Come, Follow Me


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

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 →

Helaman 7-12: “Remember the Lord” (August 24-30)

After a miraculous mission among the Lamanites and a frustrating mission among the Nephites in the north, Nephi returned to his home in Zarahemla. As the former chief judge, he was horrified by the corruption in their government and the rampant wickedness among the people. In frustration, he said a very public prayer on a… Continue Reading →

Helaman 1-6: “The Rock of Our Redeemer” (August 17-23)

Over a thirty-year period, from about 52 B.C. to about 23 B.C., Nephite society deteriorated substantially. They had just won an extended war against their enemies, the Lamanites, but they were now losing an internal war. The rise of the Gadianton robbers, the decline of faith, and an increase in contention destabilized their government, eroded… Continue Reading →

Alma 39-42: “The Great Plan of Happiness” (July 27-August 2)

Alma loved his son Corianton. It is true that Corianton had disappointed and embarrassed him. But there is no hint of bitterness, frustration, or anger in Alma’s words to his son. Instead, Alma briefly (and somewhat reluctantly) provides needed correction (Alma 39:1-14), and then proceeds to answer some of Corianton’s questions. Alma makes it clear… Continue Reading →

Alma 36-38: “Look to God and Live”

After leading the mission to the Zoramites, Alma returned to his home in Zarahemla. He was troubled about the spiritual health of his people, and he wanted his three sons to continue the work of the ministry. So, he met with each of them individually to give them a personal “charge” (Alma 35:15-16). These individual… Continue Reading →

Alma 23-29: They “Never Did Fall Away” (June 29-July 5)

When Ammon and his brothers traveled to the land of Nephi to preach the gospel to the Lamanites, they hoped that some people would hear their message and accept the gospel. Little did they know that, during their 14 years of missionary service, thousands of people would embrace their message and would demonstrate extraordinary faith… Continue Reading →

Alma 13-16: “Enter into the Rest of the Lord” (June 15-21)

Alma ended his sermon to the people of Ammonihah with an impressive elaboration on Psalm 95:7-11. Incorporating the topics of premortal life and priesthood authority, he explained how to enter into “the rest of the Lord” (Alma 13). Tragically, the sermon was followed by an atrocity. The citizens of the community who did not believe Alma’s… Continue Reading →

Mosiah 25-28: “They Were Called the People of God” (May 18-24)

After Limhi’s people and Alma’s people returned to Zarahemla, King Mosiah read their histories to his people. He then authorized Alma to establish churches across the land, just as Alma had organized a church at the waters of Mormon (Mosiah 25:19). The last four chapters of Mosiah describe several significant events which occured during the… Continue Reading →

Mosiah 7-10: “In the Strength of the Lord” (April 27-May 3)

Zeniff was an inspiring leader with righteous goals, but he allowed his idealism to blind him to risks that he should have taken more seriously. Two generations later, Zeniff’s grandson, King Limhi, provided steady leadership to his people during a period of captivity. Eventually, they were found and led to safety by a search party… Continue Reading →

Mosiah 4-6: “A Mighty Change” (April 20-26)

The people of King Benjamin responded to his words by pleading with God to “apply the atoning blood of Christ,” so that their sins could be forgiven. In response, the Spirit of the Lord filled them with joy and gave them “peace of conscience” (Mosiah 4:2-3). King Benjamin then taught them how to retain this… Continue Reading →

Jacob 5-7: “The Lord Labors with Us” (March 16-22)

God labors patiently on our behalf. Even though we may appear at first to be unresponsive to His invitations, He doesn’t give up on us. That’s Jacob’s message in chapters 5-7 of his book. The Allegory of the Olive Tree (Jacob 5-6) In response to the question, “How can people who have rejected the truth… Continue Reading →

2 Nephi 31-33: “This Is the Way” (March 2-8)

“A few words which I must speak concerning the doctrine of Christ”—that’s how Nephi described the last three chapters of his second book. His deep desire, even urgency, to share these fundamental truths with us comes through loud and clear. With limited time and limited space on the plates, he prioritized carefully and focused on… Continue Reading →

1 Nephi 1-7: “I Will Go and Do” (Jan 6-12)

This week, we are studying the first seven chapters in the Book of Mormon, which describe the departure of Lehi’s family from Jerusalem and the retrieval of the brass plates. Key Events Lehi sees a vision in which he learns that Jerusalem will be destroyed (1 Nephi 1) Lehi and his family leave Jerusalem (1… Continue Reading →

Introductory Pages of the Book of Mormon (Dec 30 – Jan 5)

During the first week of 2020, we are studying the introductory pages of the Book of Mormon—all of the content which precedes 1 Nephi. What is in these pages? The Title Page of the Book of Mormon lays out the purposes of the book. The Introduction provides some background information about the book and an invitation for… Continue Reading →

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