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Come, Follow Me Jan 7-13: "Be it Unto Me According to Thy Word"

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Here is the second lesson for New Testament 2019 Come, Follow Me: "Be it Unto Me According to Thy Word." We will be studying Matthew 1; Luke 1 from January 7-13. We are so excited, this week we get to talk about prayer. As a parent I (BreeAnna) plan to make a focused effort myself to improve MY prayers in both consistency and sincerity. I find that sometimes I get lazy and it's hard to stay focused at the end of the day. Anyone else? When talking to my kids we are going to work on the proper order of prayer. We're excited to hear your ideas and what is working for you. Please share them with us!

Our plan this week is to watch the Bible Videos that go with this block of scripture on Sunday the 6th in the afternoon. (We should have lots of time with 2 hour church! wink wink) Often in our family we use the Bible Videos and New Testament stories because they hold the little kids' attention well. Some of our children are very young and don't read yet. We try to make sure the kids understand on their level what happened in the video we watched. In order to make sure we are still teaching from the scriptures as well, we use the excerpts from the scriptures that are suggested in the primary manual. This week the handout from Come, Follow Me - For Primary is used in the actual lesson, so we didn't use that as an activity idea this week.

One of the lesson ideas for this week is to talk about family history. We decided it would be fun to get together with our husband's parents, (our husbands are brothers) and have them tell us stories about their youth and their parents (our children's great-grandparents) while we make and eat a dinner that our husbands enjoyed as kids. If you have family close by it could be a fun addition to your week as well.

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January 7 - January 13
Matthew 1; Luke 1
“Be It Unto Me According To Thy Word”
Weekly Preparation:
(This list includes all the activities for all of the lesson ideas this week so it may include things you aren't planning to use. Look ahead through the lessons and plan for the ones you want to do.)
Print off the Simply Family Home Evening lesson plan for this week. Gather rocks from outside and clean them. Make sure you have acrylic paint and paint brushes to paint a prayer rock. Print and color the Primary handouts from this lesson and from the Feb 25 lesson. Print off pedigree charts, enough for each kid plus one more. We used this family tree chart from Thought Co.
Discussion Topics:

Bible Videos:
New Testament Stories:

Other Resources From The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Link to Come, Follow Me for Primary
Link to Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families
The Friend - For ideas on how to use The Friend Magazine see our Activity Ideas page

The lesson idea we decided to focus on for Family Home Evening this week is:
Heavenly Father Hears and Answers my Prayers
(Matthew 1:21-25; Luke 1:30-35, 46-47)
Preparation: Rocks, acrylic paint, paint brushes.
Cut out the pictures in this Primary handout and cut out the wheel from this Primary handout.
Watch the videos, either New Testament Stories or Bible Videos; read the scripture references or use a mix of both.
New Testament Stories
Chapter 1 "Elisabeth and Zacharias"
Chapter 3 "John the Baptist is Born"
Bible Video
"Mary and Elisabeth Rejoice Together"
Scripture References
Luke 1:5-20, 57-63
Take the pictures from the Primary handout and talk about each picture. Is it something we are grateful for or someone we can pray for?
Put the picture next the prayer wheel where it belongs during our prayers.
Use the prayer wheel to talk about the proper order of prayer.
Activity Ideas:
Paint prayer rocks
Play Hide-and-Seek

Additional Lesson or Discussion Ideas:

Jesus Christ is the Son of God
Preparation: Print off pedigree charts for each kid and one for Jesus. We used this family tree chart from Thought Co.
Scriptures: (Luke 1:31-35)
Jesus Christ is the son of Heavenly Father and Mary.
Read Luke 1:30-35
Ask the kids who their mom is. Ask the kids who their dad is. Ask them about their grandparents. Who's mom and dad are they? Write all of this down on the pedigree chart.
Pull out the pedigree chart for Jesus. Ask the kids who Jesus' mom is. Ask the kids who Jesus' dad is. Talk about how Joseph raised Jesus on earth, but Jesus is the only person to ever be born on this earth whose real dad is Heavenly Father. 
Write the names in on Jesus' pedigree chart and compare it to the other kids' to show them what this means.

Angels announced the birth of Jesus
Scriptures: (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38)
Bible Videos:
"Mary, the Mother of Jesus"
New Testament Stories:
Chapter 2 "Mary and the Angel"
Chapter 4 "Joseph and the Angel"

With God, nothing is impossible
Scriptures: (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:5-37)
Bible Videos:
"Mary and Elisabeth Rejoice Together"
New Testament Stories:
Chapter 1 "Elisabeth and Zacharias"
Chapter 3 "John the Baptist is Born"
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  1. Love your ideas! Since Im a grandma, I would love to support my kids by helping to make these wonderful (yet simple) illustrations. BUT since I live far away, Im curious how soon your ides come. Do they come soon enough for me to mail a few states away?

    1. Oh that is such a sweet idea! We have a new post go up every Sunday and we keep the blog updated with the current week’s lesson plus the next 3. So if you were staying that far ahead it should be enough time to mail them.


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