In October 2019, Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were advised to study the Restoration of the Church in preparation for the Bicentennial year of the First Vision. 200 years!! What an exciting event to celebrate.
The Prophet, Russell M. Nelson, gave scripture verses for members to read and ponder but I wanted to find a way to include my younger kids. We read the scriptures but picture books and stories are much easier for them to connect with. I wanted them to know and understand the importance of belonging to Christ’s Church but also know more of our Church’s history and that it was restored by real people following promptings from the Holy Ghost.
So began my search for books and boy, did I find some gems.
Board Books on Joseph Smith and Church History
Joseph Smith History – Latter Day Baby
Joseph’s First Prayer – Scott Hoopes
My First Church History Stories – Deanna Draper Buck
Picture Books about Joseph Smith and His Experiences
The First Vision – Cary Austin & Greg Newbold
The Hill – Patric Gerber & Amy Laster
A Faithful Life – S. Hopkinson
Chapter Book about Joseph Smith Life Experiences
Stories from the Life of Joseph Smith – Richard E. Turley Jr &
The Doctrine of Covenants
Joseph Smith History
If you want to really tie these resources together well I suggest using the Restoration Timeline from The Work and Wonder. We followed along with the timeline and read books as they connected. It was been a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to see what comes as we continue to prepare for the 200th anniversary.
6 Day Restoration Family Study – Love Pray Teach (FREE)
The First Vision Study and Teaching Kit – Red Headed Hostess ($4 or part of their subscription)
Sacred Grove Watercolor Paint Along – Sketched and Sealed (FREE)
Sacred Grove Acrylic Painting – Made By Ashley (FREE)