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August was crazy busy and full of transitions! My nest is a little roomier as I sent a kiddo off to college. And I started training for a new position. I’m surprised at how much energy those two changes took!
1 – Test passed, only 5 left to earn my CPCU and a trip to Hawaii!
1 – Book read; my friend Tamara Passey’s The Christmas Tree Keeper.
2 – Cub Scout meetings, sadly they were my last.
3 – Kiddos attended an 80’s Murder Mystery party.
4 – Days in New York City with some of my favorite people.
10 – Sit ups, a weak effort.
15 – Projects completed, four of them were even fun.
16 – Photos on Instagram.
23 – Days of the 30 Butt Lift Challenge. A stupid cough kept me down!
38 – States visited the blog, including the District of Columbia
39 – Countries visited Just Wanna Be Me
110 – Flutter Abs
125 – Bicycle Abs
165 – Crunches
312 – Bridges
368 – Heel Kicks
449 – Fire Hydrants
517 – Just Wanna Be Me page views
551 – Pointed Butt Lifts
711 – Squats
42,055 – Pinterest viewers
I’m not sure how I gained weight this August with all that exercising, but I’m ready to finish kicking these respiratory issues and get back on track! Please share your accomplishments from last month and this month’s goals!
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Another Sunday and another Family Home Evening!
Opening Song: Give, Said the Little Stream
Scripture: John 4:35
Lesson: Missionary Work
What can we do right here and now to be a good missionary?
- Be an example
- Serve others
- Be obedient
- Follow the spirit
- Use familiar terms; for example, congregation instead of Ward
I’ve had the opportunity to go back to work outside of the home. With this opportunity, I’ve shifted from associating from mostly Mormon women to a whole lot of other people from all kinds of different backgrounds, beliefs, and lifestyles. I’ve caught myself needing to redefine or explain my Mormon lingo. To help me and my children to be more aware, we started a “Mormon Dictionary”. This is something that we can refer to that will help us translate some of those terms into something everyone can understand. I was surprised to see how long the list became after a few minutes of brain storming.
Closing Song: Little Jesus
Treat: Caramel Cups
I’d like you to spend some time this week thinking about how you as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints interact with those from different religious backgrounds. One of the men I was talking to was hurt when I referred to those who are not Mormon as non-members. He felt excluded. I’m becoming aware of how our words impact those around us. Leave me a comment to let me know what you discover!
Happy Sunday! I’m glad you could us for this week’s Family Home Evening.
Opening Song: The Spirit of God
Scripture: Matthew 14:31
First we listened to a recording of the song “Called to Serve” and then discussed what it means.
- We need to work / have a job to do
- Missionary service
- We are all chosen to serve
- We should serve cheerfully and willingly
Next, we answered the question “What is service?”
- Doing something for someone else or yourself (in a nurturing, not selfish way)
- Doing something for Heavenly Father – In as much as you have done it unto the least of these my brethern, you have done it unto Me.
Finally, we talked about how to serve.
- Bring food
- Help others
- Visit others to uplift
- Do yard work
- Participate in the Helping Hands program
- Temple work
- Giving talks
- Giving gifts
- Including others
The most important thing to remember is that everyone can serve.
Activity: Family Mission Statement
We used some of the questions from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families to start putting together our own mission statement. The questions help us focus on what’s important to our family, so we can create an effective one for us. It’s important to divide this activity into small chunks to keep the native from getting to restless.
Closing Song: Called to Serve
Treat: Homemade milkshakes
Welcome back for this week’s Family Home Evening!
Opening Song: I Like to See the Temple
Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 64:9-11
First we shared a few of our favorite hymns.
Next we discussed the purpose of hymns.
- They are a prayer in song
- They show our devotion to our Heavenly Father
- They are a form of worship
- Hymns invite the spirit
- One of my kiddos said the hymns during the meeting helps them stay awake during the meetings
The preface to the hymn book states, “Three months after the Church was organized, the Lord, through the Prophet Joseph Smith, instructed Joseph’s wife, Emma, to make a selection of sacred hymns for the Church: “For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads” (D&C 25:12).” It’s easy to understand why we have been counseled to memorize a few hymns so we can sing one when we are facing temptation or need to have His spirit with us.
Activity: Apples to Apples – my favorite game
Closing Song: Once there Was a Snowman
Treat: Muddy Buddies
What hymns have inspired you or brought you comfort?
Welcome to this week’s Family Home Evening! I’m glad you could join us!
Opening Song: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam
Scripture: Enos 1:27
Our instructor (my daughter) held up her scriptures and introduced them, “These are the scriptures. Use them!” She went on to say that they help us to ponder and apply the gospel to us personally. We were asked to open our own scriptures to a random page that was an actual scripture (as opposed to the topical guide or dictionary) and turn to the nearest page that was divisible by four. We were to read the forth full verse on the second column and think about why that verse is important and how it applies to us personally. We took turns sharing our scripture with the rest of the family. Here’s some of what we came up with.
- 1 Corinthians 2:5 – Have faith in God, not in the wisdom of man
- 7th Article of Faith – Summary of what we believe
- Isaiah 2:21 – Fear God
- Hebrews 13:4 – Marriage is good
- Mormon 7:9 – The gospel is a series of stepping stones
Activity: We made cards for upcoming birthdays.
Closing Song: Once There Was a Snowman
Treat: Chocolate Cookies