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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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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7 Important Truths in the Old Testament

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Such a great list of truths and things I hadn't really thought that much about in the first few books (Pentateuch) of the Bible. I love the Old Testament!

At the start of 2015, I made a New Year Resolution to read the entire Holy Bible from cover to cover in one year. It's a bit of a lofty goal, and I may already be several days behind per the reading schedule, but I really love reading the Bible. I've read the entire thing through only one time before, back when I was in High School, so it's a lot like reading some of these stories for the first time (okay, I've read the story of Adam and all of Genesis several times as I've attempted to read the Bible again on multiple occasions through the years, but you know how that goes). Currently I just started the book of Judges, and it's a ...

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I am a Mormon. I Know It. I Live It. I Love It: Come Meet Me and Other Mormon Bloggers!

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I am a Mormon! And this is why I am.

Today I am teaming up with 65+ other Mormon bloggers to share with everyone our testimonies of faith and encourage you to watch a film coming out in theaters across the country, starting today, October 10, 2014, called "Meet The Mormons." Meet the Mormons is not meant to be an in your face, you must join our church, film. It is simply designed and produced with the purpose to uplift and inspire you through six stories of Mormons from around the world who have followed the promptings of the Holy Ghost to follow Jesus Christ more fully in their lives. We hope you take the opportunity to view and enjoy this film. We hope your hearts ...

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Feeling the Fire Again

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Sometimes life just gets monotonous and it is really hard to feel God's presence in our lives and to have that passion, that fire, for all things spiritual.

I have a confession to make. Two years ago I started a new blog, that I never told anyone about. The blog was called "Feeling the Fire Again" and was about my desire to really feel that burning fire and flame and heat of a strong testimony and deep love of my Savior Jesus Christ. Because, at the time, I really didn't feel that. I was active in my church, but I still didn't feel that passion, but I wanted to, because I had felt it before in my youth. I knew God was real, and that He was there, but I didn't always feel it. I still don't always feel it. And it is in these moments that this song by Julie De Azvedo - Feel the ...

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Are you Afraid to Talk of Christ? #BoldChristian

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I signed up for the 15-Day #BoldChristian campaign! Come do it with me! Let's all stand for truth, faith, and Jesus Christ.

In our world of noise and confusion, it is often considered taboo to talk about Christ or religion. People can talk about others being murdered or killed, but not about the One who overcame death. People can talk about going out on the town, drinking at bars, but not about people going to church to worship God on Sundays. People can talk about divorces and shattered families, but not about eternal families made possible through God’s holy temples here on earth. Are we afraid to talk of Christ? What noise are we contributing to today’s over-opinionated society? Are we also avoiding talking about the One who saves? Are we also ...

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I bought a Mom swimsuit and it wasn’t because I had given up

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Yes! I love all her reasons to rock a "mom swimsuit!"

Maybe I should chalk it up to poor customer service, but the saleswoman's remarks still echo inside my head, though uttered over a year ago. She saw me coming up to the register holding a simple, black, one-piece swimsuit, and frowned at me, and said, "Oh, you've given up. You're getting the Mom swimsuit. You don't need to give up. You're a young, attractive woman. We have a lot of more flattering suits that will be much better for you." She then proceeded to show me suits in the catalog  that were less boring, and more attractive with their patterns and bright colors. But, I kindly declined, and bought the "mom swimsuit" but it ...

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9 Ways You Can Share the Gospel Online

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9 Ways you can be a missionary online - Small and Simple Ways to Share the Gospel through Social Media.

I am honored to be guest posting on my friend Camille's website - Chicken Scratch n Sniff - today! Camille previously guest posted here at What's up Fagans? about how her children plan and organize their own birthday parties and I am excited to return the favor! She's been a great supporter of me and my blog, and I am grateful to her for that. As Chicken Scratch n Sniff is an LDS/Mormon resource blog, I wanted to share some ways you can be a missionary online, especially through small and simple ways. The following is an excerpt: Social media and the internet at large are the new workplace water coolers, or neighborhood block ...

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Dear Parents, There’s a Truth You Need to Know

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This is a beautiful reminder of what it means to be a mother. Motherhood and service go hand in hand. It's a perfect reminder on those hard days of the important work I am doing.

Dear Parents (especially of young children), I know that sometimes it's hard knowing if what you are doing each day as a mother or father bears fruit. If what you do is important work? Because motherhood and fatherhood are not generally a measurable job. We don't get bonuses for hitting that 8pm bedtime consistently for a week. There isn't a supervisor always present to tell us if our disciplining tactics are the best to use. And we're on call at night, don't get sick days, and can't clock out for a 15 minute break just to refresh when we need it. Plus, we never really get paid, but instead seem to have money constantly being ...

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My Mother’s Legacy of Faith

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My mother wasn't perfect, but she did pass on her faith to me. I hope to pass her legacy of faith on to my kids. | whatsupfagans.com

Don't you just love how good things keep going? How family members can inspire a legacy of service, of passions, of skills, character, and knowledge (among many other things) to their loved ones? I hope to leave a legacy behind me and keep good going. I want my children to look fondly on my mothering and respect the person I am when they are grown. I want to be a great mother that they wish to emulate. I think most parents want this. However, I want my kids to be even better at mothering than me. And, it is my hope and prayer that I can teach my children, most of all, that faith in God is a glorious thing. I want to instill ...

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Instilling the Value of Service in Our Kids

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Instilling the Value of Service in Kids - How one family is working together to serve. whatsupfagans.com

Charity, service, helping others. Whatever name you give it, service is a value that every parents wants instilled within their child. We want to raise children who believe in assisting, in lending a hand, and in putting in the time and/or the hard work in order to do so, because if we do not have charity, we are nothing (or so says Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:2).  I certainty don't want to raise nothing kids who have faith and hope, but don't give a darn about anybody or anything else. I want kids who understand the value of service. Our family believes in doing just about everything together, from the simplest of shopping trips ...

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