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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 4/27/2020.
Family Home Evening
- What is a Seer?
- Use examples like a microscope, telescope or binoculars. What do these objects help us do?
- What can Seers do that we cannot?
- What evidence do we have that Joseph Smith was a seer? What about the living prophets and apostles?
Go outside and see what things you can see with a microscope or binoculars.
Scripture of the Week
Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: Mosiah 7:33
But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage.
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.
- King Mosiah’s people were worried about another group of people who had left them several years before to look for where they used to live before the Lamanites chased them away.
- King Mosiah asked a man named Ammon to go look for them. He found them being slaves to the Lamanites, with a righteous man named Limhi as their king.
- The verses we read are what King Limhi said to the people when the Lamanites held them captive. What did he tell them to do?
- Do we feel captive sometimes? We aren’t slaves to anyone, but life can be hard and we can feel trapped. How can we follow King Limhi’s counsel?
What can I do this week to turn to the Lord?
- King Limhi’s people had tried to go for help, but never found Zarahemla (where King Mosiah lived).
- Instead, they found 24 gold plates in a strange language. King Mosiah translated these plates.
- These plates told the story of the Jaredites, who we will learn about later this year. They left their old land and travelled to the Promised Land across the ocean just like Nephi had done, only they did it many years before.
- They left because they people had been very wicked and tried to build a tower to get to heaven called the Tower of Babel. They didn’t want to work hard to get to heaven. Heavenly Father cursed them by changing all their languages so they couldn’t understand each other.
- The Jaredites started out righteous, but then became wicked and they were all destroyed. The plates that King Limhi’s people found were all that was left.
What do I need to do to go heaven?
- When Ammon met King Limhi, King Limhi asked if Ammon knew how to translate foreign languages. Ammon said he did not because he was not a seer.
- A seer is a prophet, but also a revelator who can use the Urim and Thummim if needed (which is how Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon)
- Today the prophet and the apostles are “apostles, seers, and revelators.” This means they receive revelation from Heavenly Father and tell us what we need to do to be prepared.
Make your own code for the children to translate. Explain how it is easy because you have the key telling what symbols mean, but could you do it without the key?
What is a teaching of the prophet that I can follow this week?
- The man who left Zarahemla was King Limhi’s grandfather, Zeniff. Zeniff took a group of people to where their ancestors used to live. They made a deal with the Lamanites to let them have that land, but the Lamanites broke the deal and kept trying to capture Zeniff and his people.
- Zeniff was righteous, and he fought against them with the Lord’s help.
- What did the people need to do to have the Lord’s help to protect them?
What can I do this week to have the Lord’s protection?
- The reason the Lamanites kept wanting to destroy the Nephites is because Laman and Lemuel made wrong choices, then taught their children lies about Nephi and also how to make wrong choices.
- Our decisions don’t affect just us; they affect all the people who come after us.
- How do the choices by our parents and grandparents affect us? (Tell some conversion stories from ancestors.)
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:
- Do these fun printable activities (older children can do these ones) from Color Me Christian
- Call a grandparent or other family member and ask them these questions.
- Read Mosiah 7:19 and watch the videos chapters 17 and 18 in “Old Testament Stories” on the church’s website. Talk about how Heavenly Father has always blessed those who follow Him.
- Sing or read “Book of Mormon Stories” and talk about each story and how Heavenly Father protects His children.
- Make paper footprints, and draw on them pictures of things that prophets have counseled us to do. Place these footprints in a path around the room, and describe the pictures. Let the children take turns acting as a prophet and guiding the other children in following these footprints.
- Watch this 5 minute documentary on the Urim and Thummim.
- Go over a favorite General Conference talk from a prophet or apostle. Talk about how the person who have the talk is a seer.
- Review Mosiah 8:16–18 to learn what a seer is. Write this sentence: A seer is like . Help the children think of ways to complete the sentence to explain why a seer is a blessing to us—for example, a seer is like a lifeguard, who warns us of danger.
- Have the children make up their own code with symbols and write secret messages with them to give to loved ones. Make sure you provide the key!
- Invite the children to draw a picture of someone who they feel has the strength of the Lord and share why they drew this person. If appropriate, share the drawing with that person.
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 share with their families a story from the scriptures that inspires them to “put [their] trust in God” (Mosiah 7:19).