CFM Devotionals: Week of 11/25/2019

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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 11/25/2019.

Family Home Evening

Song

The Wise Man and the Foolish Man

Lesson

  • Read 1 Peter 2:5–10 together.
  • How is Jesus Christ like a cornerstone? – All other stones are measured from it. It keeps the building square and straight that way.
  • How are we like the rest of the stones in a building?
  • What about the disobedient stones?
  • What other symbols of stones can you think of?

Activity

Build a fort out of blocks together. What happens if you start with a good square block, what if you start with one that isn’t square? (triangle, circle, etc)

Treat

Rocky road ice cream.

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week:  1 Peter 4:6

For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead.

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

How Firm a Foundation

Scripture

1 Peter 1:3–9

Discussion

  • Did you know that one of the greatest gifts Heavenly Father gives us are our trials?
  • Peter says that they are even more valuable than gold.
  • Why do you think that is?
  • Do you learn things when you have trials?
  • What can you do to appreciate them more?

Activity

Trials of faith object lesson with marshmallows (watch video explanation on your own, then do your own version with your kids)

Journal Entry

What is a trial I have right now?  How can it make me stronger?

Tuesday

Song

We Are All Enlisted

Scripture

1 Peter 3:14–17

Discussion

  • We can find joy even when we have trials or hard things.
  • When we focus on Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation, the trials don’t seem so bad.
  • What can you do to have more joy during hard times?

Activity

Have each person in your family draw a smiling face on a piece of paper. Put the face near the mirror you look in most often. There are many ways to smile. Look in the mirror and try smiling with only your eyes, then try smiling with your lips closed. Smile with your teeth showing, and then with your mouth open. Keep the picture by the mirror all week as a reminder to smile.

Journal Entry

What can I do to be happy during my hard times?

Wednesday

Song

I Love to See the Temple

Scripture

1 Peter 3:18–20

Discussion

  • After Jesus died, where did He go?
  • Why did the spirits need to be taught?
  • We can help our ancestors receive baptism and other ordinances by doing family history and going to the temple.
  • This is one of the ways that the gospel helps us understand that God is just and loves all His children.

Activity

Family tree

Journal Entry

Who is in my family?

Thursday

Song

I’m Trying to Be like Jesus

Scripture

2 Peter 1:1–11

Discussion

  • Jesus Christ was perfect and we are not.
  • It isn’t easy to become like Him, but as we learn and try to develop His characteristics, we will grow in likeness of Him.
  • One attribute helps us develop another and so forth.
  • We have to do our part and Christ will help us get the rest of the way.

Activity

Jesus was perfect booklet

Journal Entry

What is something Jesus did perfectly that I can work on this week?

Friday

Song

Sweet Is the Work

Scripture

1 Peter 4:13

Discussion

  • How has the gospel brought you great joy?
  • How can you share that joy with others?
  • How is this joy different than when you just do something fun?

Activity

Key to happiness

Journal Entry

Who can I share my joy with this week?  How?

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 share their family tree with their family members and ask them for help adding names to it.

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