CFM Devotionals: Week of 12/16/2019

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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 12/16/2019.

Family Home Evening

Song

Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful

Lesson

  • Read Luke 2:1–20 together and then put on a nativity play.
  • What is your favorite part of Christ’s birth? Why?

Activity

Go caroling. You can just sing Christmas songs together as a family as well.

Treat

Crockpot hot chocolate

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week:  Luke 2:7

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

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

Christmas Bells

Scripture

John 17:5

Discussion

  • What do you know about Jesus Christ before He was born?
  • He was Jevhovah, creator of the earth and God to the people of the old testament.
  • What does it mean to you that he was born just like we were? In even more humble circumstances?
  • Think about this the next time you learn about His birth.

Activity

Nativity Egg Carton

Journal Entry

Draw a picture of Jesus being born.

Tuesday

Song

Silent Night

Scripture

Luke 4:16–21

Discussion

  • Why did Christ come to earth?  To perform the Atonement.
  • He also came to show us the way we should live and to teach and rescue.
  • How is our mission different than His?
  • What can we learn from Christ’s purpose on the earth?

Activity

Doctrine of Christ puzzle

Journal Entry

What is one thing I can do this week to follow Jesus’s example?

Wednesday

Song

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Scripture

2 Corinthians 8:9

Discussion

  • Watch this nativity video together. (The Nativity by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

  • Discuss what you feel as you watch it.

Activity

Christmas Finger Puzzle

Journal Entry

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Thursday

Song

Picture a Christmas

Scripture

1 Corinthians 15:21–26

Discussion

  • Christ’s birth and the events surrounding it were miraculous.
  • However, that was not what made it special. It was special because of what Christ would do.
  • His mission was to perform the Atonement so that we could overcome death as well.
  • Christ made it possible for all of us to have Eternal Life.
  • How does that change how you think about Christmas?

Activity

Jesus’s life in letters

Journal Entry

What is my favorite story about Jesus’s life?

Friday

Song

Joy to the World

Scripture

Colossians 1:12–22

Discussion

  • This scripture contains many of the things Jesus did for us.
  • What has the Lord done for you?
  • How has this blessed your life?

Activity

Blessings Craft Sticks (third activity in the list, does not need to be Thanksgiving-themed)

Journal Entry

What are some of my blessings from Jesus?

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:

Encourage the children to find at least one way to serve someone else or come closer to Jesus Christ this Christmas.

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