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Proclamation Series: Come to the Mountain of the Lord-the holy temple

" Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally. " The Family: A Proclamation to the World This week on  Family Proclamation on Fridays  I want to focus on the  importance of temples.   The ordinances we make and keep are sometimes referred to "saving" ordinances.  Why?  Because they will literally save us and enable us and our families to return to the presence of God. They are that important. As Mothers Who Know, we know the importance of making and keeping covenants. " Mothers who know honor sacred ordinances and covenants . I have visited sacrament meetings in some of the poorest places on the earth where mothers have dressed with great care in their Sunday best despite walking for miles on dusty streets and using worn-out public transportation. They bring daughters in clean and ironed dresses with hair brus

Spinning Plates and the Atonement

Sometimes I feel like a magic plate spinner .   Each one of the labeled plates above could also have its own set of spinning plates. Many days I feel like I am running from plate to plate trying to keep them all spinning, spinning, spinning so that they don't fall.  Do you ever feel like that?  Elder Bednar  wrote this amazing talk that I needed today.  I opened up my new Ensign and there it was: The Atonement, and the Journey of Mortality This talk is basically the same message as In the Strength of the Lord which is on my Must Reads list. I even wrote a blog post about it {CLICK HERE} What I am touched by this time as I read it, is how we need the Atonement so much in EVERYTHING!  "The enabling power of the Atonement strengthens us to do and be good and to serve beyond our own individual desire and natural capacity."-Elder Bednar The enabling power of grace is a must have in my life.  I need it. I need Him.   I am so

The True Source: Jesus Christ

{ Source } Today during Stake Conference, President White, our 2nd counselor in our Stake Presidency,was sharing 2 Nephi 25:26 in his talk:   " And we a talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we b prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our c children may know to what source they may look for a d remission of their sins."  My mind kind of stopped on the reference  of "source"  and how Jesus Christ is our source for a remission of our sins and everything else.  Then in my mind's eye I saw a photo from one of my blog posts with the word "SOURCE" underneath to identify where that picture originated from and who it's true author was. See the example above. Out of my own curiosity I looked up the synonyms for "source" to help me understand more about how Jesus Christ is our true source .  I was amazed at how much meaning and depth it brought to the scripture by just understa

Proclamation Pillows

This idea came from Shannon @ {click here for project "Throw Pillow with a Message} Our focus in Young Women's this year is The Family Proclamation .   We are working on memorizing it and trying to implement it all year into our Sunday lessons as well as our weekday activities. We did this as a Laurel activity and it was a big hit.  The girls all loved this!  It had been on our calendar for a long time and there was much anticipation leading up to it.  This activity as a Young Womens' activity was a little more on the pricey side, but  "worth it". Due to the high importance of The Proclamation and looking for creative and different ways to teach it, this became a  "must do" in my eyes .  We just had to get a little creative with how to fund it... We asked the girls to bring their own material and pillow.  One pillow only takes about 1/2 yard of fabric, so that is very affordable.  The form pillows were p

Proclamation Series: The Divine Plan of Happiness

"In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally  " Two years ago my aunt died. She was in her mid 70s, had cancer, and went rather quickly. I loved her dearly! She is one of my mother's sisters and was a second mother to me in life. She was one of the soft places I had to land. She always loved me with the sweetest purest love. When she died, I was heart-broken. Out of the clear blue sky, announced, I would burst into heart-broken tears over her death. Just

Putting on the Whole Armor of God/FHE

This was a family home evening lesson we did when we had grade school age children and teenagers. It was a great visual that worked on both age groups on teaching about putting on the armor of God. Lesson:   What is going to happen when we put these oranges into the water?  Are they going to sink or are they going to float? [the younger kids will probably answer SINK, because an orange looks heavy enough to sink in water] But, instead....the oranges FLOAT because they have their ARMOR on What happens when you peel the oranges? Without their ARMOR on, they sink! We can compare these oranges to us and how important it is to put on our full armor everyday. Here is on oldie but goodie seminary video from the 80's:   " Putting on the Armor of God"  and symbolically what can happen if we take off our armor even for a minute. Scripture: Ephesians 6: 11-17 11 Put on the whole a armour of God, that ye ma

Creating a Blog Button

<center> <a href=""><img border="0" src=" " /></a></center> Are you interested in creating your own blog button?? Making a blog button with a code underneath is not as hard as it looks.  FIRST: Like with my whole blogging journey I turn to google for help.  I typed in a search "How to Create Blog Button"  Several tutuorials popped up and then it was a matter of time trying to find the right tutorial for my brain to understand.  I found it!  Here is the   {link}   I followed that really close.  This takes time, concentration, and willingness to learn from mistakes until you figure it out.  It might take you a few tries until you can get it exactly right and how you want it.  I think it took me three.  I am sure there are many ways to do this... and probably better