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Come Follow Me FHE Lesson - Thy Kingdom Shall Be Established

Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – Thy Kingdom Shall Be Established

Kings and leaders may fail us. We may fail ourselves. But Jesus Christ, our true King, will never fail us. This FHE lesson will help us learn from the lives of King David and King Solomon.

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Scripture

2 Samuel 7:16

And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

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Hymn

God Speed the Right | Hymn #106

1. I need thee ev’ry hour,
Most gracious Lord.
No tender voice like thine
Can peace afford.

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I need thee, oh, I need thee;
Ev’ry hour I need thee!
Oh, bless me now, my Savior;
I come to thee!

2. I need thee ev’ry hour;
Stay thou nearby.
Temptations lose their pow’r
When thou art nigh.

3. I need thee ev’ry hour,
In joy or pain.
Come quickly and abide,
Or life is vain.

4. I need thee ev’ry hour,
Most holy One.
Oh, make me thin indeed,
Thou blessed Son!

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

David, the young man who conquered Goliath, was chosen to become king over the Israelites. He had proved himself worthy to receive this appointment from the Lord. After he had power, however, it seemed he began to think that the rules and commandments he had followed before were no longer applicable to him.

Ask: After you’ve been baptized and gotten on the path back to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, have you done all you needed to do? [No!]

After you’ve served a faithful mission, can you stop keeping the commandments? Wasn’t your mission enough? [No!]

After you’ve been married and sealed in the holy temple, are you done? Can you stop honoring God then? [No!]

How long has the Lord said we need to remain faithful? How long are we required to endure?

Read: 2 Nephi 31:20

Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.

Explain: Everybody needs to avoid temptation. Even Jesus Christ was tempted, but He did not yield to temptation. He asks the same of us–even if we are baptized, or returned missionaries, or sealed in the temple. He requires our obedience even if we have a calling with high authority or if we are famous. We learned last week that the Lord looks on the heart. He doesn’t care what we have accomplished. He wants us to be faithful and keep the commandments no matter who we are or how important we think we are. Even King David, king of the Israelites, needed to keep the commandments.

Read: 2 Samuel 11:2

And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

Teach: David was watching Bathsheba (the woman washing herself) when she had little or no clothing on. One form of pornography is looking at pictures of people with little or no clothing on. Watch this video to learn what pornography is, how to avoid it, and what to do when you encounter it.

Video: What Should I Do When I See Pornography?

 

[Parents: Be sure to discuss with your children these steps for how to respond to pornography. If your child has already seen something, respond calmly and with patience and kindness. It is critical that she or he feels safe enough to talk to you so you can help them through this challenge. Be sure they understand that if they accidentally viewed pornography how to clear it from their minds and not to seek it out further. If they have indulged and returned again to pornography, help them understand the joy of repentance and the hope of the Atonement. They are not lost. They can be clean from the filth of pornography through Jesus Christ.]

Testify: It is imperative that we never get complacent and believe that we are incapable of falling into temptation. If we keep the Holy Ghost with us at all times, He can guide us to make good choices and avoid things that will hurt our spirits, confuse our minds, and separate us from God.

It is also imperative that in one way or another, we will all make mistakes and Jesus Christ has prepared a way for us to become clean and return to Him. Repentance is part of God’s plan. It is joyful because it helps us to feel the love of the Lord. We can always repent. Being the Lord’s disciple doesn’t mean we never make mistakes, it means we never stop trying, even after we have made mistakes.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

King David was ruler over all the Israelites. Perhaps he no longer felt accountable to anyone because he was king, but no matter our position, title, or perceived importance, we are all accountable unto God.

Read: 2 Samuel 11:2

And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

Ask: Is there any sin in just happening to see pornography? If all he had done was accidentally see her washing herself, but instead chose to walk away and leave her alone, would there have been any sin or harm in that?

Video: Watch how this video first depicts David looking away–knowing he shouldn’t be watching Bathsheba bathe. Then, watch how his first impulse is ignored and instead he indulges in his lust.

Teach: David lusted after Bathsheba, brought him to his home, and committed adultery. To cover it up, he later sent Bathsheba’s husband to the front lines of war so he would be killed and not find out about the adultery.

Read: 2 Samuel 11:15

And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.

Consider: What led David to this point? There was a brief window between David happening upon something he shouldn’t have seen (not his fault) and acting according to his most base desires. In that window was his moment of opportunity to practice discipline.

Ask: What are some of our moments to practice discipline?
Perhaps you can see someone’s test answers in a class you’re struggling in. What do you do?
Perhaps someone at the store gives you too much change back after a purchase. What do you do?
Maybe you were watching a clean video online, but the next video that comes up is vulgar. What do you do?

Teach: It is not a sin to be tempted, but it is a sin to indulge in temptation. It’s not a sin to have seen Bathsheba. It’s a sin to keep looking. It’s another sin bringing her to the palace. It’s another sin to commit adultery. It’s another sin to cover up the first sins. It’s another sin to send her husband to die. David’s first, seemingly innocuous sin–not just seeing, but looking, watching Bathsheba turned into adultery and essentially murder.

Ask: How do we prevent one bad decision from snowballing into something exponentially worse?

Testify: In the moment of decision, we must practice discipline. Every time we say no, look away, and hum a favorite hymn instead of indulging in sin, our resolve to obey grows stronger. Our discipline grows greater. If, however, we slip up, right now is always the best time to repent. Don’t wait until the sin has snowballed out of control. Repent today. Jesus Christ’s Atonement is always ready for us. He never fails us.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Consider: David, first a faithful young man who defeated the Philistine warrior Goliath and later king of all Israel, is a reminder that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. While not perfect, his story gives us hope in Christ’s unfailing Atonement. There is always hope for us–no matter how far we have fallen. In the words of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland:

However late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.

Journal: Write down in your journal what the hope of the Atonement means to you.

Following David’s reign, Solomon became his heir. One night, the Lord came to Solomon in a dream and asked him an unusual question.

Read: 1 Kings 3:5

In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

The Lord opened the door asking Solomon what he sought from God.

Consider: If God came to you in a dream and asked you what you wanted from Him, what would you ask for?

Solomon responded thus: Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? – 1 Kings 3:9

Knowing he would be king and judge over the people, Solomon asked for an understanding heart. He asked for discernment.

Why is this gift so crucial?

The Lord has admonished us to be discerning and to seek the gifts that bring us discernment. He has said, “Wherefore, beware lest ye are deceived; and that ye may not be deceived seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given” (D&C 46:8).

How can we increase in discernment? How can we tell the truth from deception in a word filled with so many insidious and pervasive lies?

Quote: George Q. Cannon said:

If any of us are imperfect [we all are], it is our duty to pray for the gift that will make us perfect . . . No man ought to say, “Oh, I cannot help this; it is my nature.” He is not justified in it, for the reason that God has promised to give strength to correct these things, and to give gifts that will eradicate them. If a man lack wisdom, it is his duty to ask God for wisdom. The same with everything else.

What spiritual gift will you ask from the Lord?

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Activity

Use this great object lesson from Teaching Children the Gospel about how sin that snowballs out of control binds us. 

Ask for a volunteer. Have the volunteer put their hands together. Wrap one layer of the masking tape around their fingers and thumbs. Ask them if they can break free. Explain that when we first make a mistake or sin we are easily able to break free of its grasp and repent. But Satan knows that if he continues to get us to sin, little by little, eventually the sin will become accepted and then we become bound in captivity to the sin . . . (Wrap the tape around the child’s hands several times, layering one area around the fingers and thumbs.) Ask the child to try and break free from the bindings. They shouldn’t be able to. Satan wants us to be miserable like he is, and he knows that sin binds us in captivity and destroys lives.

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