Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Youth Sunday School Lesson: Always Remember Him

How do I keep my covenant to always remember the Savior?

This lesson has so much incredible information about our Savior, Jesus Christ and how important it is to always remember Him.  We covenant when we take the sacrament each week to always remember Him, but it's often easy to get side tracked or loose focus on the Savior.  I wanted to help the youth remember how they can include the Savior always, and make Him the center of their lives and hearts.

The word remember was brought up so many times while I was preparing for this lesson I knew I had to use it in some way.  I gave each person a little bookmark to write down their thoughts and ideas on, to help them remember this lesson and how to remember Him.

They could use the individual words in remember to help them as well; for instance for R they could put-Reassured when we keep covenants.

We read Helaman 12:1-5, and Alma 37:36-37.

When we always remember the Savior, we can "cheerfully do all things that lie in our power," confident that His power and love for us will see us through."  -Elder Christofferson

I told them about one of my favorite scriptures, Proverbs 3:5-6 that says trust in the lord with ALL thine heart.  Not just a portion.  We also read D&C 6:36 and talked a little about fear.  I then showed the class one of my favorite Mormon Messages- Men's Hearts Shall Fail Them.  Watch it!! It's seriously so good!  We then discussed how it's easy to get confused or fearful when we aren't focused on the Savior always. 

 We talked about how they can always remember the Savior and make Him apart of their daily lives.  I thought of praying, reading stories about Him-Elder Costa's talk in the outline is a great resource for this, write in your journal about how you've noticed His hand through out your day/week/life, etc.

I also gave them the challenge to remember the Savior for a full 24 hours.  I had a seminary teacher give this challenge to me when I was younger and it was such an eye opener to me to see how often my thoughts stray.  It was a perfect time for me to prioritize my thoughts and life. 

You and I can put Christ at the center of our lives and hearts and become one with Him as He is one with the Father.  We can begin by stripping everything out of our lives and then putting it back together in priority order with the Savior at the center.  -Elder Christofferson

As Elder Gong and Elder Christofferson said, Our Savior invites us to always remember Him because He always remembers us.  He said, "Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.  Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands."  We must never forget what He did for us.  Without His Atonement and Resurrection life would have no meaning, but with His Atonement and Resurrection our lives have eternal, divine possibilities. 

I wanted the youth to remember to keep the Savior at the center of their lives and hearts so along with the Remember bookmark I also gave them a little heart handout filled with M&M's.  I found these little heart containers at Dollar Tree around Valentine's Day, but THESE are a great, cheap option too.  If you didn't want to use little heart containers you could use little foil wrapped chocolate hearts too.  You could even put a tiny picture or sticker of Christ in the center of the heart for Primary age kids. 

This wire heart basket was perfect to store all the little handouts in, my Mom got it from the Dollar Spot at Target but HERE is a super cute option too!

If you'd like the free printable for the heart handout you can find them HERE!

Find the free Remember bookmark printable HERE!

I loved all of the talks found on the outline for this lesson.  Especially Elder Gong's and Elder Christofferson.  You can find all of them on the outline HERE.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Youth Sunday School Lesson: Covenant Keepers

How can I deepen my understanding of covenants?

I love that this month is all about Ordinances and Covenants, it's so important for the youth to understand and grow their knowledge of the covenants they have and will make with the Lord. 

When we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.

To start I began the lesson by asking what is a covenant and we read the definition in True to the Faith.  We then discussed some covenants we make and read the different scriptures in the outline to go along with them. We also created a graph on the board with three different sections:  covenants, we promise, and His promises.  We then went in to detail about each of these things for specific covenants.

At baptism we covenant to serve the Lord and keep His commandments.  When we partake of the sacrament, we renew that covenant and declare our willingness to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ.  Thereby we are adopted as His sons and daughters and are known as brothers and sisters.  He is the father of our new life.  Ultimately, in the holy temple, we may become joint heirs to the blessings of an eternal family, as once promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their posterity.  Thus celestial marriage is the covenant of exaltation.  -Russell M. Nelson

We also talked about missionaries and how they help others understand and encourage them to keep their covenants.  I mentioned that even though we aren't full time missionaries right now we can be member missionaries and help ourselves and others learn and keep covenants.

Make, keep, deepen understanding and honor covenants made.

When we realize that we are children of the covenant, we know who we are and what God expects of us.  His law is written in our hearts.  He is our God and we are His people.  Committed children of the covenant remain steadfast, even in the midst of adversity...The greatest compliment that can be earned here in this life is to be known as a covenant keeper.  The rewards for a covenant keeper will be realized both here and hereafter.  Scripture declares that "ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God.  For behold, they are blessed in all things, ...and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven and dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. -Russell M. Nelson

Doesn't that sound amazing?!  So I wanted to make a little reminder for them to take home and remember this lesson and to deepen their understanding of covenants. 
I hope they always strive to be covenant keepers! 

This Covenant Keeper Kit Kat can be attached to a large Kit Kat or even staple a mini Kit Kat to it like I did for my class.  Perfect for any lesson about covenants or even a little baptism gift. 

Find the FREE printable HERE!

Monday, July 10, 2017

June Subscription Box Round Up

Summer is the perfect time to switch out products
to keep your skin and makeup looking summer ready!

Sephora Play-Your Summer Starters

Beat the heat with these perfect summer products.  Packed with warm weather must-haves.

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer-A super lightweight face primer that minimizes pores and gives the skin a smoothed out-perfect looking finish.

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer-This smells totally amazing and it's totally hydrating and glowing for your skin too!  This primer leaves a slight shimmer while perfecting your skin for makeup.

OUAI Rose Gold Hair and Body Oil-This is a miracle product for dry, uncomfortable hair and skin.  An oil that is made of 3 different kinds of oils to pack a hydrating punch.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid lipstick in K-Dub-This lipstick is seriously long lasting.  I swatched it on my hand and it was seriously there for a whole day! This makes it great for any summer outing you have coming your way.

IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel-Add this to your locks before blow-drying and it will give you the shine and style you've been looking for.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium-With notes of coffee, orange blossom and vanilla it is the perfect pick me up-scent for summer.  I've been wearing this ever since I got it and I'm seriously obsessed!  It's smells so amazing!

If you'd like to learn more about Sephora Play! you can go HERE!

Ipsy Glam Bag-Volume Up

This month Ipsy is challenging you to fearlessly express yourself.  With a cute bag that helps remind you to always speak your mind, it will be hard to forget to express yourself!

Beauty For Real I-Line 24-7 Eyeliner-This eyeliner stays put all day long, self sharpening and is super pigmented!  There's not much more you need in an eyeliner.

Margaret Dabbs London Treatment-Enriched Nail Polish in Green Daylily-This polish is the perfect jewel-toned color for summer!  It can be applied with just one coat too if you're in a rush, because it's so opaque.

BioRepublic Skincare Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Fiber Mask and Green Tea Detox Purifying Fiber Mask-These masks are seen as the Rolls Royce of sheet masks and they are completely ecofriendly!

VASANTI COSMETICS Power Oils Lip Gloss in Super Mom-This gloss leaves your lips super hydrated and soft and boasts of a color that looks good on anyone!

theBalm Cosmetics Balm Springs Blush-This blush is super long lasting and is the perfect rosy blush shade.

Find more about Ipsy HERE!

Beauty Box 5-Adventure Awaits

This box is all about catching that adventure bug while you can and the products that will help you do just that!

Jessie's Girl Liquid Eyeliner-This pop of color eyeliner is sure to make your eyes stand out.  This brush is unique because it is calligraphy-style to help with precision! 

Prestige Cosmetics My Biggest Lashes Mascara-This mascara claims to add drama and high volume to your lashes without clumping.

Did Hair Jeweled Hair Tie Set-These bands are perfect to throw hair up quickly and doesn't cause any creases!

Laritzy Lip Pencil-This super pigmented liner is perfect to add definition and color to your lips.

Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Palette-This little set is perfect for traveling and any summer plans.  These shades claim to be highly pigmented, buildable and can work from day to night!

Find out more about Beauty Box 5 HERE!

Walmart Beauty Box-Radiate Your Beauty

All about finding that radiance and maximizing it!

Schwarzkopf Got 2b Ultra Glued Invincible Styling Gel-Not sure if this is just for guys so I might pass this on to Dallin.  Either way he loves the got 2b brand and uses their hair gel every day!

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes-I have heard so much about the Simple brand so I'm excited to try these wipes and see what all the fuss is about.

Pantene Pro-V Dream Care Shampoo and Conditioner-This combo seriously smells delicious!  It made the whole box smell amazing, I'm excited to see what it does to my locks!

Ecotools Mask Remover Sponges-These sponges can be used to remove and exfoliate skin after using a face mask or every day with some water and a little bit of cleanser.  I love the idea of these!

imPRESS Press-On Manicure Set-I have honestly never tried press-on nails so I'm a little weary and excited to try these.

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel-I've heard so much about this brush cleanser so I'm looking forward to trying it out, even if it is a foil packet.

Find out more about the Walmart Beauty Boxes HERE!

I think this months winner goes to Ipsy or Sephora!  I love that in both I got unique products that I'll actually use and keep in my collection.  What box should I try next!?

I also got some free items in the mail!

I am loving this new deodorant formula from Dove and I know Dallin is too!  It keeps us feeling fresh and clean all day long, it smells great and it leaves us feeling moisturized.  I'm so grateful we received these samples for free!

Monday, July 3, 2017

July Visiting Teaching Handout Ideas

That They May Be One

I love the message for this month!  All about recognizing and accepting the Lord's will for us and then listening and obeying.  When I first read this message I continuously thought of the Mormon Pioneers.  In Utah we celebrate their lives and example on the 24th of July, because that was the day they entered the valley so many years ago.  I can think of countless examples of each saint choosing to accept the will of the Lord no matter how hard it would be on them, or what was in store for them.  

So no matter if you live in Utah or not I think July is a perfect month to celebrate these amazing pioneers.  I think as Latter Day Saints we all share a bond with these early saints.

His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.
-The Living Christ

Call me crazy, but whenever I think of pioneer treats I think of taffy; and the taffy at Chocolate Covered Wagon is perfectly old fashioned and delicious.  They have so many flavors like cinnamon, pina colada, banana, blue raspberry and vanilla walnut-just to name a few!

Grab a bag of this fun mix of taffy and fill these adorable pails with them add a little bandana liner and you are good to go.  Or if you're still on the calendar train, pop this little printable (found below) in your IKEA frame with some fresh new ribbon.  An adorable old fashioned magnet would be super cute if you're doing the magnets or any fourth of July magnet would work perfectly too!

Or wrap them all up in one big bandana for a treat for the whole family!  

I also wanted to share some pioneer stories with my visiting teaching sisters so they could have specific examples.  Add this to your handout and let them read these short stories throughout the month.  

As we endeavor day by day and week by week to follow the path of Christ, our spirits asserts its preeminence, the battle within subsides, and temptations cease to trouble.
Elder Christofferson

I hope these printables help you and your sisters realize how important His will is for each of us, and makes visiting teaching a little easier! :)

FREE printables:

Helpful Links and Where I Found Things:

Mini Tin Pails found on Amazon (Prime and available in multiple colors) HERE 

Bandanas found at Dollar Tree (2 for a dollar)

Pioneer stories found HERE 

Find more Visiting Teaching Handout ideas from previous months below:

This post may contain affiliate links, but all opinions are as always my own! :)