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!)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Daddy is Wrapped Around Her Finger

When my husband and I found out that we were having a baby girl, his eyes lit up and he was so excited. His father always told him, "Real men make girls." (There are 6 boys in my husband's family, and then he had one sister who came after all of them, haha!) So not only did he feel extra manly, but he became immediately protective of his future princess.

Since Little Miss was born, my husband has been wrapped around her finger. Anything she wants, she gets! From hugs to a nap to tickle time to play time, all she has to do is smile at him for a second and she is showered with affection. I love to see my husband make my daughter so happy.

When I was out and about one day, I saw a plaque with a quote that said, "My finger may be tiny, but I can still wrap my Daddy around it." That is my baby girl's motto!

So here it is, the last free printable I'll post for Father's Day this week! Don't forget to Like LDS Printables on Facebook and follow the blog to be notified when I get the LDS Printables Father's Day Free Printable Roundup posted in a day or two! (Wooo, that's a mouthful!)

Do you know any little girls who have a daddy wrapped around their finger?

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

I Like Daddy Best

I have one name that I call my father: Daddy. Seems silly, considering I'm a grown adult with my own children, but that's what I have always called him. When I'm joking around with my dad, sometimes I call him "Papa Bear" or "King Dumb" (big inside joke--just laugh), but whenever I need him, it's Daddy.

I also refer to my husband as Daddy when I'm talking to my daughter. She currently calls him "Dada" and I love it!

Across the world, fathers are celebrated on different days, and not just in the month of June. I had no idea how many different countries had days similar to the Father's Day I have always known and loved! (See here.) I think that Heavenly Father inspired people everywhere to honor and celebrate the men who lead and protect our homes and families.

I thought it would be interesting to see what the translation was for "father" in other languages across the world, since our celebration of fathers will take place in one week! Here are the some of the words for father that I found: ojciec, missier, ata, otec, vader, far, papa, pare, pai, athair, pai, dada, iso, pops, cha, dad, padre, ayah, vater, ama, baba, bapa, otac, atai, apa, tad, patro, and páre. Fun, huh?

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, referred to his immortal Father in Heaven as "Father." We read in the Bible that during one of the most important acts in history, the Atonement, Christ said, "... Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." He loved His Father, and I know that His Father loved Him as well.

There are two versions of today's printable: one with all the translations of "father" and one without. If "Daddy" is your favorite name for your father, grab a free printable now! If not, let me know what you like better, and I'll see what I can do for you. ;) (Don't forget there are lots more free Father's Day printables here on LDS Printables - just click "Father's Day" in the labels at the bottom of the page! I'll be doing a round-up in a few days too!)

Do you have any special names for your father?

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ALSO, I thought I would share something really cool! My friend Katie is a woman of great faith and character, and has a beautiful blog called The Terpblog. She contacted me and asked if I would help design some free printables for a series she is doing this summer called "Memory Verse Mania." She found 12 different scriptures from the NIV Bible that she wants to teach her children this summer. There is even a chart to mark off when the verse has been memorized! Check out her post here and watch for 12 free printables in the next few weeks! I think this is an awesome idea and I'm so excited to be partnering with Katie on this project. Head on over to The Terpblog and link up with Katie for this great learning opportunity!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Daddy Is My Hero

I went out of my comfort zone this week. I had to. I had an urge and I couldn't resist it.

I kept thinking about Father's Day printables and patterns and quotes (still more to come, and I'll post a round-up soon!) and I thought it would be fun to design something different for you and the fathers in your lives. Today's printable steps away from my typical 8x10 quote/scripture/lyrics, but I think I may start doing more of these--let me know your thoughts! Should I stick with the normal 8x10, or should I try to branch out and try new things more often?

My standard for printables is found in the 13th Article of Faith: "...If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." Therefore, if something brings us closer together as families or brings us closer to Christ, it meets my standards. we go...drum roll please...Ta DAHH! A free greeting card, some straw/cupcake flags, and a cake topper/gift tag! Yay! This prints up on an 8.5x11 sheet, so the card ends up being 4x6 when folded in half.

I went with the theme of "Daddy Is My Hero" because as I watch my infant daughter with my husband, I can see in her eyes that she really feels that way about her dad. She loves to laugh with him and tries to copy him and it seems as though she wants to do everything he does. Her favorite place in the world is in his arms, against his chest. It's my favorite sight. I'm sure that if she could talk, she would say, "Mom, Daddy is my hero."

What makes you think the fathers in your life are heroes?

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Monday, June 4, 2012

If You Judge People...

I've been going through a weird stage in life, and I feel as though the adversary has been working on me in new ways. Recently, it seems as though some social networks have become "brag-fests" for those who actively post, and I have found myself exercising some unnecessary judgment upon some people I associate with. I tried to justify by saying to myself, "My judgment is righteous judgment--I just feel bad for these poor people..." but I still found myself with a discontent feeling. That, my friends, was the Spirit withdrawing temporarily from me, to help me realize that what I was doing was wrong!

I talked to my husband about my concerns and my problem, and we found that the answer lies in the scriptures: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;" (Matthew 5:44)

Now, these people aren't necessarily my enemies, but the same lesson applies. We need to love everyone, despite their weaknesses and flaws, and we need to pray for them and seek to help bless their lives and make them better. 

My printable today is a quote by Mother Theresa: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them." 

I believe this is true. As I have changed my perspective and started praying for the people that I was judging, I have grown to love them and have stronger desires to serve them. I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ that has taught me to overcome my own weaknesses.

Have you ever caught yourself in the trap of judging others?

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Friday, June 1, 2012

More Father's Day Printables

It's June...where did May go?? We only have a few weeks left until Father's Day, and I'm sure your email inbox is being flooded by ads for Father's Day specials. Here's a Father's Day special for you and your kids that is affordable: more free printables! There are two different versions today, and feel free to use both!

You can put them in a frame, shrink them and make them into a greeting card, paste them onto a jar of candy...your options are limitless! (Make sure to check out more free Father's Day printables here and here!)

My dad worked full time and went to school full time when I was a little girl, so I didn't get to see him very often. I always loved the Primary song "Daddy's Homecoming" (which I always refer to as "I'm So Glad When Daddy Comes Home") because that's really how I felt! I couldn't wait to see my dad and play with him and give him big kisses. My father has been a very important part of my conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ and I wouldn't have the love for the scriptures that I have without him.

Sometimes I sing "I'm so glad when Daddy comes home" with my daughter when my hubby gets home from school, even though she's too young to sing along. I hope someday she does it on her own and really recognizes how wonderful her daddy is.

Do you sing this song with your kids, or did you sing it to your dad?

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For a printable greeting card of the white version, check out the "I Dig Pinterest" blog! LDS Printables was featured! Click here to go to the link. While you are there, make sure to visit some of Christine's really cool DIY projects!