Sunday School Lesson, Patriarchal Blessings

14 05 2012

My calling in church right now is to be the Sunday School teacher for the 12 and 13-year old class.  The best part of this calling is that I get to be with my husband.

This week the lesson was about patriarchal blessings.  A patriarchal blessing is given only once.  This blessing is given by a patriarch, who is set apart with the priesthood power to be prompted to share with the individual what Heavenly Father wants to be told.  This can include blessings, talents, and so on.

We started with talking about the Liahona (how I thought of the blog title).  I asked the kids how the liahona worked, and if they would appreciate having a personal liahona to show them how to reach their goal of eternal life with Heavenly Father.  Of course, they all said YES!!!

Lehi holding the Liahona

I then set up a Jeopardy set up with categories that involved What, Who, Why, When, and How.  I gave the kids turns to choose different cards that contained questions or quotes to read.  The following will give a few thoughts of each section.

WHAT

-Quote given by President Monson, “Your patriarchal blessing is yours and yours alone.  It may be brief or lengthy, simple or profound.  Length and language do not a patriarchal blessing make.  It is the Spirit that conveys the true meaning.  Your blessing is not to be folded neatly and tucked away. It is not to be framed or published.  Rather, it is to be read.  It is to be loved.  It is to be followed.  Your patriarchal blessing will see you through the darkest night.  It will guide you through life’s dangers.”

-A patriarchal blessing is an inspired blessing that contains your lineage in the tribe of Israel, promises of blessings you may receive, warnings about particular temptations or weaknesses, talents, or counsel about how a person should live.

WHO

-Any worthy member of the Church can receive a patriarchal blessing when he or she is old enough to understand the opportunities and responsibilities that accompany it.

-Quote by President Joseph F. Smith, “It is a stake patriarch’s business and right to bestow blessings upon the people to make promises unto them in the name of the Lord. . .by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to comfort them in the hours of sorrow and trouble, to strengthen their faith by the promises that shall be made to them through the Spirit of God.”

WHY

-A patriarchal blessing can help us become happier, and more diligent servants of the Lord.

WHEN

-Just like the Liahona, a patriarchal blessing is contingent on Faith and Righteousness.  Therefore, a person should receive his patriarchal blessing when he/she is old enough to understand, but young enough to partake in its knowledge.

HOW

-To prepare, live righteously, fast, pray, and receive a recommend.

For our next activity. I put together a treasure hunt for the kids.  I decorated a shoe box to be a treasure chest and put cupcakes in it.  The kids were so excited.  The bishop caught us as we were reading one of the clues and totally loved the idea.  After they found the treasure, we had a small talk.  I asked them if they thought they would have found the treasure without any of the clues. (The treasure was outside, by the church sign)  Most of them said no.  I told them they may have found it after a long time, but the clues helped guide them as long as they followed what each clue said.  I compared this to life.  We could get through life and receive our treasure of eternal life, but a patriarchal blessing would help us get there.  We don’t have to walk blind.  Heavenly Father loves us and wants to get back to him.

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Final Semester Drama

3 05 2012

I finally got enrolled in my last semester at BYU.  I have kinda been putting this off for awhile.  

Last week I worked with the internship office to get my capstone approved.  I tried to enroll in the class and it wasn’t letting me so I tried to get a hold of my advisor.  That took about two days of emails and phone calls.  

Monday I called and all of a sudden BYU tells me that my ecclesiastical endorsement isn’t good and the add/drop deadline is the next day.  I had less than a day to get everything in order.  I don’t know why they didn’t tell me the week before.  That entire day, I was stressed out trying to get things done.  

Tuesday morning I had an appointment with an advisor to make sure that I was good to go.  When I called to set up the appointment, they asked me if I wanted it on the phone or was I going to come in (I live an hour away).  I told them I would be there. I am tired of being told one thing and then another thing.

Long story, short.  I am now enrolled and paid.  I will graduate in August.  I just need to decide if I want to walk. Any thoughts?

PS. Jared took my picture he got me to be framed.  I should have it back in about two weeks.

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Teaching Our Children to Understand

1 05 2012

Cheryl A Esplin
Saturday Morning April 2012 Conference

*Our children are an heritage of the Lord. (Psalm 127:3).  He knows and loves each one with perfect love.  What a sacred responsibility Heavenly Father places upon us as parents to partner with Him in helping His choice spirits become what He knows they can become.

*In a latter-day revelation through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord instructs parents to teach their children to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost.  Notice the Lord doesn’t just say we are to “teach the doctrine”; His instructions are to teach our children to “understand the doctrine.” (See D&C 68)

*Sometimes the most powerful way to teach our children to understand a doctrine is to teach in the context of what they are experiencing right at that moment. . . Just as important are the teaching moments that come as we thoughtfully plan regular occasions such as family prayer, family scripture study, family home evening, and other family activities.

*Learning to fully understand the doctrines of the gospel is a process of a lifetime and comes “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little.” (2 Nephi 28:30)

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And a Little Child Shall Lead Them

29 04 2012

By President Boyd K. Packer
April 2012 Conference

*One of the great discoveries of parenthood is that we learn far more about what really matters from our children than we ever did from our parents.  We come to recognize the truth in Isaiah’s prophecy that a little child shall lead them. (Isaiah 11:6)

*Family time is sacred time and should be protected and respected. We urge our members to show devotion to their families.

*Children are an heritage of the lord: and . . . happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them. (Psalm 127:3, 5)

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Funfetti Cookies

10 04 2012

I decided to try and make funfetti cookies for Easter.  They were so easy, fast, and adorable.  I think I made an entire batch in less than an hour.

Ingredients

1. One box of Funfetti Cake Mix
2. 1/3 cup oil
3. 2 eggs
4. One container of Funfetti Frosting

Directions

1. mix cake mix, oil, and eggs.
2. Drop 1 inch balls onto greased cookie sheet.
3. Use a glass (dipped in flour) to flatten each cookie to 1/4 in
4. Back at 375 for 6-8 minutes.
5. Cool, add frosting and sprinkles on top.

I don’t have a picture but they were amazing.





Second Job and New Certifications

4 04 2012

the last week has been pretty busy.

1. On Friday, I got a phone call from Daybreak.  They offered me the Head Guard position.  I am actually slightly mad because I am perfectly qualified for the supervisor position and instead will have a paycut and lower position to still do a lot of the same work because they still want my help with everything.  I guess the only reason I didn’t get what I wanted was because I am keeping South Jordan and can’t work much on Friday/Saturday because I work all day at South Jordan.

I don’t know when I go to start paperwork, but I should start somewhat soon because we have a lot of preparing and cleaning to do before opening day.

2. I am now certified as a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor.  My ward isn’t supposed to know, or I will get stuck in scouting for my calling.  I only put myself down for Swimming, Lifesaving, and First Aid.  The trick I learned is that anyone can teach the requirements, just someone who is certified has to sign the cards.  

3. Next week I go back to South Davis Rec Center to finish my LGI training (Lifeguard Instructor).  On the last day of the initial training, we were doing skills at the bottom of 13 feet of water.  I was fine a couple times and then all of a sudden I must have swallowed water and my body freaked out.  I couldn’t even go to the bottom of 9 feet anymore.  My body wouldn’t let me, no matter how hard I tried.  So I get a send chance.  We will see how this goes.





4) Bedside

5 03 2012

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This is my side of the bed.  First of all, Jared is very particular with the fact that he wants the bed made.  I am not as picky about it.  One thing that I really like on my side table is the picture of half dome.  My mom gave it to me during my freshman year of college because she wanted to remind me that I can do anything that I put my mind to.  A few years earlier, my family all made bets on how far I would make it in the hike.  No one believed I would make it to the top, however, I did. The following link is to a website that shows just how difficult Half Dome is.

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/halfdome.htm








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