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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 5/25/2020.
Family Home Evening
Choose the Right (Hymns, #239)
- Watch this Religious Freedom Videos
- What happened in these verses? Why did people attack the Church?
- What happened to those who did not obey the commandments?
- How did Church members respond to persecution in these verses?
Play the board game “School Wise”. If some of these circumstances don’t apply to your family, make up your own scenarios and role-play them.
Scripture of the Week
Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: Alma 1:25
Now this was a great trial to those that did stand fast in the faith; nevertheless, they were steadfast and immovable in keeping the commandments of God, and they bore with patience the persecution which was heaped upon them.
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.
- The people wanted a king after Mosiah, but what did King Mosiah say? Why didn’t he want a king?
- How would the people choose the judges? Does their righteousness make a difference?
- How do we choose our leaders today? How do I choose who I should vote for when I’m bigger?
Have an election about apples and oranges
What qualities should a good leader have?
- Nehor was a wicked man who taught people to make wrong choices and started his own church.
- People were allowed to choose what they believed; they could not be forced.
- Nehor tried to force Gideon (the one who tried to kill King Noah), but Gideon refused to deny his beliefs and Nehor killed him. Nehor was tried by the judge and put to death.
- Gideon stood up to Nehor and false teachings, even though it led to his death. Can you think of anyone else who this happened to? (Abinadi. Also Christ and Joseph Smith.)
Role play situations where children may need to stand up for truth, like Gideon.
What can I do to stand up for the gospel?
- Amlici was a wicked man who followed Nehor and took over when Nehor was put to death.
- Amlici wanted to be king, but the people voted against him. He got angry and tried to fight to be king, but he was defeated.
- He then joined the Lamanites and they both fought the Nephites, but the Nephites won because they were righteous and Heavenly Father helped them.
- Can we make other people believe what we want them to believe or do what we want them to do? No, this is called agency – Heavenly Father lets us choose. However, the laws give consequences for people who try to take away others’ agency (like killing).
- The most important part of government is that they protect people and their right to agency and beliefs.
What can I do to help others make right choices?
- Both sets of verses tell us about two different times the Church prospered (was blessed and grew) because of the righteousness of the people.
- In each case, they reacted differently. How was it different? Why?
- Which way is the correct way to act when we get blessings?
What are some of my blessings?
- What made Alma “very sorrowful”?
- He was the Chief Judge – he could have made laws to force everyone, but that wouldn’t be right. What did he do instead?
- How was this more helpful for the people?
- A testimony and the Holy Ghost will help people change more than just using words or bossing them.
What can I do to share my testimony this week?
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:
- How can we avoid being a “stumbling-block to those who [do] not belong to the church”? (Alma 4:10). It might also be useful to talk about how we can make sure the actions of others, particularly fellow Church members, do not become stumbling blocks for our spiritual progress.
- To help your family understand the power of testimony, you could ask them to think of a time when hearing someone’s testimony affected them deeply. Why might Alma have chosen to use testimony and the word of God to touch the hearts of the people? (see also Alma 31:5). Why is this more effective than other methods people might use to persuade others to change? Are there people whose faith we could strengthen by sharing our testimonies with them?
- What things or experiences have “awakened [us] to a remembrance of [our] duty” toward God? (Alma 4:3). Maybe it would be effective to share these verses after waking your family in the morning. You might then discuss how the challenges of waking up physically help us understand the challenges of waking up spiritually.
- What message did the Amlicites want to communicate when they “set [a] mark upon themselves”? (see Alma 3:4, 13). What messages might we send—intentionally or unintentionally—with our appearance? This might be a good time to review “Dress and Appearance” in For the Strength of Youth (2011), 6–8.
- Watch the video “Chapter 20: Alma and Nehor.” Emphasize that even though Nehor’s followers were mean to the Church members, many of the Church members remained kind and loving.
- Sing together a song about love and service, such as “Kindness Begins with Me” (Children’s Songbook, 145), and help the children think of actions that could go with the song.
- Watch the video “Chapter 21: The Amlicites” and tell the children how the Nephites gained strength to defeat the Amlicites. Ask the children about things that are scary or hard for them, and testify that they can pray to Heavenly Father for help with these things.
- Share an experience when God helped you after you prayed to Him. Invite the children to share experiences they have had with prayer.
- Pour some clean water into a clear glass, and explain that the water is like our testimonies because we can share it with others. Pour the glass of water into a small cup for each child, and tell the children that when we share our testimonies, we help others have stronger testimonies too. If the children would like to, let them practice bearing their testimonies. Suggest several ways they can show they know the gospel is true, including through their actions.
- Read Alma 1:2–4 to review some of the things that Nehor, a false teacher, taught. Help them create a true-or-false quiz using statements from these verses. Why does Satan sometimes combine truths with falsehoods? Help the children think of some examples.
- Help the children read Alma 4:6–13, and define words like “scornful,” “persecute,” and “despising” (use a dictionary if necessary). How do we feel when people treat us in these ways? Invite the children to find words in Alma 1:26–30 that describe how Heavenly Father wants us to treat each other.
- Ask the children to read Alma 1:27, 30 and make a list of the kinds of people Church members helped. Invite the children to think of people in their neighborhoods or schools who might “[stand] in need” (Alma 1:30) of their love and help.
- Watch the video “Apostle Testimony Montage” Ask the children how they felt watching the video, and explain that they can help others feel the same way by bearing their own testimonies.
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:
Help the children think of someone they can share their testimonies with next week. Encourage them to write a plan to help them accomplish their goal.