I have this amazing friend, Danielle. Each week she is stuck in the car with me for 2 hours as we drive to and from our weekly ‘Gathering’ for Pathway (haven’t heard of Pathway, check it out HERE!). For two hours we talk about all kinds of things. A few weeks ago she shared something with me that her Religion teacher shared with her, and she told me I needed to make a printable. Her teacher had shared a great system to studying the General Conference talks, I loved the idea, so I told her that I would do it! Today I am sharing my General Conference Note Sheets and Mini Binder Sheets with you. I hope you like them and put them to good use.

General Conference Study Sheets

When my friend told me about this great idea, I thought of creating it on a normal piece of paper, which I did, but I have this obsession with these cute little mini-binders (pictured above). I have quite a few laying around my house just waiting to be used, so I decided to create some General Conference Note sheets that would fit into mini-binders as well. You can find these cute mini binders at Target (sometimes in the Dollar Spot), here is one that I  found online.

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General Conference Note Sheets

Here is a peek at the full sized General Conference Note Sheet that I created. The original idea was to come up with 3 questions and write them down at the top of your sheet of paper. You would use one sheet of paper for each talk, so you will be writing these questions onto each sheet. Next, you write the speaker’s name, the date (either the date you read it or the date of the talk), and then you write the title/topic.

General Conference Note Sheets

The next section is split into 4 square sections: “Scriptures Explained”, “Doctrine Explained”, “Personal History Shared”, and “Warnings/Promises”. The last section is a ‘To-Do’ section.

You could use these General Conference Note Sheets any way you’d like. You could fill in each of the squares when you hear/read anything that answers one of your questions. You could also focus on the topic of each talk, and write down anything that has to do with that topic (scriptures, doctrine, personal history, etc.).

The ‘To-do’ section is where you will apply the teachings to your life. Write down the things that you need to do in order to apply those teachings or promptings that you receive while you study.

Print as many of these pages as you’d like and keep them in a binder or folder. I just shared my 22 Weeks of General Conference Study Guide (HERE) that you could use as well to help you study each of the General Conference addresses.

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General Conference Notes Mini-Binder

As I said before, I am a little obsessed with cute little mini binders (like this one from Target), so if you are like me, then my mini-binder sheets will be perfect! These sheets are set up just like my 8.5″ X 11″ sheet, but they look just a little different and are a smaller size (5.5″ X 8.5″). The first sheet has space for you to write down your 3 questions and the speaker information, but under that I included ‘speech bubbles’ for you to write down favorite quotes from each of the talks.

The next two pages are the 4 sections: “Scriptures Explained”, “Doctrine Explained”, “Personal History Shared”, and “Warnings/Promises”. Another page has 2 sections: “How Will I apply These Teachings to My Life” and the “To-Do” section.

I also included a blank sheet of lined paper that you could use to write down any other notes, quotes, or ideas that you may have. If you are going the mini-binder route, then I couldn’t leave you without your very own mini version of my ’22 Weeks of General Conference,’ so I create 2 mini versions of that as well. There is one that has the months labeled, and one with blank months.

Since the mini sheets are 5.5″ X 8.5″ I was unable to fit two to a sheet. 🙁 But they are black and white, so I hope that will make up for having to print a mini sheet onto a whole sheet of paper. 😉

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Click HERE to print my General Conference Note Sheet!

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Click HERE to print my General Conference Note Sheets (mini version)!

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I hope you enjoy my General Conference Note Sheets, and use them to study the April 2017 General Conference talks. These would make such a great Visiting Teaching gift or a great challenge for the youth. How will you use these General Conference Note Sheets? I would love to hear if you use them, and  if you like them, so let me know by leaving a comment.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day.

Just a few weeks ago we had the opportunity to be uplifted and edified as we listened to General Conference. For a few years now I have created a study guide that you can use to help you study the talks over the next 6 months, as we are instructed to do by our Prophet. Today I am finally sharing my April 2017 General Conference Study Guide! I am also working on some other great note taking sheets that you could use as you study the talks, so stay tuned!

April 2017 General Conference Study Guide

As usual, you will find each of the talks from the April 2017 General Conference, separated by topics. You will also find a Weekly Calendar on the right side of the sheet where you will write down the topic that you have chosen to study that week. There are only 17 topics, so you will be studying some topics for more than 1 week.

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April 2017 General Conference Study Guide Sheets

I have created 2 different styles and 2 different colors for you to choose from. The study guide pictured above is my colorful dots sheet, and it includes the months already labeled. I have also included a black and white dots version (pictured below). I also created a blank calendar, just in case you don’t want to begin in May.

April 2017 General Conference Study Guide

In the bottom right hand corner I included a quote from Benjamin De Hoyos, from this past General Conference:

“Without a doubt, one of the great standards of these latter days is this magnificent General Conference, where the great work and plan of our Heavenly Father ‘to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man’ is continually proclaimed.”

Are you ready to start studying these great talks? Use the links below to print out the April 2017 General Conference Study Guide of your choice. These would also make great printables to take to those you visit or home teach.

Click HERE to print my April 2017 General Conference Study Guide (months labeled).

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Click HERE to print my April 2017 General Conference Study Guide (blank).

I hope you enjoy my 22 Weeks of General Conference Study Guide sheets, and are able to use them. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know. And be on the look-out for some more great General Conference printables that I will be posting very soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day.

 

Today I am teaming up with Aimee of Worthy Written Words to bring you a great Giveaway! Aimee creates beautiful journal templates, and other great scripture journal printables, to help you document your scripture studies and create a scripture journal. Journaling templates can help you focus and guide your research as well as organize your thoughts. I am so excited to share these great templates and printables from Worthy Written Words.

LDS Scripture Journal

Aimee started Worthy Written Words to share her passion about how scripture journaling can help you fall in love with scripture study and help strengthen your testimony. But not only is scripture journaling a lot of fun, when you’re done with a journal you have created a beautiful family heirloom that will continue to teach your children and grandchildren well after you’re gone.

Let’s take a look at some of Aimee’s items that she has over on Worthy Written Words.

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Chapters Kit LDS Scripture Study Journal Template

One of her most popular kits is her Chapters Kit. In this great kit you will find everything you need to start a Chapters Scripture Journal. The pages can be used for any chapter over and over again.

LDS Scripture Journal

This kit includes the following templates in .pdf files:
Table of ContentsMy Personal Study Of:Personal Thoughts and Insights PageSymbolism Used on This Page:Character, Analysis PageHistorical Analysis Page.

Another thing that I love about Aimee’s templates are the sizes that she offers. Each of her kits/templates come in 3 different sizes: A5 (planner), 7X10, and 8.5X11.

This kit is the perfect addition for those of you reading through the scriptures chapter by chapter.

To take a closer look at the Chapters Kit Scripture Journal Template, visit Worthy Written Words, HERE!

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Topics LDS Scripture Journal Kit

I actually purchased this kit from Aimee because right now I am studying by topics. I have mention before that I am participating in the Church’s Pathway Program. Each semester we have a religion class, and this semester is The Eternal Family. I thought the ‘Topics’ kit would be perfect for my studies this semester. I can’t wait to put my kit to good use this semester!

Topics LDS Scripture Journal

The Topic Study Journal Kit includes these sheets:

Topic nameDefinition of topic, Scriptures that teach about this topic, Favorite quotes, Other journals you have written about this topic, and 2 different journaling pages.

To take a closer look at the Topics Journal Kit, visit Worthy Written Words, HERE!

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LDS Scripture Journal Tabs

A good study journal/planner will include tabs. Aimee has got you covered! Not only does she share amazing journal templates, she also creates tabs and other fun embellishments that you can use to help keep your journal organized and pretty. Here’s a peek at her Book of Mormon Tabs.

Book of Mormon Scripture Tabs

This kit includes 15 different tabs with 5 versions of each one. Black and White, Kraft Background, Damask, Gold, and a Floral version. Simply print your choice of tabs onto 8.5 X 11 cardstock and cut. These will work in any journal, and she even has a picture on her site using them in scriptures!

To take a closer at these beautiful tabs, and other great embellishments, visit Worthy Written Words, HERE!

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Prayer Study Kit

Last, but certainly not least, I am going to talk a little bit about Aimee’s Prayer Study Kit! This kit looks amazing, and so beautiful.

Prayer Study Kit

This kit includes all kinds of great printables to help you study and to take time to sincerely talk to your Heavenly Father in prayer. This kit includes:

10 embellishments including a Monthly Personal Prayer Tracker, 2 tabs, and 7 stickers, Prayer Topic Template (in 8.5X11, 7X10, and A5 sizes) and 2 mini journaling templates (5.5X8.5).

To take a closer look at the Prayer Study Kit visit Worthy Written Words, HERE!

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All of Aimee’s templates that you will find on her site come in different sizes, 8.5X11, 7X10, and A5 planner size. They are also available for immediate download and come in PDF format. You simply download, print, and fill out. Then paste into your journal. The art work is just cut out and paste into your journal. The tabs come in PDF and PNG formats.

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GIVEAWAY

Let’s talk about the giveaway! Today there are two great prizes up for grabs. Aimee has been so kind to give away one (1) of her Chapters Study Kits + a set of her beautiful Book of Mormon Title Tab Sets. And for a second prize, one (1) lucky Little LDS Ideas reader will win her Prayer Study Kit!

Since all of Aimee’s items are downloadable, this giveaway is open to EVERYONE! You have several chances to enter, so scroll to the ‘Rafflecopter’ widget below and see how to enter for your chance to win!

This giveaway will end Monday, April 24th at 11:59 pm (MST). The winners’ names will be displayed on the Rafflecopter Widget, and I will announce it on Facebook. Each winner will be emailed to notify them that they won. You will have 24 hours to claim your prize, and then after that a new winner will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you will enter for your chance to win one of these amazing prizes. Be sure to stop by Worthy Written Words on Facebook and Instagram and give her some love!

Good luck! And Have a wonderful day!

(I received items from Worthy Written Words to review, but all opinions are my own.)

Pick Me Up Treat Tags for Relief Society & Young Women Groups | LDS Printables | Friendshipping Tags | Free Printable

Hello! It’s Marissa from Prickly Pear Design Co.  and I’m excited to be sharing these cute little Pick Me Up Treat Tags with you today!  A few weeks ago, I got called to be the Compassionate Service Leader. When I heard those words, I automatically thought “babies, surgeries, funerals…” but compassionate service is so much more than that.

Compassionate service is a chance not only to help out in times of need, but to uplift. And as I thought about how I might serve the sisters in my ward, I realized that we’re all in need of that uplifting.

So I gave myself a challenge. I wanted to have a few ideas on hand that I could easily put together for sisters that might appreciate a little bit of love and uplifting. What I came up with is cute, cost effective and completely perfect for Compassionate Service Leaders, Visiting Teachers, Young Women Leaders, and anyone that wants to spread a little love to a friend. So I’m sharing all three ideas here today and hope that you can put them to use!

Life Gets Sweeter with Gratitude Treat Tag | Pick Me Up Treat Tags for Relief Society & Young Women Groups | LDS Printables | Friendshipping Tags | Free Printable

Life Gets Sweeter Treat Tag

This is perfect to use as a quick Visiting Teaching drop off for those months when life gets busy or as a challenge for you to take on together. It seems like when life gets tough, and sometimes even when it’s not, we forget to be grateful. Pair that with a drink they can sip while they write down what they’re grateful for and things are bound to start looking up.To keep it cost effective: Check the dollar bins at Target for cute pens, ribbon, and notebooks. Buy drinks in bulk rather than single cans. (The steno pad and pen shown above totaled out just over a $1!)

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You Are One Tough Cookie Treat Tag | Pick Me Up Treat Tags for Relief Society & Young Women Groups | LDS Printables | Friendshipping Tags | Free Printable

You Are One Tough Cookie Treat Tag

It’s true that something sweet makes tough times a little bit more bearable. These might come in handy as a reminder for Young Women who seem to be struggling or for Relief Society Sisters who have had surgery, sick kids, etc. To save time: pick up pre-made cookie dough or even cookies from the local bakery. As I put these together, I kept thinking “I would have loved this during my last trimester” and I’d bet the sisters expecting babies in your ward would agree!

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He Loves You {and we do too!} Treat Tag | Pick Me Up Treat Tags for Relief Society & Young Women Groups | LDS Printables | Friendshipping Tags | Free Printable

He Loves You {And We Do Too!} Treat Tag

Spiritual pep talk. Who doesn’t need one of those from time to time right? Even if you’re not feeling down, knowing that someone is cheering for you sends good vibes all over the place. This tag references 1 Nephi 11:17 and God’s love for us. I especially like the fact that when the angel asks Nephi about the condescension of God he replies:

“I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.”

It doesn’t matter if you know it all or not, God loves you. And that’s plenty to go on. I paired this tag with flowers. To keep it cost effective: Buy a big bunch of inexpensive blooms from the grocery store, then split the bunch into 4-5 smaller bunches. Tissue paper and twine from the dollar store completed the look and I used my scissors to scallop the edge of the tissue before I pulled the sheets apart.

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Get the Pick Me Up Treat Tags Here

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Treat Tag Printing Tips

• Print these on your home color printer or send them to your local copy shop.

• 6 tags (2 of each style) print to a 8.5″ x 11″ page. Finished size for He Loves You and Life Gets Sweeter: 4″x4″; Finished size for One Tough Cookie: 4″ x 2″.

• I recommend using the highest print settings and printing on brochure or photo paper, or a bright white cardstock.

I’d love to  hear or see how you use the Pick Me Up Treat Tags – leave a comment below or snap a picture and tag me on Instagram.

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Stop by Prickly Pear Design Co. to snag more free printables for Young Women, Relief Society & just because. Here are a few of my recent favorites:

April’s Relief Society Visiting Teaching Print – The Oath & Covenant of the Priesthood

Relief Society Visiting Teaching Printables | The Oath & Covenant of the Priesthood | April 2017 Visiting Teaching Message | Prickly Pear Design Co.

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The Living Christ Study Journal & Art Prints

The Living Christ Study Journal | President Russell M. Nelson General Conference April 2017 | Prickly Pear Design Co. | Free Printable Study Journal

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Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline

Encourage understanding (singing a song and making choices): Sing “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (CS, 74–75). Write several case studies that illustrate how a child could follow one of Christ’s teachings. Also include a scripture reference where that teaching can be found. Below are some examples.

• Sara had asked her younger sister not to use her crayons, but her sister used them anyway. To be like Jesus, Sara could:

a. Get angry with her sister.

b. Hide her crayons.

c. Forgive her sister.

(Matthew 18:21–22)

• John is playing soccer with his friends, and he notices another boy standing by himself watching the game. To be like Jesus, John could:

a. Make fun of the boy for being alone.

b. Ignore the boy and continue playing with his friends.

c. Invite the boy to play soccer with them.

(John 13:34)

Ask a child to read one of the case studies. Then ask him or her to read the answers one at a time. Invite the other children to stand when they hear the answer that would be following Jesus’s example. Invite a few children to read the scripture out loud, and discuss what Jesus taught. Discuss how following Jesus’s example in these situations can help us feel the Savior’s love. Repeat with each case study.

Encourage application: Invite the children to do what Jesus would want them to do this week. Tell them that next week you will ask some of them to share what they did and how they felt the Savior’s love.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

For my April 2017 Week 4 Sharing Time Idea, I used the case studies, from the outline (plus a few more from a previous Friend magazine), to create a matching game. Since this week talks about feeling our Savior’s love, I decided to use hearts as part of the matching game. The children will be reading the case studies and scripture, and then looking for the matching heart half. I hope you enjoy my lesson idea.

April 2017 Week 4 Sharing Time Idea

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Before Primary you are going to want to first print out my April 2017 Week 4 Sharing Time Idea printables (found below). My printables include 6 pages of hearts that include each of the case studies plus extra heart halves with wrong choices. You will cut all of the hearts out and cut them in half (only the ones that are whole hearts).

Using a poster-board or chalkboard, place a picture of Christ in the middle. Then place all of the heart halves around the picture. I would place the case studies on one side of the picture, and all of the ‘answers’ on the other side.

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How to Play

Invite a child up to the front and have them choose a heart half (left side of heart). Have them read the scenario aloud, and then the scripture found at the bottom. They will then search the other halves until they find the answer that they think best fits their scenario, and the one that follows Jesus’s example.

Just a hint…If they choose a blue scenario, then the matching answer will be one of the blue halves. I thought this might make finding it a little easier, and help to not take too much time reading through each one. 😉

Discuss how following Jesus’s example in these situations can help us feel the Savior’s love. Once a match is found, you could place the heart halves together and have them place it closer to the picture of Christ or in another spot on your chalkboard. Continue by inviting another child up to choose another heart.

To close, invite the children to do what Jesus would want them to do this week. Tell them that next week you will ask some of them to share what they did and how they felt the Savior’s love.

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Click HERE to print my April 2017 Week 4 Sharing Time Idea printables!

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I hope you enjoy my April 2017 Week 4 Sharing Time Idea, and use it for your lesson this week. I would love to hear if you do, and how you use it, so leave me a comment letting me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments, they are very much appreciated. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!

Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline

Identify the doctrine (singing a song): Sing “Choose the Right Way” (CS, 160–61), and ask half of the children to listen for how we can be happy and the other half to listen for what will help us and show us the way. Discuss what the children learned from the song.

Encourage understanding (playing a guessing game and reading scriptures): Prepare wordstrips containing the following words and scripture references: hunger(Matthew 5:6); shine (Matthew 5:16); love (Matthew 5:44); and pray (Matthew 6:6). Show a picture of the Sermon on the Mount. Explain that Jesus went up on a mountain to teach His disciples; the things He taught are now called the Sermon on the Mount. Show one of the wordstrips to half of the children, and ask them to act out the word for the other children to guess. Read the corresponding scripture together, and help the children understand what Christ taught and how we can follow His example. Repeat with the other words and scriptures.

Encourage application (discussing case studies): On four pieces of paper write the following teachings of Jesus: (1) Hunger and thirst after righteousness, (2) Let your light shine, (3) Love your enemies, (4) Pray to Heavenly Father. (Consider using pictures that illustrate these teachings for younger children.) Display the papers in different areas of the room. Prepare case studies (see TNGC, 161–62) that help the children understand how to apply these teachings. For example, “Someone at school is teasing you and calling you names. What would you do?” Review the scriptures from the guessing game described above, and point out that the papers displayed around the room correspond to the scriptures. Read a case study to the children, and invite them to stand and face the paper with the teaching that would help them choose the right. Ask a few children to share what choice they would make.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

I kind of forgot that this Sunday is Easter, but I realized before I had prepared my Sharing Time, so I decided to throw in a little ‘Easter’ fun into this week’s idea. My idea still goes right along with the outline, but with a great egg hunt activity. I hope you enjoy the idea and printables that I share.

April 2017 Easter Sharing Time Idea

April 2017 Easter Sharing Time Idea

For this week’s idea, you will need to print out the printables that I have provided (link below) or create your own. For the eggs, you will need to cut out the front and backs of the eggs, and then glue them together so that they front is the colorful side, and the back is the question/scenario.

You will find a category/scripture label, a sheet of Eggs (front), and then 3 sheets of scenarios (egg backs). Two of the sheets have scenarios already typed up, and the third sheet has blank eggs for you to write in your own scenarios.

April 2017 Easter Sharing Time Idea

You can choose to use my eggs ‘as-is’ OR you could place them inside large plastic eggs.

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How to Play:

To begin your Sharing Time (or this part of your Sharing Time), explain that Jesus went up on a mountain to teach His disciples; the things He taught are now called the Sermon on the Mount. Split the primary into 4 groups, and give each group one of your word/scriptures labels. Have them read the scripture and then decide on an action that they will show to the rest of the Primary. If you have a large Primary, you could do this activity like in the outline.

Invite the groups up one at a time, and have them read the scripture aloud or explain what it says, and then have them act out their word. Have the other children guess what the action is. Once they have guessed, show the children the label, and then place it on a chalkboard/bulletin board. As you have the groups read and act help the children understand what Christ taught and how we can follow His example. Repeat with the other words and scriptures, and place each of the labels onto a chalkboard/bulletin board. For the next activity the children will be finding eggs, and then matching them to the appropriate scripture, so leave room for them to place their eggs below each label.

After your group activity, tell the children that they are going to be hunting for eggs today, but these aren’t ordinary eggs, these are ‘Example Eggs’. You can explain that this month they have been learning about following the example of Jesus Christ, and how Jesus Christ taught us the right way to live.

Now, there are several different ways you could play the ‘egg hunt’ part of this activity. Here are a few ideas that I have in mind:

1. Egg Hunt: Before Primary hide the eggs around the room. Invite one child up at a time to find one of the eggs. Then have them read the scenario/question on the back. Have them look at the words/scriptures and share which one would help them make a decision. Have them share what they would do, and then have them place their egg underneath the word/scripture.

2. Hot and Cold Game: Our Primary LOVES this game! At the front of the room you could have a basket with all of the eggs. Invite one child up and ask them if they would like to be the ‘hider’ or the ‘hunter’. Once they decide, invite another child up to do the other task that wasn’t chosen. Have the ‘hunter’ stand out in the hall while the ‘hider’ hides the egg. Once the egg is hidden, and the ‘hider’ is sitting down, invite the ‘hunter’ to come back into the Primary room. Explain to the child that as they hunt for the egg that the rest of the children will be singing. As the child gets closer to the egg, the children will sing louder, but the farther they get from the egg, the softer they will sing.

Once the egg is found, have them read the question/scenario on the back and answer aloud. Have the child look at the words/scriptures and share which one would help them make a decision. Have them share what they would do, and then have them place their egg underneath the word/scripture. Continue by inviting two more children up to hide/hunt the next egg.

3. Egg Basket: For this idea, you will need a basket, and you will need to place each of the scenario eggs into a large plastic egg. The children will be picking one egg from the basket, and reading the scenario/question aloud. Have them look at the words/scriptures and share which one would help them make a decision. Have them share what they would do, and then have them place their egg underneath the word/scripture.

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Click HERE to Print my April 2017 Easter Sharing Time Idea printables!

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Close by showing the children a picture of Jesus Christ, and explaining that He showed us how to live. Bear your testimony of the importance of following Jesus Christ’s example.

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I hope you enjoy my April 2017 Easter Sharing Time Idea, and are able to use it for your lesson this week. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know. I also love to hear you idea, and how you take the idea and change it up.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!

Hi! It’s Chrissy from Teepee Girl and I am so excited to share this Activity Days/Faith in God gift idea with you! These darling little Activity Day Faith In God Necklaces and cute tie tacks are great for welcoming kids into activity days.  They are also fun and inexpensive gifts when boys and girls complete the Faith in God program. Really, there are so many ways you can use these!

Use these free printables to make Faith in God, Activity Days, or primary gifts! Get the printables and instructions at LittleLDSIdeas.net.

My kids also loved helping me make these necklaces and tie tacks (or pins as my girls called them). They make great little crafts for Activity Days. They are just so easy and fun!

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Activity Days Faith In God Necklace & Tie Tacks

Use these free printables to make LDS activity days or primary gifts! Or let the kids make them as part of an activity. Get the printables and instructions at LittleLDSIdeas.net.

(The following links for the supplies I used are affiliate links. This means that if you purchase something through this link, I may receive a small commission at no charge to you. Thank you! Feel free to shop around for the best price and your favorite style!)

Supplies Needed:

•printable Faith in God circle tags (free download below)

1-inch circle punch

1-inch epoxy circles

•crafting bottle caps (colored, with necklace loops attached, or flattened)

necklace loops *only if you buy bottlecaps without them attached

•craft glue

necklace chains or tie tack pins

•optional: jewelry gift boxes or bags

*Side note: If you have a small group of girls, this complete set (epoxy circles, bottle caps with loops, and chains) is a great deal! Then all you need is the circle punch and glue!)

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How to Assemble the Necklaces/Tie Tacks:

Just download and print out the little circles (link below). There are six different designs, so there is something for everyone.

Use these free printables to make LDS activity days or primary gifts! Or let the kids make them as part of an activity. Get the printables and instructions at LittleLDSIdeas.net.

The best way to cut out the circles is with a 1-inch circle punch. The circle punch gives you a really nice, clean edge.

Plus, the kids love to use the punch. 🙂

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Use these free printables to make LDS activity days or primary gifts! Or let the kids make them as part of an activity. Get the printables and instructions at LittleLDSIdeas.net.

After you cut out the circles, you will need to adhere a 1-inch epoxy sticker.

If you have never used epoxy circles, you are in for a real treat! They are so fun. Once you start using them, you find lots of little uses for them.

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Use these free printables to make LDS activity days or primary gifts! Or let the kids make them as part of an activity. Get the printables and instructions at LittleLDSIdeas.net.

Then, just apply some craft glue to the bottom of the circles and put them inside a bottle cap.

I used two types of craft bottle caps for our Activity Day Faith in God necklace and tie tacks. I bought some bottle caps with a necklace loop attached. Then it was just a matter of putting on the chain and wearing our creations.

For the tie tacks, we used some colorful craft bottle caps and just glued a tie tack pin to the back of the bottle cap.

I think flattened bottle caps are nice too. It just depends on the look you are going for.

Use these free printables to make LDS activity days or primary gifts! Or let the kids make them as part of an activity. Get the printables and instructions at LittleLDSIdeas.net.

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If you are giving these as gifts, you can put them in a little box or bag for extra cuteness. 🙂 I am always a fan of extra cuteness!

Use these free printables to make LDS activity days or primary gifts! Or let the kids make them as part of an activity. Get the printables and instructions at LittleLDSIdeas.net.

I hope you can enjoy and use my Activity Days Faith in God Necklace & Tie Tack Circle Printables. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think or snap a picture and tag me on Instagram.

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Click HERE to download the Activity Days Faith in God Necklace circle tags.

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Be sure to come visit me over at Teepee Girl to check out these other fun printables:

I Spy Sunday Printable GameThis free I Spy Sunday printable game is perfect for church, Sunday School, primary, and family home evening! If you are looking for a great way to help kids get through church, this game is perfect! Just print and laminate fur use over and over again! Get it today at www.TeepeeGirl.com!

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Free Unicorn PrintablesGrab these free 8x10 unicorn printables at www.TeepeeGirl.com!

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Are you ready for a new Visiting Teaching idea? With the help of one of my amazing friends, I finally narrowed down what to do, and I am loving it. I think I say that every month…sorry. For this month’s idea, I took the quote from Sister Burton and created a little ‘flip book’ of cards to help you take the challenge that Sister Burton presented, and memorize the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood (found in D&C 84:33-44). And since it’s Easter this month, I had to throw in a little ‘Easter’ fun. Hope you my April 2017 Visiting Teaching Idea and Printables!

April 2017 Visiting Teaching Idea

Last week, while roaming the Dollar Spot at Target with my friend, I spotted these cute cardboard egg cartons. I grabbed a couple of them because I knew they would come in handy. I thought about the April 2017 Visiting Teaching message all weekend, and my cute egg carton, and finally tied it all together.

I knew I wanted to make a little flip book, to help us memorize D&C 84:33-44, but how was I going to tie in Easter. At first I thought I was going to just create a tag that said something like, “Hope you have an ‘Egg’celent Easter or Month”, but I wasn’t loving it. I finally decided to read through the message once again and that’s when I spotted it!

As I was reading through Sister Linda K. Burton’s quote, I found a word that would work perfectly for my little ‘egg’ pun word. Here is the original quote:

“I invite you to memorize the oath and covenant of the priesthood, which can be found in Doctrine and Covenants 84:33–44. By doing so, I promise you that the Holy Ghost will expand your understanding of the priesthood and inspire and uplift you in wonderful ways.”

April 2017 Visiting Teaching Idea

Once I had the idea for my tag, I got to work getting everything created, and put together. I am so excited to share these with the women I visit teach, and I hope you will too!

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Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood Booklet

Let’s talk a little bit about the ‘Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood’ flip book. The cards include each of the verses from D&C 84:33-44, and the ‘Consider This’ question as well. I combined a couple of the shorter verses onto one card, so there are a total of 12 cards.

Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood

I didn’t want an easter theme for the Oath and Covenant cards, since I would be using these well after Easter, so I went with a simple, but beautiful, lace design. I really love how they turned out. I printed both sheets of cards onto cardstock, punched a hole in the upper left corner, and put them on a ring.

These cards would be perfect for your scriptures, beside your bed, in your church bag, OR you could place each individual card on your mirror or refrigerator (somewhere you will see them often). As you go throughout the day, each time you see your card, read it. Over time you will eventually memorize the scripture(s) on the card. As you memorize each card, place the next one beside or below it, and work on that one.

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Putting It All Together

Now let’s talk about putting my April 2017 Visiting Teaching Idea all together. I printed all of my printables out (link below) and cut them out. I placed my ‘Oath and Covenant cads’ onto a ring, and set them aside. Then, I grabbed my cute egg carton, plastic eggs filled with treats, and some string. I placed my eggs inside of my carton, then placed my ‘Oath and Covenant’ cards on top of the carton. I tied some cute string around everything, and then attached the tags.

April 2017 VT Printable

If you don’t have an egg carton like mine, no worries. You could attach my April 2017 Visiting Teaching printables to any type ‘egg’ gift or treat, or you could simply use only the ‘Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood’ cards.

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Click HERE to print my April 2017 Visiting Teaching Idea Printables!

You can also print my April 2017 Idea Printables HERE!

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I hope you enjoy my April 2017 Visiting Teaching Idea, and use it for the ladies you visit. I would love to hear if you use my idea and printables, so be sure to leave a comment letting me know. And if you like the idea, I would love if you’d share it on Pinterest.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day, and a wonderful Easter.

The world we live in today is filled with chaos, sorrow, tumult, doubt, distractions, and negativity. We are bombarded with this everywhere we turn. We see chaos and tumult as we read the news, we hear doubt and negativity as we look on social media, and we experience sorrow and distractions in our very own lives. Many of us who are journeying through these troubling times may often wonder, as the hymn says, “where can I turn for peace?”

There are times in our lives where we will seek for an answer to this question, where we will long for peace as we face difficult times. We can find the peace we seek.

Prince of Peace
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We are invited to come unto Christ and find the peace that we are seeking. More than 2,000 years after Isaiah called Him the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ is still our key to peace. This year, in the week leading up to Easter, we have been invited to participate in an amazing Easter initiative from Mormon.org, called #PrinceofPeace. Starting Sunday, April 9th, focus on one of the eight principles (found on Mormon.org) to honor Him and find His peace in your life.
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The eight principles for the Prince of Peace Easter campaign are:
Faith
God’s Word
Compassion
Gratitude
Prayer
Forgiveness
Repentance
Hope
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Story of Compassion

As I thought about each of these principles and the people in my life who exemplify these principles, many people came to my mind, but there was one person and experience that stood out to me. Today I would like to share an amazing story of compassion about one of the most amazing men in my life, my Grandfather.

Prince of Peace Compassion

My Grandfather (aka PaPa Shimp) might have intimidated some because of his large stature, but he was kind and friendly to everyone he met. My Grandfather passed away in 2001, and it was right before he passed away that my Mother shared an experience with him. As my Grandfather lay in the hospital bed, reflecting on his life, feeling like he wasn’t a great husband, father, or man, my Mother shared her experience to let him know just what an amazing man he was, and if it weren’t for him something very serious could have happened to her.

My Mother’s story happened during the early 1970’s, a time when people were still angry and unkind to others of different religions, races, and cultures. My Grandparents and their family had moved from New York, and were living in Florida.

One day my Mother and her friend (who were around the age of 10) went out to ride their bikes. They hadn’t paid attention where they were riding, and before they knew it, they were in an unfamiliar part of town. As they rode down the street, they saw a group of young men up ahead. As they got near the young men, the young men stood across the road blocking them from passing. My Mother and her friend, stopped their bikes, and the men encircled them.

My Mother and her friend were terrified, but tried to stay calm. The ‘leader’ of the group came up to my Mother and stroked her head, and said, “Well, what do we have here? Two pretty little girls.” The boys continued to tease and taunt my Mother and her friend, and then the ‘leader’ asked if my Mother had ever been kissed, and kissed her. My Mother by now had become very frightened, how were they going to get out of this situation?

The leader then asked what their names were. My Mother replied with a tremble in her voice, “Shelly Shimp”. As soon as my Mother spoke her name, the young man’s face changed. He asked my Mother, “Does your father drive a blue Studebaker station wagon?” My Mother replied that he did.

This young man worked at a service station as a gas attendant. He told my Mother that her Father, my Grandfather, was the kindest man he’d ever met. He told her that every time he came into the station he always got out of his car and talked with him. He told my Mother that her Father treated him like a human being.

This young man then told my Mother and her friend to get on their bikes and ride home as fast as they could, and to never tell anyone what happened. He told them to NEVER come back to this part of town, because next time he would not be able to protect them.

My Mother never did tell anyone what happened that day, and every time she went with her Father to fill up the Studebaker with gas, she would see the young man. It wasn’t until my Grandfather was ready to return to his Father in Heaven that my Mother finally told him the story, and that it was because of his compassion and love for his fellow men that nothing serious happened that day.

My Mother also shared this story at my Grandfather’s funeral, and it is a story that I reflect on frequently. It is a story that I try to apply to my life. Our world needs more compassion and love, and it needs to begin with us. As we strive to love others, we will feel the love of Christ in our own lives, and we begin to see a change in our lives.

My Grandfather and Grandmother have truly lived the principle of compassion as they have learned and followed the Savior’s example. Because of their love and compassion and their great example, I see that same love and compassion in their children, my Mother and Uncles, and I can also see it in my own life as I strive to follow their example and love others.

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How You Can Share Peace

As I said at the beginning on my post, there are many who are searching for peace. We as members of the church can share our knowledge of how to find peace through Jesus Christ, and the upcoming Easter Prince of Peace Campaign is a great opportunity to share that knowledge.
Prince of Peace

As with past campaigns, Mormon.org has released a marvelous video that you can view and share with others (be sure to use the #PrinceofPeace hashtag when you share). You can find the ‘shareable’ video on Mormon.org, and if you follow them on Facebook, you can simply find it on their account and share. Here is the video:
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Each day, you will also find a video (also found on Mormon.org) for each of the principles that is part of the campaign. These videos are perfect for sharing with others, as well as a personal experience about that principle.
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I am planning on sharing about more people in my life who have been examples to me, and I invite you to join me! I hope you will also join me as I study each of these principles (you can see how I am doing this, here) and come to Christ this Easter. Spread this wonderful message of peace with those you know. You can share this message in very simple ways, but they can make such a difference in the lives of others. I know that as we take the time to study each of these principles, we will see a change in ourself and in those around us.
Several other bloggers have shared their own experiences and ideas to help you participate in this year’s Easter Campaign, you can see all of the ideas over on The Red Headed Hostess, Brightly Street, and Chicken Scratch N Sniff.
Are you excited to participate in this year’s Easter #PrinceofPeace campaign? Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Hello again, I am Shannon, Sheena’s sister. Sheena asked me to post my family history census and family group sheets, so that’s what I’m sharing today.

More than 10 years ago, I had several promptings that I needed to begin researching my family history. Our mother’s parents joined the church when our mother was young and our father joined the church shortly before he and our mother were married. As you can imagine there is a lot of work that needs to be done. After speaking with our grandmother, who has been researching her family line for years, I went to work researching my grandfather’s line. Over the past decade I have learned a lot and have been blessed to find and complete the work for hundreds of my ancestors.

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Family History is a Blessing

I am so grateful for the promptings that I received and that I heeded those promptings. Family history work can seem overwhelming​ and frustrating (at times) but it is also very fulfilling. I know that my family and I have been blessed as I have worked on my family history. Our ancestors want us to succeed in this life and they are near us to help us on our earthly journey.

When I first began my research, I searched for research documents online. For several months I tried different forms to help me keep track of the information I was finding. I tried different family group sheets but none had all the elements that I needed. Eventually I created my own family history census and family group sheets, which I have used for years now. My census and family group sheets have been so helpful to me that I decided to share them. I don’t mind if you share these with other researchers but please give credit to me by keeping the information at the very bottom of the document that leads them here.

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Family Group Sheet

My Family Group Sheets are a wonderful way to record vital information about each family member that you are researching. I use my Family Group Sheets to organize information such as birth, death, burial, marriage, spouse, parents, etc. You can download my Family Group Sheet here. 

 One of the main reasons that I created my Family Group Sheet is to record sources. Most Family Group Sheets that I found did not have a place to record the sources for the information I was finding. Sources are the most important part of family history. Whenever you find information you must have a reliable source for that information. Information found online or from stories that are passed down by word of mouth or through books are a great start but they need to be backed up or verified by another reliable source, such as censuses, church records, birth or death records, etc. When I began my search, I started with information that had been passed down, but I have since searched for additional records to verify or disprove what I started with. 

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Tips for filling out my Family Group Sheet

The first section of my Family Group Sheet is for the husband and father of the family.

1) Husband’s name

2) Husband’s parents: I prefer to write the father’s given and last name and the mother’s given and maiden name. If I don’t know the mother’s maiden name, I will write her given name followed by a question mark. I separate the father’s and mother’s name with a ‘/’.

3) Birth, Christening, Death and Burial Dates: These fields are for the father’s birth, christening, death and burial dates.

4) Locations/places: I have found that it is easier to write the country, followed by the state, then the county and finally the city. I do this because I usually find the state that a person was born or died in first, but I don’t find the city or county until later. I can write the state first and then easily add the county and city later without having to erase anything.

5) Sources: These fields are to record the sources you find. I continue to add sources as I find them. You can never have too many sources!

6) Marriage: The three fields on this row (or line) are for the marriage information for the husband and his wife. If a man is married to two women, I fill out a page for each marriage. The first page will show the husband and his first wife and any children. The second page will show the husband again, along with his second wife and their children.

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The second section of my Family Group Sheet is for the wife and mother of the family.

1) Wife’s name

2) Wife’s parents

The Birth, Christening, Death and Burial; Location; and Sources sections are the same as the husband’s.

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The remaining sections of my Family Group Sheet are for the children.

   1) Each child section is numbered ‘Child 1’, ‘Child 2, and so on. The first page contains the husband and wife section and sections for ‘Child 1’ through ‘Child 4’. The second page contains sections for Child 5 through Child 10. There is a third page for ‘Child 11’ through ‘Child 16’. I have only used this page once or twice. Most often I just use pages 1 and 2 printed double sided.

3) Married: This field is for you to record who this child married.

The Birth, Christening, Death and Burial; Location; and Sources sections are the same as the husband’s.

You probably noticed that my Family Group Sheet does not have a specific place to record temples ordinances. My reason for not including them is that FamilySearch.org does a great job of tracking ordinances. But feel free to write the temple ordinances in the right margin or beside each ancestor’s name.

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Census Checklist

Census Checklists are a great way to track a family across several decades or their entire life. They are almost like mini timelines. You can see many things just by glancing at a census checklist. Every family history researcher should have a good Census Checklist!

I found a great census checklist here which I used for several years. I simply crossed through the census dates and wrote the census dates that I was using above the crossed off ones. Eventually I got tired of crossing through the dates so I created a blank version of my own. You can download my Census Checklist here.

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Tips for filling out my Family Group Sheet

1) Census Records: Fill in each census that you find for your ancestors. There is a U.S. census taken every 10 years but many states also conducted censuses. I like to write the year and which census. For example, 1840 US for the ‘U.S. 1840’ Census or ‘1885 NJ’ for New Jersey’s 1885 Census.

2) Names: Write the names of those on the censuses in the name fields.

Under the censuses, you can see that some columns have Xs and others have numbers. Some census records recorded ages but others do not. If a census recorded ages, I try to write my ancestors age at the time the census was taken. If they do not, I simply write an X. A few censuses recorded birth month and year. I write this information and their age, when possible (see the 1900 US Census column).

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Family History Census and Family Group Sheets

I try to have a Census Checklist and a Family Group Sheet for each family group. For example, I have a Family Group Sheet and a census checklist for my great-great grandparents and for each of their children who married. I hope that you find my Family History Census and Family Group Sheets useful and that they help you as you research your ancestors. Now for the downloads!

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Click here to download my Family Group Sheet

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Click here to download my Census Checklist

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We hope you find these Family History printables useful. We’d love to hear if you use them, so leave a comment letting us know. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day.