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Come, Follow Me – Book of Mormon (July)

Welcome to July!

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July, Week 1

Day 1

Primary
1. Read Alma 17.
2. Imagine trying to preach the gospel to a group of people who could be described as wild, hardened, and ferocious. This is exactly what the sons of Mosiah chose to do when they went to the land of the Lamanites to preach the gospel to them. Alma 17 describes the help Ammon received from God as he began his ministry among the Lamanites in the land of Ishmael.
3. Watch the video “Ammon.”
4. Listen to the song “I Want to Be a Missionary Now.”
5. Listen to the song “Books in the Book of Mormon.” Make sure you can sing it through Alma.

Youth
1. Read Alma 17.
2. Imagine trying to preach the gospel to a group of people who could be described as wild, hardened, and ferocious. This is exactly what the sons of Mosiah chose to do when they went to the land of the Lamanites to preach the gospel to them. Alma 17 describes the help Ammon received from God as he began his ministry among the Lamanites in the land of Ishmael.
3. Listen to the song “Books in the Book of Mormon.” Make sure you can sing it through Alma.
4. Today watch the following videos.

Day 2

Primary
1. Read Alma 18 and Alma 19.
2. After Ammon had finished preparing the king’s horses and chariots, he came to the king and noticed that Lamoni’s countenance had changed. Through the Spirit, Ammon perceived the king’s thoughts and knew that Lamoni was marveling over the miraculous way Ammon defended the king’s flocks. Ammon taught King Lamoni about the gospel. King Lamoni believed him and fell to the earth. Although many of the Lamanites thought Lamoni had died, Ammon later helped them understand that the king “was under the power of God,” or “carried away in God”.
3. When the queen of the Lamanites learned of her husband’s death, she sent for Ammon so she could speak to him. He testified to her, and both Ammon and the queen (and the servants) were overcome by the Spirit and fell to the earth. A woman named Abish, who understood what had happened, called the people to come see, but they thought that they were all dead and began arguing. Abish touched the queen’s hand and everyone began to wake up, testifying and praising God.
4. Watch the videos “The Faith of a Queen” and “Abish.”

Youth
1. Read Alma 18 and Alma 19.
2. We don’t know why King Lamoni regarded Ammon so highly when they first met. Perhaps it was Ammon’s willingness to serve or the light of Christ he reflected, or that he was King Mosiah’s son. Whatever the reason for the positive first impression of Ammon, Lamoni was deeply touched by the faithfulness with which Ammon served him over the following three days. Because of what he felt, Lamoni was willing to believe all of Ammon’s words.
3. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, then of the First Presidency, taught:

One of the greatest sermons ever pronounced on missionary work is this simple thought attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words.” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Waiting on the Road to Damascus,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2011, 77)

4. What role do you think Ammon’s Christlike love and service played in the king’s willingness to believe Ammon’s words? One truth we can learn from this account is that through our Christlike love and service, God can prepare the hearts of those we serve to receive gospel truths.
5. Although many of the Lamanites thought Lamoni had died when he fell to the earth, Ammon later helped them understand that the king “was under the power of God,” or “carried away in God”. When the queen of the Lamanites learned of her husband’s ‘death,’ she sent for Ammon so she could speak to him. Ammon testified, and he, the queen, and her servants all fell to the earth as well. This led to some anger, fear, and misunderstandings on the part of the Lamanites, but when everyone woke up they testified of what they had learned.
6. Watch the following videos:

Day 3

Primary
1. Today read Alma 20 and Alma 22:1-26.
2. While Ammon was serving and teaching King Lamoni’s people in the land of Ishmael, the Lord revealed to Ammon that Aaron and others from their group had been imprisoned in the land of Middoni. Ammon and the king made plans to travel there to deliver Aaron and the others. On their way, they met Lamoni’s father, who was the king over all the land. After he was freed from prison, Ammon’s brother Aaron taught King Lamoni’s father about the gospel.
3. Watch the video “The King of All the Lamanites.”
4. Listen to the song “Faith.”

Youth
1. Today read Alma 20 and Alma 22:1-26.
2. While Ammon was serving and teaching King Lamoni’s people in the land of Ishmael, the Lord revealed to Ammon that Aaron and others from their group had been imprisoned in the land of Middoni. Ammon and the king made plans to travel there to deliver Aaron and the others. On their way, they met Lamoni’s father, who was the king over all the land. The two of them had an interesting interaction.
3. After Aaron and those who were with him were released from prison, Ammon returned to the land of Ishmael with King Lamoni. The Spirit led Aaron to visit Lamoni’s father in the land of Nephi. Read Alma 22:2–6. What questions did Lamoni’s father have while meeting with Aaron?
4. Read Alma 22:15–18. What was the king willing to do after Aaron taught him? When we understand our need for Jesus Christ, our desire to follow Him and receive the blessings He can offer us increases.
5. How can I experience the “great joy” described by Lamoni’s father? President Russell M. Nelson taught:

If we look to the world and follow its formulas for happiness, we will never know joy. The unrighteous may experience any number of emotions and sensations, but they will never experience joy! Joy is a gift for the faithful. It is the gift that comes from intentionally trying to live a righteous life, as taught by Jesus Christ.

He taught us how to have joy. When we choose Heavenly Father to be our God and when we can feel the Savior’s Atonement working in our lives, we will be filled with joy. (Russell M. Nelson, “Joy and Spiritual Survival,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 84)

6. Watch the video “Ammon Meets King Lamoni’s Father” and “Aaron Teaches King Lamoni’s Father.”

We took Week 2 off.

Week 3

Day 1

Primary
1. Today read Alma 30.
2. A man named Korihor taught lies about the gospel. How did Alma respond to those lies?
3. Watch the video about Korihor.
4. Listen to the song “I Want to Be a Missionary Now.”

Youth
1. Today read Alma 30.
2. A wicked man named Korihor came among the Nephites. He preached against the prophecies about Jesus Christ and led many people’s hearts away from God. In our day there are many voices that seek to lead us away from Jesus Christ.
3. Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke about Korihor and his teachings.

[People such as] Korihor … deny the very existence of Christ and any such thing as sin. Their doctrine is that values, standards, and even truth are all relative. Thus, whatever one feels is right for him or her cannot be judged by others to be wrong or sinful.

On the surface such philosophies seem appealing because they give us license to indulge any appetite or desire without concern for consequences. (D. Todd Christofferson, “The Divine Gift of Repentance,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 38)

4. Why is it important to accept counsel from modern prophets and apostles? President Henry B. Eyring said:

Korihor was arguing, as men and women have falsely argued from the beginning of time, that to take counsel from the servants of God is to surrender God-given rights of independence. But the argument is false because it misrepresents reality. When we reject the counsel which comes from God, we do not choose to be independent of outside influence. We choose another influence. We reject the protection of a perfectly loving, all-powerful, all-knowing Father in Heaven, whose whole purpose, as that of His Beloved Son, is to give us eternal life, to give us all that He has, and to bring us home again in families to the arms of His love. In rejecting His counsel, we choose the influence of another power, whose purpose is to make us miserable and whose motive is hatred. (Henry B. Eyring, “Finding Safety in Counsel,” Ensign, May 1997, 25)

5. Alma testified that “all things denote there is a God” (Alma 30:44). Korihor denied the existence of God until he was struck dumb by God’s power.
6. What if I believe in God but don’t know for sure that He is real? Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared:

A 14-year-old boy recently said to me a little hesitantly, “Brother Holland, I can’t say yet that I know the Church is true, but I believe it is.” I hugged that boy until his eyes bulged out. I told him with all the fervor of my soul that belief is a precious word, an even more precious act, and he need never apologize for “only believing.” I told him that Christ Himself said, “Be not afraid, only believe” [Mark 5:36] . … I told this boy that belief was always the first step toward conviction. … And I told him how very proud I was of him for the honesty of his quest. (Jeffrey R. Holland, “Lord, I Believe,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 94–95)