Category Archive: Building a Celestial Family

Here are some: - Ideas for bringing the scriptures to life and more fully living the gospel. - Insights I've gained through personal study. - Ideas for keeping family life Christ-centered. - Things that could be used in gospel lessons (FHE, primary, Sunday school, etc.) - Things I'd like to teach my children.

Grandma’s Faith: Putting the Lord First

It’s Easter time! I love this time of year, when we can reflect on the Savior and the joy/peace that comes from embracing gospel principles. In light of the church’s #PrinceofPeace initiative, I want to share about someone in my life who I look up to as an example of faith.   Meet my Grandma, Velda …

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LDS Object Lesson Idea: Apostasy & Restoration (& Priesthood)

Ideas for Teaching about the Apostasy & Restoration Here’s an idea for a powerful object lesson on the Great Apostasy and the need for a restoration. Feel free to share any ideas/insights! I’ll probably add onto this post, with relevant scriptures etc., as I develop it further, but I thought I’d put this out there for …

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An Open Letter to My Friends (A Faith vs. Fear Perspective on the Election)

Quick preface: I was recently reminded of a video clip I absolutely love that teaches a powerful lesson– when we don’t see eye to eye on something, it’s not always that one of us is absolutely wrong and the other is right, but that we are simply looking at it from different angles. I highly recommend …

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Little-known Stories & Things I Love & Admire About Alex

It’s my husband’s birthday today! And so I’m going to indulge & brag to the world about how utterly awesome he is. Because hey, I’m his wife and I can do that! He has no idea I’m doing this…mwahahaha 😉   Might be super gushy but I don’t care- It’s something I’ve been wanting to …

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How I Learned to Recognize the Promptings of the Holy Ghost

I’ve been feeling an urge to write about this for a while, because I feel like it is perhaps the most important thing I have to share. And it’s been so useful and valuable in my life. But I don’t know exactly how to go about sharing something so deeply personal and sacred to me. …

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Why I’m Not Jumping on the Rainbow Bandwagon

  (A little overdue. Started writing this back in July, but got distracted with being mommy/moving/a million other things, & never got around to posting it. I figure it’s about time.)   The purpose of this post is to promote understanding.  I’ve heard some express how they just can’t understand why anyone would oppose same-sex …

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PreparetoServe: Blessings (Part 2)

In light of Thanksgiving coming up this week, I wanted to dedicate a post to expressing gratitude. Specifically focusing on the ways Alex and I have been blessed through working on PreparetoServe.com. (I’m breaking away from my normal routine of posting recipes/ideas and blogging on a more personal note right now, so if you don’t …

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PreparetoServe (Part 1): Our Journey of Faith

I realized that I’ve never really officially taken the opportunity to record my side of the story about Alex’s and my experience with building PreparetoServe.com. So here we go. It’s been an interesting, unexpected, spiritual journey–and a long process of receiving personal revelation. How it all began: Rewind 7 years. Way back in 2007, Alex was …

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Faith, Fear, & Scary Movies

What does faith have to do with scary movies? A few years ago, I took a “Media, Family, & Human Development” class at BYU.  One of the topics discussed in class was fear in the media. Though in class we didn’t go into much depth about it in a gospel sense, it really got me …

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My Favorite Picture Book: Daughter of a King

  Daughter of a King is my all-time favorite picture book. I just love it! I think every girl should have this book. The pictures are breathtaking and the story is beautifully written. The story line is about a little girl named Katie, whose parents taught her that she is really a Princess. She learns …

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LDS Object Lesson Idea: Teaching about the Atonement

I think that it can sometimes be difficult to clearly explain the law of justice and the law of mercy, and how the atonement fits into this. It’s kind of deeper doctrine that can seem a little abstract. Anyway, I found this object lesson to be quite clever- a great way to help visualize these …

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Some Thoughts on Charity

I’ve been thinking a lot about charity, and discovered some really cool insights, which I want to share! Charity is Pure Moroni 7:47 tells us that Charity is the pure love of Christ. A pure substance is one that is free from any kind of contamination. It is only that substance, not tainted with anything else. Later …

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Quotes about the Iron Rod (LDS)

I love the rich symbolism of Lehi’s vision of the tree of life. I think it’s one of the best parables we could ever study because I believe that it nothing else is as applicable to life right now than it is. The more I study about it, the more layers of meaning I uncover …

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Quotes about Lehi’s Dream (the Tree of Life)

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Here are a few quotes I really like about the significance of Lehi’s dream of the Tree of Life. Some of these quotes are ones that really sparked in me the desire to study about the vision of the Tree of Life in more depth, which led me develop a great love for this wonderful …

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3 General Conference Talks That Changed my Life

1. The Nourishing Power of Hymns If you haven’t read this talk by Elder Jay E. Jensen, you have to read it. It’s life-changing. At least it was for me.   The Power of Hymns to Invite the Spirit Probably the most significant way that this talk changed my life was by strengthening my testimony …

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Fun FHE Object Lesson: the Armor of God

Here’s an idea for an object lesson on spiritual protection. I first ran across this idea in seminary. OK so let’s say that the peel represents the armor of God. When you have the armor of God on, you float! (You are able to overcome temptation, trials, etc.) Another thing you could relate it to …

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One of My Favorite Book of Mormon Scriptures

One of my all-time favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon is 3 Nephi 19:2-3: And it was noised abroad among the people immediately, before it was yet dark, that the multitude had seen Jesus, and that he had ministered unto them, and that he would also show himself on the morrow unto the multitude. …

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Family Movie Night: How to Avoid Unpleasant Surprises

Wouldn’t it be nice if movies were always as family-friendly as their ratings claim them to be? Unfortunately, movie ratings don’t always tell us everything we’d like to know when selecting appropriate media for our families. Most of us have had an experience when we are excited to see a new movie. Both the rating and …

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The Prettiest Song Ever!

My husband ran across this on Youtube. If you’ve ever seen the movie 17 Miracles (if you haven’t you need to!) it’s the song at the end of the movie. The thing I like about it is that you can tell that the singer is personally invested in the message of the song. He’s not just …

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Forward with Faith!

This is probably my all-time favorite song ever. I discovered it while on my mission. My companion had it on her compilation of EFY songs. The lyrics mean a lot to me because whenever I was going through a hard time or feeling especially inadequate, listening to this song always had a sort of magic …

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