Sunday, January 13, 2019

Think. Feel. Act.

This message was shared today by one of my seminary students in a talk she gave on service. I loved it! When we are serving others do we stop and react in this way: 1. Do we THINK about that individual the way the Savior would? 2. Do we ACT the way the Savior would towards that person? 3. How do we FEEL during and after that service is performed? Do we FEEL the way the Savior would? Definitely something I want to ponder this week.




Sunday, January 6, 2019

BRIGHT

This past week, I was listening to a podcast for work that highlighted the word BRIGHT. I was inspired to really think about the word BRIGHT and it's definition. Throughout the weekend, I have been pondering the meaning behind the word and how thankful I am for the lives that BRIGHTEN my day. When you think about the word BRIGHT as something that SHINES, what can we do everyday to let our LIGHT SHINE? I have noticed so many big and small things our Heavenly Father offers since really focusing on this word. I hope you will love diving into this word this week as you are finalizing your 2019 New Year's Resolutions. Maybe there will be more you do this year to let others see how BRIGHT and full of LIGHT you are. Thanks for being that LIGHT in my life!


Thursday, December 13, 2018

12 Days of Ministering

As a young girl, I lost two very dear cousins of mine to cancer.  It was during that time frame that our family started a tradition of celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas.  Each year, our father would spearhead organizing countdowns large and small for families in need.  This tradition has been one of my favorite to participate in during the holiday season.  This year, I would like to share a 12 Days of Ministering countdown.  I hope it will be a way for you to have a little fun remembering those that you minister to in addition to promoting the Light the World campaign.  Merry Christmas to all!













Sunday, January 8, 2017

Truly Converted

When we have faith in Jesus Christ, repent, and are baptized, we are prepared to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

In preparation for my lesson tomorrow morning on Act Chapter 2, I was taken by the word RECEIVE in the statement above.  Look at all the other key words used prior to the word RECEIVE.  We must have faith, repent, and be baptized.  Once these steps are complete, then we can RECEIVE the wonderful gift of the Holy Ghost.  As we RECEIVE that third member of the Godhead into our lives our hearts will change and we can be truly converted unto Him, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I want the youth to take some time thinking about when their hearts have been changed, when they felt converted, and how they acted once that feeling overwhelmed them.  I created this simple little worksheet so they can take some personal time to really ponder and pray about those moments in their lives.  I hope that your youth will visit these memories too!


Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Importance of Reading Your Scriptures

I was asked to speak at Young Women's Camp that was held for our stake a few weeks ago on the topic of the importance of reading your scriptures.  As a seminary teacher, I was thrilled to be given a topic that I know a lot about.  While pondering about what I might say, I remembered being a young woman their age.  Do you remember being that age?  I recall having lots of questions that always came to my mind.  The who, what, where, when, and why type of questions.  I thought, hum, that might make for a fun lesson and it clicked!  Make a board to help answer their questions about the importance of scripture study. 

While researching, I found many wonderful articles on lds.org that cover this topic.  I fell in love with a talk given by Sister Tanner at a BYU Devotional about the importance of scripture study.  Some of the thoughts on the board I created came from her talk.  I also pulled from other General Authorities which you will see below with the quotes that I have taken from their talks.

Let's walk through the different questions and how I shared this with the YW.  First, we were outside so the board came in handy to help keep all of my thoughts in one place.  I enlarged the clip art below by using a projector and added a few embellishments to make it look cute.  I started by sharing my scriptures that were given to me by my parents when I was old enough to begin seminary.  They are used and have a few markings inside.  Then, I compared them to the scriptures I use today which are more like a seminary teacher workbook.  Completely read from cover to cover with lots and lots of notes and highlights.  I pointed out to them that I had to make the personal decision as to how important my scriptures were going to be to me personally.  No one else could make the decision for me and no one can make that decision from them.  They would have to do that.  I shared the scripture from Psalm 19:10 which talks about scriptures being more desired than gold and honey.  The scripture is below and goes on the board above the YW.  This lead into me offering the YW a Teddy Gram for a snack.  I asked them to place a little bit of honey on it and to eat it while I played the song "If I Were a Rich Man" from Fiddler on the Roof.  This is a song that Sister Tanner mentions in her talk.  I love musicals too so this was a perfect fit.  As it played the girls ate their bears and I asked them to listen carefully to the lyrics of the song.  I never realized that the song mentioned learning from Holy Books and studying for hours upon hours a day. To study Holy Books is regarded by Orthodox Jews as a sweet blessing and a great privilege.  In fact, in some Jewish traditions, when child was to start his/her education in the Torah, a taste of honey was given to the student so that he/she would associate the study of the holy book with sweetness.  This was intended to reinforce what it says in Psalms:  "How sweet are the words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" (Psalms 119:103).  I asked the YW are the scriptures delicious to you?  Do you want to feast upon them?  This lead into sharing the WHO - Who should read their scriptures?  Well, that's easy -   All of us!  I didn't want this to be a Primary answer so I went searching and found in the handbook of instructions for the Church that it talks about the WHO under the section based on Education.  We should be reading our scriptures to gain knowledge just as we read from books we learn from at school.  Then, came the question WHAT - What do we get from reading our scriptures?  You can see the list that was shared below.  Next, I asked them WHERE can you read your scriptures.  I used this section to have them interact with one another.  Each young lady was asked to write down one or two places that they enjoy reading their scriptures personally.  When they were finished, they were to share their answers with the young woman sitting next to them.  Together, they were to share with the rest of the group their favorite answer.  We went around to each group and wrote their answers with Dry Erase Marker on a blank laminated card up on the board.  There were some fantastic answers given.  Everything from their bedroom to school to at the park to in the car.  Moving on, we went to the next question WHEN.  When you read your scriptures, what happens?  I found a really cute poem from the Friend magazine that was shared with the group.  I love it!  Hope you will too!  WHY - Why is it important to read your scriptures?  As we discussed the WHY we placed each of the cards on the board.  I left a few blank cards too so that others could share their thoughts about this question.  I love the next and final question HOW - How do should you read your scriptures?  I think they know the answer to HOW, but it was a great reminder to remember to ponder, pray, search, read and apply.  At the end of sharing this lesson, I hope that all of you would remember to share your personal testimony of the importance of reading your scriptures with the group you share this message with.  I know personally the love I have for my Savior and the blessing that the scriptures have been to me.

Sincerely,
Jennifer












Sunday, January 17, 2016

Take Action Cards

I love sharing challenges with the youth that allow them to TAKE ACTION.  A while back, I asked the youth to take these simple TAKE ACTION CARDS with them to school.  The challenge was for them to TAKE ACTION doing each of the suggestions on the card then pass the card forward to a friend or teacher at school inviting them to do the same.  I loved the stories that came back the next day.  They had so many miracles take place by simply taking action and making a difference in the life of another person.  Try it and see if it works!  Feel free to create your own TAKE ACTION CARDS!  Great activity for all ages.












Knock, Knock, Who's There?

In March of 2015, I was asked to put together a game for a Seminary Super Saturday.  The game needed to be based off of seminary related topics and missionary work.  I thought about how much fun it must be to be a missionary going door to door preaching the gospel.  Thus, the name of this game quickly became Knock, Knock, Who's There?

We set up the primary room with the game cards on the floor - see attached!  The youth started at the card that read Knock, Knock, Who's There.  With each roll of the dice, the youth paired up two by two would move from one end of the game board to the other depending on the number they rolled.  The goal was to see how many people they could convert to the Gospel and baptize.  At the end of the game, points were tallied and a winner was chosen.  Points were generated based off the number converted per game card.  The game cards were divided into the following categories:  scripture mastery worth 4 points/4 new investigators, basic doctrine worth 3 points/3 new investigators, mission prep worth 2 points/2 new investigators and generic church questions worth 1 point or 1 new investigator.

There were additional small game cards, which you can create on your own based off of your personal needs for your group.  This was tons of fun - sorry the pictures of this activity and the cards are not great!