Monday, February 5, 2018

Pioneer Story Quilt- Heading Out and Bringing Home

Dear Children,

Late in the fall of 1856 Brigham Young was informed that hundreds of saints, pulling handcarts and traveling slowly, were scattered across the plains.  He knew that without the help of the saints in the Salt Lake Valley most of them would die when winter hit.

The next day in church he got up and addressed the saints:

“Many of our brethren and sisters are on the plains with hand-carts, and probably many are now 700 miles from this place, and they must be brought here, we must send assistance to them. …

“I shall call upon the Bishops this day, I shall not wait until tomorrow, nor until [the] next day, for 60 good mule teams and 12 or 15 wagons … [as well as] 12 tons of flour and 40 good teamsters, besides those that drive the teams. …

“I will tell you all that your faith, religion, and profession of religion, will never save one soul of you in the celestial kingdom of our God, unless you carry out just such principles as I am now teaching you. Go and bring in those people now on the plains”

Do you know how hard this must have been?  The saints in the Salt Lake Valley were still getting their own farms and homes ready for winter.  He was asking for the food they were storing for their own families.  Their husbands and fathers would be away for weeks in increasingly cold weather.

Of course it was hard.  But they did it anyways, because our Father in Heaven loves all of His children.  Hundreds of cold, starving saints were picked up by the men who left the comfort of their homes to follow God's command.  They were warmed, fed, and carried by wagon into the Salt Lake Valley.
A painting by Clark Kelley Price depicting two pioneer women sitting in a blizzard while one of them encourages the other to go on.
In your lives God will call you to help others- to serve missions, to be a visiting or home teacher, to share your talents with the church, to sacrifice to raise a family.  There will be work only you can do.  It will be inconvenient.  It will require that you walk away from other good things you are doing.  It will be hard, but God will be with you as you do the work He asks you to do.

Can you see how the triangles in this quilt block look like they are pointing out and then back in again?  I hope you'll remember that God needs you to go out and bring others back into the safety of the gospel, even when it's inconvenient and difficult.  God and His angels will walk out and back with you.

Love you forever- Mom

Quilt Block Details:

Cut 14- 2" colored squares
Cut 14- 2" cream/white squares
Sew them together diagonally 1/4" off center
Cut to make two squares and sew squares together
Brown sashing 1 1/2" wide
Total block size 8 1/2" square

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Pioneer Story Quilt- Log Cabin

Sweet children,

Can you see how this quilt block looks like a log cabin?  The red center represents love and the strips of brown fabric around it are like the logs that make a cabin.

Joseph Smith, his parents and 8 siblings lived in a small log cabin just like the one pictured here.  They worked hard together to make their home a nice place.  Together they read from the scriptures and prayed each night before bed.

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Joseph Smith said "I was born... of goodly parents... who spared no pains... instructing me in the Christian religion... and being in indigent circumstances [we] were obliged to labor hard for the support of a large family..."

A portrait by Dan Baxter of Joseph Smith’s family, consisting of nine children and two parents, in their home.
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He was living in this cabin when he went into the woods to pray about which church was true.  It was here that the angel Moroni came and visited him and taught him about the restoration of the gospel that he would participate in.

A painting by Tom Lovell depicting Joseph Smith sitting up in his bed under a patchwork quilt and seeing the angel Moroni in a white robe with his arms reaching out.
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As you build homes of your own someday I hope you will remember that God can do great things in small homes full of love.

Homes like the one you're growing up in now.  

Love you forever- Mom

Quilt Block Details:

Center square 1 1/2"
Strips 1 1/4"
Trim to 8 1/2" square after adding white sashing

Monday, January 22, 2018

Pioneer Story Quilt- Panguitch Quilt Walk

Dear Children,

An early group of settlers in Panquitch, Utah suffered through a terribly difficult winter with little to eat because of poor crops the year before.  When the snow was deep and the weather cold the families realized that they wouldn't make it to spring without extra food.  A group of seven men, probably all fathers, set out to travel to the nearest town to get food.  Their oxen pulled until the snow was too deep and with miles ahead the men set out on foot.  Each step plunged them deep into the snow.  Fighting through the deep snow was exhausting and futile.

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Knowing that their families would starve if they didn't complete their journey, they spread out their blankets and knelt down to pray for help.  When their prayer concluded they looked up and realized that they weren't sinking down into the snow while kneeling on the quilt.

They stood up, spread out another quilt ahead of them and walked from quilt to quilt across the snow and to the next town.  In this way they were able to get the food their families so desperately needed.

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In your lives you will find times where you feel stuck or like your best efforts aren't enough.  Pour out your heart to God in prayer.  Trust Him with your problems.  Ask Him for the help you need.  He heard seven men on a lonely snow covered mountain.  He will hear you, too.

"Ask, and it shall be opened unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened."   

-3 Nephi 14:7

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Every year Panguitch celebrates that God answers prayers by hosting a Quilt Walk to remember this miraculous story.  They also have an incredible statue to commemorate the story.

This quilt square was sewn to look like five little quilts laid down on snow.  The pattern is simply a nine patch, with tiny nine patch quilts in the corners and centers.  I hope that when you see it you will remember the power of prayer, and the God who loves you even more than I do.

Love you forever,


Cutting notes:
4 white squares 3" each
45 colored squares 1 1/2 inches each
Total Block size- 8 1/2"
Quarter inch seam allowance

Pioneer Story Quilt- Introduction

A large group of men and women, all dressed as pioneers, walk down a road past a mountain, pushing and pulling handcarts full of equipment.

Darling Children,

I'm making a quilt for you, every square representing a story of pioneer faith and courage I'd like you to remember as you snuggle into the warmth of the blanket.

Dallin H. Oaks taught:
"It is not enough to study or reenact the accomplishments of our pioneers. We need to identify the great, eternal principles they applied to achieve all they achieved for our benefit and then apply those principles to the challenges of our day... We are all pioneers in doing so."
You will be pioneers in your own lives.  God will ask you to do difficult and sometimes painful things to bless your families and to build up the Kingdom of God.  It's my hope that these stories will bring you the strength and courage you need to face the challenges ahead of you.

Love you forever,


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Seminary Journal Printables

I was startled by the words of Jarom "What could I write more than my fathers have written?  For have not they revealed the plan of salvation? (Jarom 1:2)"  I had just read the words of his fathers- recorded by Nephi, Jacob, and Enos but I couldn't remember a single chapter on the Plan of Salvation!   I challenged myself to find the Plan of Salvation in the Book of Mormon and over the next year I recorded every reference to the Plan of Salvation that I could find in the Book of Mormon.

They were literally sprinkled throughout the Book of Mormon, and as I collected them in one place I developed a greater clarity and understanding of God's Great Plan of Happiness than I had ever had.

I developed this Seminary Scripture Journal Printable to help seminary students have a place to record what they learn about the Plan of Salvation as they read through the Book of Mormon.

The three-page printable has a title heading for many of the major milestones in the Plan of Salvation: Pre-Mortal Life, Satan's role, Creation, the Fall, the Atonement, Our Life Today, After we Die, Resurrection, the Millennium, Final Judgement and Eternal Life.  Each heading also has a little doodle that goes along with it to add some interest and maybe a little insight to the Plan of Salvation. 

After the headings and doodles have been glued in you need to take a ruler and draw a line down the page to separate the references from "What I Learned".  

Each heading can be given one or two pages.  You won't have any trouble filling two pages with scripture references, parts of the Family Proclamation, and relevant quotes from Latter-day Prophets. 

Another powerful study I have done as I've read through the Book of Mormon is to identify the lies of the devil that are exposed in the Book of Mormon.  I've added to the printable the page headings and arrows needed to add this to your Seminary Scripture Journal too.  Look here for more information about the lies of the devil and the TRUTHS found in the Book of Mormon.  

The Book of Mormon is such a blessing! 

My prayers are with you as you teach from it this year.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Book of Mormon Sticky Notes- Free Printable

The Book of Mormon is such a powerful tool in our journey to return to live with our Father in Heaven.  The Book of Mormon has been given to us to be a:

and a GIFT.  

Prophets and Apostles have testified boldly of the divinity of the Book of Mormon.  

These printable sticky notes are intended to help teach children and Seminary youth about the power of this most amazing book.  They can be used in scriptures or as journal prompts.  

First, print the Template Page.  It is best if you can do this on a sheet of cardstock, but not necessary.  

Second, place the sticky notes carefully lined up in the squares of the template page so that the sticky border will go into the printer first.  

Third, send the sticky notes through your printer as you print the "Quotes Document".  

If you don't have the time to print these on sticky notes you can print them on a regular sheet of paper and just use glue to stick them to a journal page or tuck them between the pages of your scriptures.

If you like the idea, but want to use it for your own quotes or ideas Google Doc has a template you can use to space and print your own quotes on sticky notes.  Easy peasy.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Book of Mormon is our Liahona

These could be made in conjunction with a lesson on the liahona and serve as a reminder of the direction that we can find when we diligently study the scriptures.  

Directions to make:

These print 5 to a page.  I used cardstock and contact paper to make them a little more durable, laminating would be nice too.  I distressed the edges with a black ink pad before adding the contact paper.   The compass charm was hot glued on so that it can be removed at the end of the year and added to a necklace, charm bracelet, keychain, or zipper pull.

The compass charm can be purchased inexpensively on Amazon and Etsy by searching "compass charm bulk".  They are cheaper if you plan ahead and allow a couple weeks for shipping.  I think I paid $10 for 30 with Amazon Prime.  I've seen them as low as 10 cents each with the longer shipping time.

Please let me know if you aren't able to access the document 
and I'd be happy to email it to you.