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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Zion's Member Services

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Home teaching getting you down? We care when you don't have time to. Can't get that annoying Priesthood Leader off your back? Home Teaching interfering with your TV and Golf? We can help! At Zion's Member Service, we'll do your Home Teaching for you. For a small monetary fee, we will send one of our trained representatives to the homes of your families.
Basic Visit..................$10
Basic Visit plus Spiritual Message...................$15
Birthday and Anniversary cards in addition to the Basic Visit and Spiritual Message...............$20
Is $20 too much to pay for peace of mind?
Call us at 1-777-752-2537.
That's 1-777-Slacker.
PLEASE NOTE: Because of heavy volume, an extra $15 will be added for the last day of the month.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES:
Meetings: We will send a representative to the appropriate meeting to take notes for you and report back:
Ward Council Meeting............$30
Ward Council Meeting w/ written report.............$50
Presidency Meetings..............$20
PEC..............$25
Sacrament Meeting.............$20
Sunday School..........$20
Priesthood.........$20
3-hour Sunday block (best value)......$50
(Surcharge of 10% for stake meetings)
Talks and lessons (Young Women's too):
Did a Bishopric member call and assign you a talk?
Tired of wasting Saturday night preparing a lesson?
Well, free up your time and just read one of our professionally prepared talks and lessons. No need to spend countless hours pouring through books, writing and praying. We'll do it for you!
Basic Talk (any subject assigned).......$20
Scripture Talk (basic + 5 scriptures).....$30
Deluxe Talk (scripture + 1 poem + 2 G.A. quotes)...$40
All talks are guaranteed to last 15 minutes. Add $1 for each additional minute.
Basic Lesson (40 minutes)...........$25
Deluxe (Basic + visual aids).........$35
Super Deluxe (Deluxe + Handouts)......$45
Due to high expectations, centerpieces and floral arrangements, Relief Society lessons are slightly higher. Call for quote.
Due to lower expectations, priesthood lessons receive a 10% discount.
Introducing our Bundle Buys and frequent shopper plan.
Bundle any 3 services and receive a 20% discount.
Receive one free Basic talk or lesson with any 10 purchases.
Last but not least...Our Casserole Service! If you just can't possibly throw together food for various Ward occasions, WE CAN! Our basic services include:
Funeral Potatoes
Green Bean/Mushroom Soup and Crunchy Onions
Orange Jello with Carrots
Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl
Cheez Wiz/TaterTot Surprise!
They are made from exact recipes using the authentic ingredients taken from Ward Cook Books around the world! All for only $15 deposit.
Each delivered to your house with Corning ware marked with your name!
They'll never know you didn't make 'em!
Here you have it! We take all the work off of your shoulders and put ours to the wheel, just for you.
Remember our number, 1-777-SLACKER

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Shay

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At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speek that would never be forgotten by all who attended.
After extolling the school and it's dedicated staff, he offered a question.
"When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does in done in perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things and other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?"
The audience was stilled by the query.
The father continued. "I believe, that when as child like Shay comes inot the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature present itself, and it comes, in the way other people treat that child."
Then he told the following story: Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball.
Shay asked, "Do you think they'll let me play?"
Shay's father knew that most boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his son was allowed to play, it would give him a much needed sense of belonging.
Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay could play.
The boy looked around for guidance and, getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said, "We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try and put him in to bat in the ninth inning."
In the bottom on the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.
In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the outfield.
Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in a game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on based and Shay was scheduled to be next to bat.
At this juncture, let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?
Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible 'cause Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.
However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to make contact.
The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly to Shay.
As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.
The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.
Instead, the pitcher took the ball and turned and threw the ball on a high arc to right field, far beyond the reach of the first baseman.
Everyone started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!"
Never in his life had Shay ever made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.
Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!"
By the time Shay rounded first base, the right fielder had the ball.
He could have thrown the ball to the second baseman for the tage, but he understood the pitcher's intentions and intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.
Shay ran toward second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases town home.
Shay reached second base, the opposing shortstop ran to him, turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third!"
As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams were screaming, "Shay, run home!"
Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the "grand slam" and won the game for his team.
"That day," said the fathe softly with tears now rolling down his face,"the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world."

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

4 Puppies Plus 1

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A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups. And set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy. "Mister," he said, " I want to buy one of your puppies."
"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, "these puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money." The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. "I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?" "Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. "Here, Dolly!" he called. OUt from the dog house and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the raimp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up.... "I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would." With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers.
In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands." With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy. "How much?" asked the little boy. "No charge," answered the farmer, "There is no charge for love."
The world is full of people who need someone who understands.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Small and Simple Things

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Small and Simple Things
By Claudia Goodman
Mom was filling out a donation slip when David and Bresciana came inside for a drink of water.
“What are you doing?” Bresciana asked. “Are you paying your tithing?”
Mom smiled. “Not this time, honey. Today I am giving some money for the people who were hurt by the tsunami.” She explained to David and Bresciana that a big wave had hurt a lot of people. Many of them had lost their homes and did not have food, clean clothes, or water to drink.
“What will happen to the people who don’t have enough food?” David asked.
“The prophet asked the members of the Church to donate money to help,” Mom said. “If you want to help, you may. Your allowance for this month is on the counter.”
David and Bresciana ran to get their money—a dollar each—and gave it to Mom. They were excited to help the people. After Bresciana went outside to play, David sat down on the couch. He kept thinking about the children who didn’t have enough food or didn’t have a place to live anymore. It made him sad.
“I want to do more,” he thought. He went to his bedroom and opened his allowance box. There lay the money he had saved all year—$11. He grabbed the money and ran back into the kitchen. “Mom, I want to give this money to the people too.”
When Bresciana heard about what David had done, she decided to give the money she had saved too. Mom helped them fill out donation slips so they could give the money to the bishop at church the next day.
Later that day, David heard Mom on the phone telling Grandma about the money he and Bresciana had donated. When Mom got off the phone, David looked worried.
“David, what’s the matter?” she asked.
“I tried to do my best to help the people,” David said, “but I don’t think we can help all of them with our money. It’s not a lot.”
“Sometimes it’s more important how we give the money rather than how much we give,” Mom said. “Do you remember the story of the widow’s mite in the New Testament?”
David didn’t, so Mom told him the story. “When the people of Jesus’s time were donating money, many gave a lot of jewels and treasure. One woman was very poor. She only gave two small coins called mites. Jesus said that her sacrifice was worth more than the treasures because she had given all the money she had—just like you and Bresciana.”*
David felt better after that. On Sunday, he and Bresciana gave their donations to the bishop. The bishop shook their hands and thanked them. David was glad he and Bresciana could help.
After church, Mom told David and Bresciana some exciting news. “Grandma just called me. Yesterday I told her about you two wanting to help the people who were hurt by the tsunami. When she shared your story today with people at church, some of them decided to give more money than before. Your example helped more people than you thought it would.”
Bresciana had a big smile on her face. David felt happy too. “Mom,” he said, “our widow’s mite really did make a difference!”

Friend Nov 2009

I loved this story, how the mom said it wasn't how much you gave, but how you give it. What an example for getting the holidays off on a roll. Us as parents have such an influence on our children, for good or for ill. These children took the example from their mother on giving without getting anything in return, and they did the same, giving all that they had to people that they did not know.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

M&M Bowling

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Buy some M&M's at the concession stand. Get all your stuff ready for bowling. Open the bag. Assign each color a technique (granny, backwards, eyes closed, etc.) Pick out a M&M and depending on which color the person picks is the way that they bowl.
Savannah M. (She did this activity with a young women group)

We did this with a singles ward. We thought the more people there were the more techniques they came up with. The all around favorites were the ballerina and flamingo, and while doing popcorn popping or snowman song. Because there were a lot of allergies we did it with a dice (a kleenex box -cover the hole) works great, just write a color or technique on it. Lots of fun times and great pictures afterwards.

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Finishing Our Mission

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"We need a partner who knows us inside and out, who is our constant support, whose mission in life includes seeing that we accomplish our mission."
Laura Nielson Denke

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Monday, October 5, 2009

October VT Rising Generation

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Check out the Visiting Teaching Blog for a creative handout for October. I really love the quote by President Hinckley :)

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Jaw Breaker

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Tonight was my younger sister's bridal shower, we had a Pampered Chef party, I got there and there were just YUMMY dishes to try (recipes coming soon to a computer near you) There were no games, and I really wanted to play this with her, but... couldn't get ahold of the groom and I didn't plan the party. So I thought to share it with all my readers if you have a bride to please. If you try it send pictures so we can see how fun it was!!

Before the shower, corner the groom and persuade him to answer personal questions about himself. Write the questions with the answer on to slips of paper, attaching a piece of bubble gum (Bubble Yum or Bubblicious work great). Seating the bride and guests is a circle, distribute the slips to all guests. Have each guest take a turn reading their question. If the bride cannot answer or gets the answer wrong, she must chew the piece of gum. If she gets the answer right, the guest asking the question chews the gum. Through the course of the game, the bride must keep all "wrong answer" pieces of gum in her mouth (you might want to keep a napkin handy), continuing to chew until all questions are answered.

Some sample questions are:
What is his shoe size?
What is his favorite pizza topping?
Who was his favorite mission companion?
What does he think is "your song"?
What was the name of his first pet?
Did he ever wear braces?
Where is his birthmark?
What is the year, make and model of his car?
When was his last tune-up/oil change?

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Beauty

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Beauty to the world is only as thick as this piece of paper. They only see your outer beauty and money and fame. They haven’t even begun to grasp what true beauty is: They’ve only touched the surface.
Imagine beauty as a present wrapped up in nice wrapping paper. Imagine that gift as the thing you want most in the world. But when you open it, it turns out to be empty. That’s how many of the “world’s” beautiful people are. They are shallow, hollow, and void of love and inner beauty.
Now imagine a group of presents that are all different. Some might be wrapped all fancy while others might be wrapped in newspaper or something that isn’t expensive. Now any of the presents might have what you want or need. So, what you need is something to help you look through their outward appearance at what is inside. If you see that one that has what you want, don’t go straight to it. Look at all the other ones too. You might find something that you like more. Take your time. Don’t rush this because you can only take one. There is only one that is just right for you.
Beauty is more than just physical features and the clothes you wear. It is your caring, kind, individual and fun personality. It is the feelings you feel, the thoughts you think, the things you do, and the way you treat other people. It is all those things and more. Beauty is infinite and immeasurable. True beauty is the same as true love. The world keeps it bound and limited by definition, but true beauty is free and limitless. It shines and flows through us like the “force” flows through a Jedi. If you find their inner beauty, then it will shine though on the outside, making their outer beauty matches their inner beauty. Everyone has beauty. Some people hide it and sometimes it just takes longer to find. I end this with a request, “Help other find their inner beauty.”

By Seth Segler

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Happy Hour

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This activity provides a great opportunity for parents to spemd quality time with each of their children while encouraging important behaviors.
-scripture reading
-prayer -manners
-chores -kindness
-homework -going to bed on time
-exercise -service
-church attendance -doing something without being reminded

During Happy Hour, one or both parents spend one hour doing anything the child wants (within reason of course) You could also put a price limit on the activity. Remember that you don't have to spend money to have a great time. You could then after you have spent time with the children with the 5 dollars, make a rule that the activity can't cost more than the amount of money they have in their jar. Make sure that the Happy Hour money is not spent until the month is over. You will also have to put a limiit as to how many pennies can be put in, in one day. If you have 5 children and only want to spend $25, you will need to limit the daily value at about 16 cents a day. You could also after the "date" is done, if you haven't spent all of their money then that could go back into their jar to use the next month.
You will need to:
-prepare a jar for each child (or you could just have the jars ready at a FHE, so the children can decorate their own jars) You will also need to put a slit in the lid so the pennies can go in.
-determine how much a mmonth you as parents want to spend. (All of the estimations are only one child)
$5 per month = about 16 cents a day
$8 per month = about 26 cents a day
$10 per month = about 33 cents a day

To find out how much to allot in one day take the dollar amount (5) divided by the number of days in one month (for all the estimations I did 30 days.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Why Am I Here?

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I was canning peaches in the kitchen one day in 1973, and was very busy with the project. All of a sudden, I went downstairs. I was halfway down the stairs before I realized what I was doing. I had no reason to go downstairs, and remember vividly my thoughts as I did so.
Why am I here? I silentlyasked. I am busy upstairs, and I have no need to be here.
When I reached the bottom step, I stood quietly, still wondering, "Why am I here?"
We had purchased a new chest-style freezer, and we had not yet put anything in it. The old one was still there, complete with the contents - which we planned to move into the new one later. We had left the new one sitting there with the lid up, and we had not even plugged it into the wall socket.
As I scanned the room, I noticed the lid was down on the new freezer.
That's strange, I thought. Why is that lid down?
I walked over and lifted the lid. What I saw made my knees buckle, and I had to hold on to the side of the freezer in order to remain standing. Inside the freezer sat our son, Neil. His knees were tucked up under his chin, and he had the biggest grin on his face.
I was so startled I could hardly speak. Finally I managed, "What are you doing down here?"
"I was just waiting for you to come and get me. I was playing hide and seek."
Later that day I regained my composure along with my ability to breathe. That took a long time - because I knew that had I not gone down the stairs when I did, Neil would have died.
Why did I go downstairs? I heard no voice, no warning. I was literally pushed down the stairs. I know today that it was the power of the Holy Ghost that took me where I needed to be.
Almost thirty years later, I still start to shake when I think about it.
President James E. Faust said, "If worthy, we are entitled to receive revelations for ourselves, parents for their children and members of the Church in their callings." I will always be grateful that at the time I was worthy of that personal revelation.
Lester Ann Jensen

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Squeaky Clean

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For a service project or even an activity for YW/YM.
Go to the temple and wash the windows of all the cars in the parking lot and leave a loving note on the windshield, thanking the patrons for their service in the temple that day. If there are too many cars you could find the temple presidency cars and thank them.

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Project Noah : How Long Will It Last?

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Here is a list of different foods that you may have/or want to have in your food storage and the length of time that they will last.


DON'T FORGET TO KEEP IN A COOL AND DRY LOCATION!
You can also to add more time to food that is orginally packaged in plastic/cardboard put the food (in orginal package) into an airtight container.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Supporting Others

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Could be used for YW Manual 1, Lesson 10; as a FHE Lesson teaching young children how to support one another.

This was a object lesson that I remember from an FHE.
Build a tower of some kind.


Say something about how when one member falls, everyone falls. Because you are one family net. The outcome may not be sudden, but it happens. Then have a class member or family member come and pull one of the bunnies out.


For the tower you could find something at a dollar store (that's where the bunnies came from), use a Jenga game, or stacking blocks.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Temple Calendar

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As an Enrichment activity or just something to encourage ward members to attend the temple.
Create special calendars for the upcoming year that have picures of different temples for each month and include a written reminder of the operating hours for your closest temple. Organize car pools for ward temple day or create a babysitting club that sister could use to help each other out. You could present a calendar that the sisters could use to coordinate caring for each other's children or driving to the temple together. Organize a dessert social after ward temple night.

From Easy Enrichment Ideas By Trina Boice pg 25

Make it work: Find out the operating hours of your closest temple. Find babysitters that the sisters can use. For the pictures you could buy them at a retailer, or the internet for pictures.

http://www.lds.org/temples/geographical/0,11380,1899-1,00.html

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Standing Up for Caleb

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It started out like any other day at school. Our teacher, Miss Blackstock, was writing on the chalkboard while I sat daydreaming at my desk. Then out principal walked in with a boy I had never seen before. The principal whispered somehting in Miss Blackstock's ear, and everyone got quiet trying to listen. The boy stod at the front of the classroom while the other kids started at him. His faded plaid shirt hung loosely. There was a hold in the knee of his pants. With slumped shoulders, he dug his hands deep into his pockets and stared at the floor. After the principal left, Miss Blackstock said, "Class, I would like you to meet Caleb Sanders. He recently moved here from Montana. This is quite a distance from here! Caleb, you may take the seat next to Luke." She pointed to the seat next to mine, and the class watched as Caleb nervously mad his way down the aisle. As Miss Blackstock turned back to the chalkboard, whispers flled the room. Some of the kids were saying mean things about the way Caleb was dressed."Look at those weird boots," someone said. "He could hike up the Himalayas in those!" another boy chimed in. I glanced over at Caleb, but he just sat there staring at his blank notebook page and clutching his pencil. I knew that he must have heard them because I saw him shifting uncomfortably in his seat. Than a couple of boys snickered so loudly that Miss Blackstock stopped writing. "I see that everyone is eager to talk to Caleb, so let's have him come up here and tell us a little bit about himself," she said. The class got quiet and stared at Caleb. I felt sorry for him. The boy who sat behind him kicked the back of Caleb's chair and jeered,"Go ahead, mountain boy." Caleb slowly made his way to the front of the class. His hair partly covered his eyes, and his boots scuffed the floor when he walked. The kids around me snickered again. I knew that Miss Blackstock was trying to help, but I was afraid this would only make things worse. One boy raised his hand and asked,"Where did you live in Montana, undera rock?" The class burst into laughter. The girl on the front row asked, "Does everyone in Montana dress like you?" I felt my face getting hot as anger welled up inside me. If someone didn't stop this, I knew Caleb would remain an outcast for the rest of the school year. But if I stuck up for him, the kids, might laugh at me too. Then I remembered what my stepmom told me when I tried out for the soccer team. She told me about David in the Old Testament. David was the youngest of all his brothers, but the Lord chose him to be king. It didn't matter what he looked like. Sometimes people judge other by their appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. I knew Caleb needed help, so I raised my hand. Miss Blackstock called on me. Caleb didn't look up. He probably expected me to make fun of him too. "I've heard that there are some cool parks in Montana with great hiking trails. What are they like?" I asked. The class got quiet. I felt my face turning red again, but Caleb smiled. I could see that he was relieved to answer a kind question. In a quiet voice he started to speak. He told us that his family had lived on a large ranch in Montana, and he had even owned a horse. He told about his favorite trail in Glacier National Park and how he had encountered a real live bear. As he told more and more about his home, the other kids began asking questions about the bear, the hiking, and the rock climbing. After school I wasn't sure if anyone would sit by me on the bus. I held my backpack close and stared out the bus window. Suddenly, I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was Caleb. "Can I sit here?" he asked shyly. "Sure!" I said, moving over to make room. I never would have guessed how that day would turn out. I am glad I had the courage to be nice to Caleb. Now he has many friends - and I'm proud to be one of them.
By Amy S. Tate (based on a true story)

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