CFM Devotionals: Week of 12/31/2018

by Phillip Thomas
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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 12/31/2018.  Click HERE to get this week’s lessons as a PDF

Family Home Evening

Song

Faith, Children’s Hymbook

Lesson

  • Jesus taught that we need to be ready to listen to the gospel and receive it when we hear it.
  • Read Mathew 13:3-8 (different types of ground where the seeds fall.)
  • Matthew 13:23 Good ground is those who hear the gospel, understand it and do good works.

Activity

Go outside. Throw some seeds and see where it lands. Talk about how they think the seeds will grow in different ground.

Treat

Dirt cake

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

Come Follow Me

Scripture

Matthew 19:16-22

Discussion

  • What did the rich young ruler want to know?  What was Jesus’s answer?
  • Does this mean we have to give up all of our money?  What kinds of things does God ask us to give up to follow Him?

Activity

Coloring page

Journal Entry

 

Tuesday

Song

Teach Me to Walk in the Light

Scripture

John 7:17

Discussion

  • I am responsible for my own learning
  • Listen and then go try it.
  • How do you learn a new game? Are you excited to go play it? Can you be be excited to try something new in the gospel? (Like being nice to someone or inviting someone to church)

Activity

Play Simon Says

Journal Entry

 

Wednesday

Song

I Want to Be a Missionary Now

Scripture

Matthew 25:1–13

Discussion

  • What is a testimony? Why do I need one?
  • Story of the 5 wise virgins and the wedding. The oil was their testimony. Those who didn’t have a testimony could go to the wedding. When things are hard if we don’t have a testimony we will miss out on blessings.

Activity

Make oil lamp

Journal Entry

 

Thursday

Song

Search, Ponder, and Pray

Scripture

Luke 11:9–13

Discussion

  • I need to know the truth for myself – what I need to do to gain my own testimony.
  • Where does your testimony come from?

Activity

Testimony flowers

Journal Entry

 

Friday

Song

Teacher, Do you Love Me?

Scripture

Alma 5:45–46

Discussion

  • What should I do when I have questions?
  • Does Heavenly Father always tell us the answer right away?
  • Having a question is like trying to put together a puzzle. God knows everything, but he won’t put the puzzle together for us.  He will, however, give us a picture of what it should look like to help us along the way.

Activity

Put together a puzzle.

Journal Entry

 

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:

How can you encourage children and their parents to learn from the New Testament at home? For example, you could encourage the children to memorize one of the scriptures you discussed in class (it might help to break the scripture into short phrases) and share the verse with their families.

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28 comments

Erin Inglet December 12, 2018 - 10:52 pm

Thank you for your efforts! I appreciate all of the time that you put into this to help guide others who are a little disorganized.

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Tiffany December 30, 2018 - 8:19 pm

Thank you so much for your kind words!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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Amy Christean December 30, 2018 - 11:46 pm

Thank you! This is amazing! The link for the coloring page doesn’t work, but everything else seems to!
Thank you for all your time and effort!!

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Tiffany December 31, 2018 - 6:01 am

Shoot, thanks for pointing that out!! It’s been updated with a new link!

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Katie December 30, 2018 - 11:52 pm

Yes! I love what you’ve done here. Please continue. This will help many!

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Tiffany December 31, 2018 - 6:02 am

Thank you, we’re almost done with all of January’s! Just a few final touches that will be done this week.

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Trish Freeman December 31, 2018 - 12:01 pm

Wonderfully simplistic and completely full of active learning opportunities! I love your site and will be recommending it to all our friends with young children! Keep up the good work and know your talents will be strengthening many homes and families this year. Mine included. ❤️

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Tiffany December 31, 2018 - 12:20 pm

Thank you so much for you incredibly kind words!

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Hannah January 1, 2019 - 9:51 am

This is exactly what I have been wanting for my family. Please keep up the good work. I have 4 kids 6 and under and this is a perfect way to help them learn. I am going to print off the journal entry for my kids and let them write it or draw a picture. I am so excited to have found this site! Thank you!!!!!

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Tiffany January 1, 2019 - 2:52 pm

You’re welcome!! Our kids are 5 and 2 – I can’t imagine 4 at this age range!

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Jaclyn Landon January 1, 2019 - 10:34 am

Thank you! Is there a way to download the entire weeks worth of Journal entries in one link?

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Tiffany January 1, 2019 - 2:54 pm

Like in a PDF? We can work on that! The problem is that we won’t have the activities themselves in the PDF since we get them from other websites.

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Tiffany January 1, 2019 - 3:10 pm

We’ve got a PDF up now for this week! Just click on the picture at the top of the post to download it!

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Breanne Weber January 1, 2019 - 3:50 pm

Thank you!

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Tiffany January 1, 2019 - 4:00 pm

You’re welcome!

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Breanne January 1, 2019 - 2:32 pm

This is great! Is there a way to print these off? in a PDF form?

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Tiffany January 1, 2019 - 2:54 pm

We will work on that! The problem is that we won’t have the activities themselves in the PDF since we get them from other websites. But we can put the link in them.

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Tiffany January 1, 2019 - 3:11 pm

We’ve got a PDF up now for this week! Just click on the picture at the top of the post to download it!

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Marcy January 2, 2019 - 4:21 pm

Thank you so much for doing this!!! I really appreciate the PDF that you’ve put together too!!! This is amazing!!!

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Tiffany January 2, 2019 - 4:59 pm

You’re welcome!! Thanks so much for your kind words – we’re glad this is helpful!

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Cherish January 2, 2019 - 8:14 pm

This is such a great resource that allows me to easily digest the lesson throughout the week with my young children. You’re awesome for putting this together and more importantly for sharing it. Thank you!

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Tiffany January 2, 2019 - 8:23 pm

You’re welcome!! I’m so glad it’s been useful for you!

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Traci January 3, 2019 - 3:52 pm

Thank you so much for all the work you have and are putting into this. It has brought such a great spirit into our home this week and the kids have enjoyed this so much! You are blessing so many families!

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Tiffany January 3, 2019 - 7:23 pm

That is so wonderful to hear! I’m so glad it went well!

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April January 5, 2019 - 10:52 pm

Thanks for putting together this website. I love how it’s put together. We have enjoyed using this resource for our family.

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Tiffany January 6, 2019 - 4:35 pm

You’re welcome! I’m so glad it was useful for you!!!

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Becky January 6, 2019 - 3:18 pm

We completed the 1st week using your suggestions. It was great to break it up into smaller chunks as part of our morning devotional. We hadn’t had a morning devotional for at least a year. It gives us more opportunities to be together each day. I chose to do it during or just before breakfast. I think it helped with kids’ attention span- at least for the 2 primary aged kids. We have 4 YM who probably could have studied it all in one setting. Still, I like the “here a little, there a little” approach to learning.

We are still studying the Book of Mormon in the evening before bed.

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Tiffany January 6, 2019 - 4:36 pm

That’s wonderful!! Before breakfast is a great idea!

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