CFM Devotionals: Week of 7/8/2019

by Phillip Thomas
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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 7/8/2019.  Click HERE to get this week’s lessons as a PDF.

Family Home Evening

Song

Choose the Right Way

Lesson

  • Read Acts 9:5 together.
  • What does “kick against the pricks” mean?
  • A prick was a sharp stick used to poke an animal, when the animal pushed or fought back the prick would get more stuck and cause more pain.
  • Do sometimes we fight against doing the right thing?  How does it make us feel?
  • When we notice that we are making a wrong choice (or our parent/teacher points it out to us) what should we do?

Activity

Play the animal game (but don’t poke each other) and guess what animals everyone acts out.

Treat

Any of these cute animal treats

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week:  Acts 6:4

But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

Devotionals

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.

Monday

Song

I Believe in Christ

Scripture

Acts 8:21–22

Discussion

  • What does it mean for your heart to be “right in the sight of God?”
  • Often, our heart refers to our desires (what we want.)
  • Do we want to make right choices? We all make lots of mistakes, but are we wanting and trying to do better? That is when we know our heart is right in the sight of God even when we are imperfect.

Activity

Coloring page: Following Jesus

Journal Entry

Tuesday

Song

Let the Holy Spirit Guide

Scripture

Acts 7:51

Discussion

  • Watch this video (The Martyrdom of Stephen)
  • Stephen said that they resisted the Holy Ghost.
  • What does it mean to resist the Holy Ghost? What are the consequences for doing so?

Activity

Coloring page Inviting the Spirit

Journal Entry

Wednesday

Song

Onward, Christian Soldiers

Scripture

Acts 7:54–60

Discussion

  • Stephen was a martyr. This means that he was killed because of His beliefs.
  • Many followers of Christ has lost their lives because of what they believed.
  • You may not be in danger of being killed because of your beliefs, (depending on where you live) but how do the examples of these early Christian saints help you be brave in what you believe?

Activity

Lessons from Stephen bean bag toss

Journal Entry

Thursday

Song

We’ll Bring the World His Truth

Scripture

Acts 8:26–39

Discussion

  • What part in this story did the Holy Ghost play?
  • Could Philip have converted this man all by himself without the Holy Ghost?
  • If you want to teach the gospel, you must have the Holy Ghost with you.
  • What other ways can the spirit help you be a better missionary?

Activity

Help the Missionaries maze

Journal Entry

Friday

Song

Called to Serve

Scripture

Acts 9:20

Discussion

  • Saul was converted in a miraculous way to Christ.
  • He hurt followers of Christ and tried to keep them from their beliefs.
  • Once he came to understand and believe in Christ, what did he do?
  • Did he wait around? No, he went straight away (immediately.)
  • We believe in Christ as well. What should we be doing?
  • Should we ever be slow to obey?

Activity

Glow-in-the-dark Saul craft

Journal Entry

Sunday

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:

Encourage the children to tell their family their favorite activity from class today and what it taught them.

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