CFM Devotionals: Week of 11/18/2019

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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 11/18/2019.

Family Home Evening

Song

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

Lesson

  • Take turns reading verses from Joseph Smith—History 1:8–13.
  • What impact did the scripture in James 1:5 have on Joseph?
  • Why was that important to him?
  • Share your testimonies about revelation and about the prophet Joseph Smith.

Activity

Draw pictures of what you imagine the First Vision was like.

Treat

Golden Plates rice krispie treats

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week:  James 1:5

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

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

Jesus Once Was a Little Child

Scripture

Galatians 1:19

Discussion

  • James was generally believed to be the son of Mary or Jesus’s half brother.
  • He was also an apostle.
  • What do you think it would be like to be the younger brother of Jesus?  Do you get compared to other people?

Activity

Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”  Draw a picture of what this might mean.

Journal Entry

What are talents that you have?

Tuesday

Song

More Holiness Give Me

Scripture

James 1:2–4

Discussion

  • What is patience?
  • Why is it hard to have patience?
  • How did James say we can become more patient?

Activity

Patience crossword puzzle

Journal Entry

What can I do this week to increase in patience?

Wednesday

Song

Nephi’s Courage

Scripture

James 1:22

Discussion

  • We can have faith in Christ by believing and trusting in Him.
  • Faith also requires action.
  • How can you be a better doer of the word?
  • Can you think of any scripture stories where there was a good doer?

Activity

Faith is like a seed action poem (3rd page)

Journal Entry

What can I do this week to show my faith?

Thursday

Song

Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words

Scripture

James 1:26

Discussion

  • If you believe in Christ but treat others poorly that belief does you no good.
  • What are some ways that you can use your voice to treat others kindly instead of hurting them?
  • Do you need to improve in this commandment?
  • What impact do the words we use have on other people?

Activity

Miles of Smiles

Journal Entry

Who can you treat more kindly this week?  How?

Friday

Song

Love One Another

Scripture

James 2:1–9

Discussion

  • Jesus commanded us to love everyone.
  • Some people may be easier for us to love than others.
  • Are there any people that you have a hard time showing love for?
  • What can you do to change your heart and have/show love towards them?

Activity

Kindness catcher

Journal Entry

Who is someone that needs to be shown more love?

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 pray to Heavenly Father with a question or try to be more patient during the coming week. Ask them to share their experience in the next class.

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