So you will know, all of our “Come Follow Me” lesson and study helps will be under the “Come Follow Me” tab at the top of the home page. For a few weeks, while we are adjusting to the new curriculum, we also have an article like this that adds each new link as they come available. As time goes on, we will seek to have our articles and podcast up one to two weeks before the lesson, so that you will have plenty of time to read and study them. If you are wanting only to read the article or listen to the podcast, the week the Church is studying them, you can find those links here or in the tab above.

Week of February 18-24

Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: Lesson Helps for Matthew 5; Luke 6

by Saydi Eyre Shumway

Matthew 5 and Luke 6 are packed with revolutionary, character shaping, life-altering doctrines. These are the doctrines every parent wants their children to feast on, to etch into their hearts, to fully embody. These are the principles that could change behaviors and alter the tone in our homes. Here are some suggestions of how to incorporate these principles into your family’s study this coming week.

Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: Lesson Helps for Matthew 5; Luke 6

by Philip Allred

Matthew 5 and Luke 6 contain different accounts of likely two separate but related discourses by Jesus. The following details may help inform our own comparative study of the two accounts.

Come, Follow Me Podcast #8 “Blessed are Ye”, Matthew 5, Luke 6

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

The Sermon on the Mount was called by President Joseph Fielding Smith, “The greatest sermon that was ever preached, so far as we know,” and President Harold B. Lee called it “the constitution for a perfect life”. In this 30-minute podcast, Scot and Maurine Proctor explore the rich meanings behind the Sermon on the Mount that invite us to change the entire way we consider life.

Week of February 11-17

Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: Lesson Helps for John 2-4

by Catherine Keddington Arveseth

These chapters have such marvelous, beautiful moments, as the Savior begins his public ministry. His first miracle in Cana; His teachings while speaking with Nicodemus; His conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Here are some scripture phrases you could post around your house, for your children to consider during the week.

Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: Lesson Helps for John 2-4

by Diana Webb

A common error made by readers of the New Testament is to approach the four Gospels, especially John, as primarily historical texts. Although they do contain much history, their main purpose was to persuade various audiences that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the literal Son of God. – the long-awaited Messiah. The Gospel of John is a magnificent example of persuasive writing.

Come, Follow Me Podcast #7 “Ye Must Be Born Again”, John 2-4

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

John’s gospel is so beautifully structured to reveal eternal truths to his audience who are Church members. One story reinforces and points back or forward to the next. For instance, both the wedding at Cana and the visit to Nicodemus at night are teaching the same thing—an idea the casual reader might miss.

Week of February 4-10

Come, Follow Me For Individuals and Families: Matthew 4; Luke 4-5

by Kelly Schrum Hutchins

In our readings this week we will learn about some prep work that Jesus Christ did, among other things, as he prepared for his ministry. After his baptism he went into the wilderness to commune with God. He rejuvenated his mind, and cleansed his body through fasting and prayer. He didn’t need to cleanse himself through repentance, like we do. But he knew that good prep work was necessary for what was to come.

Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: Matthew 4; Luke 4-5

by Breck England

After being filled with the Holy Ghost at His baptism, the Lord set out into the desert for a forty-day fast in order to prepare for His ministry. Here He tasted much of the pain of living in a world that is lonely and bleak—such a change from the premortal glory He had enjoyed. The forty days symbolized Israel’s forty-year sojourn in the wilderness, which in turn represents the life of each one of us here in mortality.

Come, Follow Me Podcast #6 “The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me”, Matthew 4; Luke 4-5

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

Jesus goes into the wilderness, fasting for 40 days, to commune with his Father, and then when he is famished, Satan comes upon him with temptation. As the arch liar who has eons of practice, he uses types of temptations on the Savior, which he also uses on all of us. What these are and how the Savior resists him is a profound teaching for us all.

Week of January 28-Feb 3

Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3: ‘Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord’

by Jodi Chaffee

Referring to the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist, Nephi says, “it showeth unto the children of men the straitness of the path, and the narrowness of the gate, by which they should enter, he having set the example before them.” I want to explore why this path is important, why we all need this deliverance, and mighty change that John the Baptist describes.

Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: Lesson Helps for Matt 3; Mark 1; Luke 3

by Isaac Calvert

“How could the Father show the world,” the Primary song asks, “the pathway we should go? He sent his Son to walk with men on earth, that we may know.” In other words, God the Father sent His Son, the Great Jehovah, to earth not just to tell us the way, but to show us. Jesus of Nazareth stands shoulder to shoulder with us at the front lines of life’s everyday battles, never forsaking us so long as we never forsake Him, either.

Come Follow Me Podcast #5 “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord”, Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

This 30-minute podcast by Scot and Maurine Proctor speaks of John, the baptism of Jesus, and a remarkable image of the atonement that few of us know about, but is here in plain language in the JST. Study with us this week and tell your friends.

Week of January 21-27

Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: Lesson Helps for John 1

by Saydi Eyre Shumway

Just like unused tools, gospel truths are prone to be discarded if we can’t find their relevance in our lives. As children grow up and life gets complicated, they need to know how to wield gospel tools in ways that are relevant to them, ways that will enrich their lives and bring them peace, understanding, and happiness. The danger as parents is that tools that seem irrelevant go unused and unused tools get thrown out.

Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: Lesson Helps for John 1

by Diana Webb

John’s own life was profoundly changed when he met the Savior. As we read his words, it is easy to see how much he wants to have others experience this drastically wonderful change as well. He possesses the unusual gift of clothing the profoundest ideas in language of childlike simplicity. 

A little background on the Gospel of John: In his book, John was writing to committed Church members.  He was not trying to convert investigators. He was trying to teach fellow members what the gospel meant in their lives. 

Come, Follow Me – Podcast 4- “We Have Found the Messiah”- John 1

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

Today’s lesson is on John 1, the last of the four gospels to be written, and one that is crafted directly for members of the ancient church. 

Week of January 14-20

Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: Lesson Helps for Luke 2; Matthew 2

by Catherine Keddington Arveseth

Catherine Keddington Arveseth

I love that we are beginning with the New Testament. The stories and images of that first Christmas are still swirling in our minds and hearts. It is easy right now to think of the babe in the manger, Mary holding him close, Joseph’s protecting arm around them both. As we teach these chapters to our children, I find concepts are better received when children have time to reflect on a question and take turns giving their individual answers. Here’s how to help them do just that.

Meridian’s Come, Follow Me Podcast—Luke 2, Matthew 2, “We Have Come to Worship Him”

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

The chapters in this week’s podcast are familiar to us because we have recited them so many times at Christmas. The surprise is that there are hidden gems and ideas in these chapters we might not have seen before. The Joseph Smith Translation (JST) also adds new dimensions to the old story we love so well.

Week of January 7-13

“Come, Follow Me” For Individuals and Families: Matthew 1; Luke 1

by Kelly Schrum Hutchins

As we each work to implement the new directive of home-centered Gospel study, we will spend more time talking of Christ, rejoicing in Christ, and preaching of Christ so that our children may know where to look for hope, peace, and a remission of sins. This week’s lesson is about gaining confidence in Jesus Christ. Here are some interactive and interesting ways to help the lesson hit home with your family.

“Come, Follow Me” for Sunday School: Matthew 1; Luke 1

by Breck England

As teachers of the gospel, we are like Matthew and Luke: witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ. We should emphasize this as we begin every lesson by bearing testimony of Him, as these great apostles did.

Meridian’s “Come Follow Me’ Podcast—Matt. 1, Luke 1

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

This week’s podcast explores Matthew’s often hidden meaning in beginning with the genealogy, as well as the audiences each gospel writer was addressing. We will look at implications of being barren in that time, the identity and stewardship of Gabriel, as well as details of the story that are significant and often missed. It is just fun exploring these important stories together. Come study with us!

Week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6.

Meridian Magazine’s New “Come, Follow Me Podcast”
“We are Responsible for our Own Learning”

By Scot and Maurine Proctor

Beginning today, each week Meridian Magazine’s founders will be giving a 30-minute podcast on the “Come, Follow Me” curriculum for the week. This is so you can listen with your scriptures in hand, or while you are about life’s many other duties. If you want some thoughts about teaching your family or in Church lessons, this can be a place to turn. If you live alone, let us study with you.

“Come Follow Me” for SUNDAY SCHOOL –
We are Responsible for Our Own Learning”

by Isaac Calvert

Seated around a tiny, ramshackle table in the cramped precincts of a synagogue already not meant for quite so many, the ten of us closed our books and waited in the heat of a summer afternoon in Jerusalem. Though Rabbi Yonah’s lesson on Passover had gone on for well over an hour, not one of us showed any signs of leaving.

Come, Follow Me” for Individuals and Families
“We are Responsible for Our Own Learning”

by Jodi Chaffee

The question is, what about all these changes going on in the church right now — new Ministering objectives, new Sunday schedule, new curriculum? Where does all of this fit in with what we know of the “church culture” and how do we adapt it to our family culture?