“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
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 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.
In this assignment, I ask my children to read a short section from the Come Follow Me Manual and the 4 verses of scripture that are referenced in that section. The actual assignment asks them to think about their experiences that apply and help them to set some goals.
It is my hope that because the amount of reading I am asking them to do is short, they will take the time to understand and ponder the material. The lists I ask them to make are designed to help them apply the scriptures to their own lives and experiences.
Normally I write the weekly assignment on our white board so our tweens can easily refer to the weekly assignment and it is somewhat permanent. But, since our white board is currently MIA 😢, I wrote the assignment on a piece of paper until we can find it (real life here, folks!).
Here it is:
- Read the last section in the Come Follow Me manual for this week. It is titled, “Acts 20:32-35.”
- Read the paragraph and the scriptures referred to.
- Make the following 2 lists:
Service or Gifts I have Received
Gifts of Service or Love I have Given
- Think of and record in your manual 2 ideas of how you can give service or show love to others.
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.