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Before jumping into this week’s materials and object lesson I wanted to make sure that this was brought to your attention. If you are using the Come Follow Me 2020 Book of Mormon Printed manual your text includes an oversight and misprint. At the recent NCAAP Conference Elder Stevenson addressed this and disavowed the paragraph in the printed manual saying, “We’re asking our members to disregard the paragraph in the printed manual. Now I’m deeply saddened and hurt by this error and for any pain that it may have caused our members and for others. I would just like to reiterate our position as a Church is clear. We do condemn all racism, past and present, in any form, and we disavow any theory advanced that black or dark skin is a sign of a curse.”

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I strongly feel the need and desire to be informed and educated on the doctrine.

“A few question their faith when they find a statement made by a Church leader decades ago that seems incongruent with our doctrine. There is an important principle that governs the doctrine of the Church. The doctrine is taught by all 15 members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. It is not hidden in an obscure paragraph of one talk. True principles are taught frequently and by many. Our doctrine is not difficult to find. The leaders of the Church are honest but imperfect men. Remember the words of Moroni: “Condemn me not because of mine imperfection, neither my father … ; but rather give thanks unto God that he hath made manifest unto you our imperfections, that ye may learn to be more wise than we have been.”

-Elder Neil L. Anderson

This is a topic that I hope this generation will stomp out. However, it will take educated members who address and correct false and hurtful philosophies, interpretations and ideologies. My hope is this unfortunate oversight will result in a springboard that will cause members to take the time to learn, grow, and ponder.  As a result, become more firm and grounded in the Doctrine of Christ.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite resources in regards to the topic of the curse mentioned in 2 Nephi. Please, please, please take the time to add at least one of these to your weekly study.

  • A good place to start is this collection of quotes compiled by FairMormon based on the idea of new doctrines. One of the quotes is by President Joseph Fielding Smith:
    • It makes no difference what is written or what anyone has said, if what has been said is in conflict with what the Lord has revealed, we can set it aside. My words, and the teachings of any other member of the Church, high or low, if they do not square with the revelations, we need not accept them. Let us have this matter clear. We have accepted the four standard works as the measuring yardsticks, or balances, by which we measure every man¹s doctrine. You cannot accept the books written by the authorities of the Church as standards of doctrine, only in so far as they accord with the revealed word in the standard works. Every man who writes is responsible, not the Church, for what he writes. If Joseph Fielding Smith writes something which is out of harmony with the revelations, then every member of the Church is duty bound to reject it. If he writes that which is in perfect harmony with the revealed word of the Lord, then it should be accepted.[5]
        • If the Book of Mormon is to be used as a measuring stick or balance by which we measure doctrine:
            • 33 For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.(2 Nephi 26:33)


The next place I would encourage you to spend some time doing is listening to this address by Marvin Perkins. This takes the common misconceptions and once accepted ideas and STRETCHES them. If you only have time for one resource on the curse placed on the Lamanites, I hope you prioritize this one:

Blacks in the Scriptures: Skin Color & Curses



I’ve actually reached out to Fair Mormon in hopes that they would release one of the addresses given at the 2019 Conference to the Public in light of this. While we wait for public access to the video, you DO have access to the text. DON’T LET THE TITLE SCARE YOU… You can do it.


Week 6: Come Follow Me: Book of Mormon, Teaching Ideas and Free Resources

February 3rd – 9th

2 Nephi 1 – 5

Questions to Ponder:

Each Come Follow Me Lesson asks important and reflective questions. When I first began my individual study these questions threw me off. Simply because many of these questions required so much depth and individual reflection in order to answer honestly. My first approach to come follow me was to get in, get out, get it done, check it off. These questions simply didn’t allow me to do so. In fact, I felt a little sick when I would read a question like, “How does the spirit speak to you?” and I wouldn’t know the answer right away. After a time, and pondering on that specific question I realized IT’S OKAY. In fact, I think these questions were meant to be set aside, thought about, and pondered. When we try and come up with the quick easy, obvious, answer, we are depriving ourselves of an opportunity to reflect, ponder, pray, and RECEIVE REVELATION. Is this not the whole reason for Come Follow Me? Are we not trying to finetune and recognize how we, and how to receive personal revelation.

So each week I will list out some of the questions issued in Come Follow Me. Maybe you pick to ponder about all of them, maybe you pick just one. Whatever you do, ponder on this for the ENTIRE week. Pray about it, discuss it with loved ones, then at the start of the new week, take the time to write down your impressions or thoughts, share them with your family, testify of powerful insights.

  • If you knew your life was coming to an end, what final messages would you want to share with those you love most?
  • How has Joseph Smith’s work been “of great worth” to you?
  • How can Nephi’s response to his challenges help you face your struggles?
  • How would you define happiness?
  • What has God done for your family?
  • Think of a time when you made an impactful “right” choice.
  • Think of a time when obedience has brought blessings.

Object Lesson: Agency is not Free

This week’s object lesson is simple but effective and likely everything you need is already in your kitchen/laundry room! This week’s object lesson explores the idea of agency and how our choices are linked to natural consequences. Depending on the choices we make the consequence (effect) can be positive, or it can be negative. The idea for this activity comes from, Or so She Says. I wanted to find a fun way to illustrate choice and consequence and once I stumbled across this lesson that was used for FHE, I knew it was PERFECT.


  • Food Coloring at least 2 colors
  • 1-2 cups of Water
  • Tall, Clear Glass|Vase|Container
  • 1/2 cup of Bleach
  • Spoon|Stir Stick

“Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.”

Or So she Says, basically gives you a script for effectively teaching this activity and it’s beautiful. She begins by asking what type of decisions were made today. Likely the decisions made were small and slightly inconsequential. Next, consider choices where the outcome or consequence can have a ripple effect or more of a lasting effect than deciding what you were going to where for the day. For a list of examples see Or So She Says.

 “Decisions are constantly before us. To make them wisely, courage is needed—the courage to say no, the courage to say yes.”   -President Monsen

“Agency is a powerful tool. It is a Godly attribute. You can use your power of agency for good or for bad. Luckily, our Heavenly Father loves us too much to give us a tool without teachers and instructions to help us use it correctly. As His children, we were given directions for a happy life. The directions come in the scriptures, through the Prophet’s voice, and from wise parents and Church leaders. Guidance also comes from the quiet whisperings of the Holy Ghost and through answers to our prayers. When we follow the direction and council of these trusted sources, then the choices we make will have positive and happy consequences. We will feel good inside. The Holy Ghost will be our companion. We will be blessed for our obedience. Our testimony of the Gospel will grow and become strong. We will become like Jesus. All of these good and lasting blessings come from using our agency with righteousness.”

After this introduction and discussion move to the object lesson. Explain how the water in the vase represents your life. Based on the choices we make, we have the power to choose what color of life we will live. Layout the colors and give your family or students an opportunity to pick one of the food colors you’ve provided.

When we did this activity my daughter, of course, chose the color pink. We mentioned how the color pink represented good choices. Choices that Heavenly Father and Jesus would want her to make. 1 drop of red food coloring into a cup of water will always give you pink. This is the recipe for a pink life, a life filled with peace, happiness, and goodness. The drops we chose to place in the water represents our ability to choose or our agency. The outcome is the consequence of our choice. At this point, the consequence is a positive one. We made the choice or choices that would result in a “pink” life.

What happens when we want|hope|aim for a “pink” life, but our choices don’t reflect the tried and true recipe of a single drop of red food coloring?

Add a different drop of food coloring to the water. (We used Green) The alternate food coloring drops represent sin.

***Off on a slight tangent, from last week I decided I needed to better understand the word sin. When this happens I dive down the rabbit hole of etymology. Often times I simplify sin by thinking it’s something that I say “no” to, “No, I won’t do this…” “No, I won’t do that…” But what about the other sins… the sins, that I make every day.  Surely, sin is more than falling trap to a temptation of the devil. As I was contemplating all of this, I came across an interpretation of sin based on the Hebrew translation. It described that sin could be understood as an error, a mistake, or my favorite… Missing the Mark. 

As you look back on your day, it may be difficult to pinpoint sin… However, when you change your thinking to times where you missed the mark, the idea and NEED for DAILY repentance, and our Savior Jesus Christ becomes that much more apparent. 

Back to the object lesson. The different food color represents sin… or times when we miss the mark for a PINK life. Consider little choices that over time could result in a very different color, add a drop or stir the mixture with new each idea.

What happens to our “Pink” life. I love how Or So She Says puts it, “You cannot make a choice to add [green] drops, sin, and then hope to get [pink]. [Green] drops will always bring their own color (consequence) with them. When we sin, we use our agency to go against the instructions from God. Instead of following His perfect plan, we choose our own plan. Can we make an orange life (representing happy and good) if we don’t follow God’s recipe? No.”

Here comes the kicker, and the most beautiful way we can use our agency. Repentance.

***Another side note and dive into the rabbit hole of etymology. I often feel like repentance gets a bad rap. We tend to associate it with guilt, and darkness, and heaviness. Those things may be the natural consequence of how we used our agency, but that is not repentance.

“In the Jewish tradition, repentance is called , a Hebrew word translated as “returning.” One of the Hebrew words for sin is chet, which in Hebrew means “to go astray.” Thus the idea of repentance in Jewish thought is a return to the path of righteousness.”

To repent is to return. Is there anything more beautiful that using our agency to return. 

We may have the power to choose, and make choices but we are not able to choose our consequences, and no matter how hard we try to create a “pink” life, even when we KNOW the recipe for a “pink” life. We are going to miss the mark. Heavenly Father knew we would miss the mark. Thus the need for the ultimate sacrifice of love and goodness, the only way we can have a “pink” life is through the atonement of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Add the bleach and stir. What happened? What does the bleach represent? Notice the color RETURNED to its original shade, allowing us again to exercise our agency.

Reinforce the lesson with this awesome 5-minute video


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Teaching Ideas for Toddlers & Young Children

Watch or Listen To:

With a 2-year-old and 4-year-old, I understand the STRUGGLE and the attention span you are dealing with. Below are some of my favorite videos or audio recordings|podcasts you can listen to and watch with your children. My favorites right now are the Book of Mormon Story videos.**Different from the newly released B.O.M. videos. These are illustrated and READ stories to your children. THESE are PERFECT for when everyone is strapped in the car seat. My 4-year-old now requests these over the radio. Each segment is only 2-4 minutes long. This allows us to listen, review and discuss together, and listen again throughout the week.  Many of the videos I share can be found on the Saint’s Radio Channel App. (Formerly Mormon Channel App, If you don’t already have this, DOWNLOAD NOW.)


This video explores agency and following God’s Commandments




Teaching Ideas for Families

Watch or Listen To:

Finding time to make Come Follow Me can be tough, it can also be tough to keep the attention of family members. The Book of Mormon videos recently released by the church are a WONDERFUL resource. 

A little quirky… but REALLY good at explaining agency and the 4 requirements needed for Agency to exist.

As Laman & Lemuel get ready to part ways, this is a great time to reflect on what we can learn from them.

Being an Agent to Act – Bednar 







Activity Suggestions:

I LOVED this idea from the Ensign: Create a family plan to help your family experience more joy. All of us want to live “after the manner of happiness” (2 Nephi 5:27). But happiness requires effort.
  1. Read 2 Nephi 5:10–12, 15–17, 26–27. Discuss what Nephi’s people did to live “after the manner of happiness.”

  2. Make a list together of commandments that, if kept, will bring your family happiness.

  3. Add to the list other things that bring you joy (good friends, game night, etc.).

  4. Turn your list into a family declaration. (“We, the Jones family, hereby commit to pursue happiness by …”)

  5. Place your declaration in a prominent place where you can see it often.

I’ve created a FREE template you are welcome to use to create your own Family Declaration of Happiness. In order to access this download, you will need to be a member of On Lemon Lane, and signed in to your account. Not a member? Not a problem? Sign-up is FAST, FREE and Easy-Peasy, Lemon-Squeezy! You can print and complete the poster by hand, or edit and add text through Google Slides, and then print. If you haven’t tried an engineer print from Staples… Let this be your reason to try one out! You can print a BEAUTIFUL 2 ft x 3 ft poster for less than $5. Read more about Engineer prints and the process of ordering through this tutorial. 

Click Here to Download the Engineer Size Print of the Happiness Declaration 24 x 36 inches

Click Here to Download the Regular 8.5 x 11-inch Happiness Declaration


Try the Object Lesson Above: Agency is Not Free




Individual Study & Extension

Watch or Listen To:

Ever wish you could sit in on a lecture by THE scholar, Hugh Nibley… You. Can. Watch the video above!


My husband and I have LOVED this documentary. Packed with evidence, insight, and PERSPECTIVE. Scholars take you on what likely would have been Lehi’s journey. From what the wilderness actually looked like, to the metal mines they would have passed through… ABSOLUTELY fascinating!






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  1. Another great, beautifully explain lesson, thanks again for all your hard work, for our better understanding of the lesson, and for all the extra resources.

I love the idea that the best way we can remember September 11 and #neverforget is to remember the love, and unity that was felt September 12th, and to strive to live that way each day.
On September 12th we were one nation under God.
Seeking justice for all.
Love this beautiful depiction by @paigepayne_creations see her thoughts on September 12th below.
“ And on September 12th, we all came together. We were one. My family was living in Scotland when 9/11 happened. It was everywhere, all over the news. In school the day after, we had a long moment of silence in remembrance of those who were lost. We continued to have an annual moment of silence every year after that. It was incredible that even thousands and thousands of miles apart, we were mourning with those that mourned. We were one. At that time, we all displayed what we are capable of. Even in the face of incomprehensible tragedy, humans are capable of immense love. Capable of setting aside differences and coming together as one. As we remember and pay tribute to the thousands of lives the were lost that day, let us also strive to be more like how we were on September 12, 2001. Full of love, understanding, and compassion for each other. “

This painting is inspired by a beautiful photo taken by @masseya ❤️

#911 #911memorial #9eleven #911remembrance #thetwintowers #neverforget #neverforgotten #unity #love

Tag your #teachertribe and every #firstyearteacher below for this important reminder:
As you set up your classroom for the new school year, and start divvying out materials… Do no forget to set aside 2-4 new student kits.
Just like @adifferentiatedclass (shown in picture) I made sets using Gallon ziplocks.
If you are in a developing community with new housing I recommend a minimum of 4 bags 🙀
What to include:
🍋If you adhere the plates to the desk, have a segment of what you use in the pack.
🍋Welcome Treat (same one you’ve given to each student at the open house/back to school...etc.
🍋Whatever else you’ve set aside for students that begin on the first day of school.
📣📣📣There will likely come a day when without warning you will be notified you have a new student, and the student will start THAT DAY. Save yourself and your poor new student the stress of frantically trying to get everything set up, by preparing NOW.
Veteran teachers what else do you include in your new student kits?? Share in the comments below⬇️⬇️⬇️
📸: @adifferentiatedclass

How satisfying/ beautiful 😻 is this #classroomorganization tip by @the_organized_classroom
Use paint swatches as a visual to help students sort supplies! Keep this is mind as you set up your classroom for the school year!
What’s a brilliant #teacherhack you’ve tried or seen done with paint swatches??? Comment below 👇
I’ll leave mine in the comments!

Guys… I had a baby 🥰 Almost 10 months ago 😳 I STRUGGLE to consistently show up on this platform, but know how happy I am that you are here!
There are a lot of new faces around here so I thought we should take the time to get to know each other!
PLEASE comment below with what we have in common, or something we will never see eye to eye with 😜
A few things to know about me😬
🍋 My name is Tara, I’m the creator behind @teachingonlemonlane
🍋 Lemon was my maiden name and my love for all things lemon runs deep.
🍋 I’m a fresh lemonade connoisseur, and will not touch store bought/ from the tap.
🍋 My patronus is a wolf 🐺 #potterhead
🍋 A piece of my heart will always be in #5thgrade and New Orleans
🍋 I’m a novice flower gardener and LOVE to experiment with different blooms.
🍋 Ben and I will celebrate our 10 year this year and have 3 kiddos under 5 💀
🍋 Go Red Sox ⚾️
🍋#bucketlist item: New Zealand, Hobbiton, ride the #nevisswing 😳
🍋 Teaching item(s) I can’t live without…Binder clips😎 You should see what I can #macgyver with a couple clips… also, flair pens. #cliché 🤓
YOUR TURN: Tell me something about you in the comments!

To my dear teacher friends still in school, I've got a FREE Father’s Day project I think you will love! Those of you are home with kiddos of your own, consider this fun activity for your Father’s Day Celebration! This is a great #endofyearproject that doubles as a #fathersdaygift 💛🍋💛
This product is available in both a printable and digital version that’s completely editable through Google. If you have a student or child interested in Digital Design, this is a fun way to introduce and experiment with different design tools. Because there are so many different types of situations and circumstances when it comes to a father the words father or dad are never actually used. Which makes this the perfect card to give to any figure that has taken on that important role. Whomever that is, they should be celebrated!

Need #bulletinboardideas for March.... I’ve got you👊 like almost all of my Bulletin Board Kits, they center around student work and are made up of EASY TO CUT, Editable 🙊, ready to print and assemble slides!
Make sure to check out the Lucky Because Bulletin Board BUNDLE get ALL this for only $3.99☘️☘️☘️☘️ The Clover craft is the PERFECT craft for tomorrow!

If you’ve followed me for long you know I love all things March and Irish ☘️ it’s in my blood 🙃
My love of March shows in my resources, of all the months to have the most projects... March (of all the months???) is at the top of the list!
I just added this CELTIC KNOT inspired Lucky Clover Craft and it turned out so fun! Use either the DIGITAL version and insert pictures into the leaves that represent why you’re lucky, or pick from one of the 18 different top layer options to create a beautiful clover like the one shown above! If you do go this route make sure to check out the EDITABLE bulletin board kit to really put these beauties on display!
Do you love March? Why or why not? Drop a comment below 💛💛

Selection Sunday and PI Day falling on the same day... Somebody pinch me. Two of my very favorites because of the projects you can start in your classroom 😍 Take for instance my March Math Madness PBL
Think March Madness + Fantasy Basketball + Lots of Math + A sprinkle of ELA = Engagement & Excitement & Learning 💛🏀💛
Students are separated into the 4 divisions then work together to put together a new starting 5 from players in their division. #dreamteam Each round their individual players are awards point values for how they played. At the end of each round students will calculate their team’s total points and decide which dream team comes out victorious! There are some really great opportunities to see Math in action. There’s opportunity for measurement conversion, converting fractions to decimals, ordering decimals, ratios, mean-median-mode, adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying decimals...etc. This is quickly becoming another tried and true favorite in the classroom!
Also if you think your too late to the table, the only thing you are late for is brackets! The dream team activity can be started before any round! Second round would actually be ideal 👊🏻👊🏻 LOTS of FREEBIE extensions for this product that can stand on their own! Head to the website for more details!

The most beautiful illustration by @paigepayne_creations Keep reading for some of the most powerful quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King’s powerful, “I have a Dream,” speech:
“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”
“I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed — we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.”
“In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.”
“When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

YOU GUYS!!! This one turned out better than I expected 😍😍😍 EVERYONE NEEDS A VISION BOARD.
This became more and more apparent as I created this product and researched the value in having one. Due to it’s late debut in the #goalsetting season you can snag it at 50% off (the lowest price it will EVER be).
In a nutshell, you and your students will create a digital vision board that will act as a daily reminder when you set it as your computer, tablet, or smart phone’s new wallpaper or lock screen! I’ve created 26 EASY to use templates that create completely customizable and BEAUTIFUL designs, along with over 150 moveable “stickers” to make something truly eye catching (one of the requirements of an effective vision board) If that weren’t enough, I wanted to make sure you had the support materials to provide a really complete and educational project. So I’ve also included over 30 support activities, video tutorials, and extensions. Students will learns about vision boards, what makes them effective, the elements of a wellness, their circle of control, SMART goal setting.... and MORE! I know you are going to love this and so will your students. Even more, I know this has the potential to make a difference and lead to growth, and that is pretty satisfying. I’ve been working hard on this beauty and I NEED to get it in some classrooms!
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Each year our family gives a favorite Christmas book to some of our loved ones. (I wish I was able to get my hands on more of them!😭) With the passing of author Tomie dePaola, it seemed appropriate to give one of his. Reading this book, THIS year, made me cry. I struggled to make it through as it highlighted my weaknesses and put into words what I've been trying to set aside and not deal with. Last year I had great intentions of celebrating a more Christ centered Christmas, December arrived and again my intentions remained only that. Reading this story struck a cord in my soul. I'm old Befana. There may only be a few days left until Christmas, but I'm going to be intentional with them. On that note, I'll be taking a break from social and working to reground myself with the foundation that matters, and refocus my attention on Him. Love you all, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Head to my story for a swipe up of a reading of, ”The Legend of Old Befana, ” by the late Tomie dePaola

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