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Family Home Evening
- Parables. What is a parable?
- Read several from chapter Matthew 13.
- Write down several simple principles of the gospel on small papers (prayer, forgiveness, share the gospel) and put them in a jar.
- Have each family member pick one out and think of a parable or analogy for that principle.
- Color a picture of the analogy that they picked, or their favorite one from the scriptures.
- Owlegories is a short (15 minutes) kids show that does this with several principles.
Chocolate cake (or other baked good) with this accompanying explanation
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.
- What is the Kingdom of Heaven?
- Why do you think Jesus called his church a kingdom?
- Is Jesus the King? What kind of King would he be?
- Why did Jesus create a church?
Kingdom of Heaven activity pages (we are just using the last page with the treasure hunt on it)
- We are the ground in the parable. How can we be good ground? So teachings of Jesus will stick with us and grow?
- What are some things that can prevent us from learning about Jesus (thorns?)
- What are you willing to give up or do that is hard to help the church grow?
- What can you do to help the church grow?
- Share the gospel
- Share your testimony
- Be an example of Jesus
- A tare is a poisonous weed that looks like wheat.
- If there are tares mixed in with wheat, you can’t get rid of the tares until everything is grown up and ready to harvest.
- There is bad stuff in the world. What can we do to make sure we remain good?
- Certain women also followed Christ as his disciples. They listened to his teachings and helped him.
- Anyone can serve others and Christ.
- What can you do to give of your things and your devotion to Jesus?
Walk In Jesus’ Footsteps Activity (scroll halfway down the 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 teach their families about one of the parables they learned in Primary.