January 2021 Come Follow Me Ministering – Personal Revelation
The January 2021 Come Follow Me Ministering Printable ties together Brother Milton Camargo’s October 2020 General Conference talk, “Ask, Seek, and Knock” and this January’s Come, Follow Me lesson on Doctrine and Covenants 6; 8–9 “Heavenly Father speaks to me through ‘the Spirit of truth.’”
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, or Sunday School. I hope that these ministering printables will be a simple way to reach out to those we minister to.
Download January 2021 Come Follow Me Ministering Printable (single image) (4 to a sheet)
This is designed to fit on a 4×6 print, but it is also large enough to be printed on letter paper or you can do it a bit smaller at four to a page.
This month’s message talks so much about our hearts that I couldn’t help but include some early Valentine candy. Even if it is a month before Valentine’s Day! I paired the message and printable with Jolly Rancher Jelly Hearts. I stuck them in ziplock popsicle mold bags because I love the shape. Usually, I use the bags to make smoothies popsicles for my kids, but they are also great for small snacks and candies. I used washi tape to attach it so that I didn’t have to punch a hole through the printable. My amazing niece did the illustrations for the printable. You can see more of her work @happynotesandbrushstrokes.
January 2021 Come Follow Me Ministering Printable
Doctrine and Covenants 6; 8–9: Heavenly Father speaks to me through “the Spirit of truth.”
I love the Doctrine and Covenants because it is full of highly personal moments between the Lord and His servants. While my situation is very different from these early saints, like me they are also seeking for truth.
For example, we can learn a lot about revelation and our relationship with the Lord as we read about Oliver Cowdery’s experiences in Doctrine and Covenants 6.
Asking for Revelation
When Joseph Smith needed help with translating the Book of Mormon, the Lord prepared and sent Oliver. Before Oliver traveled to Harmony, PA, to meet Joseph, he had several promptings and experiences that testified of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and Joseph’s work. In particular, one night while praying to know if these things were true, the Lord strongly manifested to Oliver of their truthfulness.
Later, as Oliver struggled with attempts to try translating himself, the Lord draws upon this past spiritual experience to help strengthen Oliver’s testimony. When Oliver failed, the Lord was there to lift him back up. Since nobody knew about this prior experience except for Oliver, it was the Lord’s way of letting Oliver know that He knew him and was mindful of him.
“Behold, thou knowest that thou hast inquired of me and I did enlighten thy mind; and now I tell thee these things that thou mayest know that thou hast been enlightened by the Spirit of truth; Yea, I tell thee, that thou mayest know that there is none else save God that knowest thy thoughts and the intents of thy heart. I tell thee these things as a witness unto thee—that the words or the work which thou hast been writing are true….
Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things. Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God? And now, behold, you have received a witness; for if I have told you things which no man knoweth have you not received a witness?” (D&C 6:15-17, 22-24)
Later in the section the Lord reminds Oliver, “I have spoken unto thee because of thy desires; therefore treasure up these words in thy heart. Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love.” (D&C 6:20)
Building Faith Through a Relationship With Our Heavenly Father
Our Heavenly Father loves us and is a perfect father. When we stumble, He is not angry with us. He only desires for us to turn to Him so that He can encircle us in the arms of His love. That relationship with Him is at the very foundation of our faith. We cannot trust someone who we don’t know or love. As the Lord reaches out to us, He is building a relationship with us that will fuel our faith.
In the October 2020 General Conference, Brother Milton Camargo asked, “Why is revelation so essential to our spiritual survival? Because the world can be confusing and noisy, full of deception and distractions. Communication with our Father in Heaven enables us to sort through what is true and what is false, what is relevant to the Lord’s plan for us and what is not. The world can also be harsh and heartbreaking. But as we open our hearts in prayer, we will feel the comfort that comes from our Father in Heaven and the assurance that He loves and values us.”
Sometimes when my son doesn’t know where I am in the house, he will yell out, “Mom, I love you!” When I answer him back, he is re-assured that I am still there. I feel such love for him in those moments. Likewise, when I feel alone and cry out for reassurance, I think that the Lord must feel that same intense love for me.
Writing Down Spiritual Experiences and Promptings
Like Oliver, when we struggle the Lord reminds us to look back on the moments He has spoken peace to our minds. A relationship can only be built by the efforts of two people. If we allow ourselves to forget those sacred moments, we are neglecting that relationship. Brother Camargo teaches us that, “Recording our impressions is an important part of receiving. It helps us recall, review, and refeel what the Lord is teaching us.”
That is why I have made it a habit to write down these sacred moments. I don’t want to forget or lose sight of the relationship that the Lord has so lovingly and painstakingly worked to develop with me.