Sacrament Time – Quiet Book

Sacrament Time – Quiet Book

Trying to keep the kids quiet during the Sacrament? The struggle is real. And not only keeping them quiet – but actually focused on the ordinance – that’s a whole ‘nother challenge.

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A Sacred Ordinance 

David O McKay said, “No more sacred ordinance has been given to us by the Lord than the administration of the Sacrament.”

The Sacrament is a sacred time and I want my children to be able to feel that sacred and holy Spirit as they partake of the Sacrament.

I don’t want them to only be “quiet,” I want them to be intentionally thinking of the Savior and His atonement. To really internalize the ordinance they’re participating in.  

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But honestly – focusing and being reverent – it can be hard. And even when our bodies may be still, sometimes our minds still tend to wander.

Arnold Garr said, “As we think of the things He did for us, we will not only come to know more about Him, but we will come to know Him; we will not only want to live more like Him, but we will also learn how to do so. Through introspection and self-analysis, we can come to know what we have done that needs to be repented of and learn what we can do to improve spiritually in some way.”

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Sacrament Time Quiet Book

The Sacrament helps us come to know HIM – not just know about Him. And this little Sacrament Time booklet can help accomplish this! It includes the Sacrament prayers and then some questions about how we can apply and live the covenants we’ve made at baptism. So your children (and you) can keep the Spirit present and set a plan of action to improve in the coming week.

This free printable book is 4×6 – the perfect size for looking through quietly during the Sacrament time. You can download it in a PDF to print and cut out or as 4×6 jpg files that you can print at home or at your favorite printer.

Here is how to make your own little book:

  • Print out your choice of files (cut if needed)
  • Punch holes in the upper left corner
  • Attach with a metal ring or tie on a ribbon
  • Take to church and enjoy the Sacrament a little bit more intentionally

DOWNLOAD your Sacrament Time Book

 

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May you have a joyful Sabbath as you partake of these sacred ordinances.

Essential Conversations – Family Conversation Cards

Essential Conversations – Family Conversation Cards

Essential Conversations

I loved the talk Essential Conversations by Joy D. Jones (April 2021 General Conference)

One of my favorite points she shared was this – “As children learn and progress, their beliefs will be challenged. But as they are properly equipped, they can grow in faith, courage, and confidence, even in the midst of strong opposition.”

Our children will have their beliefs challenged as they grow and progress. That’s a sure bet. But we can have essential conversations with them to help equip and prepare them for such situations.

 
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Role Playing Real Life Situations

The suggestion that Sister Jones make to do role playing with our children really spoke to my heart.

Here’s what she said about it – “As they act it out and then talk it out, rather than being caught unprepared in a hostile peer group setting, children can be armed with “the shield of faith wherewith [they] shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.””

Being ready and prepared, and knowing how to respond in a situation is an amazing defense for our children to learn.

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For a recent Family Home Evening, we decided to take her counsel and do some role-playing of our own. We’ve done role-play activities in the past, but this time I felt prompted to try something different. When we’ve done this before I would usually think of situations to role play and write them down ahead of time.

This time, though, I decided to give each family member some slips of paper and have them think of situations to write down. It was a good activity for them to be proactive in thinking about what situations they might face (or ones that they had already faced.)

Before FHE my husband and I did talk about a few specific situations that we knew our children were dealing with and we split those up to be sure they were all included. He wrote down a few of them and I wrote down the others. We made sure to mix up some more lighthearted things in with the more serious situations to keep it fun.

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Essential Conversations – Family Conversation Cards

Want to take Sister Jones’ counsel to do a role-playing activity of your own? You can print out this cute little printable and use the paper slips to have family members write down situations they might encounter in different areas of their lives.

Role-Playing Activity

  • Simply print out the strips and cut them apart on the lines.
  • Give a couple to each family member and explain to them to write down some situations they think might happen to them (or that have already happened to them.)
  • When everyone is done writing down their situations, fold them and stick them all in a basket (box, jar, hat – anything to hold them)
  • Take turns having family members choose one, read it, and decide how they would respond. Next, have them act it out and practice what words they could use in a real-life situation.
  • You could do this individually, but we found it worked great to do it in pairs. Working together made it more fun and pressure-free.

 

 

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You could do these for FHE or you could stick them all in a basket and choose one each night at dinner. Or at family prayer before bedtime. Anytime you choose to do it, working in these situations to your everyday conversations can help build and strengthen testimonies.

Wishing you some joyful moments as a family as you participate in some fortifying essential conversations together.

 

Resurrection Rolls Gift Kit

Resurrection Rolls Gift Kit

Resurrection Rolls

One of our favorite family traditions at Easter time is to make Resurrection rolls (AKA Empty Tomb rolls or Easter Buns.)

If you’ve never made them before, it’s so fun! Basically, you wrap a butter and cinnamon-covered marshmallow in a crescent roll. When you cook it, the marshmallow magically disappears, creating an “empty tomb.”

The best part, though, is the Easter story that goes along with each step and process of making the rolls. I love that it is a fun way to remember Christ and the reason we celebrate Easter. 

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Easter Gift – Resurrection Rolls Kit

This kit is a great way to SHARE this fun Easter tradition with someone else! Sharing these rolls allows you to spread a little bit of the JOY of Easter – with a focus on Christ and the resurrection.

The printable pages include all the tags and directions you need. Put them all together into a bag, box, or basket and present it to someone special.

To make your kit, you will need:

  • A bag, box, basket, or something to put the ingredients in
  • 1 tube roll of crescent rolls
  • 8 marshmallows
  • 2 Tbs butter (I found some small butter sticks that were perfect for adding to the package)
  • 3 Tbs sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • printable tags
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Putting Your Kit Together

Once you have all your ingredients, you’re ready to put your kit together!

  1. Print and cut out tags (cardstock works best for the smaller tags. Plain paper works best for tag #3, which will be wrapped around the crescent rolls.)
  2. Place 8 (or more!) marshmallows in a small bag and tie tag #1 around it.
  3. Mix together 3 TBSP of sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon in a small Ziploc bag. Tie tag #2 around this bag and 2 TBSP (or a small stick) of butter.
  4. For the crescent rolls, use tape to stick the pink (not flowered) end to the rolls, then wrap around and use double-sided tape or a glue stick to attach the flowers. This folds around the tube of rolls easiest if it is printed on paper (not cardstock.)
  5. Attach the “Resurrection Rolls” tag to a bag or box with a glue stick or double-sided tape. Or you can tie it to a bag or basket with a ribbon or twine.
  6. Place all the ingredients, along with tag # 4 into the bag.

* If preferred, simply place all items into the bag with the recipe card, instead of attaching tags to each individual item.

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Who can you share these with?

  • your family
  • your neighbors
  • your ministering sisters
  • your friends …
  • anyone who could use a reminder of the reason we celebrate Easter!

So, print out these little tags, gather up all your ingredients, and having fun putting together and sharing this Easter tradition! 

General Conference Activity Strips

General Conference Activity Strips

I’m always on the lookout for fun Conference activities for my family. Activities that keep us quiet are good. Activities that help us listen are better. But activities that help us ACT and keep Conference in our home after the Conference weekend is over are BEST. And these fun Conference Strips will fit into that category!

These simple strips can be used in so many ways. First of all, print them out, then decide how you’re going to use them! I’ve included the following suggestions, but get creative on how they could best help YOUR family to keep Conference in your home and hearts. And to act on all you’ve heard over the weekend.

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General Conference Activity Strips

There are strips for each of the Twelve Apostles, with an extra sheet of President Nelson (since we usually hear from him more often.) There is a sheet of strips with “Sister_____” for you to fill in, and then a sheet with blank lines for you to add the names of additional speakers.

Here are some ways you can use these fun strips:

 

Before Conference:

  • Sometime in the days leading up to Conference, have each family member look up and learn something about each of the Twelve and write it out on their strip. When it’s that speakers turn, it’s fun to read a little bit about them to get to know them better. You could then add their notes of what they teach us on the strip (or on the back.) This is a great FHE to prepare for Conference!
  • Have each person choose an apostle strip and have each person make a guess of what we’ll learn from him on the back. During Conference, they can take their chosen apostle and write notes on the front. When Conference is done, have each person go back and see if their guesses were right!
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During Conference:

  • Print a set for each individual family member, or print just one for the whole family to work on together.
  • As each speaker speaks, mark the session (so you can refer to it again later) and then write down your favorite quotes, feelings, thoughts, or what you learned.
  • If you print one set for the whole family, you can divvy them up between everyone. Each person would be responsible for a few speakers.
  • Have the family work on each strip together. Pass each strip around as you listen to the speaker and have everyone add a thought or inspiration they have.
  • Color in the little pictures as you listen, or draw your own on the speakers that aren’t from the Quorum of the Twelve. Bonus – color their ties to match the tie they’re wearing when they speak!

“The greatest blessings of general conference come to us after the conference is over. Remember the pattern recorded frequently in scripture: We gather to hear the words of the Lord and then we return home to live them.”   

-Robert D. Hales

After Conference: 

Listening during Conference is only half the work! The BEST part comes as we apply what we’ve learned once Conference is over.

Elder Robert D. Hales once said, “The greatest blessings of general conference come to us after the conference is over. Remember the pattern recorded frequently in scripture: We gather to hear the words of the Lord and then we return home to live them.”

 

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Here’ are some ways you can use these strips to continue to keep Conference in your hearts in the weeks after:

  • You can use these strips for upcoming FHE lessons. Simply choose one, listen / watch or study the talk together and then discuss how you can take action to apply what you’ve learned.
  • Use them as a dinner time discussion. Pull one out and read it over dinner and have a short discussion. What do you remember about the talk? What have you been doing to apply the teachings? What could you do this week to take action on this talk?
  • Have a Sunday devotional. Have each person grab a strip and share. Or have one person be in charge of teaching a short lesson and sharing their testimony about the talk.
  • Make them into a chain. Fold each strip over lengthwise (they are a little fat if you don’t) and then staple them into a chain. Then use this chain in any of the above settings. Pull of a strip each day at dinner, each week at your Sunday devotional or FHE night.
  • Put them in a “Conference basket.” Fold the strips and put them in a basket (or box, jar, bowl, hat, anything that will hold them.) Again, you can pull one out when you do one of the above activities.
  • Search for them. For a fun FHE activity, hide the strips around the room. Everyone has to search for them, then share.
  • Show them off. Choose one each week to display on your fridge or bulletin board. It will act as a reminder to everyone to live what they’ve learned.

p.s. If you’d like to help your family make the most of General Conference, check out my General Conference journals. They are a great way to prepare for Conference, then record your insights and impressions as you listen. The packet also includes an action plan so once Conference is over, you’ll be ready to apply what you’ve heard. And – there’s even a fun, special edition just for the kids.

 

I hope your Conference weekend is full of lots of listening and inspiration.
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You may like these other fun ways to get ready for General Conference!

Church History Would You Rather …?

Church History Would You Rather …?

​If Would you Rather is a favorite game around your house, this Doctrine & Covenants and Church History version is a must!  Would you Rather is a fun game that gives you a little peek into what others are thinking. Sometimes the answers bring laughs and other times they bring quiet contemplation. Sometimes the choices are easy and obvious and other times they are more complicated and difficult to choose from.

This Church History / Doctrine and Covenants version is a fun way to get a peek at what others are thinking while at the same time include some gospel discussion in your game.

Church History Would You Rather

This game is perfect for an FHE lesson or activity or for an addition to your Come, Follow Me study. The included questions are a fun way to think about what it would be like to go back in time and experience some of the events around the Restoration and history of the Church.

Unlike a traditional game of Would you Rather, which gives you one question with 2 options, the strips of this game are individual. This means you will need to use 2 strips, but you can come up with dozens of different combinations to keep the game going.

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 ​Playing Doctrine and Covenants Would You Rather

These questions could be used in so many different ways. You could use them during your Come, Follow Me time at home, in your Primary or Seminary class, or for a youth activity with the Young Women and Young Men. They are great for FHE, or use the for some dinner time conversation while you’re all sitting around the dinner table.

Simply cut out the cards and put them in jar (or hat or bowl) and get ready to play. Here’s a couple if different ways you can play this game, depending on the ages and type of group you’re playing with.

  • Choose 2 – Pass the basket around and have each person draw 2 cards. Then, simply go around the circle and they have to read their two options and their choice. Once everyone has had their turn, put them all back into the basket and pass it around again. Because they are single options on each card, you can play multiple rounds without getting the same choices.
  • Group Play – Have one person choose 2 cards and read them aloud. Then, go around and have everyone give their answer (and the reason why they made that choice!) Once everyone has answered, choose 2 new cards and go around again.
  • Scripture Chase – Remember those good ‘ol Seminary scripture chases? This is great for older kids who would love a more challenging approach. Have each person draw their 2 cards, then find the scripture to go with them. Then, go around and have each person read their cards and give the scripture reference that relates to it before they reveal which they would rather be. Make it into a race for more of a challenge.
  • For Younger Children – If you have younger children, this is a great time to briefly recount the stories in the Book of Mormon. You could choose 2 cards each day, then briefly tell (or have them tell) the story on each card. Then have them choose which they would rather be and discuss why.

Be sure to find out the WHY behind the answer! It’s fun to get insights into why people choose what they do.

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Would You Rather …

  • Help translate the Book of Mormon
  • Help print the Book of Mormon
  • Attend the first General Conference
  • Attend the School of the Prophets
  • Help Emma establish the Relief Society
  • Be a missionary to the Lamanites
  • Be part of Zion’s Camp
  • Help establish Nauvoo
  • Rescue the Book of Commandments
  • Be at the Kirtland Temple dedication
  • Cross the plains with Brigham Young
  • Help build the Nauvoo Temple
  • Be with Joseph when Elijah restored the sealing power
  • Travel with the first missionaries to England

Any way you chose to use these fun cards, I hope they help bring a little life into your study of the Doctrine and Covenants and Church history.

As I Have Loved You – Free Printable Valentine’s Day FHE Lesson

As I Have Loved You – Free Printable Valentine’s Day FHE Lesson

Loving As The Savior Loves

Loving as the Savior does is the essence of the Gospel. This simple 5-Minute FHE lesson is a Family Home Evening lesson that provides discussion questions to help you find ways to show love just as the Savior did.

There’s also a cute printable to help your family find ways to show love to those around them. You can use the printable alone, or simply add in the discussion questions and you’ve got a 5-Minute FHE lesson!

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5-Minute FHE

What is a 5-Minute FHE?

It’s a simple lesson and printable that takes:

  • Less than 5 minutes to prep. Simply print out the printable and grab a few supplies you likely already have on hand.
  • About 5 minutes to carry out. The lessons are based on discussion questions that can be used with any age. Keep them short and simple for younger children or go into more detail and discussion for older children.
  • A discussion style of learning. Using questions rather than statements allows family members to more readily share their thoughts and feelings. For younger children, you can easily add pictures to the questions to help them visualize and can keep the discussion to just one or two questions you feel are most relevant.
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As I Have Loved You, Love One Another

Song: As I Have Loved You, Primary Songbook, pg. 136

 Discussion:

  • Show some pictures of Christ serving others from the Gospel Media Library.
  • Read John 13:34
  • How did Jesus show love to others?
  • How does Jesus show love to me?
  • Who can I show love to?
  • What can I do to show love to those around me?
  • Why is it important to show love like Jesus did?
  • How do I feel when I show love to others?
  • When is a time that someone showed love to me? How did I feel?
  • When is a time I showed love to someone else? How did I feel? How did they feel?

(for a discussion that involves a more hands-on activity, cut the question strips above and hide them around the room. Take turns finding them, then reading and discussing!)

Printable:

Think of ways you can show love to people around you. Write down something you will do this week in each of the areas. Color your paper and put it in a place where you can see it to help remind you to love like Jesus this week.

Treat Idea:

Make and decorate heart-shaped cookies. Deliver some extras to someone who can use some love!

May you have a joyful FHE as you learn to act in ways that show love as the Savior does. 

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