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Family Home Evening
- Read Romans 9:31–32.
- Discuss why acting with faith is important.
- Read the story at the beginning of this talk: “The Music of the Gospel”
- Discuss how living the gospel without faith is like dancing without music.
- Have children try dancing with and without music.
Play freeze dance.
Scripture of the Week
Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: Romans 12:21
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
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 does warring mean?
- Do you ever feel like you want to do something that you know is wrong?
- How to you tell yourself to make the right decision?
- What can you do to help you make good decisions in the future?
Create a CTR jar for your family
- There are great blessings available to the followers of Christ now and in the future.
- Sometimes it may seem like following Christ is hard, but the blessings far outweigh the difficulties we may have now.
- Many people even died because of their belief in Christ.
See quote below.
- Read the following quote from Linda S. Reeves:
“I do not know why we have the many trials that we have, but it is my personal feeling that the reward is so great, so eternal and everlasting, so joyful and beyond our understanding that in that day of reward, we may feel to say to our merciful, loving Father, ‘Was that all that was required?’ I believe that if we could daily remember and recognize the depth of that love our Heavenly Father and our Savior have for us, we would be willing to do anything to be back in Their presence again, surrounded by Their love eternally. What will it matter … what we suffered here if, in the end, those trials are the very things which qualify us for eternal life and exaltation in the kingdom of God with our Father and Savior?”
- What can you do daily to remember what Heavenly Father and Jesus have done for you?
- Why would that help you when you are feeling sad?
- Discuss Predestination.
- Does this mean that what we do it already decided? No.
- Does it mean that anyone is better than anyone else because of what their responsibility is? No.
- It means that we all have to choose to follow Christ for ourselves no matter who we are.
- It also means that some people were chosen before this life to end up in a place where they could help others learn of Jesus. (Like Paul, Peter, etc.)
- Why were the scriptures written?
- If you were separated from your parents for a long time and only had a few letters, how would you treasure them?
- The scriptures are communication from Heavenly Father to us to give us hope and instruction.
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 pick one activity you did as a class and do it with their families. Tell them that next week they can share what they did.