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Old Testament Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – I Will Turn Their Mourning into Joy

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We may have times when choosing the Lord means we have to let go of other things or even friends. Having Him on our side, however, is worth every sacrifice. When we follow Jesus Christ, all of our hardships will eventually be turned into joy. Learn more in our Come Follow Me FHE lessons.

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Scripture

Jeremiah 31:13

Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

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Hymn

I Feel My Savior’s Love | Children’s Songbook, pg. 74

1. I feel my Savior’s love
In all the world around me.
His Spirit warms my soul
Through ev’rything I see.

[Chorus]

He knows I will follow him,
Give all my life to him.
I feel my Savior’s love,
The love he freely gives me.

2. I feel my Savior’s love;
Its gentleness enfolds me,
And when I kneel to pray,
My heart is filled with peace.

3. I feel my Savior’s love
And know that he will bless me.
I offer him my heart;
My shepherd he will be.

4. I’ll share my Savior’s love
By serving others freely.
In serving I am blessed.
In giving I receive.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Story: “‘My mom says that I can’t be friends with Mormons because they believe in Joseph Smith,’ Cody said.” Ricky was supposed to get baptized, but if he did, he would lose his friend. Read the full story to see how Ricky decided what to do.

Teach: Ricky felt peace because he knew the Lord was guiding him to make the right decision. It may not be easy, but being on the Lord’s side is always the right place to be.

Read: The following scriptures in Lamentations 3:22–27 teach of the blessings and mercy of the Lord when we choose Him–even when it’s hard.

22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.

Teach: We may have friends who don’t understand and reject us. This can be hard–like bearing a yoke. [Explain what a yoke is–that it’s a heavy burden. It’s hard to carry. But, when we yoke ourselves with Jesus, He carries our heavy loads for us.] When we learn while we are young to trust in Jesus more than we trust in other people, He will stay by our side, yoked to us, all our lives.

Video: Sing along if you can, and enjoy this video about how walking with Jesus means that He will always walk with you.

Testify: Staying on the Lord’s side can be difficult sometimes, but having Him at our side will always be worth it.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Teach: When Jesus Christ was born, the Jewish people were in bondage to the Roman Empire. The Israelites had been conquered several times before throughout the Old Testament. Many in Jesus’s time were awaiting a Messiah who would deliver them from bondage to Rome. This was one reason why so many didn’t recognize Jesus for who He was. He was (and is) the Savior of the world, but not in the way many expected. It’s understandable when considering scriptures such as these below which prophesy of deliverance.

Read: Jeremiah 30:7–10
7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
9 But they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.
10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the Lord; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. (Emphasis added.)

Teach: Jesus Christ does relieve our bondage to sin and physical death. He breaks Satan’s attempts to drag us down to hell. No trial, no hardship, no suffering needs to last forever because Jesus Christ “save[s] [us] out of it” (Jeremiah 30:7). Jesus came to the Jews under Roman rule to heal and to save, but not in the ways many of the Jews expected.

Read: Matthew 9:2 – A man who was ill and could not get out of bed was brought by his friends to Jesus to be healed.

And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

Ask:They came to Jesus seeking one blessing–the man’s physical healing–and instead, He told the man his sins were forgiven. Having our sins forgiven is only our hope for eternal life, but in that moment, how might the man and his friends felt about this gift being given instead of the one they asked for?

Do we ever miss the great blessings given us from the Lord because they aren’t the blessings we asked for and thought we most wanted?

Video: Emanuele wouldn’t have chosen his accident. It’s not what he asked for or what he wanted, but it turned into the blessing he needed to get his life back on the right path. Watch here.

Testify: Though we may not get the smaller blessings we were looking for and really wanted, the Atonement of Jesus Christ makes it possible for us to receive the greatest gift of God–eternal life. His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8), but He gives us what we need. If we are missing a blessing we think we need, pray to see and recognize the gifts that God is providing and to see that they are not only enough, but everything we really need.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Consider or Journal: Each of us has broken our covenants before because one of the covenants we made through baptism was to “keep the commandments.” If we have ever sinned (we all have!), then we have broken this covenant.

The Lord provides a way and asks us to repent and return to Him. Sometimes, though, it can feel impossible to return to the Lord.

Maybe we feel too guilty about our sins to believe the Lord even wants us to return to Him.
Maybe we feel like we have fallen too far and can no longer be forgiven.
Maybe we feel like we can’t let go of our sins and we are doomed to remain in sin forever.

All of these are lies from the Adversary to keep us in his bondage. Jesus Christ sets us free and is always ready to receive us when we return to Him.

The children of Israel had chosen idol worship over their covenant with the Lord over and over, but Jesus Christ is ever-ready to receive them and begin afresh.

Read: Jeremiah 31:31–34

31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Consider: The Lord wants us to write His law on our “inward parts” (verse 33). He wants obedience to be our nature because we have become converted to Him, but He knows each of us falls short. Nevertheless, He is ever prepared to receive us, to “forgive [our] iniquity” and to “remember [our] sin no more” (verse 34).

Video: The Lord is always seeking to bless us. Mark–an addict, alcoholic, and convict–could tell the Lord was trying to bless him, but he could not figure out why. When he sincerely asked the Lord, He gave Mark an answer he didn’t expect. Watch here.

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Activity

Start preparing for Thanksgiving with a Thankful Pumpkin. Have each family member contribute at least one blessing they receive from choosing to be on the Lord’s side–no matter what. Write down each expressed blessing on a pumpkin, either real or cut out of paper, and put it up somewhere visible.

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Rebecca Wright
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