Short daily devotionals, Family Home Evening (FHE) and Sunday ideas to go along with Come Follow Me for the week of 7/20/2020.
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Family Home Evening for Come Follow Me 7/20
- The Lord performs his work by small and simple things.
- What do you think this means?
- The Liahona is a good example.
- We grow closer to the Lord not through grand gestures, but by little choices we make very day.
- The Lord’s Kingdom moves forward by each person doing their part no matter how small.
- What small things can you do to help the Lord’s kingdom?
Build a house out of legos or other small blocks. Talk about how all the pieces are important no matter how small.
Scripture of the Week
Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: Alma 37:6
By small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
Devotionals for Come Follow Me 7/20
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 in Come Follow Me 7/20:
- 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.
- After Alma finished teaching the Zoramites, he returned home and was very sorry about the wickedness of so many people.
- He gathered his three sons around him to teach them for probably the last time. This week, we are going to talk about the things he said to the oldest two.
- Why do you think Alma wanted to teach his sons? What kinds of things would he tell them, do you think?
- If it was going to be the last time you talked to someone you loved, what would you want to tell them and why?
Write a letter to a loved one who you don’t get to talk to very much.
- The first son Alma spoke to was the oldest, Helaman. Helaman was going to take over for Alma as the head of the Church
- The first thing Alma talked to Helaman about was when Alma saw an angel as a young man. What do you remember about that story?
- What does Alma mean when he said he was “born of God”?
Role-play repentance with this activity and pyramid
What is something I mess up with sometimes? How can I repent from it?
- Alma then taught his son about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
- In ancient times, when they wanted to talk about something important they wrote a type of poetry called chiasmus (kai-as-mus). This is when the lines go ABCDEEDCBA. The stuff on the outside (the A) is the least important part, while the stuff in the middle is the most important part.
- Alma 36 is one long chiasums. Look at verses 3 and 27, then 5 and 26.
- The middle comes in verses 17 and 18. What do they say? Why did Alma choose this information as the most important part? (He turned towards Christ and everything changed.)
How can I turn to Christ today when something is hard?
- Alma gives Helaman the plates of brass to take care of and tells him to continue to write in them. He tells Helaman it may seem foolish to do something so small, but small things can be made larger by God.
- If Helaman, Alma, Nephi, and the others hadn’t written these things down, millions would not have a testimony today of the restored Church of Jesus Christ.
- What are small things in our life that God can use to become bigger things? (Helping someone, reading scriptures, etc.)
- Alma tells Helaman even more about how important the scriptures are.
- He calls them “the words of Christ” and compares them to the Liahona. Do you remember what the Liahona was?
- How are the scriptures like a Liahona for us?
What is something small I can do today to make a big difference?
- This is a short chapter where Alma speaks to his second son, Shiblon.
- Shiblon was very righteous. He went as a missionary with his father to the Zoramites, and he was persecuted but stayed strong.
- Alma shares some of the same things he talked about with Helaman.
- What are some of the important things Alma told Shiblon? Why do you think Alma said different things to each child?
Tell each family member something different and unique that you love about them.
What stood out the most in Alma’s words to Shiblon?
Primary Assignment for Come Follow Me 7/20
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 for Come Follow Me 7/20
Encourage the children to share one reason they are grateful for the scriptures and to invite members of their families to do the same.
Sunday Activities for Come Follow Me 7/20
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 in Come Follow Me 7/20:
- Do this week’s free activity pages from Color Me Christian
- Watch the video Alma the Younger Repents to remind yourselves about how much Alma the Younger had changed since the angel visited him
- Go on a scavenger hunt and look for small things that can make big things happen or move big things, such as a battery or a car key. What big things happen or move because of these small things?
- Show a picture or two of small things that accumulate into big things, such as a blade of grass and a field, or a raindrop and a lake. Testify that even small, simple actions can make a big difference in our lives and in the lives of others.
- Read the following scriptures together to learn more about being born of God: 1 John 4:7; Mosiah 5:7; 27:25–26; Alma 5:14; 22:15
- Read Alma 38:12. Does your family know what a bridle is? Maybe you could show them a picture of one and talk about how it is used to control an animal. What does it mean to “bridle [our] passions”? How does bridling our passions help us be “filled with love”?
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