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Family Home Evening
- Improving Personal Prayers
- Read Luke 11:1
- Jesus’ disciples wanted to know how to pray.
- Read Matthew 6:5–13
- What kinds of things did Jesus pray for?
- What kinds of things do you pray for?
- What kind of help do you need?
- What kind of things are outside your control?
- What kinds of things do you need help making decisions with?
- Have some practice Prayers.
Make a list of all the things you are thankful for. Cut the list into pieces and put in a jar. Every day each child picks one out and says thank you for that blessing in all their prayers.
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.
- Read the scripture above
- Will treasures in heaven be real gold and silver or jewels? No, instead if will be happiness and joy in living with Heavenly Father and Jesus and our families for eternity.
- Watch this video of the Sermon on the Mount. Periodically stop and discuss what Jesus says we can do to lay up treasure in heaven
Treasures in heaven ice cubes. (Note: you will need to make these ice cubes a few days in advance of this devotional. If you forgot, just do this one on Friday instead!)
- Outline the four parts of prayer:
- Address Heavenly Father
- Thank Him for blessings
- Ask Him for needs
- Close in the name of Jesus Christ
- Explain that prayer can be a conversation. Just like we’re ask our family members what they did that day, prayer is a way of telling Heavenly Father about our day.
- Each morning, we tell Him what we will do and ask for His help.
- Each evening, we tell Him how our day was, thank Him for His help, and ask for any forgiveness or blessings needed.
- Read verse 7 and discuss what “vain repetitions” means (that we should have sincere prayers, not just repeating the same words over and over)
- Read verse 8-13 together. This is an example from Jesus of a good prayer.
- As you read, pause after each sentence and ask what you can learn about prayer from what Jesus did
Make a prayer jar
Fill out the printable prayer journal pages
Matthew 7:1-5 JST
- When you go to the grocery store to buy apples or other fruit, do you just grab the closest fruit? No, you look at them to make sure they aren’t rotten or that there are no bruises or damage.
- The “fruits” of a person are the things that come from – how do they act to others? What words do they use?
- We can be fruit inspectors. There will be some people we meet who aren’t good friends to us – maybe they’re mean to us or others. We can’t judge them (and say they won’t go to the Celestial Kingdom), but we can be fruit inspectors and see if they will be good friends by looking at their “fruits”
- Even if they have bad fruits, that doesn’t mean we should be mean to them. That is judging unrighteously. Sometimes when others aren’t nice to us, it is because they are feeling sad. If we just get mad at them, it doesn’t help. Try thinking about how others are feeling.
Matthew 7:21-23 JST
- When we meet someone knew, how do we get to know them better? By doing things together, like playing! We learn about them.
- I come to know Jesus Christ by doing His will – I follow His example and doing His commandments. It is our choice to get to know Jesus better. We do that by doing what he wants.
Know who Jesus is coloring page
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:
Invite the children to share with their families their favorite teaching from the Sermon on the Mount.