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Come follow me 2024, Jan. 1-7, Ideas for teaching children, Free LDS primary lesson helps

Updated: Jan 2


Come follow Me 2024, Free LDS Primary lesson helps, The keystone of our religion, What do these scripture stories teach us about Jesus? Clue game, Object lesson about a witness. Free LDS primary coloring pages


We have new printing solution for the 2024 year! I'm hoping everyone will be able to print now. Let me know.

Here are some ideas for getting to know you activities. You can send these to the parents/children to fill out early and read them to the class to see if they can guess which child you are describing.



Here is a getting to know you activity that you can do with the students, but go by your inspiration, this may be challenging for very young children. I recommend this more for a "Meet your teacher" activity that primaries will do not on a Saturday before they meet their teachers.



Ideas for Teaching Children

Ideas for Learning at Home and at Church

Questions like these can help you as you ponder: Why do we have the Book of Mormon? How is the Book of Mormon different from other books?


I think it is a good idea to have two books available for the students to handle and read. I suggest choosing something short, because the students will want you to read it. Read some of your favorites from the Book of Mormon too. How are these books different?

For older children I recommend something like Harry Potter, I think almost every one has read or heard of that book and knows who the author is. Then you can compare the two books from what the students know. If your like me a new book came of with Harry Potter and you read it for 24 hours, hardly sleeping(: God doesn't want us to over do it, but what if we were that zealous in reading the Book of Mormon?


MOVEMENT:

Put the books on opposite sides of the room and tell the children to stand by the one that you are describing. Then say something like "This book is about a dinosaur" or "Joseph Smith translated this book" or "This book is another testament of Jesus Christ." You can look at the clue game at the bottom of the page for more facts about the Book of Mormon.


Reading the Book of Mormon helps me have faith in Jesus Christ.

Let your children look at and hold a copy of the Book of Mormon. Help them point to the subtitle, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. You might also help them find, on the title page, the phrase “Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.” Help them understand that this means the Book of Mormon teaches us about Jesus Christ.


Younger children can complete the puzzle while you tell the stories.

Older children and families can look up the scriptures and discuss them together as you complete the puzzle. Talk about what we learn about Jesus from these stories...for example the Brother of Jared saw His finger, we learn that God has a body like us.




This is the under-sheet.


Briefly tell them how the Book of Mormon has strengthened your faith in Jesus Christ. You could also ask them about their favorite Book of Mormon stories. Singing “Book of Mormon Stories” (Children’s Songbook, 118–19) could remind them of some of these stories.

This video shows pictures of the stories to the song.


This is the 2024 Friend magazine article. This one is more geared to the older children Click on the image to be taken there.

...And this one is more geared for younger children. You can also click on the image to be taken there.


Click on the image to be taken to Etsy.



Here is a free reading chart and book mark.

Click on the images.


The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion.

  • This week’s activity page and the image below can help your children understand these words of Joseph Smith in the introduction to the Book of Mormon: “The Book of Mormon [is] the keystone of our religion.” It might also be fun to build or draw an arch with a keystone at the top. What might happen if the keystone is removed? What would happen if we did not have the Book of Mormon? You might read together the last paragraph of the introduction to find out what else we learn when we accept the truth of the Book of Mormon. How can we make the Book of Mormon the keystone of our faith in Jesus Christ?



It would be ideal if you can build a keystone arch, but if you don't have the blocks or supplies to do that. Here is a very short video of children doing it.


For older children we have Clue. I'm sure they will figure out that these clues are about the Book of Mormon, but have them listen to all of them to make sure. Also, you can hide these around the room before class, so the students can find them and take turns reading them.

This idea is from Mitzi @ comefollowmekid.com check out her page!



Click on the image to be taken to Etsy.



I can be a witness of the Book of Mormon.

  • To help your children understand what it means to be a witness, you could describe to them something you have seen that they haven’t. Then let them do the same for you. This could lead to a conversation about the 11 people who saw the gold plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated. As you read the testimonies together, you could talk about why these witnesses wanted other people to know about their testimonies. Who do we want to tell about the Book of Mormon?

OBJECT LESSON

This is a super cute idea from Katie Flaniken:


My family did this activity yesterday to help illustrate the Testimony of the 3 and 8 Witnesses. I brought out a box that I'd put one of their stuffed toy elephants inside. After we'd read the testimonies, I brought out the box and excitedly told the kids (ages 3 and 4) that I had an elephant in the box. As I'd hoped, they didn't believe that I had a great big elephant in this little box. So I let grandma look in the box. She bore her "witness" that there was, indeed, an elephant in the box. I asked them again if they believed that there was an elephant in the box now that two of us had seen it. This time they said yes!!

We explained how this was just like the golden plates. We haven't seen them, but because of the testimonies of these men, we have greater trust that they are indeed real. That's why we have these testimonies and why they are important.

As expected, the kids were begging to see in the box for themselves. This allowed me to teach about faith and that we believe in things we cannot see. Throughout the rest of the night, each time they asked to see inside the box, I asked them if they still believed that the elephant was inside. They did. So just before bedtime I asked one more time if they believed. Once again they said yes. I explained that sometimes we don't see evidence of something until after the trial of our faith. And them being patient enough to see inside for themselves was a trial of faith. They laughed when they saw the toy elephant inside.

This simple lesson turned into multiple teaching opportunities for our family and was so easy to prepare.


You can use your own creativity with what you can put in a box. Works great for older children too, they just might guess that it's a small version earlier.


The Book of Mormon was given to us by the power of God.



Here is a song they can sing together, that shows how the golden plates came to Joseph Smith. Point out how the angel and the guy bearing the plates are the same person...Moroni.

Click on the image to be taken to my Dec 11th lesson where you can print it.


Click on these images to be taken to Etsy.



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alowry
Mar 03

My friend and I teach the 8 year old class and she is new to teaching and was unsure how to create a lesson so I recommended your site to support the manual. She was so happy! We both work long hours too, so having the activities ready to go allows us to focus more on the spiritual message. The kids love them too. Thanks for dedicating your time and talents this way.

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redwallace
redwallace
Mar 03
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I’m so happy to hear this. The way inflation has hit us so hard, I wonder why we all aren’t working long hours. Bless you both in your service and your desire to want to give a Christ centered message. I’m so happy I can help.

Crystal

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Christie Tanner
Christie Tanner
Feb 29

Your ideas and visuals help me teach my Valiant 9 class more effectively. They are particularly helpful for my special needs students. I purchased your book and love it. However, I had to separate all the pages to make copies. When will your next book be out? And would it be possible to purchase the pages unbound?

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redwallace
redwallace
Feb 29
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I love that you are working with special needs, God bless you!

Mitzi at comefollowmekid.com is the person that can answer your questions about the book. She actually is the creator, I just do some of the art. But I believe a new book is coming soon.

Crystal

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pinkdahliasun
Jan 11

Thank you for sharing all these ideas and helps. I just was called to teach the 9-11 year old primary children. I live your ideas and purchased your book. Wonderful

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redwallace
redwallace
Jan 11
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Congrats on your calling. Primary is the best! You have the oldest class, that will be so fun!

Crystal

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Bobbie Barry
Bobbie Barry
Jan 07

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your ideas and the printable activities. My class LOVES doing colouring and art so I usually incorporate one of your printables as part of my lessons each week. I run a small business and I work part time at another job so not having to draw or make my own art makes my lesson preparations much less stressful. Thank you again for being so generous. Victoria, BC, Canada

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redwallace
redwallace
Jan 07
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Ya Canada, that’s so cool. Bless you in your service.

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Cindie B.
Cindie B.
Jan 07

Your hard work & efforts are much appreciated, as always - THANK YOU! In reply to the printing issues, I used your lessons many times last year with no trouble printing :) However, in attempting to print the Moroni/ Joseph Smith pages (burying & unburying the golden plates) I could not get the pages to be print justified correctly to show the entire pictures - they kept cutting off with only about 1/3 of each page ready to print.

(My solution was to take screen shots, paste into Word, then make sure the pictures were the same sizes. I especially loved this idea, so the extra effort on my part was well worth it.)

Next time, I think I'd attach…

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redwallace
redwallace
Jan 07
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Yes! That’s right! I should have done a video on how to assemble it. That’s frustrating about the printing. I just realized I sent you to another page to print and that has the old printing. I’m so sorry.

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