Monday, September 13, 2021

I can be a "Light unto the World" Come Follow Me activity and website changes

I need to apologize for disappearing on you.  It was not my intention to just walk away for so long without saying anything but I could not find the right words.  I needed time to think and sit with this decision before I shared it with you. Honestly I'm not really sure what this blog will look like in regards to Come Follow Me activities.  I did know I needed to take a break and have come to realize stepping back is the best thing for me and my family.  



Here are a few things I do know: 
  • I will not be posting the same quantity of activities in a post but the quality will be same. 
  • They will remain free. 
  • There will be no promise of a schedule and I will not even guarantee I will be posting every week. However I will share any activities or ideas I am using for my family. This may come in one post or a couple throughout the week.  Basically I'm not committing to anything as I work to figure out the details haha. 
  • These posts will be shared by topic and not by reading for the week.  This will help in the future if you would like to search past topics for a current lesson.  I have been doing this for a few years so there are tons of ideas on pretty much every topic.  I'll be spending the next few months going back and labeling past posts with topics to make searching for ideas much easier. I will also be updating the Come Follow Me pages with the list of topics and not dates/reading schedule. New posts with then be automatically linked up by topic when it's ready.  I'll keep you updated on this project.

My only plan is to get back to why I started my blog in the first place. That is to help others as I share my passions..new and old. If you read my intro on the side of my page it says "Here you'll find crafts and tutorials, kids crafts & activities, thrifty decorating, family life, and whatever else comes our way in our "cozy red cottage." I really feel pulled to share more of a variety of ideas as our family goes through life.  We've had a really busy year with some hard things (some we are still navigating through) and this is my way of allowing myself grace without deadlines and the freedom to create, giving my attention to my family, and being able to keep going with this blog that I love so much without it feeling like one more thing on my to-do list.  It's been a long road for me to reach this place of being able to walk away from what has been working and helping so many of you. Hopefully it will still be a place you find useful and will want to hang out.  I appreciate all of you so much and I'm so thankful everyday for your kind messages and that you take the time to stop by my little spot on the internet.  This has been an amazing and unexpected experience and I look forward to seeing where this takes me and my family. 

Make sure to follow me on Instagram (I will be more active there) and facebook for additional ideas and post updates. My goal is to start sending out weekly emails with post updates as well.


If you made it this far I have a surprise for you!  I created a fun activity based on this week's Come follow Me lesson that we will be doing tonight for Family Night. We are reading D&C 102-105 this week and I am focusing on the scripture D&C 103:9. We will be taking about what it means to be a "Light unto the World." The plan is to watch one of the "Light the World" videos (here or here). Ask how can we "light the world" this week? To help answer this question we are going to go on a hunt for our lightbulb ideas.  Have your family (or class) close their eyes as you hide the lightbulbs around the room.  Have everyone open their eyes and search for the lightbulbs.  When one is found share and discuss with the group.  I did not add words so the images can spark your own ideas.  When all of the pictures are found, spend a few minutes drawing or writing 5 things you will do to be a "light unto the world" this week.  Draw 1 idea on each lightbulb.  Display in your room so you can refer to it during the week. *Bonus idea: If it's dark enough turn out the lights during your hunt and use flashlights to find the lightbulb cards. Your kids will love it!

Download the free Printables Here


Additional ideas for being a light and a peacemaker here


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: Doctrine and Covenants 81-83

This week we are learning about service and prayer as we study Doctrine and Covenants 81-83. This week the activities are separated by topic in two different downloads. My friend Cornelia helped me out again this week by creating some activities and I finally finished mine :)  Just to save time I didn't combine them like I normally do.  I'm having trouble with my hand and arm and need to limit my time on the computer significantly to keep the pain manageable.  I hope to be feeling better soon and will do my best over the next few weeks to continue posting as I heal. Hope you have a great week and find something that will work for your family or primary class.   


Download Service Activities Here

Download Prayer Activities Here


In German

Material hier herunterladen


Monday, July 12, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: D&C 77-80

 

So I kind of love this one!  This week our theme is "God created every creature on Earth." Activities include animal sorting, bingo, journal/drawing activity, and song posters with real pictures. I hope you find something that works for your family or primary class this week. 

Download Free Printables Here 





Thursday, July 8, 2021

July Holiday Calendar


 July is full of fun holidays you will love to celebrate with your kids.  It's such a great way to slow down and make memories.  We love to print and hang our calendar somewhere we can easily see and try and celebrate as many as we can.  We keep it super simple!  For example today is Video Game day and a Mario Kart tournament is schedule for after dinner.  On World Snake Day I have a fun paper plate craft planned.  On cow appreciation day we will probably walk to our neighbors house to see his baby cow and maybe practice our photography skills.  Yup super simple but so fun!  What holidays do you look forward to celebrating this month? I'd love for you to tag us in any of your pictures over on Instagram or share on our facebook page. Have fun this month!


Download your Free Holiday Calendar Here

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: Doctrine and Covenants 76

As you can see my post is not finished but the activities are! I need to finish up a few thing around the house this morning and didn't want you to have to wait any longer. This week I covered quite a few topics and most are from the primary manual. I really hope you find something that works for your family or primary class.  I'll be back later to fix the post :) Thanks for stopping by! 


Download Free Activities Here


In German

Material hier herunterladen

Friday, July 2, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: Doctrine and Covenants 71-75


This week we are talking about bishops and effort! I think your kids will love the mystery person hunt and in the process will learn why the Lord calls bishops.  We are also going to learn a little more about effort using the quote from President Nelson. It's one of my favorite and something we try to remind our kids (and ourselves) often.  I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend and stay safe.  

I think my life is finally slowing down for a few weeks so I'll be trying really hard to get these lesson helps out a lot earlier in the week.  Thanks for sticking with me :)

Download Free Lesson Helps Here

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: Doctrine and Covenants 67-70

 

Thank you all so much for your patients with me this week. I finally have the activities up and ready for you. This week we have a match game, journal page, and a seek and find game.

I need to give a huge thanks for my sweet friend for helping me out again.  She created a couple of the activities for you this week. She translates our activities into German and has been helping out with the activities over the last month too.  She is the best! Have a great week and I'll be back in a few days with next weeks activities.

Download Here

Monday, June 21, 2021

 New lesson helps coming soon! Sorry for the delay this week I had a family thing come up that needs my attention.  I am working on the activities and will post them as soon as I can.

-Crystal

Monday, June 14, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: D&C 64-66


I hope you are all having a wonderful week! This week we are coving D&C 64-66.  You can find all of the free pintables and ideas in the download below. I hope you find something that will work for your family or primary class.  One activity we are looking forward to is decorating cookies as we learn more about forgiveness.  It all ties in and will hopefully be something my family remembers.  Have a wonderful rest of your week and please let me know if you have any question.
 





 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: Doctrine and Covenants 63


This week we are covering D&C 63 and focusing on respect for sacred things. We will introduce this topic with this great activity in the Friend. After we have some fun zoo themed activities that will help us learn more about being reverent and respectful. I hope your primary class or family finds something they love! You can find these FREE printables in the download below.  Have a wonderful week and let me know if you have any questions.


 Download Here

Material hier herunterladen


Friday, June 4, 2021

June Holiday Calendar


 Can you believe summer is here! My kids have a 4 days left of school and I couldn't be more excited.  It has been quite a year and we are looking forward to some lazy summer days.  After the initial excitement wears off we love to pull out our holiday calendar for a little inspiration. For example eat a donut or even make donuts for National doughnut day. Maybe learn a new song on the piano or have a dance party on World Music Day. We keep it super simple and my kids LOVE it!.

Download the free calendar below. Print and have fun!  Let me know how you plan to celebrate this month.

Download FREE Holiday Calendar Here

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Come Follow Me Free Lesson Helps: Doctrine and Covenants 60-62




This week we are covering Doctrine and Covenants 60-62. There are journal pages, song posters, and a few other fun activities.  I have to thank my sweet friend for creating the missionary activities for us this week. She really is so sweet to share her time and talents with us.  I hope you all have had a wonderful week. I am hoping to have next weeks lesson posted on Saturday and get back to posting the weekend before...I really appreciate your patience as I've tried to navigate this busy school year :)


 Download Free Printables Here


Material hier herunterladen

Monday, May 24, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: Doctrine and Covenants 58-59

This week we are covering D&C 58-59. I decided to focus our activities on agency and being able to choose.  With this cute gumball theme we are going to talk about good and bad choices and that both have consequences.  There are a few different game options (including one for the little ones) and journaling pages. If you have an older class or family members you may want to write your own scenarios or dig a little deeper into the ones I created-that's what I do for my family.  I hope your family or primary class has so much fun learning to "chews" the right this week!

Material hier herunterladen


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Come Follow Me: D&C 51-57


This week I had a dear friend come to my rescues and she created activities for you.  I've been a little extra busy and was worried about finding time to work on activities for this week.  I woke up to the sweetest email and so many great activities for this week that she so kindly made for us!   I had no idea she was going to do this but it was such a sweet answer to prayer.  We hope you find something that works well for your family or primary class.  You can find the free downloads below.

Download Here


Material hier herunterladen

Friday, May 14, 2021

Come Follow Me: D&C 49-50

 

It's finally Here.  Thanks for being patient this week. We are coving D&C 49-50. There are tons of fun activities for your family or primary class.  I hope you find something that works for you.  You can find the free printables in the download below.



Thursday, May 6, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: D&C 46-48

This week during Come Follow me we are talking about Spiritual gifts and the importance of keeping a history as we cover Doctrine and Covenants 46-48.  These activities are perfect for families and primary classes.  I hope you find something that works for you!

The next few weeks are going to be a little crazy around here. I plan to post every week but like this week I'm not sure what day I'll be able to get things posted. June slows down for me and I hope to get back on a consistent schedule and post the weekend before.  Thanks for sticking with me and have a great week.


 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: D&C 45

 

I hope you are having a wonderful week.  I have some fun ideas to help you teach Doctrine and Covenants 45. We are going to talk about "standing in holy places" and ways we can help our home become a holy place.  We are also going to talk about the 2nd Coming using the song "When He Comes again." This is one of my favorite songs and I included song posters, craft, and a journal page. These lesson helps are so fun and can be used with your family or primary class. 

You can find all of these free printables in the download below. Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by!

Download Here




Monday, April 19, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: Doctrine and Covenants 41-44

 

This week we are covering D&C 41-44.  We will be learning about serving others, following the prophet, and obeying God's law. Your family or primary class will love these fun, free activities.  You can find them in the free download below.

Download Here




Friday, April 16, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: D&C 37-40



I have a few fun activities for this week's chapters.  You can find the free downloads in the link below.  Have a wonderful weekend!

 Download Here

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Free April Holiday Calendar

 

I am so sorry I just realized I never posted the April Holiday Calendar! There are still so many fun ones left and I hope you are still able to use it.  You can find the free download below.  I have loved hearing how you and your family have been using these calendars to make fun memories and the ways you've used it to bring a smile to others. You all are AMAZING! 

This has been a month indeed. I'm still having internet issues and trying to catch up on all the things.  I'm working on this week's Come Follow Me lesson helps and hope to have it up tomorrow and next week's lesson helps Friday or Saturday. Sorry for the craziness and thanks for sticking with me. You all are the best! 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: D&C 30-36

 I'm not sure how many of you will see this in time but I wanted to get you at least one activity this week. It's our spring break and we've been so busy and our internet has been down for over a week so I knew it would not be possible to upload much when I could actually get on for the few minutes here and there.    That's what I have is one adorable activity that will help your children learn to open their mouth to share the gospel. It's a simple cut and paste activity with plenty of space to draw or write. Have a great weekend!

Download Here

Friday, April 2, 2021

General Conference Activities

 Good Morning! Can you believe it's Conference weekend?!?  This is such a special way to spend Easter weekend.  I wanted to give a HUGE thank you to my kind friend that generously offers her time to translate all my activities into German. I couldn't do this without her and she helped me create some of the activities in this packet.  She is truly amazing.

While I LOVE General Conference it can be a little difficult to listen when you have young kids in your home.  I am hoping this new Conference Activity pack will help you have a few minutes to listen as your children are happily entertained and maybe even listening too.  I've included 18 activities that are easy to print and play.  I also like to pull out some quiet games, puzzles, and art supplies. 


In addition to this activity packet I have tons of other ideas on my website from past General Conferences or any of the Come Follow Me activities are perfect! I hope you have a wonderful Conference weekend and Happy Easter!

Download Here

Find our German Activities in the download below.



Saturday, March 27, 2021

Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: Easter


Can you believe Easter is in a week! This week we have song posters and a scripture egg hunt to help you focus on the Savior. You can find the free activities in the download below.

 Download Here


You can find addition Easter ideas here! I love these activities and use them every year.





Material hier herunterladen

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: Doctrine and Covenants 29




 "Even as a hen gathereth her chickens" This scripture is the focus of this week's Come Follow Me activities. There is a cute video in the primary lesson that helps illustrate this scripture and is a great starting point for your lesson. I've included a craft/coloring page and some props for acting out the scriptures. If you are using this at home there is an extra idea that will get your family up and moving and your kids will LOVE it!  If you have any question please let me know.  You can find the free downloads below :)

Download Free Printable Here



Material hier herunterladen

Monday, March 15, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: Doctrine and Covenants 27-28


 This week we are covering D&C 27-28 and are focusing on the armor of God. I've included a book that helps explain the different pieces of armor, a mini coloring book, and a few fun activities.  I hope you and your family or primary class have a fun week learning more about how we can put on the armor of God. You can find all of these activities free in the download below. Have a wonderful week :)

Download Here!

Material hier herunterladen

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: Doctrine and Covenants 23-26

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.  We are headed back to 2 hour church tomorrow! We are all very excited to go to class in person again.  Tell me if you are back for 1 or 2 hours or still online.  This week we are covering Doctrine and Covenants 23-26. We'll be learning about the importance of praying and reading our scriptures, keeping the commandments, and a little about Emma Smith.  There were so many topics in these chapters that it was hard to narrow down.  I hope you are able to find something that will work for you and your family or primary class. 



Sunday, February 28, 2021

28 Fun and Unique Holidays to Celebrate in March

 


I love this free holiday calendar. March is full of fun and unique holidays that you and your family will love.  This adorable calendar is great to display and your family will love choosing some fun days to celebrate.  We love to pick a few holidays and do something simple.  My kids also love checking the calendar daily to see what the unique holiday is for that day.  This month we plan to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday with a read-a-thon, make homemade oreo cookies on National Oreo cookie day, and color on National Crayon day.  I hope to fit in many more but hopefully that gives you a few ideas. I love that this gives us something to break up the routine of our week, a few minutes to pause and do something fun together.  I'd love to know what holiday you are most excited to celebrate.

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: Doctrine and Covenants 20-22

I'm so excited to share this week's lesson helps with you! This week we are talking about the Church of Jesus Christ being restored and the blessings that it brings into our lives. Another topic suggestion in the primary manual is "we are blessed when we follow the prophet."  Our prophet recently shared a message with the children during the Friend to Friend broadcast. We are going to watch his message and use these fun printables to make a little display to help us remember what he taught.  It is about the small and simple things we can do to make a big difference.  This just happened to be a topic in our adult session of stake conference this week. One of the members of the presidency share a sweet video about a boy who found a way to change the world with his simple act. It is the sweetest thing and I can't even think about it with out crying :) I knew I wanted to share it with my children and was so excited when I realized how perfectly it fit in with this week's lesson. It's worth a watch and that link is included in the download so you'll have it.  You can grab all of these free printables in the downloads below.  I hope you find something that will work for your family or primary class.  Have a wonderful week and please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for stopping by!



Monday, February 22, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: Doctrine and Covenants 18-19

This week we are coving Doctrine and Covenants sections 18 and 19.  We are focusing on D&C 18:10 and talking about the "worth of souls." We have some fun activities that help remind us that we all are very special to Heavenly Father and how this should influence how we treat and think of others and ourselves.  We have self portraits, love notes, and even some adorable fairy tale characters showing up in our activities this week.  I hope you find something to help teach your family or primary class this week.  Let me know if you have any questions :)


Monday, February 15, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: Doctrine and Covenants 14-17

 

This week week we are covering D&C 14-17 and learning about missionary work and the 3 witnesses experience. You can find these fun activities in the free download below.  These are perfect for families or primary classes.  

Download Free Printables Here





Material hier herunterladen

Monday, February 8, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: D&C 12-13 & JSH 1:66-75


 Hello! I hope you have had a great week. We are moving right along through February and this week we are covering Doctrine and Covenants sections 12-13 and Joseph Smith History 1:66-75. We will be learning more about John the Baptist restoring the Aaronic priesthood.  There is a story sequence and bingo game included in the download this week! I also wanted to cover baptism this month.  There are tons of stories and ideas in the Friend this month and you can find some fun activities here (inluding Baptism Jeopardy!) 




and Here.





Monday, February 1, 2021

Free Come Follow Me Lesson Helps: Doctrine and Covenants 10-11


 This week we are learning about praying always as we cover D&C sections 10-11. There are a few activities including making a poster, an interactive journal page (color, cut, and glue), and even a chance to build an aquarium that goes with a cute story from this months Friend magazine. I hope your family or primary class enjoys these Come Follow Me activities.  As always you can find all of these free in the download below.  Let me know if you have any questions or how you use these fun lesson helps this week :)  

Download Here




Material hier herunterladen