Showing posts with label LDS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label LDS. Show all posts

Saturday, June 27, 2015

General Conference Easter Egg Hunt



General Conference is one of my very favorite times of the year.  I always look forward to hearing what the general authorities are going to say.  I remember how hard it was to sit and listen to all of the messages as a kid.  We have lots of activities to keep the kids engaged during conference.

This Easter time I decided to have an egg hunt.  I put a picture of different gospel topics onto Easter eggs and filled them with candy.  Whenever the kids heard one of the words they could go find the egg with that picture on it and eat the treat.


I "hid" the eggs all over the living room.


I made three eggs for each gospel topic so that all of my kids could find one.


My little hunters ready to listen to conference.


Goofy found an egg.


Having so much fun finding eggs!


Tasty treats and uplifting messages.

How do you like to watch conference?  How do you keep your kids engaged?  Leave a comment.  I'd love to hear from you!

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Give Your Very Best - FHE Lesson



What is the best gift you have ever been given?  My favorite gifts are the little acts of kindness done by my husband and kids.  I have talked with my children about the joy of giving before, but I wanted to do a Family Home Evening (FHE) lesson that focused on giving your very best.


I set out some cupcakes, frosting, and decorative toppings.  I briefly explained that when we give gifts or service would should do it with a positive attitude and do our best work.


Each member of the family put their name inside a hat (Princess was excited to use her fuzzy, purple one).  I told everyone that we would each pull out a name.  We would then decorate a cupcake for the person whose name we drew.


As we decorate we should try to make it our very best work.


Look at the concentration on their faces.  They wanted to do a good job so badly.


The girls drew names for each other.  Here is Goofy giving Princess the cupcake she decorated.  I love how excited they were to give each other their creations.


Happy little face!


This was such a positive FHE lesson.  Everyone felt the spirit of giving their best - not to mention they got a cupcake to eat.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Nativity - A Christmas Tradition


Usually, when I post on this site it is something new that I have tried, but I wanted to share something a little sentimental.  Ever since I was a little girl, we have re-enacted the nativity on Christmas Eve.  Now that I am older it is a delight to watch my children act out the nativity.

This Christmas Eve we performed the nativity at my parents' house.  I thought I'd share our nativity with you.

Enjoy!


Here's my little shepherd.  I especially liked Bud's towel hat.


Two gorgeous angels.  I wrapped them in sheer curtains and added some garland for sparkle.  My girls love sparkle.


Here's my attempt at some fancy hair.  I don't do hair like this often, so I had to snap a picture.


The shepherds were sore afraid (especially of the sick little angel who had to wear a mask all night).


The shepherds went to see the baby Jesus.  The angels sang.  My new little nephew was an adorable baby Jesus.


The wise men brought gifts for the baby.

Re-enacting the nativity will never get old.  I love celebrating my Savior's birth each Christmas!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

A Positive Attitude - FHE Lesson



My children are going through a whiny phase.  (Please, tell me I'm not the only one!)  Hubby and I decided to teach a lesson on having a positive attitude to improve the mood in our home.

I started the lesson by telling my children the story of Lehi leaving his home and journeying into the wilderness.  We talked about how his family had to leave everything they had, their home, their friends, their money.  You can watch a short scripture video about this journey HERE.  I focused on the different reactions of his children (Laman & Lemuel, and Nephi).  We discussed how Laman and Lemuel whined and complained while Nephi chose to follow in faith.  I also told the story of how Nephi got the brass plates from Laban.  Again, Laman and Lemuel complained the whole time.  Watch the video HERE.

I asked my kids, "Would you rather take a journey with Laman and Lemuel or Nephi?"  Of course, they responded with Nephi.  I continued by asking, "Why?  What was better about traveling with Nephi?"  They told me that he was happy and didn't complain.  I explained to the children that it's the same in our home.  If we whine, fight, and complain we will not have the Lord's spirit in our home.

Then, I told the children that one thing we can do to keep a positive attitude is to think about the things we love and are grateful for.  I gave each child a different colored packet of Post-it notes.  I let them write down anything they loved on a note.


I put up a sign that says "Things We Love" (you can get your own sign for free at the bottom of this post).  Underneath, I told the kids that all month until Valentine's Day we would decorate the wall with things we love.  Whenever we felt unhappy, we could go to the wall and remember all of the things the lord has blessed us with.


Princess had a blast decorating the wall.  I love her little pictures.


Goofy pretends to write.  She told me what each note "said" before she put it up on the wall.


Apparently, Bud loves his hands.  He asked me to draw sticky note after sticky note of his hands.  Silly boy!


Here is your "Things We Love" banner.  Just save the picture to your computer, print it out, and make your banner.  You could make your wall all cute with little hearts instead of Post-it notes.  Oh, the possibilities!


Our wall is looking great.  I can't wait to see how full it gets by Valentine's Day!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Prayer: A Link to God FHE Lesson



At this last General Conference Elder Richard G. Scott gave us 4 tools that we can use to strengthen our families: family scripture study, attending the temple, family home evening, and family prayer.  I decided to focus on family prayer for FHE.


I put up a picture of Jesus as well as 3 different times of day.  I had cut out some strips of paper that said "meal prayer," "family prayer," :personal prayer," and one that said "anytime, anywhere."  I asked the kids to place each prayer with the time of day where it belongs.


The kids liked making the chains.


Here's a close up of the different links.  They have pictures on them for the little ones that can't read.


I told the kids that each time we say a prayer it links us to Heavenly Father.  It gives him more chances to teach us, guide us, and help us throughout the day.  I told them we could pray anytime, anywhere, whenever we feel like it.

Our family is pretty good at having family prayer at night, but we had never done family prayer in the morning.  We set a time each morning that we would say our family prayers.  So far, we have stuck with it.  Saying family prayer has been a great way to start off our day.

 

Here are different prayer slips and times that I used for the lesson (as always, feel free to use them for your own FHE).

How has General Conference helped your family?

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