we have the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness; and if a taste is sweet, in fulness there is joy.

Quote: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, in an address given to religious educators, spoke of the importance of not just teaching the truth, but teaching it in such a way that it affects change in the way we live.

You and I know that we still have young people, and too many older ones as well, who have not made the connection between what they say they believe and how they actually live their lives. Some, certainly not all and certainly not most, but some seem to be able to come from good homes, with the boys being graded up in the priesthood, and both the girls and boys advancing through the various Church programs, sometimes getting (and here I wish to be very careful) even to the temple for missions and marriage and those sacred covenants, only to discover that almost none of what they had been taught earlier—or at least not enough of it—had been translated into true repentance and gospel living.

Testify: In your own words, testify of the importance of not just knowing the gospel, but living the gospel. Speak of letting the gospel soften our hearts, and help us be merciful and forgiving toward others. Talk personally about how a relationship with the Savior has changed your life. What use is the gospel if we aren’t using the gospel to change our hearts and lives?

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Read: 2 Kings 22-23

Watch: These chapters are also depicted visually here.

Consider or Journal: What changes did King Josiah make to turn from the ways of his fathers back to the ways of the Lord?

What teachings or practices of your own parents will you employ in your (current or future) family?

What teachings or practices of your own parents will you discontinue strengthening your current or future family? Perhaps you came from terrific parents whom you hope to emulate. But perhaps you get to be a King Josiah in your family and break the cycles that have been perpetrated by generations before you. Using the scriptures and other words of the Lord through His prophets, we can create a better future for our children and future generations than was passed on to us.

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On empty cans or boxes, write or draw practices that your family won’t participate in because you have been taught and know better than generations before you. For instance, our generations know about the Word of Wisdom. Write “smoking” or draw a picture of a lit cigarette and paste it onto an empty can or box. On another empty can or box, you might write “Holding a grudge,” or “Going to sporting events on Sundays.” Then, either stack or organize the empty cans or boxes like bowling pins and knock them down with a lightweight ball. See if you can knock down all of these practices your family can do without!

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