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Family Home Evening
- Read John 12:1–8
- How did Mary show here love for Jesus? Why was that a big deal?
- How do we show our love for Jesus? It is different than how we show our love for our family?
- You could also discuss the 5 love languages and how each of them can be used to show Jesus we love Him.
Scripture of the Week
Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: Matthew 22:37-39
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
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 we look like is not as important to the Lord as what is in our hearts.
- What does that mean? What should we focus on improving then?
- He knows my name
Zacchaeus in the tree craft (scroll to the bottom of the post)
- Jesus Christ is my King – what is worship? What is reverence?
- Watch this video (The Lord’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem)
- Temple is a sacred place, it’s the King’s home
- Cleansing of the temple
- First great commandment is to love God
- Second is to love neighbor
- Can you think of other commandments? How do they relate to these 2?
- What are phylacteries?
- What is a symbol now? (Temple, CTR ring)
- How can a symbol help us remember to make right choices?
- We need to be careful that the symbol is not what we worship.
Make a token that the child can use to help them remember to make right choices. This could be a CTR cape, a simple CTR badge (I know it says Paw Patrol, but I’m pretty sure it was our symbol first!), a paper CTR ring, a CTR airplane, or letter beads with CTR on a necklace or bracelet (don’t buy this, it’s just an example).
- Discuss the Parable of the man with two sons. Which one did what his father asked?
- We need to do what Heavenly Father asks, not just talk about it.
- What would have been the best thing to do? Say you would do it and do it.
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:
Help the children pick a principle or activity from class to share with their families at home.