Category Archives: Book of Mormon

MeckMom’s Teaching Tip: Using Scriptures in Class

Every LDS lesson has dozens of scripture references. Figuring out how to incorporate them into your plan without losing momentum can be a bit tricky. Here are a two of my favorite tips for helping your students use and navigate their scriptures in class.

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You can find the FREE alphabetical scripture printable by clicking here.

MeckMom’s Teaching Tip: FREE Gospel Art Kit Scripture Stickers

The scriptures are always the best tool to teach kids the gospel – but they can be intimidating for kids to use. When my kids were little I really wanted to help them connect with their scriptures (without spending a ton) so I created these cool, transparent scripture stickers based on the Gospel Art Kit found on LDS.org.

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Here’s a quick video explaining why I created them and how they’ve made a difference in my family’s scripture study.

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You can add them to your kids scriptures by following these four easy steps – I made it Pinterest friendly so go ahead, pin your heart out! 🙂

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This year, I completely revamped the original stickers I created back in 2008. I included tons of new pictures from each of the four books of scripture (140 stickers total) and added all the the references and page numbers right on the sheet. I also formatted them to fit perfectly on my favorite peel-n-stick sticker paper so you could skip all the cropping time. They’re so much easier to use now. Here’s a pic of me putting the new set on my son’s scrips while I was waiting to pickup kids in my car. Multi-tasking moms unite. 😉

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You can find all the free downloads and links to purchase my very favorite sticker paper in the scripture study section of my site, MeckMom.com.

I hope you enjoy using them in your family and your classes…and share them with other free-printable-loving-moms around the world! – Maria

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Church releases a new coloring book for children

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“Can you change the title to The Amazing Adventures of the Book of Mormon?” asked a young boy after coloring and engaging in the activities of the Book of Mormon scripture stories coloring book.

The first in an upcoming series of coloring books, the Scripture Stories Coloring Book: Book of Mormon is a new resource to help children gain a love for the people, stories, and teachings in the Book of Mormon.

“Helping our children to become familiar with these stories will build within them a lifelong love for the scriptures,” said Elder Larry R. Lawrence of the Seventy.

Designed to support family and individual scripture study, the 20-page coloring book includes look and find, dot-to-dot, mazes, and other fun activities. Each page also includes a search the scriptures challenge. For example, a coloring page about 1 Nephi 16 invites children to draw what the Liahona might look like and then asks, “How did the Liahona help Lehi’s family?”

Where to get the coloring book

The book is available on children.lds.org as a PDF, from which you can choose to print the entire book or individual pages. CLICK HERE to download a copy.

The 20‑page book includes coloring, dot‑to‑dot, mazes, and other fun activities for children ages 2–8. Each page also includes a challenge to search the scriptures.

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As children explore the activities and color the illustrations, they’ll learn for themselves the truths found in the scriptures.

Printed copies will be available for 85 cents at store.lds.org and Distribution Services centers, Deseret Book, and other LDS booksellers.

Gospel teaching

This convenient resource is an easy way to interest and engage younger children in scripture stories. Each page provides activities and opportunities to search the scriptures, providing parents natural opportunities to talk about the scriptures with their children. As children explore the activities and color the illustrations, they’ll learn for themselves the truths found in the scriptures.

2016-03-19_0757Following are a few examples of how individuals and families have already used the coloring book:

• Family scripture study. The coloring book helps younger children engage in the scriptures in ways appropriate for their ages and attention spans. For example, parents can give the book to younger children to color while they read from the scriptures with older children.

• Correlates perfectly with this year’s Primary Theme, “I know the scriptures are true.”

• Family home evening and one-on-one teaching.

Parents can use the coloring pages to help tell a story from the scriptures or as an activity following a lesson. Inviting children to share what they learned from the page they colored or asking them to retell a story in their own words helps them remember what was taught. Using the search the scriptures question found on each page can prompt further discussion.

• Sabbath day. Simply setting out crayons and the coloring book encourages children to choose a fun and meaningful Sabbath day activity. Parents can use the examples in the coloring book to spark additional ideas for helping the Sabbath be a delight for their children.

Available translations

To support scripture study around the globe, the coloring book will eventually be translated in languages that have LDS editions of the scriptures. It is anticipated that the coloring book in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Traditional), German, Russian, and Italian will be available on LDS.org near the end of March 2016, with copies of the printed book becoming available in May of 2016. Additional translations will follow in the coming years.

“The scriptures can be fun,” explained Elder Lawrence. “These activities teach them in their early years that they can find answers to their questions within the pages of the scriptures. After all, the scriptures are for everyone.”

 

‘Names of Christ’ Free Easter Printable from My 3 Monsters

Hi, guys!  Today I’m sharing a fun idea to help make your family’s Easter more meaningful.  As a family of teenagers, our Easter looks a little different now than it used to.  Sadly, we have “aged out” of the egg hunts and some of the more traditional Easter activities, but I still really want to make it a special holiday for my family.  When I thought about how I could do that, I was inspired that the greatest gift I could give my children at this point in their lives – or at any age, really– is to know the Savior.  As they prepare to leave our home for college and missions, an intimate knowledge of who He is and what He can do in their lives will be the most important thing they can take with them. With that in mind, I created these “Names of Christ” printable study cards.

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Each card has a hand drawn chalk art design of one of Christ’s scriptural names on one side. On the back side is a scripture reference along with a story and/or quotes from our General Authorities that explain that name of Christ in a little more detail and hopefully sparks some thought or conversation. There are also questions or supplemental materials you can look up on lds.org for further thought and study. 

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This a wonderful way to keep the Savior in our daily thoughts and conversations in the week leading up to Easter, beginning on the Sunday before Easter and concluding on Easter itself. These cards can be studied as a family, perhaps as a discussion over dinner each evening, or individually in quiet study time.  With a little thought, many of them could be turned into interesting Family Home Evening Lessons or Youth devotionals.

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Simply print the pages double-sided {front and back} onto card stock and cut apart.  I chose to laminate my cards so they would hold up for a long time.  I made a set for each member of my family to tuck in their scriptures or keep on their bedside tables as a daily reminder of the things they have come to know about the Savior.  

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FREE PRINTABLE LINKS:

Link to Black ‘Names of Christ’ Printable Cards

Link to Pastel ‘Names of Christ’ Printable Cards

Link to Watercolor ‘Names of Christ’ Printable Cards

Amy is: the “creative genius” behind My 3 Monsters by luck, a wife of one and mom of three by choice, an Arizonan by transplant, a decorator by education, an elementary school nurse by profession, a baker for sport, a sparkly things lover, and a jack of all trades.  She loves spending time with her crazy family and blogging at
my3monsters.com.

SCRIPTURE GUMBALL CHALLENGE!

Looking for fun ways for your family to honor the Sabbath? Try our Scripture Gumball Challenge. It’s fun and super easy.

In advance, grab some gumballs and a clear container. On Sunday, invite your family to join you for the Scripture Gumball Challenge. Go to Sugardoodle’s Book of Mormon online resource, you can find it on the homepage of Sugardoodle OR link here…

Google:  http://sugardoodle.bookofmormon.online/people

Once on the site, choose “People” from the side menu bar. Scroll down through the list of people and take turns having family members choose a person to share facts about.  For every two people that your family can give facts on, put a gumball in your container.

Start out with people all of you recognize, then progress onto people who you don’t know as well.  The more you learn about the unfamiliar people in the Book of Mormon the more challenging it becomes. You can check to see if your facts are correct by simply clicking on and then reading about each person.   When you have 30 GUMBALLS you get to have a fun family activity!

Remember…Studying the scriptures together can be a BALL!

LEARNING-ABOUT-THE-SCRIPTURES-CAN-BE-A-BALL!- xo,

April

 

Book of Mormon bookmark/tracker

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This year at church we are all studying the Book of Mormon.  Allison Kimball has made your life a bit easier by creating a tri-fold bookmark that breaks down the reading assignments throughout the year.  How cool is that?

Check it out and get your own copy ———>  HERE.

xo

Melanie

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