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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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 Family Motto – 35 Ideas to Help Inspire Yours

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35 Family Motto Ideas from real families! So helpful in knowing how to create a family motto is to see what others use.

I know your family doesn't need one, but a family motto is unifying, empowering, helpful, fun, and unique!  Our family is still in the process of fine-tuning our family motto, with a mission statement to follow (hopefully) soon thereafter. I thought it would be beneficial to hear what other families use as their family motto, in the hopes that it will inspire ours. Maybe it will inspire you to create your own too. What is a family motto? First things first - what is a family motto? A family motto is usually a short quip, something easy to memorize, repeat, and recall, that typifies your family's beliefs or view about ...

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How to Make Time for God Amid the Demands of Motherhood

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This is great! I really want to make time for God, but being a mom keeps me so busy! Great tips on keeping my faith a priority during these years.

Last weekend, I really needed to rest. I'm super pregnant, I was exhausted, and my ankles were killing me. And yet, it seemed like literally every five minutes, one of my children needed something. They were hungry, they were fighting, they couldn't find their toys, they were still hungry, they just wanted my attention... Isn't that how it usually goes as a mother, though? As much as we want so desperately to be superwoman and do it all (or is that just me??), it seems like we're so busy just trying to take care of the day-to-day that we barely have time for anything else. We'd love to have beautifully clean and decorated ...

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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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5 Ways of Memorizing Scripture with your Kids

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Memorizing Scripture with kids is fun, especially when you teach it through these 5 different methods.

Have you ever had a moment when the perfect verse popped into your head, just when you needed it most? Maybe it was a word of encouragement or a bit of wisdom from the Scripture. Either way, that verse probably came to your mind because you memorized it at some point in your life, maybe even as a child. Memorizing Scripture is a wonderful practice to begin with kids when they are very young, but sometimes it’s tough to know where to begin. Since all kids learn different ways, I decided to go with suggestions tied to different learning styles. Here are five fun and easy ways to memorize Scripture with your kids. VISUAL This type ...

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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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How Three Parables Taught Me about Pure Love of Christ – A Sacrament Meeting Talk

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Today I gave a talk in my church's sacrament meeting.  In my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we don't have a preacher/minister who gives sermons on Sundays.  Instead 2-3 lay members of the congregation (like me) are asked to give talks or speeches to our congregation every Sunday instead.  I would like to share the talk I gave, with you.  Please keep in mind it was written with the intent to be read, so inflection and emphasis were added into the text.  It was also written with a Latter-day Saint audience in mind.  This means the KJV of the Bible was used, the Book of Mormon (when I talk about Nephites) is ...

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The Sacrament – A Talk

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I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints back in 2002 and was soon there after ordained to the office of a Priest in the Aaronic Priesthood.  About six or seven months passed and Bishop Dahneke pulled me into his office and started talking to me about being ordained an Elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood.  I told him that before I would accept such an ordination I wanted to use the priesthood that I had been given.  He thought that I meant that I wanted to baptize someone, but instead all I wanted to do was to have the opportunity to bless the Sacrament, though baptizing someone would have been good too.  We came to ...

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