Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Righteous Example Influences Others

The Young Women Manual 1, Lesson 21, is A Righteous Example Influences Others. It can be easy to forget that we are being watched. I can think of a handful of examples where I later learned that my actions or words were used to guide someone else in their life. When I think back at that particular time when I had made a choice to choose that path, I remember that sometimes I was struggling with the choice. How much of a relief I felt later knowing I had made the right choice, especially in knowing that I was being watched. Just think of the times I don't even know about.

Someone once told me that people will repeat 80% of what you do wrong and 20% of what you do right. I don't know how true that is, but when I watch my own child imulate my actions, I can see that she has picked up the good AND the bad.

I have made two handouts. The first I wasn't satisfied with, so I made a second. I also made a handout with the scriptures. See an example below....

Here is the first handout in jpg.
Here is the first handout in pdf.

Here is the second handout in jpg.
Here is the second handout in pdf.

Here are the chalkboard labels in pdf.
Here are the scriptures in pdf. This was my first hand in being creative with word art. (I don't know how to share it in pdf... I'm wondering if I share the pdf file, doesn't the other person need to have my fonts? There must be a secret way of sharing it so that isn't necessary. If someone will let me know how to save the document in pdf so that the person downloading the file doesn't need the same fonts I used, then I will share it that way, too.)

Scripture John 3:15 in jpg

Scripture 1 Timothy 4:12 in jpg

Scripture 1 Peter 2:21 in jpg

Scripture Matthew 5:16 in jpg


Monday, May 25, 2009

Reach Out To Others

Reach Out To Others is from the Young Women Manual 1, Lesson 20.

Here is the handout in jpg.
Here is the handout in pdf

Chalkboard labels coming later this week.


Link Troubles?

If there are any troubles with any of the links, please let me know.

About a year ago I had asked someone online how I could share my pdf files through my blogs since I do not have a website from which to link them. I was recommended to scribd. It took me a bit of time to figure out how to find the actual pdf version and when I did I always shared those links. Between the food storage, FHE, and YW blogs, I've had quite a few links and enjoyed scribds services until suddenly my visitors started notifying me that my links were requiring a secret password???

Apparently, there was a "bug" in their system that was allowing me to use their service to store my pdfs and that's not what they meant to be offering. Since I'm not a fan of their Ipaper, being controlled, or forcing those who want to see my docs to have an account with scribd, I've stopped using their site. I prefer the customary links to PDF's without passwords or confusing Ipaper - just a clean, simple share consistent with all other web sharing PDF docs found on the Internet. So, some of those old links may or may not work.

Now I've started using Zoho Viewer. Let me know if you run into any troubles so that I can fix them. Any alternative free storage sites for PDF files would be welcomed.

There, I've vented. :)

A Daughter of God

For the first Sunday of the year, how appropriate to begin with the understanding of our divine heritage.... A Daughter of God, with Young Women Manual 1, Lesson 1. Here are the handouts that I've created for this lesson.

Here are the PDF versions, too. Version One. Version Two.

Here are the JPG versions. Version One. Version Two.


Jesus Christ, The Savior

This is the handout I made for the Young Women Lesson, Manual 1, Lesson 2, Jesus Christ, The Savior .... I hope you enjoy it.

Here is the front
Here is the back
Here is the PDF version, front and back


Following the Example of Jesus Christ

Marion G. Romney, in the September 1972, New Era article, "What Would Jesus Do" gave some terrific advise on how to make decisions according to the will of our Heavenly Father. Below is a handout for the Young Women Manual 1, Lesson 3 Following the Example of Jesus Christ.

Here is the direct link.
Here is the handout in PDF.


Seeking The Companionship of the Holy Ghost

The Young Women lesson from Manual 1, Lesson 4, is Seeking the Companionship of the Holy Ghost. If it hadn't been for some computer challenges, I would have had more to share that were recommended in the lesson. Maybe another time I will finish my plans. For now, here is the handout in PDF.


Finding Joy in Our Divine Potential

Young Women Manual 1, Lesson 5 is Finding Joy In Our Divine Potential. I don't teach next week, but I wanted to make a handout for the lesson. I love the personal message from the YW General Presidency given to the youth. I'm so glad I made this handout... I might keep one for myself! Here it is in PDF.


Finding Joy Now

The Young Women Manual 1 Lesson 6 is on Finding Joy Now. I like the idea of teaching our YW to take responsibility for their own happiness and provide ways in which they can recognize the good things they have in their life already.

Below is a sample of the handout I made for this lesson. On the back are the two columns with the headings "Long-Range Happiness and Joy” and “Temporary Fun and Satisfaction" with lines for them to write on as directed in the lesson.

Here is the PDF version of this handout.


Supporting Family Members

Young Women lesson from Manual 1, Lesson 10 is on Supporting Family Members. I absolutely, LOVE the YW lessons and am so grateful for the many ways they have made sure to cover so many subjects so well. The handout this week is two sided so the class can write down their ideas and have a reference in order to keep their challenge.

Here is the handout in jpg.
Here is the handout in PDF.

Also, here is another little bonus. Chalkboard labels for discussing ways to support each family member.

Honoring Parents

Young Women lesson from Manual 1 Lesson 9 is about Honoring Parents. I look forward to this lesson and the accompanying handout....

Here it is in jpg
Here it is in pdf


Growing and Maturing in Self-Reliance, Part One

Growing and Maturing in Self-Reliance, Part One is from the Young Women Manual 1, Lesson 11. Another worthy lesson for the young women.

Here is the handout in jpg.
Here is the handout in pdf.
Here are the Chalkboard Labels in pdf.


Growing and Maturing in Self-Reliance - Part Two

Young Women lesson from Manual 1 Lesson 12 is on Growing and Maturing in Self-Reliance - Part Two.

Here is the handout in jpg.

Here is the handout in PDF.


My New Blog Background

I've spent a good amount of time today simply creating a new background and header. I have many, many more important things to do, but I decided to do this instead. For most of it, I used krismazy_swmayz-girlfriends kit a week 2 challenge from (you may need to login to see it).

For the two girls on the background, and the one girl on the header, I used Girldom from Moniscrap. Since the girl in the header is actually holding up a heart, I changed it to the CTR button I found from Scrap by Color.

Actually, I feel pretty lucky that I can even share where I found each piece that I used to create these items. As I download my digital components I rename everything in the file with the same name, usually the name of the designer and the kits theme. Then, I split them up into different categories to save them on my computer, ex. paper, flowers, etc. By doing so, I cannot always find the author.

Because I like to share, below are the jpgs for the header and background. I've also included another version of the background that could be used for a YW handout. Hope you like it.

Blog Layout
Blank Handout

Personal Records

I love this lesson. Journaling is something I have been working on for a while. I'm not consistent at all and wish I was. I'm working on that. I've been writing my history as I think about it. I've been doing it in groups. I've written about my experiences as a homeschool mom. I've written excerpts of my life as I think of them. I've written about my callings in the church. In addition to collecting my little stories that I write myself, I keep my talks and record my thoughts as often as I possibly can. I love journaling. It's one of those activities that is hard to get started, for whatever reason, and then it becomes both addicting and rewarding. My biggest challenge is that I can type as fast as I can think.... I cannot write as fast as I can think. But, a journal is more meaningful when hand written. I try to write in my journal as often as possible, but when it comes to big entries, I prefer to type and insert the pages into the journal.

For this lesson, Young Women Manual 1, Lesson 19, Personal Records, I made the handout and chalkboard labels. The Chalkboard labels I made both color and B&W, in case you don't like using up a bunch of ink.

Here is the handout in jpg.
Here is the handout in PDF.
Here is the Chalkboard label in jpg color.
Here is the Chalkboard label in jpg B&W.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Temple Marriage - Requirement for Eternal Family Life

The YW Manual 1 Lesson 18 is Temple Marriage - Requirement for Eternal Family Life. This is one of those lessons that I can easily over do with handouts and goodies. I'm struggling between the white hanger and the temple recommend ideas.... I also liked the idea on SugarDoodle, White Elephant Temple Marriage game under Lesson Helps that teaches this lesson:

"Sometimes the fanciest and nicest things aren't what they seem and can lead to heartaches and disappointment. That we need to look beyond outward appearances to what is inside."

All of this in addition to the handout I made, too. All of them are sooooooo good and give valuable lessons, reminders and visuals.... which one, which one, which one?!

Well, I had ordered the white hangers and temple recommends with 3-day shipping and they still didn't get here in time. So, I wrapped six presents (see photo) with the handout inside. We played the white elephant game, but nobody stole anybody else's gift. They were all happy with the one they had chosen! LOL! We will use the white hangers and temple recommends for something else sometime later.

Here is the handout in jpg.
Here is the handout in pdf.

Here are the chalkboard labels in pdf. The second two pages of this document are a full 8.5x11 sheet of paper.


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Purpose of Covenants and Ordinances

The next Young Women lesson is from Manual 1, Lesson 17, the Purposes of Covenants and Ordinances. There is a lot that goes with this lesson, Handout, Ladder and labels, chalkboard labels. I've made something for everything. A few weeks ago, I was so exciting when I found a ladder digital embellishment to use for my own Food Storage Ladder analogy that I am doubly excited to have it in time for this lesson. I had fun with this one and I love the handout. Hope you do, too.

Here is the handout in jpg.
Here is the handout in pdf (Until Scribd gets fixed I have to use zoho.)

Here are the chalkboard labels in PDF. This includes the words Covenants, Ordinances... and their Definitions for each.

Now, here is the ladder (see example below) and the ladder labels. The way this works is that I made the Ladder jpg a legal sized photo. So, be sure to use a legal sized piece of paper when you print it, or adjust it to fit onto a regular sized piece of paper. I wanted to make it big enough to be seen on the chalkboard, and I still doubt that it is big enough. The ladder labels will go in between the rungs of the ladder. Their size should be consistent with the ladder. All I did was copy the ladder and it's labels from the handout, past it onto the legal size photo template and resize the image to fit the legal size template. Then, I cut and copied the labels from that and pasted them into another template. I didn't resize the labels in hopes that their sized would be maintained for the ladder. Hence the reason they should fit the ladder.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Women and Priesthood Bearers

The lesson from Young Women Manual 1, lesson 16 is about Women and Priesthood Bearers. Recently, I had been asked if women in the church hold the priesthood and when they learned that we do not they asked about the roles the women in the church do play. I've been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for almost 14 years and have never felt that my role as a women is less significant or that a man's role is more important.

A few years ago, while my husband and I were embarking on a new business adventure, we attended a few specific classes. The instructor had advised that if we were going to be in business with a partner, whether that partner is our spouse or simply a business associate, that there were some rules to apply to help insure success. He counseled us to determine what roles each of us were going to play within the business. Determine those roles now, he suggested, while in the beginning of our business adventure, to insure that every important corner of the business will be covered, that nothing gets left behind, and that we are using our time wisely. He explained that without that understanding of each persons specific roles we could be wasting time by having both of us working on the same tasks and leaving important ones unfinished because they were never handled by one or the other. If we are both working on the same task, other tasks will suffer. Furthermore, it prevents confusion and lessons contention when each role and responsibility is planned in advance and each person abides by them. It is one thing if one partner or the other needs help with their task, but it is entirely another if the animal of our business had four front feet and no back feet because we didn't set forth and divide our responsibilities equally.

When I thought about this some more I realized that is exactly what Heavenly Father had done with Adam and Eve. As soon as He had muddled through the admissions that Adam and Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit, he set forth the "business" plan by dividing and assigning the roles between a husband, wife, father and mother in order to insure that all important tasks within a marriage and a family were both accounted for and assigned. It isn't that one role is more important than another. They are all equally important. In a simplistic definition, a father is to preside and protect the family so the mother can nurture, teach and rear their children. If both parents are trying to play the father's role or if both parent's are trying to play the mother's role, then the children and family will suffer.

Here are the handouts for the lesson in jpg and pdf, as well as the chalkboard labels, which includes all of the suggested word strips and the question below. I tried to put all chalkboard labels into their own doc, but it was too large to convert to pdf. The previous service I have been using to share my pdfs was not cooperating with a password requirement for visitors of my docs that I couldn't find a way around. I'm trying out a new service for sharing the pdf, so if there is a problem - please let me know.

Here is the handout in PDF.
Here is the handout in jpg.

Chalkboard label - Supportive
Chalkboard label - Non-Supportive
Chalkboard Label - Question