Monday, January 28, 2019

Week 4: The Creation

Morning Meeting - Read/summarize John 1:1-4 and talk about the pre-mortal life and how Jesus created the earth for us. Go through "The Pre-mortal Life" story with pictures or cut outs (the cut out version is pictured below). You can go into as much or as little detail you'd like depending on the age of your child(ren).

Family Home Evening:

1) Review the pre-mortal life from our morning meeting with Dad. Ask the kids questions about what they learned and have them answer to "teach" dad.

2) The Creation Story. My mom gave me a copy of this short and sweet creation story.

3) Make Earth Cupcakes OR Puffy Paint Earths.
  • Earth Cupcakes: Make a store bought cake mix (we always substitute buttermilk in place of the water to make them more moist). Dye half the mix blue, the other half green. Pour the blue mix into one zip lock bag and the green mix into another zip lock bag and cut a small hole in the bottom corner. Fill the muffin tins 3/4 the way full alternating colors. Bake. Cool. Frost. We actually made these earlier in the day and frosted/ate them after The Creation Story.

  • Puffy Paint Earth: If you haven't made puffy paint with your kids yet, you need to try it. My boys LOVE it, it's easy to make, it requires limited clean up, and I bet you already have everything you need to make it. All you do is add: 1 cup flour + 1 cup water + 1/4 cup baking soda + 1 teaspoon salt + food coloring into a bowl WITH A SPOUT and whisk until smooth (per color). We made green and blue. Pour the paint into a squeeze bottle. Squeeze the paint onto paper plates to make an earth. Once your "earth" is complete, place the plate in the microwave for about 1 minute - a little less or more depending on the thickness of the paint. Don't over microwave, it will start to burn the paint and make the "earth" look brown and crispy.  

"Pretend you have bug eyes." This made me laugh.
BEFORE picture. Ready for the microwave..
AFTER picture. Nice and dry. No mess. I cut the edge off the paper plate.

My five's finished earth. I like to hang these up on the fridge during the week to remember our lesson. 
My three's finished earth. 
They love to play with the dried puffy paint. It has a really neat, bouncy texture and "smells like pancakes".
Two earths became thirteen earths. I told you my boys love puffy paint. They were occupied for a lot of time today!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Week 4: Jesus is the Light

Morning Meeting - Talk about light. Show the pictures of the bugs, the light house and headlights and talk about why light is important in each example. Summarize John 1:6-9 and talk about how Jesus is the light. Explain that when we follow Him, it keeps us safe and leads us back to heaven. You can print these pictures at the end of the "Come Follow Me" Treasure Hunt link below.

Family Home Evening:

1) Have your children tell dad about the light pictures from our morning meeting.

2) "Come Follow Me" Treasure Hunt: Turn all the lights out! Your children will use a flashlight (Jesus) to find different clues around the house, each explaining a way we can follow Him. The clues will lead you to the hidden treasure. The directions and everything you need can be found by clicking the link above. Create a free account to download. Here are a few preview pictures...

Getting ready for our treasure hunt! 
Found clue number ONE! There are nine clues total.
At the end of the hunt, you write the "mystery letter" at the bottom of each clue to see where the treasure is hidden.
The mystery letters spell out "IN THE OVEN."
We found the treasure! Large gems (from amazon) and gold chocolate coins.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Week 3: The Birth of Jesus

Morning Meeting - Read and summarize Luke 2:1-17 (The Nativity Story). Use a Nativity Flannel Board to tell the story as we read. I couldn't find the exact flannel board I have, so the link is a similar one on Amazon.

Family Home Evening:

1) Have the kids re-tell dad about the story of Christ's birth with the flannel board.

2) Watch "The King is Born" from the Living Scriptures Animated Series. I watched this movie and so many others of the animated series growing up. They really helped me remember all the stories from the scriptures! The option is available to stream these DVD's online. Click the link for more info. Another option would be to watch "The Nativity" from

3) Make a Nativity Gingerbread House: I hot glued the stable together using graham crackers and then hot glued the stable onto a cut out cereal box. We used tooth picks and gumdrops (people), fruit leathers (star and head bands), cinnamon squares cereal (roof of the stable), coconut flakes (hay), peanut butter (so the coconut flakes would stick) and animal crackers. We spent a long time decorating our houses and had a lot of fun!

My three wanted to bury all his people in the hay.

My five's Nativity House. He wanted three angels, since the shepherds saw a the multitude of angels in the sky. 

Week 3: Gifts to Jesus

Morning Meeting - Read and Summarize Matthew 2:1-12 (The Wisemen Visit Jesus). Use the Nativity Flannel Board. Talk about the three gifts the Wisemen brought Jesus. Ask, "Do you think we can give gifts to Jesus? How?" Talk about how helping others and being kind are wonderful gifts we can give to Jesus. Write or draw your ideas on a piece of paper. 

My five and three came up with these ideas on their own. 

Family Home Evening:

1) Summarize the story in "We are His Hands" from Elder Uchtdorf's Conference Talk. Show the picture below while telling the story. Talk about how our hands can help other people. Hang this on the fridge as a reminder of the lesson.

2) Gifts to Jesus: Review the story of the Wisemen from this morning and have the kids tell dad about different ways we can give gifts to Jesus. Choose one "gift to Jesus" and do it together as a family tonight. Write it down on one of these Present Cards. We chose to make cookies and drop them off to friends. Throughout the week, add other "gifts to Jesus" into the box. Review all the presents we gave to Jesus at the end of the week.

Sticky Caramel Buns

  • 20 frozen rolls
  • 1 package COOK AND SERVE butterscotch pudding - do NOT use instant.
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


1) Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray. (you can also use a 9x13 dish - I noticed the rolls cook more evenly in the dish as opposed to the bundt pan.)

2) Add twenty frozen rolls around the pan.

3) Evenly spread dry pudding mix over the rolls

4) In a medium bowl combine sugar, cinnamon and melted butter. Pour over rolls.

5) Leave on the counter, uncovered, and let rise 8-10 hours OR overnight if you want them for breakfast. 

6. When ready to serve, place in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.    

Pulled Pork Sandwices

These are different than the typical BBQ pork sandwiches. They have a delicious spice blend with a little kick. My husband loves when I make these and I love that they are easily made in a crock pot. I found this recipe (and photo) from Cooking Classy - one of my favorite cooking websites. Rating: 10/10


  • 1 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 pound boneless pork shoulder roast (aka Boston Butt roast)
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar 
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1/2 Tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 1/4 cups BBQ sauce


1) In a small mixing bowl whisk together salt, pepper, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.

2) Place for shoulder in a baking dish and rub entire roast with dry rub mixture, pressing mixture over the roast. Cover roast with plastic wrap and all to rest in the refrigerator at least 2 hours, or overnight.

3) In a medium mixing bowl combing apple juice, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire and liquid smoke.

4) Place roast in a slow cooker, pour several tablespoons fo the apple juice mixture over the top of the roast, then pour remaining mixture on the side of the roast (I do this so all the dry run isn't washed off the top)

5) Cover slow cooker and cook on low heat 8-10 hours.

6) Remove roast from the slow cooker and shred (leave broth in the slow cooker). Return shredded pork to slow cooker (in broth) and allow to cook 10-20 more minutes.

7) Strain most of the broth from pork (I leave about 1/2 cup), and pour in barbecue sauce and toss.

8) Serve in buns and add extra BBQ sauce, if desired.

    Monday, January 14, 2019

    Come Follow Me Index

    Our family has really enjoyed the "Come Follow Me" manual this year! We have learned so much (me included) and we've tried harder to be more like the Savior as we've learned about Him. Our plan for the upcoming school year is to hold family night on Thursday evening - a week in advance. I will try my best to upload our lesson and have it ready for you the next day (Friday), so you can use it the following week in your home or in primary. I hope some of you will find the ideas useful.


    Oct. 28 - Nov. 4: The Scriptures Help Teach Me Truth

    Oct. 21-27: The Great Apostasy

    Additional October Lesson: Spookley the Square Pumpkin (A lesson on being kind to others that are different).

    Oct. 7-20: Choice & Accountability (The Chocolate Chip Ghost Story)

    General Authority Guess Who & Apostasy Cups


    September 23-29: Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 1-5)

    September 16-22: A Cheerful Giver (2 Corinthians 8-13)

    September 9-15: We Believe in Being Honest (2 Corinthians 1-7)

    September 2-8: The Resurrection (1 Corinthians 14-16)


    Temptation (1 Corinthians 8-13)
    My Body is a Temple (1 Corinthians 1-7)
    Faith (Romans 7-16)


    Church Leaders and Honesty


    Week 22: Helping Others (Joseph Smith Matthew-1; Matthew 25; Mark 12-13; Luke 21)
    Week 23: Holy Ghost - Camping Adventure (John 13-17)
    Week 24: The Sacrament (Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 18)
    Week 25: Repentance and Forgiveness (Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 19)


    Week 18: Jesus Heals a Blind Man (John 7-10)
    Week 19: The Ten Lepers (Luke 12-17; John 11)
    Week 20: Temple Marriage (Matthew 19-20; Mark 10; Luke 18)
    Week 21: My Body is a Temple (Matthew 21-13; Mark 11; Luke 19-20; John 12)


    Week 14-15: Testimony of Jesus Christ and Priesthood (Matthew 16-17; Mark 9; Luke 9)
    Week 16: Easter Wreath and Easter & The Resurrection (Easter)
    Week 17: The Good Samaritan (Matthew 18; Luke 10)


    Week 9: The Wise Man and Prayer 2 (Matthew 6-7)
    Week 10: Miracles of Jesus and Thy Sins are Forgiven (Matthew 8-9; Mark 2-5)
    Week 11: Sabbath Day and The Apostles (Matthew 10-12; Mark 2; Luke 7; 11)
    Week 12: The Leaven Bread and The Wheat & Tares (Matthew 13; Luke 8, 13)
    Week 13: Jesus Walks on Water - Faith (Matthew 14-15; Mark 6-7; John 5-6)


    Week 5: Baptism (1) and The Holy Ghost (Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3)
    Week 6: Choose the Right and I Will Follow Jesus (Matthew 4; Luke 4-5)
    Week 7: Baptism (2) and Heavenly Father Loves Me and Honor Thy Mother (John 2-4) 
    Week 8: Sermon on the Mount (Peacemakers) (Matthew 5, Luke 6)


    Week 2: Prayer and Family History (Matthew 1, Luke 1)
    Week 3: The Birth of Jesus and Gifts to Jesus (Matthew 2, Luke 2)
    Week 4: Jesus is the Light and The Creation (John 1)