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Family Home Evening
- Read Romans 6:3–6 together.
- Discuss several of the symbols of baptism.
- Have any of the family been baptized recently?
- Discuss their experience and why they are happy they were baptized.
- Are any of the family getting ready for baptism?
- Discuss what they hope to experience at their baptism and why they want to do it.
Put eight different colored squares of paper on the floor and have children participate along with Logan while you read “Logan’s Baptism” (July 2005 Liahona and Friend). Have family members identify which “square” they are on (which ordinances they have yet to complete) and what they can do to progress.
Scripture of the Week
Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.
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.
Pauline Epistles from the Bible Dictionary
- What is an epistle?
- Most of the second half of the new testament is made up of epistles or letters that church leaders and missionaries wrote to members of the church to help them learn and grow in the gospel.
- Why do you think that they did that?
- Do we have anything like that today?
Have the children begin a journal. If they are too young to write it, have them draw pictures about what happened each day.
- The law that they talk about a lot means the commandments of the law of Moses.
- Many believed that by strict obedience one could return to Heavenly Father.
- Christ is the one that saves us, but we do show our faith in him through obedience.
Obedience puzzles on the last page
- We do a lot of things. Go to church, read scriptures, say prayers, do service, etc.
- What is the purpose behind them?
- They are supposed to bring us closer to God.
- How can we make sure that our outward actions are the same as our hearts?
- We all have made mistakes and will make more mistakes.
- That means we can’t get back to Heavenly Father by ourselves, not anyone.
- But there is hope is Jesus Christs gospel.
- It is important to recognize that we aren’t perfect and can’t by by ourselves.
Follow the maze and try to decide what the right choice is
- After we are baptized we are commanded to “walk in newness of life.”
- What do you think that means?
- How should we act once we have promised to follow Christ?
- How do you think that will make you feel?
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:
Encourage the children to ask family members to let them know when they see the children doing something that shows faith.