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Old Testament Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – A New Spirit Will I Put Within You

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The Lord provides all that we need, but if we want to have all that we need, we must heed the words of the prophets, be changed by our covenants, and go “all in” to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn more in our Come Follow Me FHE lessons.

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Scripture

Ezekial 36:26

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

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Hymn

Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd | Hymn #221

1. Dear to the heart of the Shepherd,
Dear are the sheep of his fold;
Dear is the love that he gives them,
Dearer than silver or gold.
Dear to the heart of the Shepherd,
Dear are his “other” lost sheep;
Over the mountains he follows,
Over the waters so deep.

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Out in the desert they wander,
Hungry and helpless and cold;
Off to the rescue he hastens,
Bringing them back to the fold.

2. Dear to the heart of the Shepherd,
Dear are the lambs of his fold;
Some from the pastures are straying,
Hungry and helpless and cold.
See, the Good Shepherd is seeking,
Seeking the lambs that are lost,
Bringing them in with rejoicing,
Saved at such infinite cost.

3. Dear to the heart of the Shepherd,
Dear are the “ninety and nine”;
Dear are the sheep that have wandered
Out in the desert to pine.
Hark! he is earnestly calling,
Tenderly pleading today:
“Will you not seek for my lost ones,
Off from my shelter astray?”

4. Green are the pastures inviting;
Sweet are the waters and still.
Lord, we will answer thee gladly,
“Yes, blessed Master, we will!
Make us thy true under-shepherds;
Give us a love that is deep.
Send us out into the desert,
Seeking thy wandering sheep.”

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Ask: Have you ever climbed up high in a tree? Or looked out the window on a tall building? Or gone on a hike in the mountains with a view? How did the world look differently from that high up?

Teach: Being up high can give us a different perspective. We can see more than we could just standing on the ground at home. We might be able to see people, cars, roads, trees, wildlife, or even storms that we couldn’t see from the ground because our height makes it so we can see more.

Read: Heavenly Father is omniscient. This means He is all-knowing. He can see everything. His perspective is greater than ours. The metaphor below shows how the Lord shares some of what He knows with us.

Ezekiel 33:1–4

1 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:

Explain: A watchman is someone who would stand on a high tower so he could see what was coming from a long distance. When he knew what was coming, he could give his people and advance warning.

Ask: Who, in our day, is like the watchman on the tower who sees or prophesies what is coming?

Read:

3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;
4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

Teach: It’s President Nelson’s responsibility as President of the world to warn us of what he sees coming ahead. He is not responsible, however, if we don’t listen to his warnings and counsel. We are responsible for ourselves and our own decisions. We have agency–the freedom to choose, but we will be held accountable for how we use that agency.

Video: Watch this video on how prophets and apostles are watchmen on the tower in our day.

Testify: The Lord has provided safety and guidance through directing a prophet on the earth today. If we listen to the prophet and follow his counsel, we will be blessed to know how to get and stay on the covenant path of the Lord.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Teach: Our Heavenly Father is heavily invested in His children. If we have made covenants with Him, He is even more committed to staying by our side, forgiving us, and helping us return to Him.

Quote: President Nelson taught, “Once you and I have made a covenant with God, our relationship with Him becomes much closer than before our covenant. Now we are bound together. Because of our covenant with God, He will never tire in His efforts to help us, and we will never exhaust His merciful patience with us.”

Read: Ezekial 36:25–28 describes the depth of feeling and commitment the Lord has toward us. He wants to have a covenant, eternal relationship with us.

25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Teach: When it comes to His children, our Heavenly Father is “all in.” He is fully committed and fully invested. When we truly honor our covenants with Him, we are “all in” in return.

Quote: Elder Gary B. Sabin of the Seventy taught, “We were “all in” as we excitedly made the decision to be valiant defenders of our Heavenly Father’s plan. It is time to stand up and defend His plan again!”

Ask: What does “all in” really look like?

Teach: Sometimes we feel like being fully committed to the Lord is too hard. We might think it’s easier to attend Church, but not pray with real intent. Maybe it’s enough to go through the motions–most of them anyway–than to invest our whole souls being committed to the Lord. But that’s not true! When we fully commit to the Lord, it answers so many questions and confusions in our lives! It is easier to be “all in” than to put one foot in the gospel while one is still in Babylon.

Video: Let us be like Joshua of old–firmly committed to the Lord no matter what anyone else is doing. Watch the video here.

Testify: It’s easy to be committed to someone as loyal and loving as the Lord. He stands by our side, ever-ready to bless us, restore us, forgive us, and bring us to Him. Let us strive to be as committed to Him as He is to us.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Read: Ezekiel 47:8–9, 11. These verses in Ezekial are also presented by Elder Renlund and his family in the video below.

8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.
9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.
11 But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.

Video: Elder Renlund, his wife, and daughter teach of the blessings which grow exponentially when we connect families through temple work. Watch here.

Consider or Journal: What blessings are you in need of that may become available to you as you find names to take to the temple?

Commit: As Alma directs in Alma 32, plant this seed of faith, this promise from Elder Renlund, and “do not cast it out by your unbelief,” (verse 28) and see if it will sprout and grow. Prove the Lord’s promises are sure by preparing and taking names to the temple. If you are not able to attend the temple at this time, prepare the names and commit to working toward gaining a temple recommend.

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Activity

Show what marvels can happen when we go “all in” in our commitment to the gospel using the “Mentos and Diet Coke” science experiment as an object lesson. When the mentos go “all in” to the Diet Coke, the reaction is amazing!

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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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