Rachelle J. Christensen - August 02, 2012
Help your kids get the most of Primary at church on Sunday and through the week with these 10 easy tips. 1. Buffer time. Always in a hurry to get out the door? Set the mood before church by allowing extra time to get ready. When you rush it is difficult to feel the Spirit. Play church music while you get ready or hum a hymn. You’ll probably still have to play the “hurry up!” game, but it will be much more pleasant.
2. Use Primary songs. Obtain a list of the songs the children are learning from the primary chorister or other member of the Primary presidency. Incorporate these songs into your Family Home Evening. Read through the words in the songs and talk about what they mean. Practice singing the songs using instruments, the Primary Children’s CD collection, or listening to the songs on LDS.org.
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.