Devotionals & FHE for Children: Week of 4/20/2020

by Phillip Thomas
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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 4/20/2020.

Family Home Evening

Song

Home Can Be a Heaven on Earth (Children’s, #298)

Scripture

Mosiah 4:27

Lesson

    • The scripture tells us not to run faster than we have strength.  Have you ever tried to run so fast that you run out of energy?
    • This verse doesn’t mean only running – it means all of the things that you do.  Service, activities, church callings, school, etc.
    • Bring a family calendar and write down all of the different activities that you do during the week.
    • Is our family running faster than you have strength? Invite family members to evaluate their activities to make sure they are being diligent but also wise.

Activity

Run races as a family.  Try doing silly races (running backwards, who can run slowest, etc.)

Treat

Race car Twinkies

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week:  Mosiah 5:5

And we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God to do his will, and to be obedient to his commandments in all things that he shall command us, all the remainder of our days

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

Teacher, Do You Love Me? (Children’s, #178)

Scripture

Mosiah 4:1-12

Discussion

    • What does “remission of sins” mean?  (Forgiveness of sin)
    • What blessings did a remission of sins bring to King Benjamin’s people?
    • What did King Benjamin teach to help them keep the remission of their sins?
    • King Benjamin said the people should always remember these teachings.  How can we always remember?

Activity

Jesus takes all our sins object lesson

Journal Entry

How can I remember the gospel this week?

Tuesday

Song

Love Is Spoken Here (Children’s, #190)

Scripture

Mosiah 4:12-16

Discussion

    • Yesterday we talked about always keeping remission of our sins.  Today, we’ll talk about what happens when we do that.  Our hearts are changed!
    • What qualities do people have who retain a remission of their sins in these verses?
    • What does “quarrel” mean?  (Argue, fight.)   This verse says that parents should teach their children not to fight with each other.  What can we do in our family to work on that?

Activity

Coloring page: “Heavenly Father Planned for Me to Come to a Family. I Can Strengthen My Family Now.”

Journal Entry

Which of  today’s qualities can I work on this week?

Wednesday

Song

“Give,” Said the Little Stream (Children’s, #236)

Scripture

Mosiah 4:16–30

Discussion

    • Just like we rely on Heavenly Father and Jesus to give us forgiveness, sometimes other people rely on us to be kind.
    • How can we serve others?  How does sharing with the poor help us retain a remission of our sins?
    • What if we can’t give and we have to receive?
    • Re-read verse 27.  Should we give up our homes and all our clothes?  No, because that would mean we couldn’t keep helping.

Activity

“Fixing a Bike” hidden items.

Journal Entry

What can I do to help someone this week?

Thursday

Song

Thy Spirit, Lord, Has Stirred Our Souls (Hymns, #157)

Scripture

Mosiah 5:1–7

Discussion

    • It’s hard to change.  A lot of people say they can’t because “it’s just how I am.”  But these verses tell us having the Holy Ghost will help us change!
    • Do we always have a big feeling of the Spirit with a big change?  Not usually, the Spirit speaks quietly and will help us a little bit at a time.
    • We need to try to have the Spirit with us all the time.  What things bring the Spirit?  What things drive away the Spirit?

Activity

“The Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit” word search.

Journal Entry

What can I do to have the Holy Ghost more in my life this week?

Friday

Song

Father in Heaven, We Do Believe (Hymns, #180)

Scripture

Mosiah 5:5–15

Discussion

    • The people of King Benjamin all came from different families (Nephites, Mulekites, etc.).   When someone calls our name, we turn and listen.
    • King Benjamin wanted the people to have a new and different name – the name of Christ.
    • We take Christ’s name when we are baptized.  We promise to follow Him, and He promises us forgiveness of our sins.
    • What does it mean to take His name?  When He calls for those who have His name, do we turn and listen?

Activity

“A New Path” coloring page

Journal Entry

What can I do to prepare to take Christ’s name when I’m baptized?

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:

    • Put together blessings bags to bless the homeless.
    • Write names on your belongings (as applicable).  Talk about how when we take Christ’s name on us, it means we belong to Him.
    • Ask the children how it feels when we get our clothes dirty. How do we feel when we become clean again? Explain that like washing dirty clothes, we can repent when we make a mistake.
    • Draw a small heart on the board. Invite the children to share ways they can be kind to others. Each time they share, erase the heart and draw a bigger one. Testify that our love for others grows as we are kind to them. Have the children draw and cut out their own paper hearts, then use them to write different ways to be kind and post them in different places around the home as a reminder.
    • Read Mosiah 5:13 to the children. What can we do to come to know Jesus Christ better so He’s not a “stranger” to us?  Make a list of service ideas you can do as a family.
    • Invite the children to share an experience in which they loved or served someone and how that experience made them feel. What are some reasons people might not want to serve others? Ask the children what they would say to someone to persuade them to help people in need.  Sometimes as a family we don’t want to help our siblings or parents – it’s a lot of work.  What should we do when someone is feeling that way?
    • “I Have a Family and Friends”  game
    • Read President Eyring’s message and complete the maze.
    • “The Gift of the Holy Ghost” Includes an activity to cut out cards about the gifts of the Holy Ghost, decorate a box or bag to look like a gift, draw a card every day, look up the scripture, and fill in the blanks.
    • Read “Janie’s Seventy Times Seven” about a girl whose brother keeps annoying her.
    • “Following Jesus” Talk about the three challenges that can help us choose to forgive.

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 draw something they learned today and use their drawing to teach their families.

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