Devotionals & FHE for Children: Week of 5/4/2020

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Here are the devotionals and FHE for the week of 5/4/2020.

Family Home Evening

Song

The Commandments

Scripture

Mosiah 12:33–37

Lesson

    • What do you think it means to have God’s commandments written in your heart?
    • Our hearts often symbolize our desires.
    • When we see the commandments as laws we want to follow instead of things we have to, it changes the way we obey and helps us become more like Christ.

Activity

Cut out paper hearts and fill them with commandments that you want to follow better.

Treat

Heart shaped mini pies

Scripture of the Week

Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: Mosiah 16:9

He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.

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 Will Be Valiant (Children’s Songbook, 162).

Scripture

Mosiah 11:20-29

Discussion

    • Summarize the story of Abinadi.  King Noah and his people became wicked and refused to listen to the prophet Abinadi.
    • Abinadi was thrown out of the city, and when the Lord told him to come back, he was put in jail.
    • He kept teaching righteous ways, even when King Noah threatened to burn him alive.
    • When have you felt like you were standing alone in defense of the truth?  What can you do during those times?

Activity

Abinadi and King Noah

Journal Entry

What will give me courage to stand for the right?

Tuesday

Song

Search, Ponder, and Pray (Children’s, #109)

Scripture

Mosiah 12:19–30

Discussion

    • King Noah and his wicked priests were supposed to be the church leaders.
    • They knew all of the scriptures, but they never applied them.
    • What does applying the scriptures means?  What are some examples?

Activity

“Bringing the Scriptures to Life” activities

Journal Entry

What scripture can I apply this week?  How can I do that?

Wednesday

Song

Dare to Do Right (Children’s, #158)

Scripture

Mosiah 13:1–9

Discussion

    • Abinadi got lots of help from Heavenly Father so he could teach the message.
    • But at the end, Abinadi was killed, even though he chose right.
    • Why do you think Heavenly Father let this happen?  Do bad things mean that we are bad or that Heavenly Father doesn’t love us?
    • Heavenly Father has a plan for us and He sees all of it; we only see a part of it.

Activity

Trust in the Lord word search

Journal Entry

How can I get more trust in the Lord this week?

Thursday

Song

He Sent His Son (Children’s, #34)

Scripture

Mosiah 14

Discussion

    • These verses are about the Savior.  He was treated horribly, and then He suffered and died for us.
    • Many people will choose to be wicked and not repend, but Jesus died for them anyway.
    • Why did Jesus choose to do this?

Activity

Do some role-playing about bullying.  You can get ideas here.

Journal Entry

What can I do to show my gratitude for Jesus?

Friday

Song

I Lived in Heaven (Children’s, #4)

Scripture

Mosiah 16:1-13

Discussion

    • These verses describe what would happen to God’s children if Jesus had “not come into the world or if we choose not to obey Him.
    • What are the good things that have happened because He came and atoned for us?
    • What would life be like without the Savior?

Activity

Atonement word search and crossword puzzle

Journal Entry

What good things are in my life because Jesus died for me?

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:

    • “The Atonement” (Mar. 1989 Friend)  An activity to look up scriptures that relate to the Atonement, complete the quotes, and then rearrange the filled-in words to discover what the Savior’s work and glory is.
    • “Jesus Christ Is My Savior” (Apr. 2009 Liahona and Friend)  Look up scriptures listed on pieces of fruit, and place them on the tree. The fruit represents the blessings we receive because of the Atonement.
    • Watch this video about Abinadi and King Noah
    • Invite the children to count to 10. Or give them 10 numbered pieces of paper and let them put the papers in order. Explain that Heavenly Father gave us Ten Commandments to help us return to live with Him. Help the children recite with you some of the Ten Commandments from Mosiah 12:33–36 and 13:11–24.
    • “Abinadi and the Ten Commandments”  crossword puzzle
    • Watch this video: “For Little Friends: Chicks and Hens”
    • Help the children think of scenarios in which they could stand for the right, and invite them to role-play some of these situations. For example, what could they do when someone tries to get them to watch an inappropriate movie or when their friends don’t want to include someone in a game they are playing?
    • Show the video “Dare to Stand Alone.”  How was President Thomas S. Monson like Abinadi?
    • Read the 10 commandments in Mosiah 12:35 and 13:11–24.  Help the children think of creative ways to help each other remember each commandment (such as a rhyming phrase, an action, or an acronym). The song “The Commandments” (Children’s Songbook, 112–13) can also help.  Try using this image.

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 ask their family members to share experiences in which they stood for truth, or encourage the children to share their own experiences.

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