Saturday, December 4, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
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
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 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.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
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
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.
Love, Katie G.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
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.
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
Monday, October 11, 2010
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.
Best regards & Love,
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
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.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
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/
- Howard W. Hunter, “The Great Symbol of Our Membership,” Ensign, Oct. 1994
- Richard G. Scott, “Temple Worship: The Source of Strength and Power in Times of Need,” Ensign, May 2009
- Gary E. Stevenson, “Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples,” Ensign, May 2009
- Russell M. Nelson, “Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings,” Liahona, July 2001
- 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.
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
Saturday, October 2, 2010
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
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
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
Monday, September 13, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
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.
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.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
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
Monday, August 2, 2010
"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.
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.
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.