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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 5/11/2020.
Family Home Evening
- There is a saying that you can count the seeds in an apple, but you can’t count the apples that come from one seed. What does this mean? Get an apple out and take out it seeds.
- Only one person was receptive to Abinadi’s testimony, but that one person—Alma—influenced generations of Nephites.
- How does this message apply to our family? What can we do to share our testimonies with others?
Try planting a small plant in a cup (peas work well) and talk about how that pea plant will make more peas and each one could become its own plant.
Apples with homemade caramel dip.
Scripture of the Week
Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: Mosiah 18:9
Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death.
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.
- These verses are what Alma taught his people about baptism.
- What do you learn from these verses about the promises you made at baptism? What does God promise you?
- What do these promises have to do with our relationships with other people?
- How does keeping your baptismal covenant help you be “filled with the Spirit”? (Mosiah 18:14). How does the Spirit help you keep your covenant?
- How should we be baptized (by immersion with someon having the authority)
Alma Baptizes at the Waters of Mormon coloring page
What can I do this week to practice keeping baptismal covenants?
- After they were baptized, the people of Alma still had to live in a kingdon with wicked King Noah and wicked people.
- How did they learn about the gospel? How did the gain strength from one another?
- What can you do to help your ward or branch members be “knit together in unity and in love”? (Mosiah 18:21).
Make a people paper chain
How can I show unity in my ward this Sunday?
- King Noah found out about Alma and his people. He sent his soldiers to kill them, but they escaped into the wilderness after Heavenly Father warned Alma.
- The people were angry that King Noah wanted to kill some of their friends, so they began to threaten the wicked king. Gideon chased King Noah and was about to kill him up on a high tower, but the king saw the Lamanites coming to attack them.
- Gideon let King Noah go, and King Noah convinced his priests many men to run into the wilderness with him, leaving women and children behind. The men who left got angry, and they burned King Noah like King Noah burned Abinadi. The priests got scared and ran away.
- When Abinadi was captured by Kin gNoah, he prophecied that King Noah would die the same way as he would and that the people would be captured by the Lamanites, but no one believed him. Later in Mosiah 20:21, Gideon would say that all of Abinadi’s words had come to pass.
- The words of the prophets will always be fulfilled, no matter how hard it can be to believe it.
“Prophets” An overview of various prophets and their prophecies. Includes a picture testimony matching game.
When have I seen a prophet’s words fulfilled in my life?
Mosiah 21–24 (read the chapter headings)
- After the Lamanites came, Noah’s son Limhi became the king, and he was righteous. Both Limhi’s people and Alma’s people who had fled ended up being in bondage to the Lamanites.
- They were not allowed to pray, and they were treated meanly. Eventually, each group was able to escape with Heavenly Father’s help and go join King Benjamin and his people.
- Even though they were in bondage, they still tried to turn to the Lord and do their best to follow Him. They also learned to turn to Heavenly Father instead of fighting on their own against the Lamanites. Only then did they become free.
- We will have people treat us meanly sometimes, and we may be stuck with them (like a kid at school or someone at work). What can we do when those things happen?
What should I do when people are mean to me?
- Even though Alma and his people had repented of their sins, they still ended up in bondage.
- Sometimes Heavenly Father lets bad things happen to good people to help make them stronger.
- What can you do when times are hard or bad things happen?
“Journal Page” about trials and how the Lord has blessed you.
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 junior primary activities (older kids can do these ones made for senior primary)
- Watch the video “Chapter 15: Alma Teaches and Baptizes”
- Read Mosiah 24:14–15 to the children. Fill a bag with heavy objects (to represent burdens), and invite a child to hold the bag. Explain that when we are sad, sick, or have other troubles, it can feel like carrying something heavy. Invite the children to take turns helping the child carry the bag so that it becomes lighter. Explain that Heavenly Father can make our burdens lighter when we seek His help through prayer, serving others, and so on.
- Give each child a piece of paper. Read together Mosiah 18:8–10, and invite the children to write or draw on one side of their paper the promises we make at baptism and, on the other side, the blessings Heavenly Father promises us.
- Invite the children to read Mosiah 18:17–28, looking for teachings of Christ’s Church in Alma’s day that are the same in our day. Write their answers on blocks or cups, and let the children use them to build a structure that represents the Church of Jesus Christ.
- “The Baptism Covenant” (February 2019 Friend) Cut out and mix up these cards. Then take turns matching cards that go together. With each match, talk about that part of the baptism covenant.
- “The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel Make It Possible for Me to Live with God Again” (June 2011 Liahona and Friend) Includes an activity to make a mobile with the four principles and ordinances.
- “Fraction Puzzle” (October 2004 Friend) Combine fractions of each word to reveal a hidden message.
- Coloring page: “Alma Baptizes”
- Coloring page: “Covenants at the Waters of Mormon: What Do I Promise Heavenly Father When I Am Baptized?” (April 2000 Friend) After learning about baptismal covenants, cut out and color these scripture figures of the story of Alma.
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 explain to someone else what they will promise or have promised to do as part of their baptismal covenan