Saturday, August 16, 2014

Relief Society Activity: This Little Piggy...

Recently my Relief Society Sisters had a super fun week night activity called "This Little Piggy."  
Everything was based on that little poem we say when tickle our babies toes:

This little piggy goes to market.
This little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef.
This little piggy had none.
This little piggy went "wee-wee-wee" all the way home.

We set up five stations in the auditorium and labeled each one with a line from the Piggy Poem.  I have included some free printables with this post to make it easier to duplicate/adapt this activity for your Relief Society or Young Womens organization. The printables can easily be printed up to 11x14 size.  

-Determine the needs of your sisters and what information they could best use at each station.
-Considering the talents and strengths of sisters who could teach the needed information. 
-Call sisters in the ward to teach at each longer than 7-10 minutes. Help the teaching sisters develop a handout containing the information they will share.
-Download and Print the signs for each station:

Here is a summary of what my Relief Society did:

For this station we asked one of the sisters who is a great bargain shopper to talk about finding good deals.  She spoke about couponing, digital apps, thrifting and a budget friendly vacations.  She also had a handout with all the information she talked about so the sisters had something to take home for reference. 

For this station we asked a sister who is proficient at keeping her home organized to share some tips and tricks with us.  She spoke about organizing toys, junk drawers, etc.  She also talked about simplifying and donating to those in need.  Again, the sisters left this station with a handout of everything that was talked about.  
You could also have this station be about Family Home Evening or create a quick & easy craft for the home.

This station was our dinner.  We ate roast and had a great dinner and conversation.  If you didn't want to do dinner, you could always have this station be a focus on recipes or cooking with food storage or something really useful like that.

For this station, we had a quilt set up in the corner which the sisters could help us tie for a charitable donation.  It was a great time to sit and chat for a minute until the other stations got done. 
Some other great ideas for this particular station would be to have a missionary writing area with pen, paper and envelopes, sewing NICU blankets for the hospital, doing any other humanitarian project.

This wasn't really a station. We gave each sister a gift to say "Thank you for coming." They all went home with little treat/dessert.  

We had such a fun night of learning and visiting with each other.  As always, we gave a small thank token to all the teachers who prepared in advance for this night to be a success.

I would love to hear how you modify this activity to fit the needs of the sisters in your ward/branch.  Please leave a comment telling us how it went and what you did differently.  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Scripture Study Calculator - for all standard works!

I came upon a fabulous resource that I want to share with you! has what is called a "Scripture Study Calculator".

You can type in the time frame you would like to read the Book of Mormon, Bible, Pearl of Great Price and/or The Doctrine and Covenants. It automatically calculates how many pages you need to read to reach your goal!

Hop on over and try it out...

Scripture Study Calculator

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Free Printable: Sacred Names of Jesus Christ

I have a confession! I don't look at the speaker in Sacrament while they are talking; I draw or doodle!  This past Sunday there was a beautiful talk by a boy leaving for his mission this week.  He spoke about the restored gospel and Jesus Christ so beautifully.  While he spoke I doodled all the names of the Savior that came to mind...well, not all of the names, but the ones I thought of during the hour of sacrament meeting. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Family Home Evening: Disney Movies

Some great Family Home Evening lessons, ideas inspired by Disney movies!

I gave a Family Home Evening lesson on Angry Birds last year and my kids still remember the lessons they've learned from it. This taught me that children can learn powerful lessons from movies, games, etc. when we find the good and use it as a teaching tool. 

Here are some fun examples using Disney movies that I wanted to share with you today!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Family Home Evening Series: Plan of Salvation

I have 3 kids and Family Home Evening has to be fun and entertaining to hold their attention.  So, I recreated this Plan of Salvation story board from my days as an LDS missionary.  My kids love it and so will yours.  In fact, it's great for missionaries, primary teachers. etc.  This printable is perfect for anyone needing to teach the Plan of Salvation very simply.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Family Home Evening - Family Scripture Study

Family Home Evening Series: The Power of Family Scripture Study

Scripture: 2 Nephi 4:15 15 And upon these I write the things of my soul, and many of thescriptures which are engraven upon the plates of brass. For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children.

Supplies Needed

-scriptures for each family member
-wordstrips printables (here and here)
-scriptures printable (BofM, Bible, D&C, PofGP)
I started off by reading this quote by President Marion G. Romney...
“I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1980, 90; or Ensign, May 1980, 67)."
Discuss what each wordstrip means and how they would make your family feel.
Show the different scriptures and explain what each one contains (example: The Holy Bible and how the old testament talks about the creation of this world and testimonies of the prophets).
We also wrote some of our favorite scripture stories underneath each book.
Make a plan to have Family Scripture Study using these suggestions...
  1. a. 
    Work together to set a time to study the scriptures as a family every day. This is often the hardest part of family scripture study. However, families can seek the guidance of the Spirit as they determine what will work best in their circumstances.
  2. b. 
    Consider establishing a certain amount of time or a specific number of verses, chapters, or pages to read each day.
  3. c. 
    If possible, see that each family member has access to a set of scriptures. Even children who cannot read will benefit from having their own scriptures. Parents could give scriptures to their children at baptisms, birthdays, or other special occasions. Or children could earn money to buy their own scriptures.
  4. d. 
    Take turns reading, helping younger children as needed. After reading a passage, review what has been covered and state it in a way that younger children will understand.
  5. e. 
    Have young children draw pictures of scripture stories. For example, a family could create a mural depicting Lehi’s vision of the tree of life.
  6. f. 
    Memorize favorite verses together.
  7. g. 
    Read scriptures that relate to special occasions such as Easter, Christmas, a baptism, a priesthood ordination, or a temple dedication.
  8. h. 
    Research a particular gospel topic together, using the Topical Guide or the Bible Dictionary.
  9. i. 
    Keep a family notebook for recording questions, goals, or impressions connected with the scripture reading.

Scripture Chase - for older children
Draw picture of favorite scripture story - younger children
Family Home Evening Series: The Power of Family Scripture Study

This Family Home Evening lesson has honestly changed our lives for the better as a family. We have been implementing it in our home every morning (even though 6:30am can be a chore).  Our family has children ages (5, 7, 11, and 13) and we are seeing these blessings come to pass in our lives and it's only been one week!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014