Saturday, December 14, 2013

Just In Time For Christmas - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

My, oh my, how the month has flown. It is nearly halfway over, and Christmas is a mere 11 days away. I am entirely unprepared in the temporal matters (I still haven't hung up my 7 boxes of Christmas lights around the house or bought all of the gifts I intend to give to my children), but my heart is full and prepared in spiritual matters.

My children happily play with their nativity set as I reflect upon the glorious hope that Christ brings to our hearts during the Christmas season. His love brings warmth during the coldest time of year, and joy can be felt as we look at the snow falling (watching the Weather Channel counts if you don't have snow locally, haha), visit with family and friends, read the Biblical account of Christ's birth, and sing Christmas carols.

One of my favorite carols is, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." I love the way it reminds us of the glory of the Son of God. His birth was so important that a host of angels sang glory and praise to His name. Christ truly was born in Bethlehem.

May you have peace in your heart this Christmas season as you prepare your spiritual self for the wonder and awe of the birth of the Savior. And I'm sure most of you have decorated and done your visiting teaching...but if you haven''s a free printable that you can quickly print up and share or hang up!

Merry Christmas!

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Families Are Forever - Primary 2014 Theme

I'm sitting near my Christmas tree, sighing with happiness, but wondering why I haven't put up any Christmas printables on this blog this year...I guess Thanksgiving got the best of me! I was so blessed to be able to spend the holiday weekend with my family, especially my husband. He has been so overwhelmed with school and work this semester, so it was an amazing break for both of us and I soaked up every possible minute by his side. (You can check out last year's Christmas printables by clicking here.) I do hope to get at least one or two Christmas quotes up, but we'll have to see...time is running short!

Interestingly enough, I have gotten numerous requests for me to do a print of next year's Primary theme, so I thought I'd take a whack at it. I love the theme of "Families are Forever" because I love the testimony I have of my family being together for eternity. It is the only thing that keeps me going on the hard days and through the trials. I know my family will be my family forever, and it brings me immense peace.

During this Christmas season, I am especially grateful for my Savior and His plan of mercy that allows our families to be sealed in the temple and to remain a unit after this life. He is so kind and so loving and I feel blessed to worship Him and celebrate His birth.

There are 3 color versions available of this print, and one set has "Primary 2014" and the other set has a blank ribbon. Feel free to use whichever works best for your Primary or your family. I hope you like them!

Happy Holidays!

What experiences have you had that have strengthened your testimony of a forever family?

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Make the Effort

It is SO easy to put off goals, even if they are important to us. I've mentioned it before in a few different posts (click here for another good quote on goals).

Lately, I have had to set more goals than ever. Dealing with some tough family and personal stresses, I have had to sit down with my husband and make a list of things we want to accomplish each week. This list isn't just tasks, but behaviors, mentalities, and character improvements. We break down our goals into smaller goals and then meet weekly to go over them to evaluate how we did that week. We mark them red (if we failed), yellow (if we did okay), or green (if we did great).

This method has helped me turn most of my weekly goals into greens. But it has been TOUGH! Not only do I have to think constantly of my goals, but then I have to act upon them and actually DO something about them. And oh boy, am I so grateful and so much happier now that I have been doing this.

President Thomas S. Monson said, "It is not enough to want to make the effort and to say we'll make the's in the doing, not just the thinking, that we accomplish our goals. If we constantly put our goals off, we will never see them fulfilled."

I am grateful for a prophet who teaches us that we can become the people we want to be, as well as accomplish the things that are important to us.

How do you follow through with the goals you set?

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Give Thanks

Do you ever forget to be grateful? No? Okay, it's probably just me. I often forget to thank my Heavenly Father for all of the amazing things He does for me and gives me. It crossed my mind today, as I was contemplating how safely my family drove to and from our morning destinations, that the Lord helped me out so many times and I never thanked Him. (That quickly changed!)

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord. Ps. 92:1

In honor of the upcoming month of November that is typically focused on gratitude, I wanted to give everyone the chance to hang this 5x7 print in their homes to remember to be grateful and give thanks to our Heavenly Father for all He offers. It is a good thing to teach our children, and a good thing to remember to do ourselves. I am so grateful that we can pray to God and thank Him personally for the things we are most thankful for.
I hope to be able to post a few more Thanksgiving printables this month and would love to hear any scriptures or LDS quotes that you would like to see made up. I'll try to do at least two more!

How do you teach your children to give thanks to the Lord?

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I cut mine down and added it to a frame in my wreath. Forgive my feet and shoes strewn about.

If you are looking for other ideas already on my site, I also have another gratitude quote here.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

House of Order - Time For Christ

Do you ever feel like your life is so crazy and your home is so chaotic that you can't even function? That has been my story for the last month and a half. This morning I finally got some important projects around the house completed (they have been haunting me daily), and I already feel like my home is more peaceful. I'm trying to get everything in order from our move last month, but it's proving to be more difficult than I expected. Hopefully it will be done soon!

However, I know some of the chaos will continue despite my best efforts. I am running three blogs, I take care of my two busy kids, and I am helping my father build some new businesses. I am also in charge of my whole household, as my husband is in school full-time and works two jobs, which means he is rarely home. Add church callings, family, grad school applications, and a few sicknesses in there, and we've got a whole bunch of craziness in our place.

Today's printable quote is a great reminder to me that I need to have more order in my home and in my life. It reminds me to have a balance in all things, but to have a greater priority.

"Our house is to be a house of order...Let us provide time for family, time for work, time for study, time for service, time for recreation, time for self—but above all, time for Christ." - Thomas S. Monson (Click here to read this talk.)

I feel like all of the stresses in my life have been overshadowing my time for Christ. I still read scriptures, pray, try to read/listen to Conference talks, attend church, etc., but I don't have a lot of down or quiet time to just sit and think or study of Christ and reflect upon His role and influence in my life. I need more of that time. I need to prioritize better and focus on the things that truly matter most.

I am grateful for living prophets who testify to us of the simple truths that we need to remember to live happy lives and prepare ourselves to return and live with God again someday. I know Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet who leads the true church of Christ on the earth.

How do you keep your house and life in order? 

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Sunday Session Highlights - General Conference 2013

I took away so many different things from conference this weekend, and I know I have much more to learn as I re-watch and study the messages that were shared. My husband and I sat and talked tonight about what we learned and about how we can improve our lives, and we couldn't stop at just one or two things! We realize that, even though we are trying hard to live the gospel each day, we can try a little harder and do more to share the gospel and be righteous.

Here are a few quotes that I felt strongly about from the Sunday sessions (again, keep watching for more to come!):

"Shall I falter or shall I finish?" - Thomas S. Monson

"There is joy guaranteed for the faithful." - Henry B. Eyring

"Stellar spirits are often housed in imperfect bodies." - Russell M. Nelson

This last one stood out to me in particular because I have a younger brother with Down syndrome. I have always had a strong connection with him, and I know he has a very strong and stellar spirit. He can't share his thoughts, feelings, or testimony with me because of his physical limits, but I know that someday I will be able to communicate with him in his perfect form and he will be even more amazing than I already think he is. My brother is an incredible friend, a loyal sibling, and the best and silliest uncle.

Check out the free printables from the Saturday sessions here.

What were your favorite messages from the Sunday sessions?

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Saturday Session Highlights - October General Conference 2013

Over the last few days, I prayed about certain topics and doctrines that I hoped would be addressed in General Conference. As a fulfillment to MANY of the words of the prophets and apostles telling us to come prepared with questions, my pleas to God were heard and ALL of my questions were answered in today's two sessions of General Conference. Most of the questions were answered in one talk. I was shocked, astounded, humbled, and grateful. I know that God follows through with His promises if we do what we are told, and I am ever so grateful and blessed for heeding the words of the prophets.

I was richly blessed and rewarded today, and my life will improve in ways I didn't think were possible. I am filled with joy and gratitude for living prophets and apostles who seek the Lord's guidance to share with us the things that we need to know.

There were many talks that touched me, and I have created a few printables (in totally different styles...I've been experimenting lately) with some of my favorite quotes (and I'll be honest...I'll probably come back and add more!):

"A grateful person is rich in contentment." - David A. Bednar

"In the service of the Lord, it is not where we serve, but how." - Edward Dube

"Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"It is impossible to fail when you do your best and when you are on the Lord's errand." - M. Russell Ballard

"We are infinitely more than our limitations and our afflictions." - Jeffrey R. Holland

**See the Sunday General Conference printables here.**

What were your favorite talks and quotes from Saturday's conference sessions?

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 Also, don't forget to watch the Sunday sessions of General Conference live on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at this link here. You won't want to miss it. Make sure to check back here for more free printables from conference.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

General Relief Society Broadcast 2013 Thoughts

I'm not going to lie...I didn't catch much of the General Relief Society broadcast last night. I had plans to watch with my mother and sisters, but the stomach flu overcame me and my children, so our plans turned into crackers, water, and sleeping near the toilet. Not much of a glamorous or spiritual evening like I was hoping for. :(

However, I did listen to the broadcast this morning (since I couldn't make it to church either...dang flu! Go away!) and was amazed at the importance of the messages for me in my life right now. Note after note, spiritual revelation after revelation, I learned what Heavenly Father wanted me to learn this morning.

I loved the focus of making and keeping covenants. I loved that we were taught how to teach our children to keep simple promises to prepare to make baptismal and temple covenants. I appreciated how much love I felt from the sisters and from President Monson, and how reassuring their words of peace and comfort were. I learned that when I am struggling with loving or serving one of my sisters (in RS or elsewhere), I need to turn to Heavenly Father to ask Him what I should do; after all, these women are His children and He knows their needs.

Here are three quotes that stood out to me in particular this morning:

"We go to the temple to make covenants with Heavenly Father. We return home to keep them."

"You aren't tied down any more. You are free."

"Keeping covenants is essential for true happiness."

I have been experiencing some discouragement in my life, feeling like I will never have the true happiness that I desire. The talks I heard today reminded me that I can have the true happiness I want and seek for as I keep my covenants. I keep them, in the sense that I don't to anything "wrong" in my life, but I know I can magnify my talents and abilities and serve more and truly keep my covenants. I need to put my covenant-keeping as a priority and attend the temple more. I am not tied down by my sins or problems of the past; I am free to live the life that God has given me and achieve my full potential.

I know that our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, is a true prophet of God. I know that the Relief Society presidency has been called by revelation to inspire, uplift, and teach the women of the Church how to be more Christlike and more obedient. I know that the Spirit of God was present during the broadcast, and I am humbled by the things He taught me. I know that the Church is true.

What messages stood out to you the most during the broadcast?

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Welcome to My Favorite Season

I know I'm a few days late welcoming my favorite season, but I've been enjoying the fall so much already that I practically forgot to share a new printable with you! This printable coordinates with my other seasonal printables (get spring and summer here - and winter will come in a few months!) and will be a great addition to your fall mantel and decor.

What LDS topics come to your mind during the autumn season? The doctrine of the fall? Thanksgiving and praising God? Change?

For me, the doctrine of the fall comes to mind. I love that we know that, because of the fall, our Savior Jesus Christ came to the earth to redeem and give us a way to come back to Him and to our Heavenly Father. I'm grateful that we can learn and grow, make mistakes, repent from them, and be made clean. "Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy" (2 Nephi 2:27). I will do my best to remember Christ and find joy during this wonderful "fall" we have been blessed with!

What do you love most about the fall season?

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Draw Near to God

I have tried to write this post a few times, but nothing seems to come out correctly. I don't know how to adequately explain what is going on in my mind today, but my heart is feeling a bit...lonely. Yeah, that's the word. Lonely.

In the last few weeks, my family and I moved away from a place we loved with friends we adored and a ward that was fantastic to another great place where we have friends and family close by, and our new ward is also wonderful. Life is beautiful in both places, and I know I have been blessed. However, I have been feeling like I'm missing something.

As I pondered on what I've been missing, the answer became clear: I am missing my Heavenly Father. I am missing the relationship and connection I have had with Him in the past. I miss His love, His guidance, and His comfort. I know I have felt all of those things recently, and I'm not breaking commandments or trying to stray from those things, but I think I have been too distracted to recognize them. With the start of my new Etsy business, See Nikki Create, our move out of state, two sick babies, and a million of life's stresses that have piled up, I have unintentionally distanced myself from my Father.

That happens sometimes, doesn't it? We get so busy trying to live our lives that we forget to counsel with the one who KNOWS our lives. We read our scriptures, but only read a few verses right before we go to bed; we say our prayers, but we are half asleep; we go to church, but we are distracted by our children or our to-do lists and we miss the spiritual lessons; we try so hard to do everything we can as mothers and wives (crafts, perfect meals, gorgeous home decorations, play dates, intimacy, etc.) that we forget the important fact that our families need God more than anything.

Luckily, Heavenly Father knows our hearts and knows that we are trying our best. He will accept us back unconditionally with loving arms, whenever we turn back to Him and make Him our priority. As Elder Uchtdorf explained in his talk The Hope of God's Light from the April 2013 General Conference, "As we draw near to God, He will draw near to us."

I need to draw nearer to God every day. Here are my goals to accomplish this:
1. Get on my knees every morning to thank Him for my life and blessings.
2. Pray with my children when they wake up.
3. Spend a consistent amount of time every day doing gospel studies.
4. Pray for His approval on my priority list, and when I get His approval, stick to it.
5. Put my family, church service, and my spiritual growth before any other matters.

I hope that as I do this the next few days, I will be able to feel God drawing nearer to me. I know He will, because He has promised each of us that blessing.

How are you going to draw nearer to God this week?

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

I Like to Look for Rainbows

It's raining outside. Over the years, I have learned to love the rain. I enjoy the moisture that it brings to the earth, the pitter-patter sound as the raindrops fall on my roof, and the lightning and thunder that often accompany the rain. (Cue the thunder...perfect...) I love running through it and feeling the water cleanse my body and send chills down my back.

One of the best parts about the rain is the rainbow that comes afterward. I love to look for the rainbows and remember the promise that God made to Noah that He would no longer flood the earth. The symbolism behind the rainbow and the flood is so beautiful, and I especially love that it represents baptism.

As a missionary in Iowa, I taught people all day every day about the importance and necessity of baptism by immersion. I shared with them the truth that the priesthood of God is on the earth again, and that each person can be cleansed from their sins by the power of the priesthood ordinance of baptism. We loved to sing the song "When I Am Baptized" from the Children's Songbook at the baptisms of our converts. My heart rejoiced each time I saw one of God's children accept the essential, saving, cleansing covenants through their baptism.

I like to look for rainbows whenever there is rain
And ponder on the beauty of an earth made clean again.
I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.
I want to be the best I can and live with God again.
I know when I am baptized my wrongs are washed away,
And I can be forgiven and improve myself each day.
I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.
I want to be the best I can and live with God again.

I am teaching my daughter about baptism already. She recognizes photos of people being baptized, and loves to sing the Primary songs about baptism. I hope she chooses to follow God's path and be baptized when she turns 8.

How have your baptismal covenants blessed your life?

Enjoy the rain. :)

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Cuando me bautice

Me encanta el arco iris después de ver llover,
y pienso en lo limpia que la tierra ya se ve.
Tal como tierra limpia cuando acaba de llover,
yo quiero comportarme bien y con mi Dios volver.

Cuando yo me bautice se limpiará mi ser,
mi Padre me perdonará y el bien querré escoger.
Tal como tierra limpia cuando acaba de llover,
yo quiero comportarme bien y con mi Dios volver.

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Rise and Shout

I am really excited about this new printable. The inspiration came to me this morning as I got things done (including making the famous BYU mint brownies with my mom...yum...), eagerly awaiting tonight's big game against Texas. I saw my dad singing the Cougar fight song with my baby boy (who is dressed in his Cougar blues!), and I envisioned this fun print for my fellow BYU fans. My younger sister had her room decorated with BYU prints, and I thought this would have fit perfectly in her room. 

Rise and shout! The Cougars are out!

Here is my attempt at a scriptural application for this non-religious print: There are many things that we need to "rise and shout" about in our lives. We need to rise and shout that our God sent His Son to the earth to atone for our sins. We can rise and shout because we are saved from spiritual death, and we can return to live with God again someday in families. We should rise and shout because miracles happen every day.

Let's hope for a miracle for tonight's game...we need it! :)

What is something you want to "rise and shout" about today?

Also, for any of my followers and readers who are interested, I have started a second website and Etsy shop called See Nikki Create. The purpose of the site is to have a place to share my printables that are customized for individuals, some printable requests by my friends or followers, or prints that don't necessarily fit with the purpose of LDS Printables. Feel free to check it out, and look at the freebies and my Etsy shop. If you are interested in customized prints or invitations, be sure to email me through my See Nikki Create site.

This other BYU print below is available free on See Nikki Create here. Thanks again for all of your support, suggestions, and wonderful comments/emails!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I Love to See the Temple

Today I drove by the new temple being built in Provo, and my heart filled with happiness. I really love to see and visit the temple, and I am so excited for all the blessings that the temple will bring to the people here. (Click here to see the Church's information on this temple in construction!)

My daughter is about 21 months now, and she loves to sing all day. One of our favorite songs to sing is "I Love to See the Temple" and she knows most of the words now. She smiles and I know she can feel the peace that the Primary hymns bring. She loves to say, "feel the Holy Spirit," and I hope that she will recognize the Holy Spirit's presence as she visits the temple grounds, and someday enters the temple.

I love to see the temple.
I'm going there someday
To feel the Holy Spirit,
To listen and to pray.
For the temple is a house of God,
A place of love and beauty.
I'll prepare myself while I am young;
This is my sacred duty.

I love to see the temple.
I'll go inside someday.
I'll cov'nant with my Father;
I'll promise to obey.
For the temple is a holy place
Where we are sealed together.
As a child of God, I've learned this truth:
A fam'ly is forever.

I am grateful that we live in a day where there are temples all over the earth. I know that the temples really are the House of God and I know that we can grow closer to our Heavenly Father and Savior as we make covenants in the temple.

I am going to print up some of these temple printables to hang in my kids' nursery. I hope it reminds them to prepare now to enter the temple.

What temple do you live closest to? How has the temple blessed you?

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Power to Work is a Gift

My friend posted a quote on Facebook some time ago, and it struck me as very important. I wrote it down and began to make a printable from it right away. With Labor Day coming up next weekend, I thought it would be a good time to share and discuss my thoughts on the quote.

President David O. McKay said, "Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that the power to work is a blessing, that love of work is success" (quoted by Franklin D. Richards, “The Gospel of Work,” Improvement Era, Dec. 1969, 101).

For anyone who cannot work, they can testify (maybe more than others) that the privilege to work is a gift. My father-in-law, for example, cannot work because of a disability caused by a terrible car accident, and he wishes every day that he could work. He wishes that he could support his family so that his wife didn't have to work. He misses being productive and useful and building his talents and knowledge, and he has encouraged and taught his sons about the gift of work. There is so much freedom in this privilege–freedom from debt and stresses caused by lack of work, freedom from living off of the government or others, the freedom to grow and develop.

The power to work very much is a blessing. In the United States, we are given that power, that freedom. We can go get jobs to contribute to society, to earn a living, and to build up our country. We have a great responsibility because of that power–we are responsible to use our power to work to make the world a better place. Just like our baptismal and temple covenants require, we should use our power to do good and to bless the poor and needy. We need to use our power to work to empower others who may not know that they, too, can work hard and have a good life.

President McKay also said that the love of work is success. He didn't say the love of your "job" or the love of your "tasks" or even the love of your "chores" is success, but he said the love of work is success. If we learn to love to work, to be productive, to use our bodies/minds/spirits for a good cause, then we will be successful. If one hates to work, one will not become successful. I know people who hate work and yet want success–it does not come to them. They wander aimlessly putting in as little effort as possible, wondering why they aren't getting the results that they want. As a contrast, my husband is a very hard worker and loves to work. He enjoys physical labor as well as mental labor. He is studying to be a mechanical engineer, and he looks forward to working every day. Not only does he work hard at his job, but he works hard in his studies and works hard at home to help me keep the house and children in order. He loves work and because of that, he has found success to be his constant companion, and I have no doubt that he will the rest of his life.

Let us be grateful for every opportunity that we have to work. I hope that those who are searching for work will find chances to excel. I pray that those of you who don't enjoy work will learn to love it, for hard work (although it may sound counterproductive) will give you the success and peace you long for.

Happy Labor Day!

What are some ideas you have for teaching your children the importance of hard work?

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

True Love and Sharing the Gospel

Do you use Instagram? Well, if you do, I have great news for you:

After a lot of consideration, I decided to start an Instagram account for LDS Printables. I have seen the power of using social media to bring others to Christ, and I feel as though you and I could share our testimonies with (potentially) millions through Instagram. As I get my account going, I'll be posting lots of previously created printables, as well as the new printables that I'll be adding to the blog. This is a great missionary opportunity for us! So, come follow me @ldsprintables and help me to spread the gospel! Feel free to follow, like, share, and give me feedback. I'm still so new to the Instagram world... (and I'm learning about hashtags– #majorlyconfusing #oramIjustoutoftheloop )

Anyway, on with the good stuff!

Today's free printable is a quote that I absolutely adore. It comes from a speech by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and it says, "True love blooms when we care about another person more than we care about ourselves." (Read the speech here.)

Oh, how true this statement is! I have been learning this the hard way. My husband and I recently had a "discussion" in which we came to the realization that we don't always respect and honor each other. We tried to break down this truth so we could get to the very center, and it came down to the simple fact that we are both prideful and selfish. Even though we are madly in love, we sometimes miss out on true love because we are being selfish. He and I immediately set a goal to improve. We want to honor, respect, and adore each other unconditionally and forever.

As part of our goal, we decided to seek to care about the other person's needs more than our own. It is proving to be difficult, as my "natural man" comes out more than I care to admit, but we have already reaped great benefits from our efforts. I love my husband more today than I did a few weeks ago, and that love continues to grow each day. I love my children more as I seek to be less selfish and self-centered. In return, my husband has loved me more and we have served each other in a greater capacity. My children seem pleased with the extra attention and care that they are receiving, as well.

It's a win-win. We serve others unselfishly, and they serve us unselfishly; we develop true love for one another, and that love grows stronger daily. I like it.

I'm so grateful for the teachings of Christ that are taught to us by the Master and His servants. I'm grateful for living prophets and apostles on the earth who enlighten us and encourage us.

How can you this quote help your love to bloom with someone in your life?

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Modesty in Dress and Action

Have you heard about the new dress standards for full-time missionaries? It is so exciting. Not much has changed for the elders, but the sisters now are being encouraged to dress in bright colors and patterns. I am so jealous! When I served my mission, we still had to wear nylons and plain/simple clothes, with skirts that came mid-calf. I still wore some bright colors, but patterns weren't encouraged or always acceptable.

I'm so happy for the sisters. Missionary clothing shopping is going to be so much easier for them than it was for me!

In regards to the changes in dress for the sisters, President Thomas S. Monson said, "You can dress attractively without being immodest. Within the Lord’s guidelines, there is room for you to be lively, vibrant, and beautiful both in your dress and in your actions."

I love this statement, and I think it is wise counsel for all women, LDS or not. God wants us to show our beauty, but he wants us to show respect to our bodies. We do not dress modestly because our bodies are bad, but we dress modestly because our bodies are gorgeous and wonderful. I also love that he implies that we can be modest in our actions. We do not need to seek attention or the world's approval, whether it be in person or on social media.

I have been a happier, more confident person since I committed as a young woman to dress modestly, and I have been able to feel the Spirit more abundantly. I am grateful for a living prophet who helps us to understand how God wants us to live in these troubled times and how to avoid the temptations of the world.

How has dressing modestly blessed your life?

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

She Openeth Her Mouth With Wisdom

One of my best friends called me a day or two ago to ask for some advice about marriage. She just got married back in July and was struggling with figuring out how to communicate with her husband effectively in an argument. Sadly, I am not an amazing communicator in my marriage, so I wasn't able to give her great advice.

At times in my marriage, I forget to be loving, kind, and respectful towards my husband. I turn to harsh words and demeaning statements when I am frustrated or irritated. Instead of kindly talking to my husband to work out our misunderstandings, I become rude and cold. I am very aware that this behavior is not appropriate, successful, Christlike, or justifiable, and I have been trying to improve and change. Do you ever get caught in the same trap as I have been in?

Together, my friend and I turned to the scriptures to see what God has taught us about communicating with our husbands.

We found an excellent scripture that humbled us and taught us how we can be virtuous and loving spouses. In Proverbs 31:26 it says, "She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness." This scripture was exactly what we needed to hear.

Whenever we open our mouths, we should think before we speak, and then choose only to speak those things that are wise and kind. We should never resort to malicious or cruel statements, and we do NOT need to say everything that we are thinking. In all honesty, most of what I am thinking when I am upset is illogical or untrue anyway, so why would I say those things to the one I love most?

Do I really need to tell my husband that a former boyfriend used to do such and such for me? NO. Not wise, not kind.

Do I constantly need to remind my husband of his flaws whenever I see them? NO. Not wise, not kind.

Do I need to point out every time my husband makes a mistake? NO. Not wise, not kind.

Do I need to tell my husband that he makes me crazy and I wish I could have a vacation from him? (Guilty...) NOOOO. Not wise, not kind.

I have been praying about this scripture since the Lord directed us to it, and I have tried to apply this in my marriage for the last few days. The result? A MUCH happier marriage! Even though I'm still not perfect, this gentle reminder to be kind and wise when speaking to my husband has been a blessing. My husband has noticed a difference and has thanked me for being kinder, and he has tried to apply these same principles when he is speaking to me. We have felt more love, more peace, and more trust.

I am so thankful for the scriptures and the lessons they teach. I know that this lesson not only applies to marriage, but to ALL of the people we communicate with, in whatever form. I love the scriptures and I know that they are the words of our God.

What other scriptures have you found that have helped you communicate with your husband better?

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

I Am A Child of God - Balloons

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You may remember that at the beginning of the year I posted some "I Am A Child of God" printables in a few different languages. They have been used in Primary classes all over the world at this point! I am planning on printing up a few for my own Sunbeam class in the next few weeks. 

I had a friend request that I recreate this printable with hot air balloons so that it would match the decor of her kids' bathroom and bedroom. Seeing as how I'm temporarily in Albuquerque, NM (the most fanatic hot air balloon place that I have ever heard of), I thought it would be fitting to share these printables with my readers.

I have always been fascinated by hot air balloons. When I was a little girl, I watched "The Great Chipmunk Adventure" over and over again. In this delightful film, the Chipmunks and Chipettes race around the world in hot air balloons, and they enjoy incredible adventures and some catchy songs. I imagined it would be the greatest experience to do the same thing! I still have yet to ride in one myself (I blame it on my excessive fear of heights + lack of finances haha), but I dream of it every time I see those gorgeous balloons rising above the horizon.

I'm not sure why I think hot air balloons are so magnificent, but I assume it is because as you are riding, you are floating in the air, above the world, free to feel the wind blow lightly through your hair. The trials and problems of the world stay below you, and you can see so many of God's marvelous creations for hundreds of miles in every direction. I imagine that I would have no worries, no fears, and complete peace.

However, with my feet planted on the ground, I can also have those three things because of the knowledge that I am a child of God. That fact alone rings so true to my heart, and I know I can do anything because of my divine inheritance.

I am a child of God. He has enabled me with some of His holy qualities. I can rise above all that is impure and unholy because of the example of my Father and His Son. Whenever you see this print, remember that you, too, can rise above the world because YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD.

Have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon? What were some of the feelings you experienced?

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Download horizontal version here.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I Love the Young Women Values

I've been pondering how/when to share today's printables for some time now. I prayed about them a lot. I wanted designs that were clean, vintage, beautiful, and simple, and wanted them to be used by the young women of the Church. I hope I have achieved that with these prints. I have sought lots of feedback on them and I usually don't do that with my designs--I typically just post them as they are.

However, the Young Women theme and values are very important to me, and I think they are crucial to the success of our youth. My baby sister is visiting with me this week, and she is a Beehive now. I have spoken to her about the values and about how they are being taught to her to protect her and provide her a path to happiness. She is innocent, pure, and faithful, and I hope she continues to live a virtuous life. She KNOWS that she is a daughter of God.

I wish I had paid more attention to the theme and values when I was a youth. I sure would have avoided a lot of heartache. I stand with the leaders of the Church in pleading with the young women of the world to be refined, virtuous, modest, and faithful. Take it from someone who has not always been those things--it is never worth it to leave the path that Christ has set. Never.

I am so grateful for the Young Women leaders and the program and how their purpose is to help me prepare my daughters to have testimonies of Christ, serve missions, enter the temple, and someday be sealed for eternity.

I hope the young women and their leaders find these printables to be a helpful resource in teaching and learning the doctrines and values given by the Savior through our living prophets. I have created value circles (can be cupcake toppers also), bookmarks, individual values, and 3 different themes, all with either a gray or white background.

How have the Young Women values or motto helped you in your life?

All Young Women prints are available to download in PDF format here

(All of the PDF files are freakishly large for some reason and won't show a preview in Google Docs, but they should download just fine, even if you see an "error" message. If it still won't work for you, click here to access the files via Dropbox. Please email me if you have any problems.)