February 2024 Come Follow Me Ministering – 2 Nephi 4 – I Have Trusted in Thee
The February 2024 Come, Follow Me Ministering Printable ties together President Russell M. Nelson’s 2023 October General Conference talk “Think Celestial!” and this February’s “Come, Follow Me” lesson on 2 Nephi 4:15–35 “O Lord, I have trusted in thee.”
Download February 2024 Come Follow Me Ministering Printable (4×6)
You can print these printables as 4×6 photo prints. My local drugstore prints them for just pennies. They are also a higher resolution if you want to enlarge them.
February 2024 Come Follow Me Ministering Message
2 Nephi 4 – “O Lord, I have trusted in thee”
When I was little, I learned how to bow my head, fold my arms, and close my eyes to pray. As a former Primary teacher, I can tell you that there are many benefits to this posture of prayer. With arms folded and eyes closed, kids are less likely to get into trouble during the prayer. You only have to watch out for the ones who are peeking and poking.
As an adult, I have grown to appreciate how closing your eyes helps you focus during prayer. You are less likely to get distracted by your surroundings or be tempted to peek at your phone. But when we close our eyes, we are not only less distracted, we are also totally in the dark. I literally can’t see anything with my own eyes.
Praying in Darkness
What a beautiful, trusting, and humble way to approach our Heavenly Father. When I close my eyes, I block out my own sight. I lay aside my vision of where I should go so that I can better see the path the Lord has for me. Heavenly Father will not hold our eyes shut. It is our choice to close them.
Closing your eyes isn’t hard when you feel safe, but it requires a lot more trust when life gets scary. As we pray it can be tempting to “spiritually peek.” We second-guess promptings, directions, and feelings. We can almost feel our eyes fly open as we ask the Lord questions like, “Why do I have to go through this trial?” or lament “This isn’t fair!”
Our Vision of Who We Are
Sometimes the vision we need to let go of is how we see ourselves.
In 2 Nephi 4, we see Nephi wrestle with his vision of who he is and the Lord’s vision of him. Nephi loves the things of the Lord but sees himself in contrast as a “wretched man” who is easily beset by temptations and sin. He laments, “When I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins” (2 Nephi 4:19).
However, Nephi readily lets go of that vision of himself. You see a sudden pivot as he declares, “Nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.” Nephi can lay aside what he sees because his personal experiences have taught him to trust what the Lord sees. Nephi bears testimony as he lists off the many times the Lord has been there for him.
Stepping Into Darkness Spreads True Light
When we struggle to “close our eyes” in prayer, it helps to remember that faith comes from experience. Moroni teaches us, “that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith” (Ether 12:6).
Like Nephi, we can remember the times the Lord was there for us. This gives us faith to confidently step into the unknown as we meet future trials. It may seem like we are stepping into darkness, but every step into the darkness ultimately spreads His light.
Leaving Behind Our Light
We rightfully think of light when we think of the Lord’s path. But first, we have to leave behind our own light. This is beautifully expressed in 2 Nephi 7:10-11.
“Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness and hath no light? Behold all ye that kindle fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks, walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks which ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand—ye shall lie down in sorrow.”
Sometimes when we approach the Lord in prayer, we are tempted to walk in the light of our own fire. We think we know how and when things should happen. But to follow the Lord, we have to be willing to put aside our feeble light and walk in darkness until we can see His light.
Prayers Should Be Living Discussion With Our Heavenly Father
President Russell M. Nelson teaches, “The Lord’s perspective transcends your mortal wisdom. His response to your prayers may surprise you and will help you to think celestial. Consider the Lord’s response to Joseph Smith when he pleaded for relief in Liberty Jail. The Lord taught the Prophet that his inhumane treatment would give him experience and be for his good. ‘If thou endure it well,’ the Lord promised, ‘God shall exalt thee on high.’ The Lord was teaching Joseph to think celestial and to envision an eternal reward rather than focus on the excruciating difficulties of the day. Our prayers can be—and should be—living discussions with our Heavenly Father.”
Closing our eyes in prayer goes beyond a mere physical gesture; it is an act of trust, humility, and surrender. By closing our eyes, we willingly shut out our own limited vision and open ourselves to the path our Heavenly Father has for us. We make a conscious choice to lay down our sparks, release our preconceived notions, and walk boldly toward His light.
It is Valentine’s Day this month and if you are going to get me chocolate, it better be dark. And if I am going to stand in the dark, I would prefer to do that with dark chocolate. So I found these cute Ferrero Rocher Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bars.
Did you like this January 2024 Come Follow Me Ministering message? Find more Relief Society Ministering Printables for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
These ministering printables are a great way to help families incorporate the “Come, Follow Me” lessons into their own study. They are also perfect for Young Women’s, Relief Society, Sunday School, or Family Home Evening. I hope that these ministering printables will be a simple way to reach out to those we minister to.