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

Saturday, April 19, 2014

M&M Easter Poem Printable

I had so much fun making an M&M Christmas Poem that I decided to do an Easter version, too!

I've included two sizes of printables for tags or to put in a frame and display with little cups of M&M's.

M&M Easter Poem - free printable tags

Download at the following links...