The Help You Need to Teach Come Follow Me 1 and 2 Timothy; Titus; Philemon "Be Thou and Example of the Believers" (October 28- November 3)

We are studying four epistles in Come Follow Me 1 and 2 Timothy; Titus; Philemon "Be Thou and Example of the Believers" (October 28- November 3). These epistles are know as pastoral epistles because they contain many instructions to help the church leaders regulate. I didn’t cover Philemon in these helps but you can point out how seeing our fellow Saints as brothers and sisters can increase our willingness to forgive one another.

 
 

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1 Timothy 2:9-15

These verses discuss modesty as well as adorning ourselves with good works.

Additional Study Suggestions

“Faith and Good Works” by Elder Stephen D. Nadauld

“Modesty: Reverence for the Lord” by Elder Robert D. Hales

“Modesty: A Timeless Principle for All” by Sister Silvia H. Allred

“Courage to Choose Modesty” by Sister Carol F. McConkie

Videos to Share

When Ye Are in the Service-YM (about 3 minutes)- How much service can he provide in three days

When Ye Are in the Service-YW (about 3 minutes)- Same challenge, this time a group of young women in Japan

Questions to Ponder

  • How do can you adorn yourself with good works?

  • What are some good works you do already? Remember to think about ALL you do.

  • How can we support each other in being modest?

  • What does language and behavior have to do with modesty?

  • How is good works linked with modesty?

  • When it comes to dress and appearance, what are some standards the Lord has set? What are some that you have set?

  • In what ways does the things we do become reflected in things we wear and how we look?

  • What are you saying by the way you dress and present yourself? Is that what you want to be saying? If not, how will you change that?

Teaching Activities

  • To be adorned with good works is such a beautiful thought. One way you can demonstrate this is by making yourselves paper crowns (add paper strips or ribbons to the side of my paper crown). For each good work idea, act, etc. you have, adorn your crown with a jewel. You can use my included paper jewels or get some of those handy jewel stickers.

  • Head back to the July 2019 edition of the Friend. There is a page called “Full of Good Works” that show three different women or were adorned in good works.

  • Go to the For the Strength of Youth booklet, Dress and Appearance section and discuss what modesty means to your family. You can also look up Modesty in True to the Faith. How can we support each other in being modest? What does language and behavior have to do with modesty?

  • It’s a good time to go over any grooming reminders you need as well such as reminding your children how often they should be showering or learning new hairstyles.


1 Timothy 3:1-2; Titus 1:7-9

These verses talk about the qualifications for a bishop. You can discuss how to support yours.

Additional Study Suggestions

“The Mantle of a Bishop” by Elder Robert D. Hales

“The Bishop and His Counselors” by President Boyd K. Packer

“‘Bishop, Help!’” by President Dallin H. Oaks

Videos to Share

Find several videos about Bishops

Questions to Ponder

  • How can you support your bishop in light of the new changes?

  • What are some different ways you can support your bishop?

  • Why do you think these are the qualifications for a bishop?

  • How can you support your bishop even though he may not be perfect in all the qualifications?

  • What can you do when you struggle with supporting your bishop?

Teaching Activities

  • Learn more about some of the responsibilities of your bishop with my Bishop Charades cards. Each person takes turns reading a card then acting it out and seeing if the rest of you can guess what it is. Then discuss why the bishop does that and how it helps.

  • Give your bishopric (and their families) some thanks! Heart attack their homes, bring some treats over, or make them a Bishopric Stash for when they are at the office for awhile (label included in printable above). Include some sweet treats but also some nourishing ones like granola and dried fruit.

  • You could also heart attack the Bishop's door at church. Have your class or family write nice messages on hearts than go tape them up at the end of church or class for a nice surprise!

  • Better understand what a day with the Bishop might look like with this activity from an old Friend magazine.

  • Give your bishop the World’s Best Bishop Award. Mail it or present with a trophy.


1 Timothy 4:10-16

President Monson used to quote this scripture a lot, “be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).

Additional Study Suggestions

“Be an Example and a Light” by President Thomas S. Monson

“Examples of Righteousness” by President Thomas S. Monson

Videos to Share

The Power of Examples (about 1 minute)- Clip from Elder David A. Bednar

One In a Million videos are all about the great examples of kids

Be an Example and a Light (about 13 1/2 minutes)- Talk by President Thomas S. Monson

Questions to Ponder

  • When it comes to your words, what kind of example are you setting?

  • Are you an example of a believer in your daily conversation?

  • How can you be an example of a believer in charity?

  • When it comes to faith, what kind of example are you?

  • How are you example in purity?

  • In what ways are you example of a believer in spirit?

  • What good examples of believers do you have in your life? What are you learning from them?

  • What are some other important examples?

  • What do you think your example is saying to others? What do you want your actions to say about you?

Teaching Activities

  • Play some games that show the power of examples such as Simon Says, Follow the Leader, or the mirroring game. Have some fun with it then read and discuss these scriptures. What do you think your example is saying to others? What do you want your actions to say about you?

  • Share some examples in the scriptures or your using your ancestors. Share their photos, gospel art pictures, or draw a picture of them. What is it that you admire about them? What type of example did they leave for you? Were they an example “in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity”?

  • Have some fun with flashlights and see if they can follow your example to make some simple shadow puppets. What does your shadow reveal about you?

  • Make a Hall of Fame with gospel pictures on your wall. Then challenge your class or family to make their own Hall of Fame of good examples in their lives (including scriptural examples). You can print my free handout in my Primary 6 Lesson 26 helps.


1 Timothy 6:7-12; 2 Timothy 3:14-17

These two chapters are kind of opposites. 1 Timothy 6 discusses how money is the root of all evil while 2 Timothy 3 tells us that scripture is profitable. I both them together to show the contrast and what we should be seeking instead of money.

Additional Study Suggestions

“Believe, Love, Do” by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Greed, Selfishness, and Overindulgence” by Elder Joe J. Christensen

“The Law of Abundance” by Elder Franklin D. Richards

“Value of the Holy Scriptures” by Elder LeGrand Richards

“Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually” by Elder Robert D. Hales

Videos to Share

“A Reservoir of Living Water” (about 40 minutes)- Talk by Elder David A. Bednar

First Things First! (about 1 1/2 minutes)- Children role playing as adults when discussing money

Questions to Ponder

  • What temptations have you faced when it comes to money? What wisdom do you see in the Paul’s words, “For the love of money is the root of all evil”?

  • What are some ways you can use the money you have wisely?

  • Who can you help because you have what you have?

  • What are some ways that money corrupts?

  • Why do you value the scriptures? What blessings have you seen from them?

  • How have you profited from the scriptures?

Teaching Activities

  • Play Old Maid! Instead of it being an Old Maid, pretend it’s the love of money. Then read and discuss 1 Timothy 6 and why the love of money is a dangerous thing.

  • Discuss 2 Timothy 3 and the value of the scriptures. Write on my gold coins above a gospel truth. Share with each other what you wrote then hide them in your scriptures as a reminder for later.

  • Play the “If I Won a Million Dollars” game. What would you spend your money on? Write down everything, share, and have fun with it. Then go back and see what things helped others, helped build the kingdom of God, and what just helped you and discuss.


2 Timothy

Paul wrote 2 Timothy when he was expecting to be put to death soon so this epistle contains his reflections and faith in the front of fears and difficulties.

Additional Study Suggestions

“Do Not Fear” by President Boyd K. Packer

“Live by Faith and Not by Fear” by Elder Quentin L. Cook

“Perfect Love Casteth Out Fear” by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Videos to Share

Live by Faith, Not by Fear (about 1 minute)

“Fear Not” (about 30 seconds)

Questions to Ponder

  • How has 2 Timothy 1:7 helped you in times of fear?

  • How do you remember to exercise faith when fear comes? What helps you?

  • How does Satan use fear to manipulate you?

  • How does remembering where fear comes from help you overcome it?

  • When have you felt the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind?

  • How has the Lord helped you overcome or confront your fears?

  • What are you afraid of? How can the Lord help you?

Teaching Activities

  • Discuss 2 Timothy 1:7 with your family as you color. You can turn it into a puzzle too. Hang it on your wall as a reminder.

  • As Halloween approaches, discuss how Satan uses fear to manipulate and draw the Spirit away. How can we keep the Spirit with us always? What can we do to invite the Spirit of power, love, and a sound mind instead of fear?

  • Invite everyone to write a fear or two on a strip of paper. Fold them up and toss them in a basket. Draw out one at a time and discuss ways you can confront or find strength against that fear.


Additional Helps

 
 

Remember to print off the weekly recap to help you plan as well as the questions to ponder to help you study.