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Monday, March 30, 2015

{Visiting Teaching} The Attributes of Jesus Christ: Without Guile or Hypocrisy

We just had our Spring Break here in Idaho. For part of the week we decided to travel down to Utah to visit family, and I was able to attend the General Women's Meeting with my Mother. It was wonderful!

I love the way I feel after attending those meetings. The General Women's meeting and General Conference is a time where I am able to reflect on my life and decide what I need to do better...or stop doing...and how I can help my family as well.
I loved the object lesson of the soda cans...I'm thinking that might have to be an upcoming FHE at our house. What did you enjoy during the General Women's meeting?


Today I am sharing my printable for the April 2015 Visiting Teaching Message:
The Attributes of Jesus Christ: Without Guile or Hypocrisy

This month I decided to add a little something different to my VT message printable.
As I was reading the message online, I noticed 3 Mormon Messages that they linked to. I LOVE the Mormon Messages, so I thought of a way to include 2 of the Mormon Messages into my VT printable....


See those 2 weird looking squares at the bottom of my printable?
Those are QR codes! If you have a smart phone you can download an app that will scan those codes and VOILA as soon as it's scanned the video will be ready and on your phone for your viewing pleasure!
I thought it was pretty cool. 


Now...I didn't want to leave anyone out, so I created a printable without the QR codes. Here is what it looks like:


Simply click the link(s) below to print yours out. Each printable has 2 per page.




Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy my VT printables for this month's theme.
Have a wonderful day!

sheena
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

{Giveaway} LDS General Conference Spring Blogger Giveaway

Spring General Conference Giveaway - $400+ in Prizes

 It's spring time which means General Conference will be here before we know it. Seventeen LDS Bloggers are joining me to share a few of our favorite things. We are so excited to be giving away over $400 in prizes. It's been a treat to work with so many talented women to spoil our readers with products that strengthen the family and make our lives a little easier, too. We as bloggers are so thankful for you - our readers! Thank you for your encouragement, comments, and time that you take out of your busy day to check in with us. We appreciate how you #sharethegood with us and hopefully we can share some with you as well! Meet the bloggers who are taking part in this giveaway:

LDS Bloggers 

 Now for the giveaway! If you are anything like me, your wish list for Deseret Book is a mile long! We are excited to send two of you some fun money to spend there. We hope you love the recipes from the Six Sisters as much as we do and that Nicole Carpenter's 5-minute messages will make family devotional more manageable! From bulking up your food storage with Thrive to the cutest projects by Fizzy Pops - there are so many wonderful prizes. Check them out and ENTER TO WIN below!
There are TWO rafflecopters so be sure to enter each one!


Spring General Conference Giveaway - Over $400 in Prizes!
    
Prize Package #1
$85 Gift Card to Deseret Book
$50 Gift Card to Sweet Salt Clothing
Fizzy Pops Young Women Zipper Pull Kit ($50 value) with



Spring General Conference Giveaway - Over $400 in Prizes!
Prize Package #2
$85 Gift Card to Deseret Book
$75 value Food Storage Package from Thrive
$50 Gift Card to Sego Lily Soap
Pink Star CTR Necklace and I am a Child of God Pin from Ringmasters

{Click ^ to Enter!}


You have until March 31st to Enter this awesome Giveaway. The winner will be announced and e-mailed April 2.


Need some Conference Ideas?
We've compiled a few of our favorite General Conference Activities, Recipes, and Ideas. Comment with your favorite traditions or add a link below! 


  Thanks so much for stopping by! Good luck and have a great day.

sheena
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

{Sharing Time} There is Safety in Following the Prophet

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2015 Primary Outline

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING: Show a picture of Moses, and explain that Moses was a prophet who led his people to safety. Explain that the Israelites were in bondage to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and the Lord told Moses to lead them out of Egypt (see Exodus 3:10). Tell the story from Exodus 14, and invite the children to act it out with you. For example: “The people followed Moses across the desert (walk in place). They came to the sea (make waves with arms). The people looked back (look back) and saw Pharaoh and his army following them (make sound of running horses by slapping hands on legs). They were afraid (show fear).” Read Exodus 14:13, and then continue with the story. “The Lord told Moses to lift up his rod (pretend to lift up a rod), and the sea parted (spread arms apart). The people followed Moses safely through the sea on dry ground to the other side (walk in place). When Pharaoh’s army tried to follow them, the Lord told Moses to stretch out his hand, and the waters came back together (bring arms together). Pharaoh’s army drowned in the sea. The people were safe because they followed the prophet.”


Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

For this week’s Sharing Time I am using Elder Packer’s 1976 Conference talk, “Spiritual Crocodiles."

As well as sharing Elder Packer’s talk I thought it would be fun to play a Prophet Matching Game (for Jr. Primary).
I have created 3 pages of prophet cards plus one ‘Spiritual Crocodile’ page.



Print out each of the pages (the first 3 need to be printed twice), and then cut them. There is a front and a back to each card.
I printed mine on paper and then laminated each card.
(Clipart is from Susan Fitch & Prettiful Designs)

Before primary attach the cards onto a bulletin board or a chalkboard.

Begin your Sharing Time by sharing details from Elder Packer’s talk.
After you have shared the story, explain to the children how we are just like Elder Packer and the Prophet is our guide. He can see things that we can't and if we follow his counsel we will be safe.

Tell the children that today they are going to learn about teachings from past prophets by playing a matching game. Show the children the cards and explain that there are pictures of prophets on the back. They will take turns flipping 2 cards over trying to find a match.
BUT be careful for the Spiritual Crocodiles!


When a child flips over a spiritual crocodile you could share a scenario where they didn’t listen/follow the prophet. Discuss why following the prophet keeps us safe.
You could also mix up the cards whenever a crocodile is turned over or you could have the children make crocodile mouths with their hands and have them ‘bite’ the child beside them (but this could get a little crazy).
When a match is found share a story about that prophet and then discuss what the prophet taught and how we could follow their teachings. 

After all the cards have been found or time runs out, show a picture of President Monson. Ask the children what will be happening in a few weeks....General Conference!

Tell the children that if they will listen during General Conference we can hear the apostles and prophet share important teachings that will help us avoid the spiritual crocodiles in life.

You could also hand out a paper crocodile and have the children write something that they can do to follow the prophet.


Senior Primary Idea
For Sr. Primary I am thinking of doing something a little different.
I still want to share Elder Packer’s story, but instead of doing a matching game I am thinking of doing a ‘buzzer’ game.

At the front of the room I will have several cards numbered 1-10 and 2-3 crocodile cards posted on a bulletin/chalk board. For each number I will have questions or a ‘who am I’ about a prophet.
I will also have a table with a bell in the center of the table.

You may split the primary into two teams or keep them as one team.
Invite a child up to the front and have them pick a card.
If a number card is chosen invite another child up to the front (from the other team if using teams) and have each child stand on either side of the table with the bell in the middle. Explain that you will ask a question and if they know the answer they must ring the bell.
If they answer correctly the number on the card will be the amount of points they will be rewarded (if using teams).

If a crocodile is chosen I will share a scenario about not following the prophet. If using teams you can deduct a certain amount of points.

Have both children sit down and then choose another child to come up and pick a card.

Continue until all cards have been chosen or until time runs out.
Bear testimony of the importance of following the teachings of our prophet.
Tell the children that if they will listen during General Conference we can hear the apostles and prophet share important teachings that will help us avoid the spiritual crocodiles in life.

Click Below to download all files as one ZIP file:
Click HERE to print my Prophet Matching Cards!

OR Click Below to download each file individually:
Click HERE to print page 1.
Click HERE to print page 2.
Click HERE to print page 3.
Click HERE to print page 4.

I hope you enjoy this week's Sharing Time. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!
sheena
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Friday, March 6, 2015

{Sharing Time} Prophets Testify of Jesus Christ

Sharing Time Ideas From the 2015 Outline
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING: Before sharing time, place a picture of Jesus Christ on the board and cover the picture with pictures of the following prophets: Isaiah, John the Baptist, Nephi, and Joseph Smith. Assign one of the following scriptures to each class: Isaiah 9:6; Mark 1:6–8; 2 Nephi 25:26; Doctrine and Covenants 76:20–24. Have the children read the scripture with their class and identify which prophet is testifying and what he testifies about Jesus Christ. Have one class point to the picture of the prophet they read about and share with the Primary what they learned. Take the picture of the prophet off the board. Repeat with the other three prophets. Point to the picture of Christ and tell the children that all prophets testify of Jesus Christ.


Sharing Time Ideas From Little LDS Ideas 


The cute prophet clip art is from Susan Fitch Design

To introduce this topic, I thought that it might be kind of neat to have a man from the ward/branch come in and talk to the children. Have him come dressed as one of the prophets from the Old Testament, New Testament, or Book of Mormon.

This is what I was thinking of, but this is just an example:
Have your prophet come in at the beginning of Sharing Time.

Hi, I am King Benjamin (or any prophet you choose). I am a prophet from the Book of Mormon. Throughout history Heavenly Father has called courageous and honorable men to be His prophets. They are special witnesses of the Savior Jesus Christ. The prophets are called to testify of the Savior, to teach all of us that He died so that we might repent and return to live with our Father in Heaven. Prophets tell us of Christ's great love for us. Many of the prophet’s testimonies are found in the scriptures. I too have a testimony of Jesus Christ. An angel of the Lord came to me, and told me many important things about our Savior. Have him read from the Book of Mormon, Mosiah 3:5-8.
After he has read from the Book of Mormon, have him testify of Jesus Christ.

After the prophet has talked to the children and testified of Christ you can talk to the children about the prophet and about Testifying of Christ. Explain to the children what ‘Testifying of Christ’ means, and why it is so important. Tell the children that today they are going to be learning about a few more prophets.

From The Outline: Before sharing time, place a picture of Jesus Christ on the board and cover the picture with pictures of the following prophets: Isaiah, John the Baptist, Nephi, and Joseph Smith. Assign one of the following scriptures to each class: Isaiah 9:6; Mark 1:6–8; 2 Nephi 25:26; Doctrine and Covenants 76:20–24. Have the children read the scripture with their class and identify which prophet is testifying and what he testifies about Jesus Christ. Have one class point to the picture of the prophet they read about and share with the Primary what they learned. Take the picture of the prophet off the board. Repeat with the other three prophets. Point to the picture of Christ and tell the children that all prophets testify of Jesus Christ.

At the end of the Sharing Time, show the children a picture of President Monson. Our prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, also testifies of Jesus Christ. He said, “He is the literal Savior of the World, the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, the Holy One of Israel, even the risen Lord. … As His witness I testify to you that He lives. (Ensign, May 1988, page 56.)

All prophets, whether they lived during Book of Mormon Times or they live today, testify of Jesus Christ. When we listen to the prophets, we can learn about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and gain a testimony for ourselves. Bear Testimony to the children.
sheena
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