Devotionals & FHE for Children: Week of 3/23/2020

by Phillip Thomas
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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 3/23/2020.

Family Home Evening

Song

Can a Little Child like Me?

Scripture

Words of Mormon 1:3–9

Lesson

    • Talk about why Lehi’s descendants kept a record of their people.
    • What kind of record do we keep of our family?
    • It is important to record history (what happened) but it is also important to record spiritual things as well.
    • How can each of us keep a record of our spiritual experiences?
    • See if you can find any from your family history.

Activity

Start/make a journal. Write down one spiritual thing you remember from last week.

Treat

Sugar wafer pencils

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week:  Enos 1:2

And I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God, before I received a remission of my sins.

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
  • Copy the journal entries into a spiral notebook.  The child or the parent can write the question at the top, then the child can write or draw an answer.
  • 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

I Am a Child of God (Children’s, #2)

Scripture

Enos 1:1–3

Discussion

    • What do these verses say about Enos’s father?
    • What did Enos do when he heard what his father said?
    • Some people don’t have fathers that have the priesthood.  What should they do?
    • What should children do when they hear righteous words from adults?

Activity

“Count on Dad!” solving the code

Journal Entry

How can I obey my parents this week?

Tuesday

Song

Seek the Lord Early (Children’s, #108)

Scripture

Enos 1:4–11

Discussion

    • What did Enos pray for at first?  Then what did he pray for?
    • Did Heavenly Father answer his prayers?
    • What should we pray for?  How does Heavenly Father answer those prayers?
    • Enos prayed for his brethren the Lamanites, and he was told that they wouldn’t receive the gospel for many years.  Sometimes Heavenly Father answers prayers differently than how we think.

Activity

Enos’s Prayer spot the difference

Journal Entry

Who can I pray for this week?

Wednesday

Song

Keep the Commandments (Children’s, #146)

Scripture

Jarom 1:1-2, 14-15

Discussion

    • Enos gave the plates to his son, Jarom.  Jarom gave them to his son, Omni.
    • Both men did not write very much on the plates, but they did write a little about what was happening with the Nephites and Lamanites.
    • One thing we learn about their writings was that when the Nephites were righteous, the Lord protected them from the Lamanites, just like He promised.
    • How does being obedient keep us safe?

Activity

“Nephi was blessed for choosing the right.”  coloring page

Journal Entry

How can I be more obedient this week?

Thursday

Song

The Books in the Book of Mormon (Children’s, #119)

Scripture

Omni 1:14, 21

Discussion

    • When the Nephites escaped from the Lamanites, they found the people of Zarahemla.
    • The people of Zarahemla had left Jerusalem, just like Lehi and Nephi had done.  Heavenly Father showed them to the Promised Land.
    • These people in Zarahemla had also met a man named Coriantumr, who was the last of the group of Jaredites (we will study them later in Ether).
    • Heavenly Father made it possible for all of these groups to escape the wickedness and come to the Promised Land because they were once righteous.  Because these groups all met each other, we get so many more stories and teachings from their examples.  The Book of Mormon would be missing so much without them.
    • Heavenly Father directs all of our lives, putting us on the path that He wants us to be on so we can help each other.

Activity

“Finding a Friend” I-Spy game

Journal Entry

Who is in my path this week that I can help?

Friday

Song

The Books in the Book of Mormon (Children’s, #119)

Scripture

Words of Mormon 1:1, 6

Discussion

    • At this point in the Book of Mormon, we take a small break from reading about just the Nephites.  You might remember that Nephi created two sets of plates: the large plates, which was a big history, and the small plates, where Nephi wrote important doctrine.
    • The Book of Mormon was Mormon writing an abridgment, or a summary of the large plates.  After he wrote the summary, the Lord told him to include the small plates as well, which was a repeat of what he had already written.
    • Mormon did it, but he didn’t know why.  Almost 1500 years later when Joseph Smith was translating the Book of Mormon, his helper Martin Harris showed the papers to his wife and others, and someone stole them.
    • Heavenly Father knew this was going to happen, so he included the small plates so we could still have the important stories and teachings of Lehi, Nephi, and their families.
    • So up until now, we have been reading the small plates, which Nephi and the others wrote themselves.  From now on, we’ll be reading Mormon’s summary of the rest of the large plates, as well as some other plates and then Moroni’s own words.

Activity

Make your own copies of the Book of Mormon divided up by the different types of plates.

Journal Entry

What would we not know if Heavenly Father hadn’t told Mormon to include the small plates?

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.

Here are some activities that go along with this week’s topic:

    • Watch this video from the Church about Enos
    • Do these fun activity pages (older children can do these pages instead)
    • Watch the cartoon “Chapter 11: Enos” (Book of Mormon Stories, 30–31)
    • Ask the children to share things they like to talk about with their parents. Explain that praying to Heavenly Father is how they can talk to Him.  Invite the children to close their eyes and imagine they are talking to Heavenly Father face-to-face. What would they like to talk about with Him? Invite the children to think about talking face-to-face with Heavenly Father each time they pray.
    • Share one of your own experiences of a story when you followed the Holy Ghost. Invite the children to draw pictures of the story. How were the people in these stories blessed because they followed the Holy Ghost?
    • Sing together a song about the Holy Ghost, such as “The Still Small Voice” (Children’s Songbook, 106–7). Sing it several times in different ways, such as fast, slow, or in a whisper. When you whisper the song, open to Words of Mormon 1:7, and point out that Mormon described the Holy Ghost as a whisper.
    • Watch the video of President Thomas S. Monson following promptings: Preparation of Thomas S. Monson: Always Follow the Promptings of the Spirit
    • Have you ever prayed for something you didn’t receive? Read about Ben’s experiences with prayer in “No Answer” (June 2005F riend). What does Ben learn that can help you in your prayers? Discuss times your prayers were answered—including times you are grateful Heavenly Father did not give you what you had hoped for.

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:

Encourage the children to ask their family members to share experiences they’ve had with prayer or the Holy Ghost.

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4 comments

Catherine March 24, 2020 - 10:53 pm

I want to sincerely thank you for these outlines. We’ve been doing them every day since the Covid-19 quarantine began, and it’s been so wonderful for our family. We will continue from now on…. Thank you!

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Tiffany March 25, 2020 - 6:38 am

Oh you’re welcome!! This quarantine is super hard in a lot of ways, but a blessing in others. I’m glad it’s been useful for your family!!

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Nicole March 30, 2020 - 2:24 am

I so appreciate these outlines! We use them every day. Just one thing, though…I had never heard before that Martin Harris’s wife stole the 116 pages. I’d only ever heard that he showed them to his wife and then he lost them. Where did you read that she was the one who took them?

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Tiffany March 30, 2020 - 7:08 am

That was a mistype! Thanks for pointing it out 🙂

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