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 ‘YW Personal Progress Rainbow’ 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, “The First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles are prophets.” 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:

“President Monson was so rowdy and disruptive as a boy that he made the Primary president cry, according to his biography.”

Ok, maybe that would make those crazy children think it was ok, haha. You can find some facts, HEREHERE, 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, “The First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles are prophets” on a chalkboard, or have it typed up onto pieces of paper. Now let’s 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 ‘light our path’. 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, “The First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles are Prophets”, 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 “Follow The Prophet” or “Stand for the Right”, 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 ‘First Presidency’ area and a ‘Twelve Apostles’ 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’t seen in Primary for a little while. Last week, someone asked, on the Primary Facebook group, if anyone had a cute ‘Welcome To Primary’ 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 ‘Welcome to Primary’ 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…)

It’s time to say goodbye to another month, and begin again. I’m actually a little bit ok with it because that just means we’re getting closer to Spring. Here in Idaho we still are covered in snow, and I mean covered! Last week I started thinking about this month’s Visiting Teaching message, and what I could share. I thought of the word ‘Power’ and thought of using Powerade, but I already shared that before (you can see that idea HERE). I then got a little sidetracked with St. Patrick’s day and chocolate, haha. After thinking about the idea for a little bit, I decided it would be great for my March 2017 Visiting Teaching Idea.

March 2017 VT Idea

I love the March 2017 Visiting Teaching message, and it even includes one of my favorite scriptures, Ether 12:27. But this month I decided to go with a St. Patrick’s day theme, and incorporate some delicious gold candy.

We all need to be reminded of who we are and how special each of us are, so I went decided to focus this month’s idea around the phrase:

“You are more precious than gold!”

Whenever we read or study about Jesus Christ’s Atonement, we should be reminded of our worth. Our Savior loves us so much that he came to earth to die for us. He has felt our pains and our suffering, and through the enabling power of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice our weaknesses can be made strong, and our trials can be made light. (more…)

Have you heard about the amazing new Nathan Pacheco cd, “Higher”? I had the opportunity to receive the CD from Deseret Book, and am loving it! If you enjoy listening to uplifting music, then you will love this CD.

Nathan Pacheco

 

“Higher” is a collection of Nathan Pacheco’s favorite songs that connect with those spiritual moments from his performances across the world. These songs will take you on a beautiful journey with classic hymns such as Be Thou My Vision and Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, soaring Italian epics like Nella Fantasia, and modern classics such as Forever (one of my favorites) by Kari Jobe. Performing with intimate acoustic backing and often featuring piano and cello, Nathan’s desire with this album was to help people reach higher, to feel deeper spiritual connection, and to find peace through songs that lift the soul.

Nathan Pacheco is a classically trained tenor who has a passion for reaching out and uplifting people through music. There is so much music out there today that doesn’t lift and inspire you as a listener, but the songs on this album were created to do exactly that.

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Nathan Pacheco “Higher”

“Higher” was released today, and is available for purchase (CD or as MP3 download) through Deseret Book, HERE.

You can also visit Deseret Book to hear a preview of each song included on “Higher”.

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GIVEAWAY!

I have truly enjoyed listening to “Higher”, and I want to share this great album with you. So, one (1) lucky Little LDS Ideas reader will receive their very own Nathan Pacheco “Higher” album from me!

Just use the Rafflectoper widget (below) to enter for your chance to win! This giveaway is open to ANYONE! It will end Monday, February 13th at 11:59pm (MST). I will contact the winner on Tuesday, and will announce the winner on Facebook.

There are 3 ways to enter the giveaway:

• Visit me on Facebook!

• Head on over to Instagram and ‘like’ me.

• Visit Deseret Book and listen to each of the song previews, and then leave a comment letting me know which song is your favorite.

You can choose to do one or all 3. The more you complete, the better your chances of winning are!

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This giveaway is not affiliates or sponsored by Deseret Book. I was sent a copy of “Higher” for free, but the opinions in this post are my own, and I have enjoyed this CD so much that I decided to give a copy to one of you!

I hope you will enter to win this amazing cd, and I hope you enjoyed my review of “Higher” by Nathan Pacheco.

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

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Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline

Encourage understanding (reading scriptures, coloring, and using puppets): Read with the children the following accounts of how Jesus’s disciples chose the right: Luke 10:38–42 (Mary); Matthew 4:18–20 (Peter and Andrew); Acts 9:1–9, 17–20 (Paul). Discuss some of the blessings these people received for choosing the right. Draw some simple figures for each child (or use the scripture figures in “Funstuf,” Friend, Jan. 2006, 35; and “Funstuf,” Friend, Feb. 2006, 31). Let the children color the drawings, cut them out, and make them into stick puppets or paper sack puppets. Invite the children to use their puppets to retell one of the stories. For example: “My name is Paul. I used to persecute people who followed Jesus. I saw a vision of Jesus. Jesus asked me to stop persecuting Him. I chose to follow Jesus and was a missionary for the rest of my life.”

Encourage application (reviewing scripture stories):Invite the children to use their puppets to retell the scripture stories to their families at home. Encourage them to share with family members how the individuals in the stories chose the right and how they were blessed. Ask the children how they can choose the right during the next week.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

I am excited to share my idea for this week! As always, this idea goes right along with the February Sharing Time idea in the outline, but with a fun twist. When I was trying to figure out what idea to share I thought of my ‘go-to’ Punch-A-Box idea, but then I remembered a similar activity that we actually did for our Ward’s Trunk or Treat. This Sharing Time idea will definitely be a hit. I hope you enjoy this week’s idea, and use it for your lesson.

February 2017 Sharing Time Idea

Before Primary You Will Need:

Foam Board

Tissue Paper

Poster-Board

9 Plastic Cups

Clue Strips

Gospel Art Kit Pictures: Christ with Mary & Martha, Calling of Fishermen, and Saul

Scissors

Glue

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‘Who Am I’ Choose the Right February Sharing Time Game

Alright, you are going to be cutting holes into your foam board, just like a regular punch-a-box, but I decided that I wanted mine in the shape of a CTR shield. So, first I went ahead and created a shield template using my tissue paper (you will use this later as well), and then drew an outline on the back of my foam board. You will be covering the holes with tissue paper and the poster-board, so cut out a shield from the poster-board.

I then placed my 9 plastic cups inside the shield. Grab a pencil and trace around the mouth of the cups. From there, grab an X-acto Knife (or a regular knife), and start cutting out the holes (be sure to cut a little inside the circle so that the hole isn’t larger than the mouth of the cups.

Now that you have all of the holes cut out, go ahead and place your tissue paper shield over the holes (on the front side of your foam board). Use a glue stick to hold the tissue paper, and be sure to glue in between the holes as well as on the outside edge of the shield. Then do the same with the poster-board shield by placing it on top of the tissue paper and gluing.

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Jesus’s disciples were blessed by choosing the right.

Your foam board will look something like this. Now, you are going to flip your foam board so that the front is faced down, and using your knife make a slit into the poster-board/tissue paper in each hole.

Take your scissors, and cut from the center of the circle into wedge pieces (or pie sliced pieces, pictured above). By cutting your poster-board this way it will allow the children to easily slip their hands in and out of the holes.

Alright! You’ve got the holes covered cut, now let’s move onto the clues and cups.

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LDS Sharing Time Ideas

I have provided clue strips for you to use. There are 3 clues per person (I just used the people mentioned in the outline), so 9 strips total. I used a different color for each person to help figuring out who it is a little easier. Print out the clue strips and cut them out. Then place them inside 9 plastic cups.

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Little LDS Ideas Sharing Time Ideas

 Once each cup has a clue inside, attach the cups to the back of your foam board. You can do this by using hot glue or even using some strong tape. And that’s it! Now let’s talk about how to play!

How To Play:

The children are going to be taking turns sticking their hands into the CTR shield to retrieve a clue. They will be reading clues trying to guess which picture it belongs to. Once they have figured out ‘Who I Am’ you can tell the children the story, read the scriptures, or show them a short Scripture Video.

At the front of the room, have your ‘Who Am I’ game. Have your 3 Gospel Art Kit pictures attached to a bulletin board, chalkboard, or other foam board.

Invite a child up to the front to retrieve the first clue. Have them read the clue aloud, and then have them guess which picture they think it belongs to. Have them go and place the clue above/under the picture they think.

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February 2017 SharingTime

Then invite another child up, and have them do the same. Continue until all the clues have been pulled out. You will probably need to re-arrange some clues until all are under the appropriate picture.

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Primary Sharing Time Idea

Tell the children about each person, and how they were blessed for choosing the right. I know there are some great Scripture videos for some of these scripture stories OR you could invite someone to dress up like one of the people and have them come in and share how they were blessed.

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Click HERE to print my ‘Who Am I’ clue strips!

 

Another Idea from The Red Headed Hostess

Still looking for an idea for this week? Check out (psst…that’s an affiliate link, you can read about that here) this cute Sharing Time kit from The Red Headed Hostess!

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I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time idea, and are able to use it for your lesson. I would love to hear (or see pictures) if you do, so let me know by leaving a comment!

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

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A couple weeks ago I received a wonderful book in the mail from Deseret Book. The book that I received is journal to help families hold regular family councils, and to record those special meetings. Since I heard Elder Ballard encourage all members to hold regular Family Councils it has been on my mind, but it is something that we still haven’t done. Today I am sharing a review of “Our Family Council Journal”, and a little peek inside of it. I am so excited to have received this book, and I hope that it will help us to finally make time for Family Councils.

LDS Family Council Ideas

In the very first pages of this journal you will find Elder Ballard’s talk, “Family Councils”, which is an amazing talk. A few pages after his words, you will find a page with ‘Reminders About Family Councils’ as well as ‘Suggestions For Using This Journal’. I loved reading the suggestions and the possibilities for using this journal.

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Throughout the journal are colorful pages with wonderful quotes, like the one pictured below. Each of the quotes found in this journal are great and very uplifting. After reading a few of them, I was reminded of the importance of Family Councils.

Family Council Ideas

 One of my favorite quotes from Elder Ballard’s talk, and that is also found in the book is,

“Children desperately need parents willing to listen to them, and the family council can provide a time during which family members can learn to understand and love one another.”

Our Family Council Journal

What I love most about this journal is that it eventually will act as a journal for your entire family. This book is filled with pages for you to fill with special memories and discussions you have with your children. I have a journal, but this journal is created specifically for recording notes from family councils. I’m hoping that this journal will serve as a reminder to my husband and I to hold family councils.

Elder Ballard Family Council

I know that my family will benefit greatly from holding regular family council meetings, and I am excited to finally do that and help strengthen our family. I would recommend this book to any family looking to hold family councils. This would also make a great gift to give to extended families or families you visit/home teach.

Do you hold regular Family Councils with the members of your family? What have you found works or doesn’t work? I would love any tips or ideas. If you’re like me, and haven’t even started, be sure to stop by Deseret Book and take a look at “Our Family Council Journal”.

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I want to thank Deseret Book for allowing me to review this fabulous journal, and I am excited to use it to help my family grow closer and stronger. There are so many distractions that keep us from making time for those we love, but it should be our top priority.

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Thanks so much for stopping by. I would love to hear your thoughts, so be sure to leave me a comment. Have a wonderful day!

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(I received “Our Family Council Journal” from Deseret Book. All content and opinions are 100% my own.)

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Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline

Identify the doctrine (playing a matching game):Draw a simple ark on the chalkboard. Prepare several sets of two identical animal pictures. Give one picture to each child. Ask the children to stand and make the sound that the animal in their picture makes and to listen for someone else who is making a similar sound. When the children with matching pictures find each other, have them stand together until all the animals have been paired. Ask the children to come as pairs and put their animals on the ark drawing. Ask the children, “Which prophet did the Lord ask to gather the animals into the ark?” Point out that it was probably a difficult task to gather so many animals into the ark, but Noah chose to obey the Lord’s command.

Encourage understanding (reading scriptures):Show the children a picture of Noah preaching, and read Moses 8:20. Ask the children why they think the people did not listen to Noah. Divide the board in half, and write the following questions on one side, with the scripture references in random order on the other side: What was the Lord going to do to destroy the wicked? (Genesis 6:17). What did He tell Noah to do to save his family? (Genesis 6:18). What did Noah do to choose the right? (Genesis 7:5). Ask the children to read the scriptures and find which one answers each question. Show the children a picture of Noah building the ark. Explain that sometimes it is hard to choose the right. Ask, “How was Noah blessed for choosing the right?” Encourage the children to share how they will be blessed as they choose the right.

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Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas

I really love the idea given in the outline, especially the ‘Identify the Doctrine’ section. The children will LOVE making animal sounds. So today, I have just a few ideas for you, just in case you’re looking for a little more. Enjoy!

Noah was blessed for choosing the right

As I said, I love the “Identify the Doctrine” idea in the outline. But they didn’t have any animal images, so I went ahead and created 2 sheets of animal cards (16 animals total) that you could print out and use. They’re nothing fancy, but I don’t think the kids will be too worried about it, they’ll have too much fun making their sound.

If making animal noises sounds too crazy, then here are a few other ideas that you could use.

Animal Activity Ideas

Play ‘Animal charades’! Have the children act out each animal instead of making the animal noise. You could use the same idea as above where everyone has a match or just have them guess what animal it is. Once the animal is guessed have them add it to the ark.
You could also play this like ‘Cranium’. Have the animal cards in a container, and on the back of each card write either: Draw, Mold, or Act.
Have the children choose an animal out of the bucket and then have them either draw the animal, mold it with clay, or act it out as a Charade.
How about a simple animal matching game? Print and cut out each animal card. Place the cards onto a poster-board/chalkboard. Invite a child up and have them flip 2 cards over. Continue until matches have been found.
Here is one more idea that is similar to the idea given in the outline. Hand out the animal cards, and and have the children walk around until they find the person with the other match. They could quietly make a noise or ask a question to find their match.

Noah's Ark Animal Cards

If you’d like to use my animal cards, just click the link below!

Click HERE to Print my Animal Cards!

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Noah Was Blessed For Choosing the Right

Now it’s time to share the story of Noah. Here are a few ideas that you could use for your lesson.

• Have Noah visit Primary! Invite someone to dress up like Noah, and have him come and visit the children.

•Fill the Ark: Have different animal pictures with scriptures, questions, scenarios written on the back. Have a child choose an animal and have them answer the question. Once answered, place the animal in the ark. Here is a cute ark from LDS.org, it also includes some cute animal pictures.

 • Build an Ark: If you have ‘Noah’ come to primary you could have him tell the children that he was commanded to build an ark. Then have him share how he built the ark.
Split the Primary into small groups and give them ‘building’ supplies (Legos, blocks, boxes, popsicle sticks, etc.) Then have them build an ark.
After the arks are built have Noah or yourself share why it was important that Noah built the ark.
Here is another option for Building an Ark, print out an ark and then cut it into pieces. On the back of each piece have a scripture reference (from the outline) or a ‘Choose the Right’ scenario. As the children answer the questions, they will build the ark.
Can’t find a cute ark for the children to build? Take a look at this amazing kit from The Red Headed Hostess! Did you know that they now have Sharing Time kits in their shop?

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I love all the great printables in this week’s kit, but I really loved the ‘Build the Ark’ game that is included. Just visit The Red Headed Hostess to take a look at the kit.

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I hope you enjoy this week’s ideas, and are able to use some for your lesson. I would love to hear if you do and what you decide to do, so leave me a comment letting me know.

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

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Today I am sharing some great little cards that are perfect for baptisms. I first saw these LDS Baptism Cards several years ago at my Nephew’s baptism. Since then I have used these LDS Baptism Cards for my son and daughter’s baptism. It is a special way to help children remember their special day.

LDS Baptism Testimony Cards

I created these cards to match my LDS Baptism Prints that I shared a few days ago, you can find there HERE! My daughter was baptized last year, and I knew that I wanted to use these LDS Baptism Cards at her baptism.

I placed some of the cards on a table by the guest book, and then my sisters passed them out to everyone while my daughter was getting dressed, after she was baptized.

The idea is, for those attending, to write down a special note to the child OR write down their testimony. You can then place them in a baptism book, a small photo book (you can find these for really cheap), in a binder (find some page protectors and place the cards in), a baptism box, etc. It makes a great keepsake that the children can look back on and remember how special the day was.

LDS Baptism Cards

This is also something that the Primary could do, and give to the children as a gift. It is a cheap gift idea, but one that would be very special to each of the children.

Do you like the idea of using these LDS Baptism Cards? I have loved using them, and plan on using them for our next 2 children. If you’d like to use them, just use the link below to print my LDS Baptism Cards.

I fit 3 to a page and each card measures just a tad smaller than 4″X6″. I wanted each card to fit into a photo book with 4″X6″ pockets.

Click HERE to print my LDS Baptism Cards!

I hope you enjoy my LDS Baptism Cards, and use them at your next baptism. I would love to hear what you think, and if you use them, so leave me a comment letting me know.

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

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Weeks ago I created some 2017 Primary Lesson Schedule Sheets for a sweet lady. I had planned on sharing on here, but had other things that needed to be posted as well, so it ended up getting forgotten. Today I am finally sharing my 2017 Primary Lesson Schedule Sheets that you can download and edit to match your Ward’s schedule!

2017 Primary Lesson Schedule Sheets

I wanted to incorporate a little bit of my Primary Planner Pages (you can find those for free, HERE!) into the schedule sheets, but I had to create these in Microsoft Word so that they would be editable. I ended up creating a cute header/title for each sheet, and just inserting it in as an image. That way when you download and open these into Microsoft Word, the font of the title wouldn’t get messed up, Yay!

The font that I used for mine is one of my favorite fonts that you can download hereIt’s just a simple font, but I love it. Be sure to download the font BEFORE you open the file. That way nothing will get messed up.

Just click the link below to download. Once downloaded, open it in Microsoft Word, and make the necessary changes.

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Click HERE to download my 2017 Primary Lesson Schedule Sheets!

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I hope you find my 2017 Primary Lesson Schedule Sheets helpful. Sorry I didn’t get them posted sooner, but I figured there might still be someone out there looking for these.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

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