As I mentioned last week, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month which is why the blog background is pink. In celebration of the work so many are doing to eradicate breast cancer and as encouragement to take care of yourself with preventive care and self monitoring, I’m hosting a bra giveaway.
I thought a lot about how exactly to set this up. What I’ve decided is that I’m going to send a $50 Visa gift card to my winner. I sort of wanted to buy a Victoria’s Secret card but I know plenty of women (like me) who would much rather buy 3 bras at Target instead. If you win the card, you *must* send me a selfie of yourself (fully clothed) and your new bra. You can hold it, or wear it, or put it on your head. It can be a lacy, frilly, underwire confection or a sports bra: I don’t care as long as you have spent a little time taking care of your ta-ta’s. (My friend Katie, a breast cancer survivor, calls her breasts ta-ta’s and I love it.)
How to enter this contest: just leave a comment here, only one per person, please. Make sure your e-mail is part of your profile so I can contact you if you’re the winner. I’ll pick one winner with a random number generator. This contest will close on October 24 at midnight California time. Terms and conditions are subject to change at my whim
If you want to thank me for this giveaway, go get yourself a mammogram, schedule a check up with your GP, or at the very least, do a self check.
PS: I have to approve your comment before you can see it (cuz spam) so don’t worry if you leave a comment but you can’t see it right away.
My 16-year-old is having a great year in seminary. I’m so grateful for the time and effort his teacher puts in to helping create a spiritual experience for my kid. I think teaching Seminary is a grueling schedule, so I have a special appreciation for anyone who is serving our youth in this way.
In case you’re here looking for help for your seminary class, I wanted to point you to another resource that you might find useful: ericdrichards.com. He posts PowerPoint slideshows for the seminary lessons he prepares, along with lots of tips and ideas for managing a Seminary class. He also has some great scripture mastery quizzes, study helps, and class activities. Obviously, it’s great for seminary teachers, but I think there is lots to help anyone who is teaching the youth in Sunday School, Young Men, or Young Women. Brother Richards has also been working on an amazing list of “Seminary Teaching Tips,” which I think would be great for newly called seminary teachers. Stay tuned for a printable and post on that in a couple of weeks!
The Throwback Thursday item this week is a fabulous, complete set of CTR Lesson extras. They come attached to a little notepad and then they’re slipped into this great green folder. They look like they’re designed to be peeled off for various lessons during the year. It makes sense that this would be a relatively cost effective way to distribute worksheets before every ward had a photocopy or mimeograph machine. I don’t have a date, but the CTR logo started being used in 1970. Click through for images of the rest of the booklet–it’s lovely!
About ten years ago while we lived in Colorado I was a counselor in Young Women with a president named Julie Cox. She was a great YW leader! Once she taught a lesson about preparing for a career and kicked off the discussion with this Career Interest Inventory. I’ve kept a tattered photocopy for all these years and I knew at some point I would want to polish it up and share it here.
It’s not comprehensive or conclusive (no career quiz can *really* tell you what to do for the rest of your life) but I really like the lists of career opportunities and categories–I think they are eye opening. I also think self quizzes are a practical way to invite some self reflection.
This quiz would be useful for various lessons in Young Women or Young Men or for Family Home Evening. The printable is two full pages (copy them back to back if you can) and a page with two half-page sheets to make it easier to total up your answers.
As with all of the “super simple” tips I post, I wonder if it’s worth sharing because it’s so extremely simple! If nothing else, hopefully this one can be a reminder of just how simple Family Home Evening can be. Simple enough to actually execute, week after week.
After hearing the gentle prodding at conference a couple of weeks ago, Randy and I recommitted to Family Home Evening. We had fallen out of the habit after our move, but really, there are always plenty of reasons why FHE won’t fit into a busy family schedule. That’s just life. I’ve come to believe that being brave enough to try again even after failing repeatedly (at FHE, at daily scripture study, at family prayer, at home or visiting teaching) is the most essential quality of a Latter-day saint. Consistency is hard. We are bound to slip up. We just have to be willing to try and try again.
Anyway. I’m easing myself back into the routine with a super simple FHE: this is the way we used to hold Family Home Evening for years. We don’t have a family chart with FHE jobs. Usually what happens is I’m in the middle of making dinner and I ask the kid who is bugging his brother to please prepare the FHE lesson instead. That child chooses a picture from the gospel art kit, reads the corresponding scripture and prepares to tell the family the story in his own words. Actual prep time is about 3 minutes. If the kid is especially whiny, it could take up to 10 minutes.
We usually hold FHE right after dinner, when everyone is still in one place. Sometimes it’s even at the table before the plates have been cleared! We usually pray, sometimes we sing, sometimes another child gets to choose a family game to play (tag is a favorite–go figure), sometimes we have treats, but a lot of the time, it’s just the scripture story.
At least 50% of our Family Home Evenings are centered around Gospel Art pictures. I love these spiral bound versions available at Distribution (they’re great for a Sunday bag, too) and the Nursery manuals on the left are also fantastic for quick FHE lessons.
Based on box office numbers, most of you have already seen the movie Meet the Mormons! I read that President Monson suggested the title, based on a film he’d used for missionary work in the ’70’s. The book I’m posting for Throwback Thursday today was published first in 1965 by Deseret Book. It’s about 8.5 x 11 inches, 1/2 inch thick, in full color with nice glossy pages. I had heard that it was related to the Mormon Pavilion at the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York, but I haven’t been able to find any concrete evidence of that rumor.
It does seem like the World’s Fair impacted the church’s approach to missionary work in some ways: an article here at the Mormon Newsroom and here in the Church News are informative. It was after the World’s Fair that we started using replicas of the Christus statue. It was at the World’s Fair that they discovered how much it helped missionary work to pass out Book of Mormons (although at the time they sold them for .50 each!). Based on what I’ve read, it feels like the World’s Fair taught many leaders and future leaders the value of reaching people in their own language, metaphorically: with updated media materials and film instead of black and white pamphlets and dense charts. It feels like this book, Meet the Mormons, is an attempt to continue in that mode of proselytizing outreach. It’s generally quite light on text, especially compared to a lot of the stuff I’m reading from the 50’s. And it has plenty of pictures.
Click through for more golden vintage Mormonism…
I’ve noticed that several graphics for the 2015 youth theme are focusing on the first phrase of the scripture for the year, D&C 4:2 “O ye that embark…” But the part of the scripture I like the most is the admonition to “…serve him with all your heart, might, mind, and strength…”
I put together four badges that you could use to emphasize these four important qualities in Young Men or Young Women’s during 2015. You’ll notice that each badge has a short quote relating to the quality at hand.
I decided to keep “might” and “strength” separate. They overlap, of course, as all four of these qualities inevitably do. I think you could emphasize the importance of consistency, effort, and focus for a disciple of Christ during a study of “might.” Strength could be more about muscular Christianity and the power afforded followers of Christ. I think they are better as two separate topics.
Or if you’d like each badge, individually, you can click to download them below. They are jpegs. Save them to your computer and you can insert them into whatever project you’re working on.
Of course, there are hundreds of great ways you could study this scripture and each of these four qualities. On a ward level, you could focus on each one during a combined YW/YM fifth Sunday meeting. These four qualities could provide a framework for the four 5th Sundays next year: March 29, May 31, August 30, and November 29.
I found four talks that coordinate well with each of the four qualities:
Heart: Serve the Lord with Love, Thomas S. Monson, Feb 2014
Might: Lift Where You Stand, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Oct 2008
Mind: First Observe, Then Serve, Linda K. Burton, Oct 2012
Strength: Personal Strength Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, Richard G. Scott, Oct 2013
Later this week or early next, I’ll post a printable with the talk and the badge together in one place.
Logistically, on the 5th Sunday, assign one youth to summarize and explain the talk to the rest of the group. Have a Young Men’s and Young Women’s leader also be prepared to spend 3 minutes discussing the talk at hand, along with implications from the talk or personal experiences with the subject. If you’re concerned about filling the time, you could come up with a handful of questions to hand out and ask your youth, or further tease apart the talk and give out quotes to your youth to read and discuss.
In a similar way, you could easily use these four qualities as the starting point for youth training at a stake level (with your youth Stake Reps), in BYC, or in class presidency meetings. You could even use these four qualities as a starting point for a stake or ward youth conference.
These would be easy to adapt for Family Home Evening, especially if you have older children who are interacting with D&C 4:2 as their theme at church.
Also, there are a few talks below that I like as a fit for each quality but didn’t quite make the cut, in case you’d like to use them as well.
O Ye That Embark, Henry D. Eyring, Oct 2008
Consecrate Thy Performance, Neal A. Maxwell, April 2002 I think this would work well for “mind” or “might”
And With All They Mind, John W. Welch, BYU Speeches, Sept 2003 This one is exceptionally on point for “mind” but it’s quite long and dense
Have you left a comment to enter yourself in the $50 bra giveaway? Go do it! Super fast, great odds, cool prize.
The rest of this week I have a few graphics that go along with the 2015 theme for the Young Women and Young Men. Today I’m sharing the theme scripture on a black and white graphics that would be simple to resize, photocopy, and reuse. I’m thinking binder covers, mini-posters to hang in your YM/YW rooms, or even save it as a jpeg and text to your youth to use as their phone background.
I like the idea of teasing this scripture apart into Heart, Might, Mind and Strength. I’ll have a coordinating badge for each of these four plus a talk that better illustrates the quality. You’ll see. It will be cool and you could easily use them as a way to coordinate youth training or 5th Sunday curriculum. Come back tomorrow and check it out.
Let me give you another idea of one of the million things you could do with this little graphic:
New binder covers! Photocopy them onto a fun neon yellow cardstock for more of a punch. You could even use this as letterhead paper for all your BYC and YW/YM Class Presidency meetings to keep your yearly theme in mind. There’s a PDF below with the D&C 4:2 scripture badge sized as you see above.
I’ll be honest, I am partial to the black and white. But if you’re craving a color version of this logo, check this out.
I’m on a mission to update all Sacrament Meeting Program covers everywhere, so I’m posting four covers today that would be easy to print and photocopy. They are related to gratitude and thanksgiving for fall.
If I were printing these from home, I’d add the name of my ward at the top (you know, like “Sego Canyon Ward Sacrament Meeting”). I left the “sacrament meeting” on top so you can see what I have in mind. The script font is Lucida Calligraphy (the two on the right). The font on the bottom left is Charlemagne Standard. The top left font is Adobe Garamond Pro.
Click for each individual cover below, starting from the top left cover going clockwise.
Are you going to see Meet the Mormons in theaters this Friday? You definitely should. The more people buy tickets this weekend, the more likely that the movie will stick around for next weekend! I think it’s a once in a lifetime chance to see a movie like this at your local theater, especially if you’re outside the Mormon corridor where Mormon-themed films aren’t usually booked. This film is also different because it’s funded and backed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the first of it’s kind with this kind of promotion and release. Exciting!
In the spirit of Church-funded media, I dug up these old articles from The Children’s Friend in 1955 featuring a Primary Television program! See–the Mormons have always been on the cutting edge when it comes to new media.
The photos are fantastic, but take a minute to read through the copy. It sounds a like a different voice: like it was written by, say, a KSL salesman instead of Children’s Friend editors like Lavern Parmley. Ha.
Yodeling! Wow, do I love the last few sentences from this piece: “Why don’t we all try very hard to be united in brotherhood and love everyone and see how happy we’ll be? Don’t forget to watch the JUNIOR COUNCIL program on Television on station KTVT channel 4 every Saturday!”