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Come Follow Me FHE Lesson - My Presence Shall Go With Thee

Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – My Presence Shall Go With Thee

The Lord will always stay by our side. The only question is if we will stay near Him. If we make and keep covenants that bind ourselves to Him, we will never walk alone. This Come Follow Me Family Home Evening Lesson includes three lesson plans, activity ideas, and more.

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Scripture

Exodus 33:14

And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

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Hymn

Who’s on the Lord’s Side? | Hymn #260

1. Who’s on the Lord’s side? Who?
Now is the time to show.
We ask it fearlessly:
Who’s on the Lord’s side? Who?
We wage no common war,
Cope with no common foe.
The enemy’s awake;
Who’s on the Lord’s side? Who?

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Who’s on the Lord’s side? Who?
Now is the time to show.
We ask it fearlessly:
Who’s on the Lord’s side? Who?

2. We serve the living God,
And want his foes to know
That, if but few, we’re great;
Who’s on the Lord’s side? Who?
We’re going on to win;
No fear must blanch the brow.
The Lord of Hosts is ours;
Who’s on the Lord’s side? Who?

3. The stone cut without hands
To fill the earth must grow.
Who’ll help to roll it on?
Who’s on the Lord’s side? Who?
Our ensign to the world
Is floating proudly now.
No coward bears our flag;
Who’s on the Lord’s side? Who?

4. The pow’rs of earth and hell
In rage direct the blow
That’s aimed to crush the work;
Who’s on the Lord’s side? Who?
Truth, life, and liberty,
Freedom from death and woe,
Are stakes we’re fighting for;
Who’s on the Lord’s side? Who?

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Teach: The children of Israel can teach us about the power and commitment that comes from making covenants. Moses taught the Israelites to offer sacrifices to the Lord. Adam also offered sacrifices and the Lord taught him about what the sacrifices represented.

Scripture: Moses 5:6-7 And after many days an angel of the Lord appeared unto Adam, saying: Why dost thou offer sacrifices unto the Lord? And Adam said unto him: I know not, save the Lord commanded me. And then the angel spake, saying: This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father, which is full of grace and truth.

Ask: Why does a sacrifice represent the Only Begotten of the Father? [Christ sacrificed himself for our sake.]

Ask: Knowing that sacrifices represent the Savior, why would God have wanted His people to make sacrifices? [To remember Him.]

Ask: Why doesn’t God want us to offer sacrifices anymore? [He does. But instead of offering an animal sacrifice, he asks that we offer up ourselves to remember Him and keep His commandments.]

Ask: They offered sacrifices to remember Him. What ordinance do we participate in that is to help us remember Him? [The Sacrament.]

Video: Watch how important the Sacrament is in helping us be cleansed each week and have our baptismal covenants renewed each week. Watch here.

Teach: Remembering the Savior is one of our baptismal covenants. We promise to always remember Him. Making covenants helps us to remember Him. We also promise to keep his commandments. The Israelites likewise were being taught to remember Him and to keep His commandments.

Scripture: “And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient” (Exodus 24:7).

Testify: When we keep His commandments and always remember Him, He allows us to have His Spirit to be with us. This lets His presence be with us wherever we go–as long as we are behaving in a way that lets the Spirit stay with us.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Teach: When Moses was up on Mount Sinai receiving the commandments from the Lord, Aaron was down among the Israelites who were growing impatient with how long Moses had been gone. Aaron had the people bring every scrap of gold they had–from earrings, jewelry–wherever they could get it, and he molten them down and made from all their gold an idol made in the shape of a calf. The Israelites then said, “These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt” (Exodus 32:4).

Ask: Why would the Israelites say this golden calf that they watched Aaron make with his own hands was the God who delivered them out of bondage in Egypt?

Teach: We all want something to believe in, but if we look to the wrong source, we will find that what we believed in didn’t have power to save us–from bondage or from sin.

Ask: What are some “gods” people believe in today instead of the true God? [The internet, chat groups, forums or other think tanks of strangers, etc.]

Video: This video discusses the Sabbath day’s roles in helping us eliminate the distractions and “false gods” we set up in our lives. Watch here.

Ask: What could the Israelites have done differently to remember the true God instead of believing in the false golden calf? [Remembered the Lord; remembered His deliverance and the way Moses shared His message; been patient for Moses’ return.]

Testify: Jesus Christ delivers us. Nothing else. No one else. If we trust in Him, he will deliver us from the bondage of sin just as He delivered the Israelites from the bondage of Pharaoh. It may take longer than we planned, but trusting in Him will always be worth the wait.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Moses was with the Lord on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24:18). The children of Israel began to get nervous about how long he had been gone. Without Moses to guide them, the Israelites gathered together every bit of their gold (earrings and jewelry) to make a golden calf as an idol.

Consider or Journal: Why, after all they had been through, did the Israelites so quickly grow impatient with Moses’ absence? How do their actions help us understand President Nelson’s call for us to improve our ability to Hear Him?

How might things have worked out differently for the Israelites if they had been more patient for the return of the prophet?

Scripture: The Joseph Smith Translation of Exodus 34:1 explains some of what the Israelites sacrificed by being impatient with Moses’ return.

“And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two other tables of stone, like unto the first, and I will write upon them also, the words of the law, according as they were written at the first on the tables which thou brakest; but it shall not be according to the first, for I will take away the priesthood out of their midst; therefore my holy order, and the ordinances thereof, shall not go before them; for my presence shall not go up in their midst, lest I destroy them.”

Consider or Journal: What blessings in your own life might you forgo if you lack the patience to wait upon the Lord?

Video: Watch Elder Hales’s talk entitled, “Waiting Upon the Lord: Thy Will Be Done,” for encouragement and guidance on how to more faithfully wait upon the Lord.

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Activity

Have one child wear a blindfold and try to cross a room to touch a specific target on the other side of the room. Have other children or parents give false directions while the child is told to listen to one specific voice’s guidance. See if the child can get to the destination if they listen very carefully to their guide while ignoring all the other distractions. Teach that listening to the prophet, or the words of the Lord, is like this. We listen to His words only and ignore the other distractions that would lead us astray.

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