Devotionals & FHE for Children: Week of 3/9/2020

by Phillip Thomas
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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 3/9/2020.

Family Home Evening

Song

How Firm a Foundation

Scripture

Jacob 4:4–11

Lesson

    • Go outside and let members of the family shake a branch.
    • Then have them try to shake the trunk.
    • Why is it more difficult?
    • Why is our faith unshakable when it is centered on Jesus Christ?
    • How can you more closely align your faith with Christ?

Activity

Faith is like a seed color-by-number

Treat

Make an edible tree

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week:  Jacob 1:7

Wherefore we labored diligently among our people, that we might persuade them to come unto Christ

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’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go

Scripture

Jacob 1:17, 19

Discussion

    • Jacob and the others that served in the church magnified their calling (responsibility.)
    • This means that they fulfilled what God asked them to do as best as they could.
    • When you are given a calling in the church, you should seek direction from Heavenly Father to know how He wants you to serve.

Activity

Steps to being called

Journal Entry

What can I do to prepare for my first calling?

Tuesday

Song

The Thirteenth Article of Faith

Scripture

Jacob 2:35

Discussion

    • Chastity and honoring the promises that we make when we are marriage are some of the most important commandments we can follow.
    • When the Nephites disobeyed this commandment, what was the effect it had on their families?

Activity

Modesty checklist (this topic can be a sensitive one for many families.  Please feel free to adjust as needed with your family’s circumstances).

Journal Entry

What can I do to keep my promises?

Wednesday

Song

He Sent His Son

Scripture

Jacob 4:11

Discussion

    • To reconcile means to bring something back into balance.
    • Right now, our sins put us out of balance with Heavenly Father.
    • Christ’s Atonement paid the price for our sins so that through Him, we can come back into balance with Heavenly Father and live with him.

Activity

Atonement crossword puzzle and/or word search

Journal Entry

What do I need to do to stay in balance?

Thursday

Song

Behold the Great Redeemer Die

Scripture

Jacob 4:5

Discussion

    • The Nephites observed the law of Moses, just like the Isrealites did.
    • God gave them the law of Moses to prepare them for Christ.
    • There are a lot of symbols that point to Christ (like sacrifice and purity.)
    • What commandments do we obey today that point us to Christ?

Activity

Ten Commandments Folding Craft Stick Crafts (halfway down the page)

Journal Entry

What commandment can I work on this week?

Friday

Song

Come, Follow Me

Scripture

Jacob 4:13–14

Discussion

    • What do you think it means to be ‘spiritually blind’?
    • Sometimes we worry too much about things that don’t matter as much, when we should be focused on the basics of the gospel.
    • We can try to make the gospel about knowing things instead of faith and following Jesus.
    • This is what many of the Jews did during the time of Jesus and they didn’t even realize who Jesus was.
    • What can you do to focus on the plain and basic truths of the gospel?

Activity

Make a post of some basic gospel truths that you can hang in your home to remind yourself about what’s important.

Journal Entry

What gospel truth can you learn about this week?

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 these three videos about Jacob 2-3
    • Watch this video of the bicycle and explain how it relates to the Atonement
    • Make simple puppets to represent Jacob and Joseph, Nephi’s younger brothers, who were leaders in the Church. Share some verses from Jacob 1 and 2 to explain what Church leaders are called to do.
    • Explain that some of the people in Jacob’s time were very rich, but they didn’t want to share what they had with people who were poor. Read Jacob 2:17–19 to help the children understand Jacob’s teachings to these people.
    • Read with the children Jacob 1:6–8 and 2:1–6, 11, helping them look for phrases that describe how God’s servants lead the Church. Ask them to write these phrases on pieces of paper and then share them with the family.
    • Write a letter to a prophet or an apostle.
    • Ask the children to draw a picture of a Church leader they know about, and let the rest of the family guess who they drew.
    • Read Jacob 2:17 to the children. What blessings has Heavenly Father shared with us?  Make a list as a family and say a special family prayer where you only express gratitude for those blessings.
    • Watch this video and talk about how it applies to our faith.

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 think of something they can share with their families—including sharing something they learned in class today. Give them opportunities in a future lesson to talk about what they shared.

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