Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I am continually reminded everywhere I go that there is a need for literacy among us. I love to learn for myself and I enjoy the wonderful finds of resources on the Internet. I am always amazed and understand the time and effort it must have taken to put these programs to help others on the Internet. I have added a new section to this blog, on the left hand column.... listing wonderful links to literacy. I hope you will take some time to visit these sites or at least those that interest you. Remember...."The Glory of God IS Intelligence!" All of us can find another area to become alittle more literate in. Enjoy!
If your Ward or Stake creates a blog or any of the organizations in your Ward or Stake creates a blog, please let me know in the comments section. I would like to be a resource for everyone to get ideas about what other Wards and Stakes all over the world are doing. Great ideas are worth sharing and since we are all working toward the same goal, let's share. Please let me know by clicking on "Comment" below and give me the link to the blog. I will post all the links on this blog, so everyone can enjoy each others great ideas! Thanks, and "Happy Blogging"!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
A GREAT IDEA FOR YOU! HOW ABOUT WARD RELIEF SOCIETY BLOGS?
I have been getting some feedback on this blog with regard to blogging and the most recent comment was from Debbie in Southern California. She said that her ward Relief Society was setting up a blog and asked me some questions about how to do it. WHAT A GREAT IDEA TO DO A RELIEF SOCIETY BLOG!!!! What a terrific way to get out information to your sisters including your monthly calendars, (go paperless and put everything on your blog & save printing costs for Enrichment treats...YUM!) Add upcoming events, announcements, and what about all those scrumptious recipes that are served in Enrichment meetings, ward dinners, or whenever? You could have all those recipes on that blog for sisters to click on, save to their own computers and print out for themselves. This could save so much time as well as money for all the copying that you now do. How about the great handouts from Sunday R.S. Lessons, or other handouts from Enrichment's?.... Post them on your blog for everyone to enjoy! The ideas for sharing great information and ideas are limitless by setting up your own Relief Society blogs. You know, appropriate blogging is not just for fun, but it is for literacy, learning, sharing and service as well and all of these things and more. Isn't that what Relief Society(ing) is all about?
When you get your own Ward's Relief Society blog set up, ( & FYI - you can set up a blog for free!!!) contact other wards who also have their blogs set up and add a link to theirs so you sisters can gleam the ideas of other wards. Make sure to add my blog link to your blogs so that your sisters can get some great ideas, tips and handouts that I make on a monthly basis to go along with their visiting teaching lessons. (http://visitingteachingtips.blogspot.com )
Another idea along with this is that maybe some of your ward sisters have their own blogs. Many LDS Women have great blogs that give service through their blogs for others to use. Add those links to your blog as well. It's sort of like LDS Women's inspiration, uniting through this new blogging technology... Sisters helping sisters from all over the world.
I really enjoy when LDS women throughout the world comment or contact me through my blog(s) with a nice comment, question or suggestion. It is great to see that the efforts I make on behalf of sharing my ideas, get noticed, used, and enjoyed in far away places. I am going to be doing a little teaching demo or as they call it "Creation Station" at a Stake Enrichment in Alpine, Utah in February, and my topic is on "Blogging." I have been in the process of collecting LDS women's blog links of interest to me to share at this event. So far I have collected 2 pages worth of blogs relating to Homemaking, food storage, emergency preparedness, Family Home Evening, Recipe blogs, Enrichment ideas, food preserving, gardening, Grains, and so forth. I love these creative blogs and I get so much good and useful information from them. I will have this list to pass out to the sisters who come to that Stake Enrichment as well as be able to show them my blogs and share my ideas about really good appropriate blogging. If you would like to pass on your appropriate blog link to me that has really useful infomrmation worth passing on to others, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org In February, I will post on this blog, the links that I have collected for you to enjoy too, so come back and get them and all the other fun things I will have created for you & I to use.
Have fun blogging!!!! Oh and there is a comment about blogging on at LDS.org on the Relief society page found at http://www.lds.org/pa/display/0,17884,4644-1,00.html listed under "A Call for young adult sisters". This was a suggestion for Young Women to do some service and then "BLOG" about it. I hate to say this but I am an "oldster", but I love to blog too! Hey other "OLDSTERS" catch the vision too! Let's blog together! Leave me a comment!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I was reading at the LDS Church website, in particular under Relief Society and went to the page on "Visiting Teaching". I loved how it described what Visiting teaching is all about. I urge you to go to http://www.lds.org/pa/display/0,17884,4691-1,00.html and with humility...read. It should not only provide the vision of what you are suppose to do as a Visiting Teacher, but motivate you to be the very best Visiting Teacher you can be! You should catch the spirit of Visiting teaching!
General Conference Talks
General Conference Reports
Proceedings of Recent General Conferences
What shall we give?
An Apostles Easter Thoughts on Christ
This short video is an Important message from the mouths of our Prophets!
July 6 - Pioneer Cooking
Click on this link to take you to the Pioneer Recipes:
I was also thinking that if you were to copy some of these recipes and print them off, that might be a fun handout for the Sisters you Visit Teach!
July 2nd - Diana Lucina Spicer Block
Visiting Teaching Tips, handouts and Ideas
For many years, I have been creating very cute and fun things to take to the ladies I Visit Teach. I have shared from time to time, my ideas with others and they have really appreciated them. I decided that since I do these anyway, I would start doing one every month and then post it on this blog to share with anyone for their Visiting Teaching. I do need to make a disclaimer.... the ideas, thoughts, stories, graphics etc. used are created by me and they are not in any way official LDS Church quotes, handouts or ideas. They are my creations or others as noted, except for the quotes that will come directly from the Monthly Visiting Teaching message found in the Ensign. Also, many thanks to the talented designers of the digital paper and elements that I use to create the beautiful artwork, and handouts you see on my blog.
You can go to http://www.lds.org/ and look up and even print the monthly message if you do not have your own Ensign magazine subscription in English or to choose to read the Liahona or Ensign in a different language go to http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=03103c7ff44f2010VgnVCM1000001f5e340aRCRD&locale=0.
For Spanish you can go to http://www.sud.org.es/
I highly recommend you get your own subscription because you will find a wealth of really good & wholesome, moral reading, that you can't find anywhere else. If you go to http://www.lds.org/ and click on "Gospel Library" then click on "Magazines" you can order your own Ensign, Liahona, New Era, or Friend magazines.
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"Returning to the Past" A Relief Society Activity Idea
I just found your blog. It is so great. I love the idea of the Hearts of Angels. I am trying to figure out how we can use it for our VT conference and incorporate some of the things for our VT interviews. I am a new R/S president and all these things we have to do throughout the year are a little overwhelming. I love all of you ideas. So much work involved, thank you for being willing to share with all of us! I would love anything else you could pass my way.
WE had the thought earlier to use a theme of "Returning to the past" for our activities this year. So all of your old-fashioned pictures will be great to use as invites and handouts.
You might be interested in the idea we had for our B-Day dinner. We always have a progressive dinner in December to the homes of different sisters. We divide them up into about 5 smaller groups and go around to the different sisters homes in the ward. Because of the weather we cancelled it and had it at the church. We decided to do it for our B-Day dinner instead when the weather would be better. We are having the women bring a sack lunch with them and to wear something old, like a grandmothers broach or shawl, or to dress up in the time of the 1800's, and to bring a pint jar with a lid. We will have the sisters make lemonade at the first house and take with them in the jar that they brought, and then go to the next house. At the last house we will have and old fashioned cake to serve like apple walnut cake or something like that.
We still have some details to work out but at the end each member of the presidency will be at a different home and will share a prepared script. It will be written as if they were at the very first R/S meeting when the prophet Joseph Smith organized the R/S with just a handful of women.
Anyway, thank you for sharing what you have! You have a great talent!
Stacey McClellan - Blackfoot, Idaho
SELF RELIANT SISTERS BLOG HAS A GREAT ACTIVITY ABOUT GARDENING WITH KIDS - go to http://selfreliantsisters.blogspot.com/ It is well worth the time and a terriffic idea as Spring is just around the corner! Here is a tiny bit of information that you will see at the site.....
Gardening with Kids has great tips on getting kids started with gardening. Give your child some space; literally! Kids loving having spaces that are all their own, whether it`s their own desk area in the house, or the tent they've created with chairs and blankets in the family room. The same is true for gardening. Dedicate a small plot of the garden just for them. Put a fancy border around it, perhaps purchase one of the stepping stone making kits found at crafts stores in which they can mold their name and make their hand print.
Let them join you at the nursery. Let your kids know you value their opinion. Ask them which kinds of plants, flowers, and vegetables they like. Explain what will work well in your garden and what won't.
Give them (limited) choices. While you're at the nursery, ask them if they'd like pansies or petunias, marigolds or zinnias. This will give them the feeling of power without letting it get out of control.
Remind them money doesn't grow on trees. With older children discuss the budget. Let them help select seeds and blossoming plants at the nursery - and turn it into a math lesson. Let your child do the money calculations; they can tell you when the money runs out.
Let your child do what he will (especially if you have a preschooler). Let him dig, explore, play with bugs. You may be tempted to steer your child in another direction (like actually watering or weeding his garden), but this is a great way for your child to explore this exciting new universe.
Plan, plan, plan. If you have older children, say 8 or 9 or older, let them plot out their own garden on paper. Provide him or her with graph paper, pencils and seed catalogs. Give them a group of flowers and vegetables from which to choose, and then let them draw out their garden.
Get them their own gardening tools. Nothing will motivate your little gardener more than having her own little shovel, her own gardening gloves, and her own watering pail. And don't forget those bright colored rubber boots. You need to go to the site and explore all the rest of the links and ideas.