A couple months ago I received a brand-new songbook called, “I Will Be What I Believe”. This songs in this songbook are beautiful and would make a great addition to any Primary program.

LDS Primary Arrangements

Blake Gillette created this songbook as a way to inspire the children and ward primary groups. His Primary music journey all started with a challenge from his wife, Kaicie, when she said, “Hey, you should write a Primary song.” She was the Primary chorister and Blake was her sleepy pianist. They had been a music duo in their ward for a couple of years, and she wanted some fresh music.  Feeling up to the challenge, he said, “Yes!”

Blake thought about his favorite stories of the Church: Joseph Smith, the pioneers, the stripling warriors, Nephi, and missionaries, and decided to roll them all up into one great song. At the time, he had also been studying one of his all-time favorite talks: “The Challenge to Become” by Dallin H. Oaks from the October 2000 general conference. Elder Oaks describes that the gospel isn’t about knowing something, but it is in fact about “becoming” something. That is how, “I Will Be What I Believe” was born.

You may have seen the beautiful music video for, “I Will Be What I Believe” floating around Facebook, if not take a few minutes and go watch it, HERE! You can also read a little bit more about Blake’s Songbook and hear a sample of each song included in the songbook while you’re there.

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I Will Be What I Believe Songbook

With a new year quickly approaching, many Primary singing time leaders are thinking about songs for next year. Singing Time leaders have to think of songs not only for the Primary Program, but for holidays as well. You will find a beautiful Mother’s Day Mash-up included in Blake’s songbook as well as a beautiful arrangement that combines “When He Comes Again” and “Joy to the World” that would make the perfect special musical number for Christmas. Some more of my favorites from his songbook include, “My Heavenly Father Loves Me-I Feel My Savior’s Love,” “One Eternal Round,” and “I Lived in Heaven”. If you would like to add some beautiful arrangements to your Primary be sure to visit Blake’s website and take a look at his songbook, “I Will Be What I Believe”.

“The ‘I Will Be What I Believe’ songbook includes 13 songs and a CD. These beautiful LDS Primary Arrangements feature classic Primary tunes and all new pieces, like ‘Heavenly Father Loves Me’ and ‘I Will Be What I Believe.’ With music and lyrics focused on gospel truths, these songs are perfect for young voices.”

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Visit Blake Gillette’s Website HERE!

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I hope you’ll stop by Blake’s website. We have been listening to the CD, and my children love it. They always ask to listen to the first song (“I Will Be What I Believe”). 🙂

What are some of your favorite Primary songs that you would love to see a new arrangement for?

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

{I received this songbook to review, but all opinions expressed in this post are my own.}

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2017 Outline

Identify the doctrine (discussing the doctrine): Ask the children to hold up their hands and look at them. Ask them how their hands help them play, work, and get ready for church. Invite them to pantomime each answer. Then ask them how people can use their hands to help others. Explain that priesthood holders can use their hands to give blessings that help and strengthen us.

Encourage understanding and application (seeing pictures and sharing experiences): Post pictures of the sacrament, baptism, confirmation, a baby blessing, and administering to the sick around the room, and explain what is happening in each picture. Invite the children to trace both of their hands on a piece of paper and cut them out. Have them write their name on the front of each handprint. Invite them to tape one of their paper hands near a picture showing a blessing or ordinance they have received from the hands of a priesthood holder. Choose a few hands, and invite those children to share their feelings about how the priesthood has blessed and strengthened them. Tell the story of Jesus blessing the children from 3 Nephi 17:11–25. Place a picture of Jesus with children at the front of the room, and invite each child to tape their second paper hand near the picture. Explain that priesthood holders have the power to act in the name of Jesus Christ; they can bless us just as Jesus would if He were here.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

For this week’s idea I am updating another idea that I shared back in 2012. This idea goes right along with the outline, and will work for both Jr. and Sr. primary. I have also included printables for you to use to make preparing a little easier. Enjoy!

Priesthood Hands Sharing Time Activity

To begin your Sharing Time, “ask the children to hold up their hands and look at them. Ask them how their hands help them play, work, and get ready for church. You could invite a few children to come up and pantomime their answer. Then ask them how people can use their hands to help others. Explain that priesthood holders can use their hands to give blessings that help and strengthen us.”

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Priesthood Hands Sharing Time Idea

For this next part you will need the pictures that were suggested in the outline: sacrament, baptism, confirmation, a baby blessing, and administering to the sick. You can find these pictures online in the LDS.org Media Library or you can find them in the Gospel Art Kit. Have these pictures posted at the front of the room on a chalkboard or bulletin board.

Before Primary you will need to print and cut my Priesthood Hands printables (link below). I have included a set that would work for Jr. primary and a scripture set that would work for Sr. Primary.

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How To Play

Before Primary you will place the Priesthood Hands around the room. The children will be searching for Priesthood Hands that have words/clues on them. Once they have the clues, they will match the hands to a picture.

Invite a child up to the front and have them search for two matching hands (hands of the same color). If you have a lot of children in your Primary you could have one child find one hand, and then invite another child to find the matching hand.

Priesthood Hands Sharing Time Activity

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Once they have found 2 of the same Priesthood Hands, have them read the words and then match them to the appropriate picture. When they have figured out which picture it is, have them place them by the picture. Discuss the Priesthood Blessing with the children. Continue by inviting another child up to search for a Priesthood Hand.

 

Sr. Primary Scripture Option

I decided to create another option that would be a little more challenging for Sr. Primary. For these Priesthood Hands I have included scripture references on the hands. One hand has the book where you can find the scripture, and the other hand has the chapter and verse(s).

Priesthood Hands Sharing Time Idea

The children will be searching for matching hands, and then will need to look up the scripture reference on the hand. Have the children read the scripture and then decide which picture it is talking about.

When I created these I somehow missed the “confirmation” picture, but I went back and created a set for both Jr. and Sr. Primary. You will find them on the last 2 pages, I just didn’t want anyone to be confused. 🙂 You might also notice the blank hand in the picture above. I was going to include a set of blank hands, but I decided to remove those since they’re the same color as another set of hands, and might confuse the children.

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Click HERE to print my Priesthood Hands Printables.

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I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time idea. Sorry it’s so late, but I hope that some of you can use it.

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

 

Does your ward have an annual Trunk-Or-Treat Halloween activity? Last year I was asked to create a Trunk-Or-Treat Invitation for our ward. I loved how it turned out, but I ended up not sharing it on here because I finished it a week before Halloween. I decided that I would just share it this year. Well, I ended up forgetting about it until I saw someone ask about Trunk-Or-Treat Invitations. So today I am sharing my Trunk-Or-Treat Invitation with you!

Trunk-Or-Treat Invitation Printable

These invites can be printed at home on cardstock or sent to your favorite printing place. I had them sent to a local printer and had them printed onto cardstock. They turned out great!

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Trunk-Or-Treat Invitation

Let’s talk a little bit about editing these invites. For my invites I always upload them as JPG files, so that you can download them and open them in Word, Canva, or another editing type program. Having it as a JPG file allows you to open it and then add text on top of the invitation image. I Think Canva is the easiest way to edit these printables, and I even have a great tutorial to help make it a little easier, HERE.

 You can find a tutorial video for Microsoft Word, HERE and another tutorial for editing on a Mac, HERE.

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How to Download

To download, you will first click the download link below. A new screen will pop up with the invitation. You will then right click on the invitation and click “Save As” (Sometimes you will see a “Download” button at the bottom of the screen). Once you have saved the invite to your computer you will be able to open it (or insert it) into the program of your choice.

If you’d like to use the same font that I used for the information on mine, you can download the font for free, HERE. It is called Champagne and Limousine, and is one of my favorite fonts. Another great choice would be Montserrat Light, which can be downloaded HERE.

As usual, I am sharing my blank invitation for free for anyone that wants to edit it for free. If you would like me to customize the invite for you (add text or change the size), you can head on over to my Etsy shop and purchase a custom invite there. You’ll just let me know what info you need added, I’ll enter it all in, and then email you the finished invite. Visit my Etsy shop, HERE.

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Trunk or Treat Invitation

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Click HERE to download my FREE blank Trunk-Or-Treat Invitation!

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I hope you enjoy my Trunk-Or-Treat Invitation and use it for your upcoming Ward activity. I would love to know if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know. I’d also love to know your favorite trunk decoration…I am in need of ideas. 😉

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

Are you looking for some colorful, fun, and inspirational printables for Young Women in 2018?

Hi there! This is Chrissy from Teepee Girl and I really hope that these free printables will be helpful as you plan, organize, and get to know your young women this year.

Mutual 2018 Young Women Calendars & All About Me Page

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About a month ago, a Young Women president on the other side of the world emailed and asked me if I had an “About Me” page that the young women leaders could use to get to know their girls better.  She told me that the young women in her ward lived several miles away and she wanted a way to get to know them better, even if it was just by mail.

I was inspired by this sweet and sincere Young Women leader and I saw the wisdom of her suggestion.

This “All About Me” page is a great way to get to know the girls you serve.  Knowing a little bit about their family life, their struggles, their hobbies, and even their favorite treat, is so helpful when you are a new leader or have new girls coming into the program.

Mutual 2018 Young Women Calendars & All About Me Page

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And blank calendars are so handy when planning. My experience has been that planning meetings can seem a little brutal to teenagers, so anything that helps make it pretty and efficient is awesome. Plus, these blank calendars make it easy for secretaries to pass on info to parents. I found calendars like this helpful when I was a young women secretary. I would fill it out and then hand a copy to all the parents on the first Sunday of every month so everyone had a hard copy of the activities, events, and teaching schedule.

Mutual 2018 Young Women Calendars & All About Me Page

Sheena and I hope that you can use and enjoy these Young Women printables to help plan, organize, and get to know your girls better this year!

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Click HERE to download the free blank calendars.

Click HERE to download the “All About Me” printable.

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Leave a comment and let us know what your mutual 2018 plans are! We love to hear from you.

You may also like these other free matching Mutual 2018 Young Women Printables: (All of these printables come in Spanish too! :))

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Mutual 2018 Free Young Women Printables Young Women 2018 Mutual Free Printables by www.TeepeeGirl.com

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2018 Young Women Free Binder CoversFree 2018 Young Women Binder Covers Mutual Theme www.TeepeeGirl.com

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

Several years ago I served as a 2nd Counselor in the Relief Society Presidency. As a member of the Relief Society Presidency, one of your many jobs is to conduct on Sundays. If you’re like me, having a sheet to write down all the information you need to announce is a necessary item. Today I am sharing an LDS Relief Society Opening Exercises Sheet to help make conducting a little easier (and less stressful).

LDS Relief Society Opening Exercises Printable

At first I was going to create a really pretty Relief Society Opening Exercises Sheet, but then I decided a simple black and white sheet would be the better option. Since you’re going to be printing a lot of these, black and white was the way to go. Plus, you can print out a master copy and make copies at the church!

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I have included spaces to write in things like: pianist, chorister, song, prayer, visitors, announcements, and the lesson. At first I only had “Lesson By” but after thinking about it I decided to go back and change it to “Lesson & Teacher”. On this line you will write what lesson will be taught as well as who is teaching.

LDS Relief Society Opening Exercises Sheet

I am planning on sharing some more Relief Society Presidency Printables to help make your calling a little easier. I would love to hear if there is a specific printable you would love to have, so let me know by leaving a comment. If you’d like to use my Relief Society Opening Exercises Sheet simply click the link below! A new page will pop-up that will allow you to either save to your computer or print. Easy peasy!

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Click HERE to print my Relief Society Opening Exercises Sheet.

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I would love to hear if you find this printable helpful, so be sure to let me know. Thank so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

 

Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline

Identify the doctrine (seeing a picture): Show the children a picture of Jesus Christ instituting the sacrament. Explain that Christ gave the sacrament to His Apostles and to His disciples in the Book of Mormon, and He asked them to continue to bless and pass the sacrament when He was gone. Read together 3 Nephi 18:5–6. Ask the children questions such as: Who blesses the sacrament in our day? Who passes the sacrament? What power does a person need to hold to bless and pass the sacrament?

Encourage understanding (discussing the doctrine): Explain that the priesthood is God’s power to serve and bless people on earth. In the latter days Christ has taught us that any man can have the priesthood as long as he meets two requirements. The first is to be a certain age. Ask the children to stand when they hear you say the age when a boy can receive the priesthood. Count up slowly from one to twelve. Tell the children that the other requirement is that the boy must be worthy. Explain what it means to be worthy, and explain that both boys and girls can use “My Gospel Standards” to help them know how to live worthily.

Encourage application (participating in a physical activity): Divide the children into groups. Assign one standard from “My Gospel Standards” to each group. Ask each group to think of a simple action that represents their standard. Call out a few words to identify a standard, and have the assigned group stand and show their action. Continue until all of the groups have had a turn. Explain that living these standards helps boys remain worthy to hold the priesthood and receive priesthood ordinances and girls remain worthy to receive priesthood ordinances, such as baptism and temple ordinances.

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Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas

For this week’s idea I am using some inspiration from an old idea and an all-time favorite Sharing Time idea…the Punch-A-Box. You can do this several different ways, but the idea that I had in mind goes right along with the outline. If you don’t want to do the Punch–Box idea, then scroll past it and take a look at some of the other past ideas that I like to. Enjoy!

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Priesthood Punch Sharing Time Idea

For this activity, the children will be punching a cup to retrieve a slip of paper. On the paper is a word from “My Gospel Standards”. Below the word will be either “Charade” or “Draw”. This children will be acting out the word or drawing clues on a chalkboard/white board to help the other children guess what the word is. (more…)

Hi friends! It’s Marissa from Prickly Pear Design Co. Things here in Southwestern Idaho are gearing up for the upcoming dedication of the Meridian, Idaho Temple. We’ve driven by the temple countless times and our little family is so excited to participate in the open house and dedication. I keep reminding myself that I need to come up with temple dedication handkerchiefs sooner rather than later so I don’t have to rush around last minute!

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I’ve often seen the beautiful machine-embroidered temples on the white handkerchiefs, we use during the dedication of each temple, online and in church bookstores. I love the idea of customizing the handkerchiefs, and got to thinking about how to accomplish that for those of us that don’t have embroidery machines and the skills to go with them.

Temple Dedication White Handkerchief Activity | Meridian Idaho Temple Dedication | LDS Temple Dedication | Young Women Ideas by Prickly Pear Design Co.

I was flipping through October’s issue of the Friend and found that they had simplified the idea and made it fairly easy for anyone to accomplish! You can find their simple temple outline here (as well as a fun idea to build the temple out of sugar cubes) but I wanted to customize it a bit for the Meridian Temple.

The pattern I came up with is a little bit more complex than the one included in the Friend, but it would make the perfect project for Activity Days, a Mutual Night craft for Young Women, or even something you could do with your own family (the pattern looks a lot more masculine on a handkerchief without lace). No super stitching skills or previous experience is needed to accomplish this one – I finished mine in just about an hour! (more…)

Hi friends! It’s Marissa from Prickly Pear Design Co.  Just this past Sunday our Sacrament meeting featured several Young Women and their leaders as they shared their experiences with Girls Camp, Personal Progress, and serving in the Young Women program.

I loved it! One of the leaders talked about the ways they’re studying the words of the living prophets and she mentioned that they study General Conference talks each week and have one of the girls share her favorite talk each week and what they’re learning. What an awesome idea!

With General Conference just around the corner,  I got to thinking about how to implement a General Conference Study Guide just for Young Women? Seeing that the Young Women Value theme is the blueprint for all things Young Women, I decided to put together a  study guide that has the YW Theme as it’s center.

Young Women Value Study Guide for General Conference | Prickly Pear Design Co. | FREE Printable Study Guide

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The Young Women Value General Conference Study Guide includes all black and white files – that not only keeps the cost down but allows each Young Woman to customize the study guide to their liking. (more…)