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The Virtual Missionary

This is my first book review I've posted on this blog. 

This is NOT sponsored. I just read it, loved it, and wanted to share my thoughts about it.

The Virtual Missionary - book review by Kari Sweeten

The Virtual Missionary by Greg Trimble

I've heard of a guy named Greg Trimble while scrolling through my Facebook feed once in a while and was impressed with the topics he was sharing about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I usually get leary about articles about the church that are not officially on a church website or page because there is so much negativity out there that makes me cringe. The reason I usually stopped scrolling when I saw anything from Greg Trimble is because he was sharing great stuff! He was sharing truths, scriptures, and it was so refreshing to follow someone that was such an advocate about sharing the gospel online.

Let me tell you why The Virtual Missionary resonated with me and opened my eyes a bit.

I've been an online influencer when I started a couple of blogs back in 2008. One in particular became viral in the craft industry and I had a full-time business within one year. Over the years, I've tried my hardest to keep it to my standards not allowing any ad networks to run ads containing anything that is against my beliefs. I remember one time an ad network ran a beer campaign on the kids section of my craft website and I was so upset, called the network and dropped them because they were not willing to sift through the ads and remove any that were not in line with the standards for the blog. I've also turned down contracts that were high-paying and had a blogging friend even make fun of me for not taking a coffee campaign that was worth a couple thousand dollars.  
Thankfully, I'm at a point in my career where I've connected with many companies and ad networks that are a great fit with my audience and standards for the blog.

Reading The Virtual Missionary really opened my eyes and has me motivated to be a better influencer online.  The internet  is such a powerful tool to answer popular searched questions about God and the Mormon faith, lead people looking to find a church to attend, and lead readers to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Greg shares experiences where he shares the gospel online and has an incredible reach with viral posts that reach millions of readers around the world.  

The author not only motivates others to get online and share their beliefs on social media outlets, blogs, etc....but he goes into some technical details and shows you HOW it is done. I rarely read a book more than once (unless it's the scriptures or lesson manuals), but I will read this again and use it as a resource to share goodness online.

This book is wonderful for anyone:
  • on social media that is nervous about sharing the gospel
  • needs motivation to share the gospel online -- and why it is so important!
  • who wants to start a blog as a missionary tool
  • looking for ways to do your part to help The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints be seen in a positive light on the internet.
  • who wants to be motivated to share the gospel no matter your personality type.
I also think this is a great book for the Young Men and Young Women in the church. Lets face it. The youth are pretty much experts when it comes to social media and how technology works -- they can make a huge difference!

Again, this is not sponsored. I bought my own book.  I absolutely loved it and had to share!

Thanks to The Virtual Missionary book by Greg Trimble, this year I have a goal to share as much goodness online as I possibly can.  His bravery and courage in sharing truth on an internet filled with confusion and blindness is an inspiration!

Post By: Kari Sweeten





Bishop Birthday Coupons

I've heard of many LDS Bishops who provide a little ticket or coupon to come and get a treat on the child's birthday. What a great way for the primary children to get to know their Bishop better!

Bishop Birthday Coupons - free printable - ldslane.net Fun way for the LDS primary children to get to know the Bishop in their ward better with a handshake and simple treat!

I've designed these coupons with the 2018 Primary theme: I Am a Child of GodPrint available in 3 colors. Print on white cardstock and laminate them to use over and over. Saves on printing and makes them last a lot longer!

Each ward and bishop might do this differently, but when the primary sings to the children on their birthday each child receives a coupon to take down to the bishop's office after church for a simple treat and handshake!

I've made a few different Bishop birthday coupons available for free download. Enjoy!

Bishop Birthday Coupons - free printable - ldslane.net Fun way for the LDS primary children to get to know the Bishop in their ward better with a handshake and simple treat!


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Post By: Kari Sweeten

LDS Young Women Values Coloring Pages

LDS Young Women Values Coloring Pages - ldslane.net


I've had requests for a couple of years to design some coloring pages for the Young Women and I finally got to it! I think I was motivated because I currently serve as a Miamaid advisor for the young women in our ward and I love those girls to pieces. I love reciting the beautiful Young Women theme each week including these 8 important values:

Faith
Divine Nature
Individual Worth
Knowledge
Choice and Accountability
Good Works
Integrity
Virtue

The past couple of months I've been drawing a page at a time and I'm so excited to show you these simple designs available for free download!

Ideas for the Young Women Value coloring pages:
  • Great for adding to a lesson about a Young Women value.
  • Download, color, and frame a value as part of a Young Women's activity.
  • Give as a booklet for a birthday gift to the Young Women with a set of colored pencils.
  • Use as part of decor for Young Women in Excellence or New Beginnings.
  • Print into a booklet and give to the young women at Girl's Camp.
  • and of course, print and color for fun! These are really great for any age!
LDS Young Women Values Coloring Pages - ldslane.net
For personal and church use only. © Kari Sweeten, 2018.
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POST BY: Kari Sweeten




LDS Young Women Values Coloring Pages - ldslane.net

Articles of Faith Punch Cards

The new year is here and so is "goal-setting" for many. 
My two youngest daughters are singing the Articles of Faith songs in primary and have made it a goal to memorize all 13 this year. 

The Articles of Faith are 13 statements that explain the basic doctrines and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. See the full list and explanation here.

I designed these punch cards for them (and anybody else who would love to use them!) have a way to mark them off as they go and motivate them to go until the end!
Articles of Faith punch cards - free download - ldslane.net
I've made two versions available and they print 6 per page.


These are great for personal, family, and church (primary) goals!

Simply print out on white card stock, cut and get ready to use that hole punch!

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POST BY: Kari Sweeten



General Conference Brick Game

Over the years I try to share new ways to get the kids excited for General Conference!

Yesterday I was thinking of the traditions we have every conference and one thing we do is dump out a big bucket of Legos while the kids build quietly and listen. My husband even gets on the floor and joins them sometimes!

This fun game idea popped into my head and I wanted to share it with all of the Lego-fans out there for General Conference!

General Conference Brick Game - use with your LEGOS! ldslane.net

A Piano's Purpose

I'm so excited to share my latest project with you.
I was contacted by Al Fox and the fabulous team at Deseret Industries and they asked me if I would repurpose a piano for a film they were working on.
I thought to myself, "Sure, I restore pieces of furniture all the time. This should be fun!"
Then I saw the piano for the first time...

A Piano's Purpose - the inspirational journey of a piano!

...and couldn't wait to get my hands on it! How beautiful is this piano? 
There were a lot of dents, paint spills, water damage, etc - but I loved the structure and all the details - I knew I could give it a lot of love and a whole new look!