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Short daily devotionals, FHE and Sunday ideas to go along with Come, Follow Me for the week of 6/29/2020.
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Family Home Evening
- Talk about why these people buried their weapons.
- How can we bury our own sins?
- Have everyone write or draw things that they do that they know are wrong and bury them in a hole in the yard. (This is the activity)
- Talk about how you never want to see those things again. This is part of true repentance.
Scripture of the Week
Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: Alma 23:7
For they became a righteous people; they did lay down the weapons of their rebellion, that they did not fight against God any more, neither against any of their brethren.
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 Lamoni’s father, after he converted, let Ammon and his brethren teach the gospel. Many of the Lamanites were converted and called themselves “Anti-Nephi’-Lehis”
- Normally “anti” means “against” but in this case, it means the children of Lehi who were not descended from Nephi.
- Why do you think they wanted to change their name instead of being called Lamanites? Do we take a new name to show we’ve changed? (Yes, at baptism we take Christ’s name.)
Do this names activity at the end of the lesson
What can I change this week?
- King Lamoni’s father died, and his son became the new king. His son was named Anti-Nephi-Lehi.
- At the same time, the Amalekites (who were the children of the wicked priests of King Noah) attacked the Anti-Nephi-Lehis because they were angry they followed Heavenly Father.
- The Anti-Nephi-Lehis buried their weapons so they wouldn’t be tempted to use them, and knelt to pray when they were attacked. Even though some died, the Lamanites who were attacking them stopped and repented. More people joined the gospel than those who died.
- When we repent, do we need to bury our sins? It’s a symbol. How can we “bury” our wrong choices?
What can I “bury” this week?
- The Lamanites who had attacked the Anti-Nephi-Lehis became angry that the Amalekties had gotten them angry enough to kill their brethren
- They hunted down the Amalekites and killed many of them. Abinadi had prophecied that those who killed him would have their posterity be put to death. This fulfilled that prophecy.
- Then those Lamanites returned to the Anti-Nephi-Lehis and buried their own weapons of war. They converted to the gospel and believed in Jesus.
- Read the verses above in Alma 24 – how did the repentant Lamanites and Anti-Nephi-Lehis feel about being able to be forgiven of their sins?
God … has a pencil with an eraser on it and he has promised us God … has a pencil with an eraser on it and he has promised us that he will use it if we will repent and change our ways … He has said that if we would forsake our evil and thoroughly make up our minds against it, then he would wash it out of his mind and just forget the whole thing. Of course, he expects that we will wash it out of our minds also. — Sterling W. Sill
How do I feel when I repent? How can I know I am forgiven?
- Alma the Younger and Ammon both had very different experiences on their missions. Ammon went and taught the Lamanites, while Alma taught the Nephites.
- Even though their experiences were different, they way they felt about missionary work is the same. Read some verses and talk about the similarities on how they felt.
- Do you think everyone who shares the gospel feels this way? (Maybe the parent can share some personal experiences.)
What can I do to share the gospel this week like a missionary?
- The remainder of the wicked Lamanites continued to try to kill the Anti-Nephi-Lehis, who refused to fight. Ammon and his brethren were told by the Lord to take them to the Nephites to get help. That’s when they met Alma the Younger and shared their stories with each other.
- The Anti-Nephi-Lehis were worried the Nephites would reject them because they had killed some of them before, but the Nephites forgave them and gave them land to live on. How would you feel if you were a Nephite and a Lamanite who had killed someone you love came and asked you for help?
- The Nephites also promised to protect the Anti-Nephi-Lehis in exchange for some of their food and other resources to feed the soldiers.
- There were some big battles were a lot of people died, but the Nephites drove the Lamanites out.
- Alma 28:9-14 shows the difference between the feelings of the righteous and the wicked about death. What are some of those differences?
Who can I try to forgive 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:
- Read “The People of Ammon” and talk about the overall story
- Watch the video Video: Book of Mormon Stories, “Chapter 26: The People of Ammon”
- Read “The Buried Weapons”
- Do this Anti-Nephi-Lehi object lesson about keeping promises
- Do this Anti-Nephi-Lehi object lesson about replacing sins and bad habits with good.
- Do the Come, Follow Me activity pages for this week’s lessons by Color Me Christian
- Describe how the Anti-Nephi-Lehies kept their promise by burying their weapons. Invite the children to draw a sword and then pretend to dig a hole and bury their sword. Help the children think of promises they make. Why is it important to keep promises? Explain that when we are baptized, we make promises with God and He makes promises with us. These are called covenants.
- Invite the children to draw pictures of things that bring them joy. Invite each child to give his or her drawing to another classmate and explain it. Point out that when something brings us joy—such as the gospel—our joy grows when we share it.
- Give each child a blank copy of the Book of Mormon. Have them write their testimony inside of it (or get help from an adult). Discuss who they can share it with and what they could say.
- Role-play with the children situations in which they can, in a kind way, help others choose the right. For example, what can we say to a friend who wants to lie or be mean?
- Give all the children small rocks, and invite them to write the word covenant on their rock. Explain that a covenant is a promise between Heavenly Father and His children. How do our covenants make us strong or “firm” like a rock? (Alma 24:19). Read together Alma 24:16–25 to learn what covenant the people of Ammon made and how they honored their covenant. You can paint the rocks or decorate them and have the children put them in a place where they can be reminded of covenants that they have (or will) make at baptism.
- Invite two children to face each other and see who can make the other child smile first. What are some ways we can spread joy to others? How does sharing the gospel spread joy?
- Read the following verses to find out what the Lamanites were like before Ammon and his brothers taught them: Alma 17:14–15; 26:23–24. Then read the following verses to find out how the Lamanites changed: Alma 26:31–34; 27:27–30. Make a chart that is labelled Before and After, and write down what the Lamanites were like before and after they were taught the gospel.
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 keep their promises as the Anti-Nephi-Lehies did.
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