This week marks the third week of suspended Church meetings. If you are needing a little help to teach your family or make your Sabbath experience better, look no further. Whether you need a study group, some "home" teacher help, a video for your lesson, or a special guest speaker, we have you covered for this week's Come, Follow Me lesson on Enos–Words of Mormon.
If You Need a Study Group
Looking for a way to dive deeper into these short books of the Book of Mormon? Try the socially-distant study group “Sunday on Monday.” This week, podcast host Tammy Uzelac Hall breaks down the steps of Enos’ prayer found in Enos 1:4:
- He kneeled.
- He engaged in mighty prayer. (In Hebrew, "to cry" is to utter a loud sound for help.)
- He asked for supplication, which is a prayerful petition, earnest request, for his own soul.
- He cried all day long.
- He cried into the night.
She then explains how we can use Enos’ example and other verses of scripture as a recipe for our own prayers:
- Pray without ceasing, giving thanks in all things (Mosiah 26:39)
- Doubt nothing (Mormon 9:21)
- Struggle and labor diligently (Enos 1:11-12)
- Have faith (Enos 1:8,12 and "help thou my unbelief" Mark 9:17-24)
- Pray for others like Enos and Lehi (Enos 1:9,11 and 1 Nephi 1:5, 15)
- Ask for that which is right (3 Nephi 18:20)
The "Sunday on Monday" study group is a Deseret Bookshelf PLUS+ original presented by LDS Living. You can access the full study group discussion through the Bookshelf app. Listen to a segment of this week's episode below or listen to the full Sunday on Monday episode here.
If You Need "Home" Teacher Help
David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman have both taught seminary and institute. Each week they host the popular “Don’t Miss This” series on YouTube, a series that explores their favorite parts from each week’s Come, Follow Me curriculum. With Church now taking place entirely at home, Butler and Freeman assured their viewers that they are here to help.
“We have also talked to a lot of people that are just so overwhelmed with now having to be all of the teachers—the school teacher, the primary teacher, the Young Women’s teacher . . . and what if you don’t even feel comfortable in being the teacher and now have all this responsibility? You might not know this, but we actually love teaching. It’s one of our favorite things to do,” Freeman tells viewers in a recent video.
As they teach their favorite parts from this week’s chapters, Butler and Freeman sprinkle in teaching tips and scriptural insights, including discussing the traits of righteous leadership we learn from this week’s chapters. The study sheets are located in the Don’t Miss This 2020 Journals, available through Deseret Book.
If You Need a Video for the Lesson
Looking to share a video with your family on Sunday to help bring in the spirit? The Book of Mormon Video series shares the story of Enos praying mightily in the woods. When LDS Living writer Jannalee Sandau watched this video after it was released in December, she shared what the video taught her with our readers:
"I was given a new insight into why Enos was so preoccupied with his salvation while he was out hunting. In the pages between the end of Jacob and the beginning of Enos, I missed making the connection that it might have been because he was just given a heavy spiritual responsibility to continue the record his father (and the Nephite prophet), Jacob, had been keeping. It really helped me feel and understand the longings of Enos' heart as he talked to his Savior in prayer."
If You Need a Special Guest Speaker
Looking for someone to give a talk in your at-home sacrament meeting? Here's one idea. Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles used Enos' words in Enos 1:3 to title his October 2019 conference talk, "The Joy of the Saints." The introduction of his talk is quoted below or you can watch the full address with the video below the quote.
"The Book of Mormon prophet Enos, Lehi’s grandson, wrote of a singular experience that happened earlier in his life. While hunting alone in the forest, Enos began pondering on the teachings of his father, Jacob. He related, 'The words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart' (Enos 1:3). In the spiritual hunger of his soul, Enos knelt in prayer, a remarkable prayer that lasted through the day and into the night, a prayer that brought him crucial revelations, assurances, and promises. "There is much to be learned from Enos’s experience, but today what stands out in my mind is Enos’s memory of his father speaking often of 'the joy of the saints.'"