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Family Home Evening
- Read Ephesians 2:12–19 together.
- Christ’s gospel is meant to being people of varying backgrounds and lives together under a common belief.
- It breaks down barriers between us.
- What kinds of things keep us separated from others today?
- How can the gospel help?
- How has Christ broken down the wall between us and God?
Have all family members sit around the room and build walls (with pillows or blocks) between everyone. Break them all down.
Rainbow jello. The dessert is so much better with all of the flavors combining together.
Scripture of the Week
Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: Ephesians 4:31
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you.
Remember that these are guidelines for you to use! Don’t feel as though you have to use every single question, journal entry, or activity. Make sure you look at the activity in advance so you can gather any materials they may require.
Here is a general outline for each devotional:
- Start by singing the song together and saying a prayer
- Read the scripture together, and then have a discussion about it using the questions/comments provided
- Take a few minutes to trace the journal entry question and draw a picture of the answer
- To get the full-size journal entry, just click on the picture and print
- Have fun together with the activity!
Modifications for older children:
- Explore the footnotes for each of the scriptures listed
- Ask additional discussion questions found in the Personal Study section of Come, Follow Me – For Individuals and Families
- Instead of printing the journal entry and answering it with a drawing, create a study journal (a simple spiral notebook will work) to answer the question with a few sentences or paragraphs, depending on the child’s age.
- When Paul talks about Predestination, he does not mean that every person was chosen to be saved or not. That is dependent on the choices each person makes.
- Heavenly Father loves all his children.
- Some people were chosen to fulfill certain roles (prophets, missionaries, etc.) This is what Paul was referring to.
- The dispensation of the Fullness of Times is right now.
- The Restored Gospel is everything brought back together in Christ.
- Why do you think this is important?
- What could happen if the gospel was not complete in one?
Follow the Prophet (last verse)
- What is the importance of prophets and apostles?
- Why do you think Jesus set up a church with prophets and apostles as the foundation?
- What would happen if you took them away?
Use paper cups upside down to build a pyramid with the prophets and apostles on the bottom. What happens to the Church when they are pulled out? (see image)
- Paul gave some counsel on how to have a strong marriage/family.
- Some of it is more aligned with the time he lived, but some of it is very valuable.
- Husbands should love and respect their wives and wives should love and respect their husbands.
- Counsel in our day how to have a strong family is found in the prophet’s words in the family proclamation.
- Paul compared preparing spiritually like putting on the ‘armour of God.’
- What do some of the pieces mean?
- Which is your favorite?
- Can you remember to do that every day, just like you would put on armour every time you go to fight a battle?
Use Sundays for a time of reflection; share what you discussed that day in each of your classes. Did you learn anything new or hear a different perspective about what you studied this week?
If you went to a class that did not use the Come, Follow Me Manual, then share what stood out to you the most in your class.
Take a few minutes to talk about what parts of Sacrament Meeting you felt like were meant for you.
Discuss the sacrament, including some of the following questions:
- What did you think about while the sacrament was being passed? How did you focus on the Savior during that time?
- Which baptismal covenants are you focused on improving during the week?
- What can you do during the upcoming week to help you prepare to partake of the sacrament in the following week?
Consider reading the following quote by Elder David B. Haight from his talk The Sacrament from April 1983.:
The weekly opportunity of partaking of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is one of the most sacred ordinances of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is further indication of His love for all of us. Associated with the partaking of the sacrament are principles that are fundamental to man’s advancement and exaltation in the kingdom of God and the shaping of one’s spiritual character. We should reflect in our own weekday conduct the spiritual renewal and commitments made on Sunday. We may fail to recognize the deep spiritual significance this ordinance offers to each of us personally. Is it possible that a casual attitude on our part of routine formality of this sacred occasion might deaden our opportunity for spiritual growth?
The Come, Follow Me – For Primary manual contains a section in each week’s lesson entitled “Encourage Learning at Home.” Here is this week’s invitation:
Invite the children to be watching this week for someone who might feel like a stranger. Challenge them to do something to reach out to that person.