Friday, December 14, 2012

I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus

One of the songs that I sing to my daughter the most is "I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus" from the LDS Children's Songbook. It's a song that is often on my mind and one that teaches such a powerful message.

I received a request a few weeks ago for the chorus of the song to be made into a printable, and I jumped at the opportunity.

“Love one another as Jesus loves you.
Try to show kindness in all that you do.
Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,
For these are the things Jesus taught.”

I wish that more people applied these simple principles to their lives. Think about it--if everyone were to try and treat others with kindness and love, our world would be such a better place. There would be less crime, less hatred, less violence, and less anger. We would have a world of peace. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, taught in such a simple and powerful way. If only people could understand!

I am trying to teach my daughter the things that Jesus taught and I am more focused on setting a good example and living the principles myself.

How are you teaching others the things Jesus taught?

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Truly Have a "Merry" Christmas

I made another Christmas printable and it got me wondering about being "merry." The verses that I remembered from the scriptures with the word "merry" were never ones that made me feel like I was being righteous. So I took some time to look up "merry" in the topical guide and I was happy to find some beautiful scriptures about being merry. Here are my two favorites:

James 5:13 says, "Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms."

D&C 136:28 says, "If thou art merry, praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving."

I love the D&C scripture, especially for the Christmas season. Even in the hardest of times, each of us has a reason to be merry and praise the Lord. We have our lives to be grateful for, our families or friends, or our good health. We can sing and dance and carol our hearts out in honor of Christ the King, whose birth we celebrate.

I hope that each of you has a MERRY Christmas this year, and a MERRY Christmas season!

What are you merry about this Christmas?

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Printable Overload

My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love the season, the snow, the excitement, the shopping, the ward parties, the cookie exchanges, the love, the caroling, the colors, the lights, the tree, the nativity scenes....everything.

I love that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

As this exciting holiday approaches (EEK! Only 24 days!!), I have been decorating my home and trying to invite the Spirit to be more present than ever. I finished all of my Christmas shopping already so that I don't have to stress about that! I get to spend my time enjoying the season instead of worrying about getting everything done.

My daughter loves our simply decorated Christmas tree, the lights around our living room, and the little Fisher-Price Nativity Set that my mother bought for her first Christmas.

I am looking for every opportunity I can this season to teach my daughter about Christ. We listen to uplifting Christmas music (especially the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing...heaven!) and try to offer lots of service to friends and neighbors. I have tried to tell my one-year-old that the hymns and carols we sing about the Savior are to praise Him for His life and His condescension.

I hope that when people enter my home, they can feel the Spirit of Christ during the Christmas season, as well as year-round.

To help you invite the Spirit into your home as you decorate and enjoy this amazing holiday, I have whipped up a few (well...8...and I'll probably do some more as the month goes on) Christmas printables! These printables are all centered on Christ, His love, and hymns of praise. I encourage you to use them however you'd like-- in your Visiting Teaching or in your lessons or as gifts to your loved ones.

Let the festivities begin! Merry Christmas!

How are you bringing the Spirit into your home this Christmas season?

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Power to Change/El Poder Para Cambiar

A recent request brought me to ponder about the power we are given to change.

James E. Faust wrote a talk before he passed away entitled "The Power to Change." In the talk, he talks about change through repentance, change through recovery from addictions, and change through conversion. He says, "The power to change is very real, and it is a great spiritual gift from God."

I am a HUGE fan and believer in the power to change. I have benefited so much from that truth of the gospel, as I am a person who has made many changes in my life. I am so grateful that built into the gospel of Jesus Christ is the Atonement, which is the true power to change. As I learned more about the Atonement and repentance, I learned that I can become whoever the Lord needs me to be and that all of my wrong-doings can be forgiven or made right.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people treat me like the person I was instead of the person I am. I met with some high school friends a few years after graduation, and they acted like I was the same immature, selfish girl that I was back in high school. They didn't even give me a chance to prove how I had improved those behaviors and become a much better, deeper person. They had no clue that I had matured and grown and been forgiven of my weaknesses and sins. I left that evening feeling discouraged and slightly irritated. However, I learned from that experience that I always need to give people the opportunity to change, and never treat them as they were. It has helped me be non-judgmental and much closer to people, because others see that I am not predetermining who they are. I give them the grace I wish I was given more often.

Christ gives us the chance to change. He gives us the POWER to change. He says, "I'll take you as you are, but let me help you become more than you ever thought you could be." He never thinks we aren't good enough. He gives us all of the tools to become a little smarter, a little more spiritual, and a little more compassionate.

How has the power to change blessed YOUR life?

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El printable en español dice, "El poder para cambiar es muy real, y es un gran don espiritual que proviene de Dios."

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Be the Lower Light

When President Boyd K. Packer started his talk on Sunday morning during General Conference, I was listening to his story and wondering how/when he was going to connect it to a spiritual truth. When he made the connection about the Atonement and our Savior, I was very touched by his insights. I love the hymn he quoted, "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy."

1. Brightly beams our Father’s mercy
From his lighthouse evermore,
But to us he gives the keeping
Of the lights along the shore.

Let the lower lights be burning;
Send a gleam across the wave.
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.

2. Dark the night of sin has settled;
Loud the angry billows roar.
Eager eyes are watching, longing,
For the lights along the shore.

3. Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;
Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
Trying now to make the harbor,
In the darkness may be lost.

I've thought a lot over the past day or so about being a "lower light." I looked up a bunch of references to lower lights and lighthouses, and realized that there are typically two lights on a lighthouse, referred to as the upper and lower lights. Both are needed for ships to safely reach the harbor. Christ is the Upper Light. He is always there, and His path is always clear. We are the lower lights--we must have our lights shining so that others can find their way back to our Savior. Without our lower lights being on, souls around us can be lost.

I am setting new goals for myself to be a strong "lower light" and to be one that weary travelers can look to for help reaching the harbors during the storms of life.

What can you do to strengthen your lower light?

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

General Conference Insights

Like many of you, I was thrilled for the opportunity to sit through General Conference this weekend and hear the words of our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, the Twelve Apostles, and other church leaders. My husband and I dressed in our Sunday best to listen and absorb the teachings and the Spirit.

Usually, I have a favorite talk at the end of conference, but I couldn't think of one that struck me the most! I loved them all so much and learned a ton. My perspective of gospel truths changes and I develop a strong desire to become more Christlike and more obedient to the things that I know and have learned.

Here are a few quotes that I loved, and why I loved them:

• "Conversion is an offering of self, of love and of loyalty we give to God in gratitude for the gift of testimony." - David A. Bednar (The actual talks aren't posted yet, but I'll link you to the summaries on the Church News for now!)

I have been reflecting a lot on my own conversion and on the conversion of my friends and family. My husband and I have been studying Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah, and when they became converted, they gave everything they had to God. They spent over 14 years in full time service to Him, teaching His gospel and sharing their testimonies with the Lamanites. Alma continued on to teach the Nephites and many others. I hope to be one who is truly converted. I want to offer my whole self, all of my love, and all of my loyalty to God. I hope to give up all things that prevent me from doing this most important thing.

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• "I'm a Mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it." - Ann M. Dibb

It is pretty obvious to my readers that I am a Mormon. After all, this whole blog is devoted to quotes and sayings that bring people closer to Christ, most of them from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have felt this way my whole life, however. I have always been proud to be a "Mormon" and to study, live, and love the gospel. I spent 18 months serving a mission, teaching people about Christ and proudly wearing a badge stating the truth that I am, in fact, a Mormon. Also in Sister Dibb's talk, she said, "With so many distractions, do we have the strength, discipline and commitment to remain focused on what matters most? Are we as well versed in gospel truths as we are in our studies, careers, hobbies, sports, or our texts and tweets?" This made me realize that I am not as well versed as I should be in the things that matter most. I am setting a goal today to make sure that my gospel study comes before all of the other distractions in life.

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• "The crowning characteristic of love is always loyalty." - Jeffrey R. Holland

I love everything about this quote. It explains that if we love something, we are loyal to it. I am loyal when I am converted. I am loyal to my faith because I love it. I am loyal to my husband, and he is loyal to me, because we love each other. If we love Christ, we are loyal to Him, and we will follow His path and feed His sheep. Elder Holland is so insightful, and I love how he described the encounters that the Savior had with His apostles, and how He helped them realize how to be loyal and how to love Him.

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What did YOU learn from General Conference this weekend?

And don't you worry--I have PLENTY of other printables from General Conference coming your way in the next week or so! Any requests? Please let me know!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Come, Listen to a Prophet's Voice

I was blessed to be able to attend the General Relief Society meeting of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday night in the Conference Center. It was an amazing experience. (If you missed it, click here to watch/read/download the messages and music.) The building, with over 21,000 female attendees, fell silent in reverence and respect the moment our beloved prophet walked into the room. My heart filled with testimony from the Spirit that Thomas S. Monson truly is the Lord's mouthpiece here on the earth. What a blessing it was to hear talks and wisdom from those whom he has called through the Lord's inspiration. I was edified and uplifted and certainly learned a lot about ways I can improve.

In our Sacrament services on Sunday, the focus was preparing our hearts to hear the prophet, apostles, general authorities, and other chosen leaders speak during the upcoming General Conference. During Conference, you can learn about the basics of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as receive many answers to questions that you may be pondering deep within your heart. I know that as I have prepared my heart and spirit to listen and apply the messages of conference, my life has been richly blessed and I have found wisdom and answers and guidance that I desperately needed.

My invitation to each of you is simple: Come, listen to a prophet's voice. Find out for yourself the words that the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, would have you hear. Invite your friends, neighbors, family members, strangers, and other loved ones to listen and pray. Spread the good news that there is a living prophet on Earth who desires to share the message of salvation to everyone in the world, and all are invited to hear and feel of his love for the Savior. Come, listen to a prophet's voice.

Click here for all of the information about the session times and dates, as well as links to watch online or visit the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

This week, my husband and I are trying to incorporate more spiritual things into our daily routines as we try and prepare for this weekend. We will have gospel music and hymns playing in our home softly all day. We will pray for people to invite to watch Conference with us. We will share our testimonies with one another and read previous Conference talks. We plan to limit all activities this weekend to only spiritual and uplifting things, and not recreation or entertainment.

What are some ways that you are preparing yourself for General Conference?

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Make It Last Forever

I received a request that I am so thrilled about--it's a quote on marriage, which has been a topic I have studied much since my own wedding a little over a year and a half ago. I love being married. I love everything about it. My husband asked me the other day if I missed single life, and I couldn't think of one thing that I missed about it! Not to say that being single and graduated from college wasn't a blast, but I really enjoy the challenges and blessings of being married to my husband and being a mother to my first (and second in the womb!) child.

The quote comes from a talk by Elder F. Burton Howard in General Conference of April 2003. It says, "If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don’t expose it to the elements. You don’t make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by" (italics in original).

I very much believe that if you want something to last, it requires special care or attention. This goes for any relationship, your job/career, or even any temporal or physical item you may own. (For example, I want my nice church books to last, so I keep them on my high bookshelves so that my darling infant won't tear them to pieces.) I feel that my own marriage hasn't always been treated with the highest respect, and now I realize that in order to make it even more special, I need to make sure to never abuse it or neglect it.

Even if we haven't been perfect at taking care of our marriages (or any other relationship) up to this point, everything can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He suffered and paid the price of all of our sins and misdoings so that we can repent and be made clean and whole. I can overcome my personal challenges if I give Him my heart and my will. Take time today to reevaluate how you can strengthen and make special the relationships that you love through Christ.

What are some things you do to cherish your marriage?

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

BYU Football Love

I have another confession to make--I LOVE BYU FOOTBALL! I went to BYU-Idaho, not BYU, but I have always been a Cougar fan. My husband is a BYU student, so I feel like I am living the Cougar life vicariously through him.

In case you weren't aware, BYU is owned by the LDS church and the school standards conform to the standards of the Church. According to the Princeton Review, BYU is the #1 "Stone-Cold Sober Campus" in the country. Hurrah for BYU! But you can bet that these sober BYU students can give any school a run for their money when it comes to pride for their team and team spirit.

I'm sure there are many of you who are not fans of BYU...that's just fine. Friendly competition is always nice! The printables below are for fellow BYU fans who love the Cougar Fight Song and the beloved football team. I know they're a little different than the normal printables I do on this site, but I couldn't help myself.

Here are a few things you should know before kick-off tomorrow:

1. I drove by the stadium today and got the chills because I am so excited for football season.
2. I mayyyyy be making my own BYU shirt (white, of course, because we are doing a WHITE OUT game tomorrow) with the white printable below.
3. I'm going to be in AWESOME SEATS at the LaVell Edwards Stadium tomorrow, cheering on Riley Nelson and the whole BYU team!!!

What is your favorite part about football season?

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Destinadas a Ser Reinas / Destined to Become Queens

I received a request for this printable in Spanish, so I first completed the Spanish version and then decided to include an English version of the printable. I really love this quote by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf: "You are truly royal spirit daughters of Almighty God. You are princesses, destined to become queens. Your own wondrous story has already begun. Your 'once upon a time' is now."

This talk was given to the Young Women of the world and in the Church. I remember hearing this talk and realizing how much potential I had (even though I was currently serving a mission at the time and wasn't as "young" as most of the girls he was referring to) and how I could be happy now and forever. I love Elder Uchtdorf and I feel like he was specifically ordained to be an apostle because of his miraculous way of connecting with women and reaching our hearts. I feel like he understands us so well and has great application for our lives. 

I am very grateful that my "happily ever after" will be with my husband and children--I can't imagine it any other way. I'm grateful for Christ for His sacrifice, and I know that He leads His true church on Earth through our Prophet and the 12 Apostles.

What are some reactions or feelings you had during/after hearing or reading Elder Uchtforf's talk?

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He recibido una solicitud de esta printable en español: "Ustedes son en verdad hijas espirituales de la realeza del Dios Todopoderoso. Son princesas, destinadas a ser reinas. Su propio relato maravilloso ya ha comenzado. Su 'érase una vez' es ahora." (Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf) ¡Aquí está!

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Be Not Weary in Well-Doing

I had a recent request for a printable of an important part of D&C 64:33 - "Be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work."

I love this scripture; it reminds me that every good, small, or simple thing that I am doing is for a greater cause. Visiting teaching, for example, is laying the foundation for stronger testimonies of the sisters we visit, friendships that may not have been formed otherwise, and helping those we teach get through hard times and become more faithful and more dependent on the Lord.

Motherhood also is laying a foundation of a great work (even though there are quite a few days that I become quite weary!), and any experienced mother can attest that all the well-doing, weary moments are absolutely worth it.

I know that God has provided each of us opportunities for well-doing. These opportunities make us better people and we also help build His kingdom in ways we may not even understand. I'm grateful for a merciful God who gives us the chance (and choice) to love and serve those around us.

Have you seen great results from the service you have offered to others?

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Become a New Creature

I came across a topic in the scriptures and in a few talks that I have been thinking about a lot. It is the term "new creature." On my mission in Iowa, one of my zones focused our entire transfer goal on becoming new creatures through Christ. We talked about and worked on becoming more humble, more pure, more focused, more diligent, etc. It was amazing to see that our faith in Christ allowed us to really become new--regenerated, refreshed, better.

Recently, I feel like I have hit a spiritual slump--I haven't been as spiritually focused as I want to be and as I have been before. I have been praying once again to become a "new creature" and I am seeing slight improvements as I act on the promptings I have received.

There are actually two scriptures that mention this topic, one in the Book of Mormon and one in the Bible.

Mosiah 27:25-26 - "And the Lord said unto me: Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters; And thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God."(italics added)

2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (italics added)

It is my prayer that I become new, better, and more Christlike every day. I pray specifically for humility, patience, a sure understanding of the scriptures, and more charity and compassion in my hearts.

What "new creature" attributes would you like to develop?

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Awake and Rejoice!

As I was researching gospel topics to study, I came across a powerful talk given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in General Conference back in 2010. His talk is entitled "Place No More for the Enemy of My Soul." I remember when he gave this talk--it pierced my soul and took my breath away. Elder Holland speaks with such boldness, love, and authority that I listened to every word with anticipation.

His talk covers very sensitive material, and I am sure there are many of you out there who have been victims of some of the harmful effects that he spoke about. These afflictions are not what I want to discuss today. I wanted to focus on the tips he gave us to avoid temptation and help others that you know to do the same. He gives these suggestions (which I have paraphrased):
  • Separate yourself from people, materials, and circumstances that will harm you (emotionally, spiritually, or physically).
  • Acknowledge that you need help recovering from addictions, and then seek help.
  • Exercise self-control in all aspects of your life and learn to abhor even the smallest sins.
  • Do not allow sinful or evil thoughts to linger in your mind.
  • Be where the Spirit of the Lord is and make your home a place where He can dwell.
 My husband and I have tried to implement all of these suggestions into our lives and home. Some call us extreme (for example, we will turn off a movie or throw away a book if it uses the Lord's name in vain even once) and others tell us that we worry too much, but guess what? We feel safe. We have avoided many things that could numb our minds and hearts to the things of most importance. I feel the Spirit in my home because I have done everything I can to keep evil out.

Now, we are not perfect by any means. Sigh. There are still things that sneak or creep in that are against our standards. We talk about them when they occur and come up with a plan to avoid them happening again. We have no desire for evil in our lives.

I love the scripture that Elder Holland quotes at the end of his talk, because it coordinates so well with the suggestions he offered. It is found in 2 Nephi 4:28 and it says, "Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul" (emphasis added). How beautiful are the words of Nephi! Here was a prophet, a man who seemed to be invincible, and yet he cried because he felt as though he has sinned. And yet he was determined to no longer allow the enemy of his soul, Satan, to have any control over his life. He hated sin and vowed to no longer be a part of it.

I think it would be valuable for each of us to follow the counsel of Elder Holland and the prophet Nephi and "give place no more for the enemy of [our] soul[s]."

How has following the counsel of Elder Holland blessed your life?

**Note** I went a little overboard with this free fact...I couldn't decide which color scheme I liked best. Lucky you! You have the option of two color versions (8x10) as well as a set of bookmarks with the scripture on them. Use them for your Sunday School class, your YW group, etc. Let me know which one you like best!**

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

He Will Take It All Upon Him

This weekend has been incredibly hectic and hard to deal with--one of those, "Hey Nikki, it's time to learn a lesson in humility," weekends. My husband was injured during a soccer game a few months ago and we were finally able to get his ACL reconstruction surgery done on Friday. We were not prepared for how tough the surgery and recovery would be. We honestly thought that we would be at the hospital for a few hours and then he would rest for a day or so and then be back on his feet for school and everything this coming Monday. Haha...yeah...we have no clue what we were thinking. 

Here's what really happened: 7+ hours at the hospital, shaking uncontrollably as he tried to come out of the anesthesia, an endless list of instructions and precautions for his wounds, a giant brace, an ice/water tank that he has to be hooked to 24 hours a day for 3 days, bottles and bottles of pain medication, waking every 2/4/6 hours to administer the medication or change the water, attempting to not collapse while using crutches, constant and unbearable pain, moaning, inability to move around on his own, etc. (I'm sure anyone who has gone through a major surgery can relate!) Then top it all off with a 7 month old baby who needs constant care and doesn't like to sleep through the night, and you have a small glimpse of my world for the past 48 hours. No complaints--just filling you in!

In the midst all of the tasks and duties and emotions, I have learned a few little lessons. I wish more than anything that I could take my husband's pain away, but I know that I can't. It is hard to accept that I am basically helpless, other than providing him company and perhaps temporary relief here and there. I have learned of the humility it requires to be a servant (so to speak), and how difficult it can be to keep a positive attitude when he needs something every few minutes, and then my baby also needs my love and attention. (You may be asking how I have time to be writing a blog post and getting a new printable up--I'm at my only break for the night: right between feeding my baby and giving my husband his meds! Yay for a few minutes alone!)

A scripture kept coming to my head as I thought about the pain that my husband is so gracefully enduring: (Alma 7:11) - "And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people."

I am learning that Christ has endured all things for us, including our own physical pain. Too often I consider the Atonement to be a tool only for my sins and errors, but the scriptures are clear that our Savior suffered these pains so he could "know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities." (Alma 7:12) His purpose in giving His life and suffering unbelievable humiliation and abuse and pain was so that we can find relief, comfort, and support. Because Christ knows what my husband is feeling and going through, He can aid and provide healing for him. And while the Lord heals and strengthens my husband, He comforts me as I struggle with my afflictions during this adversity in our lives.

I am so grateful for the Atonement. I know Christ lives and that He is the Son of God. I know my family can be together forever because of the covenants that we have made that we strive to keep daily. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it testifies of the Bible and of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How has this verse helped you through physical, emotional, or spiritual trials? Please leave your comments; I'd love to hear!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Freedom = Peace on Earth

While I was thinking about how much I love America and humming "America the Beautiful," I was looking for inspiring quotes from latter-day prophets about how the United States is an amazing place. I really wanted something that talked about the blessing of our freedom in this great nation, and I wanted it specifically to be something that could be used for the 4th of July (Wednesday!).

As my husband and I searched and pondered, we found this awesome quote by none other than our prophet dear, President Thomas S. Monson: “When we safeguard (the heavenly virtue of freedom), when we honor it, when we protect it, we will walk with Washington, we will pray with patriots, and we shall have peace on earth, good will to men.

What wonderful promises from our prophet! If we honor and protect the freedom of our country, we can truly attain peace. I love the thought of praying with patriots--men and women who fought for our freedom in days past, and those who fight in days present. My prayers are with those patriots as I thank God for this beautiful land in which we can worship Him!

I am a patriot of the United States of America. Happy 4th of July everyone!

Today I have 3 different color versions of this free printable for you to download, print, and share! Red, white, or blue (of course!). Take one, take two, or take them all!

How has being a patriot affected the decisions you have made in your life?

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Love Them Anyway

I hope you are having a beautiful Sabbath day!

A quote by Mother Theresa has been on my mind for some time now, and I thought I would share it with you in a free printable today, along with my thoughts:

"Do It Anyway"

People are often unreasonable,
illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest anyway.
What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

I think this poem is absolutely amazing. I have had so many situations in my life where I have had to just "do it anyway" and sometimes it's actually really difficult! It seems really hard to do what we know is the right thing, the thing that God wants us to do, knowing that we may temporarily feel used, mocked, cheated, etc. As I have strived to "do it anyway" in the recent months, I have found great peace, despite what wordly trials have arisen from my efforts.

I believe God wants us to be happy. I know that He wants us to be happy. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been given to us so that we can find peace in this world and strive for perfection, no matter what the people around us may be doing.  I believe, like Mother Theresa, that the right answer in every situation is to "do it anyway" and follow through with the things we have been taught since Primary.

Have you ever faced a tough situation where you decided to "do it anyway?"

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Perfect Love Casteth Out All Fear

My friend Alison recently got married and requested a custom printable to display at her wedding, and then to eventually hang in her living room. She and her hubby have a favorite scripture that has helped strengthened them as a couple: "...Perfect love casteth out all fear" (Found both in the New Testament in 1 John 4:18, as well as the Book of Mormon in Moroni 8:16).

(Here's a beautiful coincidence--I started writing this post and out of the blue, Alison texted me with a picture of her printable framed on her wall! Doesn't it look great? She requested that their names and wedding date be on the printable as a reminder of the day they covenanted to be together for eternity.)

 I love this scripture as well, and I feel as though it really applies to my marriage. My husband is the only person who has ever made me feel completely safe and secure. Because we love each other as perfectly as we know how (and try harder every day), neither of us are afraid; we aren't afraid of the other person's day-to-day feelings, we aren't afraid of being parted at death, and we aren't afraid to be honest to one another. I know my husband loves me, and therefore I have nothing to fear. He feels the same way.

In regards to our relationship with Jesus Christ, He loves us even more perfectly than we could ever comprehend. He sacrificed everything for us. His love opens the door for us to repent, be made whole, and return to live with our Heavenly Father again. Because He loves us perfectly, we have nothing to fear spiritually. Christ loves you perfectly, and so you don't have to be afraid of death, of trials, of temptations, or the world. Trust in Christ and cast out all of your fears!

I modified Alison's printable so that it could be shared today with all friends and fellow believers. Do you know someone you could share it with? Please leave your comments below!

How has your faith in Christ's perfect love helped to cast out your fears?

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

This is a Choice Land

America the Beautiful. I love this country. No joke--almost every time I hear the Pledge of Allegiance or "The Star Spangled Banner" I get teary-eyed. I am so proud to be a part of such a wonderful nation with great promises from the Lord.

As the 4th of July quickly approaches, I have been making plans with friends and family to celebrate the day of our American independence. In all the hype of barbeques and soccer games and travel, I almost forgot that the United States is a free land because of those who have fought for us. Thank you, soldiers. You are in my prayers and I am forever in your debt.

I found a beautiful scripture in the Book of Mormon that highlights the glorious promises of this free country:  "Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ..." (Ether 2:12).

Along with gratitude for those who serve and have served, we must also not forget the importance of worshiping and serving the God of this land, our Savior, Jesus Christ. I am grateful that He has granted us this free and beautiful place to worship Him.

How are you celebrating your 4th of July?

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Keep Calm and Worship On

I give into trends sometimes. I try to resist, but some of them are just too fun...and I like them.

The trend with "Keep Calm and Carry On" has penetrated my Facebook, my Google, my friends' blogs (see this one I created for my friend Jordan's website!), and my Pinterest. Naturally, I thought, "How can I use this in a LDS way?" I searched and pondered and then came up with "Keep Calm and Worship On."

Instead of the traditional crown, I thought it would be neat to have a silhouette of the temple and another of the Christus statue. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we worship Jesus Christ in our homes and hearts, and we also worship Him in the temples. My own heart, mind, and devotion is to serving Him and sharing His love with everyone I can, and I strive to worship him in my every thought. As I attend the temple, I am able to "keep calm" and feel at peace.

I have 9 color versions of each one for FREE for you to download today. Join the trend with me! Feel free to download all of them, and make sure to let your friends and family know about LDS Printables! And also, leave me some comments and let me know what you think about these free printables!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Build Upon the Sure Foundation

Hello friends! It's nice to have so many visitors from all over the world--thanks again for stopping by. Please don't forget to Like LDS Printables on Facebook and follow the blog for notifications of more free printables. If you use Blog Lovin', you can follow me there too! Always feel free to leave your comments on any of my posts; I love the feedback and love to know how/if you are using the printables, and some of the experiences you are having sharing them!

In sacrament meeting yesterday, I felt the Spirit strongly testify of the divinity of our Savior Jesus Christ. My testimony has been my foundation for my whole life and has brought me the most happiness and joy that I could ever imagine. In a world of constant change, competition, challenge, and heartache, we need somewhere that we can turn that will be consistent and reliable--the only place we have to turn is our faith, our Savior. He is our Rock and our salvation. He is the same "yesterday, today, and forever" and so we can be assured that His arms will always be open to offer us peace and security.

A blog follower recently requested that I make a printable of Helaman 5:12 from the Book of Mormon for the girls in her cabin at her upcoming Girl's Camp. I love this verse: "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

This counsel that a wise father gave to his sons gives us the understanding that although temptations and trials will come, we can be safe as we build upon the Rock, Jesus Christ. I can remain happy and hopeful despite whatever happens in the world around me. I am so grateful for the sacrifices that He made so that I can have joy in my family and home.

How has building your faith and foundation on Christ blessed YOUR life?

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Father's Day Freebie Roundup 2012

With only a few days left before Father's Day, some of you may be scrambling to try and find a gift idea for your husband/father/brother/uncle/loved one. Look no further! Below are 9 free printables for you to choose from! Make labels, tags, cards, quote books, framed gifts, or whatever!

Since there are 9 printables, I thought I would share 9 things that I love about my father:

1. He is an extremely hard worker.
2. He taught me to love the scriptures and encouraged me to read the Book of Mormon often.
3. He has the lamest jokes in the world (hence his aforementioned nickname of "King Dumb").
4. He always told me the story of how he met and fell in love with my mom and it made me cry.
5. He spoils me rotten.
6. He taught me that I should always seek to be better than I am.
7. He is selfless and will give anything to anyone in need.
8. He knows the Church is true and will never back down on his beliefs.
9. He listens to and teaches and loves everyone.

What are 9 things you love about your dad? (This question is good prep for can share these things with him!)