Jordan Green and Jenny Spencer - July 19, 2012
Teaching Nursery Class brings with it special challenges – use these tips to help make the most your time with the youngest Primary children.
Nursery worker—it can be a very challenging calling in the Church. But it can also be one of the most fulfilling. You don’t have to be the children’s babysitter; instead you can be a loving teacher who helps them learn gospel principles in doses that their short attention spans can handle. Here are a few different ways to make your Nursery into more than just a room filled with scattered toys and toddlers with cookie crumbs in their hair. It may take some extra thought and preparation, but the benefits will far outweigh the costs.
1.Teach them Spirituality
Jenny Spencer - June 14, 2012
Getting married amid stress isn't right. Save the financial frustration of wedding planning with these six easy tips.
A wedding is a time to celebrate the eternal joy of the sacred ordinance of marriage. So why does planning a wedding make you want to pull your hair out? Flowers, photographers, tuxedos, invitations—it all adds up. And before you know it, you’re going into debt for a would-be happy occasion that is quickly turning you into a basket case.
The Big Picture: Budgets Are Key
Here are some words of advice from Valerie Rasmussen, editor-in-chief of Utah Bride and Groom magazine, on planning an affordable wedding:
• Decide on a budget
Set a budget immediately. The budget needs to list every possible expense incurred during the wedding planning process. Even with a $10,000 budget, you can easily spend $3,000 on a gown (typically the first item purchased), thinking you have plenty to spend. But once you factor in reception venue, food, drinks, décor, invitations, entertainment and so on, the budget gets devoured quickly.
• Hire the pros
Hiring a wedding planner seems counterintuitive, right? But guess what their number one job is? Keeping you within your budget—no matter how large or small it may be. And that budget will include them. You’d be surprised how helpful it is to have a professional taking care of last-minute snags, leaving you free to enjoy the day. DIY may still be the cheapest way to go, and if you’re the crafty-Kathy type, then work your magic—but remember that you can’t DIY it all.
Alexa Justesen - April 26, 2012
Unemployment can be stressful and scary, but the Church has provided some great resources to find work quickly.
Whether you’ve just graduated from college and are looking for a job, or the economic downturn got the best of you, most of us will have to worry about unemployment at some point in time. Below is a quick guide for using LDS Employment Resource Services to help you get back on your feet by making a great impression in the job market.
The first step is to go to the LDS Employment Resource Services website at ldsjobs.org
and create a free online account
. This will allow you to upload a resume and find job listings based on your location. Employers will also be able to find your information.
Next, browse the website for job advice (which it is chock-full of), such as how to build a resume, dress for an interview, or network successfully. The website covers lots of information and is easy to use. You can even sign up to receive regular e-mails full of tips and success stories.
But what if you want some face-to-face counseling or resume-building help? Luckily, you can also set up a one-on-one advisement meeting at your local Employment Center with a career adviser. Employment Centers are located all over the world, generally in LDS meetinghouses. Full-time senior couple missionaries or part-time service missionaries are called specifically to help the unemployed find work. These meetings are especially successful because the career advisers can tailor the job search to you and your skills. They will also keep you updated on any career fairs, workshops, or meetings going on in your area.
Mandy Slack - March 15, 2012
We know hoping for reverent children in church is like dreaming the impossible dream. But there are a few surprisingly simple ways to achieve it.
If I were to walk into a sacrament meeting and see children sitting quietly, engaged by the sacrament speakers instead of their Cheerios or coloring books, I would probably die of shock. Children just aren’t equipped with the ability to sit still and listen to religious vernacular (or anything) for extended periods of time. (For that matter, most adults even struggle.)
Just because kids have a hard time sitting still doesn’t mean they lack faith, but it does mean your task of keeping peace in the chapel is harder. Here are some ideas that might prevent icy stares from fellow ward members:
Life gets busy with kids in the picture, but even minimal preparation will lead to a saner sacrament meeting. Set out clothes on Saturday night (including your own), and make other church preparations—if you’re not running around on Sunday morning, it’s likely both you and your kids will be calmer.
Three hours is a long time for some kids to go without any snacks, so pack something to give them in between. But for the love of every primary teacher, avoid sugar. “That is just not nice,” says Merilee Slack, mother of four boys between the ages of 1 and 7. “Kids get way out of control.” Melissa Morgan, mother of three children between the ages of 2 and 5, suggests feeding the kids before sacrament meeting. “We have sacrament meeting last, so they’re usually pretty hungry by the time it comes around. I try to feed them right before; otherwise all they’re thinking about is the food.”
Richie Norton - March 07, 2012
Home businesses can be a lot of fun - if you start small and know what you're doing. These are seven critical elements to help you.
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Everyone has different reasons for wanting to start a business at home. My wife, Natalie, and I opted to start a home-based business because we wanted 100% access to our children, and we wanted our children to have 100% access to us.
I know that a home-based business isn't for everyone; however, I believe everyone should have the know-how required to start their own business in case the “secure” job suddenly becomes unsecure.
Here are seven critical elements required to start/manage a successful home based business without going insane.
1) KNOW YOUR WHY
You simply must take the time to understand your personal “why” for starting your home based business. This why will be your guiding star as you inevitably find yourself in the thick of things.
To help you get to your why, ask yourself this question:
• What do I want my day-to-day life to look like?
Your day-to-day life is your life. You may want to start a home-based business to help make ends meet, pay off debt, or live a dream. However, if your day-to-day life becomes a living nightmare, you’ll quit and won’t reach your goals.