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New Testament Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – Accept the Invitation to Come, Follow Me

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As we start a new year of study, we have both a responsibility and an opportunity to accept the Savior’s invitation to “Come, follow me.” This New Testament FHE lesson discusses how to do just that in three separate lesson plans for different ages.

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Scripture

Matthew 19:21

Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

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Hymn

Come, Follow Me | Hymn #116

1. “Come, follow me,” the Savior said.
Then let us in his footsteps tread,
For thus alone can we be one
With God’s own loved, begotten Son.

2. “Come, follow me,” a simple phrase,
Yet truth’s sublime, effulgent rays
Are in these simple words combined
To urge, inspire the human mind.

3. Is it enough alone to know
That we must follow him below,
While trav’ling thru this vale of tears?
No, this extends to holier spheres.

4. Not only shall we emulate
His course while in this earthly state,
But when we’re freed from present cares,
If with our Lord we would be heirs.

5. We must the onward path pursue
As wider fields expand to view,
And follow him unceasingly,
Whate’er our lot or sphere may be.

6. For thrones, dominions, kingdoms, pow’rs,
And glory great and bliss are ours,
If we, throughout eternity,
Obey his words, “Come, follow me.”

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Activity: Create a maze with cushions, chairs, and toys in a room of your home. Have your children walk through the maze blindfolded. Do not offer any help and do not let them see the maze beforehand. Then, walk them through the maze while giving them directions.

Discuss: Why was it easier to walk through the maze the second time? How is this activity like listening to Jesus Christ?

Read:
Jesus Christ wants you to follow Him. Life can be like a maze. There are things we can bump into. We might feel lost. If we follow Jesus Christ, we can feel peace and go in the right direction. But in order to follow Jesus, we need to know Him.

Ask: How can we get to know Jesus?

Read: We will learn stories about Jesus so we can follow His perfect example. These stories are found in the scriptures. We will get to see how Jesus taught, served, and loved. We will read about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. You have the power to open the scriptures and get close to Jesus!

Ask: What is hard about reading the scriptures? What do you want to work on this year?

Discuss: As a family, discuss how you want to empower your children to read the scriptures for themselves. You may want to consider individual notebooks or copies of the scriptures. You can find New Testament coloring books or other story guides to help assist you.

Testimony: Close with your testimony of why studying Christ’s life is important and can bless your family’s life.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Scripture Story: Read Matthew 19:16-22 together. Before you read, ask everyone to ponder on how this story relates to them personally.

Ask: What does the invitation “come and follow me” mean to you? What does that look like in your life?

Read: To truly learn from the Savior, we must accept His invitation with our whole hearts. However, just as the rich young ruler experienced, the path of discipleship isn’t always easy. We will see areas where we lack, face hardships, and need to make sacrifices.

Share: Share a personal experience about a time when it was hard for you to follow the Savior or needed to make a sacrifice. Talk about the blessings you received from choosing to follow Christ. Invite others to share their experiences.

Read: As we begin a new year of study, we have an opportunity to recommit ourselves to learning about the Savior. If we accept this responsibility, we can find hidden treasures in the words of God that will strengthen our testimonies and provide revelation for our personal lives.

Ask: How can we embrace studying the life of the Savior each day? What holds us back and what can help us learn to love searching the scriptures?

Testimony: Close with your testimony of why studying Christ’s life is important and how it has blessed your life.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Begin by making a list of some of the questions you have about the gospel or Christ’s life and character. Then, read or listen to Sheri Dew’s devotional “Will You Engage in the Wrestle?” As you read, make note of how you can find answers to your questions in the upcoming year. Ponder on a study plan that will help you increase your desire and efforts to study the scriptures.

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FHE TreatTreat

Fortune Cookies

Start the new year by learning to make your own fortune cookies! They are simpler than you think.

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Activity

Testimonies can be related to seeds. Plant some small seeds in pots and discuss how to take care of them. Relate this to how you can grow your testimony throughout the upcoming year. If you are unable to plant seeds, draw pictures of flowers and other plants together.

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