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Friday Favorites on Saturday

Friday came and went but I had some great favorites I wanted to share, even if they are a day late! It’s been a very social week.Favorite food

  • I had lunch with a friend at a new favorite restaurant – Cafe Zupas. It was a little rushed since I needed to get to work.
  • An awesome ANWA chapter meeting and write in. We discussed the big ANWA conference that I’m still digesting. There were so many amazing classes.We also found a lot of humor through out our meeting.
  • A surprise visit from my in-laws.
  • Girls night out was very eclectic with sushi and gelato. It’s important to experience foods from different parts of the world. We laughed so much in Charming Charlie’s. I can’t believe so many of the ladies hadn’t been there before.

I haven’t been keeping up with my favorite blogs as much as I would like, but here are a couple recent posts that caught my eye.

What were a few of your favorite things this week?

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Family Home Evening: Gratitude

Welcome to today’s Family Home Evening! This time of year always seems to take a back to basics theme where we focus on the fundamentals of the gospel. Today’s lesson on gratitude is absolutely fundamental.Family home evening mountain top

Opening Song: High on a Mountain Top

Prayer

Scripture: Matthew 26:3-6

Lesson: Gratitude

What is gratitude?

  • It’s an attitude of thankfulness.
  • We choose to have it or to focus on those things we don’t have or aren’t going our way.

How to we express gratitude?

  • We express gratitude with our words, our actions and by making it a habit.
  • Gratitude unexpressed is like a gift unopened.

Why do we need gratitude?

  • To let people know we are grateful.
  • To have good manners.
  • We’re happier when we’re grateful.
  • It’s a commandment.
  • It helps us find the good in our trials. In her book the Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom wrote of an incident of living in a concentration camp where the beds were infested with flees. Her sister insisted that they express gratitude for the flees, much to her dismay. It turned out the flees kept the guards away and they were able to read and share their smuggled New Testament. This scripture study brought them peace, even though their surroundings were horrific.

Activity: Phase 10. We played the phases in reverse order to change it up a bit.

Closing Song: Scatter Sunshine

Prayer

Treat: Ice cream

What does gratitude mean to you and your family?

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Family Home Evening: Divine Nature

Time got away from me; I can’t believe I haven’t posted since mid-November! We have been having Family Home Evening, I’ve been too busy to post what we’ve been up to. In December we focused on Christmas. I’m excited to get back into my routine.Family home evening divine nature

Opening Song: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

Prayer

Scripture: Mosiah 8:18

Lesson: Divine Nature

Our lesson started off with an object lesson. Everyone received a playing card and was asked what they noticed about their card. There were different groups (numbers & suits), the backs are the same, and they are made of the same material. Like those playing cards, we should remember that we are are made of the same material. We should remember what we have in common and appreciate our differences.

Activity: What If This is one of my favorite games!

Closing Song: Army of Helaman

Prayer

Treat: White Chocolate Pretzel Cookies (Dangerous diet breaking cookies!)

What are your favorite object lessons?

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Family Home Evening: Prayer

Happy Sunday! Enjoy this week’s family home evening.Family home evening prayer

Opening Song: Give Said the Little Stream

Prayer

Scripture: 1 Nephi 3:29

Lesson: Prayer

This lesson came from one of the EFY Family Home Evening DVD’s. It starts by reading the sacrament prayers in Doctrine and Covenants 20, verses 77 and 79. These prayers remind us of the promises we made at baptism, the atonement and Priesthood responsibilities. The other points of prayer that stood out were:

  • Prayer is communication work. It also requires listening.
  • Prayer is personal; be specific and thoughtful. Take a minute to plan what you want to say.
  • Remember our relationship with Heavenly Father.
  • Back up your prayers with action.
  • Kneeling is a reverent position.

It’s also good to review how to pray.

  1. Address Heavenly Father
  2. Express gratitude
  3. Pray for inspiration
  4. Close in Christ’s name
  5. End with Amen
  6. Listen
  7. Act

This lesson reminds me that regardless of how long you know something, there is always something more to learn. Especially because it’s so easy to get complacent; our prayers can become a repetitive habit and lose their meaning.

Activity: Hand print turkeys – We made turkeys from construction paper to send to family for Thanksgiving. I love to see how everyone expresses their creativity differently!

Family home evening activity

Closing Song: Love One Another

Prayer

Treat: No Bake Cookies

How do you teach your family about prayer?

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