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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Personal Revelation

What is Personal Revelation?


Why do I need personal revelation?

There are a few activities that would be wonderful for mutual night-



"The egg walk"- this activity is perfect for mutual/FHE/Activity days etc.



Find a grassy area where you can walk bare footed.  Place Blindfolds on your participants, and have them walk through your designated area with out stepping on an egg.  Someone must guide and direct through voice only.

The person guiding represents our Heavenly Father- and person blindfolded represents us- Only Heavenly Father sees the big picture so can guide us through our journey safely.

Another activity you can do at mutual or during class-

Give everyone a piece of paper- have them write a simple sentence 
Pass the paper and have the next person draw a picture of the sentence-
next- fold the paper right under the sentence- then pass the paper (so they can not see the original sentence,only the picture) keep folding and passing-

This shows how communication can be mis-interpreted - Making personal revelation so very important.  

Many voices in the world compete for your attention, and they can easily drown out spiritual impressions if you are not careful. (Preach my Gospel pg 96)

Richard G. Scott said in How to receive revelation "Heavenly Father did not put us on earth to fail but to succeed gloriously"

"God loves you and all His children.  He is anxious to support you in your practical and specific challenges.  You have been promised inspiration to know what to do and have been given the power to do it" see D&C 43:15-16 (Preach my Gospel pg 89)

"Communication with our Heavenly Father is not a trivial matter.  It is a sacred privilege." Richard G Scott


I really love what the bible dictionary says about revelation 

The bible dictionary says "Divine revelation is one of the grandest concepts and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for without it, man could not know of the things of God and could not be saved with any degree of salvation in the eternities.  Continuous revelation from God to his saints, through the Holy ghost or by other means, such as visions, dreams, or visitations, makes possible daily guidance along true paths and lead the faithful soul to complete and eternal salvation in the celestial kingdom."  "It is the making known of divine truth by communication with the heavens, and consists not only of revelation of the plan of salvation to the Lord's prophets but also a confirmation in the hearts of the believers that the revelation to the  prophets is true.  It also consists of individual guidance for every person who seeks for it and follows the prescribed course of faith, repentance, and obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  "The Holy Ghost is a revelator," said Joseph Smith" "without revelation, all would be guesswork, darkness, and confusion."

Studying the following will help with learning how the Spirit talks to us (Preach my Gospel)


Activity: Personal or Companion Study

Study the following table. Think of times when you have experienced any of the feelings, thoughts, or impressions described in the passages below. As you study and gain experience, add other passages to this list. Think of how you can use these principles to help others feel and recognize the Spirit.
Gives feelings of love, joy, peace, patience, meekness, gentleness, faith, and hope.
Gives ideas in the mind, feelings in the heart.
Occupies the mind and presses on the feelings.
Helps scriptures have strong effect.
Gives good feelings to teach if something is true.
Enlightens the mind.
Replaces darkness with light.
Strengthens the desire to avoid evil and obey the commandments.
Teaches truth and brings it to remembrance.
Gives feelings of peace and comfort.
Guides to truth and shows things to come.
Reveals truth.
Guides and protects from deception.
Glorifies and bears record of God the Father and Jesus Christ.
Guides the words of humble teachers.
Recognizes and corrects sin.
Gives gifts of the Spirit.
Helps to perceive or discern the thoughts of others.
Tells what to pray for.
Tells what to do.
Helps the righteous speak with power and authority.
Testifies of the truth.
Sanctifies and brings remission of sins.
Carries truth to the heart of the listener.
Enhances skills and abilities.
Constrains (impels forward) or restrains (holds back).
Edifies both teacher and students.
Gives comfort.

The most powerful experience will be when the youth share their own personal experience of when they received guidance and or revelation.

I am so grateful that our Heavenly Father loves us enough to continue to talk to us and help us navigate through this journey we call life.





Monday, April 22, 2013

Girls Camp Themes




It's in the air.... I can smell the fresh air with a hint of  camp fire and smores.  Have I told you how much I love Girls Camp?  Well I do, lol.  I was asked by my niece if I had any ideas for a theme, she is laurel president in her ward and she needed to come up with some ideas.  I said of course and started blurting out a bunch of ideas.  Here are a few with my thoughts behind it.

Iv'e Already Decided- based off of the Jenny Phillips song

What I watch, What I read, What I wear, What I think, Where I'll go, When I will leave, What I'll never do

Let the Holy Spirit Guide- My thought behind this theme is from Sister Dalton, and her saying "if you have the Holy Ghost, if you are worthy of it at all times then no matter where you are you are standing in a holy place" and then also from the hymn

Let the holy spirit guide, let him teach us what is true
Let the holy spirit guard, let his whisper govern choice
Let the Spirit heal our hearts
He will lead us safely home.

Jenny Phillips had a song on last years CD
"Stay" some of the words are "help me live in a way, that thy spirit can stay with me"

Be the Chocolate Chip- based off of a Deseret book- 



The chocolate chip became famous because of its ability to Stand firm against the heat of the oven.



Step it Up-

What can we be working on that will help us Stand a little taller, stronger and immovable. 

What can we do that will help us "Step Up" or be a little better.






The Right Shoes- based off an idea for New Beininnings from 
Jenny Phillips

Check out her web site above for more ideas







Your "Once upon a time" is Now-



Based off of President Uchtdorf talk
found here


Some ideas along the idea of princesses, workshops etc Royalty

How to Make your heart a Holy Place-



Some of my thoughts regarding "our hearts" here
The Lord is hastening his work, now is the time to prepare for his coming.  How can we have a change of heart.  The more we study the Savior the more we see how much he Loved- how much he loved everyone around him including the soldiers who crucified him.  How do we do that? 

Girls Camp idea here


Go for the Gold-


Cherish virtue. Your personal purity is one of your greatest sources of power
Sister Dalton

We did this last year and it was a great theme, so fun to play with.  Every ward picked a country, had a flag, shirts etc. We had an opening ceremonies, opening games.  We had a incredible speaker that had won a gold metal in the Par-Olympics.  

Oh the places you'll Go - or Oh the Places you'll Stand-


I have seen some New Beginnings done with this theme, and I think it will make for a very fun camp.

Our Stake (in Saint George) is doing this theme this year and I am really excited to see how it comes together-  Every ward has picked out a Dr. Seuss story, our ward has picked out "What was I scared of"

Super cute ideas and Here too I recently found this great site that did it for new beginnings Here- the best part is, her daughter re-did the story  in the book to go along with the values- its FABULOUS check it out here- please be sure to stop by the page to see how she did it.

Be not Moved-
This portion of the theme this year really stood out to me from the moment it was announced.  

In Sister Dalton's talk in General Conference "Be Not Moved" she said "you are standing on the edge of many important decisions and making choices daily, some of them difficult, that will shape not only your future but also the destiny of future generations.  You too are facing gale force winds of opposition  adversity, peer pressure, and moral pollution." "In the face of these raging storms of society" 
"There are no small decisions"
"Be the standard for the world"

So What is your theme this year????

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Is your Heart a Holy Place


As I have been teaching the new curriculum this year my heart has been overwhelmed with the spirit.
Overwhelmed with it testifying of how much our Heavenly Father loves us, of how much he wants each of us to come home.
He loves us all So much
So much that he has prepared a wonderful plan
to help us all come home.

Ok, So I think this would be a wonderful
Girls Camp Theme
What do you think?
Check this out


I loved Sister Dalton's talk in the New Era
"Holy Places in your Life"

She touches on a few places that are Holy 
such as the temple, the church building, seminary and your own home.

She also said- "Anywhere you are where the spirit is present can be a holy place.  Harold B. Lee taught that holy places have more to do with how one lives than where one lives.  If you live worthy of the constant companionship of the  Holy Ghost, then you stand in a Holy place."

You can find more on that subject 
Here

So if I want to stand in holy places all the time what kind of things is my heart set on?
What do I surround myself with?

What types of music do I listen too?
Do I participate in gossip?
Do I judge others?

What is going on in my heart?

Is my heart a Holy Place?

Do I love everyone as my Heavenly Father does?
or do I judge others by how they look?

I was touched by a blog post that is quickly circulating on facebook and pintrest
Called "The Tattooed Mormon"
you can read it here

It is an incredible reminder that we need to change the way we look at things, we need to change our hearts.

We do not know where someone (anyone) else is on this journey through life
Nor do we know what others have been through.

I do not think that it is important for us to know what others have been through, it is only important that we do not judge, that we love unconditionally.

When our hearts become holy
we will be able to love as He has loved
touch those who need to feel
the Fathers love

"We are his hands here upon the earth"
President Monson







Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Iv'e already decided


New Beginnings


I don't know why but I like to share the my thought process :)

So we as a presidency decided to use the theme
"Iv'e already Decided" because it made a huge impact on our lives as youth.  Sister Dalton shared her experience when she was a youth in her talk "Guardians of Virtue"


"What can each of you do to be a guardian of virtue? It starts with believing you can make a difference. It starts with making a commitment. When I was a young woman, I learned that some decisions need to be made only once. I wrote my list of things I would always do and things I would neverdo in a small tablet. It included things like obeying the Word of Wisdom, praying daily, paying my tithing, and committing to never miss church. I made those decisions once, and then in the moment of decision, I knew exactly what to do because I had decided beforehand. When my high school friends said, “Just one drink won’t hurt,” I laughed and said, “I decided when I was 12 not to do that.” Making decisions in advance will help you be guardians of virtue. I hope each of you will write a list of things you will always do and things you will never do. Then live your list."

We started our program with a introduction of our theme.  


We had one of our YW mothers share her experience in doing personal progress with her daughter and testify the importance of the personal progress program.






Then we had one young women from each of the classes share some thoughts on something she has "Already decided"




Since it was in February we decided to decorate with hearts 

("because we love him" goes with the song that was sung <3) and with red- just because ;)













Our Laurel talked about preparing ourselves a head of time, so when the time comes it won't be so hard because the decision will already be made.



It's always fun to have our Moms with us.





We also had one of our girls sing
"Iv'e already Decided" by Jenny Phillips
the words of this song are so powerful:





I've Already Decided

Fiery arrows flying in the sky
I take my Father's shield and I fight
With the sword of the spirit
Opening my eyes
I see the battle clearly and I know

I already decided
Long before this life
that I would stand by Him
And always stay in the light
Because I love Him
There is no question
Which side of the line
You will find me on
I've already decided
Where I stand

I want to keep His armor on at all times
And always have a battle plan
Ready in my mind
Long before Satan hits me
I will be ready
Without any hesitation'cause I know

I already decided
Long before this life
That I would stand by Him
And always stay in the light
Because I love Him
There is no question
Which side of the line
You will find me on
I've already decided
Where I stand

What I watch
What I read
What I wear
What I think 
Where I'll go
When I will leave
What I'll never do
The life I will lead
I've already decided


The spirit was so strong and testified to all of us how important it is to make our decisions a head of time and then Stand by them.

These were our gifts to the girls, a notebook found here

and this years Jenny Phillips CD
It was a great evening


Our wonderful Young Men served dinner to us- 

it made our Young Women feel so special having the boys do this for them.

AND they showed up in ties on a Wednesday!

Wow were our girls impressed