Come Follow Me Sketchnotes for January 2020
Introductory Pages of the Book of Mormon; “I Will Go and Do”; “Come and Partake of the Fruit”; “Armed with Righteousness and with the Power of God”
Happy New Year, friends!
I’m so, so excited to be starting our Come Follow Me study in the Book of Mormon. It’s going to be pretty amazing, I’m certain. If you’re interested to see my plans for personal scripture study this year, I’ll be sharing a post all about what I’m using in the next couple of days. Stay tuned!
In the meantime I’m happy to share the first installment of my Book of Mormon Sketchnotes. All year long I will be sharing a free page of sketchnotes to go along with each week of the Come Follow Me lessons. Creating these pages each week has been such a great challenge for me and has really helped me to understand the scriptures better. I read each chapter multiple times in order to glean all the goodness I can find to letter/doodle my notes.
Maybe you joined in with the New Testament sketchnotes I share last year? If not, you can see them all here. Not only do I share the weekly doodles, but I also let you know what our family will be studying each day for our scripture study.
I firmly believe that you do not need additional materials in order to teach your family the gospel and learn more about it yourself. All you really need is the scriptures and the Come Follow Me manual. You do not need to plan elaborate lessons every day, or ever. You do not need binders and printables and a laminator. If that stuff brings you joy, go for it!
But my opinion is that if you heap pressure on yourself to go the extra mile with your lessons every single day, if you compare your family study time to what you see on Instagram, you will feel like you come up short. You will wind up feeling burned out and will give up. Please don’t do that!
Simple is meaningful. Consistency makes a bigger impact than impressively planned but sporadic lessons.
Having said that, a little planning does go a long way. So each week I share a quick list of the reading and additional church-provided materials we use (mostly videos) in our family study. These simple lessons often lead to great discussions in our home.
In an effort to simplify my own life a little bit, I’ll be adding all of January’s sketchnotes and lesson plans to this blog post (rather than creating a separate post each week). So check back here to grab each set as they come out.
HOW TO USE BOOK OF MORMON sKETCHNOTES:
TRACE. You can also trace these into your scriptures or journal using a light box or a sunny window. My husband made me an awesome lightbox, but this one is a great option for you to purchase.
COLORING PAGE. Use as a coloring page for your kids to work on during family scripture time. Write additional notes and insights on the pages as you go. You could add all the completed sketchnotes pages to a binder to keep as a reminder of the gospel topics you’ve discussed together.
STICKER PAPER. Print on clear sticker paper and cut apart the doodles to add to your scripture journal or into the margins of your scriptures. (This year I am using a wide-margin study edition of the Book of Mormon from Line Upon Line. Our family is using their Journaling Edition for our study together as well. But there are so many wide-margin options available! Deseret Book has several great options and you can print this free PDF and have it bound at a local copy shop.)
Printing on clear sticker paper allows you to add color to the doodles using colored pencils, but still be able to see the words beneath them. I have tried out a few different kinds of colored pencils on this sticker paper. Ergosoft pencils and Prismacolor pencils work really well.
Dec 30 – Jan 5 “Another Testament of Jesus Christ”
Sunday: I was a little bit excited to get started, so we began this study a day early and read/discussed the Title Page of the Book of Mormon this evening.
Monday: Read Introduction to the Book of Mormon (and the section under that title in the CFM manual) + Super Listener Word-a-thon
Tuesday: Read The Testimony of Three Witnesses and watch How We Got the Book of Mormon
Wednesday: Read The Testimony of Eight Witnesses and watch What is the Book of Mormon? A 60-Second Overview
Thursday: A Book of Mormon Story
Friday: Read half of The Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith
Saturday: Finish reading The Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith
Sunday: Weekly wrap up/ catch-up day (cover anything we missed during the week).
I hope our lesson plan is helpful for you!
January 6-12 “I Will Go and Do”
Monday: Read 1 Nephi 2:20 + Courageous Hot Potato
Tuesday: Read 1 Nephi 2:11-13; 3:5-7. Discuss the differences between Laman and Lemuel’s response verses Nephi’s response.
Wednesday: Read 1 Nephi 2: 1-7 Watch Lehi Counsels With His Family to Leave Jerusalem + Lehi’s Family Departs into the Wilderness
Thursday: Read 1 Nephi 3: 1-8. Watch Nephi Commits to Obtaining the Sacred Records
Saturday: Read 1 Nephi 3:19-20; 5:10-22; 6. Watch Lehi Testifies of the Importance of Scripture
Sunday: Read 1 Nephi 4 Watch The Spirit Directs Nephi to Slay Laban and Nephi Obtains the Sacred Records. Read 1 Nephi 7:19-21. Watch The Lord Delivers Nephi from his Rebellious Brothers.
You can find more videos in the Book of Mormon Video series here. Note: These videos are often pretty long (at least for the attention spans in our home. We will probably not watch all of the videos listed. Our focus is going to be on reading the verses from the scriptures and then if we have time/inclination or need something for kids to do, we’ll watch the videos. NO stress! Do what is right for your family!
January 13-19; “come and Partake of the Fruit”
Monday: Read 1 Nephi 8 + Collaborative Art Museum
Tuesday: Read 1 Nephi 8:10-16
Wednesday: Tree of Life AR app (this looks SO cool!)
Thursday: Read 1 Nephi 9: 5-6
Friday: Read 1 Nephi 10: 2-16
Saturday: Read 1 Nephi 10:17-22
Sunday: Watch the Book of Mormon videos that go along with this week.
UPDATE: It is not working for our family to read + discuss the scriptures AND watch the incredible Book of Mormon videos each evening. The videos are such outstanding resources that I want to make sure we put them to good use and I’ve been mulling over how to make that happen. Then Becky Pitcher shared in her Instagram stories that their family watches all of the videos on Sundays as a refresher. GENIUS! So we’re going to try doing that this week.
I’m not going to stress if we don’t get to them all. We’ll do what we can and that will be plenty. I’m excited!
January 20-26; “Armed with Righteousness and with the Power of God”
Monday: Read Come Follow Me Introduction + Visionary Word Scrambler
Tuesday: Read 1 Nephi 13: 20-42
Wednesday: Read 1 Nephi 14:12-15
Thursday: Read 1 Nephi 15:8-11
Friday: Play The Restoration and Me Matching Game
Saturday: Read Learn About Jesus
Sunday: Watch all Book of Mormon Videos (there aren’t any specific to this week, so we’ll probably watch some we missed previously)