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The dates on the devotionals are incorrect this week, but the questions are correct. Sorry for the confusion!
Family Home Evening
- Read Matthew 25:1–13 and discuss the parable of the wise virgins.
- What does the oil represent?
Hide oil droplets made out of paper around the house on things that could help strength your testimony. (scriptures, hymns, church clothes, etc) Have the kids go find them.
Bowl of ice cream filled with drops of chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, etc.
Scripture of the Week
Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: Mark 13:31
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
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.
- Do scary things happen sometimes? Do you worry about bad things?
- What did Jesus say about these things?
- Do we need to be worried about Jesus’s Second Coming?
Create a 72 hour kit with each child to be physically prepared
- We always need to be doing our best to make right choices. We can’t procrastinate.
- Who knows when Jesus will come again?
- Are you excited?
Ascension craft (it works for the Second Coming, since we don’t believe in the traditional idea of the Ascension)
- In Jesus’s time a talent was a large amount of money.
- This parable tells us how we should use our talents.
- What are your talents? How can you use them to help other people?
Download the talents PDF file and choose one of the activities on the second-to-last page
- When we serve others, who are we serving?
- What can you do to help others?
Make a paper chain of the gifts and talk about how they can be used to help others
- Satan will try to trick us into believing good things are bad and bad things are good.
- By studying the word of God (scriptures and what the prophets teach) we will not be deceived.
- Before Jesus comes again, the gospel will be preached in all the world. How can people know the missionaries are telling the truth?
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:
Ask the children to share with their families ways they can be better missionaries and talk with their families about people they can share the gospel with.