October 2020 Come Follow Me Ministering – The Lord’s Church
This month, the October 2020 Come Follow Me Ministering Printable ties together President Nelson’s April 2020 General Conference talk, “Opening the Heavens for Help” and this October’s Come, Follow Me lesson on 3 Nephi 27–4 Nephi “The Church of Jesus Christ is called in His name.”
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. While church gatherings are temporarily on hold due to the recent pandemic, I hope that these ministering printables will be a simple way to reach out to those we minister to.
Download October 2020 Come Follow Me Ministering Printable
This is one of my favorite pictures of Christ and I wanted to include a fun way to display it. Since it is fall, I decided to use a rustic wood photo stand and I added some acorn charms. I tied them on using wire, but you could also use some simple twine or ribbon.
October 2020 Come Follow Me Ministering Printable
3 Nephi 27–4 Nephi: The Church of Jesus Christ is called in His Name
After Christ visited the Americas and established His church, His disciples had an important question. They came together in fasting and prayer to ask what they should name the church. There had been some disagreements among the people and they needed some guidance.
Christ answers their prayer in person and tells them, “Why is it that the people should murmur and dispute because of this thing? Have they not read the scriptures, which say ye must take upon you the name of Christ, which is my name? For by this name shall ye be called at the last day; And whoso taketh upon him my name, and endureth to the end, the same shall be saved at the last day. Therefore, whatsoever ye shall do, ye shall do it in my name; therefore ye shall call the church in my name; and ye shall call upon the Father in my name that he will bless the church for my sake. And how be it my church save it be called in my name? For if a church be called in Moses’ name then it be Moses’ church; or if it be called in the name of a man then it be the church of a man; but if it be called in my name then it is my church, if it so be that they are built upon my gospel.” (3 Nephi 27:4-8)
At this point, this is where we start jumping up and down and yelling, “This is exactly what President Nelson was talking about in General Conference!”
During the April 2020 General Conference, President Nelson said, “We have gone to these extraordinary efforts because when we remove the Lord’s name from the name of His Church, we inadvertently remove Him as the central focus of our worship and our lives. When we take the Savior’s name upon us at baptism, we commit to witness, by our words, thoughts, and actions, that Jesus is the Christ.”
Asking the Lord in Prayer
This chapter also got me thinking about questions. Notice that the Lord didn’t just come down and tell them the name of the church. He expected them to search the scriptures and ask before giving them the answer. It is a common pattern in ancient and latter-day scriptures. We must ask for answers and blessings. Learning to ask shows spiritual maturity and readiness.
In 3 Nephi 27:28-29, the Lord says “verily I say unto you, whatsoever things ye shall ask the Father in my name shall be given unto you. Therefore, ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; for he that asketh, receiveth; and unto him that knocketh, it shall be opened.”
Like the disciples in 3 Nephi, we don’t need to be tossed around by popular opinion or present-time disputes. We can humbly ask for the truth. The answers will come when they are needed – sometimes quickly or after years of preparation.
Ready to Act on Answers
Once we ask, we need to be ready to follow the Lord’s direction. I don’t know how hard it was for the disciples back then to follow the Lord’s counsel to call the church in His name. But when President Nelson announced the course correction to the Church’s name it was no small undertaking. It will take years to change everything – from domain names to copyrights to media style guides. Good thing that President Nelson is not afraid of hard things. President Nelson knew and promised if we did our best to restore the correct name of the Church that the Lord would “pour down His power and blessings upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints, the likes of which we have never seen.”
We can demand that the Lord meets us in our comfort zones. But He is interested in stretching us and helping us become more. As we learn what questions to ask and how to ask them, He is preparing us to rise to our eternal potential.