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Short daily devotionals, FHE and Sunday ideas to go along with Come, Follow Me for the week of 6/1/2020.
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Family Home Evening
- Have you ever gone on a trip or gone somewhere and not been prepared?
- What kind of preparation did you forget to do? Why?
- How would you feel if you got to Heavenly Father and you weren’t prepared?
- What kind of preparation should you do to meet God?
Play “Going on a trip“
Scripture of the Week
Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: Alma 7:14
Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven;
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.
- Alma needed to teach all of the people in the land of Zarahemla
- He was worried about the people and their conversion. Their hearts weren’t in the right place.
- This week we will study what Alma taught the people. He said a lot of things, but the big message is that Jesus can change anyone’s heart if you’ll let Him.
Give each child a wooden heart shape, and talk about what it means to have a hard heart. Have children write “Hard Heart” on their wooden shapes and color them black or gray. Discuss what it means to have a soft heart. Give each child a piece of red felt, and let them use their wooden hearts to trace a new “soft” heart from the felt and cut it out. Write “Soft Heart” on the felt shape, and glue it to the other side of the wooden heart. Let children flip the hearts back and forth to show how God can change a hard heart to a soft heart.
What can I do to have a softer heart this week?
- When we get baptized or go to the temple, we have an interview with the Bishop who asks us questions to make sure we are ready to make covenants (promises) and that our hearts are worthy.
- Alma asks the people a lot of questions. This is like a personal interview you can do with yourself.
- As we read them, write them down in your journal and talk about each question.
Write down the questions Alma asks in the verses read.
- Alma tells the people that he knows all of these things are true. How does he know them?
- The Holy Ghost told him! This is the same Alma that saw an angel, but he doesn’t say that the angel is how he knows the truth.
- Testimonies come from the Holy Ghost and feeling it in our hearts. Laman and Lemuel also saw an angel, but they didn’t have testimonies.
How does the Holy Ghost talk to me?
- After Alma taught the people in Zarahemla, but then he went to the people of Gideon, who were a lot more righteous.
- Because they weren’t making the same mistakes and sins, he could talk to them about happier, better things – the Savior and His birth.
- Alma also told them lots of things about what they were supposed to do to follow in the right path. In your journal, make a list of some of the things Alma said to do.
What do I need to do to stay on the right path?
- Do you ever feel like no one understands you?
- One of the best parts of Alma’s talk with the people of Gideon is about the Savior.
- What did the Savior suffer for us in the Garden of Gethsemane? How can that help me not feel alone?
What can I do when I feel alone or misunderstood?
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:
- Watch the live-action video on the LDS website for Alma 4-7
- Iinvite family members to review Alma 5:14–33 and find questions Alma asked to prepare his people to meet God. Perhaps each family member could choose a question and share how it can help us prepare to meet God.
- Read this illustration about the Savior suffering in Gethsemane
- Make this tree that shows the fruits of the Atonement.
- Read the words of the song “He Sent His Son” (Children’s Songbook, 34). Discuss each verse and talk about those aspects of the Savior.
- Watch the video Video: Bible Videos, “The Savior Suffers in Gethsemane”
- Read Alma 5:14. Look in a mirror and ask the children what they see. Use this object lesson. What does it mean for us to receive Christ’s image in our countenances? Listen to the song “His Image in Your Countenance”
- Use an empty balloon to represent a testimony and blow air into it each time you share something that helps testimonies grow. Tie the balloon and pass it around, asking the children to share one thing they can do to help their testimonies grow. Invite the children to draw themselves doing things that will strengthen their testimonies.
- Read together Alma 7:19, and explain that after we are born again, we must follow “the path which leads to the kingdom of God.” Hide papers around the room with the following scripture references written on them: Alma 5:12–13, 27–28, 57; 7:14–16, 23–24. Invite the children to find the papers, look up the scriptures, and share what each scripture teaches we must do to return to God’s presence.
- Invite the children to read Alma 7:11–13, looking for the things Jesus Christ suffered. They may be willing to share experiences when they felt pain, sickness, or afflictions. According to these verses, why was the Savior willing to suffer all of this? (Explain that “succor” means “to help.”)
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 hang a picture of Jesus in a place where they will see it often to remind them of what they learned about Him today.