Did we all survive the holidays??? Whew! Ready to refresh, renew, re-evaluate and read the Book of Mormon?!
What do your New Year’s Resolutions look like? If one of them is about engaging more in Come Follow Me especially having FHE with the kids, then you have come to the right place!
I’ll be posting monthly with simple ideas to teach concepts from Come Follow Me to young kids. My own kids are 5 and 3 and I’ve got one more coming in May! I used to teach special education so I have a passion for breaking down concepts and making them more concrete.
You’ll find a month’s worth of FHE ideas, including materials so hopefully you can get those prepped once a month and not have to worry about too much throughout the month. Periodically there will be free print outs available. I will also be posting corresponding Children’s scriptures to go along with the assigned readings each week.
Here’s the Children’s books I’ll be drawing from:
- Book of Mormon Stories (this is the one you can get from Church distribution and on the Gospel library app)
- Book of Mormon for Young Readers (available on the Church website and through the Gospel library app)
- Scripture Stories from the Friend
- My Book of Mormon Friends by Alexis Merril (available on Amazon or Deseret Book)
- My First Book of Mormon Stories by Deanna Draper Buck and Jerry Harston (available on Amazon as a Board Book or for Kindle and at Deseret Book) *there’s a second addition with more stories from the Book of Mormon, but I don’t have it…yet.
- Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Strong Women from the Book of Mormon by McArthur Krishna, Bethany Brady Spradling, and Kathleen Peterson (available on Amazon as a Hardback Book or for Kindle and at Deseret Book)
- Heroic Stories from the Book of Mormon by Shauna Gibby and Casey Nelson (available on Amazon and Deseret Book) This one is a flashlight discovery book, similar to the Usborne Shine a Light books
Dec 30- Jan 5 Another Testament of Jesus Christ
Corresponding Readings: Book of Mormon Stories chap. 1, My Book of Mormon Friends intro pages
Song: Book of Mormon Stories pg 118
Materials: Gospel Art book
Get your kids excited about reading the Book of Mormon this year. Play or sing the Book of Mormon Stories song using the corresponding pictures from the Gospel Art book. Show them the different sets of scriptures you’ll be using- a quad, your phone, the Book of Mormon stories book, and any other books you have. You may want to get them a little pocket sized Book of Mormon to have for themselves as well.
Jan 6-12 I will Go and Do
Corresponding Readings: Book of Mormon Stories chap 2-5; Book of Mormon Stories for Young Readers Journey to the Promised Land; Friend Magazine Nephi gets the Brass Plates; My Book of Mormon Friends– Nephi and Sariah; My First Book of Mormon Stories– Lehi was a Prophet and Nephi had Faith; Girls Who Choose God– Sariah, the Matriarch; Heroic Stories- Lehi
Song: Nephi’s Courage (vs. 1) pg 120
Materials: Tasks to complete
Read 1 Nephi 3:7 together, explain that Nephi said he would go and do what Heavenly Father asked and he knew that Heavenly Father would make it possible even if it was hard. Have a few tasks to complete around the house that are a little difficult for the kids to do on their own- reaching something high, reading something, finding something, etc. Remind them how Nephi approached things that were difficult for him so when they are asked to do something they say, “I will go and do!” Let them get started and then help them complete it so they can see that Heavenly Father will help them.
Jan 13- 19 Come and Partake of the Fruit
Corresponding readings: Book of Mormon Stories chap 6
Song: The Iron Rod Hymn 274
Materials: rope or pvc pipe, a bin or something similar to hold icky water, a cardboard box or lego building, a tree (or a picture of one), a yummy white treat (white chocolate macademia nut cookies, marshmallows, donuts with white frosting, etc.)
Use a rope or pvc pipe to represent the iron rod leading to a tree- maybe a tree in your yard or just a picture of a tree in the house. Have it lead past some murky water and a “great and spacious building” made out of a cardboard box or legos and maybe some other obstacles. At the tree have some sort of yummy white treat. Have the kids follow the “iron rod” to the tree, have one parent at the tree beckoning them and the other trying to get them to let go. Enjoy the treats together at the tree.
Jan 20-26 Armed with Righteousness and with the Power of God
Corresponding reading: Re-read Book of Mormon Stories chap 6
Song: The Iron Rod Hymn 274
Materials: Same as last week, Tree of Life Interpretation Printable
Use the same course you set up the week before or just a picture representing the Tree of Life Dream. Use the Tree of Life Interpretation printable to label the aspects of the dream. Enjoy treats again 🙂
Jan 27- Feb 2 I will Prepare the Way Before You
Corresponding reading: Book of Mormon Stories chap 5, 7-9; Book of Mormon Stories for Young Readers– Nephi’s Family Crosses the Ocean, My First Book of Mormon Stories– The Liahona and Nephi Builds a Ship; Girls Who Choose God– A Strong Wife Calls on God, Heroic Stories– Nephi
Song: Nephi’s Courage (vs. 2-3) pg 120
Materials: Scavenger hunt prizes, directions, compass
Set up a scavenger hunt with simple prizes- a few toys and treats as well as picture of Christ, scriptures, a picture of the Prophet, etc. Give the kids instructions on what they need to do to find them. They would probably enjoy holding a compass and pretending to use it- or if you are super ambitious you could actually use the compass to find things (if you’re into geocaching you could plan a geocaching adventure). If the kids stop listening then take away the compass and stop giving instructions. Once they start listening again get them to their prizes. Explain that the Liahona only worked to show them the way when they were listening to Heavenly Father.
Consolidated Materials list:
Tasks to complete
rope or pvc pipe
bin or something similar to hold icky water
cardboard box or lego building
tree (or a picture of one)
yummy white treat (white chocolate macademia nut cookies, marshmallows, donuts with white frosting, etc.) x2 weeks
Scavenger hunt prizes
directions to prizes