In a world of intense rules and traditions, Jesus Christ taught a higher way that leads to rest. This New Testament FHE lesson goes over how we can find rest in Christ and lift the burden of perfectionism from our covenant keeping. Each of our FHE lessons includes three lesson plans for different ages, treat recipes, activity ideas, and more.
Art by Yongsung Kim.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
1. Jesus, the very thought of thee
With sweetness fills my breast;
But sweeter far thy face to see
And in thy presence rest.
2. Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the mem’ry find
A sweeter sound than thy blest name,
O Savior of mankind!
3. O hope of ev’ry contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall, how kind thou art!
How good to those who seek!
4. Jesus, our only joy be thou,
As thou our prize wilt be;
Jesus, be thou our glory now,
And thru eternity.
Activity: Fill a large box with heavy objects. It should be difficult for a child to lift on their own. Have them try to lift the box. Then, offer to help them.
Read: Just like lifting this heavy box, life can be hard. We may feel like we can’t do it. Jesus Christ is our friend. He will help us.
Activity: Open the box and take out the heavy items one by one. Ask the children what are some potentially hard things. Examples could include choosing the right, being kind when others are mean, learning new skills, and keeping the commandments. Talk about how Jesus can help us with each of these things.
Read: Jesus Christ gives us rest. He wants us to follow Him, but He doesn’t want us to become so tired and worn down that we can’t move anymore. His disciples lived in a time of lots of rules. There were hundreds of them and very hard to keep. Jesus came to help everyone learn a better way. When things get hard, we can find rest in Jesus.
Share: Tell a story about when Jesus Christ gave you rest.
Testimony: Close with your testimony.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Scriptures: Read Matthew 12:1-13 together. As you read, ask everyone to ponder on how they can see themselves as both the disciples and the Pharisees.
Ask: How can we be like the Pharisees? How can we be like the disciples?
Read: Jesus Christ has called us to live His gospel. He invites us to make and keep sacred covenants. The natural man can make us feel overwhelmed with our checklists and ticking off boxes. We start creating rules and pressure for ourselves. We may even start judging others who don’t meet our standards.
Ask: How can we avoid perfectionism in living the gospel and becoming like the Pharisees?
Share: Share about a time when you struggled with strict exactness in the gospel and how Jesus Christ provided you rest.
Read: Jesus continually invites us to find rest. Life won’t always be easy and we’ll struggle as we work against the natural man. However, Jesus is meant to be a refuge.
Scriptures: Have everyone go to the topical guide and find a scripture about rest. Gather together and discuss what you learn. You may want to ask how we can find rest in Christ after looking over the scriptures.
Testimony: Close with your testimony.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Read President Russell M. Nelson’s talk “Overcome the World and Find Rest.” As you read, look for actionable ways you can find rest. Compare President Nelson’s words with what you learn from your Come, Follow Me study.
Grandma’s Candy Popcorn
The disciples ate corn on the Sabbath. Make some of this fun popcorn with your family.
Play this fun minute-to-win-it game! Fill a bowl with unpopped popcorn kernels. Color three kernels with a sharpie and mix them in. Give everyone a minute to find all of the colored kernels. You can increase the difficulty by adding more kernels.