Ideas and Printables to Help You Teach Come Follow Me 1 and 2 Thessalonians "Be Not Soon Shaken in Mind, or Be Troubled" (October 21-27)

Let’s get ready to teach Come Follow Me 1 and 2 Thessalonians "Be Not Soon Shaken in Mind, or Be Troubled" (October 21-27). The converts in Thessalonica were some of the first Europeans to accept the gospel. As a result the faced much persecution. Paul and his companions were ultimately forced out of Thessalonica. In his epistles to them, Paul addresses a lot of their concerns and fears about the Second Coming.

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Another interesting note is First Thessalonians is believed to be the earliest of Paul’s epistles making it probably the oldest book in the New Testament- written more than a decade before any of the Gospels (see the New Testament Institute Student Manual for more).

Remember! Keep scrolling! These posts are long and full of resources. The Weekly Recap and all the Questions to Ponder are at the very bottom of this post.


1 Thessalonians 1-2

These chapters remind us what it means to truly minister to another. We’ve had several lessons about what it means to minister since Ministering was announced. Have we truly taken this new level of ministering into our lives though? How can you reach out to those within your ward and community? If you are struggling or need new ideas of how to reach out to those near you, remember to download the free ministering text prompts and the monthly textables available to all my newsletter subscribers.

Additional Study Suggestions

“Great Love for Our Father’s Children” by Elder Quentin L. Cook

"The Caregiver" by President Henry B. Eyring

“Bearing One Another’s Burdens” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

“Ministering with the Power and Authority of God” by President Russell M. Nelson

Videos to Share

Love Those You Teach (about 5 minutes)

The videos on this Ministering topic page include the why and how of ministering

Just Serve: How to Help Your Community (about 4 minutes)- How to use Just Serve and minister to your community

Working Together in Service and Love (about 1 1/2 minutes)

Questions to Ponder

  • As we expand our view of ministering, does it open your eyes to more ways others have ministered to you already?

  • How can you come to understand the different needs and ways to minister to people around you?

  • What can you do so you don't get stuck in a rut of ministering in only one way or not ministering at all?

  • What can we do to help each other feel more comfortable asking for help and confiding in each other?

  • What do you need help with? How can your ministering brothers or sisters help you?

  • How are we blessed when we allow others to help us?

  • What are some things you can do to discover what your ministering brothers or sisters need help with?

  • What happens when we look at the needs of those we minister to as helping them come to Christ instead of simply serving?

  • What are some acts of service that might meet the needs of those you minister to?

  • What are the spiritual needs of those you minister to?

  • How does assisting those we minister to in spiritual ways help them temporally as well?

  • What are some temporal needs that may need to be addressed before we might be able to focus on their spiritual needs?

  • How does understanding your individual worth help you want to minister to others?

  • What happens when our ministering isn't motivated by Christlike love? What other motivations might we have?

  • What can you do to show you truly love those you minister to?

  • How can you break down barriers so you can get to know those you minister to?

  • What can we learn from the way Christ ministered?

  • How can we follow Christ's example of being in tune with others’ needs and how to fill them?

  • What limits do we sometimes put on our own ministering? How can we overcome them?

Teaching Activities

  • Discuss what it means to minister with your family as you read these two chapters. Print out these mini candy wrappers to help you in your discussion. You can pass them out and have each person discuss what’s on their label and give a real example of how we can do that. You could give them out throughout the week as a special treat or reward. Put them all on the table then as you read about that principle in these chapters, see who can grab the candy first. Or gift them all to your ministering families reminding them of how grateful you are to be their ministering brother or sister and that they can always call on you when needed.

  • Put the word ministering on your home’s white board or a large piece of paper on the wall. Then surround it with gospel library art pictures of Christ and other people from the scriptures ministering. Ask people what ministering means when you put the images and stories with the word together. You could even ask a few people to briefly summarize the picture before putting it up. Read these two chapters. When you read something that is evident in your pictures, stop and point to the example. Then relate one way we can do that today.

  • One of the interesting things to realize is how differently people interpret what ministering is to them. There are so many ways we can reach out and minister to each other. It's visiting, texting, going on walks together, picking up things from the grocery store, sending a card, sitting together at church, and so many more things. Brainstorm ways you an minister together as a family. Maybe you’ll learn something new about someone in your family and how they feel love.

  • When we first walk into a room, what do we see? For example, what do you see in the room you are teaching in. Chairs, maybe a table, a TV, etc. These are the physical things that are easy to see first. What do we see when we think of the room in terms of helping us return unto God. A gathering place for spiritual instruction, a piano to bring in the Spirit, etc. Compare this to how we need to see each other's needs- not just the surface level but the spiritual, more important needs. What can we do to see more clearly the spiritual needs of those we minister to?

  • Discuss what keeps us from loving others more purely. For example, when we get caught up in the comparison cycle it's hard to feel love for those people or when we have completely different ways of doing things and allow that to drive a wedge between us instead of a bond. How can we overcome those things? What can help us step back and honestly examine our love for others?


1 Thessalonians 3:9-4:12

In these verses, we study how we can become holy. “Saint” is actually a translation of a Greek word that means holy. Every follower of Jesus Christ is made holy through His Atonement. We should therefore strive to be a holy person (see the Bible Dictionary, “Saint”). If you think about all the ways we use “holy,” it will give you some additional insights- “Keep the Sabbath day holy”, “Stand in holy places”, “Holy Ghost.”

Additional Study Suggestions

“The Beauty of Holiness” by Sister Carol F. McConkie

“The Sacrament Can Help Us Become Holy” by Elder Peter F. Meurs

“More Holiness Give Me” by Bishop H. David Burton

“Holy as You Are” by Christie Gardiner (included in your Deseret Bookshelf PLUS subscription)

“What Would a Holy Woman Do?” by Wendy Watson Nelson (included in your Deseret Bookshelf PLUS subscription)

“Holy Habits, Righteous Routines” by Elaine S. Dalton (Time Out for Women, included in your Deseret Bookshelf PLUS subscription)

Videos to Share

The Beauty of Holiness (about 12 minutes)- Talk by Sister Carol F. McConkie

There are six videos about holiness you can use on this Holiness topic page

Questions to Ponder

  • What does it mean to you to become holy?

  • What are some things that we refer to as holy? What additional insight does this give you about holiness?

  • How can we encourage each other to become holy?

  • What does perfection have to do with becoming holy?

  • What are some daily things you can do to live holy?

  • What are some other goals you can make to help you live holy?

  • How does your life change as you intentionally do things as a holy person would?

Teaching Activities

  • If you have a checkerboard, use it to talk about becoming holy (or print mine). For the purposes of this game, when you reach the other side of the board to have your piece “kinged”, we’re calling it “becoming holy” instead. Each step you make towards the other side, gets you closer to becoming holy. As you move, name one way you are choosing to do that. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be removed from the board. Trials and challenges still happen! And when you become holy, you still have to watch out! You still have to make good choices to stay holy. Discuss and read.

  • In Sister Wendy Watson Nelson’s book, she challenges people to go throughout one day as a “holy woman.” Then they share how the normal things they did, changed. Challenge your family likewise. What changed? How can we live more holy?

  • Discuss how becoming holy and perfect are processes and can’t be done without the help of our Savior. How can we continue to strive for holiness and perfection without getting discouraged?


1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 5:1-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:4-10

These scripture verses remind us to be faithful and watch for the Second Coming of the Lord. As we watch for these things, we can find safety, peace, and hope!

Additional Study Suggestions

“The Greatest Cause in History” by Elder Anthony D. Perkins

“Do Not Leave the Savior” by Elder Kevin W. Pearson

“Preparing for the Lord’s Return” by Elder D. Todd Christofferson

“Preparation for the Second Coming” by President Dallin H. Oaks

Videos to Share

Preparation for the Second Coming (about 17 1/2 minutes)- Talk by President Dallin H. Oaks

The Second Coming (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Illustrated story

Prepare Today for the Second Coming (about 1 minute)- Clip from President Oaks

A Witness of God (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Clip from a talk by Elder Neil L. Andersen

Questions to Ponder

  • What are some ways you can see the world preparing for the Second Coming?

  • How are you being faithful and watchful for the Second Coming?

  • How do you feel about the Second Coming?

  • Why is it important to you to prepare the world for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

  • What can you do now to prepare for the Second Coming of the Savior?

  • What helps you look forward to the Second Coming with hope instead of fear?

Teaching Activities

  • Discuss some of the signs of the Second Coming President Oaks mentions in his talk (linked above). Tape the watch tower labels to your Jenga blocks. Then build your tower. Talk about how it represents a watch tower and what that means. You can read the verses before or after you play. When you pull out a piece with the label on it, discuss what it means, how you might have seen it, and how you can prepare for it. Remember to also discuss the safety, peace, and hope that comes from Christ among all the craziness.

  • Don’t have Jenga? Use any type of block or stackable item to build your watch tower. Before you put your piece on, discuss that sign and how you can be faithful and watchful.


2 Thessalonians 2

Paul knew there would be an apostasy. So why did he keep trying so hard? Why did he write the Saints while he was prison? Why did he keep teaching the gospel? Maybe it was for us. Something to think about as you read this chapter.

Additional Study Suggestions

"Apostasy and Restoration" by Elder Dallin H. Oaks

"The Restoration of All Things" by Elder James E. Faust

"Apostasy, Restoration, and Lessons in Faith" by Brother Andrew C. Skinner

Videos to Share

The Great Apostasy (about 16 1/2 minutes)

Apostasy (about 2 minutes)

The Apostasy and the Restoration- What the Restoration Means for Me (about 5 minutes)

Questions to Ponder

  • What does apostasy mean to you?

  • Why do you think the Lord allowed for us to have an apostasy?

  • How are you valuing this dispensation of the fulness of times where you have the full gospel?

  • What can we learn about the apostasy?

  • How can our personal lives have an apostasy? What can we do to remain living in the fullness of the gospel?

Teaching Activities

  • This is another great one for the Cup lesson. Be sure to watch the video as it shows a great way to talk about the original church, the apostasy, and the restoration.

  • After you knock down the cups, go through and ask your family what might be different if we didn’t have that today. Share why you are grateful for each thing and the blessings we have received because of it.

  • Discuss some ways people helped prepared the world for a Restoration. Yes, even though the fullness of the gospel wasn’t on the earth, people longed for the truth. Print out info cards about John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, and Roger Williams above and discuss how they helped prepare the way for Joseph Smith.

  • Discuss why Paul continued to preach the gospel and work hard even though he knew that the apostasy would occur. What can we learn from him?


1 Thessalonians 5:14-25

Let’s discuss more counsel that Paul gave in these verses of 1 Thessalonians 5. There are a lot of great short, simple phrases to latch onto. Since they talk about so many different things, I’m only sharing an activity and a few questions for this section.

Questions to Ponder

  • What phrase from these verses sticks out to you personally? How can you make this phrase your motto this week?

  • Why do you think Paul put a bunch of these one-liners in a row like this?

  • What are some one-liners you would like to teach your family?

  • What are some other one-liners you live by?

Teaching Activities

  • Split the counsel in these verses up among your family. Print my blank posters and have every one make a “Mormon ad” (what do we call those now?) or drawing that helps describe their verse. Since a couple of the verses have multiple things, I split it up into phrase 1, 2, etc. However, if you don’t want to do that, there are posters that just have the verse and not a 1 or 2, etc. There are two sizes of these posters so print the ones you want.

  • Hang your posters in your home throughout the week. As your family see someone doing one of these things, they can write that person’s name around the poster. Discuss at the end of the week. Maybe you see one you all excel at or another that you need to work on.

  • Turn your posters into a book instead. Staple it and use it as a quiet book on Sundays.


Additional Study Helps

 
 

Remember to print out your weekly recap sheet to help you organize your week. Print out the questions and keep them by your scriptures so you can encourage discussion as you go.