CFM Devotionals: Week of 10/21/2019

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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 10/21/2019.  Click HERE to get this week’s lessons as a PDF.

Family Home Evening

Song

The Thirteenth Article of Faith

Lesson

  • Read 1 Thessalonians 5:14–25 together.
  • There are a lot of good counsel in these verses.
  • Pick a verse that you want your family to focus on and make some signs with the verse on it.
  • Put it somewhere so you can all see it and remember to do what it says.

Activity

Thirteenth Article of Faith Word Search or Articles of Faith adult coloring pages

Treat

Elephant cake pops (“We believe in being honest, true, chased by an elephant…..”)

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week:  13th Article of Faith

We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

Devotionals

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.

Monday

Song

Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd

Scripture

1 Thessalonians 1:3

Discussion

  • When we teach others the gospel we are to do so with love.
  • If we want to help someone make a right choice, it is important to remember to treat them with kindness and love.
  • How do you feel when someone tells you to do something with a harsh voice?
  • How can you be firm in what you know is right, but still show love?

Activity

Bean Kind activity

Journal Entry

Who is someone that I can show more love to?

Tuesday

Song

Lord, Accept into Thy Kingdom

Scripture

1 Thessalonians 3:13

Discussion

  • What does being Holy mean?
  • It means keeping our hearts and minds filled with good things.
  • It means wanting to do the right thing always.
  • How do we become Holy? We can’t by ourselves. We need Christ and the Holy Ghost to help us become Holy.

Activity

Shield of faith to protect our minds and hearts

Journal Entry

What can I do this week to be more holy?

Wednesday

Song

When He Comes Again

Scripture

1 Thessalonians 5:1–10

Discussion

  • Christ will come again.
  • How will he come? Paul wrote some metaphors about what it will be like.
  • When will he come? Who knows?
  • We need to be prepared for it.

Activity

Second Coming Preparation Booklet

Journal Entry

How can I prepare for the Second Coming?

Thursday

Song

Come, Come, Ye Saints

Scripture

1 Thessalonians 4:16–18

Discussion

  • The Second Coming will be a happy day for those who are righteous.
  • It will not be happy for those who are wicked.
  • What can you do today to prepare for the day that He comes again?
  • How can you ‘watch’ for that day?

Activity

Second Coming craft with cup (about halfway down the post)

Journal Entry

What is a sign of the Second Coming that I can look for?

Friday

Song

The Spirit of God

Scripture

2 Thessalonians 2:1–4

Discussion

  • Paul taught that there would be an apostasy, or a ‘falling away’ from the truth.
  • The prophets and apostles were killed along with many saints and the gospel was twisted and changed. Many truths were lost.
  • We can tell for ourselves what truth is really true by asking God about it.
  • The gospel was restored again in its fullness in preparation for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Activity

Build the restored church

Journal Entry

How can I know that which is the true church of Jesus Christ?

Sunday

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?

Primary Assignment:

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 tell a family member or friend one reason they are grateful we have the gospel on the earth today (this week’s activity page can help them remember).

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