Sunday, October 14, 2012

Book of Mormon Party





Last night, we had our "Book of Mormon Party" in celebration of the fact that we finished reading the Book of Mormon together as a family for the first time!

October is a month of celebration, especially in our family, and I thought of all the things we celebrate, reading the Book of Mormon is one of the best reasons to do so!

Turns out, this was one of our favorite parties that we've thrown (and Steve and I have thrown many!) It was low-key, but meaningful, and we were joined by some good friends.  

Here is what we did.

First of all, the kids dressed up in their best renditions of Book of Mormon-style.  They either dressed up as their favorite character or just as someone from Book of Mormon times.  Autumn (pictured above) was Abish.  



We also had a Nephi and "Nephi's wife."


We ate Book of Mormon-themed food, prepared simply of course!  When everyone arrived, we let the kids create "Secret Combination Pizzas" and paired it with "Tree of Life Fruit Salad" (made by my friend Dawn...a walnut salad with pears...yummy!)  We finished it off with the "Golden Plate" cupcakes pictured above and a tangy party drink provided by my friend Cammie.  Delicious!


While the pizzas were in the oven, we made pencil and rubber band bow & arrows and the kids shot them at a target outside.  (Thanks Cammie, for showing me how to make these things at Book of Mormon Camp last summer!)



The kids played and played and ate...then it was time to make some Book of Mormon crafts.


Steve talked to the kids about the Brother of Jared and how he solved his dilemma of crossing the ocean in small boats without light.


He brought 16 stones to the Lord and asked him to touch them so that they would glow.  When the Lord did so, the Brother of Jared saw the finger of God and many great things were revealed to him.

To create our "glowing stones", we modified this idea for a glowing ghost craft.  First we activated the glow sticks, rolled them into a loop and wrapped them in clear packing tape to keep them compact.  Then we placed them inside translucent plastic cups and sealed them up with tape.  We cut slits in our cups so we could fold down the sides and make them more compacts and "stone-like."


To wrap up the evening, we surprised the kids with a re-enactment of Lehi's Dream.

I'm not good at taking night photos with my camera yet, but the tree looked awesome!  

Steve threw some Christmas lights on one of our trees and rigged up an "iron rod" for the kids to follow.  (We pretended that our trampoline was the "Great & Spacious Building!)  

Once, they reached the tree, they picked the "fruit" which consisted of more fun glowing items.  I can imagine that this is an image that will be burned into the kids' memories for a long time.


 As I put Scarlett to bed last night, I asked her what her favorite part of the party was.  She said "these" and held up the glow-stick that she picked from the tree.  I said, "Oh, you liked all of the glowy things?" She said, "No, I liked following the iron rod and picking the fruit from the tree of life!"

For anyone reading this who might wonder what this dream is about...It is symbolic of our earthly lives.  The tree symbolizes the Love of God which is manifest in the fact that God sent his son Jesus Christ to die for us.  The "iron rod" is the word of God.  If we follow it, it will lead us back to the Savior to live with God again forever.  (You can read more about how Lehi's Dream relates to our lives in this talk called "Finding Ourselves in Lehi's Dream.")

These are some of the basic things that we can teach our children.  It was fun to play together and to celebrate these basic truths that guide our lives and bring us such happiness.

By the way, the parties are only just beginning...TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY!  Autumn's is next week...and soon, we'll have a baby to celebrate!!  Too much fun!

38 comments:

  1. Wow, what a thoughtful and creative way to celebrate such a wonderful milestone! This inspires me to do something special for our son.

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    1. You should! They are already asking when we can have another one...when we finish again is my answer! :)

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  2. Finishing the Book of Mormon is definitely a thing to celebrate!

    And a Happy Birthday to to you! Same day as my Julia. :)

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    1. Thank you! Happy Birthday to Julia!!! (My birthday twin!)

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  3. That looks like so much fun! I'd love to do something like that with some friends. Way to go! The tree of life looks especially neat.

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    1. I know! I want our whole back yard to be lit up at Christmastime now...since it reminds me of the temple lights whenever I look out! :)

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  4. What a wonderful idea! I especially love the glowing "stones" and the last two pictures of the Tree of Life.

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  5. what a glorious party and idea to reinforce the B of M ideas!

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  6. Wow! What a fun idea! I've been thinking about how we could celebrate as a family when we finally reach our goal - I'm going to have to steal some of your ideas! Having a "real" Tree of Life sounds so cool! :)

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    1. It was so fun...and really not a lot of work either! (for me anyway!) ;) Doing it after dark added to the special-ness of it all I think!

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  7. Congratulations on such a wonderful celebration! Our family also just finished reading the Book of Mormon together again this past week. I've not kept track of how many times we've finished, but then, our youngest is a senior in High School this year. I never did think of celebrating, but then I look to creative people like you for fun ideas. I hope your family enjoys many many more Book of Mormon Celebrations!

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    1. Thank you Marcy! The kids can't wait to do it again. Another exciting development is that Guy announced today that he has set a goal for himself to read the Book of Mormon on his own before he gets baptized. He will turn seven next month ...he also told me that he is going to "fast" from video games until he reaches his goal. Makes me chuckle since he only gets 10 minutes a day on the computer as it is! What a valiant soul!

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  8. We are almost done with our first time! And we are so copying your idea.=) We moved away from all we know and our family so this will be a great way to celebrate! Congrats. Also, happy birthday! =)

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    1. Yes being where we have no family and so few church members it was very positive to celebrate like this with kids their age...positive peer pressure sort of! And now I'm going to sing "you're not alone!!" ;)

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  9. What a fun party! I love the tree of life. Happy birthday!!

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  10. I love this idea! We are about to finish reading the Book of Mormon as a family for the first time too. I think we might have to celebrate also. Also, Happy Birthday!

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  11. I just have to say....that is awesome!!! Sounds like such a fun party, a fun way to celebrate finishing the book together, and sounds like something the kids really will remember for a long time. :) Love it!

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  12. AWESOME! (At first I thought you lit the neighbor's tree on fire, and couldn't see the scriptural analogy.)

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    1. Yeah in real life the tree twinkled ...in the photo it looks like burning bush!

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  13. Jocelyn, you guys are so awesome!!! I love how you and Steve put in so much effort to help your kids learn to love the Book of Mormon. You will be blessed for your efforts.

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    1. Aw thanks Steve! We are just big kids sometimes too so we do what sounds fun to us!!!

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  14. Whoa that was truly amazing!! I think this is the most awesome party ever!! Happy BIrthday again my dear!! I cant get over that party, can re-post this on my blog??

    Love you,
    Cherry

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    1. Yes ma'am! And thanks again for the lovely card!!!

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  15. waaahhhh where did my comments go????

    Ok, i said this is amazing, and this is the most awesome party ever and can I re-post this on my blog because I cant get over its awsomeness!! and i also said Happy birthday again my dear friend!! and i said Love, Cherry!!

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  16. Oh now I know where my comment went!! hahahaha!!!!

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  17. What an awesome idea. After reading this post I sat here thinking what a great mom you are. I am amazed at all the teaching/fun activities you provide your kids, and to be honest, I was feeling kind of lousy that I don't do more for my kids. It only took me a few minutes to realize that instead of sitting there thinking I could be up and doing. I called my husband and asked if we could do this tonight for fhe, and he agreed. I ran to the store and picked up a few things and spent about 20 minutes putting it together. It was too cold to go outside, so I set up a tree we had in the house...put lights on it, and hung rice crispy treats from it. When Clark got home I asked if he could set up an iron rod to the tree. To our surprise, he had also made mist of darkness and had some dramatic music playing in the background. Afterwards it was great to tie the comparisons of each story together, and of coarse we had to shoot our bows and arrows again and turn all the lights out so we could have lights in our barges. I think this is a family night we will remember for quite some time. Thanks for sharing your great ideas and experiences.
    On a different note...Happy, Happy Birthday. I hope you have a FaBulOuS day, and feel extra, extra special!!! Love, Renee

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    1. Thank you for sharing that, Renee! You did great!!! It just made me so happy to read about your experience. I love that you hung rice crispie treats from the tree...ha, that's so great! We HONESTLY just did the minimum as well...but it had a big effect on the kids. Now Guy wants to read the BofM all by himself this next year before he gets baptized. He's on fire! :) I can envision how much fun you guys had just from your description! Way to go, Mama! :)

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  18. You are amazing. You have an amazing husband too. I think it is so awesome that you read the Book of Mormon with your young children. I loved your activity. The Tree of Life was stunning. I love that fruit and especially Scarlett's comment. She at such a young age has been well taught. I find the children of today to be so smart and they understand things quickly.
    Blessings and hugs to you all!

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  19. I love this idea! I cant wait until we have kids!

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    1. Kids are an excuse to have all kinds of fun! ;)

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  20. I love Abish and your little Abish is beautiful! What a great party and wonderful memories you've created for your kids. We are about to finish again, and I'm wondering if we can modify some of these activities for our 11-y-o and 16-y-o for the next FHE.

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    1. I'm sure you could, and I"d love to hear about how it goes!! Have fun! And congrats on finishing again!

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