CFM Devotionals: Week of 9/30/2019 (General Conference Prep)

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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 9/30/2019.  Click HERE to get this week’s lessons as a PDF.

Family Home Evening

Song

Follow the Prophet – verse 1

Lesson

Activity

Instead of journal prompts this week, we will be printing out activities that will help us learn during General Conference.  Have each family member decorate a piece of colored construction paper that will be each child’s “General Conference Notebook.”  On Friday, after you have collected all of the different activities, games, etc. that you plan on using throughout the week, staple them together with the construction paper on the top.

Treat

Make First Presidency treat bags (and even for the 12 apostles).  Eat some of the yummy treats while you make them.  Then on the days of Conference, the kids will get to eat the treats in the bags as that prophet begins speaking.

Then get things prepared to make a special breakfast on one of the mornings of Conference.  We personally love making homemade cinnamon rolls!

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week:

Instead of memorizing a scripture, try to memorize the names of the First Presidency and 12 Apostles.

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

Follow the Prophet verses 2-3

Scripture

D&C 1:38

Discussion

  • General Conference can answer our questions.  What is your question for Conference?
  • One way Heavenly Father communicates to us is through the prophet and apostles.

Activity

Make the General Conference countdown chain from our blog if you haven’t done so already.

Journal Entry

Print out Go For Four game to have during General Conference

Tuesday

Song

Follow the Prophet verse 4-5

Scripture

 Jeremiah 1:5-7

Discussion

Activity

Print out the pictures of the First Presidency and 12 Apostles.  Write their names on similar sized papers and play a memory game where you match their names to their pictures.

Journal Entry

Print out page 2 of this PDF and replace President Monson’s picture with a picture of President Nelson.

Wednesday

Song

Follow the Prophet verses 6-7

Scripture

Amos 3:7

Discussion

  • Read half of these these General Conference quotes from the April 2019 sessions and discuss them.
  • Why is it important to listen to what the prophet has to say?

Activity

Make a Comfy Conference Desk that each child can use at General Conference to do all of the activities that you are printing throughout the week.

Journal Entry

Print this General Conference notebook to use during conference.  It has space for notes for each of the current apostles.

Thursday

Song

Follow the Prophet – verse 8-9

Scripture

 Eph. 3:5

Discussion

Activity

Play the First Presidency Memory game again that you made on Tuesday.

Journal Entry

Print out Conference Squares bingo to use during General Conference

Friday

Song

Follow the Prophet – all of the verses

Scripture

Mosiah 2:5-6

Discussion

  • King Benjamin had something very important to say to the people from Heavenly Father.  He stood at the temple and built a tall tower.
  • In those times, there were no TVs or computers.  If they wanted to hear him speak, they had to go in person, sometimes travelling for days.
  • How did everyone set up their tents?  (in families with their doors towards the temple.)  How can we apply this to General Confer

Activity

Get tents ready to put in the living room and face them towards the TV to watch General Conference in, just like King Benjamin’s people did to pitch their tents.

Journal Entry

Print this Book of Mormon activity book and this Pearl of Great Price activity book for children to do during conference.

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:

None this week due to General Conference.

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