CFM Devotionals: Week of 12/2/2019

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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 12/2/2019.

Family Home Evening

Song

Love at Home

Lesson

  • Read 1 John 2:8–11 together.
  • Go into a dark room and talk about how when we hate others that we are in a dark room.
  • When we love others it is like we are in the light.
  • What do you all learn from this imagery?
  • Is it easy to walk around? How do you feel when you are angry with someone?

Activity

Play blind man’s bluff.

Treat

Pineapple Sunshine cake

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week:  1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:

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

God Is Love

Scripture

1 John 4:8, 16

Discussion

  • God is compared to light and love in these verses.
  • Why do you think John made that comparison?
  • Where does love come from?
  • What experiences have taught you that God is love?

Activity

Jesus candle craft

Journal Entry

What in my life shows me God’s love?

Tuesday

Song

I’m Trying to Be like Jesus

Scripture

1 John 3:2

Discussion

  • Do you believe that you can become like Christ?
  • He has promised us that we can, through  Christ’s power, become like Him.
  • Learning about Christ teaches us how we can strive to become like Him.
  • He will help us make up the difference when we fall short.

Activity

“Come Follow Me” coloring page

Journal Entry

What is something Jesus did that I can do this week?

Wednesday

Song

A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief (verse 6 & 7)

Scripture

JST, 1 John 4:12

Discussion

  • Has anyone seen God?
  • We know from other scriptures that some very faithful people have seen God the Father. John himself is on this list.
  • The clarification in this verse tells us that only the faithful can see God

Activity

Godhead color by number (you do not need to look up all of the verses – just use the colors after each verse is listed)

Journal Entry

What can I do to be mroe faithful?

Thursday

Song

Keep the Commandments

Scripture

John 16:33

Discussion

  • What do you think it means to overcome the world?
  • Jesus overcame the world, by resisting all temptation and sacrificing Himself for us.
  • How can each of us overcome the world? – We can abandon our worldly desires and focus our desires on God’s commandments.

Activity

Overcome the darkness coloring page

Journal Entry

What worldly desire can I give up this week?

Friday

Song

A Child’s Prayer

Scripture

1 John 3:21–22

Discussion

  • Confidence in a situation is when you feel good about who you are, what you’ve done and what you can do.
  • What does it mean to have confidence in God?
  • What does it mean to have confidence in our ability to receive answers to our prayers?
  • How can you feel more confident with God?

Activity

Trust in God water magic trick

Journal Entry

What can I do to have more trust in God?

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 make a plan to do something to share their light with their families.

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