Friday, September 28, 2012

Day Three ~ Preparing for General Conference

3) Establish a house.

To establish means to found, institute, build, or bring into being
on a firm or stable basis; to install or settle in a position,
place, business, etc.; to show to be valid or true;
prove; to cause to be accepted or recognized;
to bring about permanently.

Today, think about how you will establish your house, your home, as one that is -
Settled into position

How will the messages you hear from the Prophet and Apostles help?
How can you firm up your commitment to watching?
How can you accept the counsel given during conference?

Here are some links to messages that may be helpful as you ponder this:

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
"Spiritually Strong Homes and Families"

"Recipe for a Happy Home"

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Day Two ~ Preparing for General Conference

2) Prepare Every Needful Thing.

Our next area to work on is in preparing every needful thing. 
To prepare means to put in proper condition or readiness. 
Yesterday we focused on preparing our home, our physical surroundings. 
Other things you may want to prepare include items for notetaking, paper, pencils, activities for young children, and any other material items
to improve your General Conference experience.

Preparing our homes is important.
Preparing ourselves is very important!

Here are some links to help us with General Conference preparations:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Day One ~ Preparing for General Conference

The countdown to LDS General Conference has begun!  Starting today, I will be posting ideas for each of us to use in our homes and families in order to be prepared to hear the will of the Lord through our Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.  These ideas will be based around one of my favorite scriptures from the Doctrine and Covenants, section 88 verse 119:

"Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house,
even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning,
a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God."

1) Get organized

One of the biggest distractions when watching General Conference from the comfort of our home is an unorganized, unclean, and unprepared home.  If you start now, you'll be prepared with everything you need for that weekend.  Make a list of everything you think you may need to do to be prepared and then get working on it.  For instance, start planning your meals for that weekend and purchase necessary ingredients this week.

Start by organizing the area where you will be watching General Conference. 

* Clean out your couches and underneath them. 
* Wash any blankets or throws that you will be using.
* If there are piles of unorganized dvds, organize them and put them away. 
Same goes for magazines, catalogs and books.
* Clean off your remote controls.
* Are there windows in that area?  Wash and clean your windows and blinds.

Once that is done, just maintain it by clearing out clutter,
vacuuming and dusting until Conference weekend.

Links to cleaning and organizing help and motivation:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

I'm Loving This Yogurt!

This is the creamiest and most delicious yogurt!  I found Noosa and I can't, and won't, even eat any other yogurts.  It's the best!

It is honestly like eating dessert.  I highly recommend the mango, with raspberry coming in a close second!

These are available at SuperTarget.  Yay!

Monday, September 10, 2012

*MORE* Missionary Ideas!

Missionary packages are so much fun to put together!  They are, in my humble opinion, as much fun to put together for the Mom (or friend, family member, etc.) as they are for the missionary to open!  While I am the worst at taking photos of my projects as I do them, I'm good at sharing the places and photos that give me packaging inspiration.  Here are more missionary package ideas for your favorite missionary:

Birthday Photo Book

This is a fun thing to put together for your missionary's birthday!

First, get a small photo album that holds 4x6 prints.  Mine held 42 prints.

Second, make a sign that says "Happy Birthday Elder ___!" with your elder's name on it.  Take it everywhere with you for a few weeks before you need to send your package!  I took mine to family dinners, football games, church meetings, and out in the neighborhood.  Take a photo of family members, friends, pets, neighbors, favorite teachers, etc. each holding the sign. 
Print the photos.  I slid one into a page and then wrote on a 4x6 card some info about that person and what is going on in their life right now and any messages they wanted me to pass on to him. 
I slid that card into the pocket across from the photo.

Next, wrap it up and send it in your birthday box!

I filled the box with a cookie mix, cake mix, frosting, candles, birthday plates, birthday napkins, birthday cups, and a simple decoration - all from the dollar store.

We "Cereals-ly" Miss You!

All missionaries love their cereal!
Send boxes of cereal, along with plastic spoons and paper bowls, so that they can enjoy a late snack without having to do dishes.

Cute presentation!  I love the little boxes of cereal.
*Update:  This was a VERY popular package with the whole apartment!

Here's the Scoop...You're Great!

Take a dollar store ice cream scoop, boxes of waffle ice cream cones, lots of colored sprinkles, and add a big jar of chocolate sauce.
Pack it along with a note for your elder
"Just add ice cream!"

It will definitely brighten their day!

Here's a packaging idea for it:

Again, you can find a lot of these items at dollar stores! 

You can find lots more ideas on my missionary pinterest board!
Have fun!


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