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Family Home Evening
- Read Matthew 5:14–16.
- What does it mean to be a light in the world?
- What can you do to let your light shine?
- Where does the light come from?
- What do you do that hides your light?
- Look outside and talk about all of the sources of light. What would happen if all the lights turned off?
- What about if 1 light turned on?
- Even if everyone is not choosing the right, what impact does us choosing the right have?
Make shadow puppets. Guess what each other’s are.
Cupcakes with birthday candles.
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.
- These are called the “beatitudes” which means “to be happy”
- What does “blessed” mean? Does it mean you will get lots of blessings? No.
- It means you will be happy.
- What kinds of things make you happy?
- What things make you happy for a little bit? Are those good things to try to get?
- Why do we cook with salt?
- It helps bring out the natural flavors.
- Salt can purify and help things last longer.
- What would happen if a little bit of pepper got mixed in with the salt and we made cookies with it?
- Why should we keep ourselves clean?
Taste test different salted/unsalted foods (pretzels, popcorn, peanuts, and other snacks).
- We should make right choices.
- We should also think about good things. Thinking about bad things is also sin.
- What can you do if a bad thought comes into your mind?
Memorize a simple hymn, scripture, or Article of Faith together.
- It is easy to be nice to people that are nice to us.
- What about the people that are not nice to us? How do we treat them?
- What did Jesus say about this?
- There are different levels of righteousness. We should always try to be even better.
- What does perfect mean? Complete.
- Can we be perfect in this life? No.
- Do you ever feel frustrated that you can do everything right or when you make a mistake.
- But we can continue in patience. D&C 67:13
- Perfection comes after we are resurrected if we have followed the commandments.
Practice drawing perfect circles.
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?
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:
Challenge the children to watch for someone being a peacemaker this week. At the beginning of next week’s class, invite them to talk about who and what they saw.