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Short daily devotionals, FHE and Sunday ideas to go along with Come, Follow Me for the week of 7/27/2020.
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Family Home Evening
- Write attributes of Christ on small pieces of paper and hide them around the room.
- Have the children look for them and see how many they can find within a minute (or other appropriate time.)
- Talk about how our lives are finite here on the earth and our purpose is to grow and become like Christ while we are here.
- What would have happened if you got distracted by a toy during the search?
- How can we use our time here on earth more effectively?
Play Hide and Seek
Scripture of the Week
Work on memorizing this scripture during the week: Alma 41:10
Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you,never was .
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.
- This week we are going to study what Alma said to his youngest son, Corianton. This is very different than with Helaman and Shiblon, because Corianton had been making a lot of wrong choices.
- This week we will see Alma tell Corianton bluntly about the sins that he (Corianton) has committed and about the Plan of Salvation. But we will also see Alma show love and testify of repentance and a change of heart.
- How do you think Alma’s experiences when he was younger will help Corianton?
Have the child put a pebble in his shoe and walk around for a while with it in there. Ask how it feels. Explain that sin feels like that – it stays with us until we repent.
How can I share my experiences with others to help them repent?
- Note – this discussion will need to be tailored to your individual child’s age and your family’s views on when to teach about procreation.
- Alma reminds Corianton that the biggest sin he committed was to leave his mission to the Zoramites so he could try to follow a girl that he liked.
- When the Zoramites saw Corianton’s wrong choices, they didn’t want to listen to Alma’s teachings.
- Not only was the sin that Corianton committed one of the worst sins (short of murder), but it also caused others to not repent as well.
- But verse 9 offers hope – that Corianton can still repent and change his ways.
- Satan has many ways that he tries to tempt us, even as kids. It’s important that when it comes to kissing, others’ bodies, etc. that we remember what God’s law of chastity is – keeping our minds clean and full of good thoughts.
If you feel like your child isn’t old enough for some of this conversation, we encourage you to read our post on how to protect children from predators. It’s actually never too early to talk to your children about their bodies and what is appropriate or not. We are foster parents and have received extensive training about sexual abuse, and know from personal experience that it can begin at a very young age.
Go through some of these articles from the Friend magazine about pornography. Choose ones that are approprate for your children and discuss them.
What should I do if someone tries to get me to make a wrong choice?
- When Alma noticed that Corianton had questions about the Resurrection, he taught him about what happens after we die.
- What do you learn in the verses that we read about what happens after death?
What can I do today to get closer to paradise?
- Even though Alma was a prophet, he didn’t have all the answers about the Plan of Salvation
- Alma says several times throughout this chapter that he doesn’t know some things.
- What did Alma do when he had a question?
- Are there things that you don’t have the answers to? What can you do when you have a question?
Connect-the-dots “Listen for His Voice”
What can I do when I have a question?
- Corianton didn’t feel like it was fair that people should be punished for their sins. What do you think?
- What would our lives be like if there were no rules at all and everyone did what they wanted?
- Justice says that for every sin, there is a punishment. Because Adam and Eve ate the fruit and left the Garden, people can commit sin.
- Jesus came to earth and died for us. He suffered the punishment of our sins so He can give mercy to us if we follow what He says.
Watch the video The Mediator and talk about how mercy can’t rob justice, but Christ can help both be met.
What can I do today to show the Savior I’m grateful for His mercy?
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:
- Do this week’s free activity pages from Color Me Christian
- Read the illustrated story “Alma Counsels His Sons”
- Go through some of these articles from the Friend magazine about pornography. Choose ones that are approprate for your children and discuss them. Role play what to do in different situations.
- Watch this video about justice and mercy, explained simply by members of the Church.
- Watch Elder Holland’s video about justice, love, and mercy when two boys try to climb a cliff without ropes.
- Watch the video “The Jar” about justice and mercy when a young man went away to college.
- Demonstrate this with an empty toilet paper roll or paper towel roll. Shove the dirt covered paper towels into the cardboard roll. Ask what would happen if you continued to shove dirty paper towels into the roll. (They would come out the other end.) What happens when we fill our minds with things that are unclean? They come out and manifest themselves through unclean actions. Show another toilet paper roll and fill it with clean paper towels and ask the children what will come out the other end. Explain that the clean paper towels represents doing things like going to church, participating in church activities, reading our scriptures, participating in family home evening, etc. When we fill our lives with things that are good and uplifting, our thoughts and actions become clean. Corianton should have spent his time doing his missionary work which would have helped him keep his thoughts clean.
- Show the children the two bags or boxes, and explain that one has something undesirable in it and the other has something desirable in it. Show one of the children what is in the boxes. Tell the other children that they can ask the child yes or no questions about the items (with the exception of directly asking which is the good or bad container) until they can decide which is the good choice. Ask the children if it helped to talk to someone who was informed about which was the bad choice and which was the good choice. Point out that it also helps to counsel with those who are experienced in righteous living in order to get help and direction in making good choices in life.
- Look at this visual aid that shows what Alma explained to Corianton about good being restored to good and evil to evil.
- Choosing the Right Through Study and Prayer– Maze
- My Choices Have Consequences- Make this wheel to find out the consequences for various actions
- Choose the Right– Find the matching pictures.
- Play a game or sing a song in which the children follow or imitate you, such as “Do as I’m Doing” (Children’s Songbook, 276). Let each child have a turn being the leader or example. Ask the children how they can be a good example to someone.
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:
Encourage the children to thank a family member who has been a good example to them and to think of one way they can be good examples this week.
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