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Tuesday, September 22, 2009


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

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Happy Hour

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.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Why Am I Here?

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

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Squeaky Clean

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.

Project Noah : How Long Will It Last?

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.

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.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Supporting Others

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.

Temple Calendar

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.,11380,1899-1,00.html