Family Study Fun
    Footnotes

    “Family Study Fun,” Ensign, July 2019

    Come, Follow Me: New Testament

    Family Study Fun

    Consider these activities during family scripture study or home evening.

    July 1–7 (Acts 1:1–8, 15–26; 2:1–42; 4:1–13, 31–33)

    Still, Small Voice Obstacle Course

    blindfolded girl

    Illustrations by David Green

    After His Ascension, the Lord directed his Church through the Holy Ghost. Revelation helped leaders call a new Apostle, spread the gospel, and find those in need. This same practice is followed today.

    1. Scatter pillows, couch cushions, and other soft objects throughout the room.

    2. Assign someone in the family to be the “person in need” at the end of the obstacle course.

    3. Place a blindfold on a member of the family and assign someone else to whisper directions into the person’s ear to guide them safely through the course to the person in need.

    Discussion: When was a time you felt directed by the Holy Ghost to help someone else? How did you recognize those promptings? What recent changes have been announced by President Russell M. Nelson and others? How are these changes evidence of the Lord guiding His Church today?

    July 8–14 (Acts 6:1–8)

    Apostle Social Media Scroll

    hand holding a smartphone

    As you read these verses in Acts, make a list of any Christlike attributes you see in the disciples chosen to be the Lord’s servants.

    1. On your smartphone or computer, go to the Facebook and Instagram accounts of the current Apostles and General Auxiliary leaders.

    2. Scroll through their posts and read about some of their recent experiences visiting members of the Church throughout the world.

    Discussion: What Christlike attributes do you see in the individual Apostles and other Church leaders? Why would the Lord value these attributes in choosing His servants? Which of these attributes would you like to develop?

    July 15–21 (Acts 10)

    Mighty Mini Movie Party

    computer monitor

    After a vision and a series of other events, Peter came to realize that “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34), meaning God doesn’t prohibit anyone from participating in His gospel. Now, sit back, pop some popcorn, and see how this is happening throughout the world today.

    1. With the family, go online to the “Pioneers in Every Land” section of history.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

    2. Explore the site and watch some of the many video shorts featuring Church members in Ghana, Brazil, South Africa, Holland, and elsewhere.

    Discussion: Many members throughout the world have made incredible sacrifices to live the gospel. What can we learn from their examples? What experiences strengthened their faith and helped them persevere? Why does the Lord want His gospel preached to all people?

    July 22–28 (Acts 17:16–34)

    Decoding Your Divine DNA

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    In Athens, Paul taught people who believed that gods were powers or forces, not living, personable beings. Help your family recognize that we are literally the “offspring of God” (Acts 17:29).

    1. Pass out paper to each family member and instruct them to list on the paper the traits they’ve inherited from their parents, such as physical traits or personality traits. Discuss how these traits help you and your family members know who their parents are.

    2. Next, have each family member list traits they inherited from Heavenly Father. Refer to patriarchal blessings if appropriate. Discuss how knowing that we have inherited these traits can strengthen our testimony that we are children of God.