Summer Reading


There is no Frigate like a Book/  To take us Lands away

It is summer and I am reading fiction again!  Somehow, Autumn and Winter seem so much more serious and I find myself reading books about education and art processes, history and biography, with the occasional classic thrown in.  But summer, full of shimmering heat and drowsy afternoons is a season that calls for lots of fiction.

The following are the books that I have read this past month with some of my favorite quotes from the books: Continue reading

Looking Forth for the Great Day of the Lord to Come/Gospel Doctrine #21



The Power of Scripture by Elder Richard G. Scott

Preparing the World for the Second Coming by Elder Neil L. Andersen

Preparation for the Second Coming by Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Spiritual Perspectives on How to Survive the Calamities of the Last Days by Hugh Nibley

The Glass is Half Full: The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ by Richard Holzapfel

The Return of the King by Larry Y. Wilson

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Tithing and Fasting/Gospel Doctrine Lesson #17



All Things Are The Lords: The Law of Consecration in the Doctrine and Covenants

Singular and Plural Address in the Scriptures by James R. Rasband

Like A Watered Garden by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

The Windows of Heaven by Elder David A. Bednar

Letter to Edward Partridge, 2 May 1833

The Widows Mite by President Gordon B. Hinckley

The Law of the Fast: A Personal Responsibility to Care For the Poor and the Needy by Bishop Dean M. Davies

Why Does The Lord Require People to Live the Laws of Tithing and Fasting?

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E is for Earth

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~John Muir


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Recycled Materials Creation Station: For this invitation I cut up cardboard boxes into about 5×7-inch rectangles.  I put out toilet paper tubes that I had cut into about 1-inch circles, bottle caps, bits of fabric and paper leftover from other collage projects, cut up egg cartons, pieces of ribbon and pictures from magazines.  I also set out scissors and glue.  As the children arrived, I showed them our “creation station” and talked to them about creating a collage, however they wanted, out of all of these material.  Of course, since this is an invitation, whether they create a collage or not, is entirely up to the child. Continue reading

E is For Easter and Egg

Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice. And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared to face His task and to take up His Cross.           ~William BarclayIMG_5637

An Invitation to Create Felt Easter Eggs:

I first saw this idea on the website Best Ideas For Kids.  This is such a simple invitation to set up and the Littles loved it.  I made an egg shaped pattern and cut lots of egg shapes out of brightly colored felt.  Then I put out bowls of different things that the Littles could glue onto their eggs to decorate them–bits of ribbon and ricrac, small pompoms, pastel colored buttons, sequins and gemstones.  They loved it! Continue reading

What Do We Know About Jesus Christ Because of Joseph Smith?


1.  The plan of redemption has existed since before the foundation of the world.  Grace is not God’s backup plan.   Jesus Christ has been the planned redeemer since foundation of the world:  Moses 4:2
Mosiah 15:18-20

18 And behold, I say unto you, this is not all. For O how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that is the founder of peace, yea, even the Lord, who has redeemed his people; yea, him who has granted salvation unto his people;

19 For were it not for the redemption which he hath made for his people, which was prepared from the foundation of the world, I say unto you, were it not for this, all mankind must have perished.

20 But behold, the bands of death shall be broken, and the Son reigneth, and hath power over the dead; therefore, he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead.

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