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Family Home Evening
- Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
- Paul compared living the gospel to running a race. Who wins something at the end of the race? (Those who finish)
- Life is like a race; everyone who finishes gets a prize! What is that prize (the Celestial Kingdom)
- What might a champion runner do to prepare for a race?
- Likewise, what can we do to prepare to return to Heavenly Father?
1 Corinthians 9:24–27 Since Paul compared living the gospel to running a race, you could have a family race to illustrate his point. Award a crown to everyone who finishes the race, and discuss how all who are diligent in following Jesus Christ in this life will win the “incorruptible” prize.
Scripture of the Week
Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: 1 Corinthians 13:4–8
Charity suffereth long, and is kind;
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 temptation mean?
- Will Heavenly Father let us be tempted more than we can stand?
- God always provides a way to escape temptation.
- Following the commandments helps us avoid temptation.
Temptation and the iron rod activity. Read the last paragraph.
- Why do you think we take the sacrament together at church?
- We are strengthened by the faith of those around us and we help each other follow Christ.
- When many become one, that means that we are all working together with one goal, to be like Jesus.
- Paul taught that both men and women are needed in the church and in God’s plan.
- We were meant to work together with a husband or wife and raise a family.
- Why do you think God made us that way?
- Marriage is an important part of the Plan of Salvation.
- Not everyone gets to experience it the same way in this life.
- The Church is like a body – everyone is a part.
- Does the body work if some parts are missing?
- What part are you? What is your job in God’s church?
- What does this teach you about unity (working together?)
Body of Christ activity. Label the different parts with ways the child can use those parts to help build the Church and their family.
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 share their spiritual gifts with their families and ask their family members what their gifts are.