CFM Devotionals: Week of 12/23/2019

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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 12/23/2019.

Family Home Evening

Song

Before I Take the Sacrament

Lesson

Activity

Place names of scripture heroes on your foreheads and try to guess which one you have using clues from other people.

Treat

Sweet surprise pull-apart bread

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week:  Revelation 21:4

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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

We’ll Bring the World His Truth

Scripture

Revelation 12:7–11

Discussion

  • We don’t know very much about the War in Heaven.
  • From these verses, what do you think it would have been like?
  • That war continues today on earth.
  • What does this teach us about how we can overcome Satan?

Activity

Armor of God word search

Journal Entry

What can you do to protect yourself from Satan’s attacks?

Tuesday

Song

An Angel from on High

Scripture

Revelation 14:6–7

Discussion

  • A fulfillment of this prophecy was the angel Moroni showing Joseph Smith where the Book of Mormon was hidden.
  • Through that book, the everlasting gospel is being spread throughout the world.

Activity

Angel Moroni coloring page

Journal Entry

Who can you share the Book of Mormon with?

Wednesday

Song

Ye Elders of Israel

Scripture

Revelation 18:4

Discussion

  • When we are commanded to flee Babylon, that means we leave the world behind and all the bad things in it.
  • What are some things in the world today that we need to leave behind?
  • What are some things in your life that are keeping you in the world and away from Heavenly Father?

Activity

Make your own magazine, video, etc. that is wholesome.

Journal Entry

How can I know if something is in the world that needs to be left behind?

Thursday

Song

I Will Follow God’s Plan

Scripture

Revelation 20:12–15

Discussion

  • We will be judged out of the book of life. This is meant to represent all the things we did in life.
  • If someone was to write a book about you, what you want written in it?
  • If you knew someone was recording everything you did, would you live your life differently?
  • What are some things you would change?

Activity

Get a simple spiral notebook and decorate the cover to make each child their own journal that they can record.

Journal Entry

(see activity)

Friday

Song

The Seventh Article of Faith

Scripture

Revelation 22:18–19

Discussion

  • Sometimes this verse can be confusing. Does it mean that there is not any more scripture?
  • It does not. John was saying that no one should change his revelations as they were written.
  • God did reveal more scripture (some of the bible was written after John’s book of revelation) including the Book of Mormon and modern day revelation.

Activity

Coloring page to keep track of reading the scriptures every day.

Journal Entry

What do I remember from General Conference that is modern revelation?

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:

Help the children prepare to read the Book of Mormon next year by inviting them to ask a family member or friend to share a favorite verse or story from the Book of Mormon.

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