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Simple Missionary Family Home Evening Ideas

Next month the youth in our ward are participating in a missionary month. The Young Women and Young Men leaders have planned special lessons and activities to help familiarize them with missionary life. Many of these will take place on Sunday, others will replace weekly mutual activities. Some of these activities will naturally include our Primary children: families will be inviting youth to their homes for dinner, just like the real missionaries. Families will also be taught by the youth as they practice sharing the gospel.

To help make this missionary month a more full family experience, we’re switching March to the November Sharing Time theme: I Can Choose to Be a Missionary Now. Our sharing time lessons will be pulled from November. We’re also going to send home the following one-page outline with several simple ideas for Family Home Evening. It’s meant to be photocopied and folded in half. I pulled the story from The Friend (July 2016) and the other resources from various spots on lds.org.

It’s so simple that I thought I’d share it below.

Choose the Sprite gift tags

 

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: heather@myjdmdesigns.com.

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 🙂

 

2017 Youth Theme Poster

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.

 

2016 Service Advent

2016-advent

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.

Free Priesthood Preview printables

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!

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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!

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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.

priesthood-preview-programs

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.

Preisthood Preview Handout

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.

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Additional Note:

Also: Here’s the handbook section on Priesthood Preview. I read it to mean the bishopric is in charge of the meeting, but it’s not really crystal clear! In our ward currently, the Primary plans the event (invitations, refreshments, room scheduling, buying the Duty to God and Preach my Gospel books), the Young Men organize the Deacons Quorum to present the program (opening and closing prayers, leading music and playing the piano if possible, intro to the priesthood, welcome to the quorum are all executed by Deacons Quorum members), and the bishopric member conducts the meeting. The bishop makes remarks as does the Primary President.

Priesthood Preview

A meeting called Priesthood Preview is held each year for 11-year-old boys and their parents. The purpose of this meeting is to help boys understand the priesthood and strengthen their commitment to prepare to receive it. Possible topics for the meeting include priesthood purposes, responsibilities, and blessings (for some ideas, see Faith in God for Boys, pages 12–13).

A member of the bishopric conducts the Priesthood Preview, and at least one member of the Primary presidency attends. Other leaders, including members of the deacons quorum presidency and Young Men presidency, may also attend.

If a ward has very few 11-year-old boys, the meeting may be held, under the direction of the stake presidency, with other wards or with the entire stake. According to local needs, it may be held on a Sunday evening, as part of a deacons quorum meeting on Sunday, or at another time.

 

New Testament Doctrinal Mastery flashcards

new-testament-doctrinal-mastery-flashcardsI 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.

reversed-for-easy-photocopyI 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!

Book Review: Our Heavenly Family, Our Earthly Families

Go Buy This Book!

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.

Families Counsel Together

 

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.”

Families Work and Play

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.

Doctrinal Mastery Scriptures for New Testament 2016

Doctrinal Mastery for 2016 LDS SeminaryAs 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!

John 3 and 5 alternate

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.

New Testament Individual quarter page

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).

NT Printables classroom set

Ok, here’s a set of the doctrinal mastery scriptures all on one page.Doctrinal Mastery 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.

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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.

Pioneer Trek Completion Certificate

Pioneer Trek printable certificate 2016

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).

Pioneer Trek program cover

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!

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