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.
Ruthann Cunningham - February 08, 2012
A few weeks ago I talked about the mental preparations necessary to train for a race. For those of you still on the New-Year’s-resolution bandwagon (or those who need a little motivation to get back on), here are some more practical training tips to get ready for your race so you can run and not be weary.
Whether you have chosen to run a 5k, 10k, half-marathon, or marathon, this year you will want to take the time to prepare and train. Some of the elements that are involved to accomplish your goal are selecting a run, making sure you have the proper clothing, setting up a training program, and establishing a reward. If you include all of these elements into your training along with preparing mentally
, your overall experience will be rewarding.
Before you start any physical activity program, make sure you have seen your doctor for approval to start training. It is always good to know where your health is at and make sure you are not going to be injured due to any unforeseen conditions.
Choose a race
Once you have been cleared by the doc, pick a race or the time of year you would like to complete your goal. If you want to run a 5K in the summer, then find a race in the summer and register for it. Keep in mind that the further the distance you want to run, the more time you will need to set aside to train and prepare. There are also some runs that have entrance based on the lottery system due to the high number of people who want to compete. Have a backup plan in mind in case you do not get into the run or the weekend of your run does not end up working out for you. Here are some fantastic sites to visit to find a run that meets your goal. Your city’s recreation or a specialty running store may also have information on upcoming runs in your area.
Mandy Slack - February 02, 2012
Teens are already self-conscious without adding the intimidation of trying to share the gospel. Want to learn a few simple steps for being a member missionary at your tender age? We're here to help.
I gave away a Book of Mormon for the first time in between science and history when I was in eighth grade. I’d like to say I did this just because I wanted to, but it was actually a requirement for Personal Progress. I chose to give the book to Heidi, my kindest and most religious friend (she went to church and a youth group every week). The creators of the Personal Progress program must have intended for me to make this a memorable, edifying experience, but, instead, I wrote a few lines in the cover of the book and handed it to Heidi during our passing period. I didn’t explain anything about the book, just said a few awkward words and went on to class. It wasn’t that I didn’t care, it was simply that sharing the gospel seemed scary to me.
While I doubt anybody out there is as awkward as I was (and probably still am), I imagine that some youth feel the same fear when they hear the word missionary coupled with the word work. We all know it’s something we need to do, but opening our mouths about the Church can seem daunting. Hopefully these ideas will help the fear dissipate and let the joy of missionary work kick in.
Share the gospel online
Admit it, you get on Facebook at least once a day. Why not share the gospel in between chatting with your friends and studying every picture of that cutie from your math class? Sharing the gospel through social media or other websites can be easy and unintimidating for you and your friends. The Church has made it easy to share the gospel online; all you have to do is click a button to get a video or article on your Facebook, Twitter, or blog. For more ideas of how to share the gospel online, check out these suggestions.
Alexa Justesen - January 12, 2012
Practical (and easy) instructions for something we all know we should be doing.
Everyone and their dog seems to have some sort of online profile today, if not five or six. (Really though, my friend actually made a Facebook page for her dog.) Because it’s now so much easier to communicate, Church leaders have encouraged members to use social networking to share the gospel. Elder David A. Bednar recently said, “It is no coincidence that FamilySearch and other tools have come forth at a time when young people are so familiar with a wide range of information and communication technologies. Your fingers have been trained to text and tweet to accelerate and advance the work of the Lord—not just to communicate quickly with your friends.”
Facebook, Twitter, and blogs have exploded in the last few years, and while some people claim that having so many profiles is not healthy (or even safe), there are also great ways to use each of them to do missionary work. Below are the most popular social media websites and some creative ways to use them to teach the gospel.
With more than 800 million active users worldwide, this website is the perfect place to start doing online missionary work. I have been constantly amazed by how creative people are getting when it comes to sharing the gospel through Facebook. When the Church started their Mormon Messages videos, my LDS friends began posting the videos on their walls. Facebook is pretty user friendly (which is fantastic for computer-incompetent people like me), so it’s easy to share these videos or even general conference clips. Post your favorite scripture or gospel quote in your status box, leave a link to a great devotional or CES fireside, or post a picture of your favorite temple. Facebook is perfect for everyone, from the shy member missionary who doesn’t know quite where to start, to the one who is eager to share the message with everyone.