New Year’s Goals for the Family

The New Year is a great time to sit down and make goals as a family. You can do this as a family home evening lesson or in a family council meeting. It is an easy time to trade job assignments and to check in with your children. You may choose to allow their goals to be private as well. One excellent family goal is to spend more time together. You can make a goal that the family spend one Saturday a month together in some sort of activity. It is important to spend fun time with your children apart … Continue reading

Family Home Evening: 4 Ideas for Teaching Life Skills to Your Children

One fund idea for a family home evening night is to have a time when you focus on teaching specific home making skills to your entire family. You should open with a short spiritual thought and scripture at the beginning of the night. You could plan to do this as “Missionary Prep” series or “Family Helper” series once a month. Here are four ideas of skills you may want to teach your family. 1) You can have a family home evening that teaches your family to cook. Some families have a system already implemented in which they have each child … Continue reading

Are You Still Working on Your Goals?

It is nearly the halfway point for the year. At this point I usually take a few minutes and step back to see my progress on my yearly goals. I have not actually sat down and looked at my goals yet, but I am pretty sure that I am not quite on track with most of them. Okay, so I really tossed them out the window a few months ago. I have my reasons—a new baby, my oldest son’s illness and just adjusting to all the changes in my life. However, this does not mean that I am giving up … Continue reading

Five Tips to Help You Read Sunday Lessons

One of my New Year’s resolutions for this year is to beginning reading the lessons before I go to class on Sundays. I have been successful at this in the past. But somehow, I have let this habit slip away. I have a lot of excuses—we lost our manuals in our recent move, the kids do not nap on Sundays anymore. I could go on and on, but the simple truth is that I stopped making it a priority. Here are five tips to help me (and you) keep this new resolution. 1) I like to read the next week’s … Continue reading

Family Home Evening: Goals

The new year is a great time to have a family home evening based on goals. It is important to teach your children how to set and achieve goals. It teaches how to progress and to achieve their dreams. It can also bring a great sense of accomplishment to them. During this lesson you may want to have your children set goals in specific areas. You can share the goals you are setting. It is great if you can work out a way to support each other throughout the process. You can open the lesson by sharing 2 Nephi 28:30. … Continue reading

Five Ideas for Spiritual Goals

It is time for New Year’s resolutions once again. Have you thought specifically about what you would like to accomplish over the next year? Many people immediately jump to temporal concerns, such as getting out of debt, starting to collect your food storage or losing weight. Here are five spiritual areas in which you may consider setting goals. 1) Personal prayer and scripture study. If you do not already have a habit of personal prayer and scripture study now is a great time to start. If you already do this on a regular basis is there a way to make … Continue reading

2008 Mutual Theme

The 2008 theme for mutual (Young Men and Young Women) has been announced. “Be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works.” The theme comes from the scripture Mosiah 5:15. The leaders are encouraged to apply this theme to activities throughout the year. This theme should apply to activities both on a stake and a ward level. Additionally the ward leaders are encouraged to introduce this theme in December 2007. Ward leaders may want to hold a special fireside about the theme. Additionally you should include it in the opening exercises that you have each week with the combined young … Continue reading

RS/EQ: “Setting (Your) Plans Aside”

This week’s Relief Society and Elder’s Quorum lesson comes from Chapter 14, “Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me.” Your initial thought is probably similar to mine – how ridiculous! Of course I don’t worship other gods! Yet the span of this lesson does not focus on religious rituals to pagan gods, but on the worship of things other than the One, True God. How do we show our love and devotion to the Lord? The Lord has asked us to love Him and to serve Him. We love Him by and through serving Him, and, by extension, serving … Continue reading

Marriage Fights: Religion

You might be surprised to see ‘religion’ on the list today. Perhaps you think that if you married your spouse in the temple, you are obviously on the same page. Sadly, this is not true. You may attend the same church but have a different idea of what it means to be a practicing Latter-day Saint. These different ideas may well lead to tension and fights. {With so many levels of possible devotion, I’m going to assume for this blog both spouses are active in the church.) As a convert, I for some reason assumed that a temple marriage was … Continue reading

What Can I Do Today?

So often it can be overwhelming to think about everything we need to do to become a better person. There is always something more to add to that list. With the many roles in your life you may be striving to become a better spouse, a better parent, a better friend, a better employee, a better visiting teacher and a better primary teacher. It can be difficult to find the balance between trying to better ourselves and being a negative influence. If we spend too much time on what we are not doing right, then we are demeaning ourselves. If … Continue reading