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 May 20-26

Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: “Behold, Thy King Cometh”, Matthew 21–23; Mark 11; Luke 19–20; John 12

by Saydi Eyre Shumway

In the scripture passages for this week there seems to be a common theme of Christ coming out strong against hypocrisy. From the parable of the fig tree, to the whited sepulcher, to the condemning of phylacteries it seems that Jesus is fed up. He has tried to get through to these hypocrites in a myriad of ways, but no number of miracles or powerful teaching have seemed to sink in to those who are mostly concerned with the approval of men and the appearance of exactness.

Come Follow Me Podcast #20, “Behold, thy King Cometh”, Matthew 21-23, Mark 11, Luke 19, 20; John 12

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

Jesus once told Mary at Cana that “Mine hour hath not yet come,” but now as we start this lesson that has changed as we take you to the beginning of the last week of His mortal life. Now he will say, “Mine hour hath come,” a statement that will break His followers hearts and have implications for every one of us.

Week of May 13-19

Come, Follow Me For Individuals and Families: “What Lack I Yet?” Matthew 19-20; Mark 10; Luke 18

by Catherine Keddington Arveseth

This story of the rich young ruler always gives me pause. I find myself wondering, could I give it all up? Could I sell everything I had and give it to the poor? Could I leave a life I knew behind and follow the Lord?

Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: “What Lack I Yet?”, Matthew 19-20; Mark 10; Luke 18

by Diana Webb

The world’s views on marriage differ greatly from eternal truth. In Matthew 19:3-9, the eternal truths regarding God’s views on marriage are clearly laid out by the Savior. God created male and female in his own image, and exhorted them to multiply and fill the earth. The Lord ordained marriage and families. “They twain shall be one flesh, and all this that the earth might answer the end of its creation” (D&C 42:15-16).

Come, Follow Me Podcast #19, “What Lack I Yet?”, Matthew 19-20; Mark 10; Luke 18

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

Many questions were posed to the Savior during His mortal ministry. If you had the chance to ask Him one question, in person, what would that question be? In this week’s lesson we have a very powerful question asked of the Lord face to face in his ministry and it’s worth all of us pondering about this specific question.

Week of May 6-12

Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: Rejoice with Me; for I have Found My Sheep Which Was Lost

by Kelly Schrum Hutchins

When a young child is learning to walk, falling down is a part of the process. No one chastises the child or points out his incompetence for succumbing to the law of gravity. Quite the opposite. Parents, loved ones and even strangers offer encouragement and positive motivation for the child to continue to increase in strength and try repeatedly to take those first steps independent and unassisted.

Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: Lesson Helps for Luke 12-17; John 11

by Breck England

No matter where we stand now, our Father is pleading with us to repent—to come back to Him. He is calling, waiting, and hoping. Furthermore, our greatest work in this life is to help with this gathering of the Lord’s family, also known as “the house of Israel.” The magnitude of this work is truly breathtaking. It fulfills promises made thousands of years ago.

Come, Follow Me Podcast #18, “Rejoice with Me for I Have Found My Sheep Which Was Lost”, Luke 12-17, John 11

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

Have you ever given a party, invited many people, and no one came? In this week’s chapters, we’ll explore a parable about a great feast and how, when invited, many people found shoddy excuses not to attend. As we hear this story, it seems so strange that anyone would find any reason to miss a marvelous feast put on by the Lord, but he is talking to us. Are we, knowingly or unknowingly, rejecting wonderful invitations that the Lord offers?

Week of April 29-May 5

Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: Activities and Lesson Helps for John 7-10

by Jodi Chaffee

When I left on my mission in 2002, I wanted to serve the Lord. I was determined that serving a mission would allow me to develop a personal relationship with Him. That was my goal. By the end of my mission, I wanted to know Him better. There’s an interesting reality about getting to know the Savior better; He manifests Himself most poignantly in adversity, in my experience.

Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: Lesson Helps for John 7-10

by Isaac Calvert

One particular day in the synagogue, we lingered on a single topic: the Messiah. And as everyone in the room but me was still waiting for His first appearance, they asked the same question again and again to the rabbi: How will we recognize Him when He comes? How will he dress? What will He look like? His answer, while a pleasant thought, falls short of the glorious truth.

Come, Follow Me Podcast #17, “I am the Good Shepherd”, John 7-10

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

Have you ever wondered why John the Beloved included the story of the woman taken in adultery in his record? Surely he had hundreds of stories he could have chosen to complete his testimony—why this particular story? We’re going to explore at least three things about this tender encounter that you may have never seen before.

Week of April 22-28

Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: Matthew 18; Luke 10

by Saydi Eyre Shumway

The questions to ask God are not so much how we can teach our children the principles in the lesson for the week. Instead we are trying to ask God to help us know how to use the scripture passages for the week to make progress against the challenges in our lives and in our family. How can we use these principles to help our ten-year-old manage her rage? How can these stories help our teenage son be more aware of those around him? How can Christ’s words here help me to develop more patience?

Come Follow Me Podcast #16 — “What Shall I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?”, Matthew 18; Luke 10

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

The Lord often requires us to do things that we think sound impossible. Forgive seventy times seven? This does not mean 490 times, but boundless forgiveness, that we travel with forgiveness for those who have wronged us. Forgiveness is not always easy, especially when we have been deeply hurt or wronged, but the Lord’s command to forgive is one that can free and heal our hearts and cultivate boundless love for our neighbors.

Week of April 15-24

A Day-by-Day Guide to Celebrating Easter Week with Your Family

by Catherine Keddington Arveseth

It started with one meaningful family Easter tradition. For seven years now, we’ve been honoring that first one and adding new practices. I have listed all of our activities and traditions below, along with a synopsis of what happened each day according to scripture, a list of my favorite readings, and the Bible videos you can watch. Let this be a guide to keeping your family’s Easter week centered on Jesus Christ and the glorious resurrection that this week celebrates.

Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: One of the Overlooked Beauties of Easter

by Diana Webb

Our hearts are stirred at Easter time as we realize the depths of the love of the Savior for each one of us. We rejoice in the joy of the resurrection and the immortality of all men. But, to me, the essence of the beauty of the Easter story is not only what happened on Calvary and in Gethsemane, but what happened in the “world of spirits, when Christ visited the dead and “liberated the captives.” To me, this is one of the most exquisite beauties of the restored gospel.

Come Follow Me Podcast #15—Easter: “O Grave, Where is Thy Victory?”

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

We love Easter as the most important celebration of the year because it is Jesus Christ’s atonement and resurrection that answers every uncertainty, loosens every bond and supplies every hope for our mortal experience. More people saw the resurrected Jesus than we sometimes realize, including John Murdock, an early convert to The Church of Jesus Christ in Kirtland. He described what Jesus looked like in detail and then said this, “It left on my mind the impression of love, for months, that I never felt before to that degree.”

Week of April 1-14

Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: “Thou Art the Christ”–Matthew 16-17; Mark 9; Luke 9

by Kelly Schrum Hutchins

There are so many wonderful things happening within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints right now that I feel to express it as Oliver Cowdery did in 1834 when he said, “These are days never to be forgotten . . . and I shall ever look upon [the] expression of the Savior’s goodness with wonder and thanksgiving. ” The work of the Kingdom of God is rolling forward with accelerated majesty. There are signs all around us that indicate the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is getting closer. Do we have eyes to see and ears to hear?

Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: Lesson Helps for Matthew 16-17, Mark 9, Luke 9

by Breck England

The question of who holds the keys to govern the church of Jesus Christ has always been vitally important. Some Christians believe the pope holds the keys. Others believe the keys were handed down to all the bishops of the Christian world. Still others believe the keys given to Peter and the apostles have nothing to do with governing the church. So what do the keys given to Peter represent? Are they important or not? Are the keys relevant to followers of Christ today?

Come Follow Me Podcast #14–“Thou Art the Christ”, Matthew 16-17; Mark 8-9; Luke 9

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

In Jesus’s teachings, the land of Israel itself becomes his visual aid. That is nowhere more evident than in the teachings he gives in Caesarea Philippi about the rock on which His Church will be built. Learn about that this week as well as the profound answer the Pharisees got who were seeking a sign.

Week of March 25-31

Come, Follow Me for Individuals or Families: Matt 14-15; Mark 6-7; John 5-6

by Jodi Chaffee

This week’s lesson talks about how Jesus fed the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fishes. Even with so little food, Jesus was able to feed so many people. With what little I have to offer, I pray that it will be enough to feed you and give you insight into this week’s lesson! The little bit that we bring to the table in our acts of service and obedience is what allows the Lord to make of us what He would have us become in the process of sharing our gifts and making sacrifices for Him.

Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: Lesson Helps for Matthew 14–15; Mark 6–7; John 5–6

by Isaac Calvert

Here are three important take-aways from this week’s Come, Follow Me chapters; ways we can update these ancient scenarios and liken the people unto ourselves today.

Come Follow Me Podcast #13 “Be Not Afraid”, Matthew 14, 15; Mark 6,7; John 5,6

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

Not all of the moments and sayings in the life of Jesus can be read as a sequence of events. We have stories and sayings that we can’t always connect. But in today’s study we can see things in sequence, which adds meaning to the story. This includes the feeding of the 5,000, the rescue of the apostles while they are struggling against great winds on the Sea of Galilee, and the Bread of Life speech which motivated many of Jesus’s followers to desert Him.

Week of March 18-24

Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: Lesson Helps for Matthew 13; Luke 8; 13

by Saydi Eyre Shumway

This week we get to discuss many of the powerful stories that Jesus uses to teach us. I love the way Christ’s parables change to suit our needs and apply at a different level every time we visit them. This week we can re-discover with our children the magic of these teachings and encourage them to want to revisit them over and over again so that they can witness this chameleon magic in their own lives.

Come Follow Me –Podcast 12–“Who Hath Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear”, Matthew 13: Luke 8: 13

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

Jesus taught in parables both to reveal and conceal truths. There is more in even apparently simple statements than immediately meets the eye in what Jesus taught. What for instance does it mean, “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father”? How about the parable of the wheat and the tares. Why would the Lord advise to let them grow up together? So many fun things to learn in today’s podcast.

Week of March 11-17

Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: Lesson Helps for Matthew 10-12; Mark 2; Luke 7, 11

by Catherine Arveseth

“Word of Jesus’ healing miracles was spreading quickly. Multitudes followed Him, hoping for relief from their sicknesses. But when the Savior looked upon the multitudes, He saw more than their physical ailments. Filled with compassion, He saw “sheep having no shepherd.” Whenever we hear “sheep” in the scriptures, we can think of Jesus’ compassionate efforts to bring all of God’s children into His true fold.

Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: Lesson Helps for Matthew 10-12; Mark 2; Luke 7, 11

by Diana Webb

The authors of the New Testament gospels had to choose their words carefully. They sought to convey the “good news” to the world which was delivered to them by “eyewitnesses” to the ministrations of the Savior. When reading a story in the scriptures, we would be wise to ask, “Why is this author including these details in his gospel? What is the truth he is attempting to convey that I can liken unto my own experience?”

Come Follow Me Podcast #11—“These Twelve Jesus Sent Forth”, Matthew 10-12; Mark 2; Luke 7;11

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

This episode of the Come Follow Me podcast relates many stories that you probably haven’t heard into the calling of an apostle and what today’s apostles say about their own special witness of Jesus Christ. You will also come to know, by tradition, how each of the Twelve that Christ called eventually died.

Week of March 4-10

Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: Lesson Helps for Matthew 8-9; Mark 2-5

by Kelly Schrum Hutchins

Do you realize we are in the tenth week of the Come Follow Me program? How are you feeling about it? I’ve heard about many wonderful and miraculous experiences and I have also heard about many difficult challenges and frustrations. Today I would like to take time to address those who are feeling frustrated, discouraged or overwhelmed.

Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: Matthew 8-9; Mark 2-5

by Breck England

The accounts in these chapters of miraculous healings testify of the calling of Jesus Christ, but there is more. There is a clear pattern in these chapters that helps us profoundly understand His role in our individual lives. To our modern eyes, Jesus is merely showing concern for people on the margins. He performs miracles for them to demonstrate His love and charity for them, but it’s more significant than that.

Come Follow Me Podcast #10—“Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole”, Mark 2-5, Matthew 8,9

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

As mortals we are on a journey to move from being broken to healed, and it is the Lord who is our attending physician. The stories in the New Testament are not only about the halt, the blind, and the person afflicted with leprosy. They are about us, and our universal need for his healing touch.

Week of February 25-March 3

Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: Lesson Helps for Matthew 6-7

by Jodi Chaffee

One of the first things we are invited to do in this lesson is to consider how this portion of the Sermon on the Mount will help us to focus on heavenly things. I think this invitation to self-awareness about our spiritual commitment is the first step in evaluating our devotion to spiritual things. Many of the verses in these two chapters are an invitation to look into our own hearts to discern our loyalties, root out hypocrisy, and learn to trust the Lord.

Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: Lesson Helps for Matthew 6-7

by Isaac Calvert

Both what Jesus taught and how He taught were so different from what people were used to that they “marveled,” “questioned,” and were “astonished.” And it wasn’t just the Pharisees. Jesus’ disciples, too, had a difficult time understanding both what and how He taught. So, if any of us feel a bit confused at times as we dive in to the Savior’s teachings from the New Testament, there is no need to worry. If we continue to faithfully study, He will send the help we need.

Come Follow Me Podcast #9 “He Taught Them as One Having Authority”, Matthew 6-7

by Scot and Maurine Proctor

How can we become better at praying? It is a question that most of us ask ourselves as serious disciples of Jesus Christ. In these chapters from the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord Himself teaches us how to pray. If the Lord says this is how we should pray, then, there is something deep to learn. Other interesting questions arise in these chapters. What does it mean to judge not? How can I beware of false prophets without making judgment calls? And what is my duty to forgive others?

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?