“Come Follow Me” Family Journal

Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew, and such was the case with all the worksheets I tried for last year’s Come Follow Me. I ended up not being able to maintain my efforts, but what I DID learn is that right now I’m just meant to learn with my family – not create an entire new curriculum! Last year also taught me that what matters most is we’re learning, feeling the Spirit, and recording those impressions.

So each kid got their own “small plates” notebook to write or draw those spiritual impressions in and to write answers to questions from the incredible Come Follow Me manual. After trying to do too much and then feeling low for falling short, I can honestly say this is new approach is a great compromise. We are reading the scriptures more, doing some hands-on activities, and then writing a sentence or two a few times a week as we feel inspired. It’s made me feel like I can add music to our scripture time since things are going fairly smoothly and Gospel songs always bring the Spirit!

To make sure we’re also preserving the memories of the activities we do, I’ve made the space below for a weekly post about that week’s activities. It will be reflective, so it will never be ahead of the reading schedule, but maybe it can still serve for some inspiration. At the very least, it’s our own family history and that makes me excited! I will list the activities below, with the most recent being at the top. Last year’s projects are still listed at the bottom of this page too. I hope something here can be useful!

Week 2: 1 Nephi 1-7 (Song – Nephi’s Courage)

The Parable of the Potatoes…Meet Nephi and Sam. 😁 This week we did an object lesson with the help of some potatoes, a Sharpie, a knife, some water, plastic wrap, and heat.

How can we soften our hearts when they are pierced by the Word of God and we receive Living Water? Go to the source of all light (God…or the microwave) and let the burning of the Holy Ghost soften our attitudes.

I’m a firm believer that there wasn’t a big difference between Nephi & Sam and Laman and Lemuel.

They both needed help believing the prophecies of their father.

The difference was that 2 of them prayed to understand the mysteries of God and felt the burning confirmation of the Holy Ghost, while the other 2 didn’t want to ask God. (See 1 Nephi 2:15-18)

That is something I need to remember too. Am I humble enough to ask God, accept and act on His answer? Will I feel the burning it talks about in the scriptures Luke 24:32, 3 Nephi 11:3, and Doctrine & Covenants 9:8?

If so, then I will be moldable like these potatoes were after 5 minutes in the microwave.

Then I will be impressionable because He’ll trust me with those impressions.

Just like that butter knife could penetrate these potatoes with ease, I want to be receptive and receive the word of God. I hope and pray I can be that kind of potato…er, person.

Week 1: Introductory Pages of The Book of Mormon (Song – Book of Mormon Stories)

This week we each contributed a few sentences to our own witnesses page by sharing part of our testimony of The Book of Mormon and then signing it. This will be copied and carefully glued in our own scriptures along with the testimonies of the 3, 8, and the prophet, Joseph Smith.

Come Follow Me Resources for The New Testament

Hello there! Here are some resources to help you study and record your impressions as you use the Come Follow Me manual. I take questions directly from that text, but don’t include the scriptures so you will want to keep it handy. Below you’ll find video links, study guides, coloring pages, scripture memes, activities, music, and game ideas to go along with each week’s lesson. They’re pretty simple, but I find beauty and practicality in simplicity. In other words, we’ve actually been using these instead of just “hoping” to. Scroll down to find a week you would like support studying. I pray you will find something here that will help you grow in your understanding of and connection to Jesus Christ!

“Come, Follow Me” (Week 1: Dec 31 – Jan 6)

VIDEO LINKS from http://www.lds.org

The Ten Virgins (told in Christ words as live-action video)

The Ten Virgins (as told through the children scripture stories)

They That Are Wise (The Ten Virgins live-action video)

Forgive 70 Times 7 (told in Christ words as live-action video)

Jesus is Crucified (as told through the children scripture stories)

Jesus is Scourged and Crucified (live-action and somewhat graphic for little ones)

Week 1 Study Guide Printable as a PDFor download the photo JPEG files below.

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Week 1 Seek and Ye Shall Find coloring page as a PDFor download the photo JPEG file below.

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Week 1 Handwriting Ponderize Practice Page as a PDFor download the photo JPEG file below.

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GAME IDEA : Home Run Charades

The game we played – which was SUPER FUN and they kept asking to play again – is a fun form of charades. You put a bunch of words on different slips of paper but don’t let the players see them. I wrote these out from the week’s reading and their answers to different questions. Then you form 2 teams. For the 1st round, the first team member has 30 seconds to grab slips of paper and try to get their teammates to guess the word they are describing without using the word. When the time is up, the other team gets a turn, and so on until all the words have been guessed. Make note of how many words each side guessed.

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Then for the second round, you play again except they can only describe the word they draw with ONE word, so you have to make it a good one! This can be clever or silly, depending on how your family makes connections. Continue to play until all words have been guessed and record the points.

Then for round three, you can ONLY gesture or do charades to get people to guess. Again, get through all the words and see who wins! 🙂

It was a RIOT and I will have to post my photos of our funny game sometime. Try it!!

Finally, here are the memes I made this week to keep the words of the Savior on my mind. Life is busy, but there is always time for Christ if we make the time. I hope these help you keep him close.

come follow me
what seek ye
also by faith

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“Be It Unto Me According to Thy Word” (Week 2: Jan 7 – Jan 13)

VIDEO LINKS from http://www.lds.org

Elizabeth & Zacharias (as told through the children scripture stories)

Mary & the Angel (as told through the children scripture stories)

An Angel Foretells Christ’s Birth to Mary (live-action)

Mary the Mother of Jesus (live-action)

John the Baptist is Born (as told through the children scripture stories)

Joseph and the Angel (as told through the children scripture stories)

The Will of God (God uses love-inspired correction to guide us to a future we do not or cannot now envision but which He knows is the better way for us. “As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten” D. Todd Christofferson)

Week 2 Study Guide Printable as a PDFor download the photo JPEG files below.

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Week 2 Nothing Shall Be Impossible Coloring Page as a PDF or download the photo JPEG file below.

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Chris Tomlin’s beautiful anthem, “Whom Shall I Fear” was a perfect fit for this week’s study, so I’m including it here too. I remember a season where I listened to it every day to remind me that I do not need to fear. The same God who made so many miracles happen was going to give me the strength to keep going too. I hope it lifts you!

Week 2 Handwriting Ponderize Practice as a PDFor download the photo JPEG file below.

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ACTIVITY & GAME IDEA: Time Capsule & Homerun Charades

Since the lesson mentioned knowing your ancestors, we talked about some of our ancestors, their strengths, what they liked and didn’t like. Then we filled these out about ourselves and shared our answers. It was fun and special to get to know each other better. Then we sealed them in a box to read again at the end of the year. My kids LOVED this activity, even though they needed help writing some of their answers. It was super cute!

2019 Time Capsule as a PDF or click and save the JPEG below.

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Then we used their answers to choose words and play Homerun Charades again! (It’s our latest favorite game!) Here are the instructions again…

The game we played – which was SUPER FUN and they kept asking to play again – is a fun form of charades. You put a bunch of words on different slips of paper but don’t let the players see them. I wrote these out from the week’s reading and their answers to different questions. Then you form 2 teams. For the 1st round, the first team member has 30 seconds to grab slips of paper and try to get their teammates to guess the word they are describing without using the word. When the time is up, the other team gets a turn, and so on until all the words have been guessed. Make note of how many words each side guessed.

Then for the second round, you play again except they can only describe the word they draw with ONE word, so you have to make it a good one! This can be clever or silly, depending on how your family makes connections. Continue to play until all words have been guessed and record the points.

Then for round three, you can ONLY gesture or do charades to get people to guess. Again, get through all the words and see who wins! 🙂

It was a RIOT and I will have to post my photos of our funny game sometime. Try it!!

Lastly, the scriptures and quotes from this lesson I wanted to make sure our family remembered…

be it unto me
holland blessings quote
with god

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“We Have Come to Worship Him” (Week 3: Jan 14 – Jan 20)

VIDEO LINKS from http://www.lds.org

The Nativity (live-action)

Jesus Christ is Born (children’s scripture stories)

Glad Tidings of Great Joy: The Birth of Jesus Christ (live-action)

Shepherds Learn of the Birth of Jesus Christ (live-action)

Presentation at the Temple (children’s scripture stories)

The Christ Child is Presented at the Temple (live-action)

The Wise Men (children’s scripture stories)

The Wise Men Seek Jesus (live-action)

The Boy Jesus (children’s scripture stories)

Young Jesus Teaches in the Temple (live-action)

Week 3_Study Guide as a printable PDF or download the jpeg files below.

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Week 3 Handwriting Ponderize Practice or download the JPEG below.

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The activities in the FHE portion look amazing this week so I’m just planning on using those. We will DEFINITELY be playing our Homerun Charades game with the different people who were part of the Nativity. LOL That should be fun! 🙂

Here are some scriptures to consider ponderizing this week from the reading.

waxed strong
be of good cheer
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Pondered them in her Heart coloring page can be downloaded by clicking on the title or the photo below.

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I goofed a little on this one, but I doubt any little one will care too much. Hopefully, they will just notice the pretty parts. Giving what I can is worth it, even if it means it’s not perfect. I hope some of these resources will help you in your scripture study!

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We Have Found the Messiah (Week 4 Jan 21- 27)

VIDEO LINKS from http://www.lds.org

Finding Hope Through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Mormon Message)

Our Heavenly Father’s Plan (children’s animation)

Week 4 Study Guide as a printable PDF or click on the JPEGS below.

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Week 4 Handwriting Ponderize Practice as a PDF or download the JPEG below.

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Some other verses to consider ponderizing…

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power

I love the flashlight FHE suggestion this week, so here’s a simple coloring sheet to go along with it. It can be downloaded here as a PDF or through the JPEG below.

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I’m also planning on hiding pictures of Christ around the living room and having the kids find them with the flashlight. I think that will be fun and help them remember who John the Baptist was. I might even stick a piece of tape on one flashlight and draw a stick figure on there and label it “John the Baptist” and another with “John”! (LOL My kids are visual learners.)  I truly hope these tools can help you as you study for yourself and/or teach your family!

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