Saturday, February 21, 2009
The link for the February Visiting Teaching Message is: http://www.lds.org/library/display/0,4945,2044-1-4782-1,00.html
Espaniol Maestras visantes - Mensaje Febrero 2009 - http://www.lds.org.ar/SocSoc/Maevisit/200902mensajefebrero.htm
Before I share my thought on the March 2009 message, I wanted to bring your attention to the two wonderful video clips that are located to the right of this message. They go along so well with this message, so I thought I would share them with you. One is from President Hinkley on "Lessons I learned as a boy", and "Save the Family" by Janice Kapp Perry and Joy Lundberg, Produced by Maurine and Scot Proctor, Edited by Truman Proctor. Enjoy!
As always, I like to share the thoughts, stories, feeling and promptings that come to me with each Visiting Teaching months' message. You will have ideas of your own as to how to present the lesson to the sisters you Visit Teach but since I am blogging... here are my thoughts....
As I began to read the different Quotations in this lesson, my thoughts were first drawn to The Family: A Proclaimation to the World (Proclamación al mundo) which starts out by saying in the second paragraph “All human beings – male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and as such each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal and eternal identity and purpose.”
The Proclaimation goes on to say in following paragraphs… “By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.”
Sister Julie B. Beck Relief Society General President said, “I have a testimony gained from pondering and studying the scriptures of a plan of happiness given to us by our Father in Heaven. That plan has a part for His daughters. We have the female half to take care of, and if we don’t do our part, no one else is going to do it for us. The half of our Fathers plan that creates life, that nurtures should, that promotes growth that influences everything else was given to us. We can’t delegate it. We can’t pass it off to anyone. It is ours. We can refuse it, we can deny it, but it’s still our part, and we are accountable for it. There will come a day when we will all remember what we knew before we were born. We will remember that we fought in the great conflict for this privilege. How do we meet this responsibility? We daily put our energies into the work that is uniquely ours to do.”
It is clear to me that Women have a divine destiny while they are in this mortal existence. Motherhood and the nurturing of children is that primary role, and this was given by the divine design of our Heavenly Father.
President Spencer W. Kimball said: “To be a righteous woman during the winding up scenes on this earth, before the second coming of our Savior, is an especially noble calling. The righteous woman’s strength and influence today can be tenfold what it might be in more tranquil times.”
Women have the ability to influence lives, and most importantly the lives of their children. Some women may not have the opportunity to bare children of their own in this life, but they can still have a righteous influence through their goodness and example, in the lives of many children of this generation. It is our sacred duty and obligation, and we must put forth our very best efforts… with all the talents, skills and abilities that our Heavenly Father has given us to raise children in righteousness, in these “less than tranquil times.”
As I ponder the future and know not exactly what is to come,… what I do know is that one day Jesus Christ will return to this earth, and that He is going to need some valiant brothers and sisters to do the work that is left to be done. These individuals will most likely be our very own sons and daughters, and grandsons and daughters, which puts so much more emphasis on teaching our children right now, to love God, His word contained in the scriptures, to be temple worthy and willing to be Saviors on Mount Zion.
We must teach them to have strength to endure temptation, courage to do what is right. We must exemplify and teach honesty and integrity in dealing with their fellowmen, even when others do not respond likewise. We must teach our children how to pray, to repent and ask forgiveness, and experience the Atonement in their lives. The teaching list goes on and on. I pray that we will ponder our role in the “Divine Design of Womanhood” and do our parts to fulfill this glorious plan.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
As many of you know through being dedicated readers of my blog and reading my profile, I am serving as a missionary for the LDS Addiction Recovery Program. I wanted to share with you my greatest Valentine of the day. This entire day has been filled with kind words and sweet expressions of love from different members of my family. My husband and I started off our day enjoying breakfast together at a restaurant. At Lunchtime, two of my husbands sisters and their spouses & a niece and my husband and I met for lunch together. One traveled from Idaho and one came down from Salt Lake. This evening, one of our children and her family also drove about an hour just to be able to spend a few moments with us for an hour or two before my husband and I had to leave for the evening, because tonight, yes, Valentine evening, my husband and I served as missionaries in one of the Addiction Recovery meetings in the Salt Lake area.
I have to say that tonight was one of the most wonderful meetings I have been to, serving as a missionary. Really good people who have simply made some mistakes, gathered in this meeting and shared the thoughts and feelings that were in their hearts. Hurt, sadness, pain and suffering were shared by everyone there, but in the air, there was still an overwhelming feeling of hope, and that came from our Savior Jesus Christ. As I looked around the room, I saw the faces of our Heavenly Fathers children who jumped for joy at the opportunity of coming to earth in the pre-existence, but after having been here on this earth for many years, have lived some hard and difficult lives. Every participant at this meeting were there because they had the hope in Christ... that His atonement would get them through one more day of sobriety. They suffer, and hope one day at a time.
Throughout this meeting, I was filled with an overwhelming love for these brothers and sisters. All of us come from the very same Heavenly Father, and began our journey in the very same way. It isn't until we arrive on this earth that we even had a clue as to where our paths would lead us and just how difficult the journey ahead mnight be. Some of us stayed on the straight and narrow path, and others took diversions along the way. No matter the diversions some people have taken, or the mistakes that they have made, I still couldn't help but feel such a love and compassion for them. I couldn't help but wonder if this love I was feeling is similar to what our Heavenly Father has for each and every one of his children. I believe that He wants everyone of us back with Him one day. I can't help but feel that He hurts when we hurt, and He morns when He sees His children fall. I also think He must cry tears of joy when He sees his once fallen children, lift themselves up, brush themselves off, repent and start back on their life's journey once again.
Love is what Valentines day is all about, and today for me has been a day jam packed full of love in so many different ways. Family is the best and service is what make this love so sweet, because if we had not been giving service as missionaries to night, we wouldn't have been able to feel such a warm feeling of love that was created through the presence of the Spirit. What a blessing it is to be able to feel the Spirit. I love it and being a missionary is the best! I hope that all of you will have the opportunity to serve a mission for yourself one day. You see, you think you are doing it for the benefit of others, but the blessings and love come back to you ten fold. We are all one big family and family is what life is all about.
One more quick note for those of you who don't know and because this blog post is about this subject.... I also have a blog called "Needing Help with Addiction?" located at http://needinghelpwithaddiction.blogspot.com/ I created it as sort of an extension of the service for those who are either suffering from Addictions or for family and friends of Addicts in particular in areas where they don't have access to this wonderful program of the LDS Church. (This blog isn't in any way an official part of my missionary calling, but I just do it myself to help others who might need it.) I share a weekly message on the particular step we are studying in the Addiction Recovery program guide, and I have lots of helpful resources and links, as well as reading material. If you or anyone you know are struggling with addictions, first go to LDS.org under Home and Family, then to Marriage, Famiy and individual Counseling and then under Addiction recovery program or go directly to this link.... http://www.providentliving.org/content/display/0,11666,6629-1-3414-1,00.html For more inforation and help then you could send them to my blog.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Today I am participating in the Alpine Stake Enrichment meeting. I asked permission to share this wonderful event on my blog in the event that some other Wards or Stake Relief Societies would like to use the idea for their own enrichment. The general theme is taken from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk entitled "Happiness, Your Heritage. You can find it at http://www.lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-947-37,00.html
The theme for this Alpine, Utah Stake Enrichment is "Creating Happiness." They are having a program with Guest Speaker Nancy Murphy, and a special musical number "Fill the Well Within". Following this program the sisters will be dismissed to go into the cultural hall that is filled with "Creation Stations". The Tables are set up around the outside of the Cultural hall with different sisters presenting their ideas of Creating happiness in many ways. The Creation Stations include: Create an MTC at home (missionary prep for MTC experience), Add Life to your years (Planning a Church mission), Create a Learning Environment (BYU Literacy), Create a Simpler Life through Frugality : Less is more, Create peace Through Preparedness, Create Great Grandma Moments, Create Long Distance Grandmothering, Create Spectacular Imaginations, Create Comfort and Smiles with Volunteerism & community service, Create a house of order, Create Fabulous Family Reunions, Create Unity Though Family Traditions, Create More joy in the Golden years, Family Search, What an Adventure, Create Precious, Priceless Photographs, Creative Blogging (by yours truly), Create Scrapbooking Family History, Create Joy in Journaling, My big fat Family Record book.
Also going on is a Compassionate Service Project where the sisters will each make 15 meat pies to be contributed to the Food & Care Coalition in Provo, Utah. The theme for this is "Many Hands Make Light Work." Tables are set up with a production line fashion for making these.
In the center of the Cultural hall are 4 banquet tables with a huge beautiful floral Centerpiece in the middle. Refreshments will be served from these tables. There are about 6 round tables situated close by for sisters who want to sit down to enjoy their refreshments, or they can walk around with them while they enjoy learning about the different ways to create happiness, and make contributions to home, family, the church and society.
The link to the site that has all the handouts available for you to download and print off from each Creation Station is: http://alpinestake.blogspot.com/
When photos are available, I will add some for you to see how it all turned out. This is a terrific idea. Please make sure to read President Uchtdorf's talk and that should bring to you the spirit of what this event is all about. Enjoy!
Monday, February 2, 2009
I wanted to let you know that I will be doing a handout of some kind each month not only in English, but Spanish. I don't speak Spanish but a tiny bit, but I will try and do my best. I just found out that there is a Spanish LDS.org located at http://www.lds.org.ar/ for those of you who are bilingual and can read English but prefer to in Spanish. Great site! You can find the Visiting teaching Message in Spanish at http://www.lds.org.ar/SocSoc/Maevisit/200902mensajefebrero.htm Anyway... I have my first handout which is a Bookmark for those of you who speak spanish....Marcador de Libro. You will still need to go ot my other Blog that I store all my Visiting surprises and handouts for you, and you can find that at http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com/
The English bookmarks are located there as well. Enjoy!
I love to hear from you and I do respond to everyone that I get an email from. (unless you don't give me your address) I love hearing about how you are using this blog to help with the "Work" in your ward Relief Society. Recently I have heard from 3 Relief Society Presidents in different States, and they are getting Ideas to help their own Relief Society sisters. I hope that you can continue to enjoy and use what I provide, as that is why I do it and knowing that I am actually helping in the Lord's Vineyard, then it makes it all worth it for me.
Set a goal to get your Visiting teaching done early this month. You have a Valentiney handout to take, and you could add alittle sugar cookie or something like that from you, or not. It is up to you. Of course there are tons of things you could do on this Valentine month so let your creativity go wild but just do it. They are counting on your visit.
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.