Thursday, March 29, 2012

ABC's and 123's

I have a new baby. Did you know that? She is 4 months old and I am loving this stage of her life! She learned how to roll over and is starting to sit up and she loves to interact with me. My sweet little girl just laughs and smiles and coos all day. I can't get enough of her!

As a new mom, I am always thinking about the things that I want to teach my children. I want my baby to grow up and be smart, beautiful, strong, independent, spiritual, and wise. Every day I have to ask myself what I can teach her and how I can help her grow. Spiritually, I want to teach her about Christ and His gospel. Temporally, I thought about the ABC's and 123's. She may be a little young, but hey, it can't hurt to start now, right? :)

My printable of the day is something moms can use to not only teach their children the alphabet, but that while they are learning, we love them very much. I've seen a lot of these go around on Pinterest, so here is my take on it!

What are some of the first educational things you wanted to teach your first child?

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Here is another version and style of the ABC's printable, made especially for Valentine's Day. This printable would also work great in a little girl's nursery! See other Valentine's Day printables here.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Trials Make Us Stronger

Raise your hand if you have heard the saying, "When it rains, it pours."

That seems to be the story of our lives sometimes when it comes to trials. They seem to all hit you at once, don't they? I have been experiencing a variety of trials recently, and feel like it has been pouring a bit on my usually-pretty-comfortable existence. I'm not complaining–really! I'm one of those overly optimistic (some may think "obnoxious") people who says, "I'm grateful for my trials because they make me stronger."

And it's true. I am grateful for them. Does that mean I want them, or that I look forward to them eagerly? Not at all. It just means that when all is said and done, I have seen the good that my trials have brought to my life. Most of the things I love the most have come to me after I have struggled the most. I try really hard to look for the good throughout my trials and find the ways that the Lord wants me to grow, learn, and improve.

As I have been reflecting on my recent trials, I came across this quote by Brigham Young: "Every trial or experience you have passed through is necessary for your salvation."

Isn't that amazing? The Lord knows our individual needs and knows everything we need to go through in order to live with Him again. He tailors our trials and experiences to put us directly on the path to salvation and exaltation. All we have to do is bear our trials with patience and meekness, and He will offer us grace and mercy.

So our trials really can make us stronger–they can make us celestial.

How have your trials helped you on your path to salvation?

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Make a Difference

Tonight, Elaine S. Dalton, the Young Women General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke to young women across the world and asked them to arise and shine forth. [Watch broadcast here.] She pleaded with them to avoid sin, maintain their focus, and remember that God lives. I was touched by her love for the young women and the tears that she shed in their behalf.

One thing that she said really stood out to me: "If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world." I knew right away that this was something I want to teach my own daughter as she grows into a young woman.

How can we be different from the world? We can be righteous, loyal, honest, virtuous, dependable, and charitable; we can refuse to follow the manipulative ways of the media and choose to be modest and pure; we can seek to bless the lives of people around us without desire for personal attention or gratification; and we can teach our friends and neighbors about the light that we carry–the Light of Christ.

I urge the young women of the Church (and anyone else who desires the same goal) to put this printable in their rooms, in their lockers, or on the mirrors in their bathrooms. I pray that each precious spirit will be the one who makes a difference in their world.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Connect Yourself to the Temple

I was recently asked by my Relief Society presidency to decorate the bulletin boards in our meeting room. At the time, they were "decorated" with some hastily hung ribbons (with multi-colored push pins) and a few random fliers. This was a challenge I was more than happy to accept.

Our stake theme for 2012 is "Connecting Ourselves to the Temple," and I wanted to bring that focus to the members of the Relief Society every week with visual displays. I covered the cork board with a beautifully patterned fabric of teals, blues, black, white and grey (thank you Hobby Lobby), and added my printables in black and white frames (thank you Dollar Tree) to help add some dimension. In the corners I included some homemade fabric flowers (thank you Pinterest for the inspiration) of various colors and patterns. After it was all in place, I stood back and thought, " least it's better than the ribbon." :)

I thought I would share a few of the printables with you today, along with my goals for connecting myself to the temple.

I love to attend the temple, and my husband and I have committed to going as a couple at least once a month. I am also going to try to attend as often as I can by myself–I'm shooting for twice a month. I want to think of the temple every day and remember the blessings that are in my life because of the covenants I have made there. I plan to have a display of the temple in every room in my house (all I need is the laundry room, my husband's man cave, and the kitchen) so that I can be reminded that my home should be as peaceful and holy as the temple. I also would like to spend 2 hours every week doing indexing (they have a great new iPhone app here) to help me be more genealogy focused.

What are your goals for connecting yourself to the temple?

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Download Charity Never Faileth here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Worth of Souls

I love modern revelation. I am so grateful that we live in a day where we have living prophets on the earth to testify of Jesus Christ and guide us on the path back to our Father in Heaven. Today's printable contains a VERY important message to the world, revealed to the Prophet, Joseph Smith Jr. It is found in Doctrine and Covenants, section 18, verse 10 (D&C 18:10):

10 Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;

What a remarkably simple statement that brings such great joy and peace to my heart! To know that my worth, my soul, my existence matters to God, helps me get through the hardest of times. I hope to share this knowledge with everyone around me: God knows you. He loves you. He cares about you and no matter what the world thinks, YOU MATTER TO HIM.

I hung this printable up in my bathroom - that's the place I feel the worst, as I look in the mirror and see an imperfect mother and wife. It reminds me on the hard days that I am not worthless. :) 

Where will you hang yours up and why?

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Our House Motto

My husband and I were recently discussing what we want the culture of our home to be like as we raise our children. This scripture immediately came to mind:

D&C 88:119 - "Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;"

This scripture perfectly describes what we want our home to be like: a home with appropriate music and media, daily worship, cleanliness, peace, and a home people can feel comfortable being in. This is our goal and our new motto.

What do you do to keep your homes "spotless from the world" every day?

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Welcome to LDS Printables!

Hello, and welcome to LDS Printables! My name is Nikki, and I am a wife, a mother, a sports fanatic, and a wannabe designer. Recently, I have noticed tons of printables spreading across the Internet, and it seems as though many women are using them to decorate their homes. Although there are a few people out there who are designing artwork and printables for the Latter-Day Saint community, I figured it would be nice to have a source with unique (and free!) design that focuses on the Savior, the gospel, and other uplifting thoughts. 

My goal (if my baby will go down for long enough naps!) is to share a few printables every week, along with my thoughts and testimony. I hope to hear comments about how sayings, songs, or quotes have blessed or influenced your life. I encourage you to use these printables in your visiting teaching, in the rooms of your homes, or as gifts. (Why not? They're free!)

Please don't hesitate to comment, make requests, and let me know where I have made errors! I'll do my best to make sure that LDS Printables is a place you will visit often and refer your friends to.

The first printable I would like to share is one that I created for one of my best friends. She received her endowments in the Oakland California temple, and it's also the first temple my husband ever went to. I love the quote, and I am so grateful for the temple and for a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who teaches us and reminds us of the importance of temple work. I know that the Church is true and that God has opened the heavens again for our benefit.

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By request, here is this printable remade with the Bountiful, UT temple. There are two versions- one with the arches and one without. You pick! Which do you like better? What other temples would you like to see?

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