The Prayer that Changed My Life

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how a prayer changed my life - forgiveness - casting burden on the Lord - yoke upon Him - Christ's Atonement - Faith -Pray

This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When I was in high school, one of my friends started making some bad choices, choices she and I both knew were not in line with what we had been taught at church in all of our many years of attending together. And I resented her for it. I couldn't stand to look at her, knowing that she was doing these things, and trying to hide them from me. It infuriated me. I was angry. And hurt. How could she willingly sin against God?  Was it really worth it to do something so serious? To put her eternal salvation, long-term happiness, and future on the ...

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Why To-Do Lists are Overrated and What List You Need Instead

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To do lists are overrated

Over a year ago I took this amazing course from Elayna Fernandez, The Positive Mom, called Stepping Into Balance. She really challenged me during the course as she pushed me toward a new way of thinking about goal creation, what a balanced life looks like, what my passions and purpose are, and how to deal with anger and frustrations in new ways. And a whole lot more. One part that was especially challenging to me was her insistence on getting rid of to-do lists! I love making a to-do list, feeling the satisfaction that comes with checking off each item once completed. More than anything, it feels great knowing that with ...

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22 Genius Ways Moms Squeeze in Time to Read

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This post is sponsored by Deseret Bookshelf. All opinions are my own. I haven't always loved books. Or reading. Blame it on all the stuff I had to read for school sucking the joy out of reading for me, or a lack of family members who liked to read while growing up. Okay, my mom did read: she read the newspaper and magazines. Only on occasion did I see her with a physical book in her hands that wasn't the scriptures. My father mostly listened to books. Lots of books - on tape and eventually on CD. As an over-the-road truck driver, he had a lot of time on his hands to sit and listen, so he would pick up great new books from ...

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Curing My Depression Took More than What Self-Help Books Recommended

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This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions are my own. Last year, for the first time in my life, I felt depressed. I'm not talking about for a day or a week at a time, but persistently. Like most days sucked. I didn't mope, stay in bed all day, or cry endlessly, but I sure was angry. Mad even. Unhappy. And most of my ire was directed at my family. For the first time in my life, I understood the term "Mom guilt" and definitely felt like I was failing my children, and failing my husband by failing our children. I sucked at homeschooling, at running a household, at earning enough money, at being Primary President, at ...

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12 Scriptures Worth Your Time to Memorize in 2017 {Printables}

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If 2017 is your year to find verses to memorize, the following 12 scriptures to memorize are good ones to learn. I hate to admit it but I need to step up my spiritual game. I lost my way a bit last year.  It was a hard year, personally.  But I feel like I'm finally back on the path.  I just need something fun and exciting to keep me going.  I need a way to focus my gospel learning. And preferably a way that includes my kids. We made huge strides this year towards regular family prayer and scripture study, even if many included fidgeting while Dad read a few verses from the Bible or Book of Mormon every night. But I was ...

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How to Assemble Blessing Bags for Homeless People as a Group

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Great group service project idea - Blessing Bags - Homeless Gift - Giving to Homeless - Charity

This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions expressed are my own. This year as part of our homeschool, we participate in a local Christian Exploring Co-Op. We take turns planning field trips for our kids. In addition to the field trips we schedule a Moms Night Out, a Teen Night, and a Service Project each quarter too.  Our last service project was a few weeks ago and we collaborated as a homeschool group to make blessing bags for homeless people. I know many of us (myself included) are never quite sure what to do when confronted with a homeless person. Should we ignore them, look the other way, gesture that we don't have ...

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Bring the Scriptures to Life for Kids with an Epic Scripture-Themed Carnival

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Fun LDS Primary Scripture Carnival Game Ideas and snack ideas! Perfect for Primary Activity outdoor. David and Goliath. Walking on Water. Bow and Arrow. Fishers of Men. Planting Seeds. Archery.

This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions are my own.  One year ago I became the Primary President in our local church congregation. This means I've been responsible for overseeing the Sunday School, music, nursery, and sharing time of all children ages 18 months to 11 years old in our church. There are somewhere between 35-50 children in this age bracket. It can be a pretty overwhelming and stressful position to have, especially with a new baby, homeschooling, and a husband gone long hours with a PhD, oh, and working from home. The good thing is that I love children and find joy in this calling. To help motivate ...

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How to Create a Wire Photo Hanging Picture Frame for Under $15

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Great tutorial on making your own wire hanging photo frame for under $15! DIY craft for displaying Christmas cards, postcards, or other memos.

Have you seen this new trend? Okay, it's not really new, but I'm not crafty, so my following of craft trends is far behind the curve. (I'm actually pretty sure I'm at least four years behind on this one.) Regardless, there are these open frame wire photo hanging picture frames that you clip pictures, cards or other small flat items in the middle of the frame, switching them out as you choose, with the ability to move items around quickly and easily. Some use chicken wire instead of a gauge wire. I once had the great idea to actually do this, to create my own version of this wire picture hanging frame with the intent ...

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5 Tips for Getting Your Children Stoked to Go to Church

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Great Christian parenting tip for keeping children going to church week after week! You really need to explain the why.

It doesn't matter how awesome your church is: someday your child won't want to go. Keeping children going to church week after week, year after year is a daunting task if your child hates it or would rather do something else on Sunday mornings. It takes work to teach kids about church and why it is important in their life and their salvation. Simply attending church every week with your children will not magically teach them to like it, value it, or to even one day want to go on their own. As parents, we need to help our children going to church by explaining the “why.”  The "Whys?" Children Having About Going to ...

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Tips for Mourning with Those Who Mourn: What to Say and What to Do after a Loss

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Nothing is impossible with god - gifts for people mourning - Christian Celebrations DaySpring

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of DaySpring. The opinions and text are all mine. A few weeks ago a teenage boy from church passed away. The week before he passed, he struggled in a coma to overcome the severe head trauma he incurred after hitting a large boulder on his dirt bike while on vacation with family. After a week long battle, his body finally shut down and he passed into the next life. He was an outstanding young man, a joy to his family, and quite the charmer too. Our church congregation, his family near and far, and our local community all rallied together in prayer and fasting for his ...

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Why You Should Get Married: 12 Proven Benefits of Marriage

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12 benefits of marriage - great list of reasons why you should get married even in the 21st century! Marriage is not obsolete!

I am a millennial. And I believe in the benefits of marriage. I believe in marriage so much I have been married seven and half years and I'm not even 28 years old yet. With high divorce rates, high cohabitation rates, low marriage rates, and a redefining of marriage legally, it begs the question of why bother trying to do this monogamous traditional marriage thing? I mean, marriage is just a piece of paper, a legal formality, an outdated establishment, right? Or is it? There are a host of reasons why divorce happens and marriages crumble. I have seen several of my own siblings' marriages fall apart for various ...

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The Foolproof Way of Making Decisions Without Regret

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When it comes to decision making and knowing how to make a decision about important life decisions, you want to make the right choice!! Love this guide for making decisions without guilt.

Everyone needs to know how to make a decision when they're conflicted. Making decisions is often hard, difficult, and tough especially when the result of that decision brings long-lasting ramifications. One of the harsh realities of adulthood is decision making. We have to make all sorts of decisions for ourselves from how we'll spend our time to how to what career path we'll pursue and everything in between like who we should use as our car insurance provider. It's these "adulting" moments that many of us hate. They really aren't very fun. While we make everyday decisions about what clothes to wear and what time to go to ...

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