Thursday, September 19, 2019

2 Corinthians 9 Free Printable

I had a request to make a printable to go with 2 Corinthians 9:7.  I love this scripture and was happy to make it.  I decided to post them as is so you can print and adjust the size as needed.  If you need help I can turn it into a pdf document just let me know :) I love printing these out to display in my home-on the fridge, framed, on the mirror, etc.  Sometimes I leave them out just for the week other times I frame them and they become part of our decor for a while.  This are also great to print and give to your ministering sisters.

To Print:
Click on the picture.  Right click to save to your computer.
Print at home or send it to your favorite place to print pictures.
If printing at home I like to insert the picture in a word document.  Size and print 3 or 4 to a page depending on how many you need.  
These are formatted to fit a letter size page but can easily be resized to fit your needs.

Fonts used with permission by Kimberly Geswein Fonts

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Come Follow Me: 2 Corinthians 8-13 (September 16-22)

Hello and sorry for the late post!  I have some really fun and as always free lesson helps for next weeks Come Follow Me lesson.  We are covering 2 Corinthians 8-13.  These ideas are perfect for families or primary classes.  I'm going to keep it brief tonight and will edit and add the cover picture tomorrow.  A stomach bug hit and I'm just running really slow right now.  Please forgive me if half of this doesn't make sense :)  

I loved the intro in the individual and family manual  and most of my activities go along with the idea of helping those in need.
"What would you do if you heard that a congregation of Saints in another area was struggling in poverty? This was the situation that Paul described to the Corinthian Saints in 2 Corinthians 8–9. He hoped to persuade the Corinthian Saints to donate some of their abundance to Saints in need. But beyond a request for donations, Paul’s words also contain profound truths about giving: “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). In our day, there are still Saints throughout the world who are in need of help. Sometimes the most we can do for them is to fast and donate fast offerings. In other cases, our giving can be more direct and personal. Whatever forms our sacrifices take, it’s worth examining our motivations for giving. Are our sacrifices expressions of love? After all, it’s love that makes a giver cheerful."

This week I want to focus on teaching my children about ways they can help and serve others who are in need of help.

First we are going to talk about the importance of a fast and fast offering. I can't remember the talk I was reading but it said that something like even if our children are young we should still teach them about fasting so that when the time comes for them to fast they have the testimony to do so. First I found this cute story in one of the primary manual.  It is a fun way to teach how fasting can help those in need. I included story cards that you can use as you tell the story.  After play the fill the candy bag game.  Print the empty bag page and the question cards.  You can use the printable candy in the download or use pom poms, candy.  When using pom poms I like to let the kids use tongs to pick up the pom poms and transfer them to the bag.  Have a child pick a card and answer the question.  Then add one "candy" to the bag.  It would be fun to make a treat together and deliver it to a neighbor.

I found this cute story here and her idea inspired this idea :)  Again this goes along with how teaching about fast offerings and how it blesses those in need.  Sometimes I think it may be difficult for children to comprehend how it helps others for them to go with out eating for a day.  So to illustrate this point we are going to go shopping in our house.  Print and give them the grocery list.  Have them shop the kitchen (or if you prefer play food) to find the items on the list.  Check off each item and put it in a bag-I tried to keep it generic but if there is an item you do not have cross it off before you have them shop.  Explain that this is the food we would have eaten during our fast.  When we give a fast offering its like we are giving this bag of food to someone who needs it.  We don't take the actual bag of food to the family (often we don't know who needs it) instead we give the amount of money we would have spent on the food to the bishop and he gives the money to a family that needs it. 
*If you don't want your kids raiding your kitchen I did include printable food.  The food has the question on them from the activity above.  There is also a printable bag that you can cut the top out and then they can put the food in the bag.
*Another idea if you want to add the food into a wagon like the story you can use Little LDS Idea's printables.  She has a super cute wagon and food ready for you to print!

 While some people are in need of financial help others need a hug, a conversation, their yard raked, a babysitter, a friend, etc.  Kids aren't always in a position to give money but they can give and help in so many ways.  Help them brainstorm some ideas.  This would also be a good time to talk about specific people that may need help and how they can help.  Cut out some hearts (I did include a printable but I always find it easier to just free hand them :) and print out a wagon for each person.   They can color their wagon and on the hearts write ways they can give. If possible plan as a family a way you can help someone in need then carry out that plan. 

All of this goes right along with the topic of ministering.  It even mentions it a couple of times in these verses.  I love this quote (found here)"Ministering is learning of and attending to others’ needs. It is doing the Lord’s work. When we minister, we are representing Jesus Christ and acting as His agents to watch over, lift, and strengthen those around us."   Isn't that what we are teaching our kids to do?  Love and Serve others.  There are some awesome videos and quotes here  that I plan to share with my family.  

2 Corinthians 9:7 We learn that we should serve others cheerfully.  I loved the idea in the primary manual that suggests we sing the song When we're Helping and change the emotion each time you sing it.  So when you pick the happy card you are going to sing the song happy, silly sing silly, etc.  Remind them that Heavenly Father wants us to serve cheerfully.

2 Corinthians 12:7–10 "Explain that Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was a trial, such as a physical weakness. Even though Paul asked God to remove the trial, God did not. Instead, God taught Paul that challenges can help us learn to be humble and trust Him. Then God can make us strong." (primary Manual) Use the "blessing and thorn" page to discuss some of the trials people may experience.  Write their ideas by the thorns.  Then discuss some of the blessing that come from trials and write their ideas on the petals.  I also included a journal page where they can share some of their own thoughts or experiences on this subject.

That's all for this week :) I hope there is something that will work for your family or class.  Like I mentioned above I'll be back hopefully tomorrow to edit this post a little and add some more black and white options in the download.  I know many of you have asked for that option. I did include some but have a few more to add.   If you have any questions or trouble with the download please don't hesitate to ask.  I know I rambled quite a bit this week and I'm pretty sure some of it doesn't make any sense.  Thank you all for being amazing and sticking with me even when I'm running late and sometime sound a little crazy :)  

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Come Follow Me: 2 Corinthians 1-7 (September 9-15)

The weeks are flying by and I can't believe fall is just around the corner.  Looking at the activities I planned for the week it looks like I must be ready for a new season :)  This week for Come Follow Me we are covering 2 Corinthians 1-7. I pulled a couple of topics from the Individual and Family and the primary manual.

I can forgive others (2 Corinthians 2:7–8, 10) This was a cute story from last years primary manual.  I included some cute puppets to you to use as you tell the story.  Cut around the box and add a craft stick.  

To follow up with the story we are going to play a roll and cover game.  You can play as a group or print one per person.  The idea is to roll a dice.  If you land on the number 6 ask question number 6 from the review question page.  If they answer correctly they get to cover the leaf with the number 6 on it.  The next person will roll.  If the number is already covered move to the next person.  If its not covered then ask the question that goes with that number.  To cover the leaves you can use pompoms, candy, glass gems, etc.

You can find additional activities on forgiveness here.

I believe in being honest. (2 Corinthians 4:1–2

I included some bracelets for the kids to decorate.  Print, cut, and tape around the kids wrist after they color it. (idea from primary manual)

This is one of my favorite stories to use to teach about honesty.  I've shared this before but but added the story and recipe page in the download.  Print and cut the story cards apart and show while you read or summarize the story.  I found it here. The applesauce cookie recipe is one my mom made when we were young. They are delicious and perfect for fall!

This game is probably my favorite I've ever done and probably my kids favorite too. Game: We are using this fun "Pinocchio" inspired game to learn a little more about honestly.  This game was included in this primary lesson post (lots of honesty activities included) .  My class had so much fun that I wanted to use it with my kids.

 Print the 2 board games (the girl and boy) and situation cards. Cut the cards mix them up. I'm going to toss them in a brown paper bag.  You will also need blocks, legos, or something you can stack.
Briefly tell the story of Pinocchio and that when he told a lie his nose would grow.  Divide into two groups and give one board to each team.  Take turns drawing a card.  Read the situation.  If the child was dishonest add a block where the nose would be.  If the child was honest take a block away.  Keep going until either a certain number of questions have been asked, a set time period, or you run out of blocks haha.  The team with the smallest nose wins!

My trials can be a blessing. (2 Corinthians 1:3–74:6–10, 17–187:4–7) As I was reading this it reminded me of when Joseph Smith was in Liberty jail. I love the scriptures D&C 121:7-8 and 122:7.  As I was studying for this week I also found this talk that I really liked and went well with this topic. 

This can be a little tricky for young ones to understand.  It reminded me of a baby bird hatching and how that struggle helps them survive.  Start by explaining this process (more help on this in the download).  Discuss some hard things they have had to do and how it has helped them.  Then play this cute baby bird matching game.  You will match the baby bird color to the same color of egg.  If you want you can save your discussion for the game and as they find a match they can share something hard they have done or do and how it blesses them.
This quote from Elder Holland came to my mind this week and its one of my favorites.  I included a printable and there is a video that goes along with the talk.  I love any time I can hear and have my children hear the voice of the prophet and apostles.  There is a special spirit that comes as we listen to them speak.  You can find the video here
"he is a new creature" 2 Corinthians 5:17  I love this scripture and I love the suggestion in the individual and family manual  "Can your family think of—or find—examples in nature of things that go through remarkable transformations and become new creatures? What do these examples teach us about how the gospel of Jesus Christ can change us?"  To help you out I included some fun puzzles for you and your family to complete.  Print and cut the puzzles.  (I recommend cardstock) mix them up and see if you can find the correct transformation.  If there is a need for black and white let me know or if you want the names of the stages written on the puzzles please let me know :) 

That is all for this week.  As always I hope there is something that will work for your family or primary class.  Also thank you for being patient with me as I posted these ideas a little later then usual.  You all are the best!  If you have any questions or trouble with the download let me know!

I just wanted to pop in and let you know I'm just about done with next week's Come Follow Me post.  I'll have it up later tonight :)  I had some unexpected mothering duties this week. Lets just say it was a hard week but things are looking up.  And since every post should have a picture here's a little cutie to make you smile :)
See you in a little bit!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Come Follow Me: 1 Corinthians 14-16 (September 2-8)

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  I have some fun ideas for next week's Come Follow Me lesson.  We are covering 1 Corinthians 14-16.  These ideas are perfect for families or primary classes and as always they are free!  You can find the printables in one big download at the end of this post.
I feel like these letter chapters are so much harder to plan.  There are a lot of topics each week and overall I find it a little more difficult to understand. I narrowed it down to a couple of topics and hope there is something that will work for you :)

1 Corinthians 15: 40-41- "After I am resurrected, I can live in the celestial kingdom. To teach the Corinthians about the bodies we will receive in the Resurrection, Paul mentioned three degrees of glory: celestial, terrestrial, and telestial." (primary manual
This can be a little confusing for children so I'm going to break this down quite a bit.  
Prep: -Print the sun with the images and the sun with the words (black and white option included).  Cut apart the sun with the images-the circle and the triangles. 
- print and cut out the dice on the solid lines.  Fold the dotted lines and tape together.  You can try glue but I think tape works better.
-Print and cute 3 degrees of glory page and image page.  cut around the images and word boxes.  Glue or magnets optional.

First we are going to start by exercising!  Run in place, do push up, or any type you want.  You can also use this fun exercise dice.  Roll the dice and do that exercise 5 or 10 times.  Then roll again.  Once they are nice and tired talk about why it's important to exercise. (makes our bodies strong and healthy).  Heavenly Father also wants our spirits to be strong.  We need a strong spirit so we can live with Heavenly Father and Jesus again.  Show the blank page with the sun. Add the center piece of the sun.  Tell the kids you are going to discuss some of the ways you can help your spirit become strong.  Pick one of the triangle and try to find the correct spot on the sun.  You can glue, tape, or just set on the right spot.  Continue until you have finished the sun.

This would be a great time to talk about the 3 degrees. There is a poster ready for you to print or you can use the interactive pages and see how much they know.  This is a great visual as you teach these verses.

1 Corinthians 15 is about the ressurection.  I loved the question in the individual and family manual so I used them for a journal page.  It also reference the talk by Elder Paul V. Johnson’s “And There Shall Be No More Death.”  I loved this talk included it in the download for reference more for myself so I don't loose it :)

1 Corinthians 15:29-Baptism for the dead.  I have a 13 year old that can go to the temple and an 11 year old getting ready to go in January so this is is going to be my main focus at home.  
 I found these awesome resources in this months friend
Family History Step By Step:  This is a great way to introduce family history.  If you have some pictures or a story of your ancestors it would be fun to share. Discuss as a family how you can do family history together.  Do you have some people that need their work done in the temple?  Maybe try indexing?
Peace in the Temple: This is a cute story I plan to share.  Its about a young boy that is a little nervous about going to the temple for the first time.
It's Temple Time-Here's another great resource if you have a young one getting ready to go for the first time.  It walks you through the steps and helps them to know what to expect.  
What's on your Mind? This is a good one that goes over some of the question that will be asked in the temple interview.
Draw a Temple-I love drawing activities and this is so cute.  I plan to try this drawing with my kids and then let them paint it with water colors.  I am going to try water color paper this time but we've used cardstock in the past and it works just fine.

I found this cute YouTube channel today and it looks like she is posting a new video each week.  This week she covers baptisms for the dead.  These are so fun and perfect for kids. Its adorable kids teaching the doctrine in a fun and easy to understand way.  I watched a couple of them and will be using them each week!

Here's a few activities I came up with.  
Coloring page/writing activity.  This is a fun way to help your kids start journaling as they answer the prompt and color the picture.  I also included to free prints that can be displayed through out the week or frame and use them in your kids' bedrooms.  I love how they turned out.

Preparing for the temple mini bingo.  Yup this time you one need to get 3 in a row.  This is great for little ones but your big kids will love it too.  Maybe they need to get 2 bingos or make an x.  You can come up with some fun new ways to play.  I also wanted something my bigger kids could keep in their room and check off the boxes as they prepare to go to the temple.  As they feel confident to say say yes I keep the commandments they can check off the box or make prayer a habit then they can check off that box.  I know there are many other ways we can prepare but I didn't want it to be overwhelming.  
 The last activity is to create a family tree.  This is a fun activity to introduce family history to your family.  In the circles they can draw a picture of the person or write their name (maybe birthdate). 

That's all for this week!  I hope you found something that will work for you and if you have any questions or trouble with the download please don't hesitate to ask!

Additional ideas
Gift of Tongues or Prophecy (1 Corinthians 14) -Find these fun activities here

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Come Follow Me: 1 Corinthians 8-13 (August 26-September 1)

Good morning!  I hope  you have all had a wonderful week.  Thank you all for being so patient with me last week as I was out of town and didn't have much time to pull activities together.  I am back and have some fun things planned for the upcoming week.  We are going to be covering 1 Corinthians 8-13.  There are so many topics that can be covered this week so I used the primary manual to narrow it down a little bit.

Heavenly Father has blessed me with spiritual gifts: This goes with 1 Corinthians 12: 7-11

There are 2 pages of presents.  One page has the gifts mentioned in these verses and the other page has gifts from a talk by Elder Marvin J. Ashton.  They were listed in the primary manual. There are additional scripture references in the primary manual but I didn't want this activity to be too overwhelming :)  The idea is to print, cut, and hide the presents around the room.  After a gift is found discuss what it means and glue it to the page with the little girl.  Another option would be to use the black and white version as a coloring or journal page and let them glue the gifts they think they may have.

I also included the pages below that can be used as a journal page or I love in that the primary manual suggests writing a letter to your child about some of the spiritual gifts you see in them.

Heavenly Father will help me make righteous choices. 1 Corinthians 10:13

This is a game we've played before but my kids love board games.  You'll need a game piece for each person (buttons, pompoms, etc all work) and a dice.  Roll the dice and move the correct number of spaces.  If you land on a ctr you get to move forward 1 more space.  draw a card and decide if the choice was right or wrong.

This idea comes from the primary manual.  Give each child a mini stop sign and have them raise the sign when the person in the story makes a wrong choice.  I included some scenarios for you but feel free to make up your own.

Charity is the pure love of Christ. 1 Corinthians 13. I plan to start by watching the video "Pass it on" found here.  Its located towards the middle of the page.  Then play hot potato- use a beanbag or stuffed animal and pass it in a circle.  Play music in the background (maybe I'm trying to be like Jesus) and stop it randomly.  Whoever is holding the beanbag can share a way they can show love this week. 

A couple of printables that you can use as a display for the week. 

In the Individual and Family Manual it suggests creating a poster with some of the phrases about charity.  I included theses blank templates for you to decorate.

This idea goes with the intro in the Individual and Family manual found here "he taught that when you join the Church of Jesus Christ, you are “baptized into one body,” and every body part is needed " After discussing this you can play this fun game.  Everyone needs a blank body to start.  On your turn you will roll the dice.  If you get a 3 you will draw a mouth on your person.  or if you get a 6 you will draw clothes on your body.  If you have already rolled the number you do not get to add anything on your turn.  the first person to finish their body wins.

That's is everything for this week. If you have any questions or trouble with the download please let me know.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Come Follow Me: 1 Corinthians 1-7 (August 19-25)

This week we are busy with family and fun! I've been away from my computer all week but was able to put a quick plan for my family that I thought some of you may be interested in.  I apologize for not having my regular style of post full of activities but hope you understand :)

 My body is like a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19).  This month the Friend (New Era & Ensign) have so many great articles on this subject.  We are going to be using a couple of articles and activities from the Friend to discuss this subject. I really feel that the articles this month were an answer to my prayers.  They cover everything in an appropriate and easy to discuss way.
Here's what I'm going to do:
Temple/Body game: found here
Quiz:found here
Story: Done with Swim Team! found here  I really love this story.  It is a great way to discuss body image and also treating other kindly.  My kids start school next week and these are two topics that I really want to discuss before we go back.  In the story the mom writes down a quote for her daughter from President Nelson.  The young girl puts it on her mirror as a reminder that her body is special, like a temple.  I thought it would be great to create a printable that we could put on our bathroom mirror as a reminder for my girls.  If you would like to print one as well right click on the image and save to your computer.  You can print from home or send to your favorite printing place.  If printing at home I like to copy and paste in a word document and size to fit my needs. Then print. Another tip to save ink is use the draft setting on your printer. It is sized as a 5x7.

A couple of years ago we did an activity days lesson on the topic of loving and accepting yourself.  It was one of my favorites.  I plan to share the two videos I linked (I LOVE both of them) and also the activity you see in the picture below.  (you can find the post here)

One Other ideas would be to play a temple match game.  I have one for you here.

That's all for this week. I'll be back next week with my regular posts. I hope you are all having a wonderful rest of the summer :)  Thanks for stopping by!  -Crystal