CFM Devotionals: Week of 9/16/2019

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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 9/16/2019.  Click HERE to get this week’s lessons as a PDF. 

Family Home Evening

Song

We Are All Enlisted

Lesson

  • Read 2 Corinthians 10:3–7 together.
  • In what ways is choosing the right like a war?
  • Sometimes this war is just in our own minds when we are making choices.
  • What are some “spiritual weapons” that will help us make good choices?

Activity

Make a fort out of pillows and talk about all the things that build our spiritual strength against temptation.

Treat

Desert dessert with swords (scroll down to the snack for the 4th day)

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: 2 Corinthians 9:7

For God loveth a cheerful giver.

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

A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief

Scripture

2 Corinthians 9:6–7

Discussion

  • If you have more than you need, what can you do with the extra?
  • Heavenly Father will help guide you to others that need your help.
  • Who do you know that you could give to?

Activity

Coloring Page: “I’m Trying to Love My Neighbor”

Journal Entry

Tuesday

Song

Follow the Prophet

Scripture

2 Corinthians 11:13–15

Discussion

  • There are bad people out there that want to trick you.
  • Satan can influence people as well.
  • How will you know if someone is really sent from God?
  • You can know by their works. Are they good or not?
  • A true prophet of God will always lead you to Christ.

Activity

Act out the story of Little Red Riding Hood and discuss how the wolf was tricky.

Journal Entry

Wednesday

Song

To Think about Jesus

Scripture

2 Corinthians 13:5

Discussion

  • Sometimes we need to check ourselves. Step back and make sure we are still believing and following Jesus.
  • There are distractions all around us and sometimes we can forget.
  • The sacrament each week helps us think about our commitment to Christ and recommit if we have forgotten.
  • What else can you do to help you make sure you are still following Christ every day?

Activity

Coloring Page: “When I take the sacrament I renew my baptismal covenants.”

Journal Entry

Thursday

Song

I Lived in Heaven

Scripture

2 Corinthians 12:2–4

Discussion

  • The third Heaven that Paul mentions is the Celestial Kingdom.
  • Paul was talking about himself, but didn’t want to boast about it.
  • Do you want to go to the Celestial Kingdom?
  • What does that mean to you?

Activity

Color this Plan of Salvation booklet

Journal Entry

Friday

Song

This Is My Beloved Son

Scripture

2 Corinthians 13:1

Discussion

  • In ancient times there had to be at least two witnesses when you accused someone of doing something wrong.
  • God also follows a similar pattern.
  • He will send more than one witness to testify of the truth.
  • The Book of Mormon had multiple witnesses who saw and held the plates it was written on.
  • Missionaries travel in pairs to testify of Christ and the restored gospel.
  • Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost were there to witness Jesus’s baptism.

Activity

Find the missing missionary

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:

Invite the children to be cheerful givers in their homes this week and to come to class next week prepared to report on how they served someone in need.

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