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. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Lies of the Devil

"The Book of Mormon exposes the enemies of Christ.  It confounds false doctrines, it fortifies humble followers of Christ against the evil designs, strategies, 
and doctrines of the devil in our day." 
-Ezra Taft Benson

Several years ago I started collecting the lies of the devil I found as I read the Book of Mormon.  I recently put a bunch of them together into a handout for a class I was teaching.  They would make a great last minute lesson for youth or adults. It's nice to have something printed up and ready at a moment's notice.  

The first page is a collection of lies of the devil found in the Book of Mormon.  The second page, in the corresponding word bubble or shape is the TRUTH found in the Book of Mormon.  I was surprised to see how a solid understanding of the Plan of Salvation helped debunk most of the lies of the devil.  It reminded me of the importance of teaching the Plan of Salvation and reading the Book of Mormon in our home!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Book of Mormon Coloring Pages

Photo Credit
The Church has just released Book of Mormon coloring pages that are printable, or that can be purchased as a coloring book at church distribution locations and online for only 85 cents!  

These coloring pages would be a great addition to family scripture study, 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Our Family Mission Plan

One of my handsome little missionaries.

We recently had the opportunity to have the missionaries over for dinner.  We asked them to teach our Family Home Evening lesson after dinner.  They began by telling the story of Ammon's mission from the Book of Mormon- his preparation, his service, his willingness to share the gospel and invite others to participate, his fellowshipping of King Lamoni, and his support of his brothers on their missions.

After the story they challenged us to set goals to prepare, serve, share, invite, fellowship and support the missionaries like Ammon had.  There were suggestions for each goal, small things that a family could do together to help share the gospel and serve others.  It was a really nice Family Home Evening and a great way to focus on sharing the gospel.

I got permission from the missionaries to share this with you!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Family History Party

One hundred and sixty five years ago my ancestor, James Finlayson, left his home in Scotland to travel to Utah to join with other members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He left behind his parents and seven siblings who strongly disapproved of his decision.  

His journey was eventful.  He traveled by ship across the Atlantic during the stormy winter months.  He worked to earn the money for each leg of the trip so it took years.  He traveled by wagon into the Salt Lake Valley and eventually settled in Payson, Utah.

I think I heard him cheer when the Payson Temple was announced!  He loved Payson, he raised a large family there, served in the church, served his community on the School Board and as the Mayor and worked to make it a place that the gospel could flourish.  

My thoughts turned to him repeatedly as the Payson Temple was being built.  I was impressed, over and over, by the influence his choice to join the church has had on the thousands of members who are descended from him.  I decided to try to find as many of those living descendants as I could and organized a celebration of his life to correspond to the temple open house.  

We invited family members to join a Face Book group.  Family trees were searched, obituaries read, invitations sent out to anyone that might be related.  

And then we started planning the party.  Another descendant of James Finlayson finangled a very large number of tickets to the open house on the day of our celebration so that everyone who attended would also be able to go through the temple.  We wanted all of James Finlayson's descendants to understand more about his life by attending, including the children, so we made some fun displays. 

James Finlayson was a pioneer!
We had a backdrop and some pioneer clothes for pictures.
James Finlayson was a convert!
The story of his Atlantic voyage is shared on this board with a painting of the ship he traveled on.
The berth below is the actual size that they slept on in that rolling ship.
James Finlayson was a father!
We printed pictures from Family Search of his wives and children.
Of his seventeen children only ten lived long enough to have families of their own.
We gathered all of the pictures and documents we could find so people could learn more.
We made a map of the cemetery where he was buried so people could go and visit if they wanted to
after the temple tour.
A display shows where he traveled and highlights some of his pioneer journal entries.

Descendants of James Finlayson were invited to add their names to his family tree.
A story from his youth was shared.
To help everyone remember what they learned we put together some necklace kits
for the kids to make.  Each part of the necklace is a reminder of what James Finlayon
did and how his choices continue to ripple forward today.
We had people travel from at least four different states to be there for the celebration and the opportunity to see the inside of the Payson Temple!  Stories were told of his life.  Someone brought a tool that had been his that had been long handed down.  Someone remembered that their mother has one of his suits in a box in her closet.  Another "cousin" wore his Finlayson clan kilt.  Others read through his history and later drove to see if his house was still standing in Payson (we think it is!). People met, memories were made, ice cream was consumed, and the temple was visited by hundreds of James Finlayson's descendants.

It was a wonderful day! 

We all have stories to share from our family history, stories of heroes and scoundrels.  I hope that you will be encouraged to find a fun way to share your family history with the children in your life, that the stories will continue to be passed along, that the lessons they learned and the character they built can continue to bless your family today.