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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

15 Scriptures to Brighten Your Day

Today 2 of my 4 kiddos started another school year. Can I be honest....I was a little excited. :)
I’m ready to get back on a schedule, for the craziness of summer to come to a close, for my home to stay somewhat clean for a few hours (remember, there are still 2 at home, haha).

Today I wanted to share a bookmark I created. I created this bookmark hoping that we could use it to help us through those days that we need a little happiness in our life.

You know those ‘days’ that I’m talking about. All of us have those days where we just want to go to our rooms, get under the covers and go to sleep.  
I know we all have bad days, but we all have different ‘bad’ days. BUT even though we all have different trials, we can all use the same thing to make those days a little brighter...
The Scriptures!

A couple months ago I had the idea to create a bookmark with several scriptures that would help lift us up...give us strength...and give us hope.
I finally created a bookmark, that hopefully, does just that. The bookmark I am sharing today lists 15 scriptures that could help brighten our day. Here is what it looks like.


Some of the scriptures I have listed are personal favorites, while others are scriptures that I found that I enjoyed and thought others might enjoy.

I would love to have you print out my bookmark and keep it in your scriptures, a library book, your journal, a church manual, anywhere where you will see it frequently.
If you would like to print your very own bookmark

When those days come (because you know they will come) pull out your bookmark and read a few (or all) of the scriptures listed. Ponder them and the words that are written.

I also included 4 Scripture cards that can be printed out and then placed around your home. Here's a peek of 2 of the cards.

I have one on my fridge and the others on a bulletin board by our front door. Throughout the day you will see the cards...take a moment to stop and read the words. 
CLICK HERE to print out my Scripture Cards!

I know as we turn to the scriptures to brighten our days we will be blessed and we will find our days becoming less gloomy and more full of joy and light. :)

I hope you enjoy my bookmark. Do you have a scripture that helps get you through those tough days? If you would like to share a favorite scripture that I didn't list on my bookmark then leave me a comment and let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!
sheena
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Monday, August 25, 2014

{Personal Progress} Integrity #1: S'mores Night

This summer I thought it would be fun to have S’mores for one of our Personal Progress nights. The only thing was I wasn’t sure how to incorporate S’mores into Personal Progress.
I decided to look through my Personal Progress booklet and read through the experiences to see if I could come up with something.

As I read Integrity #1 I had an idea!

“Integrity is the willingness and desire to live by our belief
 and standards. Read Moroni 10:30–33 and think about
what  it means to ‘deny yourselves of all ungodliness.’
Read the pamphlet For the Strength of Youth. Reflect on
how the Lord’s standards differ from the world’s standards.
Record in your journal appropriate standards for behavior,
dress, and conversation, as well as literature, movies
 television, Internet, music, cell phones, and other media.
Also write your plan to stay morally clean and worthy to
attend the temple. After keeping your standards for at least
one month, record your feelings in your journal and continue
to keep your commitment.”

Here is what we did!

Preparation:
1. I created a month calendar for the girls to keep track of what they were required to do (Integrity #1 is a month long experience; my calendar is at the end of my post).
2. I created cute invitations to hand out to each of the YW.
Here is what mine looked like. If you'd like to use my invites for your own S'more night just right click on the blank invite and click on 'Save Image As' and then open it in Word. Then add text boxes to add your own text and information.
{The cute s'mores clipart came from Melonheadz Illustrations}


3. I bought my S’mores supplies. YUM!
4. The day of the activity I got pieces of candy (Reese’s PB Cups) and labeled each one with a number (1-19; some candies had 2 numbers). The numbers represented each of the chapters in the ‘For the Strength of Youth’. I placed the candies in a bowl.

Night of the Activity
My husband went out a little early and started our fire, so it would be ready when all the girls arrived. When everyone got there we went and sat around the fire.
I asked the girls ‘Who likes fires?’
We all agreed that we all like fires. They’re fun to sit around and roast marshmallows, they’re warm, they make you feel cozy. :)
I also reminded the girls that fires are also very useful. When camping we can use fires to cook our meals. People used to only cook with fires, and some people only use fires to warm their homes.

BUT....when used in the wrong way fires can be dangerous. They can be harmful and cause great damage and destruction.

I then compared fires to temptation and to things of the world. There are things in the world that when used in the right way can be very useful, but when used in the wrong way can be damaging to ourselves and our spirits.

We need to decide now what our choices will be when faced with temptation. If we get ‘too close’ we may get burned by a bad choice.

As instructed in the Personal Progress booklet we then read through the ‘For the Strength of Youth’. This is where the candy came in. I gave the first girl the bowl of candy and had her choose one piece. She read what number she had and then found the matching chapter in the book and read it aloud (I numbered the chapters before the activity). After we read a chapter, we discussed how the Lord’s standards differ from the world’s standards. We passed around the bowl until all chapters had been discussed.

I then encouraged the girls to record in their journal appropriate standards for behavior, dress, and conversation, as well as literature, movies,  television, Internet, music, cell phones, and other media.
Then I passed out my monthly calendar and asked the girls to write a plan to stay morally clean and worthy to attend the temple.
Here is what my monthly calendar looked like:

 I told them to keep track on their progress on their calendar. After keeping their standards for at least one month, they were to record their feelings in their journal and continue to keep their commitment. 
We then enjoyed some yummy s'mores.

It was a fun {& yummy} night around the fire with all the YW. 
Would you like to have your own S'mores night?
Feel free to print out any of my printables to have your very own Personal Progress S'mores night.

I hope you enjoyed my post today. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.

sheena
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

{Sharing Time} The Sabbath is a Day of Rest and Worship


Sharing Time Ideas from 2014 Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (unscrambling words): Give each class an envelope containing nine pieces of paper with one of the following words written on each: The Sabbath is a day of rest and worship. Ask them to put the words in the correct order. Discuss the meaning of “rest” and “worship.” Repeat the phrase together. (Click here for printable from lds.org)

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (discussing scriptures): Write the following scripture references on the board: Exodus 20:8–11; Luke 23:56; Mosiah 18:23; Doctrine and Covenants 68:29. Explain that Heavenly Father created the world in six days (hold up six fingers and wiggle them), but on the seventh day He rested (hold up seven fingers and hold them still), and all through time He has commanded His children to rest on the seventh, or Sabbath, day and keep it holy. Invite four children to read the scriptures on the board. Ask the children to listen and discover what principle is being taught. Point out that the scriptures were all written at different times in the history of the world but they all teach the same principle. Explain that keeping the Sabbath day holy means doing things that will bring us closer to Heavenly Father.

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (playing a game): Have the children count off the days of the week one by one, starting with Monday. Ask the child who says “Sunday” to suggest an appropriate activity for the Sabbath. Repeat as time allows.


Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

Fill In The Blank (Identify the Doctrine):

On the board have this statement written:
The ________ is a _____ of ______ and ________.
Underneath the sentence have 4 columns of possible words (4-5 words)that could fit in each blank. The first column will be for the first word, the second column for the second word and so on.

Invite a child up and have them choose a word from the first column that they think might fit. Then invite a second child up to the front and have them pick a word from the second column and so on. Once all the words have been chosen read the sentence aloud and ask the children if they think that is correct.
If it is not correct you could tell the children which words are in the correct space and then have them try again on the wrong spaces.

When the sentence is correct have everyone repeat it together. Discuss the meaning of “rest” and “worship.”

Encourage Understanding:
Before Primary write these scriptures references onto pieces of paper:
Exodus 20:8–11
Luke 23:56
Mosiah 18:23
D&C 68:29
Tape each of the 4 pieces of paper underneath 4 primary chairs.
Ask the children if they know how many days it took Heavenly Father to create the world. Explain that Heavenly Father created the world in six days, but on the seventh day He rested.
All through time He has commanded His children to rest on the seventh, or Sabbath, day and keep it holy. Tell the children that you have hidden four scriptures underneath 4 chairs. Have the children look under their chairs and if they have a piece of paper have them bring the paper and their scriptures (if they have them) up to the front of the room.

Tell the children that we are going to read 4 scriptures, and you would like them to count how many times they hear the word “Sabbath”.
Invite the first child to read their scripture aloud, then continue until all scriptures have been read aloud.

After all scriptures have been read ask the children how many times they heard the word “Sabbath”. Then ask them if they know what principle was being taught in the scriptures that were read. Point out that the scriptures were all written at different times in the history of the world but they all teach the same principle. Explain that keeping the Sabbath day holy means doing things that will bring us closer to Heavenly Father.

Sunday Sundae
Sharing Time Activity

The activity I am sharing today is actually one that I have shared before, but it's a great idea that I found on Sugardoodle, so I thought I'd share it again. :) Enjoy!

For this activity you will be creating an Ice Cream Sundae. Each of the toppings will represent appropriate Sabbath activities. This is sure to be a HIT!

For this activity invite the Bishop in to help or ask one of the adults in Primary.
As you are getting everything ready for your ‘Sunday Sundae’ explain to the children that you they are going to be discussing appropriate activities that we could do on the Sabbath Day. In order for us to discuss these activities we are going to make a ‘Sunday Sundae’! Uncover the ice cream.

In the front of the Primary room on a table, have a large bowl or ice cream dish. Scoop up some ice cream and tell the children that this is the first thing for your special ‘Sunday Sundae’. On the table have several different toppings (chocolate syrup, sprinkles, cherries, whip cream, etc.). Show the children the toppings and tell them that these represent appropriate things that we can do on Sunday.
Invite a child up to the front of the room and have them pick a topping (but don’t let them put the topping on yet). Once they have picked their topping, have them share an appropriate activity for the Sabbath. Once they have shared an activity have them put their topping onto the ice cream. Then pick another child to come to the front or have the child pick someone to come to the front.
After a few toppings have been added, ask the Bishop to taste the Sundae.
Keep asking for ideas until your toppings have run out.

Then say, “Wow!  It really looks like we have a great sundae.  And if we choose to do things on Sunday that makes Heavenly Father happy, then we can have a great Sunday also.”

But…..

What if we choose to do something that we shouldn’t do on Sunday? What if we forget to buy something for our dinner and have to run to the store to buy it (drop a few coins into the sundae or any other ‘gross’ topping) Would that ruin your Sunday?
You could ask your Bishop to take a bite of his Sundae and let you know. haha 

What if your soccer team was playing in an all-star tournament and you just couldn’t miss it? (sprinkle dirt and grass)  Would that ruin your Sunday?

What if company was coming for dinner and you didn’t do your chores Saturday like you were supposed to…now you have to clean the bathroom before they come...Would that ruin your Sunday?

Ask your Bishop if he’d like to take a bite of his Sundae now.

Close with a story from The Friend or read a scripture to the children to help remind them that the Sabbath is a holy day.
Bear your testimony of the importance of keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. Explain that when we do things that aren't appropriate on the Sabbath it ruins our Sunday and it isn't as special or spiritual. Finish with a challenge to the children -- don't ruin your Sunday!



sheena
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

{Sharing Time} Scripture Study Gives Me and My Family Spiritual Strength.


  Sharing Time Ideas from the 2014 Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (answering questions): Ask the children to flex their arm muscles and show their physical strength. Ask what they can do to get stronger physically. Hold up your scriptures and explain that our spirits can get stronger as we read the scriptures. Ask the children to say “scripture study” each time you raise your scriptures. Ask a few questions that can be answered with this phrase, such as “What can help me to think good thoughts?” and “How can I gain strength to choose the right?” Hold up your scriptures after each question so the children can respond. (If children bring their scriptures to Primary, invite them to raise their own scriptures as they repeat “scripture study” in answer to your questions.)

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (discussing a scripture story): Prepare three pictures on the board to represent the ways Jesus Christ was tempted in Matthew 4:1–11. Beneath each picture, write the corresponding scripture reference (Matthew 4:4, Matthew 4:7, and Matthew 4:10). Explain that Jesus Christ used the scriptures when He was tempted. Read Matthew 4:1–11 aloud, stopping after each temptation to clarify and ask, “What gave Jesus spiritual strength?” Hold up your scriptures to help the children answer, and invite a child to read Jesus Christ’s response from the scriptures. Explain that “it is written” means that Jesus was quoting scripture. Encourage application (memorizing a scripture): Ask each class to choose and memorize together a short phrase from the scriptures that could give them and their families spiritual strength (for example, Luke 1:37, 1 Nephi 3:7, or D&C 10:5).


 Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I had a hard time coming up with an idea for this week. I didn't want to come up with something totally different than the outline, so I decided to stick pretty close to the idea given in the outline.

Ask the children to flex their arm muscles and show their physical strength. Invite a child to come to the front and show them some weights and ask them if they know what they are. Have them lift the weights a few times. Then ask the children ‘If he/she lifts these weights every day what will happen?’
Their answers might include: ‘get stronger,’ ‘get BIG muscles,’ etc.

Just like exercise can make our bodies stronger there is something that we can use to make our spirits stronger. Does anyone have any idea what that might be?

You could give the children a few clues or have the child up at the front of the room give clues, and have the rest of the children guess what it is. Then hold up some scriptures and explain that our spirits can get stronger as we read the scriptures.

{Encourage Understanding} 
At the front of the room on a chalkboard or poster-board, have your 3 pictures described in the outline (bread, temple, mountains).
Explain that Jesus Christ used the scriptures when He was tempted. Tell the children that you are going to read from the scriptures about a time that Jesus was tempted. Read Matthew 4:1–11 aloud, stopping after each temptation.
Up at the front of the room have 3 dumbells. If you have real ones then have those placed underneath each picture. On each dumbbell have each of the scripture references listed in the outline attached to the dumbells (1st dumbbell: Matthew 4:4, 2nd: Matthew 4:7, and 3rd: Matthew 4:10).
If you don’t have real ones then just find a picture of dumbbells and write the scripture references on the back.
Invite a child up to the front and have them pick up the dumbbell. Have them look up the scripture and read it aloud. Then clarify and ask, “What gave Jesus spiritual strength?”
Hold up your scriptures to help the children answer.
Explain that “it is written” means that Jesus was quoting scripture.


Activity:
For this activity you will need a child and a large button up shirt.
You will be asking the children to share ways that the scriptures can give them strength. For every idea you will be stuffing the child's shirt to give them 'muscles'.

Invite a child up to the front and have them put on the large button up shirt over their clothing.

Tell the children that we need to help _______(child's name) gain some 'spiritual strength'. You can show the children how 'wimpy' the child looks with the huge shirt on. You could even have them lift the weights, but have them pretend to be weak.

Explain to the children that they are going to share ways that the scriptures can give us spiritual strength.
To stuff the child's shirt use crumpled paper, socks, stuffing, etc. 

 Invite the children up one at a time to share a way that the scriptures can give them strength:
“The scriptures can help me to have good thoughts?”
“The scriptures can give me strength to choose the right?”

You could even have the child wearing the shirt raise some scriptures each time he/she hears the words scriptures. Invite the other children to do the same.

After a few children have shared different ways and the child is now 'spiritually strong' have the child show the other children that he/she is now strong!

Remind the children how important it is to study our scriptures.


That's it! I hope you like my Sharing Time idea for this week as well as the children in your Primary.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time.

sheena
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