Monday, March 22, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
- https://beta.lds.org/general-conference/children?locale=eng this is on lds.org page "Activities for Children"
- 180th Anual General Conference info, schedule and events: http://www.lds.org/broadcast/gc/0,5161,9080,00.html
- Ensign Article - "Preparing our Children for General Conference" http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=9e906c667a6af110VgnVCM100000176f620a____&hideNav=1
- General Conference Notebook (Very cute for children)http://www.lds.org/broadcast/gc/notebook/General%20Conference%20Notebook_English.pdf
- Mormon Momma Blog " Making General Conference Memorable http://www.mormonmomma.com/index.php/2006/making-general-conference-memorable/
- LDS General Conference, Come prepared to learn http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art7677.aspGeneral
- Conference Activities and Games ( Keeping Children attentive during Conference)http://lds.about.com/od/generalconferencegames/General_Conference_Activities_and_Games.htm
- General Conference Goodie bag (For the sisters that you Visit Teach) Very cute idea! This idea I found at the "Everyday food storage" website and it was posted by Chrystal. http://everydayfoodstorage.net/2008/09/29/general-conference-goodie-bag/food-storage-recipes also the link to print off the postcards go to http://everydayfoodstorage.net/handouts/conference-goodies.pdf
http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com You can also go to the labels section and find the ideas quicker by clicking on the particular topic you are interested in.
Friday, March 19, 2010
I was so excited to finally see the video that was made last summer of some friends and missionaries serving in the same mission that my husband and I have been serving in. The church filmed this video at the home of our friends, The Olsen's, who live just up the street from us. It was the Olsen's that first introduced us to the LDS Addiction Recovery mission when they spoke on our wards Sacrament meeting after we had been in our new ward for only 3 months. Our hearts were touched and the Spirit bore witness to both my husband and I all throughout that meeting, that this was something we needed to find more about. About a month later, my husband and I were called as part time service missionaries to one of the Utah LDS Addiction Recovery missions. We served there for 18 months then transferred to another area that was closer to home for us. We have since served more months and have 8 months to go on this, our second service mission. What will happen after that? As we learn in Step one, when we turn our lives and our wills over to the Lord, he will guide and direct our paths. He knows much more than we could ever know.
Anyway.... I wanted to include this interview with the Olsen's for you to enjoy and see what wonderful people they are. The church needs full time and part time missionaries. Missionaries are needed everywhere. You don't need to be retired to serve missions for the church, and you don't even need to move away from home. Just ask me!!! Love, Katie G.
P.S. This and the other two videos that are well worth viewing can be found at this link http://www.lds.org/csm/csmvideo.html
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
These things I warmly wish to you
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Sometime ago, someone who is close to me asked me a question that has been on my mind since then. "Katie, how do you be happy?" I thought for a moment, and gave answers, drawn through my own life experience. Since then, I have noticed that there are alot of people who seem to be really down, maybe clinically depressed, encumbered and burdoned, or don't know how to smile and laugh. This concern has bothered me to the point that I felt I must do something about it.
I am in the process of writing a book of short stories that will be focused on how to be happy. I already have many great short stories, but I thought it might be fun to include stories from you. My guess is that everyone who reads this blog, has experience with becoming and staying happy, and could share. If you would like to submit your story please use the following guidelines:
1. Your story should be typed on the computer in MS Word, and should be no longer than two printed pages. Double or single space is acceptable using a a standard font such as Times New Roman and 12 - 14 in size.
2. Title your story and include "by" "your name".
3. Include your first name and last initial if you want to remain anonymous or you can give your full name. Please include your email address, or contact information.
4. Send this as an email attachment to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and in the subject area, type in "How to be happy".
5. You may submit up to 3 separate stories, but each must be a true story or experience. (same email but separate attachments please). You may, however, change the names of the individuals to protect privacy or to make it so that their identity is kept confidential in your submissions.
6. Submission deadline is April 30, 2010.
Each submission will be carefully read and those that best fit the focus, and are unique from other submissions, will be selected. If your story is chosen, you will be contacted to let you know and send further permissions prior to submitting for publishing. If your story was not selected, don't dismay, as there will probably be many of the same ideas told over and over and it won't be a reflection on you or the idea, simply a duplicate. I am looking for diverse ways that people have figured out how to be happy. If this book is accepted for publication, you will be notified, and those of you whose stories are selected, will receive a free copy of the book after it's publication. You will also be acknowledged in the book, (unless you want to remain anonymous) for your contribution. Ok girls... let's get writing. Love, Katie G.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Blessing each others lives, providing service, building friendships and Sisterhood. Relief Society a blessed Group of Women, an enduring legacy.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
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.