Update: The list of principles that I first received were in a different order than what is now on Mormon.org. I have fixed my cards, so that they match. ūüôā

I am so excited to share my idea and printables for the upcoming #PrinceofPeace campaign ¬†from mormon.org. I am excited for the opportunity to come closer to my Savior, and find peace through Him, as I participate in this wonderful and inspired campaign. I hope you will join me as we ‘learn Principles of Peace from the Prince of Peace.

Easter Ideas Prince of Peace

This year’s campaign, #PrinceOfPeace, focuses on 8 core principles that can lead to peace in your life and will help you draw closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ. When I learned that we would be focusing on 8 Principles, I knew I wanted to create an eight day countdown of sorts to help focus on the principles, which are:

‚ÄĘ Faith

‚ÄĘ Compassion

‚Äʬ†Forgiveness

‚ÄĘ Repentance

‚ÄĘ Gratitude

‚ÄĘ God‚Äôs Word/Scripture

‚ÄĘ Prayer

‚ÄĘ Hope

As I thought about my idea, I thought it would be a great idea to include a list of activities to do (scriptures, talks, Mormon Messages, etc.) to learn more about each principle. I was so excited when I realized that this would be part of the campaign, and that there was already a list of activities for each day.

Are you ready to join me on this 8 day experience? Are you ready to¬†study each of these 8 principles to help us find Peace through Christ? I have some great printables to help you out! (more…)

Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline

Identify the doctrine¬†(singing a song):¬†Sing the ninth verse and the chorus of ‚ÄúFollow the Prophet‚ÄĚ (CS,¬†110‚Äď11). Invite the children to listen for reasons we follow the prophet. Have the children say together, ‚ÄúI am blessed when I choose to follow the prophet.‚ÄĚ

Encourage understanding¬†(acting out scripture stories):¬†Tell the children the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath (see¬†1¬†Kings 17:8‚Äď16), and invite the children to act it out with you. For example: ‚ÄúThe Lord told the prophet Elijah to go to a city called Zarephath¬†(walk in place).¬†When he got to the city, he saw a woman gathering sticks¬†(pretend to pick up sticks).Elijah asked the woman to give him a drink¬†(pretend to give someone a drink)¬†and a piece of bread. The woman told Elijah that she had only a little flour and oil to make bread for her son¬†(shake head no).¬†Elijah told her to make some bread for him first and God would give her more flour and oil. The woman obeyed Elijah¬†(pretend to knead bread).¬†She had enough flour and oil to make bread for many days¬†(pretend to eat).‚ÄĚ Repeat the activity with the stories of Mose and the brazen serpent (see¬†Numbers 21:5‚Äď9) and Nephi and the brass plates (see¬†1¬†Nephi 3‚Äď4;¬†5:21‚Äď22). Ask the children to share how the people in the stories were blessed because they followed the prophet‚Äôs counsel.

Encourage application¬†(discussing the prophet‚Äôs teachings):¬†Ask the children, ‚ÄúWho is our prophet today?‚ÄĚ Show a picture of the current President of the Church. Explain that he was called by God. Have the children discuss in small groups how they can follow him. Ask a few children from each group to share their ideas. Invite the children to choose one way they can follow the prophet during the week. Create a reminder for them to take¬†home and share with their families. Remind the children that they can hear the prophet‚Äôs words during general conference, and encourage them to watch or listen to conference with their families. The week following general conference, ask some of the children to share experiences they had as they listened to the prophet and followed his teachings.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

Sorry this is so late! I actually was just going to skip this week because I have been so busy, and then I got sick, but my sister, Shannon, came to the rescue! I was on the phone with her yesterday and we started talking about Sharing Time, I told her an idea I was kind of thinking of, but didn’t have it all together. She told me she’d think about it and call me back. She called me back last night with an amazing idea! So here it is, hope you like it.

.Sheena (and I) have been very busy this week. I have to teach sharing time on Sunday so we put our heads together and came up with a fun and easy matching game for this week‚Äôs idea. (more…)

I am always looking for new games to create to get my family excited about General Conference. While driving with a friend, she asked if I had ever thought about creating my own version of a very popular ‘mouth-piece’ game. I hadn’t, but I loved the idea! So I got to work and created this fun¬†‘Say What?!?’¬†General Conference Game. My family gave this a try and had a blast. Today I am sharing the printables so you can enjoy this game as well.

If you don’t know which game I’m referring to, you can take a look at it, here.

General Conference Game

Before you play, you will need to find some mouthpieces (pictured above). If you happen to have the original game, then you can use those, but if you’re like me and don’t own the game, then you can find¬†them on¬†Amazon, HERE! This pack comes with adult size and child size, which is perfect for families. And my friend told me that after you’re done playing, just throw the mouth-pieces into the dishwasher to clean them.

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How to Play

Once you have your mouth-pieces, print out my ‘Say What?’ Cards (printable below). Right now I only have General Authority Cards and General Conference Topic Cards (which is still 7 pages of cards), but I am planning on creating more LDS themed cards (I say this all the time…but I promise I’ll actually do it!). (more…)

I don’t know how long ago I created my General Conference I Spy Sheets, but they’re a favorite in our home, and I know many of you request them each General Conference. I finally got around to making one small change for the upcoming April 2017 General Conference. So now you can print out these fun sheets for your children to use next weekend!

General Conference I Spy Sheets

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These General Conference I Spy Sheets are great for children who can read. Just print out these sheets before General Conference, and then have them watch for the items listed.

Some of the items are pretty easy, but some will take some looking to find them. After General Conference is over, add up how many things they spied.

Did you know that I first created these sheets as part of another fun activity called, General Conference Sundaes, here! The idea is to complete all kinds of different activity sheets to earn points toward Sundae toppings. I was just updating the post, and realized what a great activity it is, so I am going to plan on doing it this General Conference.

There are lots of fun¬†printables on my General Conference Sundaes post, so if your looking for more, go take a look at that post. There are posts for little children (who can’t read), older children, youth, and even adults. (more…)

General Conference is two weeks away! As a mother, I try to find activities to keep my children interested and busy throughout General Conference, but coming up with activities to keep little ones (or even big ones) busy and attentive can be a tough job.

I was so excited when Emilee contacted me and asked if I would consider reviewing a book that her and her sisters had just finished, and I am so glad that I did because their book, Growing Up with Conference, is amazing! This book is full of great ideas to use to prepare for General Conference, ideas during General Conference, and ideas for after General Conference.

Growing Up with Conference Book Review

The beginning of the book¬†is all about Planning & Organizing. This section includes lots of fun ideas that¬†take a little planning to get it all together. There are several countdown type activities that would be perfect to help your family prepare for General Conference. One of my favorites from the book is called the ’15 Days Apostle Frame’.¬†The idea is to have a picture frame with a picture of a member of the First Presidency or Twelve Apostles. In addition to the picture, Tiffany likes to add an object that represents that person. Each day have a new picture with a fact card on the back, which can be found on the Sweetly Made Just For You¬†blog as a free printable. This helps the children learn the faces and the names of each of the Apostles and First Presidency. You could even have the children guess what the item might mean, so get creative. (more…)

Hi friends! I’m Marissa from Prickly Pear Design Co., and Sheena so graciously offered to let me guest post today – so here I am! Here in Idaho, we’re finally seeing warmer days filled with sunshine and I’m loving it.

Even though it happens every year, Spring brings such a revival. It’s fresh and new and brings a surge of hope as flowers pop through the ground, and the outdoors start to come alive. It seems perfect that we celebrate Easter and Christ’s Resurrection this time of year, and I love tying in as much of the outdoors as I can when I decorate for holidays.

Despite the fact that I love everything that Easter includes, I wanted to really focus our decor around the Savior this year. A few bunnies are bound to creep in, but when I read a talk by Elder Neil L. Andersen the statement, “In Christ, hope comes alive” really stuck with me. It captured not only how this Arizona girl feels about Spring after a long hard winter, but how each of us should feel about our Savior not only during this Easter season but all year long.

You can download your own Hope Comes Alive Easter print below. Its perfect for a mantle display or gallery wall and can easily be given as a handout for an Easter lesson in Young Women, Relief Society or to those you visit teach. (more…)

Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline

Encourage understanding and application (playing a game): Write on separate pieces of paper a one-sentence summary of the most recent conference messages from members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. Place them on the board along with pictures of the leaders. Discuss each message. Invite a group of children to leave the room. Remove one of the messages from the board. Invite the children to return and decide together which message is missing. Ask the children to choose a Primary song that corresponds with the message, and sing it together. Invite the children to suggest ways they can apply the message. Repeat with other messages.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

This week’s idea is one that I have used for several years, and it’s always a great lesson. You will be¬†teaching the children that as¬†we listen to the words of the Prophet and Apostles during General Conference, we will be blessed with Spiritual Treasures.¬†I hope you enjoy my March 2017 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea!

March 2017 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea

For this activity, you will have a treasure chest, this represents the Spiritual Treasure from listening to General Conference. Wrapped around the treasure chest will be several ribbons with words, pictures, phrases. The children will be reading quotes from the Prophet and Apostles and will be matching it to the keyword/phrase/picture. (more…)

A few years ago I served as the Personal Progress Advisor in our ward. I loved coming up with ideas to encourage the Young Women to work on their Personal Progress. I have been released from that calling for quite some time, but I still like¬†to come up with fun ideas to get Young Women¬†to work on their Personal Progress. This ‚ÄėYW Personal Progress Rainbow‚Äô idea has been an idea that I have had in my mind for a long time, and I finally finished it and am sharing it!

LDS YW Personal Progress Rainbow

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and this printable would make the perfect printable/gift to pass out to the YW in your ward. Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, I went with a rainbow and pot of gold theme, which just happens to be each of the value colors!

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YW Personal Progress Rainbow

The idea for the YW Personal Progress Rainbow, is to the have the girls complete one requirement from each of the values (each color of the rainbow/cloud/gold). There is a small circle beside each value where they can check it off to keep track. (more…)

Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline

Identify the doctrine: Write on the board, ‚ÄúThe First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles are prophets.‚ÄĚ Tell the children that in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are led by the President of the Church, his two counselors in the First Presidency, and the Twelve Apostles. Explain that the First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles are prophets.

Encourage application (playing a matching game): Gather pictures of six members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve, and write their names on separate pieces of paper. Put the papers and pictures facedown on the board. Have a child turn over a picture, and invite another child to turn over a piece of paper with a name on it. If the picture and name do not match, put them back in place and allow two other children to choose. If the papers match, whisper to the two children a gospel principle the leader taught in the most recent general conference (see the latest conference issue of the Ensign or Liahona), and have them act out a way they can live the principle. Invite the other children to guess what they are doing.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

When I was coming up with ideas for this month’s Sharing Time ideas, I decided to do a little searching on Google. I came across the 2012 Sharing Time archive on Sugardoodle, and decided to take a look. I am so glad that I did because I found a great idea that a wonderful sister, Kristen Barrett, shared (HERE is the original idea). She shared the idea for Week 1, but I decided that is would be perfect for the March 2017 Week 2 Sharing Time Idea, so I made some changes, and am so excited to share this idea with you today!

March 2017 Week 2 Sharing Time Idea

For this Sharing Time you will need a picture of each of the members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve (I search by their names on LDS.org).You will also need a quote or teaching that they taught during the last (or recent) General Conference. And since the children are preparing to listen to General Conference, I thought it would be great to include some fun facts about each of the men. Like this fun fact about President Monson:

‚ÄúPresident Monson was so rowdy and disruptive as a boy that he made the Primary president cry, according to his biography.‚ÄĚ

Ok, maybe that would make those crazy children think it was ok, haha. You can find some facts, HERE, HERE, and HERE, Write or type the quote/teaching/fact for each person onto a piece of paper. You will also need a flashlight for this activity.

March 2017 Week 2 Sharing Time Idea

Before Primary, you will need to go and hang up the pictures and quotes all around the Primary room. You can have the quotes/teachings underneath the pictures or you could have them on the back. You could even cover up the pictures with a piece of paper with a question mark on the front, you can print one that I made, HERE!¬†Like in the outline, write the phrase, ‚ÄúThe First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles are prophets‚ÄĚ on a chalkboard, or have it typed up onto pieces of paper.¬†Now let‚Äôs talk about how to play!

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Follow The Prophet Flashlight Activity

Have you ever been outside when it’s dark? Can you see very well when it’s dark? No! What do we sometimes use when we need to see in the dark?

Show the children a flashlight, and explain that we use a flashlight to help ‚Äėlight our path‚Äô. Flashlights can help warn us of dangers ahead of us and can help us from getting hurt.

Show the children the phrase that you have written on the board, ‚ÄúThe First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles are Prophets‚ÄĚ, and have the children repeat it with you. Explain to the children that we have been given prophets to act as our flashlights. You could then ask why the prophets are like flashlights. You could¬†then repeat the phrase on the board. Did you know that all of these men (the First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles) are all prophets? Today we are going to learn a little bit about them, and what they have taught.

Explain to the children that you have several different pictures posted around the room of the First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles. You will be turning off the lights, and then they are going to be using the flashlight to find one of the pictures.

While the child is searching for the picture, you could have the other children quietly sing ‚ÄúFollow The Prophet‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúStand for the Right‚ÄĚ, or any other song of your choice.

Once they have spotted their picture, have them bring it to the front of the Primary Room and show it to the other children. You could then ask if anyone knows who it is. Then read the teaching/fact aloud. Continue by choosing another child to come to the front and search for another picture.

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PRIMARY IDEA

Want to make it a little more challenging for the Sr. Primary children? You could have them place the pictures in the right order up on a chalkboard or white board. Before Primary you could go and draw places for each picture on a chalk board. You could have a ‚ÄėFirst Presidency‚Äô area and a ‚ÄėTwelve Apostles‚Äô area. When the pictures are found, see if they know the correct order that the pictures go in.

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I hope you enjoy my March 2017 Week 2 Sharing Time idea, and are able to use it for your lesson. Sorry I don’t have printables to help make your job a little easier, but I thought it might be fun for all of us to do our own studying of these amazing men that lead our church. I would love to hear if you use the idea, and how it goes, so leave me a comment letting me know!

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

A year or so ago I shared THESE donut tags that we used when visiting children that we hadn‚Äôt seen in Primary for a little while. Last week,¬†someone asked, on the Primary Facebook group, if anyone had a cute ‚ÄėWelcome To Primary‚Äô LDS Primary Donut Tag¬†that they could use when welcoming new primary children into their ward. I was going to just add new text into my old tag, but then I decided to create a new one. Today I am sharing these cute tags with you!

LDS Primary Donut Tags

It can be scary moving to a new place, and it can even be scary moving to a new ward, but I think donuts would make moving a little easier.  This LDS Primary Donut Tag is the perfect way to let the new children know just how excited you are to have them in your ward. I know our small ward in Idaho is always excited when new families move in.

To put your little ‚ÄėWelcome to Primary‚Äô donut treat together you will need donuts, my printable, and some string. If you decide to use a single donut¬†you might need a cute bag or some other type of container to put the donut in. (more…)