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Come, Follow Me – Book of Mormon (June)

Welcome to June!

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June, Week 1

Overview

Primary
1. Read Mosiah 27.
2. The prophet Alma’s son, Alma the Younger, and the four sons of King Mosiah, were trying to destroy the church. An angel of the Lord intervened and Alma was converted. This was not an easy process for Alma. He learned a lot about forgiveness and the love of Jesus Christ.
3. Watch the video “Alma the Younger.”
4. Listen to the song “Books in the Book of Mormon.” Make sure you can sing it through Mosiah.

Youth
1. Read Mosiah 27.
2. Alma and King Mosiah knew the heartache of watching family members rebel against the Savior and His Church. Through the mercy of Christ, they were eventually blessed to feel the joy of seeing these loved ones repent. Read Mosiah 27:11–16, 19 to see what the Lord did to help Alma the Younger change his life and why.
3. According to Mosiah 27:14, why did the angel say he had come to Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah? One principle we can learn is that praying with great faith for those who are spiritually struggling or rebelling invites the Lord to help them come to a knowledge of the truth.
4. How does Heavenly Father feel about those who are lost or rebelling? Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught:

The tender image of [the prodigal son’s] anxious, faithful father running to meet him and showering him with kisses is one of the most moving and compassionate scenes in all of holy writ. It tells every child of God, wayward or otherwise, how much God wants us back in the protection of His arms. (Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Other Prodigal,” Ensign, May 2002, 62)

5. Why is the change in my loved one (or in myself) taking so long compared to Alma the Younger’s experience? President Ezra Taft Benson (1899–1994) explained:

The scriptures record remarkable accounts of men whose lives changed dramatically, in an instant, as it were: Alma the Younger, Paul on the road to Damascus, Enos praying far into the night, King Lamoni. Such astonishing examples of the power to change even those steeped in sin give confidence that the Atonement can reach even those deepest in despair.

But we must be cautious as we discuss these remarkable examples. Though they are real and powerful, they are the exception more than the rule. For every Paul, for every Enos, and for every King Lamoni, there are hundreds and thousands of people who find the process of repentance much more subtle, much more imperceptible. Day by day they move closer to the Lord, little realizing they are building a godlike life. They live quiet lives of goodness, service, and commitment. (Ezra Taft Benson, “A Mighty Change of Heart,” Ensign, Oct. 1989, 5)

6. Listen to the song “Books in the Book of Mormon.” Make sure you can sing it through Mosiah.
7. Watch the video “Alma the Younger is Converted Unto the Lord.”

Week 2

Day 1

Primary
1. Read Mosiah 29.
2. King Mosiah had a problem. After all of his sons repented from trying to drive people away from the church, they decided they wanted to be missionaries. Usually this isn’t a problem, but when you’re a king, you want one of your sons to be king after you. All of Mosiah’s sons refused. That meant that to have someone to lead the government after him, he had to come up with a plan. King Mosiah decided to have his people governed by judges after him instead of a King.
3. Watch the video “The Sons of Mosiah Become Missionaries.”
4. Listen to the song “We’ll Bring the World His Truth.”

Youth
1. Read Mosiah 29.
2. King Mosiah had a problem. After all of his sons repented from trying to drive people away from the church, they decided they wanted to be missionaries. Usually this isn’t a problem, but when you’re a king, you want one of your sons to be king after you. All of Mosiah’s sons refused. That meant that to have someone to lead the government after him, he had to come up with a plan. King Mosiah decided to have his people governed by judges after him instead of a King.
3. King Mosiah was concerned that the appointment of a new king could lead to contention and even war. Read Mosiah 29:16–18. Look for problems an unrighteous king could cause. King Mosiah, seeking to prevent the problems he discussed, proposed that the Nephite government should no longer be administered by a king. Instead, he recommended a system of judges, with the judges chosen by the voice of the people. (Mosiah had just translated the Jaredite record where he learned that millions of Jaredites had died in a war between two nations ruled by kings.)
4. Mosiah said that the voice of the people generally does not desire things that are “contrary to that which is right” (verse 26). He also spoke about the need for all citizens to share in the burden of their government and to answer for their own sins (see verses 30, 34). He also said If the voice of the people chooses iniquity, then the judgments of God will come upon them.
5. The change in the government instituted through King Mosiah was so significant that from then until the birth of Christ (see 3 Nephi 2:8) the Nephites recorded their time in relation to the beginning of the reign of the judges. Previously the Nephites kept track of time from the year Lehi left Jerusalem.

Day 2

Primary
1. Read Alma 1.
2. Before his death, King Mosiah established a new form of government. Instead of having kings, the people elected judges to enforce the laws. Alma the Younger was elected as the first chief judge, or governor. He was also the high priest and leader of the Church. The people began to keep track of time from when their government changed. In the first year of the reign of the judges, a wicked man named Nehor began to influence the Nephites. Nehor taught that everyone would be saved, whether they were righteous or repented or not. This teaching was popular with the people, and they started to give Nehor a lot of money. A righteous old man named Gideon told Nehor that what he was teaching was not the word of God. Nehor became angry and killed Gideon. Nehor was taken before the judges and found guilty of teaching the people to be wicked and killing a righteous man. He was put to death, but his ideas continued to influence many of the Nephites.
3. Watch the video Gideon, Alma, and Nehor.
4. Listen to the song “Books in the Book of Mormon.” Make sure you can sing it through Alma.

Youth
1. Read Alma 1.
2. Before his death, King Mosiah established a new form of government. Instead of having kings, the people elected judges to enforce the laws. Alma the Younger was elected as the first chief judge, or governor. He was also the high priest and leader of the Church. The people began to keep track of time from when their government changed. In the first year of the reign of the judges, a wicked man named Nehor began to influence the Nephites. Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught about why Nehor’s story is included in the Book of Mormon.

The Book of Mormon contains the account of a man named Nehor. It is easy to understand why Mormon, in abridging a thousand years of Nephite records, thought it important to include something about this man and the enduring influence of his doctrine. Mormon was seeking to warn us, knowing that this philosophy would surface again in our day. (D. Todd Christofferson, “The Divine Gift of Repentance,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 38)

3. You may have noticed that Nehor mixed his false teachings with true statements. This illustrates a tactic that Satan also uses. As we compare Nehor to Satan, we learn that Satan uses lies mixed with truth to deceive people and turn them away from Jesus Christ. What evidence do you see of this today? Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles illustrated how Nehor’s false ideas impact some people today:

[A false teaching that keeps us from repenting] is to think that our sins do not matter because God loves us no matter what we do. It is tempting to believe what the deceitful Nehor taught the people of Zarahemla: “That all mankind should be saved at the last day, and that they need not fear nor tremble, … and, in the end, all men should have eternal life.” [Alma 1:4] But this seductive idea is false. God does love us. However, what we do matters to Him and to us. He has given clear directives about how we should behave. We call these commandments. His approbation and our eternal life depend on our behavior, including our willingness to humbly seek real repentance. (Dale G. Renlund, “Repentance: A Joyful Choice,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 123)

4. What can help me recognize false teachings? President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency taught:

The companionship of the Holy Ghost makes what is good more attractive and temptation less compelling. That alone should be enough to make us determined to qualify for the Spirit to be with us always.

Just as the Holy Ghost strengthens us against evil, He also gives us the power to discern truth from falsehood. The truth that matters most is verified only by revelation from God. Our human reason and the use of our physical senses will not be enough. We live in a time when even the wisest will be hard-pressed to distinguish truth from clever deception. (Henry B. Eyring, “The Holy Ghost as Your Companion,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 104)

5. Listen to the song “Books in the Book of Mormon.” Make sure you can sing it through Alma.

Day 3

Primary
1. Today read Alma 2.
2. About four years after Nehor’s death, the Nephites faced a wicked man named Amlici, who was also able to gain popular support. Amlici wanted to be king. This did not work, but his followers still wanted him to be a king. They decided to fight the other Nephites in battle to try and make him king. Fortunately, the Nephites were righteous, and the Lord helped them conquer the Amlicites.
3. Watch the video “The Amlicites.”
4. Listen to the song “Follow the Prophet.”

Youth
1. Today read Alma 2.
2. About four years after Nehor’s death, the Nephites faced a wicked man named Amlici, who was also able to gain popular support. Amlici wanted to be king. This did not work, but his followers still wanted him to be a king.
3. Before Mosiah died, he established laws that granted liberty and rights to his people, including religious freedom. Amlici planned to “deprive [the people] of their rights and privileges of the church” (Alma 2:4) or, in other words, extinguish the religious freedom Mosiah had established through law. Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles emphasized the importance of exercising and protecting religious freedom in our day and explained how to do so:

As we walk the path of spiritual liberty in these last days, we must understand that the faithful use of our agency depends upon our having religious freedom. We already know that Satan does not want this freedom to be ours. He attempted to destroy moral agency in heaven, and now on earth he is fiercely undermining, opposing, and spreading confusion about religious freedom — what it is and why it is essential to our spiritual life and our very salvation. …

Brothers and sisters, we are responsible to safeguard these sacred freedoms and rights for ourselves and our posterity” (Robert D. Hales, “Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 111–12, 113).

4. Read Alma 2:8–10. What did Amlici do after his initial attempt to become king failed?
5. The Nephites prepared to fight the Amlicites, and then Alma personally led the Nephite armies into battle. The battle became very fierce, with many dying on both sides. According to Alma 2:18, why were the Nephites able to prevail against the Amlicites?
6. The Nephite warriors defeated many of the Amlicites, but they were astonished to see that the remaining Amlicites joined with an army of Lamanites. Before the Nephite armies could return to the city of Zarahemla, the combined army attacked them. According to Alma 2:28, why were the Nephites able to win this battle? When we call upon God to help us stand against wickedness, He will strengthen us.

Day 4

Primary
1. Today read Alma 4.
2. Alma’s people had recently experienced great losses in war with the Lamanites. Because of their afflictions, they were “awakened to a remembrance of their duty,” and many people were baptized. However, their peace did not last long because they began to stumble spiritually. Alma determined that he needed to spend his time helping the people spiritually. He turned the judgment seat over to Nephihah while retaining the office of high priest for himself. The word of God and hearing pure testimony can help us overcome pride and contention
3. Listen to the song “Testimony.”

Youth
1. Today read Alma 3 and Alma 4.
2. Alma’s people had recently experienced great losses in war with the Lamanites. Because of their afflictions, they were “awakened to a remembrance of their duty,” and many people were baptized (see Alma 4:1–5). However, their peace did not last long because they began to stumble spiritually.
3. Why do you think Church leaders were “sorely grieved” (Alma 4:7) by the increasing pride of the people? President Ezra Taft Benson (1899–1994) taught:

Pride is the great stumbling block to Zion. I repeat: Pride is the great stumbling block to Zion. (Ezra Taft Benson, “Beware of Pride,” Ensign, May 1989, 7)

President Ezra Taft Benson also taught:

The antidote for pride is humility — meekness, submissiveness [see Alma 7:23]. (Ezra Taft Benson, “Beware of Pride,” Ensign, May 1989, 6)

4. Alma determined that he needed to spend his time helping the people spiritually. He turned the judgment seat over to Nephihah while retaining the office of high priest for himself (see Alma 4:15–18).
5. The word of God and hearing pure testimony can help us overcome pride and contention. Look for what President Ezra Taft Benson taught about the word of God in the following statement.

The word of God, as found in the scriptures, in the words of living prophets, and in personal revelation, has the power to fortify the Saints and arm them with the Spirit so they can resist evil, hold fast to the good, and find joy in this life. (Ezra Taft Benson, “The Power of the Word,” Ensign, May 1986, 80)

6. Watch the video “Alma the Younger Steps Down as Chief Judge.”

Week 3

Day 1

Primary
1. Today read Alma 5.
2. Alma asked the Church members in Zarahemla a series of questions that encouraged them to reflect on the focus of their hearts and their standing before God. He invited them to come unto Christ using tender imagery such as “[His] arms of mercy are extended” (Alma 5:33), “repent, and I will receive you” (Alma 5:33), and “the good shepherd doth call you” (Alma 5:38).
3. Listen to the song “Testimony.”

Youth
1. Today read Alma 5.
2. Moments of self-evaluation can help us see the strength of our relationship with Jesus Christ more clearly. Alma, knowing how pride and contention had become a part of the Church, asked the Church members in Zarahemla a series of questions that encouraged them to reflect on the focus of their hearts and their standing before God.
3. Think about opportunities you have had to be interviewed by someone else, including temple recommend interviews, annual interviews with your bishop or branch president, and job interviews. What is the purpose of interviews? How might you have an interview with yourself? President M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles shared some of the benefits of regularly taking time to evaluate our spiritual progress.

I have found that to stay focused on returning [to God’s presence] and receiving the promised blessings, I need to regularly take time to ask myself, “How am I doing?”

It’s kind of like having a personal, private interview with yourself. And if that sounds unusual, think about it: who in this world knows you better than you know yourself? You know your thoughts, your private actions, your desires, and your dreams, goals, and plans. And you know better than anyone how you are progressing. (M. Russell Ballard, “Return and Receive,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 64)

4. What can prevent us from maintaining a change of heart? Elder Wilford W. Andersen of the Seventy taught:

When we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost after baptism, we are filled with the heavenly music that accompanies conversion. Our hearts are changed, and we “have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually” (Mosiah 5:2). But the Spirit will not endure unkindness or pride or envy. If we lose that delicate influence in our lives, the rich harmonies of the gospel can quickly become dissonant and can ultimately be silenced. Alma asked the poignant question: “If ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?” (Alma 5:26). (Wilford W. Andersen, “The Music of the Gospel,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 55)

5. Watch the video “Alma the Younger Sets the Church in Order in Zarahemla.”

Day 2

Primary
1. Today read Alma 6.
2. After Alma got the church in Zarahemla in order again, he went about the land to preach and teach in the land of Gideon.
3. Listen to the song “We’ll Bring the World His Truth.”

Youth
1. Today read Alma 6.
2. After teaching about the Savior’s invitation to repent and come unto Him, Alma shared additional teachings about Jesus Christ to persuade his people to follow the Savior. Read Alma 5:37–39 and look for Alma’s message to his people. What do you think Alma wanted his people to know and feel about Jesus Christ (the Good Shepherd) from this analogy? What do you think Alma wanted his people to know and feel about themselves (the sheep) from this analogy?
3. One truth we can learn from these verses is that we must hearken to the voice of the Good Shepherd in order to be His sheep. President Russell M. Nelson shared the following definition for the word hearken:

It means “to listen with the intent to obey.” To hearken means to “hear Him”—to hear what the Savior says and then to heed His counsel. (Russell M. Nelson, “Hear Him,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2020, 89)

4. Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared some of the blessings the Savior offers us when we allow Him to be our Good Shepherd.

As we look through a gospel lens, we recognize that we too are under the watchcare of a compassionate caregiver, who extends Himself in kindness and a nurturing spirit. The Good Shepherd knows each one of us by name and has a personal interest in us. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself said: “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep. … And I [will] lay down my life for the sheep” [John 10:14, 15].

… I find abiding peace in knowing that “the Lord is my shepherd” [Psalm 23:1] and that each of us is known by Him and under His kind watchcare. When we confront life’s wind and rainstorms, sickness and injuries, the Lord—our Shepherd, our Caregiver—will nourish us with love and kindness. He will heal our hearts and restore our souls. (Gary E. Stevenson, “Hearts Knit Together,” Liahona, May 2021, 23)

5. How can we benefit from listening to the voice of Jesus Christ? President Russell M. Nelson gave the following insights about hearing Jesus Christ’s voice:

Our Father knows that when we are surrounded by uncertainty and fear, what will help us the very most is to hear His Son.

Because when we seek to hear—truly hear—His Son, we will be guided to know what to do in any circumstance.

… God gives us the pattern for success, happiness, and joy in this life. We are to hear the words of the Lord, hearken to them, and heed what He has told us!

As we seek to be disciples of Jesus Christ, our efforts to hear Him need to be ever more intentional. It takes conscious and consistent effort to fill our daily lives with His words, His teachings, His truths. (Russell M. Nelson, “Hear Him,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2020, 89)