Young Men and Young Women
I like the way my “Choose the Rite” logo tag turned out so I’m sharing it here. It’s meant to be attached to a bottle or can of Sprite! I am using one that is black and white printed on yellow card stock (clean and cheap, just the way I like it).
There’s a full size version PDF below (if you want the jpeg, just right click on the image above and save it, sweetie). There’s also a full page version with nine of these images per page that you could easily cut into nine separate tags. Easy.
Are you into the full color? It’s available below.
We give a small token gift to our Primary kids on their birthday! In 2014 we did pencils and silicone CTR rings. Last year we did these fun whack-a-pack self inflating balloons. This year every kid is getting a vinyl CTR sticker in one form or another. I ordered them from Heather at JDM Designs. They were inexpensive (about $25 for 100 vinyl stickers). Email her for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
My original idea was to give everyone a block with the CTR sticker on it. Something decorative you could put by your bedside or at your desk–something that would just show up around the house and remind kids to choose the right. But when my 11-year-old saw the vinyl sticker he wanted to stick it on his phone, on his mirror, on his notebook. Basically he was way more interested in the vinyl sticker and way less interested in the block. So I quickly switched gears and decided to give the Senior Primary the vinyl sticker itself… with a small can of Sprite, just to make it fun.
And that’s why I have “Remember to Choose the …rite” gift tags 🙂
I had a request for a scripture poster for the youth theme for 2017. This version doesn’t even have a title because the theme for the youth this year is just “Ask.” Check out the details on lds.org. So this is just the first page of James blown up to poster size. Available below in 18 x 24 and 24 x 36 poster sizes in case you want to use it in your Young Women or Young Men’s room. Obviously I would use a marker, colored pencil, or some cool washi tape to mark verses 5 and 6.
About five years ago I put together this super simple Service advent for my family and posted it on my personal family blog. I still really like it. It is so simple and every single activity is inexpensive (or free) and quick. Because at the beginning of December I have lots of energy for extra festivities. But by the end I am just hanging on, getting the essentials finished up.
This calendar is perfect for busy families because it is so simple. I thought carefully about each day’s service activity: I think each one can be completed by a child (about 8+) with very little help from an adult. More importantly, I think the small but meaningful service activities could really add to the spirit of peace and giving that we are all striving for at Christmas time.
It would be perfect for a Primary class, Family Home Evening, and even useful with the Young Women or Young Men.
One of the first projects I shared on The Mormon Home was our ward Priesthood Preview–about two years ago! Those printables were overdue for an update and I really like the new look I’m sharing here today. Feel free to use for your ward, print, and share!
The main look is the same across the printable set and there are several options. First the invitation. An email or Evite works well, but I am always a fan of printing something on paper to be sure everyone has the relevant information. There are two options. One is four per page, a sort of post card, made to copy front to back. You fill in the Date, Time, and Location with a pen. Old school!
The second is also mean to be copied front to back and then cut and folded in half. More like a standard invitation.
At the Priesthood Preview, I usually make the agenda or “program” that is handed out at the door. I made a super simple letter head style see that you can fill in with your own agenda. I included ours below so you can see how we run our Priesthood Preview. The PDF you can download is blank (like on the right side) except for the top black letterhead section.
I like to give this handout to the boys. These are five “To Do” items that are found in the Faith in God booklet. They are meant to be completed in preparation for priesthood ordination. These handouts are two per page, meant to be cut in half. We also give the boys a For the Strength of Youth pamphlet, a True to the Faith booklet, a Duty to God booklet and sometimes a Preach My Gospel mini-book.
Finally, I added something new! A bunch of quotes and scriptures about the Aaronic Priesthood with the same “look.” They would make a great backdrop behind the refreshment table or at the front of the room. You could hang them from a string, banner style. There are 6 that are standard letter size and four that are tabloid (11×17). You’ll probably need to get the 11×17 ones printed at the copy shop. I think they would look great in a sort of puzzle together.
I had a request for a one page compilation of the summary statements and images. Voila 🙂 Click here for the PDF.
I got a sweet plea from a dedicated Seminary teacher to put together the New Testament Doctrinal Mastery flashcards! Here they are. The first 7 pages are the images and the doctrinal summary, the next 7 pages are the scriptural references.
The flashcards are designed to fit a quarter page. There is tons of white space to make it super easy to photocopy front to back. Even if your copy machine or printer is a little off, you should still be just fine.
I designed them the same way as last year: the references are reversed so that they will photocopy correctly (I hope my image above with the numbers makes sense). Let me know if you have any questions!
My Mormonism runs deep in my bones: it is the faith of my fathers. My life’s work–my children–is bearing the fruit of this faith. Undeniably one of the more unique aspects of my religion is the doctrine of family. A child of divorced parents, a great-great-great-grandchild of polygamists and pioneers: my understanding of family has been subject to a mature interpretation of Mormonism itself. Capturing the clarity of our doctrine on family while simultaneously allowing room for the complexity of true family life is this lovely book by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding, the authors of Girls Who Choose God.
The book is not a narrative story: it’s organized around fifteen key ideas that would easily lend themselves to lessons for Family Home Evening, Primary Sharing Time or Visiting Teaching. Short paragraphs support these key ideas, reinforced by quotes from leaders. Similar to their earlier books, each key idea also includes questions that provoke discussion and thought. For example, in the section titled “Families Creat and Celebrate,” the questions include: How do you create with your family? What is one of your favorite family traditions? And, what tradition would you like to start? The quote is from Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Our birthright… is to seek and experience eternal happiness. One of the ways we find this is by creating things….Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before–colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.”
It’s hard to over exaggerate how lovely the illustrations are, all by Caitlin Connolly. Each one is imbued with rich symbolism and imagery that complements the key idea at hand. The art is a stark departure from much recent work for LDS children. It is so much more brave and opinionated. It reminds me of the kind of art work in My Turn on Earth: memorable, evocative and bold. Highly stylized, but purposeful. I love it.
Our Heavenly Family, Our Earthly Families is exactly the kind of book I am happy to support in every way and will treasure in my home for years to come. Pick up a copy online or at your local church bookstore.
As per tradition, I put together an easy-to-print set scriptures for seminary. In 2016 the church is moving towards a “Doctrinal Mastery” program. I am sure there will be some changes, but the seminary teachers I spoke to are planing to emphasize these doctrinal mastery verses in ways that are similar to the scripture mastery verses. They are hoping to display the verses and work on memorizing them with their seminary classes. I formatted each verse in a way that is clean and simple, along with an icon that I hope captures an important doctrinal element of the verse itself. They are black and white so they should be easy to photocopy.
I have a freshman in early morning seminary this year (hello again, 5:50 am) so I am happy to have a set of these printables around the house. I really like to have the whole set ready to print at the beginning of the year and then we can easily incorporate them into FHE or scripture study as a family without much prep.
The full set of 25 are available in a PDF below. Over the course of the next few weeks I’ll reformat these into quarter page sizes. Check out the past three sets (for Old Testament, D&C and Book of Mormon) in the “Scripture Study” tab of this website.
I like to keep editing and adding to this specific post with New Testament Doctrinal Mastery helps. I think it makes it simpler for all Pinterest links to lead here and for readers and teachers to find everything in one place. The first edit is an update on John 3:5! I think the imagery is easy to interpret. But just in case you’re sensitive to confusion with the infant baptism doctrine, there’s another version available below!
Next up is the quarter page size of all 25 (plus the alternate image) New Testament doctrinal mastery verses. I really like this size a lot: very portable. There are two variations. First is what I call the individual set: it’s 7 pages with all 26 (plus 1) scriptures formatted to fit four-per-page. You can see what I mean below.
The next one I call the classroom version. It’s the same size (quarter page, four-per-page) but there are four of the same verse on each page. So it’s more like what you’d copy for a classroom. There are 26 total pages (25 plus the edit).
Ok, here’s a set of the doctrinal mastery scriptures all on one page.
This one has the girl being baptized image rather than the “baby” for John 3:5.
The flashcards are available! Click here for a post explaining how they are designed, or click below for the PDF document with the two sided flashcards.
Here’s a copy of all the images on one page with the simplified doctrinal explanation below. I think it’s great for a study guide.
Two of my boys are going on a Pioneer Trek in the next two weeks! Our stake has done an amazing job of putting together families and organizing our event in California. It seems like just about every stake we’ve ever lived in has a Pioneer Trek on the schedule for youth conference every few years. Meanwhile, a friend of mine is helping organize the Trek in her stake! She asked if I could put together a Completion Certificate that they can award at a stake fireside which will follow their journey. I thought I’d share the certificate here in case any of you are in the same boat.
It’s crisp and clean in black and white so you can make hundreds of photocopies and they’ll all look sharp! The blank spaces are meant to be filled in with the name of the youth and their ward. The bottom line is supposed to be the date (1oth or 28th, etc).
And just for kicks I used the same design to make a program cover. It’s exactly what you’d need for the testimony meeting following Trek. Or the fireside you might hold before you take off. I was thinking you’d photocopy the program inside. It is a full page and it’s meant to be folded in half.
Actually, you could also use it as a booklet cover for a journal on Trek as well!
Every fall after the Primary program we hold a “Thank You” lunch for our Primary teachers! It’s so fun to get together outside of church, without a lot of pressing needs to address. We usually prepare a small take-home treat (lotion or soap or chocolate), but this year I decided that I wanted to give each teacher a small, individualized thank you/award. Each small gift also included a thank you note. It was really fun! I’ve noticed that this kind of “Thank You” is something that a lot of Primary leaders do, so I thought I’d share some ideas and easy printable tags here. Obviously, these would easily apply to just about every other organization too.
This kind of thank you reminds me a lot of the Girls Camp certificates I posted from Corina Sorenson, found at this link. Same kind of idea–a household object or item that could easily be found at a big box store or Dollar Store. Paired with a sincere note, I think it can be a fun departure from the standard token teacher gifts. You’ll notice that there I designed a little extra space on each tag: this is meant to leave room for you to write a note or sign your name.
Here are some of the awards we gave:
Bag of Rubberbands: One of our teachers moved from teaching the Valiant 10’s to the CTR 7 class, all the while keeping a big smile on her face! Thanks for being flexible.
King Size candy bars: The teacher with the largest class was awarded a couple of King Size candy bars.
Extra brand gum: This teacher always goes the “Extra” mile.
Juggling Balls (from the party store): One of our teachers has two children in Primary with her! She was always juggling the needs of her own class and her children.
Chocolate Chips: Thanks for always being willing to “chip” in and help out.
Energizer batteries: One of our classes is full of *big* personalities. Their teacher is a saint for keeping up with those boys. We awarded her batteries for keeping up with the energy in her classroom!
Lifesaver: Self explanatory, right?
Glass: The glass is half full award for always being an optimist.
Swiss Army Knife: Most indispensable and adaptable.
Duct Tape: for being able to fix just about anything
Candle (a flashlight could work here too): for being a light to the children. This was for our Primary chorister. She shines 🙂
Butterfingers: We have a pianist in Junior and Senior. They each got Butterfingers candy bars, to thank them for their talented butter fingers. (I know. I’m hilarious.)
There are printables for all of the awards above found below in a five page printable PDF. There are also three on the final page that are left deliberately non-specific, so you could adapt them for any other kind of award or Thank You. I’ve included an image below of those general, non specific ones. It also makes it easy to see that you’ll cut three per page and you can attach them to each object or include them in a gift bag.
There were a few other awards that were a little more personal. These might not apply to your teachers! But I thought I’d share them here to spark your creativity. I think these were appreciated more, because they were a bit more personal.
Pillow: Our Sunbeams fell asleep on their teacher all the time! So funny. We gave her a soft pillow to thank her for having such a soft spot for the little ones. A fun pillowcase would also work well.
Toilet Paper: Our CTR 4 class seems to need to go to the bathroom all. the. time. This teacher was constantly monitoring potty breaks. We love her.
Children’s bedtime story book: One of our teachers does everyone a favor by telling stories to the kids in the hall to help them stay quiet before sharing time! It is so fun to walk in on his storytelling. He just so happened to have had his first little baby recently, so he was awarded “Best Storyteller” and we think he’ll put his book to good use.
Chalk: one of our teachers is a professional story board artist (I love LA!) and so he often draws for the kids during his lessons! He got fancy chalk.
Tiara (from the party store): One of our teachers is always super glamorous in spite of the chaos–perfectly coiffed hair and lipstick. She was given the “Most Glamorous” award.
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