Friday, July 29, 2011

Young Women Manual 3 Lesson 32: Service in the Community

Sorry this week's YW handout is late!!  I had done a bunch in advance because I had finals!! Well, they all ran out!! So, I will get back on track and get them done on time!! 
This weeks lesson is Lesson: 32 Service in the Community.

Elder L. Tom Perry said: “We have been blessed with the light of the gospel to lead us and to guide and direct our lives. Through our understanding and study of the scriptures, we have a knowledge of the laws of the Lord by which we should govern our earthly conduct. With this great blessing comes an obligation to be part of the communities in which we live. Our influence should be felt to safeguard the moral standards in the villages, in the towns, and in the cities where our homes are located in all parts of the world. I challenge you to become involved in lifting the moral standards of the communities where your homes are” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1977, p. 89; or Ensign, May 1977, p. 61).

Handout made using Whispering of Spring you can find this super cute here.
Download the handout here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Go Fish Freebie 3

Another great quick page to go with your Go Fish kit you purchased! If you have got this kit yet you really need to head over to Faith Sisters and pick it up here.  Every time we go to the pool it is like the aquarium my kids wished they had at home!  It is a perfect kit for those pictures of your little fish at the pool!  You can find this week's quick page here.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Come Fly With Me Faith Sisters Blog Train

Hi everyone! We have a blog train today. It's only good until July 31st, so grab everything fast! :) You can download my portion (download expired).

Be sure to grab the rest of the collection by following the rest of the train!

Saturday, July 23, 2011


This sea themed kit is sure to have everything needed to scrap those under-the-sea water themed layouts with it's deep blue sea colors and yellow and green coordinating colors. It comes with one complete alpha, 26 paper and 86 elements which include one bubble border with and without shadows, one clear bubble scatters with and without shadows, two unique colored bubble scatters, one swirly button, four colored buttons, two unique crabs, one decorative swirl, diver, three unique dolphins, ten unique fish, four unique flowers, one wooden frame, four colored frames, one ship window frame, heart, two unique jelly fish, one leaf, lifesaver, mermaid, two unique octopus, one pearl, four rick rack, one rocks, two unique seahorses, two unique seaweed, four unique shells, one shell cluster, shutter, two unique starfish, one starfish cluster, stitches, four straight ribbons, four colored string, one sun, sunrays, two swirls, one tied wood, dolphin word art, four unique waves and two unique whales.

You can find Deep Blue Sea here.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Young Women Manual 3 Lesson 31: Service in the Church

“Before turning down a request to serve because you feel you are too busy, you might want to … simplify somewhat and make a new appraisal of what you really consider essential. Reconsider your priorities and remember your covenants with the Lord wherein you have covenanted to give of your time, talents, and means liberally to the upbuilding of the kingdom of God.
“As you simplify your life by putting first things first and eliminate less essential activities, you will probably find time to accept the Church assignment. …
“Also, sometimes we are asked to accept Church callings that we do not feel qualified to handle, and we are prone to say no because we are afraid. I have found that to a very large extent life is a series of assignments for which we don’t feel fully prepared, but as we accept and do our part, the Lord blesses us with wisdom beyond our natural selves, and in such cases we really reach beyond ourselves. Thus we grow by having to exceed our past selves” (“Q and A,” New Era, Mar. 1977, p. 11).
I know I as dreading a calling at church I am too busy I kept telling myself...I work, I go to school, I am a mom, a can I possibly fulfill a church calling. Well, I just shouldn't have thought anything! What happened? I got called to the Relief Society Activities Committee. It has been such a great calling and I have made so many new friends. What is amazing is I tend to find more time to do what I need to do without having to give up time with the kids!
The kit used to create this handout can be found here. You can download the handout here

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Go Fish Freebie 2

This week we have another quick page the matches perfectly with the Go Fish kit by Steadfast. This kit is perfect for pictures of your aquariums and your favorite fish, be it either kids, fish or your fish tank!  You can find this fun kit here. The download can be found here.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Young Women Manual 3 Lesson 30 Scripture Study

The handout features this quote from Elder Carlos E. Asay has encouraged us to imagine the time we spend studying the scriptures as a time of personal interview with the Lord. He said: “I fear that many of us rush about from day to day taking for granted the holy scriptures. We scramble to honor appointments with physicians, lawyers, and businessmen. Yet we think nothing of postponing interviews with Deity—postponing scripture study. Little wonder we develop anemic souls and lose our direction in living. How much better it would be if we planned and held sacred fifteen or twenty minutes a day for reading the scriptures. Such interviews with Deity would help us recognize his voice and enable us to receive guidance in all of our affairs. We must look to God through the scriptures” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1978, p. 79; or Ensign, Nov. 1978, pp. 53–54). 

Find the I love Primary and Nursery kits here. Download the handout here.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Go Fish Freebie

Are your kids or grandchildren like fish??? I know mine are during the summer! I can't keep them out of the water! Go Fish is the perfect kit for those fun water pictures. This kit is perfect for recording all sorts of fish or water related topics.It comes with one complete alpha (upper, lower, numbers and symbols), 26 papers, and 22 individual elements (73 in total) which include five fish brads, four fish buttons, five solid color buttons, one castle, two circles - one with fish and one without, five unique fish, one fish bowl, fish tank, nine flowers in three different types, eleven frames, five hearts, three types of leaves, five curled and tied ribbons, two straight ribbons, five rick rack, one snail, five torn circles, and five word art including Aquarium, Bowl, Fish, and Tank.  You can find it here. You can download this wonderful freebie from here.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Young Women Manual 3 Lesson 29: A Change of Heart

King Benjamin gave to his people when he knew that he would soon die. He taught his people about the Atonement and about their need to repent. This speech was so powerful that all of the people who heard it experienced a change of heart. By studying the things that he told them and the reactions of the people, we can learn what we must do if we are to have a change of heart ourselves. They are to Learn about Christ and his commandment. Have faith in Christ, believed in the power of his atonement, and wanted to repent of your sins. Being forgiven through the mercy of the Lord, feeling peace and joy. Make covenants that you will keep the commandments and do good for the rest of your life.
As your testimony grows you have a constant change of heart. As you learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I know this is true my husband has been taking the discussion and hanging out more with members of the church and I have his heart soften and him become more Christ like.  Before this change he was a wonderful person and the Gospel and it's teachings have made him even a better person.  I am waiting for the day he commits to be baptized and enters into the waters of baptism.  Then with this change in heart for us to be sealed as a family for time and all eternity.

Download the handout here.
Find Celestial Sky here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Your final freebie for Celestial Sky is this adorable Alpha it coordinates nicely with the Celestial Sky kit!  So if you haven't already purchased the kit you can find it here. You can download the alpha here.

Monday, July 4, 2011

July Visiting Teaching Handout: Come to the Temple and Claim Your Blessings

This months visiting teaching message is Come to the Temple and Claim Your Blessings.
The Prophet Joseph often spoke to Relief Society sisters at their meetings. With the Nauvoo Temple under construction, the Prophet instructed the sisters in doctrine, preparing them to receive more knowledge through temple ordinances. In 1842 he said to Mercy Fielding Thompson that the endowment “will bring you out of darkness into marvelous light.” 
An estimated 6,000 Latter-day Saints received temple ordinances before the exodus from Nauvoo. President Brigham Young (1801–77) said, “Such has been the anxiety manifested by the saints to receive the ordinances [of the temple], and such the anxiety on our part to administer to them, that I have given myself up entirely to the work of the Lord in the Temple night and day, not taking more than four hours sleep, upon an average, per day, and going home but once a week.” The strength and power of temple covenants fortified the Saints as they left their city and temple for a journey into the unknown.

Get handout here. This also includes a blank handout so you can create your own handout!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Aaron Waite LDS Composer

I have a few favorite composers and Aaron Waite is one of them. I've played a few of his pieces in church as piano solos as well as purchased many of his pieces for my own personal enjoyment in playing them. His pieces are just the right enough challenge for me to enjoy playing them without being overly complicated or tricky. They are original and fun to play and I always receive compliments for the songs when I play them in church.

He is also very generous with his talent. I often receive emails from my visitors to this blog for their gratitude for sharing my own design talents in creating handouts and I want to take a moment to express my own appreciation for Aaron who also shares that same generous attitude with his own talent.

Two Christmas's ago (that would be 2009) I had been searching for a Christmas song for my daughter and I to play in church. She plays the violin and I play the piano. I quickly learned that googling piano/violin duets would only result in two violin players - not a piano player dueting with a violinist. Apparently, the piano player is only considered the accompanist, not the second part of the duet. I had purchased one of Aaron's pieces and loved it, but it did require a second violinist. I asked him if he had another piece that would fit the needs of our duet and he didn't have any at the time. Do you know what he did?! He re-arranged the piece to fit one violin and one piano and sent it to me! So, we played it for the next Christmas. It was so much fun and very welcoming, especially since it was the last time my daughter and I will probably ever play a duet like that. She stopped taking lessons and since we didn't own the violin we had to return it to the store from which we rented it. So, that piece was our last duet. The arrangement had come at a perfect time.

Then, last Sunday, my choir director asked me to create a transition between two hymns for the choir to sing in July. I've never composed anything before and trying to figure it out was very disappointing. Nothing I played even sounded like notes let alone a successful transition. I am completely dependent on having the notes placed before me. So, I contacted Aaron Waite and he composed the transition for me! At no cost! What a relief! I am so appreciative of his generosity and talent that I wanted to take a moment to share this with you and give him a little plug. I hope he gets some more business from those who visit here, too.

You can find his website at: Please take a moment to listen to his music. I know you'll love it! :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Nauvoo In The Spring

This alpha kit has three upper-case alphas. They were created using photos I personally took while in Nauvoo last spring. I specially picked each photo for each letter in order to make each one the perfect view for the letter. The first set primarily has pictures of the temple, the second set pictures of the statues and the final set pictures of the flowers throughout the city.

You can grab this new kit at Faith Sisters.

Fisher's Of Men LDS Blog Train FREEBIE!

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by! I have for you a freebie today :) This month's blog train is from the LDS Blog Train and the theme is Fisher's of Men. You can download my portion here.

You probably came from: Wimpy Chompers
Your next stop is: Krisi's Kreations

If you get lost along the way you can always visit the train station at the LDS Blog Train Blog.