Come, Follow Me


Kindness Begins With Me

Reinforces this week’s “Come Follow Me” study: Galations
“Walk in the Spirit”


Galations 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is lovejoypeacelongsufferinggentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meeknesstemperance: against such there is no law.


Kindness Begins With Me p. 145b


The Galatians, like the Corinthians, were confused about how they should live the gospel. Many thought they should live the law of Moses. Paul wrote a letter to teach them how they should follow Jesus Christ. 

He compared the results of living like Jesus Christ to the fruit of a tree. He taught us that we should “walk in the Spirit”, and that if we do, we will receive the “fruit of the Spirit”. He taught that the fruit of the Spirit includes being good, faithful, kind, meek, loving and we would feel love, joy, and peace. 

In our lesson today, we’re focusing on being kind. How does being kind help us to “walk in the Spirit”? 


“Let each of us be ministers of loving kindness to those who will need us so much. If we will impart of our substance even though it may be but the widow’s mite, we will obtain from him who lives on high the blessings we need in our day here upon the earth. …The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of giving, not only of our substance but of ourselves.” George Albert Smith


What are some of the fruits of the Spirit? (Love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, faith, etc.)

Is kindness a fruit of the Spirit? (Yes)

How can we cultivate (help to grow) kindness? (Discuss ideas.)

Who should we show kindness to? (Discuss ideas.)

Why does being kind make the world a better place? (Discuss ideas.)


The Unruly Man

Hannah clung to Mother’s hand as they walked towards the temple. She was frightened by the people who were
waving protest signs and shouting. Hannah buried her face in Mother’s coat when a scary looking man with a long unkempt beard approached and handed Mother an Anti-Book of Mormon pamphlet.

“Thank you for your concern,” Mother said to the man, “But, I’ve prayed about The Book of Mormon and the Holy Ghost told me it is true. Have you read it?” Mother asked in a kind voice.

“I ain’t going to read a false book filled with lies,” The grumpy man spouted.

“If you change your mind the missionaries in the Visitors’ Center will give you a copy,” Mother responded with a kind voice. “It’s a wonderful book!”

Hannah peaked out from behind Mother’s coat. The man’s face had changed. Instead of looking mean and ornery, he looked forlorn and confused.

Mother reached out shook the man’s grimy hand. “God bless you,” she said, “I hope you change your mind and read The Book of Mormon someday. I promise you it will change your life and bring your closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ,” she added before leading Hannah away through the crowd.

After arriving at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building they slipped into the rest room. Hannah looked at Mother as she washed and dried her hands.

“I didn’t like that man. He was mean. Why did you talk to him and shake his dirty hand?” she asked in disgust.

“Hands can be cleaned,” Mother said, holding her hands up and turning them back and forth for Hannah to see.

Mother took Hannah by the hand and led her out the door and into the grand lobby where they found a bench to sit on and talk.

“Hannah, I know we’ve discussed how you shouldn’t talk to strangers and I could have ignored him, but the spirit whispered to me that we were safe and if I was kind I could help soften that man’s heart. Do you understand?”

While Hannah thought about Mother being kind to the unruly man the spirit whispered the words of a song to her. Smiling at Mother, Hannah nodded, “Yes,” and then quietly sang, “I want to be kind to everyone, For that is right, you see. So I say to myself, ‘Remember this; Kindness begins with me.’”

By Margie Nauta Lee

Activity idea:

Kindness Begins With Me

This cute STORY ACTIVITY about animal friends who say, “kindness begins with me,” and then act upon it, will help your little ones better understand that when we are kind to others we are showing kindness to Heavenly Father and Jesus.

Treat idea:

Kindness "Boomerang" Cookies

“Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.” ~Author Unknown

Children love rolling these delightful BUTTERY COOKIES into the shape of boomerangs as a reminder that if they are kind to others-others will be kind to them. So yummy, too! Like a boomerang, your family will keep coming back for more!

These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.

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