CFM Devotionals: Week of 9/23/2019

by Phillip Thomas
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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 9/23/2019.  Click HERE to get this week’s lessons as a PDF.

Family Home Evening

Song

Called to Serve

Lesson

  • Read Galatians 6:7–10 together.
  • Have you ever planted a garden? Do you ever get the fruit or vegetable that you didn’t plant?
  • If you make bad choices are you going to have good consequences?
  • What does it take for a plant to grow?
  • We don’t always get what we want even when we make right choices, but in the long term, Heavenly Father always blesses us for choosing the right.

Activity

Design a garden and draw what you would plant. What kinds of things do you need to do in order to grow a garden?

Treat

Choose a garden cake or cupcake to make

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week:  Galatians 5:22–23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:

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

Know This, That Every Soul Is Free

Scripture

Galatians 5:1

Discussion

  • The gospel of Christ sets us free.
  • Christ taught true principles and it is up to us to apply them to our lives.
  • We always have our choices, but when we choose the right, more choices open up.
  • When we are disobedient, often our choices become restricted and we lose freedom.
  • How does the gospel make you feel free?

Activity

Make a simple treat together (brownies, cake, cookies, etc.).  Try to do the steps out of order or incorrectly (like putting it in the oven before turning it on, or adding salt instead of sugar).  Point out how obedience is the only way to make it taste delicious.

Journal Entry

Tuesday

Song

I Know My Father Lives

Scripture

Galatians 3:7–9, 13–14, 27–29

Discussion

  • Abraham was promised by God that his children and posterity (seed) would be blessed.
  • Originally this was just the Israelite nation. However it now includes all who follow Christ.

Activity

God Keeps His Promises coloring page (just the first page)

Journal Entry

Wednesday

Song

Follow the Prophet

Scripture

Galatians 3:6–9

Discussion

  • Christ wasn’t the first to teach his gospel on the earth. Several of the prophets before His time also knew the gospel and taught it.
  • The Jews did not have the full gospel because they were not not ready for it.
  • God does teach this gospel to those children who are ready for it and will receive it.

Activity

Abraham compass craft

Journal Entry

Thursday

Song

The Spirit of God

Scripture

Galatians 5:22–23

Discussion

  • If I “walk in the Spirit,” I will receive the “fruit of the Spirit.”
  • Pick a couple of the terms and define them.
  • Which do you like to feel the most?

Activity

Fruits of the Spirit word search

Journal Entry

Friday

Song

Let the Holy Spirit Guide

Scripture

Galatians 5:22–23

Discussion

  • The feelings described in this scripture are what we experience when we live the gospel
  • When have you felt these?
  • What other feelings have you felt when you follow Christ’s teachings?

Activity

Fruit of the Spirit necklace

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 watch for the good consequences, or “fruit,” that come because of good decisions they make this week. Tell them that next week they can share their experiences.

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