Monday, December 30, 2013

Printable Book Guides for the Book of Mormon

My kids have come to know the stories of the Book of Mormon as we have studied them at dinner.  Now they need to be able to find the stories in their own scriptures.  To help with that I created book guides for most of the books in the Book of Mormon.  They are intended to make it easier to find the stories.  They are sprinkled with quotes, study ideas, a picture to color, a timeline, and some spots are left open for illustrations to help my kids develop a variety of scripture study skills.

The number on the left side of the guide is the corresponding chapter.

Timelines really help!

The pictures on the page are also in the margin of the right page in the Book of Mormon.
Bad picture, sorry.
Choose the "two-sided" print feature so it will print properly, it will print 3 pages (on both sides).  
The pages are then cut exactly into quarters.

They aren't perfect, but I do think that they will be a powerful tool 
as our family continues to learn from their scriptures!  

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Temple Quote

If our people will faithfully attend the temple the Lord will bless them in the following ways:

greater love and unity in the home,

businesses and professions will prosper,

their children will be saved,

and angels will protect them.

-Elder Vaugh J. Featherstone

Printable here

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Music

"Music has boundless powers for moving families toward greater spirituality and devotion to the gospel. 
Latter-day Saints should fill their homes 
with the sound of worthy music.

The hymns can bring families a spirit of beauty and peace and can inspire love and unity among family members.
Teach your children to love the hymns. Sing them on the Sabbath, in home evening, during scripture study, at prayer time. Sing as you work, as you play, and as you travel together. Sing hymns as lullabies to build faith and testimony in your young ones."
-taken from the First Presidency Preface to the Hymn book
To help bring the true spirit of Christmas into our home this season we have printed these beautiful hymns to set out each night with dinner.  We will sing one each night to invite the Spirit into our home as we sit together to eat, to learn about Christ, and to celebrate this season of His birth. 
We especially love dinner time as a family devotional time because we never forget to eat!  
The links to print these songs are found below.  They can be printed as a full page or two to a page.  Printed two to a page they would make a nice little Christmas song book.

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Reason for the Season

Each year we try to find a way to study the names of Christ at Christmastime.  It's such an effective way to remember all that He is and all that He accomplished.  This year we printed them from this lovely website and made them into ornaments for the tree.  Each night at dinner we each pick one, share it with an insight or a story from Christ's life, and hang it on the tree.  The little kids are so excited to hang things on the tree that they don't let us forget, and the big kids surprise us with what they know!

We try to focus on Christ in our decorations.

We especially love Nativities that can't break.

Somehow we ended up with one extra baby Jesus.
 He sits on my kitchen windowsill, above the sink.
I love his cheeks and his one armed wave.
And to drag out the days and make the waiting unbearable
the kids each have a candy countdown.  :)