Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know which Come Follow Me book is right for my child?
This is the most common question I get! The answer is...it depends.
A lot will depend on your child's skill level with reading, writing and looking up scriptures. It also depends how independent you want them to be as they study. If you're planning to use it mainly for family scripture study, it will be a little more guided and you might be able to use the pages more for younger kids than if they are working in them on their own.
That being said, here is a general guide to what is in the books so you can make an informed decision:
The People of the_____ Study Companions
This is a great book for all ages. There are pictures to color, so for kids too young to read and write, this is a great way to help them study the people and places of the scriptures as they learn the stories. For older kids, there is a study page that goes with each person/place that they are learning about that asks questions, like
"What message did the Lord have for ________?"
and the most important question,
"How can learning about _________ help me follow the Savior?"
The Study Companion for kids
These workbooks are a little more advanced, and will require the kids to be able to look up scriptures, think about what they are reading, and then do activities like answering questions, making lists, doodling or drawing relevant pictures, etc. The Doctrine and Covenants book has more scripture references than the Book of Mormon book because I felt like it would be a good idea to get kids used to referencing scripture as they study.
Whether or not your child is ready for this book will depend on their reading/writing abilities. The questions were taken largely from the Come Follow Me for Primary, with some from the Individuals and Families (in the family section)
Some examples of questions they might encounter are:
Read verse 25. List or doodle some phrases you find that might help you choose to do right when others are disagreeing with you.
Why does Heavenly Father let us make choices? What are the blessings that come when we choose to follow Jesus?
Imagine that you were going to teach someone about forgiveness. Read verses 7-10 and find phrases or words that would help you teach.
If I were pressed to say an age, I would probably recommend these books for those 8 and older, but you know your own child best. I've had several people tell me they used this book for their teenager, who also loved it.
Youth Study Companion
The questions and study pages in this book are the same as in the Study Companion for adults, but also includes a personal planner that gives them room to set goals, and pages that go along with the topics discussions for the year. For younger youth, the study companion for kids might be more appropriate. For the older teens or adults this book would be great.
The questions were all taken from the Come Follow Me for Individuals and Families, so it really does give you journal space to ponder the actual lesson as listed in the manual. Some examples of questions from this book are:
John the Baptist reveals many truths about the Aaronic Priesthood. List some of the things you learn. Did you learn anything new?
As you read these verses, what impresses you about Joseph Smith's testimony? Why is his testimony valuable to you?
Are you using the Sabbath day the way the Lord intended? How does keeping the Sabbath day holy help keep you "unspotted from the world"?
Hopefully this gives you the information you need to decide which book will work best!
How do you edit the files?
First of all, there are many printables that are NOT editable. Be sure the files that you purchased state that they can be edited. If they can, you will need a program like Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download here for free. When you open the files in Adobe Reader, you will see boxes in the spaces that are available for you to edit. Simply click in the boxes and start typing! If it is a single line of text, it should automatically size the text to fit in the box. If it's a box that can be filled with multiple lines of text, it will wrap for you and the text will remain a single size.
For files that are NOT editable, I ask that you please don't alter them.
What do you recommend for printing in color?
I am a HUGE fan of Instant Ink! Everything I print is in color because....well, color is just more fun!
Instant Ink works like this: First, you have to have a compatible HP Printer. Once you do, Instant Ink is a subscription ink service, and you can pick from plans ranging from $2.99 a month and up, depending on how many pages a month you plan on printing. HP monitors your ink levels, and when your ink is getting low, they will automatically send you a new ink cartridge. No more getting right in the middle of a print job and having to run to the store!