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Come, Follow Me; Simply Family Home Evening FHE lessons: Sep 9-15 "Be ye Reconciled to God"

Hey friends, I am so excited that you've come back to Simply Family Home Evening to check out the ideas that we have for your Come, Follow Me study. This week we are starting 2 Corinthians. We're reading chapters 1-7 and the lesson title is "Be ye Reconciled to God." I love this week because it's all about forgiving others, feeling comfort from Heavenly Father and comforting others and faith. Just a great week and a fabulous bunch of topics that work so well together!

So, here we go! Just scroll a little further down and you will see the collection of Simply Family Home Evening lesson ideas we have put together for you this week. Right below the lesson ideas, all Simply Family Home Evening posts have a few quick link sections for you: the topics listed in the Come, Follow Me - For Primary manual linked to their accompanying scripture references, all the video links for that lesson for easy reference, and some General Authority messages that are recommended on as study references for that lesson. Make sure to check those out too! On with the lesson ideas!
Come, Follow Me; Simply Family Home Evening FHE lessons: Sep 9-15 "Be ye Reconciled to God"

September 9-15
2 Corinthians 1-7
"Be ye Reconciled to God"

Simply Family Home Evening Lesson Plan

The lesson idea we decided to focus on for Family Home Evening this week is:
 Heavenly Father comforts me, and I can comfort others

Come, Follow Me; Simply Family Home Evening FHE lessons: Sep 9-15 "Be ye Reconciled to God"
Preparation: Collect a box of things that your children use for comfort (blanket, pillow, favorite stuffed animal, band-aids, an ice pack (my kids use ice packs to cure all ailments), a picture of your family, etc.) 
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 1:3–4
Opening Song: "I Believe in Being Honest" Children's Songbook pg 149
Read 2 Corinthians 1:3–4
Get out the box with comfort items.
Ask your kids what all of these things in the box and the scripture you just read have in common.
Once they figure it out, tell your kids about a time when Heavenly Father has comforted you. Then tell them about a way another person has helped comfort you.
Have your kids come up with some ways that they can help comfort others. Try to think of someone that might need comforting and come up with a way you can help them feel better as a family.
Activity Ideas:
Go serve that family. Take them some cookies, a movie night treat of soda and popcorn, a blanket you made together as a family for them. Let them know you love them.

Additional Lesson or Discussion Ideas:

I can forgive others

Come, Follow Me; Simply Family Home Evening FHE lessons: Sep 9-15 "Be ye Reconciled to God"

Preparation: Revisit the forgiveness lesson from June 17 "It is Finished"
If you don't have a set of of forgiveness bricks, print some out.
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 2:7–8, 10 
Read 2 Corinthians 2:5 and 7. Paul wanted the Corinthian saints to forgive a man who had sinned.
Review the lesson on forgiveness from Jun 17. Ask the kids how building their forgiveness foundation is going. Have any of them had to forgive anyone since that lesson? How did that go? 
If you skipped this lesson back in June now is a great time to have the lesson and talk about building a forgiveness foundation.
Activity Ideas:
We love the boardgame "Sorry" it's a great game to play when we're talking about forgiveness!

Godly sorrow leads me to repent 

Come, Follow Me; Simply Family Home Evening FHE lessons: Sep 9-15 "Be ye Reconciled to God"
Preparation: Print off the Godly Sorrow printable.
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 7:8–11
Bible Videos: 
     Reconciled to God
Read 2 Corinthians 7:8–9
Talk to your kids about how it is natural to be embarrassed or to feel guilty for doing something wrong. That is the Holy Ghost reminding us that what we did wasn't right. That's a good start to help us want to change our behavior. But what we should feel that will help lead us to repentance is called “Godly Sorrow”
Lay out the three statements and the little person.
Talk about how when we make a mistake or a sin, Heavenly Father is disappointed in us, just like mom and dad are when we do something wrong. Heavenly Father still loves us, that never changes, but He can't be close to us when we sin. He wants us to repent so that we can be close to Him again.
Ask your kids which of the statements represents “Godly Sorrow." Put that thought bubble over the person. Talk about what having Godly Sorrow means. (a desire to never commit that sin again, a desire to fix the break in our relationship with Heavenly Father that our sin has caused, etc)
Adapt for older kids:
Come up with a general scenario to discuss (a broken window, telling a lie about a test score, saying something mean about a friend at school etc.) Place each of the thought bubbles over the person and talk about what their actions might be from that thought. What might that person do? What would be the best thought that leads to the best action?

I believe in being honest

Come, Follow Me; Simply Family Home Evening FHE lessons: Sep 9-15 "Be ye Reconciled to God"

Preparation: Print out the 13th Article of Faith for study or memorization. Review the “I can be honest” lesson from July 1. If you didn't make honesty jars back then, make some now as an activity.
Print out the primary handout for each child to color and complete.
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 4:1–2
Read 2 Corinthians 4:1–2
Read and possibly memorize the 13th Article of Faith if your kids are up to it.
Play a game where kids raise their hands when you say something that is true, and have them put them down when you say something that isn’t true. 
For example: 
     “Today is Monday” 
     “I have six eyes”
     "The sky is green"
     "Rain makes flowers grow"
Talk about why it is important to be honest.
If you haven't made honesty jars, make them and talk about what the kids will earn when the jars are full.
If you have made honesty jars, ask the kids how they are doing with them. What have they learned about being honest?
Activity Ideas:
Do the primary handout

I “walk by faith, not by sight.” 

Come, Follow Me; Simply Family Home Evening FHE lessons: Sep 9-15 "Be ye Reconciled to God"

Preparation: Review the lesson titled "I can show my faith in Jesus Christ by Following Him" from Aug 5.
Set up a simple obstacle course.
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 5:6–7
Read 2 Corinthians 5:6–7
Watch the "I Walk By Faith" music video 
Show your kids the obstacle course and then blindfold them and lead them through to the end. Depending on their age, you can lead them through by the hand or you can tell them to listen for your voice and you'll guide them safely if they listen to you.
Talk about how this is like “walking by faith, not by sight.” We may not be able to see the obstacles in our way but Jesus can see them and when we pray and ask for guidance He can send the Holy Ghost to guide us through our life.
Activity Ideas:
Let the kids guide each other through the obstacle course. Remind them it is important to be honest. When they lead someone through correctly they get to put a pom pom in their honesty jar!

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Bible Videos:
General Authority Messages:
Additional Videos

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


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