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Short daily devotionals, FHE and Sunday ideas to go along with Come, Follow Me for the week of 6/8/2020.
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Family Home Evening
“We’ll Bring the World His Truth,” Children’s Songbook, 172–73.
- Alma had a hard task given to him by the angel. He had to return to the city where they had thrown him out and try again to teach them the gospel.
- But he did it speedily.
- What does it mean to obey speedily?
- What kinds of things can you practice obeying speedily?
- Chores, playing nicely, etc.
- Obeying without lots of doubt and hesitation shows our faith and helps it grow.
Play a game of Simon Says
Ice cream – because it melts quickly.
Scripture of the Week
Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: Alma 11:43
The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time;
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.
- Last week we learned that Alma was going to different cities to preach. He came to Ammonihah, which was very wicked. They threw him out of the city and he started to move on to another one.
- An angel came and told him to go back. He did and met a man named Amulek, who had been told by an angel that Alma was a prophet and he should help him.
- The people didn’t listen at first; that happens sometimes with us, too. We may share the gospel with people who don’t want it. That doesn’t mean you give up on them, though. What are ways we can keep sharing with people who don’t want it?
Hidden pictures: “Making a New Friend”
What can I do if someone I share the gospel with doesn’t want it.
- When Alma and Amulek started teaching the people, a man named Zoram tried to argue with them and trick them into saying the wrong thing.
- The Spirit was with them and told them what to say. The verses we read are some of those things.
- One big thing they taught was the people of Ammonihah had once been righteous and had the gospel, but they turned away and became hard-hearted. This made it worse for them than the Lamanites, who made mistakes but that was because they didn’t know the gospel.
- How does that apply to us?
Coloring page from Chicken Scratch n Sniff (click on the image to download)
What is something I know I should be doing but am struggling with? How can I improve this week?
- Alma and Amulek continue teaching Zeezrom. They focus a lot on the Plan of Salvation. or as they called it, the Plan of Redemption.
- What does “redemption” mean? (serving to offset or compensate for a defect, according to Merriam Webster)
- They tell Zeezrom that no unclean thing can enter into heaven, so Jesus needs to come down and suffer for our sins. We will then all be resurrected and judged by Heavenly Father and Jesus.
- What will judgment day be like? Happy or sad?
- How does this apply to each of us? What is the best thing about this part of the plan?
Coloring page: Jesus meeting with children (note that they are happy to see Him)
What do I think my resurrected body will look like?
- Alma and Amulek continue teaching Zeezrom about the Plan of Redemption, only now they talk about the Fall of Adam and Eve
- The Fall was a good thing – it started the Plan of Salvation. Adam and Eve were taught by angels about the commandments and how to return to Heavenly Father
- What do we need to do to return to Heavenly Father? How is it possible to repent?
What can I do to follow Jesus Christ?
- Heavenly Father and Jesus don’t tell us everything. What is the reason for this that Alma and Amulek give in the verses?
- What does it mean to “harden our hearts”?
- Compare learning the gospel to learning math in school or a baby learning to crawl, then walk, then run. It’s a process; you have to learn the first parts before you can learn the second parts.
What can I do this week to put God’s word in me?
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:
- Download and print this week’s activities pages from Color Me Christian which go along with Come, Follow Me
- Practice sharing testimonies like Alma and Amulek did.
- Read Alma 10:22–23. What do we learn from these verses about the influence a group of righteous people can have in a wicked city? How can we do that?
- Invite the children to describe what missionaries do and to tell you about anyone they know who is serving a mission. What do missionaries teach people? Explain how Alma and Amulek were missionaries. If anyone in the family has served a mission, share stories from the mission.
- Watch or read the first half of “Chapter 22: Alma’s Mission to Ammonihah”
- Invite one child to pretend to be Amulek and another child to pretend to be Alma as you tell the story in Alma 8:18–22. Let the children help tell the story, and invite different children to be Alma and Amulek. How was Amulek a good friend to Alma? Ask the children to talk about how someone has been a friend to them. Find or draw a picture representing friendship (like two people hugging or a heart), and cut it into puzzle pieces. On the back of each puzzle piece, write something that Alma and Amulek did to be good friends or things we can do to be a good friend.
- Use your hand to represent a spirit, and use a glove to represent a body. Take your hand out of the glove to show the children that our spirits and bodies will be separated at death. Then place your hand back in the glove to show that our spirits and bodies will be joined together again at the Resurrection. Let the children take turns putting the glove on and taking it off as you read Alma 11:43 to them.
- Study family history stories and learn the names of ancestors. Talk about what it will be like to meet those people in person someday after the Resurrection. Explain the importance of doing temple work for these people.
- Write on the board some of the principles related to the plan of redemption that are found in Alma 11–12, such as the Fall of Adam and Eve, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, repentance, death, resurrection, and judgment. Have the children draw a picture of principle and make a timeline or a book that shows the Plan of Salvation. Feel free to go further by discussing the three degrees of glory.
- Talk about the difference between a hard heart and a soft heart. To illustrate this principle, show the children a sponge and a rock and ask them which will absorb water better. How can we show the Lord that we want our hearts to be soft like the sponge?
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 look for opportunities to share the gospel or to help someone else this week.
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