Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Quote Pictures

I was so happy when the Young Women asked me to take pictures for them for their Evening in Excellence night. I mean, as much as I'm loving Relief Society... I miss my girls.

The YW Pres asked each of the girls to choose their favorite picture, and their favorite quote and then I put them together. I had a lot of fun:







Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Study Stickers

Okay, I promise this is my last post about General Conference for a while! All of these things have been on my mind for a while, and I just want to get them checked off my to-do list...

As I searched through my Conference Journal a couple of weeks ago in preparation for my talk, I started thinking how fun it would be to make stickers for my side margins instead of just writing my impressions. I didn't think I would have time to make some up before this session, but I was too excited to let them slide. :)


(Aren't they cute?) I made these stickers specifically to go in my Conference Journal, but they are open-ended enough, you could probably use them for any study journal of sorts. I printed this .pdf on a full sized clear sheet of sticker paper, then cut out the individual stickers.




After I finished those up, I started thinking about what I want to get out of Conference this session... and my church calling (a volunteer "job" in the church for right now) kept coming to mind. I currently serve with the Young Women, and I want to be a better example to the girls (ages 12-17) I serve with. One of the ways I want to do that, is to recognize the young women values in my scriptures and in my life more often, as well as topics in the Come Follow Me lessons.


To help, I made up some more stickers... I went through the list of scriptures in the personal progress book, and marked each one with the color pencil in the coordinating value color and added the little value sticker in the margin. I love them! I also included a little silhouette of Christ with "Come Follow Me" on it to add next to an amazing scripture shared during one of the lessons. I think I am going to make some for my girls. Hopefully you can get some use out of them, too!



For more ideas on preparing for General Conference, click HERE.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Our General Conference Center.... New and Improved

I've been wanting to add a few things to our Conference Board, and I finally made the time to sit down and get it done. I'm so excited for my kids to use the updated board in a couple of weeks!

Here is the whole board, so you can see where I added new items:


I wanted to change the music section a little, because I noticed that Harvey didn't really do anything with it unless I prompted him. I figured it was probably because he couldn't read the words, so now that section is non-reader friendly. I split the two arrows up - one for the choir, and one for who is singing (men, women, or both). I also added little pictures of an organ and a music stand. I also included both a male and a female guest conductor, and a guest organist.

I also added a map. Jen Lund had a map on her original board, and I went back and forth on including it due to space, but I finally decided to make it work. I added an airplane, like she has, to move around any time a country is mentioned. I also added 5 of our favorite temples, so my children can place them on the map wherever new temples are announced.


I also liked her idea of placing her family members in attendance on their couch watching Conference, but I couldn't figure out where to add that feature due to space. Now I have added a picture of our family on the couch to move from session to session instead of the temple. (This isn't included in the download... for obvious reasons.)

I also wanted to add a little more diversity to our anonymous Quorum of the 70s guys, since there are men called from all over the world, after all. I added a couple more skin colors.


Lastly, I added a spot for my kids to write in a couple of the statistics given during General Conference; total members of the church, full-time missionaries, and total operating temples in the world. (Don't trust those numbers, I just guessed for the pictures.) The dry erase marker will wipe off the contact paper with a tissue.


Instead of trying to keep two different posts updated with the free printables, I'll update the first post. Just head back to the original General Conference Center post to download and make your own. :) 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Max: 7 Months



Max often bites his lower lip. I think it's adorable.


(I made the above baby book page using my Milestone Templates. You can order them HERE...)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Guess Who: General Conference Edition


As part of my plan to help my children become familiar with the General Authorities and Auxiliary leaders, I created a version of Guess Who with their pictures.

I added the General Primary and General Young Women's Presidencies, mostly because I know that it is important to girls to have some girl options. But also because my children are or will be in their respective organizations (also including the General Young Men).

Harvey loves playing this game.. and without fail, always chooses to be the prophet. I love that he knows the Prophet, but maybe he will understand someday that this gives his opponent an advantage. ;) We ask questions about their hair, their ties, their glasses, or if they are smiling with their teeth or not. Then when we get down to a few, we start saying their names: "Is your person David A. Bednar?" I love hearing my kids say their names.


I have the new version of Guess Who which is very different from the one I remember growing up with, so I made my printable for that. (Scroll down for the old version.)

Anyway... hopefully this helps your family get to know our church leaders in the coming weeks until General Conference!


Here is the download for the old version of Guess Who. It is sized slightly larger, so for most of us who don't have edge to edge printers will be able to print it the right size. Make sure you click "shrink to fit" (or something similar) when you print! If you don't have that option, print at 94% and it should do the trick.


For more ideas on preparing for General Conference, click HERE.

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