Saturday, April 28, 2012

¡Mi Primero "Printable" en español! {My first printable in Spanish!}

{English translation and printable added below}

¡Hola amigos!

Aquí está mi primero "printable" en español. Estoy tratando de aprender como hablar en español, porque mi esposo sabe como hablar en español y queremos enseñar a nuestra hija el idioma tambien.

Alguien me pidió que le hiciera un "printable" en español de "Los Seis B's" de Gordon B. Hinckley. Por favor avísenme si hay problemas con el descargar del "printable."


Descargar Aqui.

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Hello friends!

Above was my first printable in Spanish. I'm trying to learn how to speak Spanish, because my husband knows how to speak it and we want to teach our daughter the language.

Someone asked me to do a printable in Spanish of "The Six B's" by Gordon B. Hinckley. Please let me know if there are problems with the download of the printable. 

I have included the English version below for you to download and display in your homes. 

Which of the 6 B's has been the hardest for you to "be?" 


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Preparing for Mother's Day

I know Mother's Day isn't for a few weeks, but I also know that many of you (like myself) are trying to figure out what to give your mother, so I decided to start posting some free printable options. These will look great in a simple frame for your mother, wife, grandmother, etc.

I plan to get a few more Mother's Day gift printables up in the next week for you procrastinators. ;)

Remember, I love requests! Please feel free to email me and let me know what quotes you'd like to have printed for your wonderful mom, or for any other occasion.

What else are you planning to do for the mothers in your lives to honor them on their special day?

Free Printable Gift Idea #1:
“Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind. It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels.” –The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (See a talk which includes this quote here.)


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Free Printable Gift Idea #2:
"One cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God. Why? Because these two sacred persons, God and mother, partners in creation, in love, in sacrifice, in service, are as one." –Thomas S. Monson (See talk here! It's a great one!)


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Friday, April 27, 2012

I Will Go

I got a request for a printable of the scripture Ruth 1:16 which says, "...for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:"

I love this scripture, and I love the application that it has for my life and also for the lives of people I know. My husband is a college student, and whenever he graduates and gets a job, I have to move wherever he moves. That's a scary thought, especially because he may get a job internationally. I would have to leave my family, my country, and the way of life I have known. I'm willing to do it--it's just a scary thought. But, as was said by the requester of this printable, "if we're together and trust in God we'll be ok."

What application does this scripture have for your life?


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******UPDATED******

¡Aquí está el printable en español! Se puede leer la escritura en Rut aquí.


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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Weeping for Joy

In a recent talk I heard, the speaker quoted Psalms 30:5 which says, "...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." I pondered over and over how true this has been in my life, especially through my teenage years.

I thought that life was so hard when I was a teenager, and I wept often. Looking back, my joy really did come in the morning, as I woke up and had a new day ahead of me. Now, as a mom and wife, I realize that the sorrows of my youth are nothing in comparison to my fears and anguish now. But no matter what life brings, I still find joy in the morning.

I find joy when I hear my daughter laugh as she wakes; I find joy when my husband's alarm goes off and he rolls over to kiss me good morning; I find joy as I realize that my good night's rest has made me forget my fears and tears of the previous evening; I find joy as I kneel to pray and thank the Lord for a new day.

What experiences have you had where you wept in the night, but found joy in the morning?


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Friday, April 20, 2012

Amazed at His Love

I really do stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me.

Yesterday my hubby and I were driving our baby out of state to surprise her grandparents (they hadn't seen her since she was 5 weeks old...now she's 5 months old!) and we were talking about how blessed we feel. We live in a free country; we have a roof over our heads; we have clothes on our backs; we have plenty of food to eat; we have education and knowledge; we have a happy and healthy family; and most of all, we have the gospel of Jesus Christ, which means we have everything.

Because of Christ and His gospel, I have the opportunity to live with my family forever. Because of the Atonement that He offered, I can be forgiven of my sins and truly become a new creature. Because of Christ, I can obtain exaltation.

How could you not be amazed?

I marvel that He would descend from His throne divine, to rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine...(Hymn #193)

What are some of the things that amaze you about the Savior?


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Standing for Something

I'm a girl who believes in high standards. I'm a girl who believes that I don't need to follow the ways of the world to be happy. Did I always live up to my high standards? No. I wish I would have been much stronger and more independent, but at least I have learned from my mistakes!

I love today's quote: "If you don't stand for something, then you'll fall for anything." I have seen this over and over again in many aspects of my life. I cannot be swayed if I have a conviction of something, whether that be a diet, a standard, a belief, etc. It is so important that we as individuals and families stand for things that are good and right and then we will not fall for the temptations and deceptions that are offered in the world.

President Gordon B. Hinckley understood the importance of this quote, and even wrote a book called Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes. He says in this book, "People who carry in their hearts a strong conviction concerning the living reality of the Almighty and their accountability to Him for what they do with their lives are far less likely to become enmeshed in problems that inevitably weaken society."

So, what do you stand for? How has it helped you avoid falling for something that is wrong?


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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Knowledge is Truth

Have you ever thought something someone said was true, ad you found out later it was a lie? Wasn't it so hard to see that it wasn't accurate? I heard this quote in Sunday School once: "The devil's best lie is 99% truth."

I love that.

I have been deceived before many times, thinking that I had an answer to a prayer, but finding out later that I was being deceived by the master of lies. I am learning to look for 100% truth, 100% of the promptings of the Spirit, and 100% divine confirmation.

After all, one of the names of the Savior Himself is "the Truth."

What are some ways that you detect that 1% lie?

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Your Reaction to Adversity

Did you ever listen to the talk that President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave to the Young Women back in 2010? (Listen to it or read it here!) It was amazing and very sweet. He shared about how important it is for the young women in the world to realize that everyone goes through adversity, but that in the end, they can each find their "happily ever after" if they remain faithful. I love this talk and have reflected upon it many times.

One quote that really stuck out to me was: "It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life’s story will develop."

I have learned that lesson the hard way. I have reacted poorly to adversity and ended up having more trials, problems, and difficulties; on the other hand, I have reacted well to adversity and found some of my greatest blessings. I feel as though I am in my "happily ever after" now with my amazing husband and beautiful daughter.

How do you react to adversity? How has your life's story developed because of your reaction?


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Monday, April 9, 2012

Eternal Perspective

I love to read. When I was a little girl, my mother would catch me under the covers with a flashlight at 1 was trying to finish my latest book. I read hundreds, probably thousands of books. One of my favorites was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. I consumed that book and thought it was the most amazing written work ever. As I grew older, I always wished they would make a movie out of the book.

Funny thing is, I don't really like movies (GASP!). Really. I've seen maybe...9-10 movies in the last 3 years. But for some reason, last night I wanted to watch a movie and thought, "I wonder if they ever made a movie out of A Wrinkle in Time." To my amazement, they made it 9 years ago as a Disney TV movie. (Shows how out of the loop I am, huh?) I told my husband we HAD to watch it. Here's my quick take on it: LOVED that it brought back childhood memories of reading...and that's about it. Haha. Not the most well-made movie, but very clean and I thought it was totally worth watching!

As an adult, I learned a lot and saw a lot of Christian themes throughout the movie. There were many parallels to the gospel of Jesus Christ. One quote that made my husband and I nod and think was: "We look not at the things which are what you would call seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal. But the things which are not seen are eternal." Isn't that beautiful? How true it is! As I reflected on that line, I realized that the eternal things really aren't seen--things like joy, the celestial kingdom, our Father in Heaven, the resurrection, etc.

What are some things that you can't see that are eternal? How does having an eternal perspective help you in your life?


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******UPDATE******

Soooo...I'm kind of embarrassed. Just the other day, I saw something with the above quote, and the reference was totally different. It wasn't from "A Wrinkle in Time" at all...it was from the Bible. Yes, Madeline L'Engle quoted the Bible, and I didn't catch it. (Can you sense that I am blushing?) That explains why the book felt like it had a Christian theme to me. It did! :) This scripture comes from 2 Corinthians 4:18.

To make up for my embarrassing mistake, I recreated the printable and used the exact wording from the King James version of the Bible. Hopefully this new printable will be something you can print up and use in lessons, visiting teaching, and in your home!


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Sunday, April 8, 2012

He is Risen - Happy Easter!

I believe in Christ. He is my King. With all my heart, to Him I'll sing.

Happy Easter! May you spend your day reflecting on the importance of the life of the Savior. I hope you trust in and gain a fervent testimony of the resurrection. Christ died and rose 3 days later, triumphant over death. We, too, will live again because of His great and eternal sacrifice. I know this is true and I will spend the rest of my life proclaiming it!

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Anchor of My Soul

Have you ever heard the song "Anchor of My Soul" by (I think...) Jenny Jordan Frogley? It was on the 1998 EFY CD "Joy in the Journey" and it was my favorite song on the CD. I used to listen to it all the time, especially when I was struggling with disappointment and grief. The song is still on my iTunes and makes my heart very happy whenever I hear it. I love the power of the lyrics:

All alone I leave the harbor
So many oceans to explore.
On my own I face the darkness
As I leave behind the safety of the shore.

When I'm tossed upon the waters.
When winds of change begin to blow.
His words of truth I will follow.
The Savior's hope is the anchor of my soul.

Sailing on to deeper waters
The journey starts to take its toll.
And I am lost amid the battles
That test my faith and stretch my soul.

When I'm tossed upon the waters.
When winds of change begin to blow.
His words of truth I will follow.
The Savior's hope is the anchor of my soul.

Voices of the night
Trying to tear me from the fight.
But somewhere deep inside my heart I know
That when I'm tossed upon the waters.
When winds of change begin to blow.
His words of truth I will follow.
The Savior's hope is the anchor of my soul.

All alone I leave the harbor.

These words are true and testify of the mercy of Jesus Christ. No matter how evil or awful the waves of the world are, we can be safe if we stay anchored to our testimonies of the Savior. If we follow His words and live by His teachings, we can even avoid many of the storms that others face due to the consequences of their choices. I know that I have been firmly anchored at times, and it has literally saved my soul.

What are some things that you do to stay anchored in Christ?


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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Be Loyal to the Royal Within You

Okay, okay...so this printable isn't from a talk given this past weekend at General Conference...forgive me? This particular quote has been on my mind a lot lately, and it was from last General Conference, so it's still good stuff. :)

In the October 2011 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sister Elaine S. Dalton gave an amazing talk that touched my husband and I very much. (Click here to read it--you'll want to!) We were just about ready to give birth to our sweet little baby girl, and she spoke about how important fathers are in the raising of daughters. It was beautiful and she was so full of the Spirit when she spoke, and I could feel how much she loved the Savior. One thing she said to the fathers to help encourage them in righteousness was, "Be loyal to the royal within you."

Little did I know, she was quoting a well-known devotional by President Harold B. Lee that he gave to the students at Brigham Young University back in 1973. (Read this talk here!) President Lee, along with Sister Dalton, both had the hope and goal for all of God's children to remember that we are His spirit children and we have divine potential. We need to live up to the opportunities that can be awarded to us if we live our lives in faith.

What choices would we make differently if we remembered that we were "royalty in training?" How much kinder would we be to others? Would we respect our bodies more? Would we be more patient and forgiving? I believe the answer is YES! I want to be loyal to the royal within me.

How can you be loyal to the royal within you?


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Prints also available with Sister Dalton's name, upon request.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Problems vs. People

I have dealt with a lot of difficult people in my life. I have struggled through conflict, confrontation, and confusion in my communication with others. Haven't we all?

I'll shamefully admit that there have been a few times I have just avoided a person because I'd rather not have to deal with whatever problems were associated with them. Isn't that sad? I avoided good people, Christlike people, wonderful people...all because I didn't know how to solve a problem. Pretty embarrassing.

As I reflected on my thoughts from General Conference, especially those about forgiveness and compassion and being non-judgmental, I thought of this quote by President Thomas S. Monson:

"Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved."

This can be interpreted in many different ways, but my take on it is that the person is more important than the problem. My husband and baby will always be more important to me than any conflict we may have. I believe the prophet is counseling us that all of God's children are more important than conflicts, issues, or problems. Here's another goal to add to my ever-growing list: Love people so much that I am willing to solve conflicts or problems, even when it may seem too difficult. Kill them with kindness, I guess you can say.

What are some things that you do to show your friends, associates, and family that they are more important than conflicts or problems?


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Monday, April 2, 2012

General Conference Thoughts

I hope you all had a chance to watch the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this past weekend. If you didn't, please click here and watch/listen to/read the talks! It was an amazing opportunity to hear from our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and the apostles and auxiliary leaders that have been called by God. I felt so deeply enriched and edified by the messages that were shared, and felt as though some of the prayers of my heart were answered.

What were some of your favorite quotes? What talk stood out to you the most? 

Here are the first 3 printables that I have created from conference quotes, and also the reasons why I selected them:

1. The ever-so-popular two word sermon by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: STOP IT.

“This topic of judging others could actually be taught in a two-word sermon,” he said. “When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm—please apply the following: Stop it!”

Although I try really hard to avoid these things, it seems as though one or more of them still pop up in my life. I find myself ignoring people that make me feel uncomfortable; I gossip (not to be destructive--I just find myself "stating the truth" to people who probably don't need to hear it, no matter how badly I want to vent); etc. Throughout the whole talk, I found ways to overcome my grudges and forgive people who have recently offended me. I felt so at peace and vowed to change my behaviors right away.

I immediately knew I wanted to do a printable with that quote...but I couldn't think of a "pretty" way to portray something SO important. Here was my first take. Bold. Boring, but bold.


Download "Stop It" here.

******UPDATED!!!!******

I am kind of embarrassed at how plain and boring my first attempt at this amazing quote was...seriously. Please forgive me. I hope you like the progress I made on this second try. I went ahead and designed a new version for your viewing, downloading, and printing pleasure. Let me please introduce to you (drumroll, please).....version 2!!


Download version two of "Stop It" here!

2. The President Monson quote, "You can't be right by doing wrong; you can't be wrong by doing right." (Shared during Elder Ulisses Soares' talk.)

I just love the simplicity of this statement. How true it is that we will never go wrong if we are doing what's right, and that we can never have true joy if we are doing what is wrong. This is a way to know which path to take--if you are doing something good, then it's probably right!


Download "Can't Be Wrong" here.

3. The hilarious bumper sticker quote shared by President Uchtdorf, "Don't judge me because I sin differently than you."

This quote stood out to me because we often see the sins of others and think their sins are so awful, when those people could look right back at our sins and think the same thing. I always want to remember that my life will be so much better if I choose not to judge others for things I see them doing that I disagree with.


Download "Don't Judge Me" here.

Also, check out the new "Family Time is Sacred Time" printable below that I just recently created from this session of conference. Click here to view it larger, admire, pin to Pinterest, download, and print! Thank you for your continued support!