Wednesday, December 12, 2012
I have a family member who over the past 7 or so years, has become a totally different person. She looks, acts and is so different from the sister I knew in prior years. It has been an emotional roller coaster for my entire family, and her actions have dug deep holes into our once happy relationships. She has estranged herself from our family and though she won't admit it, avoids every possible encounter with us. Our mother is so troubled by the drastic changes in my sister both mentally and physically, that she has put up blinders and lives in an altered state of reality because it hurts her too much to believe who her daughter has become. As a result, Mother is always on the defence with all the rest of her children who try to get her back into the reality and acceptance of how life is now. Without going into any more detail, just know that our once close family isn't anymore, other than some siblings have maintained relationships with each other.
This situation has troubled me immensity for years. I too have been hurt just as much as my brothers and sisters and Mother, but I know that no matter what our sister has done, and who she has become, my Heavenly Father still loves her dearly and wants her back with him in his arms, one day.
Yesterday, I took the opportunity to extend an invitation to her to come back. I invited her to spend Christmas Eve with my own family and children, in hopes that she will feel wanted, loved, and stir some feeling that she has long since shoved behind her heart. I told her that I love her no matter the changes she has made, and that above anything in this life and the next, family is the very most important thing we have. I told her that though I don't embrace and support the changes she has made, that I still love her because she is and always has been my sister, and we all need to move on and get to a better place. We need each other and I basically extended to her the olive branch, that i believe that Christ would want me to do. I did this for Him, but mostly for myself.
I don't know if she will come and join in our family for the evening. If she doesn't choose to come, she will be missing one great time, filled with joy, and marvelous food, games, laughter, and the warmth of family. Free agency is alive and well, so I don't know whether or not she will choose to accept my olive branch, but I pray that she will. I pray that she will come home, and join back with our family and hopefully mend some broken hearts.
A couple nights ago, my neighborhood had the annual neighborhood Christmas Progressive dinner. We have had this for 5 years now and it is still looked forward to and has become a fun tradition in our neighborhood. This year, as in years past, I volunteered to host part of this dinner, and 50 people came through my door, and ate salad at my tables, and enjoyed great conversation, friendship and the warmth of my home. It was time for the group to go to the next house for Soup, so after they had all left, my husband and I and my Visiting Teacher and her husband, stayed and cleaned up. Before we had much cleaned up, there was a knock on our door, and standing on our porch was the familiar face of a woman who lives with her mother, just up the street. We welcomed her in and invited her to dish herself up a hearty plate from the salad bar that we had just hosted. She happily accepted, and all of us sat down and chatted with her as she enjoyed her meal.
She was delightful, friendly, and I know she felt comfortable coming to our home, even though she waited until the rest of the neighborhood crowds had left. She came at a time where she didn't have to face the rest of the neighborhood, and we chatted and enjoyed her visit for about 45 minutes. My Visiting Teacher and her husband, who happens to be our Home teacher, had never met this woman, and I believe because she keeps to herself. My guess is that most of our neighborhood has not met her either. She has, much like my sister, chosen a lifestyle that is outside the typical role of a woman. She is never seen with anyone but her dogs that she walks every day, and my guess is that she is lonely, however whenever I see her, she warmly welcomes conversation or waves.
After she left, my thoughts were on what a wonderful and good hearted person she is. I also realized that she finally reached out of her own comfort zone, and came to a dinner in our house, where she knew she would be welcome. My husband is the Bishop of our ward, and she knows from friendly in conversation in the past, that he is welcoming and non judgemental.
These two stories are very similar in that both women, have chosen paths that are unique to most women, but one thing for sure we have in common, is a loving father in heaven. I know that many times we imperfect people, will judge others, and that estranges them from us. They don't feel welcome, and sometimes others feel uncomfortable having them around but if we want to be more Christlike, we will remember that Jesus spent most of his ministry with the outcasts, the lepers, the sinners and those who most of the population shunned. Jesus didn't judge any of them, but loved them and blessed them, and encourage them to follow Him.
I pray that we as sisters of Christ, and daughters of our Heavenly father, will extend ourselves, and even go out of our own comfort zones, to be more kind, and considerate, provide service and give love, to all of those who need it..... The lonely, the infirm, the aged, the widows, the sick, and those who have gone astray.
A scripture come to mind and though it is specifically talking about missionary work, it can apply to the message that I share as well. I am going to alter it a bit but it still has the same meaning It is found in D&C 18: 15,16 "And if it be so that you should labor all your days crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my father....and if your joy will be great with one soul, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!" Going on to verse 19.." And if you have not faith, hope, and charity, you can do nothing". In verse21 is the last part of what I would like to share because it says this..."Take upon you the name of Christ, speak the truth in soberness."
Sisters in this Glorious Christmas season on joy, I pray that we can all think about those who really need us in their lives, even if we have never reached out to them in the past, it is time that we do it now. It is time that we invite them back, in genuine friendship and love. God loves them every bit as much as He loves you, so remembering that, imagine His gratitude when one day you are with Him again, and He brings to your remembrance your deeds. He will be so grateful for loving the lost souls, and will count you among those blessed children.
Remember this at Christmas, and remember this all year thought. May the Lord bless you in your efforts to serve Him and to be more like Jesus Christ, who is Christmas. Much Love, Katie G
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
It is such a wonderful message, I wanted to share it with you. It relates to all of us, as Visiting Teachers, and home teachers alike, along with everyone else who accepts calling in the church, to Shepherd over others or their children in different capacities. I hope you will enjoy the spirit of this message and feel the love of our "Good Shepherd".
I will probably be taking a break from posting for a couple months, as I am getting a complete knee replacement surgery after Christmas. I feel pretty certain that I won't be clear headed enough for a while to post, do any graphic design or much of anything besides sleep, and do the physical therapy that will get me back on my feet, so please don't give up on me, because I will be back. For now, here is a wonderful message for all of you!
The actual Visiting Teaching message from the church for December can be found here:http://www.lds.org/liahona/2012/12/visiting-teaching-a-work-of-salvation?lang=eng
When I read this message, I felt that the Christmas message that I am inserting went so well, with this message, I just had to share it with you. May the Lord bless you as you faithfully shepherd your sisters.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
As I awoke this morning, my husband was getting ready for work and had turned on the television to get the latest updates on Hurricane Sandy, and the East coast states who would be hit. Hurricane Sandy's devastating effects are see on every Chanel and not just in one state but many. This has been such a hard hit, leaving people without homes and millions without power. I saw a whole neighborhood on fire with 50 homes ablaze in New york, and powerlines downed in the waters of the canals that use to be roadways. If anyone ever wondered what you can do to help those effected in this disaster, the words come into my mind of the song "Put your shoulder to the Wheel"
"The world has need of willing men, who wear the workers seal,
Come help this good work move along, put your shoulder to the wheel.
Put your shoulder to the wheel push along, Do your duty with a heart full of song,
We all have work, let no one shirk, put your shoulder to the wheel."
This song is talking about doing your duty in the callings we are asked to do, working together in this church. Each and everyone doing their part to move the work along. There is greater application to this song than today, as we see so much work that will be needed to be done to repair the damage that has been done by Hurricane Sandy. In safety, and under the direction of the Community leaders, you can put your shoulder to the wheel, and love your neighbors in a way that has not been done. You can join in the efforts to help clean up, rebuild, feed and clothe, you know... all those things that we are suppose to do as Christians. Reach out and assist our neighbors, and create bonds of unity and good will, lifting the weary and downtrodden. Let them see who Mormons are and what we do when we see a need. I don't mean to be sacreligious in any way, but the initials of our church could mean more than Latter Day Saints... today it can mean, "Lets Do Service".
May the Lord bless each and every one of you who have suffered this trial, or are suffering other devastation, trials, or hardship. May there be ministering angels who come to your aid and help provide the strength and courage to move forward in faith. May many hearts be softened and the most crusty ones be humbled as we all move forward to help our neighbors. We all have work, let no one shirk put your shoulder to the wheel. Love, Katie G
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I appreciate all of you for coming to my blogs and following me. I hope you will do the same for my new writing adventure on Familyhow. My first article can be found here: http://familyhow.com/marriage/youre-addicted-whats-next?Itemid=631&fhtopicid=257 Let me know what you think, as I always value your opinion.
Thanks again and Enjoy!
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Much love for all of my wonderful sisters! Katie G
Thursday, October 4, 2012
I should say that I am just putting up my cute printables and creating as fast as I have time, so please be patient with me and keep coming back.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
How blessed we are to be able to listen to General Conference, from just about anywhere in the world. I hope everyone will take advantage of this blessing, and enjoy all the inspired messages that will be given through the Lords chosen Prophet and church leaders.
This is a link that I decided to share, that will help you enjoy General Conference better as a family because there is a section for Conference activities for Kids. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865563640/Today-in-the-Bloggernacle-Conference-countdown-ideas-and-activities.html
Enjoy and I will be back to write more soon!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Enjoy! Katie G
Thursday, August 30, 2012
President Monson said that "The needs of others are present, and each of us can do something to help someone... Unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives." Ensign, Nov.2009, p. 85 This is so true especially as we look into our own lives, and realize that serving others is what we do, each and every day. I believe that the Lord knew that when we serve others that our capacity to love would increase, and as a direct result of this service and love, we would be happy.
Some of the most miserable, depressed, and unhappy people I know, could turn their lives around if they could focus themselves outward instead of inward. I know it is difficult to do so, especially when there is illness or hurt or pain involved, but the act of serving must release some kind of feel good endorphins in the brain, because happiness is a bi-product of serving others.
A woman who I knew in a past ward, fell into a depression that she could not shake. She was sad all the time, and it got to the point that her thoughts were bleak and dark, and she was absolutely miserable. She went to the doctors and was prescribed antidepressants to help her, but even taking those, she did not get relief from her despair, and the darkness lingered. It wasn't until one day as she was down on her knees petitioning the Lord on her own behalf, that she received the answer of how to release this looming despair and depression. The answer was simple. The words that came into her heart, was "to serve others." At first I am sure that she must have considered that she was the one who needed to be served, but she also knew that the Lord loved her and as in the past, He had answered her prayers. So... she thought long and hard who needed to be served, and prepared herself for service. I won't go into what she actually did, but when she began to focus her thoughts and actions outward, on others, and take her focus from herself and her own problems, her burdens were lifted, and the darkness lifted.
This woman became so happy that she shared with others her experience and she mounted a weekly service project, to help those she had focused her efforts on. By doing so, this service helped others who needed to share the joy in their own lives. This wonderful woman understood that not only when we are in the service of our fellowmen, we are only in the service of our God, but she realized that true happiness only comes when we serve others.
This is exactly the concept for Visiting Teaching. Serving others, whether or not they are in need, but becoming friends so when they are in need they will feel comfortable to call for assistance, because they will already know and have felt the love of a Visiting Teacher.
The lesson tells of some really great ways we can maintain contact with our sisters or other acts of service--to watch over them and strengthen each other. They are as follows:
- Personal Visits
- telephone calls
- notes of encouragement
- sitting with her
- a sincere compliment
- reaching out to her at church
- helping her in times of illness or need
- other acts of service
I loved the last little part of the paragraph I just quoted from the Sept. 2012 lesson, and that was this "and strengthen each other". My message is that we are strengthened as we reach out to strengthen another".
It is my prayer that we will take the opportunity to use Visiting teaching as a tool to do as the Savior taught, to love one another as He has loved us, and we can do this in many ways, but especially through serving as Visiting Teachers.
I have prepared a cute note card, which was one of the suggestions of "giving a note of encouragement", and have posted it on my other blog. Please go to http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com to print this off and write your note.
Enjoy! Katie G
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I wanted to write a post hoping as many of the readers of my blog will get this and pass this along and spread the word really quickly Tonight, August 23rd, there is a documentary that is on Mormons in America, and part of it was filmed in my ward a little over a month ago. The focus was on a wonderful family that lives in our ward, and they are such a fabulous example of what a Mormon family should be, how to live and what they do in teaching their children, their beliefs and church.
This was actually filmed, with permission of the first presidency, in my ward, with my husband as our bishop. This was a first, and it was spontaneous and such a wonderful and amazing 3 hour meeting block. It was filmed on a Fast Sunday and you would have thought that the testimonies born were prepared, because they were spot on, and so inspired, but nobody knew that NBC would be there filming our meeting. We don't know what NBC will include because the focus was on this particular family, but they filmed Brother Jackson teaching Sunday School that day. The cameras went into the Young Women and Young Mens with the Jackson children who are such amazing examples of good LDS Youth. After Church NBC spent the rest of the day with the Jackson Family filming everything they do in their everyday life, and I cannot think of a better family to represent our Church as the Jacksons!
I have hopes that all of you will watch this, and we pray the the editing that was done by NBC will be a very good example of our Church, that nonmembers who watch, will understand us better.
I urge you to pass this on to others. The details are that it will air on NBC tonight... 10 pm/9c on NBC. So you will have to determine your time zone to watch it. They have done other great Mormons in America on Anne Romney and of the Bishops storehous, etc., that you might be interested in.
Thanks & enjoy, Katie G.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
We too can become Florence Nightingales in our own way through serving the sister we teach as Visiting Teachers. Our purpose as visiting teachers is to strengthen families and homes, without waiting to be asked. The lesson states:
"In order for us to serve, we should be conscious of the needs of the sisters we visit".
This to me means that we should should develop a friendship with them, knowing their needs, their lives, their families, their heartaches, and their joys. We need to really get to know them beyond the surface, and seek to be able to get into their hearts and better still, let them know we love and care for them genuinely, and not just because we have been assigned as Visiting Teachers. From the lesson it says that we should:
"....seek inspiration, we will know how to respond to the spiritual and temporal needs of each sister we are assigned to visit".
Then, just like Florence Nightingale did in the days of her stewardship on this earth, we too should be "using our time, skills, and God given talents, in providing compassionate service for our sisters". We should provide "prayers of faith, and spiritual and emotional support during times of illness, death or other special circumstances".
We realize that we have a great responsibility for the watch care for our sisters but we are not alone in this and need to be sure to be accountable to get our reports through the proper channels, to our Relief Society President and our Bishop. The Relief Society President's focus is the sisters in our ward, but she is responsible to report to the Bishop who is ultimately responsible for all the members in the ward. Through Visiting teachers, she can know the hearts of the sisters and their families, meeting their needs, and helping the Bishop in his call to nurture individuals and families.
Do you see how valuable your service is as a Visiting Teacher?
This is my Perscription for you:
Thursday, July 5, 2012
This is another of the good "Teaching" lessons that we have been getting as messages for Visiting teaching this year. I have always loved the scripture found in this lesson, John 13:35.."By this shall men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another". I use to play the violin with my mother and sisters and probably one of the most played songs for Church special musical numbers, firesides, funerals, etc. was one that was based on this scripture. Just reading this scripture, puts music in my mind as I read the words ..."As I have loved you, love one another.. This new commandment, love one another".... then the last part is the scripture that I just quoted above..."'By this shall men know, that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another!! What a beautiful message and so true. We show our discipleship by our actions and hopefully those actions will be loving and good.
This lesson talks about some things that we as Visiting Teachers or disciples of Christ, should do and they are:
- Remember their names and the names of their family members and become acquainted with them.
- Love them without judging them.
- Watch over them and strengthen their faith "one by one," as the Savior did.
- Establish sincere friendships with them and visit them in their homes and elsewhere.
- Care about each sister. Remember birthdays, graduations wedding,s baptisms, or other times that are meaningful to her.
- Reach out to new and less-active members.
- Reach out to the lonely or those in need of comfort.
This message is as much for the Visiting Teachers training, as well as for those we teach because in general, you will be teaching others who Visit teach as well. These lessons this year have been training Visiting Teachers, and women to be the type of women (nurturers, watch care providers, friends, neighbors, etc.) that women should strive to become. By "loving one another" we become happy! Now how nice is that... you know to just love others and thereby provide them warmth and happiness, the outcome is that it makes you happy too. Visiting teaching is a two way street, with blessings that come to each.
I am a strong advocate of Visiting Teaching as you well know, or I wouldn't have spent so many years posting and creating this blog. I know the power of a devoted disciple of Christ who does her Visiting teaching. I know of the blessing that comes into the lives of those who do it, as well as the blessing to the lives of those they teach.
- I have offered my services to water plants, collect mail, take in and out garbage canisters on garbage day, feed and care for their animals.
- I have taken over little remembrances, with a personalized note attached, to let them know that I was thinking of them.
- Phone call. Sometimes when it was impossible for an in home visit, I have called my sister on the phone, and had a great visit that way.
- Understanding that when my sister's husband was suffering serious illness, and infirmities, that my sister suffers as well. I offer my services for cleaning help and yes, I do windows, running errands, and whatever she needs to support her. Many times, all she needed was a listening ear, which I gave. Other times, I took in a meals, to give her some rest from cooking so she could focus her efforts on taking care of her husband.
- Holidays are fun times to do a little something special, so taking over a fun home made treat, or craft decoration, or whatever has been appreciated.
- Sisters lunch. Sometimes I invite my sisters for lunch so we can all enjoy each others company. I give the lesson as well and we each benefit from the incite of being together.
- Take my sister(s) to R.S. meetings, neighborhood luncheons, or I create one for fun and invite my sisters to join me in a "Lets have fun day."
Friendshipping is the number one way to turning the heart of a nonmember, or inactive sister. Even if that person never joins the church or become active, you both will still benefit from the friendship that was created in the process and getting back to the original scripture of this months lesson..."Love one another" and by doing these types of simple things, you become His disciples"... this is what Visiting Teaching is all about. Enjoy! Katie G
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I am thinking that these messages are being focused on the Visiting Teacher, vrs. those we are teaching for some very important reasons. Why? I can think of a few reasons, but keep in mind, these are just my own thoughts:
1. The younger women of our church are needing to learn about this wonderful role of a visiting teacher. They are a new and wonderful generation that needs to know how to and the importance of doing Visiting Teaching, but also to love going, and making a difference in the lives that they teach.
2. All LDS women can use a refresher course in all the roles that we take on and our church is repetitive in teaching these responsibilities. Just like we rotate the teaching of the different Standard works every 4 years, we need to circle back and pick up and refresh our knowledge about our responsibilities with Visiting Teaching. We all can benefit from relearning our duties and recharge our VT Batteries.
3. With the growth of the church all over the world, training needs to be provided because new members are stepping into roles that they may not have known prior to their baptism. Newly baptized women step into leadership roles, and need to be taught about the importance of the role of a Visiting teacher.
4. Visiting teaching is a friendshipping effort. Even in established Wards and stakes, there are lots of needs! Women, being the natural nurturers that we are, play a huge role in the friendshipping efforts in not only member retention, but in reactivation and missionary efforts. Ernest Visiting teaching efforts will bless the lives of those we teach as well as be a blessing to those who teach.
5. With the growing responsibilities of the Bishops of the wards in the church, it is next to impossible for a Bishop to know about all the needs of ward members. Visiting Teaching plays a vital role in assisting the Bishop to minister to the needs of the ward members, as well as the Relief Society to provide compassionate service, and watchare as needed. Visiting teachers are a play a vital role in a Ward team, besides the other vital players - Home teachers, and the Priesthood.
I would love to hear your comments about what you think about the message for this month. Please take a moment and share your comments! Enjoy, Katie G.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
I will write back soon with the details! Katie G
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
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Friday, April 27, 2012
Serving others builds personal qualities such as integredy, compassion, love, generosity, and shows our children that their mommies are indeed the one of the two greatest influences for good in their lives, as well as in the lives of others. Serving others through Visiting Teaching is a Win/Win situation for all of us!
This idea of Visiting Teachers are Heaven Sent, could be a wonderful theme for a Visiting Teaching Conference, lesson, or simply an evening meeting with the Relief Society Sisters. You know me by now, if you have been following my blog for a while, that I just can't stop my mind from producing new ideas. Well... here you go... you can use this theme in lots of ways:
- There are limitless stories of how Visiting Teachers have blessed the lives of the sisters they teach, and you can share some of these, or supply your own as a motivation for your sisters to get their VT done. I love the story that I have used this month shared with me by my VT companion. (Scroll down and read it as it is also published in the Ensign)
- What about taking the direction of Heaven Sent and doing a play on words, and changing "sent" to "Scent", which takes on a whole different meaning. If you wanted to have an activity to go with the spiritual message, you could create wonderful "Scents" through a Cooking class demo for making and mixing your own homemade spice combinations, Fabuluous recipes with a cooking demo from India, Mexico or any other country that highly spices their foods.
- Another play on the word Scent might be to go the direction of making your own homemade perfume, spritzers, cleaning products, using household items. This could encourage Self reliance!!!
- To me, there is no better "Scent" than the aroma of homemade bread baking. It permiates the entire home and makes your mouth water from the scent alone. How about an evening of making homemade rolls, breads, etc., and teach how to use a grain mill, grinding your own flour for bread. Talk about storing yeast and other products used in making bread
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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My Partner shared an absolutely beautiful story of a woman who had lost one of her children in a tragic drowning accident in their home. This woman fell into depression and could barely function. One day a woman in her ward showed up at her door. This woman could see the state of mind she was in and she just jumped in and began to help do things around the house. Each day she would call and if her voice sounded like she was still in a bad state of mind, this woman would then come over and help her sister in need. The woman who had lost the child was in such a state for many months, that many time she was oblivious to the fact that this woman was even in her home. Anyway there is so much more to the story, in particular about the circumstances of the women who was helping out this sister. The greatest part of the story was at the end, where my Visiting Teaching partner shared with us, that she was the woman in depression.
This story is a must read and especially if you are struggling with a message this month like I was, this story was published in the 1997 Ensign, under the topic of "Feeding His Sheep". Here is the direct link http://www.lds.org/ensign/1997/03/feeding-his-sheep?lang=eng There are several stories told under this heading but her story is entitled "Reaching out with Love". The first half of the story is sort of a preamble to the story that my partner told our sisters, so don't think you have the wrong one. After a few paragraphs, it changes to the Paragraph that says: "Two months after we moved to England, tragedy struck our family...." This story in the Ensign was not printed with the amount of grief my partner was feeling after the death of her child, so I must tell you that she was in such a state that she could barely function or take care of her other children and this went on for months. So read what happens and I know you can see why I directed you to this article.
We women have the ability to bless the lives of those around us in need, if we will. In return our lives are blessed by our reaching out and touching the lives of those around us. I think Heavenly Father made it this way and made us as women, born nurtureres, with emotions and sensitivity and the ability to just jump in and know what needs to be done in any time and in any place.
Bless you sisters, for your dilligence in Visiting Teaching. You are filling the needs of your sisters, and you are becoming an earthly ministering angel for then. Much Love, Katie G.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The Church is launching a three-day advertising campaign this weekend in conjunction with Easter. The campaign will take place on YouTube and Facebook. The focus is to help those not of our faith understand that we believe in and follow Jesus Christ. The campaign features members of the Church sharing their beliefs about the Savior.
Short advertisements will be shown on YouTube on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (April 6-8). We anticipate the ads will be viewed a minimum of 15 million times. The advertising will link to a specially designed mormon.org page has been created where visitors can share why Jesus Christ is important to them, learn more about our beliefs in the Savior, download the Bible videos app, or order a free Bible (U.S. and Canada only).
Visitors to the mormon.org Facebook page will also be encouraged to share their feelings about Jesus Christ. It is hoped that thousands of Church members and nonmembers will express their testimonies of Jesus Christ during the Easter weekend.
Church members are invited to be involved with the campaign in several ways:
1. Tell family and friends about the campaign and encourage them to tell their family and friends. Encourage family and friends to participate on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday by visiting mormon.org/easter or facebook.com/mormon.
2. Encourage family and friends to look for the YouTube ads and visit mormon.org/easter.
3. On Friday, Saturday, or Sunday Church members are encouraged to visit mormon.org/easter and share their feelings about Jesus Christ.
Note that the mormon.org/easter page will not be "live" until early Friday morning.
We believe this will be a unique opportunity for Church members to engage in conversations with those not of our faith about the importance of Jesus Christ in the lives of God's children.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Good news though.. I asked what things they had in bulk for cheap prices and I was given a few ideas to pass on to you:
- Easter Decorated Suckers on a stick $.50 each
- Spring Suckers on a stick in the shape of a flower, the same price $.50 each.
- Hazelnut Chocolates or Chocolate for a 6 lb box $11.99. I am not sure what this really is, but I think they are individual chocolates and 6 lbs of them could go a long way.
- They always carry the striped candy stick for a box of 200 it's$15.00.... however I don't know what flavors they have in right now. You would have to go and see. That would certainly be a reasonable priced treat for the R.S. Sisters!I have seen pastel ones in the past, but once again, I don't know if they have any now. Mabye call them before you go there.
Peppermint place is located in Alpine, Utah at 188 North Main. It's worth a visit, and make sure you drive around and see what a beautiful town Alpine is! I lived there for about 12 years.
I don't know if Sister Julie B. Beck will be upset at me for telling this, but she lives in Alpine, Utah and not far from the Peppermint Place. Now I won't disclose the exact location, but Sister Beck and family has lived in Alpine for many, many years. It was such a surprise that she was released as General Relief Society President this past Conference. She has truly touched the hearts of women everywhere in the world, and her vision and impact will be felt for years to come.
Hope this helps you as I like to pass on good tips.
Happy Easter! Love, Katie G.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
- Pray daily for her and her family.
- Seek inspiration to know her and her family.
- Visit her regularly to learn how she is doing and to comfort and strengthen her.
- Stay in frequent contact through visits, phone calls, letters, e-mail, text messages, and simple acts of kindness.
- Greet her at Church meetings.
- Help her when she has an emergency, illness, or other urgent need.
- Teach her the gospel from the scriptures and the Visiting Teaching Messages.
- Inspire her by setting a good example.
- Report to a Relief Society leader about their service and the sister’s spiritual and temporal well-being.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Love, Katie G
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Here is part of the email that my Aunt LouJeanne Smith sent to me:
"I have worked with our Relief Society presidency to have a visiting teaching thought every week in opening exercises. We don't want to take away time from the teacher so we take only a minute or less.
As coordinator, I take the first week and mention the new theme. Then I type up different thoughts and quotes from the monthly message and type them in the largest size fonts, add a boarder and print. In my Relief Society room, on each side of our chalkboard are areas (bulletin boards) to post things. We usually put two printed sheets with portions of the message on one side and two sheets on the other side with the rest of the message. The print is large and everyone can read them from the anywhere they sit in the room. They are just a short Visiting Teaching thought, but after glancing at it a time or two, they retain it. We show the same message for two week is, then put up another message from the same theme. We switch these messages with the primary and young women so they see them also.
We want our visiting teachers to feel more important, more needed, and feel the spirit of teaching. Our supervisors take turns giving the minute-or-less thought each week. That way they each of us have a turn to get up in front of the class and all the women soon know who all our Visiting Teaching supervisors are. I make out a 3 month schedule so they know which Sunday is theirs. Our ward knows we have VT messages every week and hopefully know that Visiting Teaching is a more important calling than they realized".
Monday, March 5, 2012
|She was the poster child |
for the Utah Easter Seals
Campaign in 1949 at
7 years of age.
She did as much as she was capable of doing, but probably the greatest gift she offered, was her love of family. Over the years, I have often wondered what her purpose in this life was, being unable to walk, dress herself, prepare her own meals or even do much of anything. What does a daughter of God do, who is as a paralytic, to "Prepare for eternal designations?"
Sister Julie B. Beck says, "The success of families, communities, this Church and the precious plan of salvation is dependent on your faithfulness....(Our Heavenly Father) intended Relief Society to help build His people and prepare them for the blessing of the temple. He established Relief Society to align His daughters with His work and to enlist their help in building His Kingdom and strengthening the homes of Zion." The V T lesson goes on to say that our Father in Heaven has given us specific work to do to help build His Kingdom. He has blessed us with the spiritual gifts we need to accomplish this specific work.
When I read this quote from sister Beck, it became clear to me exactly what my sister in law's life purpose has been. Sister Beck's quote mentions the word "faithfulness" and then goes on to mention "strengthening the homes in Zion". My dear sister in law was faithful in everything that was required of her. She loved and she seemed to be the glue that has kept my husbands family together since the passing of both parents. She strengthened her family by providing opportunities for us to gather.
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.