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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Two more free Christmas printables--click here!