Thursday, April 30, 2009
My daughter also mentioned some of the symptoms of the Swine Flu and she told me that she had stocked up on the kinds of meds that would treat symptoms of flu and a variety of other things. She said she didn't have any extra children's tylenol, motrin, cold and flu meds, and other things to treat symptoms if she had to hunker down in her home for days to weeks. She also brought up a point that if kids and adults are nauseated, which is one of the symptoms of Swine Flu and other flus, that Gatoraid would be needed to keep the sick person hydrated. Smart Daughter I have, but I contributed to that comment and suggested that maybe we all should have some powdered Gatorade on our food storage as it would last longer than what is in bottles. These are just some things to think about. Well, I did an inventory on my medications that I keep on hand to treat the colds and flu symptoms for my husband and I as we are empty nesters. Guess what folks... most of my meds are expired too. I think I have just purchased them in the past and forgot about them or used them from time to time as needed, but I realized, if I needed them now, my over the counter meds are expired. Today is the day to change my situation for this.
I don't think anyone needs to panic, but everyone does need to be prepared. Young couples I have the greatest concern for as many couples I have talked to say that they don't have any food storage because they can't afford it, or don't have anywhere to store it, or that they say if anything happens, they will just move in with their parents until the problems are over. I am here to say that moving back home with Mom and Dad for a while is a great solutions if they are prepared for extra, and if they are close enough in proximity to do so, but these other reasons need to be reconsidered. There are all kinds of easy and affordable food storage solutions like the $5 a week plan,( http://members.cox.net/auburnheaven/selfreliant/foodstorageplan.pdf ) or you could do like my youngest daughter does, and that is to buy one or two extra items every time they go shopping and put them away for a rainy day. Where does my daughter put them in her tiny place? Under beds, in a corner of the room, on top of the refrigerator, stacked up in a closet or anywhere she can find. She sayd, "I know I don't have much Mom and I can alwasy come home to you and Dad for a while, but the Prophet has told us to do it, and I want to do it."
I hope my thoughts encourage you to do some thinking about where you stand on your preparedness.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
It has become quite a task lately for me to keep up with all the new information, design, ideas etc., of my blogs as I actively do 5 of them. I try to get new information on them in a timely manner, and sometimes I have typos, misspellings or other things missed when I edit myself. Some readers have brought it to my attention and I have fixed them, but it would save me a lot of time to not have to go back and fix a project once it has been posted than to find them before it posts. This is why I am writing this. I could really use someone to volunteer to edit my projects or posts before they are actually posted. It would save me so much time, and frustration, because I want to share with you something that is not ridden with mistakes. If there are any of you who could spare a couple hours a month to just go over my projects to edit and look for mistakes before publishing, I would really appreciate it. (I can't pay you so this would be a service) I love to do do this creative work with a valuable purpose in mine, and that is encouraging Visiting Teaching and sisterhood. I can tell by my readership that what I do is needed, wanted and appreciated. If you can help me, please email me at email@example.com Thanks! Katie G.
I recently sent out a call for help with translation into Spanish of things on this blog and my V.T. Surprise blog. I want to publically thank Maria and Maya for offering to help me translate my ideas into Spanish as that isn't something that I can do myself. This is a much needed service as our Spanish sisters need the same kinds of helps that this blog provides, to encourage and assist them in their own Visiting Teaching. Thanks again. Katie G.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
If you are in the Lehi Gateway Stake, you will want to snag this poster and bookmarks. I actually drew them up for my own Ward Relief Society President but since the goals are Stake wide, you can print it off four your ward. You can take it down to a printing store and have it blown up into whatever size poster that you want. I also suggest laminating the bookmarks is a good idea too. Enjoy! Katie G.
If you would like to use these goals in Poster or Bookmark form for your own family use, I have taken the Stake label off of both of these for your use. Enjoy! Katie G.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Go to http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com to print yourself a copy of the schedule, and Happy Visiting Teaching!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I just had to come into my office, and write my thoughts about President Monson's talk, which was the last one in the morning Sunday Session. The stories that he told were absolutely amazing as usual. I don't think I can ever forget the picture that was painted in my mind of the woman from Russia or Prussia who took her children to gather with the Saints, and as each one of her children died on their long journey, she dug their graves using only a Spoon. I can only imagine how this wonderful faithful woman must have felt as she dug, spoonful, by spoonful in the hard ground, and what thoughts she must have had to be able to get back up and gather her remaining children and move forward the next day.
I am filled with such love and admiration for those pioneers from all countries that suffered unwritten anguish, keeping their faith and paving the way for the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I also believe that from here on out, I must ask myself... what do I have to whine about, when my challenges are but a tiny speck compaired to what those before us have suffered. Their faith and devotion paved the way for you and I, and it gives me even more encouragement to keep doing what I am doing to strenghten my own faith, the faith of my family, and others.
When I beging to feel discouraged about what is happening around the world with the economy, with new Country leaders and the direction that their leadership takes our country, when I see my individuals vocations, gouged by the current economic circumstances, I can picture in my mind the pioneer woman from Russia with a spoon in hand, digging the graves of her chilren. Let us all lift ourselves and be grateful for what we do have, and do the best we can to lift and encourage others. There are so many others whose lives have been much more challenged than mine ever could be, and to them I express my love and gratitude.
These are my thoughts, and I am sure that there will be many more thoughts about the talks given in this Conference. I would love to hear your thoughts as well. Your thoughts can be collected to help all of us with the talk we choose to focus on to share with your sisters through Visiting Teaching for the month of May. I have created another blog for everyone to hear and share your thoughts and voice.
Go to: http://ldsconferencetalksandthoughts.blogspot.com/ and make your comments, so that others can read them and be lifted and blessed by them about your thoughts about Conference and the talks.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
(April 2009 Visiting Teaching Message in Spanish) Mensaje de las maestras visitantes and General Conference Activity Packet
Escudriñemos diligentemente las Escrituras
“Les recomiendo las revelaciones de Dios como la norma mediante la cual debemos regir nuestra vida y por la que debemos medir cada decisión y cada acto. Por lo tanto, cuando tengan preocupaciones y desafíos, afróntenlos recurriendo a las Escrituras y a los profetas" ("Fear Nor, Little Flock", en 1988_1989 Devotional and Fireside Speeches 1989,pág. 112).
For General Conference Activity Packets in Spanish that you can download and print off for your family go to http://www.sugardoodle.net/mambo/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4195&Itemid=5 Please make sure you pass this word along as I know so many members would like to have more Spanish materials available to them.
I wanted to let you know that since I don't speak Spanish, I rely solely on the Visiting Teaching message page from LDS.org in Spanish. I can only copy and paste the quotes listed on that page in Spanish so I can only provide handouts using direct quotes. The other ideas that I share, I cannot correctly translate into Spanish, as I simply don't know how. My hopes for you wonderful Spanish speaking sisters, is that you can have a friend help you translate the recipes, ideas, directions, etc. for one another.
Another option would be that if someone who reads my blog and knows how it helps others, and who is bilingual, would be willing to translate for me. We could do this translation via email, so you would not even need to live close by me. I could then make up an entire Visiting teaching blog for Spanish Speaking sisters. I could share the very same wonderful and creative ideas, tips and handouts that I do in English but in Spanish. This service would take up several hours during the end of each month (in preparation for the new month) and the only compensation you would get from this work would be in the form of knowing that you are giving a great service that is wanted and needed. You would need to be committed and have your translation completed before the new month so that I have the time to post it as well. I would also list your name and biography on the blog as the translating services. If there is anyone who would be willing to help me out in my efforts, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope I hear from someone willing to help, as I would love to be able to share everything with my Spanish speaking sisters all over the world!
Most Sincerely, Katie G
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.