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Come Follow Me FHE Lesson - My Heart Rejoiceth in the Lord

Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – My Heart Rejoiceth in the Lord

The stories of Naomi, Ruth, and Hannah teach us that when we remain humble and loyal to the Lord, He provides a way through our trials and brings us closer to Him.

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Scripture

Ruth 1:16

And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.

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Hymn

Stand for the Right | Children’s Songbook, pg. 159

Our prophet has some words for you,
And these are the words:
“Be true, be true.”
At work or at play,
In darkness or light,
Be true, be true,
And stand for the right.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Teach: Due to a famine in their homeland, Naomi and her husband Elimelech took their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion to Moab. They lived there many years and their sons were married to Orpah and Ruth. In time, each of their husbands passed away leaving Naomi, Orpah, and Ruth as widows. At this time, there weren’t many opportunities for women to make a living or provide for themselves without a husband. Worried that she wouldn’t be able to provide for them, Naomi told Orpah and Ruth that they should return to their families. Orpah agreed and returned home, but Ruth stayed by Naomi’s side.

Naomi had been introduced to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through her husband’s family. She knew her husband’s family had the truth and she didn’t want to leave it. She also worried about how Naomi would provide for herself without support and she didn’t want to leave her alone. Staying with Naomi, however, might mean Ruth would go hungry.

Ask: What sacrifices could you make to be loyal to your family and the gospel? Could you go hungry? Could you be homeless? Ruth was courageous to be loyal even when her circumstances looked grim.

Scripture: Read Ruth 1:16 (found above). Ruth was committed to doing whatever was necessary to stay united with Naomi.

Teach: Naomi took Ruth to Beth-lehem where Naomi’s husband had family. The women asked if they could glean the leftovers from Boaz’s harvest. Gleaning is going in after the harvest to pick the last few fruits or grains left behind. Boaz saw Ruth’s hard work and loyalty to Naomi and told his workers to leave behind extra food so the women would have enough.

Read: Ruth 2:10-12

Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger? And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

Ask: It can sometimes seem like it doesn’t matter what we do because no one would notice anyway, but people are watching what we do and say. Have you ever had a time when someone noticed you were different because of your faith and loyalty to the Lord? Have you ever had an example who didn’t know they were your example? Have you ever been that example for someone else?

Video: Watch this video for a visual representation of the scriptural account of Ruth and Naomi.

Testify: Even if the Lord is the only One who notices our loyalty and good works, He will not forget or forsake us. There is always a way out of our desperate situations if we put the Lord first in our lives.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Teach: Hannah was a righteous woman who was unable to have children. Her husband loved her, but she felt great shame that she couldn’t bear him a child. This was made worse by the comments of people around her.

Read: 1 Samuel 1:6 – “And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.”

Ask: Hannah was already suffering because of her trial, but “her adversary” made the situation worse by “provoking” her about it. Have you observed this? Who do you know who is going through something hard, but someone around him or her is making it worse by commenting on it?

Sometimes these comments are on purpose–with the intent to provoke the sufferer–but sometimes they are spoken thoughtlessly, not considering the trials others are going through. Some examples of this might be asking when a couple is going to have a baby (not knowing they are experiencing infertility), or asking a young person when they are getting married (not knowing they experience same-sex attraction). How can we be more supportive of people instead of “provoking” them in their hardships?

Quote: “When you meet someone, treat them as if they were in serious trouble, and you will be right more than half the time.” -President Henry B. Eyring, quoting his district president.

Teach: Eventually, Hannah made an arrangement with the Lord, promising Him that if He gave her a son, she would give the son back to the Lord.

Read: 1 Samuel 1:11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.

Teach: It might not always be right to make a bargain with the Lord, but Hannah’s prayers were not in vain. She prayed with real intent, and she prayed with great sincerity and earnestness. She describes her prayers as having poured out her soul before the Lord (1 Samuel 1:15).

Ask: Do we ever hold back in our prayers? Do we sometimes express what we feel like we should pray, but it lacks sincerity? What would help us be more vulnerable and sincere in our prayers to Heavenly Father?

Testify: The Lord blessed Hannah with children and she kept her word, “loaning” him to the Lord all his life. Through faith and sincere prayers, we can be blessed with miracles. Acting in faith and praying with real intent are how we allow Him to bless us abundantly. Let us have the faith to receive all He desires to bless us with.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Consider: Hannah was a faithful woman who was unable to have children. She prayed with great earnestness and sincerity that she would have a son. She promised the Lord that if He blessed her with a son, she would dedicate his life to the Lord. The Lord answered her prayer and she was blessed with a son, Samuel. After he was weaned, Samuel went to live and train at the temple with Eli. He hadn’t yet learned all the ways of the Lord, but he was obedient.

Read: 1 Samuel 3:2-5

And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.

This happened three times and in the middle of the night Samuel obediently went to the one he thought was calling him and responded with “Here am I.” Eli finally explained that it was the Lord calling him and instead to say, “Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:9).

Consider or Journal: How is the Lord calling you? What small invitations is He extending to you? Are you recognizing where that voice is coming from?

Elder Bednar has said, “Repetition is a vehicle through which the Holy Ghost can enlighten our minds, influence our hearts, and enlarge our understanding.”

What lesson or idea is the Lord repeating to your mind? How can you turn your attention to Him and respond with, “Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth”?

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