Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2015 Calendars and Photo Pages are HERE!

The 2015 Calendars with Photo Pages are finished and ready to go!
Here is an example of how my January Pages turned out:
I will also be posting my families new theme pages for 2015...

You can click on the image to enlarge the picture and then
right click to copy and paste it to the program of your choice.
I have the PDF available as well but media fire is not responding right now.

Monday, September 29, 2014

It's Conference Time!!!

I love the fall...
Here are a few of the things I
am doing to prepare my family for the
we have to hear the Lord's chosen Prophet's and Apostles!
I start out by creating the mood!
I decorate like it's the biggest holiday of the year!
I want my family to understand how truly
blessed we are to have this opportunity so I do
try to make it a big deal!
Conference Banner:

Just print, cut and punch a hole in each of the top corners.
Tie the banner pieces together with ribbons and you're done!
We count it down!
The countdown starts on the day of the
General Women's Meeting.
Each day I give everyone a reminder or challenge to help them
prepare for Conference.
 The candy I used for each day is listed with the tags above.
 FHE Conference Prep!
The Family Home Evening before Conference we spend a few minutes
talking about the importance of Conference.
We fill out our question cards.
(Shown Below)
We read the testimonies given at the end of each of the
April Conference Talks.

...and last but not least
we enjoy a Conference Sundae!
We tell them that Conference is like a Sundae.
The more you put into it...the more you will get out of it!
WRITE down any questions or concerns we may have
and PRAY about each question!

Members of the Church are entitled to personal revelation as they listen to and study the inspired words spoken at general conference.

As you prepare for general conference, I invite you to ponder questions you need to have answered. For example, you might yearn for direction and guidance by the Lord regarding challenges you are facing.
Answers to your specific prayers may come directly from a particular talk or from a specific phrase. At other times answers may come in a seemingly unrelated word, phrase, or song. A heart filled with gratitude for the blessings of life and an earnest desire to hear and follow the words of counsel will prepare the way for personal revelation.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Print this card and keep it in your scriptures.
Review it often!
We attend the Temple!
Everyone in my family is old enough to participate in
temple ordinances and so we are able to do
baptisms, initiatories, endowments and sealings.
This year I was able to get our own family names so it will
be a sweet experience for sure!
My parents are Ogden Temple workers and so it will be
even more sweet to be able to have them there with us!
We set up the Prophet's and Apostles Wall!

I printed 5" x 7" pictures of the 1st Presidency, 12 Apostles, and
General Presidencies.
I printed and cut, and laminated each of the tags and pictures.
I put a tag under each of the pictures.
We used wet-erase markers to write down the speaker's topic, and
a few of our favorite quotes, scriptures or comments.
The pictures and tags stay up until the Conference Ensign
is out.  It's a great reminder for each of us.
Conference isn't just two days...
it's messages are to become a part of us and the way we live!
Pictures found on LDS.org
We feed our bodies...
so we can concentrate on
feeding our Spirits!
Almost all of the food is made on Saturday
in between conference sessions so that we can focus
on being Spiritually fed!
Conference Breakfast at our house is AWESOME!
Crepes and German Pancakes in the Spring...
Breakfast Casseroles and Pumpkin Pancakes
in the fall!

We will be adding a new tradition this year for lunch...
We will be having a Conference Picnic!
I will be serving:
Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches
Fruits and Veggies
Raspberry Lemonade
(All of which can be made the night before!)
Conference Dinner will be hot dogs over a fire
followed by S'mores!

Our Lego Tradition:
My boys love Lego's!
Each time conference rolls around, we add a new Lego set
to our ever growing collection.
This Lego set is the best so far!
It's the Brick 'em Young Salt Lake Temple!

Conference Bags:
I purchased reusable grocery bags from the dollar store.
I reuse the same bags for every conference.
The bags include:
Scriptures, Notebooks, Markers, Pens and Pencils,
and their new "Conference Socks."
I also add treats and a drink.

Conference Socks:
Conference Socks are a family favorite!
My kids love them and look forward to them
with each general conference.
I put a new pair of socks into a cellophane bag and
attached the poem.
This is one of the things I always add to their
Conference Bag!
Conference Puzzles:
Each year I have our family pictures made into puzzles.
We put these together between the sessions!
We also did a puzzle with all of the Prophet's.
(You can order the puzzles online.  I ordered mine through Shutterfly.)
Conference Journals:
This year's conference journals are from Sam's Club
and are the 9"x 11" notebooks.
I printed and attached the covers to each of them with double sided tape.

I also printed sticker sets of the 1st Presidency,
12 Apostles, and General Presidencies.
These stickers can be added to the page when that person is speaking.

Conference Questions:
During each speaker, family members will write questions
from the conference talks.
We will put the questions from each session into a jar which will
be used during Family Home Evening Monday Night.
Each correct answer will receive "Conference Cash!"
It's a WIN...WIN!
Conference Cash:
I attached each of these to a dollar bill and put them in a jar
so that they could be seen during conference.
We actually ended up donating all of our winnings to a wrestler in need.
It was an amazing experience!
Dollars are paid out on the MONDAY following conference.
Questions from the "CONFERENCE QUESTIONS" Jar are asked and whoever
answers the question correctly...WINS THE DOLLAR!
It's a great incentive, especially if you have teenagers.

If you would like to use any of
the things I have done...
Just click on the picture to enlarge it,
and then right click on the image and save it
to the program you will be using it in.
Hopefully that will make it so that you will always have access
to the images and projects.
Please refer friends back to this link instead of just copying and pasting it to
your own blog...I sure would appreciate it!