Come, Follow Me


Lengthen Your Stride

Reinforces this week’s “Come Follow Me” study: Romans 7-16
“Overcome Evil with Good”


Romans 12:1-2

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”


I Will Be Valiant, Children’s Songbook page 162


Paul continues his letter to the Romans. He teaches them that through faith in Jesus Christ, they can receive the blessings of the family of Abraham the Lord promised to Israel. He gives them encouragement and reminds them that God loves them (Romans 8:38-39). Toward the end of his letter, Paul teaches the Romans the way they should live as followers of Jesus Christ. He encourages them to overcome evil with good to become better saints.

The prophet and apostles in our day also teach us the things we should do as followers of Jesus Christ. Many of the things we are taught are the same things Paul taught; to be kind and forgiving, to help and serve one another, to be honest, to study the scriptures, and to have faith and hope in Jesus Christ. By doing these things, we find strength to “overcome evil with good”. 

Let us try to lengthen our stride and try a little harder to be a little better each day, so we can become better followers of Jesus Christ.


“We have the gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel of peace, the gospel of joy. We have truths that can make any person better and more fulfilled, any marriage happier and sweeter, any home more heavenly….Yes, it is to ourselves, our homes, our quorums, our classes, our Church assignments that we must carry more energetically those things that we have received….We must lengthen our stride and must do it now.” Spencer W. Kimball


  • How can we overcome evil with good?

  • How does knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God help us? (Romans 8:38-39)

  • What does it mean to “lengthen our stride” as President Kimball taught?

  • What are some things we can do to be better followers of Jesus Christ? 

Activity idea:

Lengthening Your Stride

Demonstrate how we can each lengthen our stride physically, and then discuss how we can lengthen our stride spiritually.

Treat idea:

"Lengthen Your Stride" Butter Cookies

Make these yummy butter cookies and let family members decorate them as shoes to remind us to lengthen our stride to be better followers of Jesus Christ.

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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