Come, Follow Me

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Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints follow a curriculum called “Come, Follow Me” for gospel study in church classes, with their families, and as individuals. In 2021, I’m using this curriculum to structure my study of the Book of Mormon, even though the assigned text this year is the Doctrine and Covenants. Here’s how that works:

  • I follow the schedule given in the manual “Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Doctrine and Covenants 2021.”
  • Each Sunday, I write an overview post, summarizing the reading, sharing some of my insights into that week’s assignment, and sharing relevant Book of Mormon passages and blog posts.
  • Monday through Saturday, I will write a post each day about themes from that week’s reading.

I hope the insights I share are useful to you this year. Please feel free to comment on my posts or send me questions that come up in your study.

Weekly Overview Posts

Job: “Yet Will I Trust in Him” (August 1-7)

“Job and His Friends” (detail), by Ilya Repin One of the features of mortal life is that we experience suffering we don’t deserve. Why does God allow that to happen? The book of Job explores this question through an extreme example: a good man who loses nearly everything—wealth, family, and health—in a short period of… Continue Reading →

Esther: “Thou Art Come…for Such a Time as This” (July 25-31)

“Esther,” by Jean-François Portaels When I think of Queen Esther, I remember how little control we have over our circumstances, but how much control we have over our actions within those circumstances. Esther’s people were a minority ethnic and religious community scattered across the Persian Empire. Through a sequence of events that she could not… Continue Reading →

Ezra 1; 3-7; Nehemiah 2; 4-6; 8: “I Am Doing a Great Work” (July 18-24)

“Nehemiah Inspects The Walls of Jerusalem,” by Robert Theodore Barrett Seventy years after being taken captive by the Babylonians, the former inhabitants of Judah were permitted to return. Jeremiah had prophesied, “After seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place” (Jeremiah 29:10). About a… Continue Reading →

Easter: “He Will Swallow Up Death in Victory” (April 11-17)

“The Resurrected Christ” (detail) by Wilson J. Ong As we prepare to celebrate the Savior’s resurrection next Sunday, we will certainly review the accounts in the New Testament of His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, His crucifixion on Golgotha, and His interactions with multiple individuals and groups after His tomb was found empty. Here… Continue Reading →

Exodus 1-6: “I Have Remembered My Covenant” (March 21-27)

“Moses Before the Burning Bush” by Domenico Fetti Why did God choose Moses to rescue the children of Israel from captivity? What characteristics qualified him for this assignment? We get a clue from three events immediately preceding his calling: Moses saw an Egyptian beating an Israelite. Although he might have been expected to side with… Continue Reading →

Genesis 37-41: “The Lord Was With Joseph” (March 7-13)

“Pharaoh’s Dream,” by Owen Jones 1. “A Goodly Person” Young Joseph was naive to a fault: sharing dreams with his brothers which were bound to infuriate them and even drawing his father’s rebuke on one occasion. He seems to have been singularly focused on doing what was right and baffled that others didn’t share his… Continue Reading →

Genesis 24-27: The Covenant Is Renewed (February 21-27)

Marriage (Rebekah) How many times had Rebekah filled that pitcher with water from the well? It must have been part of her normal daily routine. And assisting a thirsty stranger must have been in character for her, as was volunteering to help with the camels without being asked. But this was not an ordinary day… Continue Reading →

Christmas: The Matchless Gift of God’s Divine Son (December 20-26)

As we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ this week, let’s remember what He accomplished before, during, and after His mortal ministry. On January 1, 2000, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published a brief document entitled “The Living Christ,” which emphasizes that the Savior’s life “neither began in Bethlehem nor… Continue Reading →

The Family: A Proclamation to the World: “The Family Is Central to the Creator’s Plan” (December 13-19)

In the October 1995 general conference, President Gordon B. Hinckley introduced “The Family: a Proclamation to the World,” which he described as “a declaration and reaffirmation of standards, doctrines, and practices relative to the family which the prophets, seers, and revelators of this church have repeatedly stated throughout its history.” After reading the proclamation, President… Continue Reading →

Doctrine and Covenants 115-120: “His Sacrifice Shall Be More Sacred unto Me Than His Increase” (October 11-17)

“Strengthen Thy Stakes” (Doctrine and Covenants 115-117) “Enlarge the place of thy tent,” said Isaiah, as he prophesied of the gathering of Israel. “Let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes” (Isaiah 54:2). The imagery is one of thrilling expansion and growth. When the Savior visited the… Continue Reading →

Doctrine and Covenants 85-87: “Stand Ye in Holy Places” (August 2-8)

Between November and December 1832, Joseph Smith received specific revelation about multiple topics: CHURCH ADMINISTRATION (Doctrine and Covenants 85): How to manage inheritances for church members who refused to consecrate their properties. The Lord answered the question while clarifying the duties of the clerk, including the responsibility for accurate record-keeping. SCRIPTURAL INTERPRETATION (Doctrine and Covenants… Continue Reading →

Moroni 7-9: “May Christ Lift Thee Up” (December 7-13)

In chapters 7-9 of his book, Moroni recorded three messages from his father: a sermon and two letters. Here is what I have learned from each of these messages: How to receive “every good thing” (Moroni 7) Moroni tells us that his father’s sermon in the synagogue is about “faith, hope, and charity” (Moroni 7:1)…. Continue Reading →

Ether 6-11: “That Evil May Be Done Away” (November 16-22)

For nearly a year, the first generation of Jaredites sat in eight small barges as storms and “mountain waves” moved them across the ocean. After arriving in the promised land, they and their descendants were afflicted by another kind of storm—political instability. Generation after generation of Jaredites lived under oppressive rulers, experienced coups and civil… Continue Reading →

Ether 1-5: “Rend That Veil of Unbelief” (November 9-15)

President Russell M. Nelson said, “I urge you to stretch beyond your current spiritual ability to receive personal revelation, for the Lord has promised that ‘if thou shalt [seek], thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal’”… Continue Reading →

3 Nephi 8-11: “Arise and Come Forth unto Me” (September 14-20)

Thunderings, lightnings, storms, tempests, and earthquakes, unlike anything they had ever seen before—that’s what the Nephites and the Lamanites experienced at the time of the Savior’s crucifixion. At least sixteen cities were destroyed by fire, or buried, or covered with water. Many other cities were partially destroyed, and many people died. All of this happened… Continue Reading →

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