CFM Devotionals: Week of 9/9/2019

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

Family Home Evening

Song

I Will Follow God’s Plan

Lesson

  • Read 2 Corinthians 3:1–3
  • The good things we do are like a letter to Heaven that we have followed Christ.
  • What do you think the letter about your life is like?
  • What do you want it to be about?

Activity

Have each family member could write a letter or “epistle” explaining how another family member has been a good example of a disciple of Jesus Christ. They could read their letters to the family and give them to the family member they wrote about.

Treat

Love letter graham crackers

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: 2 Corinthians 5:7

For we walk by faith, not by sight:

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

Nearer, My God, to Thee

Scripture

2 Corinthians 1:3–7

Discussion

  • Our trials are blessings in many ways
    • They help us recognize the need for God in our lives
    • They strengthen us and help us grow
    • They teach us how to help and serve others
  • Adversity can make you strong Mormonad

Activity

Hatching egg craft

Journal Entry

Tuesday

Song

Help Me, Dear Father

Scripture

2 Corinthians 2:5–11

Discussion

  • I receive blessings and bless others when I forgive.
  • Why should we forgive others?
  • How does it help them?
  • How does it help us?

Activity

Forgiveness game

Journal Entry

Wednesday

Song

He Sent His Son

Scripture

2 Corinthians 5:17

Discussion

  • Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I can be reconciled to God.  (see also FHE idea for scripture above)
  • Can your family think of—or find—examples in nature of things that go through remarkable transformations and become new creatures? (see the pictures that accompany this outline). What do these examples teach us about how the gospel of Jesus Christ can change us?

Activity

Reverence for creation – Color the second page.  Cut the items out and glue them to a paper to build a garden.

Journal Entry

Thursday

Song

Repentance

Scripture

2 Corinthians 7:8–11

Discussion

  • When we do something wrong, we usually feel sad or bad about it afterwards.
    • Sometimes we feel worldly sorrow (because of consequences or guilt)
    • We can also feel sadness because we know that we disobeyed God
  • The second kind of sadness helps us turn to God and have hope that we can repent.
  • The prodigal son felt this way when he decided to go home and work for his father.

Activity

Prodigal son coloring page

Journal Entry

Friday

Song

Lead, Kindly Light

Scripture

2 Corinthians 5:6–7

Discussion

  • What does it mean to “walk by faith, not by sight”?
  • What are we doing to show that we believe in things we can’t see?
  • Faith means taking a step in a direction that is right, but you can see the ground.

Activity

Walk by faith activity.  Build an obstacle course in the living room.  Blindfold the child, and have them try to get through.  Then guide them  through with your voice and explain how we walk by faith, trusting that the Lord will direct us even though we can’t see the end because He can.

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:

Tell the children that they can share one of the activities from today’s class with their families at home, perhaps during a family home evening or family council.

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