I am so looking forward to studying the Book of Mormon for Come Follow Me next year! I’ve had the the chance to spend time looking over it over the past few months (planning ahead for some awesome things that are coming soon!) and I am certain that it is inspired.
I am excited to share with you today a resource that I created to go along with the Come Follow Me for Individuals and Families study guide. It’s a journal to use as a family as you work your way through the curriculum.
There is a page for each week in the Book of Mormon Come Follow Me Curriculum for Individuals and Families. Each page lists the reading assignment and the title of the lesson. And if you have a restless little person, they can color in the title of the lesson while you read aloud.
Each week features four boxes: Truths, Questions, Impressions and Goals. As your family studies the lessons, take a moment or two to write or draw in each of them and throughout the year you’ll have a record of the things you learned and studied and the goals you set.
I created a journal like this last year, and people loved it so much that it kinda broke the internet. Hopefully we can avoid that this year!
Ideas for Implementing the Journal:
- As you’re studying, pause after each verse/section to ask what truths were shared.
- Take a moment to discuss truths you read at the end of each study session
- Questions will naturally arise as you earnestly study the lessons, whether from your kids or yourself. Write down the questions as they come up, so you can remember to study them in depth (if needed) and answer them later.
- Use the questions that arise as a basis for further gospel discussions, Family Home Evening lessons, etc.
- This is a place to record the thoughts and promptings you receive as you study.
- Impressions could be directly related to the studying you’re doing, or have to do with something else entirely.
- Write down any promptings you receive (a neighbor who needs a visit, a friend to call, a way to help your struggling child, a verse you want to study in depth) so you can be sure to come back to them later.
- Follow through on promptings! It’s easy to brush them aside, but as Camilla Kimball said,”Never suppress a generous thought.”
- This box is intentionally small to allow us to focus on only one or two goals each week. At the beginning of the week it’s easy to be highly motivated and think “This is the week I will do all the things and help all the people!”. But then real life and additional responsibilities kick in, that enthusiasm is lost and we give up entirely.
- Small, simple, measurable goals are the most effective way to make lasting change.
- Pick one or two goals for the week: people to serve, a house project, a fun family outing, whatever your family feels impressed to work on.
- Cross off the goal when you have completed it!
I printed off the journal and used our Ibico Binding Machine to spiral bind it. You could put it in a 3 ring binder, as well. I chose not to do two sided printing, knowing that our little ones will probably need extra space to doodle/color. But the journal is set up so you can print it front/back.
FREE COME FOLLOW ME STUDY JOURNAL:
I also created a FREE page you can download. It doesn’t have the titles and weekly reading assignments printed on it, but there is space for you to write that in.
You can print one for each week of Come Follow Me (you’ll need 50 pages all together) and fill in the lesson title and chapters to read as you go!