Thursday, August 18, 2016

[Jesus' voice]

This is the scripture from this week's reading that has been on my mind a lot. When Jesus spoke at this time, it was to people who had planned to kill his servants. This small verse in the Book of Mormon is a great lesson to all of us. We need to have mild, soft voices when we speak to people around us. Especially when we talk to our children.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's talk "The Tongue of Angels" from April 2007 General Conference goes well with this scripture.

1 Kings 19:11-12
"And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

[the scriptures will lift you higher]

This is the theme for my Sunday School class. My goal is to have all the class members studying their scriptures every week and then sharing experiences how those particular scriptures helped them that week. Today we'll talk about "ponderizing" (Elder Durrant's talk in October 2015 General Conference) and also about keeping scripture study journals. These are some quotes I will be sharing with my class.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

[scripture coloring page]

I teach adult Sunday School at church and part of this week's lesson will be to challenge the members to start a scripture study journal of some kind. This is my example for them how we can remember the things that stand out for us. I picked my favorites from the chapters we are studying and made this coloring page. Who says scripture study needs to be boring? 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

[positive attitude]

The best thing about living a Christ-centered life, however, is how it makes you feel—inside. It’s hard to have a negative attitude about things if and when your life is focused on the Prince of Peace. There will still be problems. Everyone has them. But faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is a power to be reckoned with in the universe and in individual lives. It can be a causative force through which miracles are wrought. It can also be a source of inner strength through which we find self-esteem, peace of mind, contentment, and the courage to cope. I have seen marriages saved, families strengthened, tragedies overcome, careers energized, and the will to go on living rekindled as people humble themselves before the Lord and accept His will in their lives. Heartache, tragedy, and trauma of all kinds can be focused and managed when the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ are understood and applied.  

(M. Russell Ballard, Our Search for Happiness,[Deseret Book, 1993], 15.)

Friday, June 10, 2016

[bulletin board decorations]

Recently I was asked to decorate one of the bulletin boards in the hallway of our church building.
I thought it turned out quite nicely. 
I made the flowers from paper circles using this tutorial (I just taped them on the cardboard circle):

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

[peace - a rare commodity]

All I can say is that the crazier this world gets, the more precious my faith is to me. So thankful that I know how to find peace when the world is in commotion.