CFM Devotionals: Week of 12/9/2019

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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 12/9/2019.

Family Home Evening

Song

I Am a Child of God

Lesson

  • Read Revelation 3:20  together and show the picture of Christ knocking on the door.
  • Why do you think that He is knocking?
  • Why couldn’t he just come in?
  • What can you do to let Jesus into your life more often?

Activity

Read some knock-knock jokes together.

Treat

Magical fairy door cupcakes

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week:  Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him,

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

As I Search the Holy Scriptures

Scripture

Bible Dictionary, “John.”

Discussion

  • Who was John?
  • What was special about him?
  • He wrote Revelations while imprisoned on the isle of Patmos.
  • There are many prophecies in this book that may be hard to understand. Look for the symbols and what they mean.

Activity

Go over the primary 8 symbols in the Book of Revelations and act them out.

        • Dragon – Symbolic of Satan (Rev. 12:3, 4, 7, 9, 13, 16, 17; 13:2, 4; 16:13; 20:2)
        • First Beast – Symbolic of the Antichrist (Rev. 13; 14:9-11; 17:3-17; 19:19-21; 20:4, 10)
        • Another Beast – Symbolic of the False Prophet called “another Beast” just once (Rev. 13:11)
        • Seven heads – Seven empires from history that persecuted Israel (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece,
        • Rome, Antichrist Empire of Dan. 2:41-42; 7:7; Rev. 12:3; 13:1; 17:3-16)
        • Ten Horns – Represent a ten-nation confederation that serves the Antichrist (Rev. 17:12-13)
        • Harlot Babylon – Points to a demonically inspired religious and economic system (Rev. 17-18)
        • The Woman – The faithful remnant of Israel through history (Rev. 12)
        • The Male-child – Jesus (Rev. 12).

Journal Entry

Draw a picture of the 8 symbols.

Tuesday

Song

I Lived in Heaven

Scripture

Revelation 12:7-9

Discussion

  • The Book of Revelation contains much of the plan of salvation.
  • Chapter 12 teaches us about the pre-mortal life and war between Satan and those who chose to follow Christ even before we were born.
  • Satan was cast out because of his rebellion.
  • Those who followed him were as well.
  • All of us on the earth chose to follow Christ instead.

Activity

Color and put together the plan of happiness booklet.

Journal Entry

What was it like to live with Heavenly Father before I was born?

Wednesday

Song

Come, Let Us Anew

Scripture

Revelation 2:2, 9, 19

Discussion

  • Jesus Christ knows everything about me.
  • He knows the hard things we are going through, the things that are good and make us happy and those things we should do to improve.
  • How is this helpful to you?
  • What will happen when you try to become better?

Activity

The Good Shepherd secret message

Journal Entry

What does it mean that Jesus is always with me?

Thursday

Song

He Died That We Might Live Again

Scripture

Revelation 5:12-13

Discussion

  • Jesus Christ is the one that made Heavenly Father’s Plan of Happiness for us possible.
  • This happened when He performed the Atonement.
  • We found out that this would happen even before it did.
  • How would you have felt when you learned that your older brother would sacrifice himself so you could be happy forever?

Activity

Fruits on the tree activity

Journal Entry

How does the Atonement bless my life?

Friday

Song

Israel, Israel, God Is Calling

Scripture

Doctrine and Covenants 77:6

Discussion

  • The seven seals in the book of revelation stand for periods of time on the earth.
  • We are currently in the sixth seal.
  • This is when the restoration of the gospel took place and Christ is preparing His people for His second coming.
  • What can you do to prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ?

Activity

I can be ready booklet

Journal Entry

What can I do to prepare for the Second Coming?

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:

Invite the children to share with their families ways they can invite the Savior’s influence into their homes.

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