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Proclamation Series: Nurturing our Family Through Food

In The Family a Proclamation to the World it teaches: "Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children" That one simple declaration has made me reflect over and over again on my role in our home as a "nurturer" I will admit , many years ago, I felt a little gypped that our only declared role was to nurture. It is such a short one-liner. Wasn't there more to be had as a mother? Did we get the short end of the stick? To nurture means: to promote and sustain the growth and development of something, to feed or support, educate or train, nourish, raise, inspire with confidence, give hope or courage to, care for, rear,bring up from infancy,help develop, help grow...etc Basically it encompasses all we do as mothers, and what we do best. We have the natural innate tendencies to nurture. Through nurturing we come to find ourselves and fulfill God's purposes. I have a picture on my wall that is a great reminder to me

The Atonement is like a Blanket

When I think of the Atonement, I think of a blanket that covers me. By nature I am almost always cold.  I hate to be cold more than anything else.  If I am cold, I cannot sleep at night, and cannot concentrate during the day.  My mind just wants comfort and warmth. Turning to the Lord, and having the Atonement applied in my life and letting it cover my pains, heart-aches, struggles, and sins...feels like the perfect warm blanket on a cold night warming, soothing, comforting, loving, and bringing healing to a needing body. " The word atonement is from the ancient Hebrew word Kaphar, which means to cover. Isn’t it interesting that when Adam and Eve discovered their nakedness in the Garden of Eden, God sent Jesus to make coats of skins to cover them? Coats of skins don’t grow on trees. They had to be made from an animal, which means an animal had to be killed. Perhaps that was the very first animal sacrifice. Because of that sacrifice, Adam and Eve were cover

Symbolism of the Sacrament

The Atonement of Jesus Christ I once taught this as a young woman's lesson and made a sacrament card for each of them, to put in their scriptures and pull out during the sacrament to remind them of how sacred and  important this ordinance really is.  Sunday best - The sacrament is the most important part of our Sacrament Meeting.  It is why we meet, to remember our covenants we made at baptism and to make new ones.  What we wear matters.  Those who are administering and passing the Sacrament wear white shirts representing  purity as they administer the Holy Emblems of the Sacrament.  It is symbolic and similar to the white we wear when we are baptized and the white we wear in the temple.  As young women and women it is our privilege to wear our very best while partaking and participating in the Lord's Holy Sacrament. The table- The bread and water trays are arranged on the table.  A cloth is carefully placed over the trays.  Christ's body was also covered with a c

Better Lessons with the Right Questions

google images Questions to ask while preparing a lesson 1. What principles do I want the class  to know and apply? 2. Which verses should I search to help the class discover the principle? 3. What should the class look for as they search these verses? 4. What questions can I ask to make sure the class understand the principle? 5. Is there anything I can do to have the class learn from each other? 6. What applications do I want the class to make? What can I do to help them? Questions to ask after preparing a lesson 1. Is there variety in the lesson? 2. Have I asked the Lord to help me teach the lesson with power? 3. Is there opportunity for class participation? 4. Have I prayed about my class? Preparation Questions:   1. What is the object of this lesson? 2. What are the principles or doctrines to be covered? 3. What are the converting life-changing principles? 4.What would be most beneficial to the cla

3rd Annual YW Sacrament Program Sunday we had our 3rd annual Young Women's Sacrament Meeting Program for our ward.   Once again, it was power-filled and amazing to be apart of. Our theme was this year's mutual theme Doctrine and Covenants 115:5: Verily I say unto you all: a Arise and shine forth, that thy b light may be a c standard for the d nations ; We began preparing for our program last fall by practicing our songs in Sunday opening exercises.  We felt our young women had A MESSAGE to share.  We saw our young women as one of the Lord's favorite tools on His tool belt.  Elder Russell M. Nelson said it best: " The influence of the young women of the Church, like a sleeping giant , will awaken, arise, and inspire the inhabitants of the earth as a mighty force for righteousness." What was their message? To arise to the mountain of the Lord, the holy temple, and to qualify for and be worthy of a temple recommend.  Now is the time! For our script we used excerp

10 Things Teens Won't Tell You

My daughter and her friends You are the most important person in my life. I need rules and expectations. I want you to notice me. I'm tempted to compromise to fit in. Those corny things we do are kinda cool. You are my hero. Your stress affects my life. I need you to interfere. I want you to expect great things of me. Hearing you talk about what is right and wrong is important.