“Years ago, a study established that for young men and women the influence of the Holy Ghost most often accompanies individual scripture study and prayer in the home. ” – Quentin L. Cook October 2018 Conference
Purpose of These Assignments
There are many valuable resources available to help you customize the Come Follow Me program to meet the needs of your family. Since half of my children at this point would be considered “tweens,” I have been giving my 9-12 year-year-olds an “assignment” each week.
These assignments are intended to help them become familiar with the scriptures including the Bible Dictionary, the Topical Guide, Joseph Smith Translation, the Come Follow Me manual, and talks given by General Authorities.
I try to keep it simple and “easy,” while focusing on important truths and drafting the questions in such a way that they will become confident in their abilities to find answers in the scriptures and other resources provided to them. I don’t pretend to be perfect, but this is how I have felt inspired to help my “tweens” benefit from the Come Follow Me Program.
The assignment for this week can be downloaded as a Word file by clicking on the following link.
My intent in assigning this is to encourage my tweens to become familiar with the Bible Dictionary and know how to use it. I have found my studies to be more effective and enriched when I have used the Bible Dictionary and Topical Guide to help me understand the scriptures.
I know that if my children have experience using the Bible Dictionary, that it will be easier for them to continue to use it as a supplement to their studies.
In our home, it is helpful to give a few days to allow my kids to complete this assignment. Not because I think it will take them a long time, but they seem to do it more willingly when it is on their own timetable and don’t feel as forced.
Each of my kids who are old enough have their own copy of the Come Follow Me manual and I encourage them to write the answers to their weekly assignment directly in their manual. If your kids don’t have their own, doing the assignment on a regular paper or a notebook specifically designated for Come Follow Me will work just as well.
That’s it. It’s simple and to the point, and accomplishes the task of helping my children open the scriptures and begin to interpret them on their own.