I will be co-hosting a new show at Book of Mormon Central’s YouTube channel with Marianna Richardson. “Come Follow Me: Act in Doctrine” will release every Wednesday, starting on December 23, 2020. Marianna and I will discuss the scripture block for each week by sharing our favorite takeaways, hearing from guests, and challenging one another to apply the the things we’ve learned.
I did some research and found some fun ways that we can connect with extended family and friend groups over Zoom or other videoconference apps. Here’s a list of games/activities you could do to stay in touch, reach out to people, and enjoy people’s company.
Pictionary (with Zoom whiteboard feature), can also use a random word generator for ideas of what to draw https://randomwordgenerator.com/pictionary.php
Yahtzee—all participants print out a score sheet and take turns rolling dice.
Bingo—use these sites to print out boards https://myfreebingocards.com/
and draw numbers. https://letsplaybingo.io/
Boggle—share this site on a screen and everyone writes down words against the timer. https://www.puzzle-words.com/boggle-4×4/
Jackbox Drawful— Through April 11, 2020, Jackbox Games is offering Drawful 2 is free if you download it with the Steam code here. The game is similar to Pictionary, except you and your friends will be challenged with ridiculous drawing prompts such as “cotton candy hair” or a “creepy tiger.” https://shop.jackboxgames.com/collections/steam-codes/products/drawful-2
Homemade Trivia— A fun, interactive idea is to use an application such as TriviaMaker.com to create your own trivia games.
Or Random Trivia— http://www.randomtriviagenerator.com/
Risk—multiplayer game (don’t need Zoom, but need a Steam account). https://store.steampowered.com/app/1128810/RISK_Global_Domination/
Variety of online card games— https://www.cardzmania.com/games/
Pandemic—just in case real life isn’t entertaining enough. https://www.asmodee-digital.com/en/pandemic/
Heads Up—just need the app on your phone so you can show clues to each other. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/heads-up/id623592465
Scattergories—Here are the lists http://scattergorieslists18.blogspot.com/ Just pick a letter and set the timer.
Scribbi.io—like a virtual Pictionary https://skribbl.io/
Read My Lips–To play Read My Lips, have the person who is “it” turn off their microphone. They will then say a series of words in a given amount of time while everyone else reads their lips and writes down what they think they’re saying. The person with the most correct guesses is the obvious winner.
Last Letter–If you’d like to keep your brain sharp during this time of social distancing, play Last Letter with your friends. All you need to do is choose a category — ’90s movies, flowers, states, colors, etc. — and say a word within that category. The next person will say a word that starts with the last letter of your word, and on and on you’ll go until someone comes up blank. That person will then sit out the next round. Keep playing until only one player is left standing.
Raid your cupboard— Some of your board/party games might adapt, especially if both parties have it and can use parts on their end: Look through them and be creative.
This summer, my poor children are being forced to take the college class I teach at BYU [homeschool version]. I’m posting their reading schedule here just because I needed a place where they can access the links.
To all who inadvertently receive this in their inbox (due to a long-neglected blog subscription), feel free to either ignore it or steal it for your own use. Happy Summer Reading!
|PREPARATION before class||DISCUSSION and EVENTS|
|TLP Chapter 1: Our Need for Living Prophets
(TLP= Teachings of the Living Prophets Student Manual)
“The Doctrine of Christ” by Elder Christofferson
|Why living prophets matter|
| TLP Chapter 2: The Living Prophet: The President of the Church
(including the 14 Fundamentals talk at end of chapter)
|The role of our living prophet
14 Fundamentals of Following the Prophet
|TLP Chapter 7: Studying General Conference Addresses
Choose any two of the suggested study methods from TLP ch. 7 and apply them as you study these two President Nelson talks. Bring your notes to share.
October 2017: The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like …?
|Practice Study Methods
Tips and Research Tools
|Read 5 talks by President Nelson (bring D.A.P. notes for one of these):
April 2017: Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives
October 2016: Joy and Spiritual Survival
April 2016: The Price of Priesthood Power
January 2016 (Worldwide Devotional): True Millennials
October 2015: A Plea to My Sisters
|Teachings of Russell M. Nelson|
|TLP Chapter 4: The Quorum of the First Presidency
The Church Is on Course – by Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley
|Quorum keys and responsibilities|
|KT packet: Oaks
Feb 2014 (BYU-I): Witnesses of God
|Life, ministry, and messages of Dallin H. Oaks|
|KT packet: Eyring
Apr 2012: Mountains to Climb
|Life, ministry, and messages of Henry B. Eyring|
|TLP Chapter 5: The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
“Chosen to Bear Testimony of My Name” by Elder David A. Bednar
|Quorum keys and responsibilities|
|Read THE LIVING CHRIST and the FAMILY PROCLAMATION
Aug 2009): “Teaching the Doctrine of the Family,” Julie B. Beck
Deadline to watch family proclamation video on Digital Dialog.
|Proclamations and the doctrine of the family|
|KT packet: Ballard
May 2014 (CES): Be Still, and Know That I Am God
|Life, ministry, and messages of M. Russell Ballard|
|KT packet: Holland
Sept 2012 (CES): Israel, Isreal God Is Calling
|Life, ministry, and messages of Jeffrey R. Holland|
|KT packet: Uchtdorf||Life, ministry, and messages of Dieter F. Uchtdorf|
|KT packet: Bednar
Sept 2017 (Worldwide Devotional): A Welding Link
|Life, ministry, and messages of David A. Bednar|
|KT packet: Cook
Sept 2016 (Worldwide Devotional): “Fear Not…”
|Life, ministry, and messages of Quentin L. Cook|
|KT packet: Christofferson
Jan 2011 (BYU Devotional): Give us this day our daily bread
|Life, ministry, and messages of D. Todd Christofferson|
|KT packet: Andersen
Oct. 2011: Children
|Life, ministry, and messages of Neil L. Andersen|
|KT packet: Rasband
Sept 2015 (BYU Devotional): Religious Freedom and Fairness for All
|Life, ministry, and messages of Ronald A. Rasband|
|KT packet: Stevenson
May 2017 (BYU Women’s Conference): The Knowledge of a Savior(watch!)
|Life, ministry, and messages of Gary E. Stevenson|
|KT packet: Renlund
April 2015: Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying
|Life, ministry, and messages of Dale G. Renlund|
|TLP Chapter 6: General Conference
An Ensign to the Nations, Jeffrey R. Holland
|Preparing for General Conference|
|TLP Chapter 3: Succession in the Presidency
Pres. Nelson, “Sustaining the Prophets,” Oct. 2014
|Understanding Succession in the Presidency|
|Elder Gong bio, link TBA.
2014 BYU-H Devotional Be Not Afraid, Only Believe
|Elder Soares bio, link TBA.
April 2015 Yes, We Can and Will Win!
|***Family Proclamation Research Project***|
How long have you been on that? What are you looking at? Please turn that off. Give me your phone.
I recently sat down with two admired friends (who I originally met through blogging during my Diapers and Divinity days), and tapped into their expertise about two things:
- How to do a better job of walking this world of technology with my children.
- How to use my own social media accounts in positive and meaningful ways.
Even though I talked to them long after the microphones were turned off and gleaned so much insight, you can hear some of their sage advice on LDS Perspectives podcast. (Yeah, I got a gig as a very part-time podcaster. It’s been fun.) Check it out at this link, or subscribe to LDS Perspectives podcast for more episodes: