CFM Devotionals: Week of 2/4/2019

by Phillip Thomas

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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 2/4/2019.  Click HERE to get this week’s lessons as a PDF

Family Home Evening


Because I Have Been Given Much


  • Read Matthew 4:1–2Luke 4:1–2
  •  Fasting
    • What is fasting?
    • What are fast offerings?
    • Jesus fasted for 40 days. Why did he do that?
    • What can we fast for?
    • Fasting means giving up something that our body wants to make our spirit stronger. What could you give up to make your spirit strong? Can we do it together as a family?


Kids and marshmallow experiment.


A sweet bread


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.



Reverence Is Love


Matthew 4:1


  • Jesus went into the wilderness to be with God.
  • Where can you feel close to God?
  • Do you ever sit very still and think about him? You can do this in your own house/room.


Jesus in the Wilderness spot the difference page

Journal Entry



I’m Trying to Be like Jesus


Hebrews 2:18


  • Temptation
    • What does temptation mean?  Remind kids of the marshmallow experiment from FHE.
    • If we feel like we want to do something bad, is that bad?
    • We should try to recognize when we are tempted to make a wrong choice so we can change what we want to do.
    • Jesus never did anything wrong, why was he tempted?


Pepper and dish soap science experiment

Journal Entry



Nephi’s Courage


Matthew 4:1–11


  • Temptation of Christ
    • What did Satan tempt Jesus to do?
    • What does Satan tempt you to do?
    • How did Jesus resist the temptations?
    • What can you do now, before the temptation comes, to help you make the right choice when you are tempted?


Satan Tempts Jesus coloring page

Journal Entry



Tell Me the Stories of Jesus


Luke 4:18–19


  • What was Jesus’ mission?
  • What does the word Messiah mean? (Anointed One) – Refers to being anointed to be king.
  • Watch this video
    • Why do you think some people didn’t like him saying who he was?
    • Do you stand up for what’s right, even if it makes others angry?


Crown maze

Journal Entry



Come, Follow Me


Matthew 4:19-20


  • What does it mean to be a fisher of men?
  • What did the apostles do when Christ invited them to leave and follow him? (They were at work.)
  • How do Jesus ask you to follow him? Do you have to give anything up?


Pipe cleaner and bead fish

Journal Entry


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 what they learned about being fishers of men.

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