CFM Devotionals: Week of 12/30/2019

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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 12/30/2019.

Family Home Evening

Song

Book of Mormon Stories

Scripture

Introduction to the Book of Mormon

Lesson

    • Build or draw an arch.
    • Identify the keystone as the stone in the very middle/top position.
    • The keystone locks in all the other stones in the arch. Similarly, the Book of Mormon locks in all the other parts of the Gospel.
    • It has pure truth that reinforces truths that are found in the bible and clarifies some of them that have been lost.
    • If the Book of Mormon is true, then much of the other truths of the gospel must be true as well.
    • How can the Book of Mormon be the keystone of your faith?

Activity

Play London Bridge is falling down.

Treat

Book of Mormon rice krispie treats

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week (from the introduction to the Book of Mormon):

The Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”

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
  • Copy the journal entries into a spiral notebook.  The child or the parent can write the question at the top, then the child can write or draw an answer.
  • 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

Book of Mormon Stories

Scripture

Title page of the Book of Mormon

Discussion

    • List some of the purposes of the Book of Mormon.
    • Why do you think some of these might be important to you?
    • Which purposes would you want to apply in your life this year?

Activity

Keystone puzzle

Journal Entry

What are some of the purposes of the Book of Mormon?

Tuesday

Song

I Lived in Heaven

Scripture

Introduction to the Book of Mormon

Discussion

    • The Book of Mormon outlines much of God’s Plan of Salvation.
    • What parts of the plan are you most interested in learning more about?
    • The plan is also called the plan of happiness (among other things) what does this tell you about the plan?

Activity

Plan of Salvation puzzle

Journal Entry

What is my favorite part of the Plan of Salvation?

Wednesday

Song

Testimony

Scripture

The Testimony of Three Witnesses, The Testimony of Eight Witnesses

Discussion

    • There were several people in addition to Joseph Smith that were able to see and even touch the plates of gold that contained the original writings of the Book of Mormon.
    • We don’t get to see them though. How can we know that they are true?
    • How does learning about the experiences that these people had strengthen your own testimony of the Book of Mormon?

Activity

Joseph Smith receives the gold plates coloring page

Journal Entry

What can I do to gain a stronger testimony of the Book of Mormon?

Thursday

Song

An Angel from on High

Scripture

The Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith

Discussion

    • What do you know about how the Book of Mormon came to be?
    • What did you learn today from reading Joseph Smith’s account of what happened?
    • What do you think about it? Do you believe it? What questions do you have?

Activity

Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon coloring page

Journal Entry

What do I like most about the Joseph Smith story?

Friday

Song

The Morning Breaks

Scripture

Book of Mormon Translation

Discussion

    • One of Joseph Smith’s greatest accomplishments was translating the Book of Mormon.
    • He was only able to do this by the power and gift of God.
    • Joseph Smith recited the translation to a scribe who then wrote it down.  The Book of Mormon has since been translated into many other languages so everyone in the world can read it.
    • Why is important to know how we got the Book of Mormon?

Activity

The Book of Mormon translation maze

Journal Entry

What are some of my gifts from Heavenly Father?

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.

Here are some activities that go along with this week’s topic:

    • Write down your testimonies and place them in copies of the Book of Mormon to give to someone specific
    • Start a journal where you will write verses from this year’s study tahat focus on faith
    • Make bookmarks to go with each child’s own copy of the Book of Mormon
    • Watch How We Got the Book of Mormon on YouTube
    • Put together the Book of Mormon reading feast to mark off reading the Book of Mormon in one year

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:

If possible, ensure that each child has a copy of the Book of Mormon, and invite them to start reading it on their own and with their families.

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