It’s wedding season, and in the Mormon community, there’s never a shortage of wedding invites. Instead of buying newlyweds a crockpot or rice cooker they are just going to return next month, why not get them a thoughtful gift they will cherish forever?
These 10 gift ideas are sure to delight newlyweds this summer. Whether you’ve got one wedding in mind, or you want to stock up on wedding gifts for the season, there’s a perfect wedding gift for every couple and every budget.
The family is under attack today, but as Latter-day Saints, we know there is hope for this sacred institution. This elegantly framed 14” x 17” copy of The Family: A Proclamation to the World is the perfect gift for newlyweds. It will stand as a reminder in their home of the eternal truths that families are forever. It will be a constant expression of the importance of righteous families in the world today.
Toddlers have their own language, attention span, and understanding, which sometimes means that parents need to get creative to teach them about Christ!
There are few moments so touching in the New Testament as that memorable day when the Savior of the world bid the children in the crowds to draw near to him. Said Jesus, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." (Luke 18:16)
But if you've ever had a rambunctious toddler running around the house, you know how hard it can be to share any sort of spiritual message. Toddlers have their own language, attention span, and understanding, which sometimes means that parents need to get creative to teach them about Christ.
Below, you'll find six tips for teaching toddlers about Christ without pulling your hair out.
1. Keep it simple.
Christ himself used stories (parables) to teach some of the most complex gospel principles possible. Start by telling simple stories about Jesus. As your children get older and begin to comprehend more, incorporate deeper doctrine around the Savior.
There are lots of ways to teach simple stories. Your children are probably learning Primary songs at church, but singing songs such as "Tell Me The Stories of Jesus," "I am a Child of God," or "Jesus Once was a Little Child" is a great way to teach your toddlers in a way it will stick as they get older.
July is fast approaching – the month of no school, summertime, and family vacations. Whether your family has plans to visit grandparents in the next city or a history site across the globe, traveling often means there will be a Sunday or two where usual Sabbath worship will be disrupted. Check out the suggestions below for keeping the Sabbath while on vacation.
My family often traveled during the summer when I was young. And our travels often found us away from home on a Sunday. We always did our best to keep the Sabbath day holy, but the way we did it usually depended on the circumstances. Coming from a family of extremely shy children, we would often attend all three hours only if we were visiting with cousins that we could go to class with, but other times we would simply attend sacrament meeting before returning to our campsite or hotel to do more scripture study and prayers as a family. Sometimes our circumstances required us to be driving on a Sunday, but my dad always made sure we took turns reading in the scriptures, or would have us listen to scriptures or a conference talk instead of the radio.
How can you make sure your family is keeping the Sabbath day holy while you’re on the road?
- Attend Church Meetings with a Local Congregation: LDS congregations can probably be found wherever you are going. Hop on LDS.org and find the one nearest to where you will be!
When I had a minor disagreement with my husband, I took my grievance to Facebook and learned a valuable lesson about marital boundaries.
This time last year, a study came out linking Facebook to divorce. Only two years before that in 2011, we learned that one-third of divorces now mention Facebook in the proceedings, up from one-fifth in 2009.
Back in 2010 when I was a newlywed, I learned why.
I can’t recall what exactly I posted, but I do remember that my husband and I’d had a disagreement and that I decided to vent about my perspective on my Facebook wall. I took precaution to make sure he was excluded from the posting (so he couldn’t see my rant), but anyone else I was Facebook friends with—my friends, my husband’s friends, our family members—could check their newsfeed and know that we were arguing, and that I was upset.
Thankfully, instead of validating my anger, the very first comment went something like this: “Not sure that this is something appropriate for you to put on Facebook.”
When I heard about a ward member's child who was exposed to pornography in the second grade, I suddenly became aware of all the ways pornography could leak into my home. Here's my list of 12 places to watch out for and how you can help shore up your walls against this modern plague.
A few weeks ago, my wife and I took our two young kids to a neighborhood party. When we arrived, we scouted the food, grabbed something tasty, and made our way over to a couple of neighbors we recognized from the ward.
After talking for a while, somehow the conversation turned to our kids and the schools in our area. Since our son is getting ready to enter the public education system, we discussed local preschools, favorite teachers, and the general atmosphere at the elementary school.
And that's when it happened.
Our neighbor (and fellow ward-member) told us the story of how her young boy (he's only in the second grade) was exposed to pornography.
Pornography… in the second grade.
My world stopped.
I looked over at my son and daughter. Two of the most precious people in my life. Two of the three most important things to me in the entire world. My thoughts raced. How was I going to protect them? How could I keep them from being exposed to such disgusting filth at such a young age? How could I keep them innocent for as long as possible?
As I've had a few weeks to recover from the initial shock of the moment, I realize it's impossible to put my children in a bubble and protect them from everything bad in the world (even though I plan to try my hardest for as long as I can).