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Thursday, December 16, 2010

The New LDS.org

Have you been to LDS.org lately?  If not, it has really changed.  There is a new design and it is really nicely done.  If you can't find what you are looking for, there is a link that will take you to the previous lds.org.  Anyway.... go there, and you will also find the link for the Visiting Teaching monthly messages, right there on the first page.  Here is the direct link to the VT message page http://lds.org/liahona/2010/12/our-responsibility-to-participate-in-temple-and-family-history-work?lang=eng  You will see that you can print, download, Share or open up "My study notebook" which is another neat thing.  You will need to use yoru LDS account or sign up for it in order to use this notebook.

The message is interactive, and  you can click on the highlighted scriptures and it will take you right to them. 

At the bottom of the message is the link to the Relief Society page, which is another page you should spend some time going through.  The church has made such wonderful efforts to make our time spent well when we visit the site.  It encourages more reading and searching and that is a very good thing!

Now you have all the tools for your Visiting teaching online, BE WISE like the Wisemen, and get prepared and go out and get your December visiting teaching done before the month gets away from you.  It is already half over, and if you don't get your sisters visited now, there is a good chance they will be hard to catch with Christmas and New Years travel and events, as well as all the kids are out of school, so familys will be involved and away from home.  I encourage you to get it done now.

Enjoy and Merry christmas!!!

Love, Katie G.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Lesson on Service

I have just finnished putting up a Christmas lesson on Service on my http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com/ blog if you need one. I will also be posting a few more that others have sent me, so be sure to visit that blog if you want a good Visiting Teaching lesson/seminar, Family Home Evening lesson, Church lesson or just to enjoy.  I have handouts also posted that you can print off.  Enjoy and Have a Happy Holiday season filled with love and joy and service!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thanks for your help.

Thanks to those who have helped me by sending my way some of your ideas for a Christmas lesson.  I am using some of them and it helpe me so much, besides it made me feel loved too because some of you gave back to me.  I have just posted on my V.T. Surprise blog, link is under the header on this blog, some handouts that I have printed up to give with my lesson.  The lesson focus is on gifts of service and making your hands beautiful like Christ's beautiful hands by the kind services that you give at Christmas but all year through.  I think it will be a nice lesson.  Anyway, I thought I woudl share as a thankyou for helping me this time.  Best wishes!  Katie G. 
P.S. Here is a thankyou for helping me out.   One of the stories I am using in my lesson found in a very old Improvement Era, that my sister Becky Adams in Chicago sent to me.  Thanks Becky!!!



December 2010 Visiting teaching message

You can find it at: http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,2044-1-5226-1,00.html

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Radio Shows

I was looking up some graphics and happened upon a darling Old fashioned Radio site.  There are 4 very good old radio shows and recordings there, that I thought you might like to know about.  You can get to the site at http://homeschoolradioshows.com/  The site has more than just Thanksgiving shows, so you can look through it to see and listen to others.  You know me, I love vintage, so when I found this site, I loved it instantly.  The cute Snooks thanksgiving recording would be a cute one of play as it is very short and one that little children would like if you want to play it for them at your Thanksgiving.  Enjoy yet another great tip from Katie G.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Christmas Note Cards


I am getting the jump on the holiday season
So I have created some cute Christmas note cards
to use during the holiday.  Enjoy!  Katie G.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Printables can be found on my Visiting Teaching Surprise blog

I have just added a couple new project as of this week at http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com  so if that interests you, be sure to go and check them out.  The projects are printable designer index cards (6 different patterns) , and 3 different cute thankyou note cards.  Just print them off, cut them out and you are ready to use them for your needs.   I just pictured a few examples of what is at that blog, so if you like them and want to use them, just click on the link and it will take you there in a jiffy.   Enjoy!  Katie G.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation ( Wanted Poster)

Do you need an invitation to send out for Thanksgiving Dinner this year? I just made one and it is a really fun one. Definitely not a formal one, but very cute and funny. I have had many request for it, so have reposted it. Enjoy! Katie G







Friday, November 12, 2010

Everybody's catching a cold!

Wow... the weather changes and everyone gets sick.  My neighbors, my grandkids, my children, their friends and neighbors.  It seems once the weather changes, the cold season is here.  So what do you do???  Well, unless you are a hospital mask wearing type of person, you can just lock your doors and don't let anyone inside, and you stay home until the flu has passed.  I don't know about you but whenever I get the flu shot, I immediately get sick with a feaver and flu... probably the very flu that I was just vaccinated for.  This year I didn't get my flu shot, so I guess this will help me to test which way for me is best... to get the flu from the shot or to get it from the air I breathe.  WHO KNOWS?

Anyway, I was looking at my http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com
blog this morning, I realized that unless we think out of the box on some of the things I post, then you probably won't use the seasonal things I create past a particular season.  So.... here is the idea.  Take the idea from the Halloween tissue box tutorial as well as the darling poem that I wrote to go along with it (excuse me, I just sneezed twice) and make it up for Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas, so there are pleanty of cute tissue boxs around to meet your juicy nosed needs.  Make sure to make up a few to take in anticipation of colds for your Visiting Teaching ladies, or save them for when they do get a cold and need some cheering up.  Adding a tub of chicken soup helps too. 

Gotta close this post now as I am taking my Mom to one of her many Doctor visits prior to starting her Cancer treatments.  Wish us well! Have a very happy day today!!  Katie G.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My catch up day for tears and tender mercies.

I have not taken the time for the past several weeks to post or create any thing, as I have been pretty busy with some great concerns and trials.  Recently I found out that my sweet little Mother has cancer.  It has been quite a blow as she is one that when I look into her face and see warmth, and radiance, kindness and love, but never think that she could possibly get cancer.  Well she did, and our entire family has been focused on taking care of her needs.  She had surgery a little over a week ago, and has been convalescing at my home up until yesterday, when she wanted to go back to her own home.  Being with mom for a full week, and tending to all her needs, has been such a great joy.  It has kept me focused on serving her and forgetting how badly I feel that she has had to go through this ordeal.

Today was my catch up day for tears and tender mercies.  I needed to finally cry, and I did.  I also needed to know and feel the love of My Heavenly Father, and it came.  It is so interesting to me that when I need it most, out of the blue comes something to warm my heart, and bolster my spirits.  And this is how my day has gone so far....
I woke up and almost forgot that my Mother was not in the next room, like she has been this past week.  I walked into the room, and there was an empty bed and chair, which  reminded me that I would not be taking care of her needs today.  The realization that my Mom had recovered enough to be able to go home and take care of herself, was my first tender mercy.  The Lord had answered my prayers and the prayers of my family, because her healing has gone so well, and in fact better than I had expected.  I thank the Lord for looking after my dear mother.

I then sat down at my desk in front of my computer and began to sob.  I guess that tears are meant to cleanse the soul, and they certainly poured out of me today.  I still feel a bit weepy, but the tears that fill my eyes now, are in gratitude for the Lord letting me know in His own ways that he is mindful of me and my mother. 

I opened up my GMail and began to scroll down all the messages that had been sent to me over the past couple of days.  My eyes fixed on LDS Gems, which is a wonderful site that sends a gospel centered message to me every single day, and sometimes more than once a day.  I look forward to them, and find that more times than not, the messages are just exactly what I need to hear that particular day.  Today was no different as the message hit my heart like a ton of lead.  This message was about my mother, and through the lines I read that the Lord is mindful of her and her condition and that He loves her and loves me. This gem is my mother and describes beautifully her situation with cancer, and how she is dealing with it, and of her sweet disposition and enduring faith.   Here is the LDS Gem for today:

"As we pass through the trials of life, let us keep an eternal perspective, let us not complain, let us become even more prayerful, let us serve others, and let us forgive one another. As we do this, 'all things [will] work together for good to [us] that love God' (Romans 8:28)." James B. Martino, "All Things Work Together for Good," Ensign, May 2010, 103


My goodness....this is my mom.... she has kept such a wonderful eternal perspective even though she has had to experience surgery, pain, and so much more.  She doesn't and has not complained about getting cancer, but just says.... "Well I guess it's my turn".  In our conversations of the past week or so, I have noticed that she always forgives people for their bad behaviors.  She always gives others the benefit of the doubt, and never judges.  The prayers she says on her meals are always so sweet and insightful.  She mentions things that I have forgotten and they are sincere and from her heart.  She is grateful for everything she has, and keeps her faith strong in the Lord.

Mom has been reading the new book about President Thomas S. Monson, and from time to time, she stops and tell me about something to do with his life that she never knew. She has such zeal for reading and learning and I so admire that in my cute little shrinking 78 year old mother. 

My mother still teaches violin lessons and many of those she teaches are for free.  I get so agitated when I realize that she is so humble and just barely getting by with the necessities of life, and here she is giving out free violin lessons.  That has been a burr in my shoe for so many years, but for her it is about providing service and teaching a talent to one who might never have the opportunity.  She says... "But Katie, they are so poor, and they couldn't ever afford to learn if I didnt' teach them." I usually reply, 'But Mom, you are the one who needs the money so badly and you don't charge for your lessons.  I have learned so much from her example, and understand that to Mom, there is much more than earning money when you give this kind of selfless service.  Mom has such needs, yet she is out serving others.... What an angelic lady!  What a great example to all who know her. 

Through the past many weeks since we have found out that mother has cancer, all of her children, and Mother as well, have felt such peace, knowing that the Lord is aware of us and through our prayers he has blessed each of us with an overwhelming feeling of peace and comfort.  Just now I picked up the telephone and it was my sweet little Mother calling, and I told her I was writing a post about her.  She said, "Katie.... I need to let you know that I have been praying a lot today, that is in between all the phone calls and visits people have been making."   She said, "I feel the Lord's presence in my life and he has provided me comfort and peace, and I don't feel the least bit worried about what is to come with the cancer treatments, because the Lord is so mindful of me."

Well, I could go on and on, but I think my Mom's words have said it all.   I too know that the Lord is mindful of me, and of her, and of all of you, and wants to provide each of us with comfort and peace during all the difficult times we experience in this life.  I think the trick to being able to feel his love for us is to understand the concept that if we will but open our door, He will come in.  He never pushes himself on us, but stands by, waiting for us to ask in prayer, and He will then bless us with his peace and love.


Oh, by the way, I almost forgot... part of my tender mercy today was that the quote from the Ensign prompted me to get my mind off of any sadness I was feeling and moving my thoughts and actions toward something that I love to do and that is to create.  So I created a book mark with a few recent pictures of my mother, with the quote that came to me today from LDS Gems.  Feel free to share it with others as you feel, as it certainly lifted my spirits, and who knows who needs their spirits lifted too?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Make your own Halloween Candy Bar Wrappers

Everybody
loves treats
 don't they... but what if you
could make up some really cute treats
in just a few minutes?  Well  I did, and I
think your sisters would love her own Halloween
candy bar.  You don't even need to have a pattern or
template.. just get two contrasting scrapbook papers, the
lighter                  weight
is easer                 to work
with, and cut out the bottom  one the very same size as the outer
covering
of the
candy  bar  wrapper.  (don't take off the foil)  Then the next one that
 is the contrasting one is glued to the front side centered in the middle. 
Just fold around the foil covered candy bar, and there you have it....
a really yummy and cute Halloween treat for the sisters that you
Visit teach. I realize that I have been doing a lot of posts, but I
love this month  as it is  really fun and  creative things
can be made and enjoyed.  It is my birthday month
and that is another reason why I like it so
much.  Enjoy!  Katie G.
P.S.  I was going for a pumpkin lettering shape... can you see it?



Reicpe Cards and cute Tissue box cover

I just designed a set of three different tabbed recipe cards to have for the women to write down the recipes that they like when they come to the soup exchange for my neighborhood lunch bunch.  If you go to my visiting teaching surprise blog, you can get those and print them off for yourself.

Also, I made a cute little Halloween tissue box cover to set out. Ok, I am going to tell you one of my biggest pet peeves, and though it is probably not such a big deal, it is to me.  I would like to keep a box of tissues out in the family room, or kitchen for guests or my family to use, but the tissue boxes aren't the color of my house, or they are really ugly designs, so I don't set them out.  I know that is pretty petty, but everyone has a pet peeve and that one is one of mine.  It is minor in the grand scheme of things, but I was thinking about all these cute Halloween decorations and projects that I have been designing, and I thought why not design a template for a tissue box.  Well I realized why when I took apart the box... it was not a printable size, so I just decided to cover it instead.  If you go to my other blog, I have a tutorial of how I did it and it now sits proudly, filled with tissue, on my end table in my family room.... OUT IN CLEAR VIEW.  Why... because it is cute!  I am going to have to do this for all the seasons, and also cover one that matches the color scheme in my family room for off holiday times. 

What does this have to do with Visiting Teaching?  How cute would it be to cover a tissue box for a holiday or just with a cute scrapbook paper, and take it with you to visit someone who is sick, or one of your sister.  I am going to try to find the little handout that goes along with the tissue box, that was given to me once, that I thought was so cute.  If I can't find it, I will make one up and post it on my Visiting Teaching Surprise blog with the rest of the  photos and such of these two projects. Go to http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com to find both of these cute projects.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Are you "Thinking outside the box?"

Today I have had a thought on my mind that I felt like I should post about.  It is about being an Out of the box thinker.  What exactly does that mean?  Well let me give you the example that has been on my mind since my day has been spent doing exactly that.... thinking outside the box.

My story began about a month or so ago when I just happened in a such a wonderful sale at Taipan, which is a marvelous and my favorite home decor store.  I was actually looking for some photo frames to frame the family pictures that were taken clear back in July.  I had delayed so long this project but finally I knew I needed to get those pictures up on the wall before they were so old, it was time to take more.  Back to Taipan....I walked back to the section where they had their frames and to my delight I saw 50% off all framed art and photo frames in that section of the store.  I was in heaven and was so excited as that was exactly what I came for. My eyes immediately met two,  huge beautiful white picture frames.  I examined them and then looked at the original price.  When I deducted off what I thought the 50% off would be, then I knew I had to purchase those. I quickly put them in my shopping cart so that nobody else would get their hands on them. 

My eyes then found another sign that said up to 75% off, and of course a bargain shopper like me would not over look those.  As I pulled my cart over to those frames, I could see that they really were not very pretty.  In fact the pictures in them were so outdated and unsightly, I said to myself.... "Well I know why those are marked at such a low price".   I started to look around and went back to the 50% off frames and began to look through those once again.  Then I saw it... a sign that someone at the store had put up and it said something to this effect.... "You may not like the artwork in the picture, but look at the frame.  Buy it for the frame."  So what I interpreted it to mean was this.... I needed to think outside the box.  I needed to take a look at the frame instead of disregarding the frame because the picture didn't particularly appeal to me.

I began to look at those all of those frames for 75% off, and realized that there were really nice frames.  The photos inside were pretty awful, and the color of the frame was definitely not something that would match the colors of my house, but what is it that I could do with them?  My mind started to look at them a whole lot closer and I thought.... if I bought a can of spray paint, I could paint that frame black and the wood is so pretty and sculpted, it would look really nice!  Then I began to realize that I had a wall at home that i had wanted as a gallery for pictures of my children and grandchildren.  If I converted my digital family photos into black and whites, they would look really good in a freshly painted frame.  But then I got stuck.  I noticed that each of those frames that I could fix with a little work had a double matt, and though I could use the outer cream colored matt, that inside mat was in Rust color.  That simply would  not do.  I know how expensive it is to buy new mats and figured if I did, I would be paying almost the price that it would be to buy the entire picture, frame and all at the regular price.  So I put all those frames back in the pile of 75% off and walked back over to sort through the 50% off.

Through my mind, I was thinking.... I really wish I could use those other frames, but that ugly matt, what in the world could I do to salvage that matt?  So... I began to think outside the box, and I pictured in my mind some of the darling printed mats on the modern pretty pictures that cost so much money.  Ok, I said, and turned my cart around once again, and walked back to those ugly matted frames.  I then realized that the mats measured about 12 inches long and less wide, and pretty scrapbook paper was 12" x 12" . I remembered two years ago mounting pretty scrapbook paper on some wooden picture frames to sell at a craft fair and they went like hotcakes.  That is what I would do... I would buy some pretty paper and cover those ugly mats, and with some paint, and my photos converted to black and white, I would have a beautiful work of art.

By thinking out of the box, I realized that things that appear unattractive on the outside, or just don't quite fit in with my own likes, could be worked on and with a little polishing, could turn out to be really quite lovely.  It reminds me of the story of Johnny Lingo, and Mahayana.... the ten cow woman.  You know, the village thought she was very unattractive and undesirable but Johnny Lingo saw something beautiful.  By his gesture of offering 8 cows to her father for her hand in marriage, that turned the entire villages view of this woman around, and she became esteemed and admired.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365393/quotes (link to quotes from Johnny Lingo)

How many times are we given Mahannas to go visit teach, knowing that we don't have anything in common, that you don't know anything about this sister, or she lives too far to visit, or she is too much older than you are, or she never smiles, or she seems so crabby, or  on and on and on.  How many excuses do we need to not do our visiting teaching? Over the course of my years as a Visiting teacher, I have been assigned to teach so many women, that I ordinarily would not have gotten to know for whatever reason.  I am so grateful in retrospect that I was given the opportunity to see the beauty, kindness, and love inside these lovely Mahannas.  Through this opportunity, I have been able to make friendships that will last forever.  I have learned as much as I have taught and I am so grateful that I was willing to look outside the box, and move forward with what I had been asked to do.

I loved so much the talk that President Monson gave in the Relief Society about not judging others.  http://new.lds.org/general-conference/2010/10/charity-never-faileth?lang=eng ( Link to the talk) Women in general, seem to be really good at making judgements, when it is ourselves we should really be taking a deeper look at.  Making a judgement on someone else, for whatever reason, could potentially eliminate us from meeting someone who could possibly be one of our very best friends.  When we realize that the Lord is directing our paths, and he knows what is ahead of us, then far be it for me to stand in the way of meeting someone that the Lord knows needs me, or even I need her. 

Anyway... can you imagine that I got to this point in this post simply from shopping for picture frames?  I could go on and on, but really I need to get back to my frames.  The last one is drying from the spray paint, and I need to cover the rest of the mats.  Once they are done, I will post a picture and show you just how pretty they turned out.  I don't have a photo for you to compare how they looked before, but just take my advice, and start "thinking outside the box" to find the real treasures that lie under the surface.

Love, Katie G.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Soup exchange

I just designed a darling invitation to a Soup exchange and made two for you to use without my info.  I made it either a fill in the blank or add your own text on the invitation. Go to my Visiting teaching surprise blog http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com/ and find this new surprise for you!!! Love, Katie

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Soup, Meal, Cookie or Christmas Candy Exchange

I thought of something fun that you could do with those sisters you visit teach.  This is the perfect time of year to do it too, so get hopping and set the date.  Here are my ideas for a Soup exchange.

1.  Invite your Visiting teaching partner, and those sisters you visit teach to come on a specific date, to your house for a Soup exchange.  Let's just say you have 2 sisters that you Visit Teach, so the total that would be coming would be 4. 
2.  The hostess will provide the French Bread or Rolls, butter, and the disposable soup tasting bowls & spoons.
3.  Each person should make an extra large batch of soup. ( It must be home made, and not store bought!!!)   Maybe you could assign out a specific kind to each woman, so that each soup that is brought would be different.  Make up a batch large enough to produce 5 quarts.
4.   Each of the woman should put her soup in five - quart containers that can be frozen such as plastic or freezer containers, that would hold one quart of soup per container = 5 quarts of soup. (1 quart is for tasting, and the other 4 quarts are for exchanging. It might also be a good idea to bring a bag to carry the soups in other than a plastic grocery bag as the soups will be heavy.
5. Write up and print off 4 recipe cards or papers with your recipe on it to give with the soup you exchange. 
6.  Gather together at a specific set date. Give your Visiting Teaching message to your sisters over the table while you enjoy tasting each others soup.
7.  Make sure that each sister that leaves, goes home with 4 different kinds or soup in quart containers.

I was thinking of this idea today to do in my neighborhood, with my Lunch bunch.  If you do it with neighbors or more women, you could still have each bring  5 quarts of soup, and they would still go home with 4 quarts of soup.  I like this idea because it helps me with my winter cooking... you know, just go to the freezer, pull out a home made soup, and heat it up and serve with a loaf of bread or rolls!  Yum!  I like the idea of not having to cook all the time too.
My daugher has a freezer meal exchange with friends in Park City.  They actually have more women in this group but they all come home with as many complete meals as there are Girls in the group.  Now how nice is that?   I found a great blog as a resource at this link http://www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2009/05/freezer-meals-tips-and-storage.html  Here is another link to things to consider when starting out a freezer group.... http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2009/11/23/how-to-start-a-meal-exchange/




I know that this idea is early, but if I don't post it  now, when December rolls around, I could very easily forget.  For December, make sure to do a cookie or homemade candy exchange.  Very easy way to get all the yummy holiday treats and a great variety without you having to make each one.  Bring 5 - 6 dozen of either cookies or Christmas Candies.  Make sure that they are home made, and not store bought, and bring the recipe too. 

Enjoy!!!  Katie G.

Here are the rules that I found online for the cookie exchange.  I found them at http://www.cookie-exchange.com/

The Rules of the Cookie Exchange

1.      All cookies should be homemade, baked and main ingredient must be flour.
2.      No plain chocolate chip cookies, cookie mixes, no-bakes, meringues or bars.
3.      Please bring 6 dozen total cookies.
4.      The theme is "Christmas Cookies" (You can make any theme you like.)
5.      Arrange cookies in a basket or platter and be creative! 
         Bring a large container to carry away your cookie, 
         or the hostess can provide a take away container.
6.      Email a copy of your recipe before the party (or bring recipe to the party)
7.      Christmas attire is encouraged!
8.      RSVP as soon as you can and let me know what type of cookies you are planning on baking
         -- no duplicate recipes are allowed.
9.      There's a prize for the best Christmas outfit. (Give prizes!)
10.     If you don't have time to bake, or have burnt your cookies, 
          but still want to attend, you must go to a real bakery and buy 6 dozen yummy cookies. 

Copyrights notice:
If you use the "Rules of the Cookie Exchange" offline for your personal use, no acknowledgments are needed. If you make an online webpage using
The Rules of the Cookie Exchange and have use in whole or part of my rules, please place a link on the bottom of the same page that says: 
"Some content courtesy of Cookie-Exchange.com."
Thank you,
Robin Olson
Here is a site for an invitation for a Cookie exchange that you can print off and fill in the blanks...http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/christmasfun/invitations.htm  There are others online so just google Cookie exchange invitations.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Visiting Teaching Motto Bookmark

I thought you might like a copy of my motto for Visiting teaching.  It can be found on my storage blog at http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com.  Go and get it and enjoy!  Katie G.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Vintage Halloween

I collect as many vintage images as I can find and thought I would share these with you as I am sure you will enjoy them too. 

I love so much the sweet emails and comments that you have been sending to me about my blogs.  I love the questions, the ideas, and the fact that you are out looking for helps to be more effective Visiting teachers.  I love that you have Relief Society meetings that focus on Visiting teaching and that you know that Visiting teaching is an inspired and very important part of Relief Society.


I personally look forward every month to going Visiting teaching.  I love the new sisters that I have been able to get to know as a result of the changes in the ward that I live in.  I use to feel frustrated at all the changes that were made, but I have been able to get to know so many wonderful women as a result.  I was thinking today that Visiting teaching is so much more than watch care.  It is friendship making, it is being an earthly ministering angel, and it is learning to love and appreciate the diversity and talents of others.  I hope that you too will enjoy your experience with Visiting teaching.  It will happen your entire lifetime, and you have the choice as to what kind of an experience you and your sisters want to have.  I suggest you immerse yourself in it and just jump right in with both feet, because you get as much as you give.  It is good for you and good for your soul as well as the fact that you are able to share a spiritual message with some women who may not get another the entire month.  Perhaps too, you can be a part of the reactivation of some of Heavenly Fathers sweet daughters, that He has put you in their path to seek out and remind them of the Gospel message of love.

Can you tell that I love visiting teaching?  I guess you could say that it is my passion, or I certainly wouldn't put the time and thought into this blog and my visiting teaching surprise blog as well.  Enjoy your opportunity to Visit teach, and if you ever want to share, this is a great place to do it. 

Best regards & Love,
Katie G.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

More Halloween printables and fun things to do

Just a note... you should go to my Visiting teaching surprise blog because I have another cute new handout there for something fun dealing with Halloween.  It is fun, and read the entire post and you will get the link to the other storage blog that has lots of other things in it.  The link to the Visiting Teaching Surprise is at the top of this blog, under the header.  Enjoy!  Katie G

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What have I done for someone today?

Last October 2009 General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson gave a talk entitled "What Have I done for  Someone Today?"  I have been looking for a spiritual thought to give in my presidency meeting and remembered a quote from his talk.... and this is the jest of the quote...."Are you immersed in the thick of thin things?"  I read through this talk because it related to Service, and quoted was  King Benjamin from the Book of Mormon... "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God."

The Savior taught His disciples, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it."   President Monson said that "He believes the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in the service of others, there is little purpose to our own lives.  Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service of others, grow and flourish---and in effect save their lives".

"We are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness--- be they family members, friends, acquaintances or strangers.  We are the Lord's hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children.  He is dependent upon each of us."

I have been so gratified these past two days by so many kind women in my own neighborhood who have selflessly and immediately accepted the opportunity to provide a meal for a family who will be having a private family memorial service for a loved family member who has passed away.  One email was shot off to some women, and immediately they responded, with offers of bringing side dishes, desserts, and all manner of wonderful food for this family.  Everyone of them are busy women, and in particular the day of the memorial service, yet they love their neighbor and wanted to help. 

Service isn't always convenient, or timely but when we serve others, there is truly an added benefit for the server.  It is simply this.... Joy.  It feels so good to know that you are helping others, and if you are burdened yourself, just go out and serve someone else, and I can guarantee, that you will come back feeling so much better.  You will feel so good inside.  You will feel joy. 

In the talk President Monson quotes a familiar church hymn...
Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone's burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?

This wonderful hymn then ends by these words....
"Then WAKE UP, and do something more"  than dream of your mansions above... doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure, a blessing, of goodness and love."

I have created a cute bookmark handout to share using the thought provoking quote from this wonderful talk..."Are you immersed in the thick of thin things?"  This quote helps me to inventory the time I am spending during the day.  What am I doing with my time, and what could or should I be doing?  I thought I would give you alittle service and pass it on.

Enjoy!
Katie G.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I have a question for you....

My sister in law, Linda lives in Idaho and she is her Stake Relief Society President.  She emailed me this past week, knowing that I have this blog and the V.T. Surprise blog as well.  She wondered if I have or know of any already written musical Relief Society Programs (similar to Woman at the Well) and even more specifically one that deals with the history of Relief Society since Sister Beck was telling  us how important it is for us to study the history of Relief Society.   I would love to help her out, so if you know of one, please email me at ktgauger@gmail.com and I can let her know.  If I find one, I will post it on my blog for others of you to use this coming year as well.  Remember what I say alot in this blog...."We are all in this together" so let's help each other out in the ways that we can.

Thanks, Katie G.

My suggestion, was to go to the Sally DeFord Music website, as she has tons and tons of music she has written and she shares it freely.  You can print it off to use.  She also has as part of her site, some Easter and Christmas Cantatas, and programs, as well as other programs that people have sent in, including your's truely.  I suggest anyone who is looking for something special, go there.  Her link is http://www.defordmusic.com/

Another Printable found on the Visiting Teaching Surprise Blog

I will keep you in suspense, and you will have to go to my other blog to see and get the new printable that I have made.  The link to that blog is found just below the Blog header or banner.  Hope you like it.  If you do.... please let me know by commenting below the post.  Thanks, Katie G.

October 2010 Visiting Teaching Message

I am feeling somewhat like the White Rabbit, in Alice in Wonderland, when he said, 'I'm late, I'm late....."  Well he finished up his statement by saying... "for a very important date...."  My thoughts about being late stem from not posting the Message and link for October's Visiting Teaching so here it is http://lds.org/pa/display/0,17884,8776-1,00.html  There are several links that will take you to some great references to help personalize your visiting teaching and they are:

I wanted to add a few more links that will help you with this message and they are as follows:

  • http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,2043-1-5215-1,00.html (October 2010 Issue of the Ensign is focused intirely on Temples )  Here is the direct link to the Ensign Special issue for you to read online.  Look for it in the mail as well if you subscribe to the Ensign and other church magazines.
Others are:


There is another link that takes you to this article called:  "Relief saociety: A Sacred Work by Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President  Here is that link:  http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?hideNav=1&locale=0&sourceId=3bbf56627ab94210VgnVCM100000176f620a____&vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD

General Conference and LDS Addiction Recovery Program

Didn't you just love General Conference today and yesterday?  It never fails that the messages that the leaders of our Church prepare for us are just what are needed.  I was really excited because a lot of the talks included messages about dealing with Addictions.  As you know by now, my husband and I have just completed our missionary service in the LDS Addiction Recovery Program.  We served as mission group leaders for Addiction Recovery meetings in the Sandy, Utah area, as well as the Utah County area.  We  lead meetings in both Spanish and English, and concluded the last part of our second mission working exclusively with the Pornography group, my husband with the addicts and I worked in spousal and family support.  It was a marvelous experience, but I am so glad that the leaders are saying so much about Addictions of all kinds, because there is such a problem, and it is a huge curse in these days. 

 If you or a loved one suffers from the devastating effect of any kind of addiction, including Pornography, please seek help now! 

Contact either LDS Family Services, or you can go to lds.org and under the home and family tab, then under Marriage , family and individual Counseling, you will see "Addiction Recovery Program". http://www.providentliving.org/content/display/0,11666,6629-1-3414-1,00.html   Click on it and you will be able to see the program guide in many languages, and find a support group to begin attending and the time and place http://www.providentliving.org/content/list/0,11664,4177-1,00.html or an LDS Family services agency near you.  http://www.providentliving.org/ses/emotionalhealth/contact/1,12169,2128-1,00.html

Sincerely, Katie G

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Surprise! I made a cute Halloween printable for you!!!

Have you been enjoying Conference today?  I sure have and while listening to it, I have been busy on my computer designing this fun little Halloween Printable gift box for you to print off and fill up with some fabulous little treats. ( I will make my pink popcorn recipe, but with Orange Jello instead of Red jello)

If you go to my Visiting Teaching surprise blog http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com you can find the templates that I created to print off a darling Halloween gift box.  Here is the direct link 
I don't have the photo taken yet for the gift box, but I will by the end of today.  This is a really easy template, and that was my purpose.  Some printable boxes are so hard to fold and figure out for me, that I wanted to make a simple one.... and I did.  Enjoy!!!  Katie G.


 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Great Fall Visiting Teaching gift

The other day, my husband was looking for our electric heating pad as his foot was hurting.  I looked over the entire house, knowing that we have one, and couldn't find it anywhere.  I then thought... I wonder if I let one of my children borrow it.  Naturally I phoned my daughter as she would be the likely suspect as she has been ill for about 9 months.  I phoned her and she said that she didn't have it, but she did still have my scented microwave heating pad that is shaped to wrap around my neck and shoulders.  My husband bought it for me several years ago because I had such bad allergies, and he thought it might help with all the herbal scents it contained, and it did.  Anyway... I lent that to my daughter and she reminded me of how nice it is to have one.  So.... like the wonderful Mom that I am, I told her to keep it and use it as long as she needs to, and I began my search online to find out how to make another one.

 I went to http://tipnut.com/make-your-own-microwave-heating-pad/ which is a really fun, idea filled site that I subscribe to and typed in their search bar "microwave heating pad" and I found out how to make an herbal one.  It is very easy to make and the hardest part is to locate all the herbs that are required.  I am guessing that if I go to my local health food store, they should have what I need to fill the bag.  The picture to the left comes from: http://sonnetofthemoon.blogspot.com/2010/02/rice-heating-bag-and-removable-cover.html and has a tutorial along with it.  If you use google images, you can find alot of other great sites that have good examples of how to make these and some cute fabrics and such. 



So how does this relate to Visiting teaching???  Well.... with the change of weather, things get colder outside and so do we.  Unfortunately this also brings alot of colds and flu's!   What a great idea to do for a sister you teach to actually provide her something besides the "Chicken Soup" when she is sick.  Just how much Chicken soup can one person eat???

I have made up a cute little poem for you to print off to give along with the microwave hot pads to whomever you like.  Enjoy!  Katie G.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party

So why in the world would I post an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party on my Relief Society Visiting teaching blog???? My new ward calling is serving in the Young Women and we are doing an activity in a couple weeks teaching the girls about proper etiquette, graciousness, appreciation and just plain fun. We will teach the girls how to properly set the table, including what the different knives, forks and spoons are used for. We'll talk about table manners, and gracious and appropriate conversation. And NO we aren't serving tea, but we will probably serve some yummy strawberry lemonade or something like that out of a tea server, into tea cups. What does this have to do with Visiting Teaching or Relief Society??? Well, I am trying to make the projects that I do the graphics, invitations, announcements, and such be usable for not just Young Women's, but for a fun date with those you visit teach, the ladies in your wards R.S., or neighborhood.... See... this idea would be so much fun, and I am going to provide the invitation, place cards, and favor. You will of course have to edit it to suit what you are doing, but you can enjoy the benefit of what I have already put together. I have spent hours and hours on the invitation and came up with 3 different ones, that I really didn't like how they printed out. Finally I got a brainstorm after a good nights sleep, and thought since this Mad Hatter tea party actually comes out of a book, why not make the invitation look like a book. This book is also in public domain so the images are fine to use as well. It turned out very cute, and as soon as I can, I will take a photo and insert it into this blog so that you can see it. If you want the complete pages, you will have to go to my http://Visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com
blog to get them as they would take up too much space to insert them on this one. Let me know what you think, and if you use this idea, let me know how you used it, with whom and how much fun you had! Here is the direct link to that post on the blog, http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com/2010/09/alice-in-wonderland-mad-hatter-tea.html but if you have not done so yet.... you should go look at all the fun and cute other printables and ideas that I have in the archives. Plan on spending some time, because you will really enjoy it!

Best regards, Katie G.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Heart and Soul play....for Visiting Teaching and Home Teaching

I wanted to let you know that I scanned in the rewrite of the Heart and Soul play that my ward did for a Home Teaching and Visiting teaching Night.  It turned out darling!!!  Anyway, instead of continuing to mail it out to everyone who wants it, I jsut got a portable hand scanner and was able to scan it and add it to my blog.  Here is the link... http://visitingteachingsurprisedocuments.blogspot.com/2010/09/visiting-teaching-skit-heart-and-soul.html

Monday, September 6, 2010

September 2010 Visiting Teaching Message

The September Message can be found at http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,2044-1-5213-1,00.html
The Link to either of the handouts " The Fmaily: A Proclamation to the World"  can be found on my other blog... visiting teaching surprise at this link http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com/2010/09/visiting-teaching-message-suggests-that.html
 and the topic is "Our Responsibility to Nurture the Rising Generation"  found in the Ensign, September 2010.
I have been a little slow getting my this posted as this past week I was called into Young Women.  I can't tell you how much work it has been for me to get calendars, Meeting Agendas, and so many other things put together and looking so cute, like I like to do. There have been Sunday and Weekday meetings, Presidency meeting, and Bishops leadership training as well as a meeting with the President to orient me and fill me in on my new calling.   I have come to really admire the time that the Young Women leaders put into their callings, because it really is a sacrifice at times.  I know that things take days and weeks to plan and carry out and the focus on teaching and "nurturing the rising generation is a huge responsibility.

This months Visiting Teaching message has a quote from Sister Julie Beck that says:  "So what is it that will keep the rising generation safe? In the Church, we teach saving principles, and those principles are family principles, the principles that will help the rising generation to form a family, teach that family, and prepare that family for ordinances and covenants—and then the next generation will teach the next and so on.
As parents, leaders, and Church members, we are preparing this generation for the blessings of Abraham, for the temple. We have the responsibility to be very clear on key points of doctrine found in the proclamation on the family. Motherhood and fatherhood are eternal roles and responsibilities. Each of us carries the responsibility for either the male or the female half of the plan.

We can teach this doctrine in any setting. We must speak respectfully of marriage and family. And from our example, the rising generation can gain great hope and understanding—not just from the words we speak but from the way we feel and emanate the spirit of family."

This quote brings me back to the admiration and gratitude I have come to feel from the leaders who spend so much time with our Youth.  This past week, in the Ward Leadership training that I attended for the Young Women leaders and Youth Presidency leaders,  there was wonderful council and guidance given.  But the one thing that stuck out in my mind and really hit me hard was when our Young Women's president gave a statistic that 1 in every 1000 Youth will "Be Strong" in their moral convictions.  I don't know where she got her statistics from but that hit me like a ton of lead.  One out of every thousand kids in this world today will stay morally clean? How very sad but what a challenge and goal to be that "ONE!"  My  mind instantly began to try to comprehend one in a thousand, and I determined that it would take about 3 wards of all ages in my city and stake, to get 1000 people together.  I thought about the local High Schools and thought that they probably have 1000 plus kids attending school.  Imagine.... only person in the entire school or out of 3 wards, being the one who stayed morally clean. 

This thought disturbed me greatly to know that our children are being raised in a world that is so lacking in morality.  How difficult it must be for this rising generation to actually rise to all that the Lord has in store for them.  I know that the most choice of Gods Children are being born now and some years before because they will most likely be those Warriors who have been saved for this day and time.   These children have to be strong and will be like Helamans warriors, but fighting a different kind of battle.  Their battle isn't being fought on foreign soil, with breastplates and swords, but they will have to be armed with virtue, and character, purity and soberness, in order to win their battle. 

All I can say is Pray for the Youth.... Pray that they can be strong and that their greatest example will always be Christ.  Pray for their courage to make righteous choices.  Pray for their strength to say no to drugs, alcohol, promiscuity and anything else that the world will try to tempt them with. 

Addressing the sisters at the general Relief Society meeting on September 23, 1995, President Gordon B. Hinckley said: "The world we are in is a world of turmoil, of shifting values. Shrill voices call out for one thing or another in betrayal of time-tested standards of behavior."1 President Hinckley then went on to introduce to the sisters, the Church, and ultimately people everywhere "The Family: A Proclamation to the World."

The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov 1995, 102



We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.


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.


In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.


The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.


We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.


Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.


The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. 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. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.


We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.


We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.


I encourage you sisters to do whatever you can do to strengthen your families, and help to strengthen the families and children of others, through your service in this Church, through your neighborhood friendships, through your family ties and through the associations you have with your children's friends.  Do all you can to help teach and protect this Rising Generation.

For the handout... the lesson suggests giving a copy of The Family: A Proclamation to the World, and I have the links posted on http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com/ so that you can print it off.

Katie G.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

15 Ways to Touch your sisters

My ward had a Visiting Teaching Conference this past week for a night Relief Society meeting.  I thought I would pass on the idea for anyone who might want a fresh new idea. 

All the Chairs were seated in one huge circle in the Cultural Hall.  The chairs were divided up in sections denoting Visiting teaching Districts.  Each district was assigned a different color and nametags with a cute little colored flower on the nametag of each sister in a specific district.  A balloon of the color of the district was  tied to one of the chairs where the sisters in that particular district were suppose to sit.  The District supervisors were assigned a topic on Visiting teaching that they were to create a skit or presentation on utilizing the talents of those sister in her district. 

On mhy prior post, I listed a link for a Visiting Teaching Skit that I wrote after being asked for help by the woman who was my District Suprevisor, and I also Visit teach her.  (I am glad that she asked, as I am always wanting to do something to help her, and this time I got the chance.)  Our topic was to show the importance of calling in your report to your District supervisor. It was sung to the tune of "My Bonnie lies over the ocean".

That evenining, all the districts got 10 minutes to figure out what they were going to do to present their particular topic.  Some topics were... best and worst excuses given by sisters for not doing their visiting Teaching, and for not wanting to be taught.  There was a cute skit about Sister Hard to teach it showed her avoiding her Visiting teachers at every chance, but also showed some pretty persistant Visiting Teachers who explored various ways to finally get to see Sister Hard to teach.  There were other skits that were pretty entertaining and made for a great evening.  One skit that I wanted to share was given out to us in a hand out after the evening was over.  Sister Robin Rock, who is in our Stake R.S. Presidency and is also a Visiting Teaching District Supervisor presented this skit.  I dont' know if she made it up, or got it from someone else, but I wanted to share.....

The women in the district lined up and gave this to the group to the rythmn of the old song.."15 ways to leave your lover", but this skit was called 15 ways to touch your sister. (Bet you can't tell what this skit was trying to present??!!) Half of the group gave the first part of the sentence in black, leaning forward and snaping to the rythmn.  Then the second half of the group gave the words in blue, snapping their fingers to the rythmn and leaning forward when they spoke.

"Keep up the buzz- cuz you'll set yourself free!"

Call on the telle- Kelly
Pick up the phone - Sloan
Chat in a chair- Claire
Be a service fairy - Mary
Take them to lunch- talk while you munch
Lend a hand - Jan
Send them a letter - it's an attention getter
Send something funny - honey
Write them a card - Barb
Give them a note - that's our vote
Visit in the home - Joan
Have a nice chat - Pat
Gofor a walk - have a little talk
Bake up some cookies - Snookie
Take them a treat - Be sweet
Don'ty forget a thought - with whaever you brought!

This was a cute skit and the ladies showed such personality when they presented it.  Hope you like this idea.  If you have any more ideas, please email them to me at the email listed on this page.  Thanks, Katie G.

P.S.  I think there are some pretty funny and to the point Videos on how not to Visit teach.  I like this one in particular.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7JXYk2IrjE

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Visiting Teaching Skit

If you go to this link, you will find a new Visiting Teaching mini skit that you might be able to use at some time.  http://visitingteachingsurprisedocuments.blogspot.com/2010/08/skit-about-reporting-your-visiting.html   Let me know if you use it!  Love, Katie G.

Monday, August 2, 2010

August 2010 Visiting Teaching message

The message for this month can be found at http://www.lds.org/library/display/0,4945,2044-1-5211-1,00.html  and the theme for the message is
"Our Responsibility to be Worthy of Temple Worship". 


"There is a quote in the message that says, "Through His Prophets, the Lord invites those who have not yet received the blessings of the temple to do whatever may be necessary to qualify to receive them.  He invites those who have already received these blessings to return as often as possible to enjoy again the experience, to increase their vision and understanding of His eternal plan."

"Let us be worthy to have a current temple recommend.  Let us go to the temple to seal our families eternally.  Let us return to the temple as often as our circumstances will permit.  Let us give our kindred dead the opportrunity to receive the ordinances of exaltation.  Let us enjoy the spiritual strength and the revelation we receive as we attend the temple regularly.  Let us be faithful and make a keep temple covenants to receive the full blessings of the Atonement."

I have had a renewed zeal for going to the temple this past month.  My ward had been preparing for over a year to have family names to take to the temple and have a ward family temple day. When it came time to go to the temple I found out that not very many people had researched their own family to prepare names to take to the temple.  It wasn't a problem, because I had.  In fact, I had been working for months and found 500+ names of people who needed a variety of different ordinances.  I was thrilled when the youth took several hundred names of my ancestors to the temple to be baptized for the dead.  I was thrilled to hear so many sealings, inititories and endowments were done. 

Just last evening, I received a phone call from a friend who lives in my ward.  The purpose of her call was to share with me the experience she had in the temple doing work for my ancestors.  She expressed that she knew that some of my ancestors were there in the temple accepting the ordinances that were being performed for them.  She felt the spirit so strongly testify of this and it brought to her an overwhelming love for me as a friend, and past visiting teacher, but a connection to my family who she has never met. 

I too had a marvelous experience in the temple and felt very strongly the presence of some of my ancestors as I did their temple ordinances.  One of my ancestors sprit was so strong that others officiating in temple ordinances, felt her presence there too.  On one occasion, I even felt an extra set of hands placed on my head during one of the ordinances.  I knew that not only were the ordinances that I was doing for my family received, but that there was rejoicing that it they were finally getting done.  Some of these sweet women had been waiting to have their temple work done since the late 1800's.  I was so gratified to experience what felt like a million hugs of thanks being showered upon me.  It was an experience that I have heard others have, but until this moment, I had not experienced anything quite like this in the temple. 

I believe that our ancestors have waited so long to have their temple work done for them, and that we need to step up our temple service on their behalf. 

Wouldn't it be a fun visiting teaching date, if you and those you Visit Teach were able to go to the temple together, and live this months lesson, instead of just talking about it?  Women doing their part, like those during the construction of the Kirtland Temple who gave of themselves to the building of the temple walls.  Remember the story,... they gave up their china that was ground into tiny particles to be mixed with the plaster and applied to the walls of the temple so that they would glisten in the light of the sun and moon, and would beautify the appearance of the entire building.  Such a sacrifice from these sisters, and all we have to do nowdays, is to sacrifice alittle of our time, and just go to the temple and enjoy the spirit and peace and serinity within.  Think abou it.... a Visiting Teaching Temple day.

Enjoy this month of Visiting teaching, remembering that toward the end, school starts and things  get pretty hectic.  Get out and do your Visiting teaching early this month.  Enjoy!  Love, Katie G.


General Conference Talks

Hear the words of the living prophets.
General Conference Reports
Proceedings of Recent General Conferences
There is no question in my mind, that we who call ourselves Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are indeed Christians. Those who would say otherwise remind me of the words my Savior, Jesus Christ spoke as He hung upon the cross... "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do." This same Jesus Christ attoned for my sins, and died that we all might live.

What shall we give?

<>Other wonderful Christmas Videos, go to \http://www.lds.org/topic/christmas/christmas-videos.html

An Apostles Easter Thoughts on Christ

"This Easter and throughout the year, may we have uppermost in our minds His divine teachings, the unparalleled example of His pure love, and His willing sacrifice of self to accomplish the holy purposes of God, the Eternal Father." The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints"

This short video is an Important message from the mouths of our Prophets!

My sister sent this to me today and I feel like it is an important enough message, that I wanted to share it with all of my blog readership. The words spoken are directly out of the mouths of our Prophets, past and present. Hear them, heed them. Love, Katie G. You can find this at this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehD390q9G3k

July 24th - Pioneer Day

July 24th - Pioneer Day
Click on the picture and it will take you to the last post. Did you get your Visiting Teaching done by today? If not, just keep on trying, just like the pioneers. I would love to hear what you have learned from these wonderful Pioneer Women's stories. I know that I have learned alot about sacrifice, and persecutions of the early saints, and of a strong testimony that these Pioneers had to have to endure all that they did, and gave in establishing zion. Once again, I say, Blessed, honored Pioneer! If you would like to comment, please email me at ktgauger@gmail.com or click on the link and comment on the last story. Happy Pioneer Day! Love, Katie G.

July 22 -Maggie Anna Ferrell Orr

July  22 -Maggie Anna Ferrell Orr
Copy and paste into your address bar and this will take you to the story of Maggie Anna Ferrell Orr, another of the wonderful Pioneering Women.

By now you should be alittle curious about your pioneer heritage.

By now you should be alittle curious about your pioneer heritage.
Do you want to find out if you have Pioneer ancestry. This site is most useful to those who have had members of their family tree that belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the Mormon migration period of 1847-1868. By the way, the goal for this Pioneer Women Journey is about to reach it's end. You only have one more day to do your Visiting teaching, before the 24th of July, which was the goal. You still have time to push the proverbial handcart up the hill, so get out and get it done. Share a pioneer story with your sisters, and you have pleanty to choose from right on this site.

My broken wagon wheel, hath bit the dust!

My broken wagon wheel, hath bit the dust!
Wo is me, I am so behind on my own treck of keeping up wonderful Pioneer women posts. Actually I have a great excuse, and almost made it when I realized how little I have to complain about. Ok, so I am going to tell you anyway. My air conditioning has been off for 6 days now, and I am having to live in my basement, though my computer in upstairs. It is ten degrees cooler in the basement, but my main floor has been up to 92 degrees inside my house. Wo is me.... and what do I have to moan about. I began thinking about the pioneers in their covered wagons, crossing the hot, hot prairie, and their only hope of relief from the blazing sun is the cool shade of a tree, or a stream, or night time if it cooled off enough for them to actually sleep. I have not slept well until I decided to go in the basement. Wo is me. What do I have to complain about. I have been so sick from the heat and a medication change that I have been nauseated all day long. So what do I do... hop in my car and go to Walgreens and get some acupressure wrist bands that took away some of my nausea. Wo is me, but what do I have to complain about.... the pioneer women suffered without any relief. If herbs didn't work for them, or if they didn't have access to them, they just suffered. I feel so blessed to live in this day and age where even if I have to be inconvienenced by having no air conditioning, I still can go in my basement, or hop in my car and turn up the air full blast, or just drive down to a store and walk around and shop, or even go to the pool and cool down that way. You know that poem.... "Father forgive me when I whine, I have two legs, the world is mine"? I have no reason to complain, but you still didn't get the updates on the Pioneer women because I am still too sick and hot to stay upstairs long enough to do them. Count this one as an update and count your blessings along with me. The wagon might be broke for a bit, but once the wheel is back on, the wagon will keep on rollin. Now, I am going to hurry back down stairs and try to replenish the sweat that is pouring off my face and body with gatorade. Don't give up on me, I will be back! Love, Katie G.

July 17 - Handmade by the Pioneers

July 16 - Margaret Alice McBride

July 16 - Margaret Alice McBride
....You know the drill... click on the photo and it will take you to the story of Margaret Alice McBride. Enjoy! Katie G

July 15 - Julia Ann Chapman Lee

July 15 - Julia Ann Chapman Lee
This story is told through the eyes of Julia's husband. It is a short but touching story, all to familiar to Pioneers. Click on the image and you will be directed to the story.

July 14 - Louisa Miller Belleston

July 14 - Louisa Miller Belleston
I thought it was important to realize that not all pioneers only traveled from Missiouri, Ohio or other Eastern States, but many were converted to the church and traveled from overseas. This story tells of the Church Emigration fund, and Louisa's family traveling first by boat and then on to Utah. Their travel took them 8 months to get there, with their fair share of challenges. Click on the picture and it will take you directly to the story.

July 13 - Mary Ann Payne

July 13 -  Mary Ann Payne
This is a cute little story about Mary Ann Payne that I found, and I know that you will enjoy reading about her. She is the top right photo. Click on the photo and it will direct you to the link that has the story. Enjoy!

July 12 - Margaret McNeil (Ballard)

July 12 - Margaret McNeil (Ballard)
Click on the picture of Margaret and you will be taken to the link that you can read about her.

July 11 - Jane Jenkins Howe

July 11 -  Jane Jenkins Howe
Please click on the photo to see the history of Jane Jenkins Howe entitled - A WIDOW SUPPORTING HER FAMILY

July 10 - Julia Anne Phippen Eldredge Evans

July 10 - Julia Anne Phippen Eldredge Evans
Click on the photo and it will take you to the link to read about Julia Anne Phippen Eldredge Evans

July 9 – Camilla Dorothy Jacobsen Corbett

July 9 – Camilla Dorothy Jacobsen Corbett
Click on the photo and it will take you to the link to read about this amazing Pioneer woman

July 8 - Catherine Gougar Goodman

July 8 - Catherine Gougar Goodman
This is a short story of a non-Utah Pioneer woman, who was taken by the indians as a little girl, and to read the rest of the story, you will have to click on the picture and it will take you to the link you need.

July 7 - Elizabeth Case Miliam Wheeler

July 7 - Elizabeth Case Miliam Wheeler
The life of this marvelous Pioneer woman can be found by clicking on the photo which will take you directly to the link. This woman is classic Mormon History as her story tells of her being apart of so many of the historical accounts in Nauvoo, Hauns Mill, handcart pioneers, and so much more. I found her story so interesting that I couldn't stop reading until it reached the end. It was also interesting to me that she was given 3 Patriarical blessings in her lifetime, and she was truely a wonderful woman. I know you will enjoy reading about her as I did. Love, Katie G.

July 6 - Pioneer Cooking

Since all of us cook, I thought it might be interesting to find out what Pioneer Women cooked, how they did it and recipes they used. I found quite a few recipes, but I would like to open this one up to you and if you have any authentic pioneer recipes, please send them to me and I will add them to this post. My email is just to the right of this page.

Click on this link to take you to the Pioneer Recipes:
http://visitingteachingsurprisedocuments.blogspot.com/2009/07/pioneer-recipes.html

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 5 - Ann Parker

July 5 - Ann Parker
Sorry I am so late posting this story, but click on the photo and it will take you to the link where her story will be told.

July 4 - Margaret Ann Howard McBride (My Ancestor)

July 4 - Margaret Ann Howard McBride (My Ancestor)
I had to post about someone very special to me on this day. I chose one of my ancestors whose trek took her with the other ill fated pioneers of the Martin Handcart Company. I could not locate her photo, so I substituted one of her son's wives photos. Click on the photo and it will take you to the account given by two of her sons, of what she and her family dealt with after joining the church.

July 3 – Elizabeth Simpson Haigh Bradshaw

July 3 – Elizabeth Simpson Haigh Bradshaw
I hope that you are enjoying so far, the stories of these wonderful Pioneer women. I hope too that your testimony will strengthen as you read about those who came before us and the unimaginable things that they had to do to pioneer the way for us to have what we do in our wonderful church. My gratitude and love for them has deeply increased, and I would echo the words in the hymn..."Blessed, honored, Pioneer!" Click on the photo of Elizabeth and it will take you to her history and for more reading about Elizabeth, you can go to http://students.ou.edu/G/Erin.R.Ging-1/story3.html Also there is another account of Elizabeth found in a book that you can read by going to this link... http://books.google.com/books?id=rzkAcWtngX4C&pg=PA104&lpg=PA104&dq=BRADSHAW,+Elizabeth+Simpson+Haigh&source=bl&ots=UJEtgTZ4Sf&sig=2h_qWhKeYEiK6hM8ev95tiRuu2M&hl=en&ei=kHE-SpW4JpDosQOe94n0CA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4

July 2nd - Diana Lucina Spicer Block

You can find the posting of a marvelous Pioneer woman, whom I have chosen to spotlight on my other blog that is located at http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com/ and just click on the link and it will take you there! I hope you are having some good Pioneer fun!

July 1st - Anne Eliza Leavitt Baker

July 1st - Anne Eliza Leavitt Baker
Did you think I forgot? Actually my life became so hectic today, that I am just getting some time to make my first Pioneer woman post. I hope you will enjoy reading about these marvelous women who came before us. I hope that you can feel their courage and understand that we too have a purpose for living in our generation. We are the generation that lives to prepare for the second coming of Christ,though none of us know when that will be.... and with that I will just say... Keep your wagons rolling along in good works, do your Visiting Teaching, strengthen your sisters through your testimony and determination to get your visiting Teaching done. Click on the photo and it will take you to the link where you can read about our Anne, who is most likely the woman in the middle front of the photo, holding the baby.

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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Downloading

When you click on the pictures or ideas that I have on my site for you to download, sometimes the picture ends up really large. What you need to do to size it is to go to the "page button" then click on zoom. Take it down to 50% and that should fit better on your screen for viewing . Also, if you right click "save picture as" then save it to a file on your computer, you can size it using your own desktop publishing program and then print it off with my compliments! Enjoy!

A February Enrichment Idea

A February Enrichment Idea
"The Hearts of Angels" dinner & program. Click on the picture and it will take you to where you can find the entire program written out. Once you get to the site which is my Visiting teaching surprise, make sure to scroll down a ways because there are alot of other great ideas, printables and handoust before you will find this wonderful "Angelic' program. Enjoy!

Enrichment Ideas Anyone?

Enrichment Ideas Anyone?
I have also been enrichment leader from time to time as well as have been asked to do many projects for Enrichments. I am not sure if anyone would be interested in some of my ideas, but if you are, please leave me a comment and I will respond. One thing that relates to Visiting Teaching that I wanted to share is something I have taught for many years, and in fact my Daughter in her Park City ward just used this idea in their Super Saturday last week for the second time. It is Glass etching and it is really pretty easy and turns out to be a great project. The etching I do is etching glass casserole or platters with the name of the person who will receive this gift or for whomever is signed up for the class. I have given etched casserole dishes as wedding gifts and have taken many casseroles, rolls, cakes, and all kinds of goodies to people, and always get my dish back, because it has my name etched in it. Go to http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com/ to get instructions.

Gardening with Kids

Gardening with Kids
Read the idea below

"Returning to the Past" A Relief Society Activity Idea

This is an email I received from a wonderful sister as well as a new Relief Society President about an idea that they will be doing as a theme for their activities for this year. (if you have a great idea to share, please email me at katie1956gauger@mindspring.com and we can add it to all the other terriffic ideas!

Dear Katie,
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.