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Old Testament Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – Before I Formed Thee in the Belly I Knew Thee

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We are each called to do a great work, but we can’t do it on our own. If we let the Lord take the lead, He strengthens and enables us to become what He needs us to be. He is on our side. Will we commit each week to be on His side?

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Scripture

Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

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Hymn

Israel, Israel God Is Calling | Hymn #7

1. Israel, Israel, God is calling,
Calling thee from lands of woe.
Babylon the great is falling;
God shall all her tow’rs o’erthrow.
Come to Zion, come to Zion
Ere his floods of anger flow.
Come to Zion, come to Zion
Ere his floods of anger flow.

2. Israel, Israel, God is speaking.
Hear your great Deliv’rer’s voice!
Now a glorious morn is breaking
For the people of his choice.
Come to Zion, come to Zion,
And within her walls rejoice.
Come to Zion, come to Zion,
And within her walls rejoice.

3. Israel, angels are descending
From celestial worlds on high,
And to man their pow’r extending,
That the Saints may homeward fly.
Come to Zion, come to Zion,
For your coming Lord is nigh.
Come to Zion, come to Zion,
For your coming Lord is nigh.

4. Israel! Israel! Canst thou linger
Still in error’s gloomy ways?
Mark how judgment’s pointing finger
Justifies no vain delays.
Come to Zion, come to Zion!
Zion’s walls shall ring with praise.
Come to Zion, come to Zion!
Zion’s walls shall ring with praise.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Ask: If the biological mother lives in the home with the children, ask her what she remembers about being pregnant with each of her children. Did she have an idea of what her children’s personality would be like? How did she feel about the baby that was coming? How did she get ideas about what to name the baby?

Teach: Mothers can sometimes know things about their children even before they are born, but our Heavenly Father has known us since before we were born. He knows us perfectly!

Read and Explain: Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Explain: Heavenly Father is telling Jeremiah that He knew him from when Jeremiah was a spirit in Heaven before he was born. He knew what Jeremiah could do and knew He wanted Jeremiah to be one of his prophets on the earth.

Read: Jeremiah 1:6

Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

Explain: Jeremiah didn’t feel like he could do what Heavenly Father wanted him to do. He thought he wasn’t ready or able to be a prophet and speak for the Lord.

Read: Jeremiah 1:7-8

But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.

Explain: The Lord told Jeremiah to not say he couldn’t do it. The Lord promised Jeremiah he could be a prophet because the Lord would help him and tell him what to say.

Read: Jeremiah 1:9

Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

Explain: The Lord kept His promise and put the words He needed him to speak in Jeremiah’s mouth.

Teach: Share a time when you were given a calling you were nervous about and what happened when you let God help you through it. If you don’t have a personal story, teach the children that God loves us and can use us for His work as long as we are willing to try. We may not think we are good enough, but He knows we are.

Video: Sometimes we feel inadequate because we expect ourselves to be perfect and we are too hard on ourselves. God doesn’t need us to be perfect. He just wants us to trust Him and be humble and He can make that enough.

This video shows a young lady who was much too hard on herself. She sought to know the love of the Lord and didn’t see or feel it right away, but she kept acting in faith “doing what she was supposed to do” and in time, she came to know how Heavenly Father feels about her and how much He loves her. When she knew she was good enough for God, she stopped worrying that she wasn’t enough for anyone else.

Teach: Sometimes we feel like we have to pretend to be less than we are so we don’t make other people uncomfortable. Maybe we feel nervous about our friends knowing we got the highest score on a test. Maybe we think it’s humble of us to act or pretend like we aren’t good at something, but that’s not humility. Humility is recognizing that all our gifts, talents, and blessings come from God. He wants us to grow and thrive. When we give our best, it glorifies Him and points others to Him.

Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

Testify: The Lord that we can do everything He calls us to do if we put our trust in Him.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Ask: What media sources do you rely on to be credible for true information? Where do you get your information?

What beliefs have you expanded or changed because of your media sources?

Teach: While there may be outlets we go to for generally reliable information, Jesus Christ is our source of truth. When we want to know the truth, we need to go to the sources of truth–the scriptures, words from the prophets, and prayer. We have to trust in what is true and not let fashionable but false ideals drive a wedge between us and the truth.

Read: Jeremiah 2:27-28

Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us. But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.

Explain: These verses are describing how the Israelites worship false gods (like stones or other idols). Then when the Israelites need help and turn to these idols for salvation, they discover that the idols can’t help them, no matter how many false gods they worship.

Teach: Ideas and beliefs that are at odds with the teachings of the Lord through His prophets may sound nice, but when push comes to shove, we need Truth. We need the Lord. We need covenants with Him. In Christ alone is our salvation found.

Read: Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

Teach & Testify: Jesus Christ doesn’t forsake us as the false gods we may want to worship do. He is constant like living water. He is like a river that never dries up. If we plant ourselves by His side, we will have everything we need. If we plant ourselves in the desert of false beliefs, we won’t have the strength in our roots to withstand the trials of our day.

Optional Video: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland testifies of Jesus Christ as our true Savior. Watch here.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Consider: The Lord has commanded that we keep the Sabbath day holy. But why? We know that God doesn’t give us commandments for His benefit. All commandments are for our benefit. The verses below give specifics for Sabbath day worship that may not apply in our modern day, but the principle within the commandments of keeping the Sabbath day holy remains.

Read: Jeremiah 17:21-22

Thus saith the Lord; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.

This is a reminder that the Lord has taught the Israelites to honor the Sabbath day. It’s not a new commandment and it still applies (both to Jeremiah’s day and our own).

Read: Jeremiah 24, 25, 27

And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the Lord, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein; Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for ever.

But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.

We set aside blessings the Lord would grant us when we fail to honor the Sabbath day.

Consider or Journal: We renew our covenants each week when we partake of the Sacrament. Being there every week and taking the day to honor and remember the Lord keeps us close to Him. When we get casual about our relationship with the Lord, the strength of the Spirit in our lives begins to weaken. We can’t think of keeping the Sabbath day holy as a “lesser commandment.” It is, in essence, the commandment to maintain and strengthen our relationship with the Lord. It is fundamental, not extra.

Video: President Gordon B. Hinckley discusses the importance of keeping the Sabbath day holy (not just that we should, but why we should). Watch here.

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We all feel inadequate in our callings, responsibilities, and assignments at times. This week, write a note or card to someone whose service blesses you, or whose qualities you admire. Receiving such a note can be just the boost we need to keep going. Give this boost to someone you admire or appreciate this week.

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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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