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COME FOLLOW ME: BOOK OF MORMON- WEEKLY TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES |Preparing for EASTER | Holy Week

COME FOLLOW ME: BOOK OF MORMON- WEEKLY  TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES |Preparing for  EASTER | Holy Week

Easter | Holy Week

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.

  • This Easter season, reflect on the testimonies in the Book of Mormon that the power of Christ’s Atonement is both universal and personal—redeeming the whole world and redeeming you.
  • It’s traditional at Easter to ponder the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, but what exactly does it mean to be resurrected?
    • What insights does the Book of Mormon offer about the resurrection?
    • Why do you think it’s important to know each of these truths.
  • It could be said that the Book of Mormon is largely an account of people who changed because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
    • What do you notice that each of these experiences has in common?
    • What differences do you notice?
    • What do these accounts teach you about how the Savior’s Atonement can change you?
  • Encourage family members to imagine what it would have been like to feel His wounds (see 3 Nephi 11:14–15) or to be one of the children He blessed (see 3 Nephi 17:21). How does this account deepen our gratitude for the Savior’s Resurrection?

Activity: Countdown to Easter

I received really great feedback on the Free Countdown to General Conference Paper Chain, so I wanted to create something similar that could help you and your family prepare spiritually for Easter. I used a similar template to create the Countdown to Easter. The activity is an 8-day countdown that starts the Sunday before Easter and follows the Holy Week procession. The fun part about this countdown is you can choose how to use it. Cut the strips and hide them in eggs to be found throughout the week, or create a paperchain like the one used to prepare for General Conference.

I’ve prepared 3 different templates for you to pick from, each one is editable and can be customized for personal use with your own traditions, and activities. Like the General Conference Countdown, these make great activity handouts for Primary, Ministering, Activity Days, Young Men\Young Women…etc. Comment below how you plan to use them!

Easter Countdown: Free Download 3 Different Versions

  1. Version 1 Toddlers | Young Children: Created with toddlers and young children in mind. Each QR code links you to a video appropriate and engaging for this age group. Kids will better understand the WHY of Easter and even begin to learn more about Holy Week. See below for the list of videos included in this countdown.
  2. Version 2: Families | Youth: This countdown was created with youth and families in mind. Each day gives you a handful of scriptures to read. These scriptures follow the chronology of Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday. This countdown also includes a QR code that will link you to a video focused on our Savior Jesus Christ appropriate for Easter Sunday. I put a lot of thought and effort into finding videos that I felt would be impactful. See below for a list of videos included.
  3. Version 3: Families | Youth: This countdown is completely focused on the scriptures. Meaning you will read the same scriptures that are on version 2 that follow Holy Week. This time, however, the videos the QR code will link you to will be videos that illustrate the scriptures you’ve just read. This is a great way to bring the passages to life, and better understand their meaning. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has done a wonderful job creating these New Testament videos, everyone is sure to enjoy, and even more… feel something.
    1. Click here to see all of the New Testament Bible Videos. 
    2. Click here to see the video I included to show Judas’s betrayal.

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Make sure to tag a friend to help spread the word. 

 

Teaching Ideas for Toddlers & Young Children

Materials Needed:

  • Print, Edit (**if desired), and assemble the Holy Week Countdown Paper Chain for Easter
    • You can use these slips as links on a paper chain, or you may choose to roll them up and hide them in a plastic Easter Egg. Make sure to number the Easter Eggs so the videos and activities can be completed chronologically. 
  • Purchase supplies for Easter Rolls:
    • Recipe 1: Can of Crescent Rolls, Marshmallows, Butter, Cinnamon, Sugar.
    • Recipe 2:  Yeast, Water, Milk, Oil, Sugar, Salt, 1 egg, Flour, Marshmallows, Butter, Cinnamon & Sugar

Videos and Activities Included:

Below you will find the activities and videos I’ve included in the Holy Week Countdown file. Each video and activity is linked through a QR code. Each day includes a video, appropriate for toddlers and young children to learn more about our Savior Jesus Christ and why we celebrate Easter. The Paper Chain activity is editable, so feel free to add in your own activities and traditions to celebrate easter.

You will notice I’ve also included a short note of what happened on that day leading up to Christ’s Ressurection. Some of the activities and videos even correspond with what was happening for that day of Holy Week.

 

***I’ve also included one of my FAVORITE Easter Traditions, making Empty Tomb rolls. This has been one of the best ways I have found to simply explain the details, and wonder leading up to Christ Ressurection to young children. I HOPE you make time to do this with your family. I’ve included 2 recipes, one from scratch, the other as easy as it gets. I’ve also created a printable that you can use as a gift to drop off a kit with family or friends. I love to bring these to the sisters I minister to with younger families. You can make the Empty Tomb Easter rolls on any of the days leading up to Easter, or on Easter. I’ve included the activity on Friday because of the accompanying story from The Friend takes place on the Friday before Easter. It is also appropriate if you are following the Holy Week Schedule… It would have been Friday that Christ was crucified and his body prepared for the tomb.

 

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Videos included in the Toddler | Young Children Holy Week Countdown:

Sunday:

The Triumphal Entry: Palm Sunday

Jesus walked from Bethany to Jerusalem. He rode into the city on a donkey, as a verse in the Old Testament said He would. People recognized Him as their King, shouting, “Hosanna,” and laying down palm leaves in front of the donkey to keep dust from getting on the Savior. Jesus visited the temple and then returned to Bethany.

See Zechariah 9:9Matthew 21:1–11Mark 11:1–11.

Monday:

Jesus Cleanses the Temple:

Jesus saw people buying and selling things in the temple. Because He wanted the temple to be a “house of prayer,” He made them leave. Then He healed people who were lame or blind. The jealous priests were angry with Him.

See Matthew 21:12–17Mark 11:15–19.

Tuesday:

Jesus Teaches through Parables:

Jesus taught people in the temple and on a nearby hill called the Mount of Olives.

The priests plotted to kill Jesus. One of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, agreed to turn Jesus over to the priests in exchange for 30 silver coins.

See Matthew 25:31–4626:14–16.

Wednesday:

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

The scriptures do not say what Jesus did on this day. He may have spent the day with His disciples. You could read the parable of the ten virgins, a story Jesus taught to His disciples to help them prepare for His Second Coming.

See Matthew 25:1–13.

Thursday:

Preparation for the Passover, Christ institutes the Sacrament at the Last Supper:

Jesus’s disciples got ready for the Passover meal. During the meal, Jesus told the disciples that one of them would betray Him. Then, to help them remember Him, He gave them the sacrament for the first time. Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to suffer for our sins and to pray to God. People came with swords and arrested Him. The disciples ran away in fear.

See Matthew 26:17–29, 36–56.

 

Friday:

Christ began to atone for our sins in Gethsemane and is eventually crucified.

Jesus was taken to the high priest, Caiaphas. Jesus’s disciple Peter denied that he knew Him. Jesus was questioned by the governor, Pilate, and by the king, Herod. He was condemned to die on the cross. Jesus was crucified. A rich man named Joseph laid Jesus in his tomb. Jesus’s mother, Mary, and Mary Magdalene visited the tomb.

See Matthew 26:57–7227:1–2, 27–37Luke 23:44–46, 50–56.

Additional: Make Easter Rolls and|or read the story, “A Special Easter Treat,” from The Friend

Click Here for the Recipe: Empty Tomb Easter Rolls

2 Versions of the recipe are included, one from scratch and the other is kid-proof!

 

***I use Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, CLICK HERE for the recipe

Click Here for more information and access to the FREE Printable Handout, I love dropping off a can of Crescent Rolls, Marshmallows, and the handout to my friends, neighbors. These are perfect for ministering.

 

Saturday:

The women observe the Sabbath Day (Saturday)

Jesus’s body lay in the tomb. A large stone was put in front of the door. The wicked priests asked Pilate to have guards stand outside the tomb to make sure no one went inside.

See Matthew 27:57–66. 3 Nephi 9–10; D&C 138

Easter Sunday:

Women come to the tomb to find Jesus has Risen!

Jesus was resurrected! He had risen from the tomb. An angel descended from heaven and rolled away the stone. Jesus told His disciples to teach and baptize others and promised to always be with them.

See Matthew 28. 3 Ne. 11:1–17;

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Additional FREE  Easter Resources for Toddlers and Young Children

Click Here to Download the illustrations above, print and cutout. Use the figures to tell the Story of the First Easter

LOVE this one! Click Here to Download the Story of Easter Flipbook. Print, color, cut out assemble and read together!

Teaching Ideas for Families

Materials Needed:

  • Print, Edit (**if desired), and assemble the Holy Week Countdown Paper Chain for Easter
    • You can use these slips as links on a paper chain, or you may choose to roll them up and hide them in a plastic Easter Egg. Make sure to number the Easter Eggs so the videos and activities can be completed chronologically. 
  • Purchase supplies for Easter Rolls:
    • Recipe 1: Can of Crescent Rolls, Marshmallows, Butter, Cinnamon, Sugar.
    • Recipe 2:  Yeast, Water, Milk, Oil, Sugar, Salt, 1 egg, Flour, Marshmallows, Butter, Cinnamon & Sugar

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Videos, Activities and Scriptures Included in Version 2 of the Holy Week Countdown:

Sunday:

The Triumphal Entry: Palm Sunday

Jesus walked from Bethany to Jerusalem. He rode into the city on a donkey, as a verse in the Old Testament said He would. People recognized Him as their King, shouting, “Hosanna,” and laying down palm leaves in front of the donkey to keep dust from getting on the Savior. Jesus visited the temple and then returned to Bethany.

See Zechariah 9:9Matthew 21:1–11Mark 11:1–11.

***Additional: Consider reading this insight on the Hosana shout performed at the April 2020 Conference and how it correlates with Palm Sunday.

Monday:

Jesus Cleanses the Temple:

Jesus saw people buying and selling things in the temple. Because He wanted the temple to be a “house of prayer,” He made them leave. Then He healed people who were lame or blind. The jealous priests were angry with Him.

See Matthew 21:12–17Mark 11:15–19.

 

Tuesday:

Jesus Teaches through Parables:

Jesus taught people in the temple and on a nearby hill called the Mount of Olives.

The priests plotted to kill Jesus. One of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, agreed to turn Jesus over to the priests in exchange for 30 silver coins.

See Matthew 25:31–4626:14–16.

Wednesday:

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

The scriptures do not say what Jesus did on this day. He may have spent the day with His disciples. You could read the parable of the ten virgins, a story Jesus taught to His disciples to help them prepare for His Second Coming.

See Matthew 25:1–13.

Thursday:

Preparation for the Passover, Christ institutes the Sacrament at the Last Supper:

Jesus’s disciples got ready for the Passover meal. During the meal, Jesus told the disciples that one of them would betray Him. Then, to help them remember Him, He gave them the sacrament for the first time. Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to suffer for our sins and to pray to God. People came with swords and arrested Him. The disciples ran away in fear.

See Matthew 26:17–29, 36–56.

 

Friday:

Christ began to atone for our sins in Gethsemane and is eventually crucified.

Jesus was taken to the high priest, Caiaphas. Jesus’s disciple Peter denied that he knew Him. Jesus was questioned by the governor, Pilate, and by the king, Herod. He was condemned to die on the cross. Jesus was crucified. A rich man named Joseph laid Jesus in his tomb. Jesus’s mother, Mary, and Mary Magdalene visited the tomb.

See Matthew 26:57–7227:1–2, 27–37Luke 23:44–46, 50–56.

Additional: Click Here for the Recipe: Empty Tomb Easter Rolls

2 Versions of the recipe are included, one from scratch and the other is kid-proof!

***I use Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, CLICK HERE for the recipe

Click Here for more information and access to the FREE Printable Handout, I love dropping off a can of Crescent Rolls, Marshmallows, and the handout to my friends, neighbors. These are perfect for ministering. This could also be a fun activity to send home with your Young Women|Men or primary kiddos!

 

Saturday:

The women observe the Sabbath Day (Saturday)

Jesus’s body lay in the tomb. A large stone was put in front of the door. The wicked priests asked Pilate to have guards stand outside the tomb to make sure no one went inside.

See Matthew 27:57–66. 3 Nephi 9–10; D&C 138

Easter Sunday:

Women come to the tomb to find Jesus has Risen!

Jesus was resurrected! He had risen from the tomb. An angel descended from heaven and rolled away the stone. Jesus told His disciples to teach and baptize others and promised to always be with them.

See Matthew 28. 3 Ne. 11:1–17;

Additional FREE  Easter Resources for You and Your Family:

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Comment below and share YOUR favorite resources for this Week’s Come Follow Me in the Book of Mormon. Join the conversation on @livingonlemonlane on Instagram and stay updated on new blog posts!  If you enjoyed this PLEASE SHARE! Till next week.

Recently I was asked to share my thoughts on the Come Follow Me program during the past few months for the LDS Website in the UK. @churchofjesuschrist -
Frankly speaking the invitation made me a little sick. My biggest fear is that it would seem like we were the perfect little family with the perfect little program in place, complete with cutouts and crafts, deep discussions and daily reflection....
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This couldn't be more from the truth. Yes, I do a weekly round up of ideas and resources for Come Follow Me that I publish on my website, but that doesn't mean that it always happens within my own home. When it does happen it typically looks like a bedtime story, or a video played while the kids eat lunch... When it does happen I often fall asleep while trying to catch up on last week’s reading... Most of all, when it does happen, I notice a difference within my home. This program is divinely inspired, the simple timing of everything amplifies it's divine origin to me. -
Art by @_thecoloramber one of the most beautiful illustrations of a family I've ever laid eyes on. Words fall short on this piece. It's my absolute favorite.
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You can read the article here:
https://uk.churchofjesuschrist.org/come-follow-me-during-lockdown?lang=eng-gb
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This quote stopped me in my tracks... Make sure to head to the website for this week’s Round up of FREE Come Follow Me Resources! This week’s lesson is based on @comefollowmefamily AWESOME idea to use bubbles and balloons to teach about pride. AND @davidbowmanart released another FREE Sample video from his Drawn In, Come Follow Me monthly subscription that I know you are going to LOVE! His videos are wonderful and go beyond just a retelling of the story by diving deep into application in a language the whole family can enjoy! This is the ONLY paid subscription I use for #comefollowme Head to the website now for all of this, a coupon code, and MORE! -
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What are your takeaways from Come Follow Me this week? Do me a favor and spread the love by sharing this post or tagging a friend in the comments!
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By now we all know I love all things Lemon... Lemonade is not exception. ESPECIALLY a good tart Lemonade like @chickfila Did you know you could buy it by the Gallon??? Stay tuned... FREE Father’s Day Printable Gift Tags and a list of well received/ inexpensive gift ideas to accompany them! Whether your looking to outfit the entire ward, or just a thoughtful gift for a few of your favorite men, this post will highlight some fun ideas! -
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COMMENT BELOW: What are some of your favorite inexpensive gift ideas for #fathersday
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“And thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God” (Mosiah 27:25–26).
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”Conversion is a process, not an event. Conversion comes as a result of righteous efforts to follow the Savior. These efforts include exercising faith in Jesus Christ, repenting of sin, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end in faith. Although conversion is miraculous and life changing, it is a quiet miracle. Angelic visitations and other spectacular occurrences do not bring conversion. Even Alma, who saw an angel, became converted only after he “fasted and prayed many days” for a witness of the truth (Alma 5:46). And Paul, who saw the resurrected Savior, taught that “no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost” (1 Corinthians 12:3).”
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”Our behavior is nothing more than a reflection of the depth of our conversion to Jesus Christ." Ed J. Pinegar
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What has your behavior shown today of your conversion to Jesus Christ?
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Let’s talk FATHER’S Day... I’m getting ready to add a post on my favorite inexpensive gift ideas for #fathersday along with FREE & Thoughtful printables to complete the gift. So help me out... what are your FAVORITE ideas for budget friendly, visiting teaching friendly, give every man in the ward friendly GIFT IDEAS???
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Comment Below 💛🍋💛🍋
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This week in #comefollowme has me thinking a lot about the ripple effects of our choices. Consider the #rippleeffects of your Covenants. What about the ripple effect of Abinadi’s brave stand, or the ripples caused by Alma’s conversion. What choices are you making today, what ripple effect will they have tomorrow? ...

“What is the source of such moral and spiritual power, and how do we obtain it? The source is God. Our access to that power is through our covenants with Him. A covenant is an agreement between God and man, an accord whose terms are set by God (see Bible Dictionary, “Covenant,” 651). In these divine agreements, God binds Himself to sustain, sanctify, and exalt us in return for our commitment to serve Him and keep His commandments.”
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Head to the website to see this week’s round up of FREE, featured #comefollowme resources.
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If you are carrying a burden of any type, and your shoulders are tired. Take the time to study Bednar’s, “Bear up their Burdens with Ease.”
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“Thus, the Savior has suffered not just for our sins and iniquities—but also for our physical pains and anguish, our weaknesses and shortcomings, our fears and frustrations, our disappointments and discouragement, our regrets and remorse, our despair and desperation, the injustices and inequities we experience, and the emotional distresses that beset us.

There is no physical pain, no spiritual wound, no anguish of soul or heartache, no infirmity or weakness you or I ever confront in mortality that the Savior did not experience first. In a moment of weakness we may cry out, “No one knows what it is like. No one understands.” But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He has felt and borne our individual burdens. And because of His infinite and eternal sacrifice (see Alma 34:14), He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy. He can reach out, touch, succor, heal, and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do relying only upon our own power. Indeed, His yoke is easy and His burden is light.”
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Happy Mother’s Day💛 I know this can be a day filled with complicated emotions for so many. I hope you see a brightness, feel a peace, and know that you are loved.
I love this quote from President Kimball’s talk, “The Role of Righteous Women.”
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. “No greater recognition can come to you in this world than to be known as a woman of God. No greater status can be conferred upon you than being a daughter of God who experiences true sisterhood, wifehood, and motherhood, or other tasks which influence lives for good....You need to drink in deeply the gospel truths about the eternal nature of your individual identity and the uniqueness of your personality. You need, more and more, to feel the perfect love which our Father in Heaven has for you and to sense the value he places upon you as an individual. Ponder upon these great truths, especially in those moments when (in the stillness of such anxiety... know that our Father in Heaven is aware of your anguish, and that one day he will bless you beyond your capacity to express.”
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To all of my sweet sisters, Happy Mother’s Day💛💛💛 Don’t forget about the free Mother’s Day Printables you can download from the website. I used the Drink Deeply printable to complete these fun, inexpensive gifts 💛
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With this week’s focus on Abinadi like faith, I’ve been reflecting on times when I had the choice to stand for what I believe. A story I’m often reminded of is one my mother told me about a time where she had to stand firm. Her example anchored me when I faced similar situations. .
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Share a time when you had to stand, or a favorite story about someone having Abinadi like faith💛 Then head to the website to see this week’s #comefollowme FREE resources and activities.
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For this week’s #comefollowme activity I wanted to focus on Abinadi, and his courage. What gave him the courage to face those that would not just have him imprisoned or killed, but burned, and to meet them with such strength. I think so much of the answer is conversion. Do you feel that Come Follow Me has lead you to a greater conversion?
Comment below, then head to the website to see this week’s roundup of FREE resources, activities and printables.
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Looking for an easy, inexpensive gift idea for Mother’s Day? Whether you’re looking for a ministering gift, something for a family member or loved one, or even the ENTIRE ward?! Check out my list of FAVORITES. All inexpensive, practical, and something the women in your life actually want! ***Did I mention I’ve included 5 FREE gift tag printables to complete the gift! Head to the website now! 🍋🌷🍋🌷🍋🌷🍋🌷🍋🌷🍋
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What’s the best INEXPENSIVE Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever been given or that you’ve gifted someone else?!
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I personally was extremely touched and impressed by the following quotes I stumbled across pertaining to the blessings one receives when they do work for their ancestors or loved ones that have passed. My goal was to find one powerful quote to use in the images for this blog post, but I couldn’t pick just one. I had to share them all with you. ***Head to the website to see my favorites! Prophets and apostles have literally promised that when we are involved in family history work we will receive help and support from the other side, spiritual protection, an increase in our testimony and conversion, as well as an enhanced temple experience… Wow. Yet another nudge it’s time to get to work. ...

This question from last week’s Come Follow Me Lesson really struck me: “What stories from our lives or our ancestors’ lives can we share to inspire greater trust in God?”
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What are you doing to preserve those stories in your own life, family members, or ancestors?
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30 years old... The first thing Benson asked this morning was to see how much I’ve grown. I chuckled when he let me know that I certainly had gotten bigger, my belly even seemed more noticeable to Lovie. The only thing that seems to be growing right now is the baby in my belly (Watch the video for the gender reveal, ***party thrown before social distancing) I can’t help but reflect and want to document a little bit about this strange time. -
When businesses started shutting down, and the orders of social distancing were put in place, I watched in horror as my schedule fell apart. I had read a quote about how tragedy or stress can only cause what was already in your cup to spill over.... So instead of gratitude and joy, out spilled the anxiety, anger, and sadness...etc that I had suppressed and masked for so long because of my schedule. I’ve always been this way. If there’s an openness, or emptiness and I’m the one left to fill the time, the emptiness overwhelms me. I thrive with structure, I struggle to set it. So here I was left to face the openness with all of my tools, activities, and things to set a schedule around taken. I was left empty handed with nothing to hide behind, staring directly at this part of me I had always known was there, but never fully confronted. -
In the past few weeks, I have grown. I’m nowhere near where I need to be, or where I want to be, but I’ve grown. I’ve felt myself adapt and get a little better, a little stronger, and a little more “ok” each week, and for that experience I will be forever grateful. -
When everything fell apart it was my literal nightmare when it comes to my mental health. (I know this sounds trivial, and I know so many have experienced true tragedy and loss through this, please know I do not take that lightly nor am I trying to take away from that, this has simply been what I’ve experienced and I know that degree is menial compared to the true loss others have felt. My hope and prayer is that you too have felt strengthened; comforted, or edified through this.) -
So here I am, 30 years old today. Though this day looks nothing like I thought it would have, (continued in comments)
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30 years old... The first thing Benson asked this morning was to see how much I’ve grown. I chuckled when he let me know that I certainly had gotten bigger, my belly even seemed more noticeable to Lovie. The only thing that seems to be growing right now is the baby in my belly (Watch my story for the gender reveal, ***party thrown before social distancing) I can’t help but reflect and want to document a little bit about this strange time. -
When businesses started shutting down, and the orders of social distancing were put in place, I watched in horror as my schedule fell apart. I had read a quote about how tragedy or stress can only cause what was already in your cup to spill over.... So instead of gratitude and joy, out spilled the anxiety, anger, and sadness...etc that I had suppressed and masked for so long because of my schedule. I’ve always been this way. If there’s an openness, or emptiness and I’m the one left to fill the time, the emptiness overwhelms me. I thrive with structure, I struggle to set it. So here I was left to face the openness with all of my tools, activities, and things to set a schedule around taken. I was left empty handed with nothing to hide behind, staring directly at this part of me I had always known was there, but never fully confronted. -
In the past few weeks, I have grown. I’m nowhere near where I need to be, or where I want to be, but I’ve grown. I’ve felt myself adapt and get a little better, a little stronger, and a little more “ok” each week, and for that experience I will be forever grateful. -
When everything fell apart it was my literal nightmare when it comes to my mental health. (I know this sounds trivial, and I know so many have experienced true tragedy and loss through this, please know I do not take that lightly nor am I trying to take away from that, this has simply been what I’ve experienced and I know that degree is menial compared to the true loss others have felt. My hope and prayer is that you too have felt strengthened; comforted, or edified through this.) -
So here I am, 30 years old today. Though this day looks nothing like I thought it would have, (continued in comments)
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What is the source of such moral and spiritual power, and how do we obtain it? The source is God. Our access to that power is through our covenants with Him. A covenant is an agreement between God and man, an accord whose terms are set by God (see Bible Dictionary, “Covenant,” 651). In these divine agreements, God binds Himself to sustain, sanctify, and exalt us in return for our commitment to serve Him and keep His commandments.
- Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
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This week’s round-up of FREE lesson helps and resources for #comefollowme are live on the blog! The majority will help you connect and teach the importance and the WHY of making and keeping sacred covenants. I’m thinking this week we will take a little field trip to a near by temple to enjoy the peace and beauty of the grounds💛 What’s YOUR plan for teaching Come Follow Me this week? ...

This week’s #comefollowme lesson is all about service. I’ve listed ideas for service projects that we can do despite our limitations during the COVID19 outbreak... However, I want to hear YOUR ideas. ..
What are the big or small ways we can serve others during this time? ..
What are some ideas for how children can help serve or uplift others? ..
What is something you’ve been doing intentionally during this time to help your family or those around you?
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COMMENT BELOW! I can’t wait to read your ideas 💛💛
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