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New Testament Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – I Am the Good Shepherd

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Jesus Christ is our Good Shepherd! This New Testament FHE lesson helps us understand the importance of hearing God’s voice in our lives, the Savior’s compassion, and some of our responsibilities as members of His flock. Each of our FHE lessons includes three lesson plans for different ages, treat recipes, activity ideas, and more.

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Scripture

John 10:27

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

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Hymn

Little Lambs So White and Fair | Children’s Songbook, pg. 58a

1. Little lambs so white and fair
Are the Shepherd’s constant care.
Now he leads their tender feet
Into pastures green and sweet.

2. Now they listen and obey,
Following where he leads the way.
Heav’nly Father, may we be
Thus obedient unto thee.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Activity: Begin the lesson by choosing a child to be a sheep. Have them stand in the middle of a room with a blindfold on. Choose a person to be a shepherd. They must stand somewhere and guide the child to them using vocal commands. This is a good role for a parent or older child. The rest of the children are to make noise! The sheep needs to try and hear their shepherd’s voice and reunite with them. Play multiple times and allow the children to take turns being the sheep.

Discussion: Ask if it was easy or hard to hear the right voice to follow. Discuss how this game might relate to following Jesus Christ.

Read: One of the names for Jesus is “The Good Shepherd.” We are His flock. He loves us and will help guide us on the right path. We need to try and listen to His voice so we know which way to go.

Share: Tell a story about when Jesus helped you know what to do or protected you.

Ask: How do we know how to follow Jesus? [examples might include keeping the commandments, receiving answers through prayer, or following modern-day prophets]

Read: Sometimes, sheep wander and get lost. This might be like when we make bad choices. In the scriptures, a woman sinned made a really big mistake. Everyone wanted to punish her [John 8:2-11]. They brought her to Jesus to see what He would do.

Ask: What do you think Jesus did?

Read: Jesus showed mercy and compassion on the woman. He told her to “go and sin no more.” He wanted her to follow Him. He was her Good Shepherd and He is our Good Shepherd. When we struggle to hear God’s voice or if we make mistakes, we can always turn to Jesus. If we try to follow Him, He will forgive us and help us.

Testimony: Close the lesson with your testimony of following Jesus.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Video: Begin the lesson by watching the following video. Ask everyone to ponder on how this experience shows Jesus as our Good Shepherd.

 

Ask: How was Jesus the Good Shepherd in this video?

Quote: Have someone read this quote from Elder Dale G. Renlund. “As the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ views disease in His sheep as a condition that needs treatment, care, and compassion. This shepherd, our Good Shepherd, finds joy in seeing His diseased sheep progress toward healing. The Savior’s compassion, love, and mercy draw us toward Him. Through His Atonement, we are no longer satisfied with our sinful state. God is clear about what is right and acceptable to Him and what is wrong and sinful. This is not because He desires to have mindless, obedient followers. No, our Heavenly Father desires that His children knowingly and willingly choose to become like Him and qualify for the kind of life He enjoys. In doing so, His children fulfill their divine destiny and become heirs to all that He has.”

Read: We can be a faithful part of God’s flock when we choose to follow the Good Shepherd. However, we live in a world that is full of voices telling us to choose another path. We must be diligent in staying on the covenant path. When we do so, we have greater access to Christ’s loving guidance and care.

Ask: What are some of the things that pull us away from following Christ?

Share: Tell about a time in your life when it was difficult for you to stay close to Christ. How did you get back on the path? How did you find the strength to follow the Good Shepherd? Invite others to share as well.

Testimony: Close with your testimony of Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Read, listen to, or watch “Our Good Shepherd” by Elder Dale G. Renlund. As you read, make two columns on a piece of paper. Write down in one column what Christ does for us. In the other column, write down things we need to do as disciples of Christ. Ponder on any goals you’d like to make in the upcoming week to follow Christ with more heart and trust.

Featured Products

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FHE TreatTreat

Oreo Sheep Cookies

These adorable sheep cookies are made with Oreos, white chocolate, and mini marshmallows. 

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

Draw sheep faces on white balloons and set them free in a room or backyard. Have your family race to herd the sheep into a basket. You can just pick them up or make the game harder by using brooms.

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