Feed the Hungry Car Kits to #LightTheWorld

I have absolutely loved participating in the mormon.org #LightTheWorld challenges this year. It really helps bring a special spirit to the holiday season, when you focus on serving others. I have done small things for each day, but for Day 21 “Feed the Hungry”, I wanted to do something a little bigger… Feed the Hungry Car Kits!

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The thought behind these kits is that I hate driving past people who are asking for help on the streets, but I don’t usually carry cash with me and sometimes don’t feel comfortable giving cash. I loved the idea of carrying a few bags with food in them that I could keep in the glove compartment of my car, so that I could hand them out easily.  [Read more…]

Forgiving as a Little Child

When I would read scriptures that referred to becoming like a little child, it understood what they were saying, but they took on a whole new meaning as a parent.

Before becoming a mom, I had plans of being the mom who didn’t ever raise her voice and always had a level head when her children were acting out. I think those are probably the ideals that most of us get when we dream of what our future with children will be like.

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Unfortunately, those ideals aren’t always a reality. Once I became a mom to a little girl who had opinions of her own, I realized that I am only human and can’t always be the ideal mom that I hoped of being. I make a lot of mistakes as a mom. [Read more…]

Giving Children Our Time: Light the World with Service

The holiday season can bring a lot of chaos into our lives. When there are so many events and shopping that happens in such a short amount of time, it can be hard to lose sight of what is truly important this holiday season. I love the reminder I received when I watched this video about bringing light to the world by serving others. This holiday season can also be the perfect opportunity to serve. To learn more visit https://www.mormon.org?cid=66200019.

Serving our children and giving them our time and attention [Read more…]

Meet this Mormon

When I was in high school, I remember walking down the hallway with a girl who I had recently gotten to know through a school club we were both a part of. We were talking about the classes we were taking and I had mentioned that I had Seminary class next. She looked at me with a sort of shock on her face and said, “You go to Seminary?!”. I felt a little embarrassed. It was right in that moment that I realized that I wasn’t being the example that I knew that I needed to be. If you aren’t sure what Seminary class is, it is a class that high school students have the opportunity of taking. It is a class put on by the LDS church that is for studying the scriptures and applying them to real life situations, learning to use the scriptures to find the answers to our life’s questions, and to come closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ. This class is typically offered before school in a church building or at a church member’s home. If you live in a community with a lot of members of the LDS church, schools offer a released time elective that you get no school credit for so that students can attend Seminary during school hours. I was lucky enough to be able to grow up in a community that I could attend Seminary during my school day.

It wasn’t until that girl questioned me about going to Seminary that I realized that I wasn’t carrying the light of Christ within me like I should have. It was a major eye opening experience. When I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as an eight year old, I took upon the name of Christ through the waters of baptism to always remember him, to keep his commandments, and to “take on his name” meaning that I would be an example of Christ and to help others who are in need of feeling comfort. I realized that when I went to Seminary, I was engaged in the lessons and really enjoyed learning about my Savior, but when I crossed the street and roamed the hallways of my high school, I wasn’t being the Christlike example that I should have been. Part of the reason this girl didn’t realize that I was a Mormon was because most of my friends weren’t LDS. Even though I went to a high school full of Mormon kids, I didn’t do a whole lot with them socially. Most of my friends were of different faiths… and that is okay! It was actually a really awesome experience to have friends of many faiths because most of them were pretty obedient in their faith and were awesome examples to me as well. But when the girl questioned me about being LDS, I realized that she didn’t know I was because I wasn’t setting that good example like some of my non-LDS friends were. It was right then and there that I knew I needed to make a change.

I went to my Heavenly Father (God) in prayer and asked for forgiveness for how I had acted and the way in which I presented myself and asked for the strength I needed to be able to give myself the spiritual makeover I needed. I knew that I didn’t need to become someone who quotes scripture all of the time or someone who constantly talks about Jesus, but I knew that I needed to make changes in the way that I dressed, in the way that I spoke, and in the way that I acted so that I could be a better example of Jesus Christ.

I can’t even tell you how much better it felt knowing that I was making the changes that I needed to in my life. Believe me, there were setbacks. That just part of our mortal journey here on earth, but through a lot of prayer and scripture study, I was able to change the way I had been acting.

Now flash-forward to present day. I am a wife and a mother. I find myself overwhelmed often times because of all of the things on my plate. Sometimes it can be very hard to be patient with a demanding toddler or even my husband. This is the same situation many moms find themselves in. I was finding that I was exploding on my daughter way too often though. I wouldn’t ever get physically mean to her, but I would raise my voice more times than I should. I found myself in an all too familiar situation as the time the girl questioned me about being a Mormon in the hallway. I wasn’t being a very good example of my Savior to my family. I realized that I been praying daily, but they weren’t as heartfelt of prayers as they should have been. They were more of a voice recording saying the same thing over and over again. I also hadn’t read my scriptures in a very long time. I decided to make the change that I knew needed to be made and I started taking 30 minutes out of my morning to study the scriptures and really pray and take some quiet time to meditate and get myself ready to take on the day. I can’t even tell you the difference that it has made! I have been much more patient and have actually seemed to have more time in my day to get the things done that have needed to get done for a long time. I know that my Heavenly Father is helping me stay patient and helping me figure out how to better balance out my life.

That experience in my high school hallway completely changed my life. I now am not afraid to be an example of my Savior. I don’t hesitate to tell people that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

So this is me! I am a Mormon. I want you to meet this Mormon.

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I am a wife of an educational technology specialist. I am a mom to a princess loving, curly haired toddler. I am a blogger. I am a stress case. I am a TV junkie (Yes, that necklace I am wearing has the double infinity sign from Revenge!). I am a lover of makeup and fashion. I am a cosmetologist. I am a loyal friend. I am a sister of two younger brothers who can always make me laugh. I am a daughter to two hard working parents. I am a lover of online shopping. I am a candy addict. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me and truly knows who I am and cares about me. I am a believer in Jesus Christ. I know he died for me and he truly wants me to do good so I can return to his presence with God in heaven.

This is who I am. All of these things make up me, but nothing gives me more of a foundation than the knowledge that I have about God’s plan for me.

Have you heard about the new movie that was released today? It is called Meet the Mormons. It follows the stories of a few members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the movie hopes to shed light on what Mormons are actually like. It isn’t a movie for Mormons, it is a movie for everyone! I haven’t seen it yet, but I have friends who were able to see it in advance and have said that it is such an inspiring movie. Not only does it show people what Mormons are like, but it inspires people to do good and to live up to their potential. All proceeds from the film will be going to The Red Cross so you can also know that your money is going to a good cause while you are being uplifted by the movie. You can watch the movie trailer here…

I joined in with some other Mormon bloggers so they could introduce themselves in their own “Meet This Mormon” type post. You can check out all of their posts too to learn more about who they are and their faith.

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We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints otherwise known as “The Mormons”. We are proud of this part of who we are! We are excited to team up with over 65+ of us strong… to extend an invitation to see a film. A film entitled “Meet The Mormons”. This film is not meant to be an “in your face” – you must join our church film. It is simply designed and produced to uplift and inspire you through six stories of those of our faith who have followed promptings to follow Christ more fully in their lives. We hope you take the opportunity to enjoy this film. We hope your hearts are made light as you feel the goodness that comes from following our Christ and Savior.

We also would like to take a moment and share our personal testimonies, stories of our own personal conversions, and our own stories of how following our Savior, Jesus Christ has changed our lives. The light of the gospel of Jesus Christ offers a joy and hope that only following him can provide. We hope as you click through and read our stories and testimonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you will feel uplifted and encouraged. We are by you! We love connecting with our readers, that is why many of us do what we do! Please be kind and considerate in your comments. It takes great bravery for us to open our hearts and our mouths to share with you such a tender and personal part of who we are. We share because we feel strongly the need to share the peace and the hope that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Adrienne | Free Time Frolics , Camille | Chicken Scratch n’ Sniff , Natalie & Rebekah | House of Sprinkles , Kathleen| Fearlessly Creative Moms

Emily | The Benson Street , Staci | The Potter’s Place, Alyssa | Alyssa.Marie , Kristen | Capturing Joy , Aly | Entirely Eventful Day

Katie | Clarks Condensed, Larissa | Just Another Day In Paradise , Camille | My Mommy Style , Candice | She’s Crafty

Anita | Live Like You Are Rich, Landee | Landee Lu , Tara & Devin | Salt & Pepper Moms , Mallory & Savannah | Classy Clutter Kelli & Kristi| Lolly Jane

McKenzie | Girl Loves Glam , Pam & Lisa | Over The Big Moon , Melanie | Forty Eighteen , Sky | Capital B Adell | Baked in Arizona

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Andie | Maybe I Will , Shatzi | Love and Laundry , Robyn | Create it Go , Rachel | R & R Workshop

Tiffany | Feel Great In 8 , Katelyn | What Up Fagens? , Brittany | BrittanyBullen , Ginger | Ginger Snap Crafts , Stephanie | Crafting In The Rain

Chelsey | Cee Me Be , Amber | Crazy Little Projects , Kallie | Smitten By, Elyse, Kristen, Lauren, Steph, Kendra & Camille | Six Sisters Stuff Annette | Tips From A Typical Mom

Amberly | Life With Amberly & Joe , Taralyn | Keep Moving Forward With Me , Jessica | What Does The Cox Say? , Lisa | Mabey She Made It , Kiki | Kiki & Company

Kierste | Simply Kierste , Tayler | The Morrell Tale, Jennifer | My Daylights , Cambria | Live To Be Inspired, Danielle | Today’s The Best Day

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Amber | Dessert Now Dinner Later, Natalie | The Creative Mom, Bobbie | A Vision To Remember , Becky | Babes In Hairland

Lisa | Pebbles & Pigtails , Mandy | Sugar Bee Crafts , Krista | Reclaim, Renew, Remodel , Wendy | Musings, Miracles, and Mayhem

Nat & Holly | My Sister’s Suitcase, Britni| Play.Party.Pin , Montserrat | Cranial Hiccups , Heidi | A Lively Hope , Ashley & Meegan | Flats to Flip Flops

Alexis | We Like to Learn As We Go, Amy | The English Geek , Mariel | Or So She Says Carrian | Oh Sweet Basil

Kirtley | The Gist of Fit | Aubrey | Dreaming of Someday, Natalie| The Messanos, Angela | Handmade In The Heartland

If you have any questions about the LDS church, please feel free to ask. I would be happy to answer any questions. I just ask that you respect me and my right to freedom of religion and keep the negativity away from comments. We are all sons and daughters of God, please treat each other that way.

If you are interested in receiving more information about the church, please read my post HERE. You can also visit Mormon.org for many resources including answers to frequently asked questions about the LDS church, live chat options with missionaries to ask your questions, and profiles of many Mormons who are excited to share their stories.

Extraordinary Gifts

I tried playing the piano. I was in piano lessons for years. Nothing good came from me being in piano lessons. No, for reals. Nothing good came from piano lessons for me. We are talking lots of fights about practicing, my baby brother pulling himself up to the fireplace and severely burning his hand while my mom was trying to get me to practice, and my dog getting hit by a car on the way to a piano recital. See what I mean by nothing good came from me being in piano lessons? I took piano lessons because I wanted to have a talent. All of my friends were taking piano lessons. When it came to reading music, I just couldn’t do it. My brain couldn’t seem to grasp any of the notes that I had been quizzed on time and time again.

As I grew older, I learned that I absolutely loved music. When I say that I loved music, I mean that I LOVED music. I loved all music. I learned that I loved country music, I loved pop music, and I especially loved punk music. I hated that I couldn’t create music myself. I took a guitar class that I was able to survive, but it just never clicked.

I felt like I had no talents. If I couldn’t write music or play any instruments, I had no talent. Right? Wrong. It was once I took a step back, that I realized that talents aren’t just if you can play the piano or the guitar. We all have been given talents here on earth that we need to use to bless our lives and the lives of those around us. I realized that I was really good at creating things. I was really good at interacting with people. I know those sound like strange talents, but they are talents. By embracing my talents, I have been able to share my talents with others. I can consciously work on improving my talents so that I can help others develop their talents.

I love this video about the extraordinary gifts that we each have. It talks about one young man in particular that is absolutely incredible. You will love it!

Our extraordinary gifts were given to each of us by God. What are your talents? How can you use them for good?

Be the good in the world. Share your talents with someone. You can bless your life and the lives of others around you.

Learn more about my faith in this post HERE and get answers to any of the questions you might have about faith HERE.

A Personal Message for You

General Conference

It is one of the best times of the year. It happens twice a year. General Conference is on Saturday and Sunday. General Conference brings such peace into my home and into my heart as I listen to the inspired messages that are shared. If you don’t know what General Conference is, it is a time that the leaders of the LDS church speak to the world with messages to help inspire us and invite us to come unto Christ. Everyone is invited to listen to General Conference. You can find it online on lds.org or on TV if you live in Southeast Idaho or Utah.

“There are messages in each general conference given as a gift and a blessing from heaven specifically for our personal life situations” -President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I can’t tell you how many of my troubles have been answered because of the messages given during General Conference. I am so grateful for the opportunity to listen to these uplifting messages next weekend. I invite you to watch/listen to these messages too.

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If you have any questions about the LDS church, read this post HERE.

Come Listen!

I am really blessed to have religion in my life. As most of you already know, I am Mormon. If you are interested to hear more about my story, you can read my post here.

This weekend is a special weekend because we get to receive guidance from the leadership of our church. The greatest part about General Conference, is that it isn’t just for members of the church. It is for everyone! So come, listen. Every time it is General Conference, I receive the guidance that I am searching for. I am uplifted, inspired, and have a greater love for my family. General Conference is available online to watch or listen to in whatever language you speak! Be uplifted and inspired!

 Come listen to living prophets

#usetheinternetforgood

A week ago, we were graced with the VMA’s. And although I didn’t actually watch the VMA’s, because of social media, I feel like I didn’t miss a beat. Now, this isn’t totally a bad thing, because I did get to see Justin Timberlake’s awesome performance. BUT, because of social media, I had to see things that I wish I wouldn’t have seen. Images and descriptions that can’t be erased from my mind. It made me feel gross. It made me feel dirty. It made me feel sad.

But, then I saw a different picture. A picture of a happy couple walking out of the temple, right after they got married. They looked so happy! I could feel their happiness through the picture and it instantly brought me back to the day that I was married for time and eternity to my best friend.

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I knew that day that I had prepared my entire life for that moment to be sealed for time and all eternity to my very best friend.

After seeing that picture on Facebook, I clicked on it to make the photo bigger. I saw that this picture had been shared thousands of times. I wondered why. I didn’t recognize the person’s name who had originally uploaded the photo, but then I noticed something. The bride had tattoos! Now maybe that doesn’t seem like a big deal if you aren’t LDS, but if you are, you know that in the Mormon church, tattoos aren’t the norm at all! I then remembered hearing about the “Tattooed Mormon” who had been on the cover of an LDS magazine and I knew this had to be her! I wanted to learn more about her! Just by her smile alone, I knew I wanted to see what her Facebook page was all about. By doing clicking over to her Facebook page (Al Fox), I opened up an entire can of spiritual worms. It was jam packed with just what I needed to hear, see, and read.

I found myself then watching her YouTube videos, reading her blog, and feeling more and more spiritually uplifted with each of them.

I truly believe in using the internet for good. Al Fox has used that as her motivator and has completely started a movement with #usetheinternetforgood and I love it. Too often we are sucked into the messiness of the internet. We need to take a step back and think about what really is important in our lives and rearrange some things. That doesn’t mean that spending time online is a bad thing though. Instead of spending time on Facebook checking in on the mean girls in high school to see if karma is getting back at them, spend more time online spreading the good.

There is good in the world. You can be the good in the world.

I know that through the gospel of Jesus Christ, I can be the good in the world too. I can stand up and be not ashamed of my light within. I don’t have to be afraid to be the good in the world. I can share with others my love of my Savior and my Heavenly Father to help them find strength and know that He lives. Christ died for us. Every one of us. He knows our aches and pains. Not just physical pains, but emotional pains too. I can’t even tell you how much that touches my soul. I know that the sadness, anxiety, fear, and self consciousness that I feel isn’t just something that I feel alone, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has felt them too. I know that I can turn to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for answers and comfort. I know that my brother who is currently serving a mission for our church is doing just exactly what he is supposed to be doing. And although I miss him every, single day, I know that he is supposed to be there. I pray that we can all use the internet for good. Spread joy.

I just want to leave you with this video of Al Fox’s that I watched. She is such a great inspiration to be the good and use the internet for good.

For more information about my faith, and a little bit more about why I am a Mormon, read this post here. #usetheinternetforgood

Church Lesson Pictionary: Summer Fun Series

If you have missed out on any of the other 31 Days of Summer Fun posts, you can find them all linked on this post.

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Today, I get to share a tutorial with you as part of the Summer Fun series! I wanted to share a fun little game that is a great Sunday activity for families to do after church!

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I love the game Pictionary! I always have. I haven’t ever been a great artist by any means, but I have always loved coloring, drawing, and playing guessing games so Pictionary naturally fits right into my interests! I am Mormon. Sundays are treated more sacred than other days of the week for us. We don’t go shopping or go out to movies with our friends, we observe the Sabbath by spending time with our families and resting in observance of that special day each week. Sometimes it is hard to come up with things to do on Sundays when you just want to go out to the mall. That is why I decided to create Church Lesson Pictionary!

To play, gather your family around in your driveway and split into teams. Everyone thinks about a few different things that they learned at church. One person goes up at a time and starts drawing on the driveway with sidewalk chalk what they learned at church. Both teams start guessing what that person learned about at church! It is a great way to keep the lessons taught at church fresh in our memories and also teach others about what you learned at church so you can all be inspired and uplifted!

Some examples (These are all LDS themed, but could you can draw themes for whatever your faith is!)

By drawing a temple, you could have learned about… Temples, temple work, eternal families, temple marriage, marriage, our body is a temple, etc.

Temple Chalk art for Pictionary game

Drawing your family could mean… Eternal families, obey your mother and father, love at home, family proclamation, etc.

Eternal families Pictionary church game

Drawing the CTR shield… choose the right, keep the commandments, etc.

Choose The Right Sidewalk Chalk game

By drawing a baptism, it could mean… baptism, missionary work, repentance, being an example, etc.

Baptism chalk art for Pictionary game

Not only is this a great activity to help keep your mind on the lessons learned at church, but it is an awesome way to spend time outside with your family!

Remember to check out the other great 31 Days of Summer Fun posts…



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