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Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Prodigal Son and Repentance

As most of you know, I am enrolled full time at BYU-I, this semester I am taking a class on the four gospels of the New Testament. This week, one of our assignments' options was to create a blog post and share a principle or a lesson we have learned during the week. What better way than to share a parable that the Savior teaches!

In Luke 15:11-32, we read about the Prodigal Son. In this parable we see the symbolism of Heavenly Father as the father and the two sons as people who make choices (everyone).
The younger son wanted his inheritance now instead of after his father had died and his father gave it to him. The young son then left his home and squandered everything, he came desperate without any resources. Only after losing everything and humbling himself was he willing to turn back to his father to ask for help. Instead of becoming a servant in his father's house, his father ran to him and hugged and kissed him. The son tells his father that he wasn't worthy to be his son anymore. His father has servants put a robe, a ring, and shoes on him. His also tells them to to kill a calf. His father is overjoyed that his son whom he thought was dead is alive. He was lost and is now found. They began celebrating his return.
His older brother came in from the fields and asked what was going on, he was angry and asked his father why there was never a celebration for him. His father tells him that everything he has is his, but his brother is no longer lost and is alive again.

I think this parable is really symbolic of our Heavenly Father in that even though He knows what is best for us, He respects our agency. In the parable, the young man humbles himself after wasting everything he had. It was only then that he was able to repent and know that he had to turn to his father for help. Our Heavenly Father is merciful and desperately wants to help us to return to be with Him again. He loves us, we are precious to Him and He will always welcome us back with open arms and forgives us when we repent.

In the New Testament institute manual, Elder Ballard shares: "Why did Jesus teach these parables?" He wanted us to now that none of us will ever be so lost that we cannot find our way again through His Atonement and His teachings."

Now, I just loved learning more about this beautiful symbolic story of the love that our Heavenly Father for us and that when we repent and utilize the Atonement in our lives, we can return to Him again.

I also love creating so... we are going to put some pressure onto my teacher! (Hi, Brother Orr!) This adorable set will remain free until my teacher grades my assignment. He's pretty quick to grade so make sure you snag it FAST! This is just a few of the pieces from a set in progress telling the story of the prodigal son.

Friday, March 2, 2018

March Activity Mat

They are perfect to put on the table for Sacrament meeting, throw into your monthly newsletter email, print and give to kids to do at home, print and laminate to do at the table on Sundays. They can have so many uses! This one is geared towards those that can read

Here's another installment for your Sunday bag to go along with March's Primary theme: Jesus Christ is my Savior. 

Oh and I forgot a key for the Word Scramble. 
1. Love
2. Savior
3. Jesus Christ
4. Atonement
5. Repentance
6. Gift
7. Sins
8. Eternal Life
9. Resurrection
10. Example
11. Lives

You can access these and everything posted in the 2018 calendar year in one easy download with the Instant Access!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

March Editable Newsletter

TO EDIT: Open the pdf file you want to add text to. (No text boxes will appear, this is just to type like you would on a blank document) On the right side you will see "COMMENT", click on this. Along the top just above the purple, you'll see a "gray section" with different things that you can do with this function. To add the text, click on the 5th "T" (just to the left of the "t" in the box). A cursor with a little a will appear, place where you want to add text. You can change the font and size inside the purple bar along the top.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February Week 2 Poster

Thank you all so much for your support and love during this crazy busy time of my life.
Just a quick update, I'm knee deep in a full course load and working hard. I am contemplating moving from psychology and therapy to perhaps social work instead. I do know that I'm in the right major for me though so we'll see!
My older boys are signing up for soccer and baseball, we're gearing up (haha pun intended) and getting ready to get get a bit busier but they are so excited that I couldn't say no.
Number three boy is just a ball of fun and is loving ABCMouse (have you heard of that?) and has mastered his alphabet. He amazes me with how quickly he picks things up.
Sweet baby girl is sitting up and is loving pears and giggles so much when her brothers play with her!

February Week 1 Poster

This semester is keeping me busy, but I decided that I needed to take some time to relax and get some posters done for my own mental health (and to give my shoulders a break - anyone else carry stress in their shoulders?)

I know that I've missed this week but I was asked to still post it to download so here we go!

Don't forget you can get all of the 2018 downloads in the INSTANT ACCESS in one download!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Scripture Story Readers

Just like last year the Friend is creating some really neat pages about different scripture stories but I want them all on one page. These are AWESOME to take along in the church bag! We've found so mnay uses from adding velcro to the back and just keeping them on the big sheet, to cutting them out and reassembling the story and adding some of our own.

Please remember that these are to be printed on legal paper (8.5x14), you can typically print at home by adjusting your printer tray. Make sure that you also make the adjustment in your printer settings to print on this size.

Download them all at once with the Instant Access or click on each of the month below to download:

*SPANISH* February Monthly Material

Everything in the previews is available for download via the link below.
Available in the download:
-11x14 poster
-8x10 poster
-5x7 (this is a jpeg to print as a photo)
-4x6 (jpeg)
- Sheet of 4
- Bookmarks
- Editable postcards to bring with you to visit your inactives.