Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Repentance and Listening to the Spirit



     A few days ago I sat down with the kids to have our Gospel lesson for the day. We were discussing the steps of repentance, which is one of the things that the Prophets have asked us to teach our children. So I'm talking to the kids and all of the sudden, I felt the Spirit whisper to me, tell the kids about a big mistake you made... well of course I wanted to say, NO! But I followed the prompting and I told the kids about a time where I had made a big mistake and I had to go through a big repentance process. I wanted them to know that it wasn't a scary thing to repent. It is a gift!

I was always a little afraid of repentance when I was younger. I know that's so silly, but I was truly worried! When I went through this big repentance process with the help of an amazing branch president who loved me and was patient with me and taught me so much about repentance, I was so excited to learn that repentance is not scary in any way! It's such a gift. I wanted my children to know, that we are so incredibly blessed by this gift. As I was talking about the mistake, the repentance process and how I felt after I had completed the process, I was really excited to see how much this story was touching my children. I think they actually loved me even more, to see that I totally messed up!

I still wasn't sure why Heavenly Father wanted me to share this with my kids. It's definitely not one of my better moments in my life! Well, I found out later that day, why Heavenly Father asked me to share this. I was shocked when about ten minutes after our lesson, one of my kids came in to my room and asked to speak with me. They were able to ask a question about something that they weren't sure was good or bad. They wanted me to help them to go over the steps for asking Heavenly Father whether something is right or wrong. I was happy to show them the Scripture D&C 9 : 8-9 and we were able to quietly discuss the steps and they were able to study it out and ask Heavenly Father whether it was right or wrong. They were also able to talk to me about whether or not I felt it was a mistake and that they needed to repent for it. I was so thankful that they felt safe to come to me and discuss this with such a calm manner. I'm really blessed that way with my kiddos. They aren't shy in any way about what they discuss with me! Sometimes I laugh because it's a bit TMI! The child was able to tell me that they were happy that I shared the story with them today because it made them feel really good about coming to me and talking to me about this issue.

We have to make sure that each day we, as parents, are asking our Father in Heaven what we need to teach our children that day. I try hard to remember each night to specifically ask Him what I need to teach our children the next day. We homeschool and so I'm blessed with that extra time to do a Gospel lesson each day but I know that not every family is able to do that. So one thing I truly recommend, is praying especially for inspiration on what to teach your children for Family Home Evening each week. He will give you the answers of exactly what your children need to hear ! I'm so thankful that I have a Father in Heaven who truly cares about my kids and helps me to know what to do while raising them. Of course I still screw up big time ! But He is patient with me and thank goodness, so far, my kids have been pretty patient with me too ! :)

Happy Parenting ! Love, JL~

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

GIVEAWAY ~ WORTH THE WRESTLE BY SHERI DEW


WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER !!!!!! Congrats to Carrie M who won the book! Drawing was done using random.org as always :) Thanks to everyone who entered !!! 





I was so excited when DESERET BOOK asked me to read and review Sheri Dew's new book ' Worth the Wrestle '. I love Sheri Dew !!! This book didn't disappoint ! I did a review post on it HERE so go check that out ! 

I finally received my actual print copy of the book last week so I'm excited to be able to give that away to a reader ! Will it be you ??? 

It's easy peasy to enter.... just go read the review post and then come tell me that you read it in the comments here ! :) 

Here's the link for the review post again : REVIEW POST !!!!!

Enjoy and good luck ! I will draw for the winner using random.org on April 21st ! :) 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

#PRINCEOFPEACE Family Home Evening and Easter Tree Activity

Winner winner chicken dinner 🐔
Congrats to amy malone our giveaway winner ! 




     When I learned what the new Easter campaign was going to be for the year, I was so excited. Oh how we all long for peace in our lives. In this troubled and loud and chaotic world, it means so much to be able to take time and to be still and learn from the Prince of Peace. The church has suggested eight core principals that can help us to achieve peace in this life. This is something that is so important to teach our children, because not only will it bring them peace, but it teaches them to trust the Savior. That the Savior is loving and involved in their lives and truly wants them to be with Him one day and with our Father in Heaven. 

     I decided to do a Family Home Evening with my family on the #PRINCEOFPEACE campaign and we made a fun Easter Tree that has the eight core principals on it. I'm going to share the FHE with you and also encourage you to go to www.mormon.org and learn more and also, please go to THE REDHEADED HOSTESS to find more blog posts with fun activities and printables etc for your family !!! Don't forget to enter my giveaway at the end also ! :) With Love, JL~ 




FAMILY HOME EVENING ~ PRINCE OF PEACE
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Song ~ Be Still My Soul Hymn No 124
This is one of my favorite versions of it ~ David Archuleta singing to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir :)

Prayer ~ Select a Family Member :)

Scripture ~ Isaiah 9:6

Lesson ~ On mormon.org each one of the Eight Core Principals has a section. Use that as your lesson. It has videos and all kinds of stuff. It's perfect !!!!

Activity ~ Making an Easter Tree


Go outside and find a good branch that you can make a little tree ! I used a part of my apple tree that we had pruned but even tiny little "charlie brown " sticks will work if you use little eggs hehe  !!!!
I used EASTER EGG TEMPLATE this site and printed out a bunch of fun easter egg templates for the family to color. Now we let them color the stuff while we did the lesson.... that might help keep little ones occupied while you go over the lesson :)
I used 8 big blank easter egg templates and wrote each of the eight core principals on the eggs.
Then of course we just hung the eggs up and I added a few cheap little plastic eggs etc. and then display it proudly ! When you look at it you can remember each off the principles and throughout your day you can stop and point to the tree and say can someone name one of the things that can bring us peace ? etc etc... plenty of fun ways to teach these principals !



Service Project ~ "You've Been Egged !! "  Print some more of the big easter egg templates ~ Color and write nice things on them about a family or member of your ward that could use a surprise. Maybe write things like " we like the way you always smile and say hi to us each sunday !" or " we love when you sing " etc etc.... then go tape all the eggs to their door and you can leave a little treat etc... and then ring the doorbell and run fast ! Don't forget to make a big egg that says " You've Been Egged !!!" It's so fun !

Song~ I Can Almost Imagine/A Child's Prayer by Kelsey Edwards
You can find more great music from Kelsey Edwards at KELSEY EDWARDS YOUTUBE CHANNEL



Prayer~ Choose A Family Member

Treat~ These cute treat bags from The Dating Divas are darling and they have a huge kit with tons of Christ Centered Easter Activities and Ideas ~ and it's cheap ;) Gotta love a good deal !!
You can go HERE to download it :)


Thanks for stopping by and seeing the different Family Home Evening Ideas I had for the #PrinceofPeace campaign. You can head over to THE RED HEADED HOSTESS and see all of the great things she has and other fun ideas from bloggers !
Here's just a few of the things she has in store for you!

LAST THING BEFORE YOU GO ~ DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!!!

I am giving away a gorgeous Print Pack from DESERET BOOK in honor of the Easter #PRINCEOFPEACE campaign !!!! Here's what you could win :


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Book Review ~ Worth the Wrestle by Sheri Dew

will be live until april 21 ! Go enter ! :) 




Well, the incredible Sheri Dew has done it again ! I always enjoy her talks and books and this one is no exception ! I love how the book is full of personal stories and stories from general authorities and friends and family. It makes the whole book not only fun to read, but oh so meaningful and real. 

Have you heard of " wrestling with the truth " , or " wrestling for an answer " etc ? This is the theme of Sister Dew's book, 'Worth the Wrestle'. While in college she had some hard questions brought before her. She needed answers and this set her off on a life long journey of learning to wrestle for an answer. 
She talks about how President Hinckley was always asking questions ! Oh i sure love that man, and I love the idea of him sitting at the dinner table with new friends and asking all about their lives. Asking questions is a good thing ! It's one way you learn. That is where this book begins. Teaching us that questions are good ! 

She follows this up with the chapter entitled, ' Wrestling '.  It teaches us about Spiritual wrestling.... studying and seeking and doing everything in our power to learn and to sort it out. Basically ~ the WORK involved in getting answers. 

In the book she quotes President Spencer W. Kimball as saying ,

" Why, oh, why do people think they can fathom the most complex spiritual depths without the necessary..... work accompanied by compliance with the laws that govern it ? ........"

So Sister Dew teaches us to work for our answers. 

Next step ~ Receive Answers. In this chapter Sister Dew enchants us with more great personal stories and stories of friends and family who all had questions they needed answered. I just love this about Sister Dew. She just seems like such a great normal gal ! 

One of my favorite stories in this book is in this chapter. She talks about an experience she had as a youth with many other young women her age and how President Harold B. Lee spoke to them about seeking out spiritual experiences every day ! He told them that they may not actually have a spiritual experience each day, but not to ever stop seeking to have them ! Isn't that an awesome thing ? Why am I not doing that ? :) 

Another thing that is important when receiving answers, is to open your heart. I love how Sister Dew uses many different Scripture accounts to show how very important it is to open your heart to the Prophets and Apostles and to the Scriptures and our Father in Heaven so that we can receive answers. That is where true conversion takes place. 


When the heart is not open, she tells us, then there are limits to the influence the Spirit can have on us. This rings true for me right now, as we wait for General Conference which is coming up in just a couple of days. I will definitely by opening my heart to receive answers from the Prophets and Apostles. 

I love how Sister Dew focuses on the fact that when we have the Prophets and Apostles, we have everything. We have a way to stay connected with our Father in Heaven and we know what to do to return to Him one day. 

The rest of the book follows along with chapters on : Walking By Faith, Cherishing Keys, Standing as a Witness, and she closes the book with asking the question, What is Worth Wrestling For ? That is an amazing question and like we have already learned ~ Questions are good ! Think about the things that are important to you and why you should be doing all you can to wrestle and receive answers. You will become so much closer to the Savior as you study and learn and receive answers. This book is a great read. I enjoyed it so much and I enjoyed the stories and also the important teachings that are done in a way that only Sister Dew.... can do ! :) I just love her ! 

You can purchase this book at : DESERET BOOK

A big thank you to Deseret Book for letting me review this book and for sending me a copy of it ! I'm super excited ! 


GIVEAWAY IS LIVE !!! WIN A COPY OF THE BOOK WORTH THE WRESTLE BY SHERI DEW !!! DRAWING FOR A WINNER USING RANDOM.ORG ON APRIL 21 ! 
HERE'S THE LINK TO THE GIVEAWAY !!! 



General Conference Ideas !

It's almost time !!!! I'm so excited ! General Conference is this Saturday and Sunday April 1 and 2, 2017 !
Here's a link to my Pinterest Board with tons of fun ideas ! People are so clever ;)
Happy Parenting !
Love, JL~



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

7 Day Prayer Challenge from Purpose Driven Motherhood





This is my cute as pie friend Becky Edwards. She's amazing. Here is her small list of things that describe her ~ Presenter. Mentor and Life Coach. Emotional Release Facilitator. Elite Performance Coach for 3 Key Elements. Former Seminary and Institute Teacher. Mother of Five. Gramma of Two! Blogger. Homeschooler. Former Professional Organizer. Truth Seeker and Sharer.

Ummm hello ! She is incredible ! The other night she shared with us an inspiration that she had. I even went out and bought a cute little notebook so I could begin the 7 day Prayer Challenge. I think it is going to be an incredible experience. I invite you to join in with me and we can discuss this on the Facebook Group. Without further ado ~ Here is Becky's post from her blog PURPOSE DRIVEN MOTHERHOOD 
Love, JL~
****************************************************************Last night an inspiration came to take a prayer challenge myself, and offer it to others! 




For seven days offer a prayer where you:

1) First thank Heavenly Father for ten different things. Gratitude has such delicious power to connect us with God and help us see the good we couldn't see and attract more good. 

2) Then ask for ten different things. How many times have you seen "ask" in the scriptures? Tons! God never told us, "Be sure you only ask for these three things." He said to ask for all kinds of things! Of course when you ask, it's always good to follow the Savior's pattern of saying, "Thy will be done," or "If this by Thy will." 

3) Ask one question, pause and quiet your mind, and write down any ideas or answers that come to mind. 

4) Then ask one more question: "Is there anything else Thou wants to tell me, wants me to ask for, repent or forgive for, or a person to pray for?"

If you want to take the prayer challenge to the next level, write them in your journal. 




Something about writing focuses the mind and anchors concepts deeper into our souls than just thinking or speaking them. And besides, wouldn't this make a precious seven-day journal entry to look back on? 


Wow, I just used this pattern in my own prayer journal this morning, and it was beautiful and delicious. When I asked the last question, the Spirit let me know that two different conversations I had yesterday were purposely meant to prepare me for something that's going to happen today. How cool is that? 

Here's what your journal headings may look like: 
  1. 10 Thanks
  2. 10 Asking 
  3. 1 Question
  4. 1 Anything else?

I'm excited to upgrade my prayers this way for the next seven days. How about you?  



Here are a few other questions you could add if you like. 


  • Heavenly Father, how does Thou feel about me? 
  • What are good things about me, my strengths, or my accomplishments that I may not notice ? 
  • What do you want me to work on?
  • What do you want me to know?
  • What do you want me to feel? 
  • Thanks to Ruth Haycock for suggesting these additional questions.