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Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – The Lord is My Shepherd

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The Book of Psalms has many gems of wisdom. Here are three lessons based on the wisdom from the first third of this beautiful, poetic book.

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Scripture

Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

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Hymn

The Lord is My Shepherd | Hymn #108

1. The Lord is my Shepherd; no want shall I know.
I feed in green pastures; safe-folded I rest.
He leadeth my soul where the still waters flow,
Restores me when wand’ring, redeems when oppressed,
Restores me when wand’ring, redeems when oppressed.

2. Thru the valley and shadow of death though I stray,
Since thou art my Guardian, no evil I fear.
Thy rod shall defend me, thy staff be my stay.
No harm can befall with my Comforter near.
No harm can befall with my Comforter near.

3. In the midst of affliction my table is spread.
With blessings unmeasured my cup runneth o’er.
With perfume and oil thou anointest my head.
Oh, what shall I ask of thy providence more?
Oh, what shall I ask of thy providence more?

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Teach: Many of the psalms are in praise of the Lord. Sometimes, we can forget how wonderful our God is because we have little on earth to compare Him to. Everyone around is imperfect. People let us down sometimes, even our heroes. But God is above all of this.

Our Heavenly Father and Mother are exalted Beings. They are all-seeing. They are all-knowing. Heavenly Father, through His Son Jesus Christ, created all things. And despite all of this, They are all aware and mindful of you and of me. They know our names. They know our heartaches. They know how we struggle. They know how we are trying. They know where we fail. And they still love us. More than we will ever understand in this life.

Read: Psalm 8:3-9

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

Video: The works of God are magnificent, but His most important work is you and me.

Testify: Our Heavenly Parents can always be trusted. They give good gifts and they love us. When we go through hard things, it is only because they know who we really are and who we can become if we will be humble and learn from Them.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Teach: There are a number of voices and influencers today who seek to make God in their own image. They would remove the requirements the Lord places upon us and replace them with comfortable platitudes.

Read: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland described it this way: “Sadly enough, my young friends, it is a characteristic of our age that if people want any gods at all, they want them to be gods who do not demand much, comfortable gods, smooth gods who not only don’t rock the boat but don’t even row it, gods who pat us on the head, make us giggle, then tell us to run along and pick marigolds.”

Teach: Beware of influencers, whether members of the Church or not, who would teach and encourage teachings contrary to the words of the Lord or His servants the prophets.

“You do you” is not a gospel principle. It has gained traction and popularity because there is truth in the fact that we need to avoid judging each other. But when making our own decisions, we shouldn’t be seeking to stay as we are. We should be seeking to be as He is. You do as He does is our true goal.

Throughout scripture, we are taught what God asks and expects of us. He loves us as we are. He accepts us as we are. But He doesn’t intend for us to stay as we are.

Read: Read through the following scriptures.

Moroni 7:48

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.

Matthew 7:21

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Psalm 24:3-5

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Explain: This call to improve ourselves should not give us undue anxiety. We don’t need to sprint toward Heaven, we just need to continue to make progress. We just need to point ourselves toward Him.

Quote: Elder Clark G. Gilbert of the Seventy said:

“Some are born with high intercepts, full of opportunity. Others face beginning circumstances that are challenging and seem unfair. We then progress along a slope of personal progress. Our future will be determined far less by our starting point and much more by our slope. Jesus Christ sees divine potential no matter where we start. He saw it in the beggar, the sinner, and the infirm. He saw it in the fisherman, the tax collector, and even the zealot. No matter where we start, Christ considers what we do with what we are given. While the world focuses on our intercept, God focuses on our slope. In the Lord’s calculus, He will do everything He can to help us turn our slopes toward heaven.”

Testify: The Lord is our Shepherd, but we must also be His sheep. A good sheep follows His Shepherd and trusts in Him. He listens to His voice and follows His directions. We have been called not just to feel positively about the gospel, but to live it–with clean hands and a pure heart. As long as we keep ourselves pointed toward Him, He will direct us up His covenant path to “the hill of the Lord” and “His holy place.”

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Read: Psalm 46:10

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Consider: Have you read the news? The earth is literally spinning faster than ever.

And we feel that–literally and figuratively. There is always more to do than we have time to do it. In the midst of that, what are our highest priorities? Are we taking time for God? Are we taking time to be still and know Him?

Video: Watch this video of Sissel singing with the Tabernacle Choir with the reminder to slow down and be still.

Ponder: Sister Linda S. Reeves, former counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, was speaking of bringing her children to Christ, but her plan for spiritually strengthening her home applies to all of us as families or as individuals.

“It is OK if the house is a mess and the children are still in their pajamas and some responsibilities are left undone. The only things that really need to be accomplished in the home are daily scripture study and prayer and weekly family home evening.”

Let God come first. If we place Him in the proper order in our lives, everything else will fall into place as it should.

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Activity

Choose a psalm to put up in your home and work to memorize it this week. Keep it somewhere that you will see and review it often. Practice it at meal times or in the car. Observe how keeping the words of the Lord in our minds throughout the day gives us peace and strength.

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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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