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President Kimball 1980
“I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to your families, to your children, your grandchildren, and others, on through the generations. Each of us is important to those who are new and dear to us and as our posterity read of our life’s experiences, they, too, will come to know and love us. And in that glorious day when our families are together in the eternities, we will already be acquainted.”
It’s Date Night! Here is my list that I have added to for years.
1. Bake cookies
2. Visit an art gallery
3. Browse through a book store or the library
4. Go for a walk
5 . Volunteer at an animal shelter
6. Movie Night
7. Watch a movie at home and order take-out
8. Spa Night at home
9. Go biking
10. Go play on a playground at a park
11. Go hiking
12. Go tubing in a stream/river
13. Make kites
14. Have a 99 cent date…don’t spend more!
15. Eat dinner with odd utensils. Spaghetti is hilarious!
16. Make and take treats to neighbors
17. Take a dance class
18. Have dinner at a campground (or breakfast)
19. Play a board game
20. Run a 5K or do a relay
21. Double date with your parents
22. Have a ping pong or pool tournament, or darts
23. Go rollerblading
24. Picnic at a park
25. Have a water balloon fight
26. Have a whip cream war at a park –you each get a can a whipped cream
27. Bake bread together
28. Go out for breakfast
29. Go to a sporting event
30. Kidnap your date
31. Visit a hospital and cheer someone up
32. Sunrise hike and breakfast
33. Go horseback riding
34. See your city by bus
35. Play night games with friends
36. Go on a double date with siblings
37. Have a BBQ
38. Go to a children’s museum
39. Make homemade ice cream
40. Go to a concert
41. Lazer Tag
42. Go paintballing
43. Berry picking at a local farm
44. Day trip to a waterfall, visitor’s center, historic site, …
45. Try something you have never tried before
46. Egg or water balloon toss
47. Tandem bikes
48. Go play tennis
49. Boomerangs or Frisbees at a park
50. Disco roller skating
51. Ice block
52. Go on a helicopter or hot air balloon ride
53. Go for a walk in the rain, or go puddle jumping
54. Go sledding
55. Outdoor movie projected on your house
56. Carnival or amusment park
57. Go swimming
58. Go to a water park
59. Public Garden tour
60. Go to a zoo or an aviary
61. Indoor trampoline or gymnastics place
62. Go dance in a parking lot with music from your car
63. Have a Wii tournament
64. Star gazing or find out when the next meteor shower is in your area
65. Miniature golf
66. Go to a restaurant you have never tried before
68. Exercise together
69. Visit city fountains
70. Ski or snowboarding
71. Canoe or kayak together
72. Go water skiing
73. Habitat for Humanity—go build together
74. Ice Skating
75. Scuba diving
76. Golf or driving range
77. Take a factory tour
78. Play croquet in the dark with flashlights, or use glow stick necklaces as the hoops
79. Segway tours
80. Pizza party –make your own, as a group date
81. Take a class together (painting, photography, …)
82. Fondue party
83. Sundae making contest
84. Feed ducks at a park
85. Play volleyball
87. Rock climb
88. Recreate your first date
89. Progressive dinner with friends
90. Garden together
91. Cross Country skiing
92. Walk around a college campus
93. Play basketball
95. Wash your car together
96. Jet ski
97. Build a snowman
98. Go carts
99. Fly a kite
100. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or a shelter
101. Have a cook-off with specific ingredients
102. Build a snowman
103. See who can find the best item under $10 at garage sales
104. Carve pumpkins
105. Go to an arcade
106. Batting cages
107. Watch homemade movies together
108. Go to the Drive-In
109. Find a DIY project to do together
110. Go to a play
111. Roast s’mores over a fire
112. Horse carriage through the city
113. Go to a farmer’s market
114. Go to a shooting range
115. Visit an orchard
116. Go to an air show
117. Give each other foot massages
118. Go camping
119. Go together to get a massage
120. Transform an old piece of furniture
121. Go to a farmer’s market
122. Petting zoo or a pet store
123. Geo caching
124. Go to a pottery class or sculpting class
125. Go to a hobby store and find something new to try
126. Have a theme night
128. Go on a nature trail
129. Visit a local bakery
130. Bring flowers to a Care Center
131. Decorate cakes or cupcakes together
132. Visit an aquarium
133. Make a list of things you love about each other
134. Go on a riverboat cruise
135. Do puzzles together
136. Rent a convertible for a day
137. Go to a comedy club
138. Potluck dinner with friends
139. Play racquetball
140. Visit a museum
Life was not meant to be bottled up forever. This jar is jam-packed with deliciously interesting questions to inspire you to celebrate something very important, you!
RECIPE: Combine a generous slice of your life history with a dash of nostalgia and several cups of facts and feelings.
If you will follow this simple recipe, you will find you have a delicious, personal history. All you need to do is draw out one slip of paper at least once a week. Paste the question to the top of a blank piece of paper and begin to tell all about it. Spend a few minutes and enjoy remembering. Tell your story.
Describe a favorite childhood friend and some fun things you did with her.
Where did you live as a child? (city, country, suburb…)
How many brothers and sisters did you have? Describe them. Tell a story about you and each of them.
What things do you enjoy doing today that you also enjoyed as a child?
What color was your house, your bedroom, your living room as a child?
Do you remember any of your four grandparents? Any great-grandparents? What were their names? Any memories you may have?
Describe getting a Christmas tree with your family as a child, how did you decorate it, when did you put it up, etc..
Describe your Sundays.
Tell about your mother—personality, characteristics, stature, talents, family stores about her., etc.
What is the most important lesson, message, or advice you’ve learned that you’d like to pass on for others to profit by?
What are you favorites: colors, flowers, food, activities, hobbies?
Do you remember any special feelings you had as a child? Fears, fantasies,…etc?
Describe your favorite dress/outfit.
Describe the downtown of your Childhood at Christmas time.
Tell about your favorite aunt.
Tell about any ancestors you know about, dates, names, (for historical purposes) & any stories about them.
What church callings have you had? Which did you enjoy the most?
Tell about a frustrating experience you have had.
Describe a childhood birthday.
How do you feel about winning? Losing?
Tell about family reunions.
Did you have a childhood hide-out? Where? Describe it.
What is your advice to those younger than you?
Did you go camping? Tell about your experiences.
What is your favorite book? What do books mean to you?
What were your father’s best traits? His worst?
What are your food preferences and how did they come about?
What games did you play in your home or neighborhood?
What was your most (really) embarrassing moment?
Tell about a favorite vacation from your childhood.
Write your testimony of the gospel.
Tell about religion practiced in your home,…faith promoting stories, etc.
Do you have a favorite general authority? Who and why?
How did you feel about school?
Were you ever in a drama, speech, sports, pep, or glee club? Tell about it.
Do you recall any outstanding family trips or summer outings you experienced as a child?
Describe the most serious illness you have had.
What are you frightened of? Why?
Have you met or worked with any famous people? Where? When?
What are you most precious and deeply embedded values?
Describe your mother’s wedding dress. What do you know about her wedding?
What is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
If you could be an animal, which one would you choose and why?
Where is the most exciting place you have been? What made it exciting?
What would you like to be remembered for?
What personality trait do you admire most and why?
What do you think about movies? What is your favorite movie and why?
Tell about a special date you had with a boyfriend, your fiancé. Describe a typical day
during your High School years.
What is your greatest joy? Your greatest sorrow?
Tell about handed-down talents, things your parents taught you,…etc
Did you have a favorite TV show as a child or youth? Describe it.
What did you do as a child that got you into the most trouble with your parents? How did they handle it?
Tell about the house(s) you lived in during your childhood. Do you remember addresses or phone numbers?
Do you have a favorite author? Who? Why? Tell about favorite books as a child.
Tell about your own family traditions: Christmas, birthdays, graduation, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, hunting, funerals, Mothers Day, weddings, etc.
What special things did you do with your father?
Tell about all of the placed you’ve worked.
Describe a typical day as a child in elementary school.
What do you fantasize about being or doing?
Where was a favorite place to go with your family when you were young?
Did it snow where you lived as a child? What kings of things did you do in it?
Did you have a bicycle? What was it like?
What did you feel has been the most significant world event that has taken place during
your lifetime and why?
What kids of extracurricular activities did you participate in school?
Describe your conversion to the gospel.
Describe your first home/apartment as a young couple.
Write a want ad that describes your husband/wife.
What kind of lesson do you wish you could have taken (piano, violin…etc..).?
What lessons did you take as a child that have carried over in your adult life?
Describe your first “crush”. What was he/she like?
What were your fears, expectations, anticipations about getting married?
Were you responsible for any household chores and what were they? Which did you enjoy the most? least enjoy?
What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you?
What is the most trying experience that ever happened to you?
What do you remember about the day you were baptized?
Do you like rain storms? Why or why not?
Do you remember a special birthday party you’ve had given to been to?
Do you have a favorite general authority? Who and why?
How did you become engaged?
What is the one invention you could not live without and why?
What is your advice to those younger than you?
What special things did you do with your mother?
Did you and your father share any interests? Tell about your relationship.
What kind of music do you like?
Tell about any pets you had as a child.
Tell about your early romances.
Tell about your teenage social life.
Tell the words of a song from your childhood. What memories does it bring?
Tell about any conditions surrounding your birth that you are aware of. Tell any interesting
stories about your beginnings. (How your name was chosen).
What do you feel is the most significant world event that has taken place during your lifetime and why?
Describe your yard as a child. Did you help with yard work?
Tell about how, when and where you learned to drive.
Was there a teacher or class that had a great influence on you?
Did you go to college or take any vocational training?
How did you first meet your in-laws?
What is the biggest lesson in life you found to be true?
Tell about your grandchildren—how many? Names? How do you feel about being a grandparent?
What church jobs did your parents have? What do you remember about their church
Tell about the changes you have seen in your lifetime: society, technology, fashion, fads, morality, politics…etc…
Tell something about each of your children; their personalities, their talents, their traits that make them different and special.
Tell about your civic or political activities.
One word on how to live successfully.
Tell about your life as the children left home—new interests, employment, moves,
Tell about anniversaries.
How did you like being the oldest, youngest, or middle child?
Tell a courtship story about your parents.
Tell about retirement.
Did you have roommates or companions? Tell about them and the things you learned living with others.
Do you like to go to the theater? Opera? Symphony?
What is your child-rearing philosophy?
What is your secret for good health?
Are there any family heirlooms in your possession? Tell about them and how you came to acquire them.
How did your mother spend her time?
What was your favorite Saturday activity as a child?
What makes each of your brothers and sisters special? Be specific.
What is your favorite scripture? Why?
What brings the most peace and why?
Where would you like to vacation the most and why?
Did you belong to girl/boy scouts or 4-H?
Do you have a close relationship with any of your grandparents? Tell about it.
Share a principle you have learned, or one you have taught.
What is the most adventuresome thing you have ever done?
Did you have a favorite subject in school? One you dreaded?
What do you remember about shopping with your mother? Any particular store?
What is your favorite holiday? How do you celebrate?
What did your father do for a living?
How old were you and your husband when you were married? Describe plans and hopes at that time.
Tell about the birth of each of your children.
What political party comes closest to representing your own point of view?
Did you have a favorite toy as a child? Did it have a name? What memories are connected with it?
Do you have a special high school or college memory?
I am constantly looking for fun things for kids to do, especially to prevent them from sitting in front of a screen (ipad, TV, computer,…) when they are bored. Here is one of my lists I keep around for my kids.
FUN THINGS TO DO FOR KIDS
fly a kite
make up a skit & videotape it
play with bubbles
play hide and seek
make a popsicle in the freezer using your favorite drink
bubble-gum blowing contest
catch 5 different kinds of bugs
read a book
help mom plan the weekly menu
feed the birds bread heels
make a puppet from a paper bag
wash your bike
find five really cool rocks
go to the edge of a golf course & hunt for golf balls
clean your bedroom closet
watermelon seed spitting contest
lay on the grass & look at clouds
re-arrange your room
play in a sandbox & dig a tunnel
get a tape measure & measure different things around the house
make a wish list of places you want to visit this summer
put together a puzzle
make a fort–with couch cushions, boxes, a table, bunkbeds…
have a picnic
make homemade ice cream
write a letter to a grandparent
get a group of friends together & play night games
write a letter to a cousin
make romper-stompers from cans and string
play in the puddles after a heavy rain
hide an “I love you” note under someone’s pillow
play with play dough
make something out of a toilet paper roll
make up a song & tape record it
make your own matching cards
what can you do with an egg carton
go on a walk
go to the library
make a macaroni necklace
catch a butterfly
play on the computer
make a collage of things freeze grapes for a snack
pop popcorn–go outside & see if you can catch a piece in your mouth
run through the sprinklers
fill up squirt bottles with water & have a water fight outside
cook something new
pick up trash in your neighborhood
watch a video
visit someone who is lonely
collect several leaves and make a leaf rubbing with crayons
play mail carrier with old junk mail from Mom
plant a seed–watch it grow
trace a friend onto large paper
draw a picture of something in your house
read about your favorite hero
get permission to pick flowers for a dinner centerpiece
paint your fingernails
start a collection of something
go to a movie
make up a dance routine
have a talent show
listen to music
start a club
look at family pictures
sit and think
go for a bike ride
spend time with your pet
eat a juicy fruit
make flash cards & practice math
play button, button, who’s got the button
play I Spy
paint with water on the sidewalk
pull ten weeds from your yard or garden
make a list of your ten favorite foods
draw your own comic strip
read a book to a younger sibling
shoot some hoops-play a game of horse
build something from blocks
play Cat’s in the Cradle with a piece of string
design future house
make paper windmills
make bookmarks — with stamps
make finger puppets
teach a song in a different language
clean liter in park
play with helicopter seeds
carve something out of soap
plant flowers / garden
make goodies for other people
In Massachusetts, it`s against the law to put tomatoes in clam chowder.
In Kentucky, there is a law that a person has to take a bath at least once a year.
In the state of Colorado, if your cat goes outside loose it has to wear a tail light.
In Massachusetts, no gorilla is allowed in the backseat of any car.
An Alaska law is that you can`t look at a moose from an air plane.
In North Dakota, it is illegal to lie down to sleep with your shoes or socks on.
In North Carolina, it`s against the law for cats and dogs to get in a fight.
In Arkansas, it’s against the law to mispronounce the name of the state (AR-kan–saw).
In Virginia, the law says that chickens cannot lay eggs before 8:00 a.m., and have to be done before 4:00 p.m.
President Thomas S. Monson: “My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith. I declare that God lives and that He hears and answers our prayers. His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior and our Redeemer. Heaven’s blessings await us.”
Henry B. Eyring: “We knew our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son before we came into this life. We felt peace with Them then, and we long to be with Them again, with our families and those we love.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf: “I testify that God is in His heaven. He lives. He knows and loves you. He is mindful of you. He hears your prayers and
knows the desires of your heart. He is filled with infinite love for you.”
Boyd K. Packer: “I bear testimony that Jesus is the Christ. He lives. He directs and leads this Church. Of this I bear solemn testimony.”
L. Tom Perry: “I know that God lives. I know that we are all His children and that He loves us. I know that He sent His Son to the world to be an atoning sacrifice for all mankind, and those who embrace His gospel and follow Him will enjoy eternal life, the greatest of all gifts of God.”
Russell M. Nelson: “Wherever I walk, it is my divine calling and sacred privilege to bear fervent testimony of Jesus the Christ. He lives! I love him. Eagerly I follow him, and willingly I offer my life in his service. As his special witness, I solemnly teach of him. I testify of him.”
Dallin H. Oaks: “I testify that He lives and loves us. I testify that as the Light and Life of the World, He has provided the way for us to return to our heavenly home to enjoy the associations and highest blessings of God our Eternal Father, even eternal life, the greatest of all the gifts of God.”
M. Russell Ballard: “This is His gospel. He lived for us, and He died for us, because He loves us. I love Him more deeply and powerfully than I can find words to express. He is my Lord, my Savior, my Redeemer, and my friend.”
Richard G. Scott: “I testify that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is a resurrected being of perfect love and compassion. I witness that He gave His life that we might live eternally with Him and our Father in Heaven and our loved ones…. I know that the Savior lives.”
|Robert D. Hales: “I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that He guides and directs His Church by revelation through His prophet in this very day and time. If we will have faith in our Savior, He will see us through our trials. He lives and knows and loves each one of us. He so much wants to bless us if we will come unto Him.”|
Jeffrey R. Holland: “I testify that Jesus is the Christ. I testify of His prophets, seers, and revelators… are at work now, under the guidance of the Savior of us all, in and for our very needful day.”
David A. Bednar: “I declare my apostolic witness that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ, our living Redeemer and Savior…The heavens are not closed. God speaks to us individually and to the world through the authorized leaders of His latter-day kingdom upon the earth.”
Quentin L. Cook: “I, with you, am eternally grateful to Jesus Christ, the rescuer of mankind. I bear witness that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world.”
D. Todd Christofferson: “I testify that through Christ you will become holy, as He and our Father are holy. I know Jesus Christ as the living, resurrected Son of God.”
Neil L. Andersen: “I do know with perfect and certain clarity through the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, the Beloved Son of God.”
My aunt has so much family history information that it is very overwhelming to try to read it all.
I decided to make a Family History book called One-Page-Biographies. It took a while to condense to the most important information, but I shortened my ancestors histories to something that is easy to read, even for my kids.
Some ancestors I didn’t know much about, so I included anything I could find. If I didn’t have a photo of them, I included a little picture of where they were from.
I divided my book into four sections, one for each grandparent line. I included a pedigree chart at the beginning of each section with that grandparent at the beginning of the pedigree.
I am grateful to get to know my ancestors better and see their strengths as they went through their individual hardships. My love for them has increased.
This book has proved very helpful when needing to look up a specific ancestor story, or to see similarities in appearances (see photo of my brother and my ancestor who look alike).
I made a copy of this book for my siblings, with sheet protectors, so I email them more ancestors as I find them and they can update their binder anytime.
As I started working on this book, things fell into place. I was able to find more pictures than I thought I would and others were more than helpful to share information they had.
It is not difficult to understand why the great God of heaven has reserved these special spirits for the final work of the kingdom prior to his millennial reign… This generation will face trials and troubles that will exceed those of their pioneer forebears. Our generation has had periods of some respite from the foe. The future generation will have little or none… This is a chosen generation… I believe todays’ [Church’s youth] will lead the youth of the world through the most trying time in history. VAUGHN J. FEATHERSTONE
I meet young people everywhere who are wonderful and faithful; youth who want to do the right thing and who indicate the reality of what I have been saying for a long time, that we’ve never had a better generation of young people in the Church than we have today. They are faithful. They are active. They’re knowledgeable. They are a great generation, notwithstanding the environment in which many of them are growing up. GORDON B. HINCKLEY
Truly, my dear young friends, you are a chosen generation. I hope you will never forget it. I hope you will never take it for granted. I hope there will grow in your hearts an overpowering sense of gratitude to God, who has made it possible for you to come upon the earth in this marvelous season of the world’s history. GORDON B. HINCKLEY
…I return to Peter’s great statement as I make a plea and offer – a challenge: ‘Ye are a chosen generation.’ How very true that is. Notwithstanding all of the problems that we have, this, I believe, is the greatest age in the history of the world. And you young people of this generation are a part of it. You are the beneficiaries of it. Its fruits are here to bless your lives if you will grasp them and live worthy of them… Truly, my dear young friends, you are a chosen generation. I hope you will never forget it. I hope you will never take it for granted. I hope there will grow in your hearts an overpowering sense of gratitude to God, who has made it possible for you to come upon the earth in this marvelous season of the world’s history. GORDON B. HINCKLEY
For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the Second Coming. Every previous gospel dispensation has drifted into apostasy, but ours will not…. God has saved for the final inning some of his strongest children, who will help bear off the kingdom triumphantly. And that is where you come in, for you are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God….” Make no mistake about it you are a marked generation. EZRA TAFT BENSON
All through the ages prophets have looked down through the corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on us. Make no mistake about it…this is a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short time than there is of us. EZRA TAFT BENSON
…this generation of [youth] is going to do deeds never done before. You are going to accomplish the seemingly impossible because you are on His errand. Your generation will fight the greatest army of Satanic hosts ever assembled. You will be severely out numbered. You will need a deep and abiding faith in Christ to survive-and you will survive. The Lord and his servants will triumph, we do know that. Letter to the Youth of the Church, 9 May 1981
My brothers and sisters, we are a chosen generation. This is the greatest season in the history of the world and we have been blessed to come forward at this time, this greatest of times, of discovery. This is the grandest age of all. During my lifetime, there have been more scientific discoveries than in all the generations that preceded it, and you and I are upon the earth at this time. Beyond all this, we live in a time when the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored. This is the dispensation of the fullness of times, when all that the Lord placed upon the earth in prior generations has come forth in this generation, to bless those of us who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. How thankful we ought to be! How anxious we ought to be to do that which the Lord would have us do. Out of the gratitude which we have in our hearts, we ought to be willing to do anything that He asks us–to live the Word of Wisdom, to pay our tithes and offerings to be active in the Church, to carry responsibilities, to reach out to those who come into the Church and help them and friendship them that they may remain true and faithful. My brothers and sisters, “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood. GORDON B. HINCKLEY
You are of the finest generation that has come to earth. You have prepared yourself well in the premortal existence and have been selected to come forth in this singularly important time in the unfolding of Father in Heaven’s plan. I am deeply moved to be in your presence. I realize that the majority of you do not have the slightest idea of how truly capable, noble, and wonderful you are. RICHARD G. SCOTT 1996
Though we have rightly applauded our ancestors for their spiritual achievements (and do not and must not discount them now), those of us who prevail today will have done no small thing. The special spirits who have been reserved to live in this time of challenges and who overcome will one day be praised for their stamina by those who pulled handcarts. NEAL A. MAXWELL
The simple fact is that our Father did not recommend Eve or Moses or Nephi or countless other magnificent exemplars for this dispensation—He recommended you and me. Do you think God would have left the last days to chance by sending men and women He couldn’t count on? A common theme of patriarchal blessings given to men and women your age is that you were sent now because our Father’s most trustworthy children would be needed in the final, decisive battle for righteousness. That is who you are, and it is who you have always been. SHERI DEW
God has reserved spirits for this dispensation who have the courage and determination to face the world, and all the powers of the evil one, visible and invisible, to proclaim the Gospel, and maintain the truth, and establish and build up the Zion of our God, fearless of all consequences. He has sent these spirits in this generation to lay the foundation of Zion never more to be overthrown, and to raise up a seed that will be righteous, and that will honor God, and honor him supremely, and be obedient to him under all circumstances. GEORGE Q. CANNON (Frist Presidency)
God reserved spirits for this dispensation who would have the courage and the determination to face the world and all the powers of the evil one…and who would build up the Zion of our God, fearless of all consequences. SHERI DEW
We are entering the final stages of a great war. And because of your personal history, you were entrusted to come to the earth in these last days to do again what you did before—to once again choose good over evil, exercise exceedingly great faith, and perform good works—and to do so in behalf of the kingdom of God on the earth and your fellowman! JAMES J. HAMULA
God has saved for the final inning some of His strongest … children, who will help bear off the kingdom triumphantly. THOMAS S. MONSON
Ours is the responsibility to be worthy of all the glorious blessings our Father in Heaven has in store for us. THOMAS S. MONSON
You are … of great faith. You brought your faith with you when you came to the earth. Alma teaches us that in the premortal realms you exhibited “exceeding faith and good works.” You fought with your faith and testimony to defend the plan that was presented by God. You knew the plan was good, and you knew that the Savior would do what He said He would do—because you knew Him! You stood with Him, and you were eager for your opportunity to come to earth. You knew what was going to be required of you. You knew it would be difficult, and yet you were confident not only that you could accomplish your divine mission but that you could make a difference.
You are “choice spirits who were reserved to come forth in the fulness of times to take part in laying the foundations of the great latter-day work, including the building of the temples and the performance of ordinances therein.”
You cannot be a generation of young women who are content to fit in. You must have the courage to stand out, to “arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations.” ELAINE S. DALTON
Do you think for a moment that Heavenly Father would have sent one of His children to this earth by accident, without the possibility of a significant work to perform?…
My dear friends, you are a royal generation. You were preserved to come to the earth in this time for a special purpose. Not just a few of you, but all of you. There are things for each of you to do that no one else can do as well as you. …If you will let Him, I testify that our Father in Heaven will walk with you through the journey of life and inspire you to know your special purpose here. H. BURKE PETERSON
When my children were younger, I made an ABC book for them comprised of family
photos. My kids loved it. It was about 4″ x 5 1/2″, coiled on the side. Here are
a few pages:
love My Best Week calendar! It saves me so much time and energy, as well as
keeps me on track with what I need to be doing and to remember the ‘bigger
I have a blank copy here so you can see how I’ve set it up. My
copy is usually pretty full, with the kids schedules as well.
print this each week as I add to it our schedules and menus, and then I keep a
folder copy in my purse. That way I can remember everywhere my kids are
supposed to be, as well as have it to review when I’m sitting in my car waiting
for kids to get out of school.
I have my Goals and my To Do list that I type
into my calendar and they stay on the file until I have accomplished them.
Everything in this calendar is typed, so I can just update my week instead of
I find that if I spread my cleaning schedule out
through out my week, it’s less overwhelming. Also, if I deepclean one thing each
week, it makes it easier to stay on top of the housework.
If we are running
low on something, I type it in my Errands box, and the next time I am near that
store, I don’t have to try to remember everything I needed. It helps me
consolidate my errands as well. This weekly calendar is a sanity saver for me.
I have a yearly calendar book that I refer to when I add in the new weeks schedule.
You can add highlighter from Word if it’s something urgent, or colored text to liven things up. It’s great for keeping track of things that happen every week, like piano lessons, spelling tests,… They can just stay on the calendar.
President Ezra Taft Benson has offered ten specific suggestions for mothers as they guide their precious children:
I wonder if having unplanned and infrequent family home evenings will be enough to fortify ourselves and our children with sufficient moral strength to meet the complexities of our day. Infrequent family scripture study may be inadequate to arm ourselves and our children with the virtue necessary to withstand the moral decay of the environment in which we live.
Where in the world will we learn chastity, integrity, honesty, and basic human decency if not at home? These values will, of course, be reinforced at church, but teaching them in family home evening can be particularly consistent and effective. To combat the world’s evil influences, we need the strength that comes from family home evening. . . .
If we go forward with our family home evenings, our homes will be enriched, our wards and branches will grow and prosper, our lives will be purified, and the gates of hell will not prevail against us.
-Elder James E Faust
Place vegetables and broth in saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and cook until vegetables are tender~8 minutes. Mix milk, cornstarch, salt, pepper, and thyme; add to cooked vegetables. Cook, stirring constantly, until soup is slightly thickened and mixture just begins to boil . Remove from heat. Add cheese and stir until melted. Makes 4 one cup servings.