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Come Follow Me – Old Testament

Hello! And welcome to Come, Follow Me – Old Testament. Unlike other classes you have for school, this is organized into weeks to match the pace of classes and lessons at church. If you miss a day, skip ahead to be sure you stay in the right week. A day with an asterisk (*) means you have something to print!

There are two sections for each lesson, Primary and Youth. Be sure to choose the lesson that’s right for your age.

Links for other months: February, March, April, May, June, July

January, Week 1

Day 1

Primary
1. Create a new document and label it Old Testament notes. You will be using this document all year.
2. Read Moses 1:1-23.
3. Today, think about these questions: What did Moses do to resist Satan? How can Moses’s example help you when you are tempted? Write some ideas in your document.
4. Listen to I am a Child of God.

Youth
1. Create a new document and label it Old Testament notes. You will be using this document all year.
2. Read Moses 1:1-23.
3. As Moses 1 clearly shows, powerful spiritual experiences do not exempt us from temptation. In fact, one of Satan’s tactics is to tempt us to doubt those experiences or what we learned from them. As you read about Moses’s response to Satan in verses 12–23, what do you learn that can help you stay true to the testimony you have received? What helps you resist Satan’s other temptations? Write some thoughts about this in your document.
4. Watch the video “I am a Son of God.”

Day 2*

Primary
1. Read Moses 1:24-42.
2. This part of the chapter has a Doctrinal Mastery Scripture! Moses 1:39 says “For behold, this is my work and my glory – to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” Tell a parent or family member what you think that means.
3. Listen to the Moses 1:39 song! We are going to try and memorize some Doctrinal Mastery Scriptures this year.
*4. Print a copy of the scripture chart. Save this paper, and any time you memorize a scripture put a sticker on it!

Youth
1. Read Moses 1:24-42.
*2. Print a copy of the doctrinal mastery scripture chart. Save this paper to keep track as you memorize scriptures.
3. This part of the chapter has our first Doctrinal Mastery Scripture, Moses 1:39. It says “For behold, this is my work and my glory – to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” What does this tell you about God’s priorities?
4. Listen to the Moses 1:39 song!

Day 3

Primary
1. Read Abraham 3.
2. There is a Doctrinal Mastery scripture in this chapter!

22. Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones;
23. And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born.

3. Watch the video “About the Old Testament.”
4. Listen to the song, “I Know My Father Lives.”

Youth
1. Read Abraham 3.
2. There is a Doctrinal Mastery scripture in this chapter!

22. Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones;
23. And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born.

3. Think about a time when you had to demonstrate proficiency in a skill — for example, in school, or at church. What were you required to do to prove yourself? How are these experiences similar to what is described in Abraham 3:24–26? How are they different? How do we include Heavenly Father and the Savior in our efforts to “prove” ourselves? How does knowing that we are here to prove ourselves obedient affect the way we respond to life’s challenges? Write something about this in your document.
4. Listen to the song for Abraham 3:22-23.

January, Week 2

Day 1

*Primary
1. Read Genesis 1.
2. Watch the video, “Jesus Makes the Earth.”
*3. Print the Creation notebooking pages. Cut out the pieces and glue them into a notebook or another piece of paper on the correct days.
4. There are Doctrinal Mastery verses in this chapter! Genesis 1:26-27.

26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

5. OPTIONAL: Here is a song to go along with those verses!
6. There is another Doctrinal Mastery verse just after this one (Genesis 1:28). It does not have a song.

28. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Youth
1. Read Genesis 1.
2. Because the world around us is so beautiful and majestic, it is hard to imagine the earth when it was “without form, and void,” “empty and desolate.” One thing the Creation story teaches us is that God can make something magnificent out of something unorganized. That’s helpful to remember when life seems chaotic. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are Creators, and Their creative work with us is not finished. They can make light shine in dark moments in our lives. They can form solid ground in the midst of life’s stormy seas. They can command the elements, and if we obey Their word like the elements did, They can transform us into the beautiful creations we were meant to be. That’s part of what it means to be created in God’s image, after His likeness. We have the potential to become like Him: exalted, glorified, celestial beings.
3. Elder D. Todd Christofferson said, “Whatever the details of the creation process, we know that it was not accidental but that it was directed by God the Father and implemented by Jesus Christ.” How many times in Genesis 1 does God call the things that he made “good?” What does this suggest about how we should treat God’s creations — including ourselves?
4. There are Doctrinal Mastery verses in this chapter! Genesis 1:26-27.

26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

5. Listen to the Doctrinal Mastery song to go along with those verses!
6. There is another Doctrinal Mastery verse just after this one (Genesis 1:28). It does not have a song.

28. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Day 2

Primary
1. Read Genesis 2.
2. Watch the video, “Adam and Eve.”
3. Listen to the song, “When He Comes Again.”
4. Let’s take a look at a doctrinal mastery verse, Genesis 2:24. There isn’t a song for this one!

24. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Youth
1. Read Genesis 2.
2. President Russel M. Nelson said, “Adam and Eve were joined together in marriage for time and for all eternity by the power of [the] everlasting priesthood.” Why is this truth important to know?
3. Read 1 Corinthians 11:11. What does this verse have to say about the importance of marriage?
4. Let’s take a look at a doctrinal mastery verse, Genesis 2:24. There isn’t a song for this one!

24. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Day 3

*Primary
1. Read Moses 2 and 3.
2. When Heavenly Father and Jesus finished creating the earth and everything on it, they blessed the seventh day. It was to be a holy day, different from the other days of the week. The Sabbath is a day for us to rest from our work and to worship Heavenly Father and Jesus. What day of the week do we observe the Sabbath?
*3. Print the Sabbath spinner. Draw your own ideas of what you can do on the Sabbath in the blank spaces.

Youth
1. Read Moses 2 and 3.
2. You may notice that today’s reading is very similar to Genesis 1-2. What are some differences between these chapters and the ones in the Old Testament?
3. Watch the video “The Sabbath is a Delight.”
4. God made the Sabbath day holy, and He asks us to keep it holy. Elder David A. Bednar taught, “The Sabbath is God’s time, a sacred time specifically set apart for worshipping Him and for receiving and remembering His great and precious promises.” How has the Lord blessed you for keeping His day holy?

Day 4

Primary
1. Read Abraham 4 and 5.
2. Today is a music day! Listen to the three songs we have done so far and see if you can sing along yet.

Youth
1. Read Abraham 4 and 5.
2. Watch the video, “God’s Greatest Creation.”

January, Week 3

Day 1

Primary
1. Read Genesis 3.
2. If Adam and Eve had stayed in the Garden of Eden, they would not have had children and would not have progressed to become like Heavenly Father. We are grateful for their choice to partake of the fruit because this choice made possible our mortal life and our opportunity for eternal life.
3. Scroll down and watch the video about Adam and Eve.

Youth
1. Read Genesis 3.
2. At first, the story of the Fall of Adam and Eve might seem like a tragedy. Adam and Eve were cast out of the beautiful Garden of Eden. They were thrown into a world where pain, sorrow, and death are ever present. And they were separated from their Heavenly Father. But because of the truths restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith in the book of Moses, we know that the story of Adam and Eve is actually one of hope—and an essential part of God’s plan for His children.
The Garden of Eden was beautiful. But Adam and Eve needed something more than beautiful surroundings. They needed—and we all need—an opportunity to grow. Leaving the Garden of Eden was the necessary first step toward returning to God and eventually becoming like Him. That meant facing opposition, making mistakes, learning to repent, and trusting the Savior, whose Atonement makes possible progression and “the joy of our redemption.” So when you read about the Fall of Adam and Eve, focus not on the seeming tragedy but on the possibilities—not on the paradise Adam and Eve lost but on the glory their choice allows us to receive.

Day 2

*Primary
1. Read Moses 4.
*2. Print the pdf and complete the worksheet about Adam’s choices.
3. Listen to the song, “I Know My Father Lives.”

Youth
1. Read Moses 4.
2. Adam and Eve’s Fall brought physical and spiritual death into the world. It also brought adversity, sorrow, and sin. These all seem like reasons to regret the Fall. But the Fall was part of Heavenly Father’s plan to redeem and exalt His children through “the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father.”
3. Because of the Book of Mormon and other latter-day revelations, we have a unique perspective on the Fall. For example, consider what the prophet Lehi taught his family about Adam and Eve in 2 Nephi 2:15–27. How do Lehi’s teachings clarify what happened in the Garden of Eden and help us understand why it was important?

Day 3

Primary
1. Read Genesis 4.
2. Watch the video “Adam and His Family.”
3. Listen to the song, “When He Comes Again.”

Youth
1. Read Genesis 4.
2. What does it mean that Adam was to “rule over” Eve? This passage of scripture has sometimes been misunderstood to mean that a husband is justified in treating his wife unkindly. In our day, the Lord’s prophets have taught that while a husband should preside in the home in righteousness, he should see his wife as an equal partner (see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” Elder Dale G. Renlund and Sister Ruth Lybbert Renlund explained that a righteous husband “will seek to minister; he will acknowledge error and seek forgiveness; he will be quick to offer praise; he will be considerate of family members’ preferences; he will feel the great weight of responsibility to provide ‘the necessities of life and protection’ for his family; he will treat his wife with the utmost respect and deference. … He will bless his family.”

Day 4

Primary
1. Read Moses 5.
2. Because of the choices Adam and Eve made, we will all die someday. Because of Jesus Christ, we can repent and live with God again. Heavenly Father sent Jesus Christ to rescue us from the consequences of the Fall. Through His atoning sacrifice, Jesus made it possible for us to be resurrected after we die and be forgiven of our sins when we repent.
3. Watch the video “Because of Him.”

Youth
1. Read Moses 5.
2. God will accept our sacrifices if we offer them with a willing and obedient heart. Adam and Eve learned that animal sacrifices were symbolic of Christ’s atoning sacrifice, and they made this “known unto their sons and their daughters” (Moses 5:12). What different attitudes did two of their sons, Cain and Abel, have toward these sacrifices? Why did the Lord accept Abel’s sacrifice but not Cain’s?
3. What kinds of sacrifices does the Lord ask of you? Is there anything in Moses 5:4–9, 16-26, that changes the way you think about those sacrifices?

January, Week 4

Day 1

Primary
1. Read Genesis 5.
2. Watch the video about Enoch!

Youth
1. Read Genesis 5.
2. Most of Genesis 5 is a list of the generations between Adam and Eve and Noah. We read a lot of names, but we don’t learn much about them. Then we read about Enoch, six generations from Adam, who is described with this intriguing but unexplained line: “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Genesis 5:24). Surely there’s a story behind that. But without further explanation, the list of generations resumes. (Don’t worry, we will learn more about Enoch in Moses 6.)

Day 2

Primary
1. Read Moses 6:1-36.
2. When Enoch was called to preach the gospel, he worried that he would fail. But God helped him do great things.
3. Watch the video about Enoch the prophet.
4. Why did Enoch feel that he couldn’t preach the gospel? How did God help Enoch?

Youth
1. Read Moses 6:1-36.
2. Thankfully, Moses 6 reveals the details of Enoch’s story—and it’s quite a story. We learn of Enoch’s humility, his insecurities, the potential God saw in him, and the great work he performed as God’s prophet. We also get a clearer picture of the family of Adam and Eve as it progressed through the generations. We read of Satan’s “great dominion” but also of parents who taught children “the ways of God” and of “preachers of righteousness” who “spake and prophesied.”
3. As you study Moses 6:26–36, what do you learn about eyes, darkness, and seeing? In Enoch’s time, who could not “see afar off”? Why were these people unable to see truth? What was Enoch able to see? What has built your faith that modern-day prophets are seers?

Day 3

Primary
1. Read Moses 6:37-68.
2. Adam and Enoch taught their people the first principles and ordinances of the gospel: faith, repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. These help us prepare to return to Heavenly Father.
3. Listen to the song, “I Know My Father Lives.”

Youth
1. Read Moses 6:37-68.
2. Because we have the book of Moses, we know that God has been teaching His children how to find forgiveness and redemption ever since the beginning. In the scriptures, these teachings are sometimes called the doctrine of Christ. As you study Moses 6:48–68, search for what we must know and do to be redeemed. Why is it important to know that these truths have been taught since the days of Adam and Eve? What do you feel prompted to do as a result of studying these teachings?
3. Adam and Eve were taught the precious truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But the Lord’s words in Moses 6:27–28 make clear that in the generations before Enoch, many people weren’t living those truths anymore. The Lord wanted Enoch to restore the truths that had been lost—along with the commandment originally given to Adam: “Teach these things freely unto your children” (Moses 6:58). As you read Moses 6:51–62, what do you learn about Jesus Christ? What do you find that would be especially valuable to the rising generation?

January, Week 5

Day 1

Primary
1. Read Moses 7:1-18.
2. God wants us to love each other. The people in Enoch’s city were very righteous and loved and took care of each other. He called his people Zion. God wants us to be a Zion people today, just like the people of Enoch. How can we show love to each other in Primary and at home?
3. There is a Doctrinal Mastery verse in Moses 7! It’s Moses 7:18.

18 And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.

4. OPTIONAL: There is a song to go along with this verse.

Youth
1. Read Moses 7:1-18.
2. Throughout history, people have tried to achieve what Enoch and his people accomplished: building an ideal society where there is no poverty or violence. As God’s people, we share this desire. We call it building Zion, and it includes — in addition to caring for the poor and promoting peace — making covenants, dwelling together in righteousness, and becoming one with each other and with Jesus Christ, “the King of Zion.” Because the work of establishing Zion continues in our day, it’s helpful to ask, How did Enoch and his people do it? How did they become “of one heart and one mind” despite the wickedness around them? Among the many details Moses 7 gives us about Zion, a particularly valuable one for Latter-day Saints might be this: Zion is not just a city — it is a condition of the heart and spirit. Zion, as the Lord has taught, is “the pure in heart” (Doctrine and Covenants 97:21). So perhaps the best way to build Zion is to start in our own hearts and homes.
3. There is a Doctrinal Mastery verse in Moses 7! It’s Moses 7:18.

18 And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.

4. OPTIONAL: There is a song to go along with this verse.

Day 2

Primary
1. Read Moses 7:19-27.
2. Enoch built a city called the city of Zion. Enoch saw in a vision that the city would eventually be taken up to heaven because of the righteousness of his people. This means that Enoch and his people were translated — in other words, their bodies were changed so they would be free of physical pain and would not experience death until the time of their resurrection.
3. Listen to the Books of the Old Testament song. We are going to learn this this year!

Youth
1. Read Moses 7:19-27.
2. The phrases “taken up” (Moses 7:21, 23), “lifted up” (Moses 7:24), “caught up” (Moses 7:27), and “fled” (Moses 7:69) refer to Zion and the people of Enoch being translated and taken to heaven. People who are translated “are changed so that they do not experience pain or death” as mortals do.
3. Enoch was the great-grandfather of the prophet Noah. He and the people in his city were righteous and were taken from the earth before the flood. Take a look at Moses 7:27. What happened to other righteous people on the earth that did not live in the city of Enoch? Why is it important for us to know that these righteous people were taken up to heaven?

Day 3

Primary
1. Read Moses 7:28-53.
2. Take a look at the verses we read today. What is it that makes God weep, or cry? Take a look at verses 32, 33, and 37 for some answers. What do these verses teach us about how God feels about His children? How do we know that God loves us?
3. What do you think are some things we can do to make Heavenly Father happy?

Youth
1. Read Moses 7:28-53.
2. Some people see God as a distant being who isn’t emotionally affected by what happens to us. But Enoch saw a vision in which God wept for His children. God has created worlds without number, yet He is aware of and cares about us. Heavenly Father feels sorrow when we choose to commit sin. How can this knowledge influence you to live righteously?
3. Listen to the Books of the Old Testament song. We are going to learn this this year!

Day 4

Primary
1. Read Moses 7:47-69.
2. In his vision, Enoch saw the latter days, including the Savior’s Second Coming. Take a look at some pictures of Jesus Christ coming to visit people. (One, two, three.) How do you think the people in the pictures felt when Jesus came to see them? How can we prepare for when Jesus comes again?
3. Listen to the song, “When He Comes Again.”

Youth
1. Read Moses 7:47-69.
2. Enoch wept again when he heard the earth mourn because of the wickedness of the people. Enoch prayed and asked God if he would have compassion on the earth and bless the children of Noah. The Lord promised Enoch that He would never again flood the earth. The Lord also promised that He would “call upon the children of Noah,” which means that He would invite them to accept the gospel. The Lord also taught Enoch that those who build their lives upon the Savior would never fall.
3. Verse 62 describes events of the last days. Consider what phrases like these might mean: “righteousness will I send down out of heaven,” “truth will I send forth out of the earth,” “righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood.” What do these phrases teach you about God’s work in the latter days?
4. President Ezra Taft Benson explained that the Lord promised that “righteousness would come from heaven and truth out of the earth. We have seen the marvelous fulfillment of that prophecy in our generation. The Book of Mormon has come forth out of the earth, filled with truth, serving as the very ‘keystone of our religion.’ God has also sent down righteousness from heaven. The Father Himself appeared with His Son to the Prophet Joseph Smith. The angel Moroni, John the Baptist, Peter, James, and numerous other angels were directed by heaven to restore the necessary powers to the kingdom. Further, the Prophet Joseph Smith received revelation after revelation from the heavens during those first critical years of the Church’s growth. These revelations have been preserved for us in the Doctrine and Covenants.”

We’re done with January! Move forward to February!