More Great Helps to Teach Come Follow Me Philippians; Colossians "I Can Do All Things Through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me" (October 14-20)

We moving on to Philippians; Colossians "I Can Do All Things Through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me" (October 14-20) in this week’s Come Follow Me lesson. Philippians and Colossians were probably both written while Paul was under house arrest in Rome. Remembering that, gives new context to Paul’s words reminding us to rejoice and that we can find peace “that passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

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As you read these optimistic epistles, consider what you can do to further the work of the Lord despite your circumstances.

Philippians 1:3-4; Colossians 1:3,9

These verses remind us that the leaders in our Church pray for us and love us.

Additional Study Suggestions

“Standing with the Leaders of the Church” by Elder Ronald A. Rasband

“Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints” by President Russell M. Nelson

“Let Us All Press On” by President Russell M. Nelson

Videos to Share

The Savior Understands Me (about 3 1/2 minutes)- Yes, it focuses on the Savior but I think you can feel the love and prayers our leaders have for us in this video as well.

Focus on the One (about 2 1/2 minute)

Questions to Ponder

  • How do you know our Church leaders pray for you and love you? When have you felt this?

  • Why do you think it matters that you know the Church leaders pray for you and love you? What difference does it make to you?

  • How do you show your love for your Church leaders? How do you sustain them?

  • How can you feel the love and prayers from our leaders more?

  • How does the love from our leaders help us come closer to Christ?

Teaching Activities

  • Print my Church Leader sheet. In the middle of the heart either draw one of your Church leaders (Bishop, Stake President, the Prophet) or using my General Conference sticky notes, place one person inside the heart. You can discuss together how you know they love and pray for you or take turns sharing about different leaders. Also share why you love them.

  • Go back through the last few talks from President Russell M. Nelson (and other church leaders if you have the time) and look for evidences of their love for us. This is especially clear in closing remarks President Nelson gives each time. How does that make your feel? Because you know President Nelson loves you, what? What does that mean to you? Why does it matter?

  • Talk about what the Bishop does for your ward. There are free printable cards that go over some of his duties in my Primary 5 Lesson 17 lesson helps. Then write him a Thank You card or make a Bishopric Stash for his office. You can fill a Stash with treats, dried fruit, or even things like a stress ball and fidget toys.

Philippians 3:5-14

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is worth every sacrifice.

Additional Study Suggestions

“Your Adventure through Mortality” by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul?” by Elder Robert C. Gay

“The Blessings of Sacrifice” by President M. Russell Ballard

“This Is a Day of Sacrifice” by President Ezra Taft Benson

Videos to Share

Sacrifice and Service (about 2 minutes)- Clip from President Dallin H. Oaks

What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul? (about 10 minutes)- Talk from Elder Robert C. Gay

Sacrifice (about 37 minutes)- Latter-day Saints Channel podcast

Questions to Ponder

  • What sacrifices have you made for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Were they worth it to you? Why?

  • How has the Lord blessed you because of your sacrifices?

  • What were some sacrifices that were more difficult to make? What helped you make them anyway?

  • How has your sacrifices brought forth the blessings of heaven?

  • Is there any sacrifice you are not willing to make when it comes to the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Why?

  • What are some daily sacrifices you make?

  • What are some scriptural examples of sacrifice that give you strength?

  • Are there other sacrifices you need to make?

Teaching Activities

  • Play a little bit of a one up game. Start with an “easy” gospel sacrifice you, someone you know, or someone in the scriptures has made. Then the next person tops that and so on and so forth (don’t go too extreme too fast). Once you get to a big sacrifice (like their own life), talk about all the different types of sacrifices there are. Is the “easy” sacrifice any less acceptable than the hardest one? Is it any less because it seems easier? Or vice versa? No. A sacrifice is a sacrifice. The sacrifices you make matter no matter how big or small they may seem at the time.

  • Read and discuss this real life example of someone who gave up a lot to join the Church, “The Sacrifices I Made to Join the Church.” There is another example in LDS Living about Amish converts. You can ask two people to read an article beforehand then share in their own words when you meet together. How do these stories inspire you? What are you willing to give up for the gospel of Jesus Christ?

  • Looking for a simple story for your little ones? Grab this month’s Friend magazine and read “Paul’s Missionary Journeys” together then share the sacrifices Paul made. Finish it off with this coloring page and how we can make good choices even when it’s hard.

  • If you have pioneer ancestors (including recent converts), share their story of sacrifice and commitment to the gospel. How can you be like your ancestors?

Philippians 4:1-13

We should rejoice in Christ. We can be happy and find joy in any circumstance.

Additional Study Suggestions

“That Your Joy Might Be Full” by Sister Jean B. Bingham

“Joy and Spiritual Survival” by President Russell M. Nelson

“Finding Joy in Life” by Elder Richard G. Scott

“Grateful in Any Circumstances” by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“‘Rejoice in Every Good Thing’” by Sister Chieko N. Okazaki

“Rejoice!” by Elder Quentin L. Cook

Videos to Share

Joy and Spiritual Survival (about 17 minutes)- Talk by President Russell M. Nelson

Grateful in Any Circumstances (about 17 minutes)- Talk by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Trial of Adversity (about 2 1/2 minutes)- A paralyzed woman’s story

Questions to Ponder

  • What reasons to you have to rejoice today?

  • What are you grateful for at this moment?

  • How has Christ made your joy more full?

  • How are you able to find happiness in the middle of your hardest trials? How does that make sense?

  • What other scriptural examples can you think of where people are happy despite their circumstances?

  • Why do you think God helps you find happiness amidst struggle instead of taking the struggle away? What have you learned through your struggles?

  • Why is it important to discover joy and content in all our circumstances?

Teaching Activities

  • Before you read Philippians 4, give everyone a Joy paddle (attach a popsicle stick, straw, plastic knife, etc. to the circle). Every time your family hears the word “Joy” or “Rejoice,” have them raise their paddles. How many times did you end up hearing the word? Why do you think Paul mentions it so often? What can we learn from these scripture verses?

  • Do the same thing with the joy paddle but this time, tell the story of your day. Each time you sound happy about something, everyone raise the joy paddle. This is a great way to show how even though you may have had hardships throughout your day, you found joy.

  • Take on the Frowny Face Challenge! It’s in this month’s Ensign under Family Study Fun.

  • Go on a hunt in the Hymn book. How many songs have the word “Rejoice” or “Joy” in them? Why do you think so many of them do? What other messages do you see throughout these hymns?

  • Make your own Rejoice Journal. Write down stories from your life that make you want to rejoice. Write down the blessings that make you feel great joy. Write down your struggles and how you rejoice anyway. Keep it in your purse or by your bed but use it so you can fill your life with moments of rejoicing instead of moments of worry.

  • Color! At the end of these rejoicing verses, Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” That is definitely reason to rejoice. We can do all the things! Color your own reminder of this scripture then hang it up in your home.

  • Add on to your coloring page. On small pieces of paper, write down some of the things that Christ has helped you do. Then attach these to your coloring page- tape them on the edges, attach with string, glue them on the back, etc.

  • Philippians 4:8 identifies things we should think on or as the 13th Article of Faith states, seek for. Search for these words in my word search. Then discuss how we will find what we seek. What things are you seeking or spending your time thinking upon? How does that relate back to our joy?

  • Tell about your day but this time, do it from two different perspectives. Tell it one way focused on all the negative things. Then tell it again focusing on all the great things. Then reveal that they are the same day. What happens when we choose to focus on the negative? What about the positive? How does finding joy in our days help us rejoice in Christ?

Colossians 1:12-23, 2:7

Our faith should be rooted in Jesus Christ.

Additional Study Suggestions

“Spiritual Whirlwinds” by Elder Neil L. Andersen

“Rooted in Christ” by Elder L. Whitney Clayton

“Deep Roots” by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

“The Soil and Roots of Testimony” by Elder John K. Carmack

Videos to Share

Spiritual Whirlwinds (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Story from Elder Neil L. Andersen’s talk

Spiritual Whirlwinds (about 16 minutes)- Talk by Elder Neil L. Andersen

Rooted in Christ (about 1 minute)- Clip from President Russell M. Nelson

Questions to Ponder

  • How is your faith and life rooted in Jesus Christ?

  • What can you do to make your testimony’s roots deeper?

  • What happens when we start to put roots in something other than Jesus Christ?

  • How has your faith in Jesus Christ allowed you to stand tall without wavering?

  • How has Christ strengthened you?

  • How has doing Come Follow Me at home helped you be more rooted in Christ?

  • What are some weeds you need to pull in your testimony garden?

Teaching Activities

  • What does it mean to be rooted in Christ? Find the words in the tree printable above. Discuss what these different words mean and how we can be firm and immovable in our faith. How can we anchor our testimonies?

  • Do some weeding! Look at the various roots in the weeds. What happens if we don’t pull out the weeds in our gardens and yards? Compare that to our testimonies. What are some weeds we want to pull out?

  • What happens when you take a similar plant in size and shape and test it against the elements?

Additional Helps

More helps for teaching Philippians and Colossians from The Red Headed Hostess

And remember, you can always find more inside The Red Headed Hostess packets like these Joy cards. Love Pray Teach also has lots of fun activities. The link is for Senior Primary helps but she also has Junior Primary and Home kits.