These are a few favorite thoughts from a recent book by Lori Nawyn--sure to brighten your day, whatever you might be experiencing.
We came across this new book that does exactly what its title suggests--Fill Your Day with Hope: Heavenly Reminders to Brighten Your Day--and we just had to share some of our favorites. This sweet little giftbook is full of colorful pages that will make you smile and help you get through whatever it is you're struggling with right now. It would also make the perfect gift to share with a friend who's going through a hard time (along with a fresh batch of cookies).
A child's baptism is one of the most important events in his or her life, and these traditions will help emphasize its value and celebrate that decision, whether you're a parent, Primary teacher, ward missionary, or anyone else involved.
1. Prepare them for baptism.
This should start months before the baptism will take place. Make opportunities to discuss the meaning of baptism and what covenants your child will make, take them to the baptisms of friends and ward members, ask the missionaries to come over, have a special family home evening, etc.
Here are three great ways to do this:
Read a book about baptism, like this one by Michelle Leigh Carnesseca.
My relationship with my now-husband began the way many relationships do: with a DTR (define-the-relationship conversation). It happened on a Friday night. But less than 24 hours later, on our first official date as boyfriend and girlfriend, I found the need to initiate another DTR.
"Your best friend is a girl. My best friend is a guy. You and I are now dating. Is that going to be a problem?"
Friends of the opposite sex can cause issues in relationships—from small bouts of jealousy to devastating cases of infidelity—but does that mean that once you’re in a committed relationship, you have to swear off all other friendships with those whose gender competes with that of your significant other?
Most members of Christianity often ask, What Would Jesus Do? More common among Latter-day Saints is the comparable assertion: Choose the Right. But despite the raging popularity of the “CTR” slogan among the LDS community, its origins are somewhat unclear.
The phrase “Choose the Right” isn’t found anywhere in scripture. Instead, there are only similar phrases like “choose the good” (Isaiah 7:15-16) or “choose the things that please [God]” (Isaiah 56:4). Although Brigham Young once mentioned the phrase in a talk dated 1864, it wasn’t until the 1909 version of the hymnal included the beloved hymn Choose the Right that the phrase made its way into LDS culture. The idea for what we know as a CTR ring wouldn’t appear for almost 60 more years.
Most often, the woman credited with original idea for the shield logo is Helen Alldredge, member of the Primary general board in the 1960s. Toward the end of that decade, a Primary curriculum committee led by Naomi W. Randall made the “badge of belief” an official part of Church teachings. The idea for a ring came from the need to give children a small token to help them remember principles learned in Sunday school. The now-famous CTR design was finalized by Douglas Coy Miles, the jeweler who produced the first CTR rings, and Joel Izatt, an artist who helped create the curriculum manuals. The shield shape represents how choosing the right protects you, and the green background symbolizes the evergreen tree, which remains constant and unchanging despite the season.
If your family is filled with kiddies whose legs and attention spans are short, check out these tips to help them keep pace with your hiking boots.
1. Choose hikes with a specific destination such as a lake, a spectacular view, or a waterfall. Start small children on short, easy trails at first; gradually increase difficulty as their muscles and ambition grow.
2. Keep hiking speed and distance within physical as well as fun limits. A good way to judge the pace of a child is to take turns letting them assume the lead. Maintain their pace when you are in the lead.
3. Enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Stop frequently to observe nature and the little things that a child finds fascinating. They may even discover things you have missed before.
4. Make your child's feet a priority. Sturdy boots that fit properly will allow a child to focus on the fun and adventure of a hike. At the first sign of redness or blistering feet, apply moleskin.
5. Take only pictures; leave only footprints. Teach respect of the outdoors. Set an example by carrying out trash and following park or forest regulations.
6. Take food your child likes to eat and plenty of it. Familiar foods will be more appetizing to a child than traditional hiking fare and even the pickiest eaters seem to have a larger appetite in the outdoors.
7. Have each child carry a small backpack or fanny pack. The pack should contain water, a survival whistle, flashlight or light stick, a brightly colored poncho, emergency blanket, extra socks, extra food, and a small first aid kit. Depending on the age and ability of your child the items may vary. Teach your child how to use these items in case they are lost.