“May 27–June 2. Joseph Smith—Matthew 1; Matthew 25; Mark 12–13; Luke 21: ‘The Son of Man Shall Come’” Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School: New Testament 2019 (2019)
“May 27–June 2. Joseph Smith—Matthew 1; Matthew 25; Mark 12–13; Luke 21,” Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School: 2019
Record Your Impressions
Make a list on the board of the Savior’s parables found in this week’s reading, such as the fig tree, the good man and the thief, the faithful and evil servants, the ten virgins, the talents, and the sheep and the goats. Ask class members to share truths they learned from these parables that can help them prepare for the Second Coming of the Lord. What are they doing to apply these truths to their lives?
Signs of the Savior’s Second Coming may be difficult for some class members to understand. It might help them to work in groups and identify signs they find in Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:21–37. It might also help them better understand the importance of these signs if they compare them to road signs. Why are road signs important? What does this suggest about the signs of the Second Coming? You might even give each group pieces of paper in the shape of road signs and invite them to write on each paper a sign that will precede the Second Coming. Let them share what they found, and invite the class to discuss evidence of these signs in the world today.
In this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families, class members were invited to find counsel in these verses about how we can “be not troubled” during the events leading up to the Second Coming (see also the statement by President Thomas S. Monson in “Additional Resources”). Display a picture depicting the Second Coming (see The Second Coming, Gospel Art Book, no. 66), and invite class members to share verses they noted in their personal study. Why is it a blessing to know about the events leading to the Savior’s Second Coming?
Even though the Savior has asked us to always be ready for His Second Coming, it’s easy to become involved in daily life and not think much about it. The parables in Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:26–27, 38–55 and Matthew 25:1–13 can help class members recognize the importance of being prepared for the Second Coming. Invite class members to find these parables and comparisons and share what they teach about being prepared for the Second Coming. Perhaps one or two class members can come prepared with a creative depiction of one of these parables.
The parable of the ten virgins can help class members reflect on their spiritual preparation to meet the Savior. Elder David A. Bednar gave one interpretation of the parable that could help (see “Additional Resources”). Class members could discuss what we can do in our daily lives to become fully converted to the gospel. Why must each of us experience conversion for ourselves? What does Doctrine and Covenants 45:56–57 add to our understanding of this parable?
You might sing together hymns about the Second Coming and discuss the messages they teach (see “Additional Resources”).
The parable of the talents and the parable of the sheep and goats can inspire us to think about the account of our lives we will give to the Lord at the Final Judgment. You might read the parables together and invite each class member to share one question the Savior might ask when we give an account of our lives. Provide time for class members to plan ways they will act on impressions they have received during the discussion.
You may want to review with class members the definition of the Final Judgment found in Guide to the Scriptures, “Judgment, The Last,” scriptures.lds.org. Then you could ask class members to review some scriptures about what the Final Judgment will be like, such as Alma 5:17–25. What do these scriptures inspire us to do to prepare for that day?
To help class members find personal meaning in the parable of the talents (see Matthew 25:14–30), share some ideas or use an activity from “The Parable of the Talents,” by Elder Ronald A. Rasband (Ensign, Aug. 2003, 32–35).
To inspire a discussion about Matthew 25:34–40, you could invite class members to share examples of people who demonstrate the compassion described in these verses. Give them time to ponder who might need their service. What are some practical ways we can feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and visit the sick?
To encourage class members to read John 13–17 during the next week, ask them to think about what they would say to a son or daughter just before he or she leaves on a mission. In John 13–17, we will read the final instructions the Savior gave His disciples before His Crucifixion.
Elder David A. Bednar suggested this possible interpretation of the parable of the ten virgins:
“Consider the oil to be the oil of conversion [see Matthew 25:4–9]. …
“Were the five wise virgins selfish and unwilling to share, or were they indicating correctly that the oil of conversion cannot be borrowed? Can the spiritual strength that results from consistent obedience to the commandments be given to another person? Can the knowledge obtained through diligent study and pondering of the scriptures be conveyed to one who is in need? Can the peace the gospel brings to a faithful Latter-day Saint be transferred to an individual experiencing adversity or great challenge? The clear answer to each of these questions is no.
“As the wise virgins emphasized properly, each of us must ‘buy for ourselves.’ These inspired women were not describing a business transaction; rather, they were emphasizing our individual responsibility to keep our lamp of testimony burning and to obtain an ample supply of the oil of conversion. This precious oil is acquired one drop at a time—‘line upon line [and] precept upon precept’ (2 Nephi 28:30), patiently and persistently” (“Converted unto the Lord,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 109).
President Thomas S. Monson said:
“Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. …
“My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith” (“Be of Good Cheer,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2009, 92).