Book of Mormon for Teens – Timeline and Authors

This is the next installment of my Illustrated Book of Mormon Commentary for Teenagers. You can see the first one here.

Before I really get into the Book of Mormon, itself, I wanted to have a few pages showing the timelines and authors of the Book of Mormon. As I wrote in Tiger’s Book:

“Sometimes when you are reading the Book of Mormon, it can be a little confusing to keep track of what you are reading. There are accounts of things as they happen, flashbacks, and the changing of hands with the records.

Hopefully, this timeline and author chart will help you keep the events and authors of the Book of Mormon straight!”

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The timeline – there is a lot to fit onto one page!!!

Several years ago, I did my own “story of the Book of Mormon” project. (You can read about it here.) As a part of this project, I created my own Book of Mormon timeline. I highly suggest this type of project. It really helped me to understand the Book of Mormon.

In any case, here is a copy of the timeline that I created: BoM Timeline (available as a PDF Download).

I also felt like Tiger should understand the authors of the Book of Mormon and the way that the plates were handed down. I found a very handy flowchart of the Book of Mormon Authors online here.

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Authors of the Book of Mormon

These two pages are chock-full of information. I didn’t have much space to make anything “cute!” No worries, though. I really think that this information will be helpful.

Finally, I included a quote that I really love about the Book of Mormon:

“Would you like to have emblazoned on your soul an undeniable witness that the Savior descended beneath your sins and that there is no sin, no mortal plight outside the merciful reach of His Atonement – that for each of your struggles He has a remedy of superior healing power? Then read the Book of Mormon.” – Tad R. Callister (emphasis added)

Thanks for letting me share this project with you. I am so excited to actually get into the Book of Mormon now. I’m excited to be able to share my testimony with my daughter in a way that I hope she will be receptive to.  I’ll share more with you later!

Illustrated Book of Mormon Commentary for a Teenager (Part One)

When my oldest daughter turned 12, I made her a special book. (You can read about it here .) – She will be turning 16 in a little over a year, and I’ve decided to start making another book for her. This time, it will be about the Book of Mormon. (In case you’re wondering, I made a book for her when she was 14. I’ll probably post it on here soon).

The Title Page

The Title Page

So, I just started this. I’m using one of my favorite – sketchbooks (although the one I’m using is hardbound rather than wirebound).

Why am I doing this? Is it because I’m crazy? No. I’ve thought a lot about how to teach my children the gospel. I’ve thought about lecturing them – and lectures weren’t particularly helpful in my life. I mean I honestly don’t remember if my parents lectured me. I know that they said stuff to me, but I zoned out very easily as a teenager.

I don’t particularly like lecturing my teens right now, either. It feels boring and pointless. But how do we teach our kids the gospel? How do I teach them the things that I know and understand and what them to know and understand?

In this quest, I’ve been inspired by the words of Nephi:

“And we talk of Christ we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” – 2 Nephi 25:26, emphasis added.

I feel like writing what I want to teach my children is an effective way (for me) to preach to them without seeming preachy! I can write lectures, make them cute and heartfelt, and instead of zoning out – my kids will treasure these lectures. That’s the idea, anyway. It’s not sneaky. I’m just being as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove. 🙂

So – this is a Book about the Book of Mormon. I’ve divided it as follows:

  • Title Page
  • Timeline of the Book of Mormon
  • Explanation of the Small and Large Plates and their Authors
  • 1 Nephi
  • 2 Nephi
  • Jacob
  • Enos
  • Jarom
  • Omni
  • Words of Mormon
  • Mosiah
  • Alma
  • Helaman
  • 3 Nephi
  • 4 Nephi
  • Mormon
  • Ether
  • Moroni
  • So – pretty straight forward.

    Title Page

    On this page, I just wrote that the Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. I wrote my hope for her – that she will continue to read the Book of Mormon in her life. I also told her about this book that I’m making for her:

    “This book is a gift to you from me. It’s kind of a “commentary” on the Book of Mormon. I’ve been inspired by Nephi’s words, ‘And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.’ (2 Nephi 25:26).

    I want you to know – not only do I want you to know the Book of Mormon for yourself, but I also want you to know my testimony of it.

    I hope that this book will be a blessing to you now and for years to come. Love, Mom.

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    So – that’s the beginning of this fun ride. I anticipate that it will take me a little over a year to finish this book. It will require a lot of work and effort, but I’m sure that it will be worth it. Maybe you have a child who could use something like this? Try writing your testimonies and lessons you have learned in the Book of Mormon. I’d love to see what you come up with if you do it, too.

15 Things Helaman Teaches us About Stewardship over Youth

I have recently gotten a new calling in my ward*. I’m in the Young Women’s presidency. For those of you who don’t know what that is, the Young Women’s is a group of young women ages 12-18. I have served in the Young Women’s in the past. It is such a fun calling. The youth are so vibrant. They are intelligent, happy, and want to do well.

However, it can be a little daunting to serve with the youth. Fortunately, in the Book of Mormon, we can find a great example of someone who was a steward over the youth: Helaman.

A Little Background Information
Helaman was a general in the Nephite army in the Book of Mormon. Specifically, Helaman commanded a group of 2,000 young men (boys, really). You can read more about the circumstances of this army in Alma chapters 56-58. He was a steward of the youth.

Even though we might not be leading young men into battle, many of the principles that Helaman exemplifies in his stewardship over the youth can be applied in our lives. We will study them today! 🙂

Helaman's Stripling Warriors

Helaman’s Stripling Warriors

15 Ways Helaman teaches us to Be a Better Steward over the Youth

  1. Helaman knew those he served. He knew their circumstances – See Alma 56:3-6. Helaman knew the circumstances of these young men. He knew that their fathers had buried their weapons of war – with a covenant never to go to battle again. He knew that their families had been converted to the gospel and were true to their faith.

    We can also gather that, because they were the sons of those who buried their weapons of war, then some of these boys were most likely fatherless. Helaman knew these boys. If we want to effectively serve our youth, then we need to know them. We need to know their circumstances, their families, their cultures.

  2. Helaman honored their families and supported them – See Alma 56:8. Helaman knew the covenant that these boys’ fathers had made. Because the kingdom was at war, and because their liberty was in jeopardy, the fathers were thinking of taking up arms again to fight and defend their country. However, Helaman insisted that they didn’t break their covenant.

    Helaman supported these families, and, as leaders of the youth, we need to do the same thing. We need to be mindful of the families of those whom we serve. These families aren’t here to serve us or “support us” in our calling, we are called to serve and support them.

  3. Helaman loved the boys he served. – See Alma 58:10. Helaman addresses these boys as his sons. He explains that they were worthy to be called sons. What does this mean? I suppose it means that he deeply loves and cares for these young men. He feels responsible for them. This all stems from his love for them.

    We need to also love the youth we serve. It may not always be easy, but if we don’t love them, then being a good steward is pretty much impossible.

  4. Helaman protected them. – See Alma 56:39 Helaman took his charge over these youth very seriously and he protected them. Sure, they had signed up for war, but he wanted them to stay as safe as possible and devised strategies where they would be used as a decoy without ever having to fight.

    We need to protect our youth. They face a spiritual enemy that wants to destroy them. We need to protect them just as Helaman protected his warriors.

  5. Helaman trusted the boys and he trusted their families. – See Alma 56:46-48. When you read this exchange between Helaman and his sons, it is fairly obvious that he trusts them. Even though they are young and inexperienced, he trusts their testimony and strength.

    The young warriors also explained that their mothers knew that God would deliver them, and they do not doubt their mothers.

    Helaman reacts with support and relative awe. He doesn’t say, “You haven’t been in a war. You know nothing.” He doesn’t respond, “What does your mother know about this situation.” Instead, he trusts the young men and he trusts their families.

    It is so important for us to trust the youth and their families. Of course, the Spirit can help us to discern between right and wrong. But we have to be sure that our own opinions aren’t blocking the Spirit. We can trust that the youth we serve do have testimonies and do desire to serve God. When we trust the youth, they will rise to the occasion just as these 2,000 stripling warriors did.

  6. Helaman followed the Spirit – See Helaman 56:44, 50. I know that I just made the point that Helaman protected his sons; however, of utmost importance is that he followed the Spirit.

    The plan was for the 2,000 warriors to be a decoy. However, the Lamanite army stopped marching after them. Helaman thought that they figured out what was going on, and then decided to attack Antipus’s army. But he couldn’t be sure. Maybe they were just waiting so they could trick this small group and then lure them into a trap. In any case, action needed to be taken. The Lamanites were no longer taking the bait. After consideration, Helaman knew that they needed to fight the Lamanites and save the other army. He turns to his young army and says, “Therefore what say ye, my sons, will ye go against them to battle?”

    Even though it was Helaman’s desire to keep these boys out of battle, he followed the Spirit – knowing that they needed to fight without knowing what the outcome would be. He trusted in God and followed the Spirit.

    Like Helaman, we need to stay close to the Lord and follow His Spirit.

  7. Helaman rejoiced in the victories of his “sons.” – See Alma 56:54-56. After their victory against the Lamanite Army and helping to rescue Antipus’s army, Helaman checked on his sons. Not only did they rejoice in their victory, but Helaman was overjoyed to find that not a single one of these boys had fallen to the earth. They were all alive, and Helaman was happy.

    When we are stewards over the youth, we, too, need to rejoice in the victories of our youth. This can happen in a variety of ways. I think that, as we come to love the youth we serve, rejoicing in their victories comes very naturally because we love them.

  8. Helaman allowed his young warriors to be exposed to danger. – See Alma 57:18-19, 23. This can be so difficult. I think that it would have been difficult for Helaman, too. He spent so much time protecting his sons from battle, he still had to allow them to be exposed to the dangers of war. They were, after all, soldiers.

    After one especially difficult battle, there were many people who had fallen and died. Thankfully, again, all of the stripling warriors were spared of death, but about 200 of them had fainted with a loss of blood. Helaman needed to allow his sons to be exposed to this danger in order for them to do what they were sent there to do.

    Likewise, we leaders must be wise, and we must allow our youth to be exposed to danger. This doesn’t mean that we’ll take them to a place we know to be evil. It just means that we need to accept our circumstances, our purpose, and that our youth are strong just like these young warriors were.

  9. Helaman cared for his sons and saw that they were healed. See Alma 57:24-25. Immediately after a battle, Helaman ordered that the wounded should be brought out from among the dead, and that their wounds should be dressed. He found the 200 or so of his sons that had fallen from a loss of blood. Helaman made sure that they received the medical attention they needed.

    Just as Helaman saw to their healing, we need to see that the spiritual and emotional wounds of those whom we serve (or perhaps the physical, you never know, I guess!) are also healed. We can do this by investigating the scene and doing what is necessary to “dress” the wounds that are suffered by those whom we serve.

  10. Helaman was a spiritual example of faith. See – Alma 58:10-12. There was a point, after these battles, where Helaman and those he commanded were waiting for provisions and supplies. But nothing. They waited. Nothing.

    Instead of Helaman murmuring against his superiors, he simply led his group of stripling warriors in prayer. Helaman was an example of faith and loyalty. That being said, he still brought up the issue to his superiors. It was appropriate for him to report what was happening with them. In fact, had Helaman not reported this shortage, then they wouldn’t have discovered the insurrection that happened in Zarahemla.

    Helaman handled this difficult situation with poise. He was a spiritual leader to his youth without being a doormat.

    We can do the same. We need to be spiritual leaders to our youth. They need to hear us pray. And we ned to support those who are over us. Even if things aren’t going well, we don’t need to murmur. We can responsibly report, and find the source of the problem in a humble but effective way.

  11. Helaman was wise. He only did that which was absolutely needful. See Alma 58:16-28. Helaman was a commander in a war. He understood the need to be efficient and wise. He didn’t send his troops out without thinking about their strategy. He didn’t have them do anything more than that which was absolutely needful. What’s the purpose? How effective would a tired and overworked army be?!?

    Because Helaman was a good steward, he wisely chose to do only that which he, and his young army, needed to do. Because of his wisdom, he was able to overtake an enemy city purely by strategy – without any blood shed (on either side).

    We need to be wise, too. Often, I think that it is the American (and Mormon) way to just do everything we can. We want to start our race sprinting. We overcommit and then find ourselves tired or even sick. This is not what we, wise stewards of the youth, can afford to do. We need to do only the needful thing. Sometimes, this might mean saying no – even to good things. We don’t want to waste precious time and effort on something, even if it seems like good. We must be wise enough to prioritize. We are at a war, of sorts, and we have to be good stewards over these youth!

  12. Helaman put his trust in God. – See Alma 58:33. Despite the troubles that Helaman’s army was facing (in not receiving needed provisions from his own country), he still put His trust in God. He didn’t fret. He didn’t worry. He trusted God.

    It could be easy to fret and worry – Helaman was responsible for 2,000 young men. Wouldn’t his responsibility justify worry and perhaps even a little bit of “ark steadying?”

    But Helaman simply trusted God.

    As stewards of youth, we also need to trust God. Yes, this world we live in can be dangerous. It can be easy to think that we need to go above and beyond to protect this group of children we have stewardship over. However, I’ve found that worry usually leads to a frantic pace or frenzied stress. And a frantic pace/frenzied stress is not trusting in God! It’s a waste of our energy, and it will often yield very poor results.

  13. Helaman was aware and thoughtful of his circumstances. He questioned without murmuring. See Alma 58:35-36. I have alluded to this point already, but it is worth an extra mention. While at war, Helaman and his forces were not receiving reinforcements. Instead of saying, “Oh well, I’ll just wait,” he still acted. He wrote a letter to his superior and informed him of the situation.

    Now, it’s important to note that we can question and we can inform – without laying blame on someone. This is exactly what Helaman did. He wasn’t a doormat, neither was he bullish. He was simply direct and honest.

    Because of Helaman’s honesty, Captain Moroni was made aware of a bad situation happening in the country – a coup. The armies weren’t receiving any help because their own country was under siege. Had Helaman not alerted Moroni of his problems, then they wouldn’t have been able to learn about this problem.

    As wise stewards, when we run into issues “from above,” then we will not be afraid to open an honest dialogue with our “superior.” We also won’t murmur or complain. Instead, when we are fair and measured like Helaman, we’ll be able to make real progress and, perhaps, even discover another issue that truly needs attention.

  14. Helaman was blessed by God in his stewardship. – See Alma 58:39-40. Because of Helaman’s faithful service, he was blessed in his stewardship. Throughout his tenure as the general of this small army, throughout all of their battles and other hardships, not a single soul was lost.

    I can’t say that if we are faithful, then none of the souls we have stewardship will be lost. Everyone has their own choice to make. That being said, if we faithfully serve, then the Lord will bless us in our stewardship. He will bless us with peace. And we will be able to have a positive impact on the young ones we work with – no matter what they choose to do with their lives.

  15. Helaman was always focused on the Savior. See Alma 58:40-41. I think that this is probably the most important point. Always, at the center of his motives and service, was the redemption and Atonement of Christ. Helaman was empowered by Christ and sought to protect and stand fast in the liberty that had made him free. Because of Helaman’s focus on Christ, he was able to accomplish the above 14 points. This is truly what made him an exceptional leader.

    If we want to be the best leaders we can be, then we will focus on Christ, as well. What does this mean? I think that it means we will teach the principles of the gospel.

    But it also means so much more than that.

    I think that it also means we teach the youth that the focus needs to be on the Savior. I think that it means we act as a conduit – or a pathway for their own relationship with the Savior. It can be tempting to want to be the person who is so cool and fun – it is easy to try to use our own charm, personality, money, gifts to convince the youth we serve to love us. But that’s not the point. We need to use our own experience with Christ to convince the youth to also love Him. It’s not about us at all, really…and Helaman knew that.

What stands out to you about Helaman’s leadership over the youth? Do you serve young men or women? What do you do to be a better steward?

Come Unto Christ Scripture Study Guide

Well, this is a little late, but it’s finally here!!!

Youth 2014 Scripture Study Series

Youth 2014 Scripture Study Series

Introducing a new Scripture Study guide, program, series…whatever you want to call it. This scripture study program is divided into 8 parts. You can complete them at your own pace.

Even though I’m not serving in the Youth program anymore, Tiger is a young woman. I wanted to create another scripture study series that would help me to understand more about the youth theme for the year so that I could reinforce it in the home.

The scripture study program is broken up in the following assignments/categories:

  1. Introduction to the Series – This includes a quick overview of the scripture and we study supplemental material from the General Young Men’s and General Young Women’s presidencies.
  2. The Invitation Part One – This assignment will explore the first part of Moroni’s invitation – to come unto Christ.
  3. The Invitation Part Two – This assignment will explore the second part of Moroni’s invitation – to be perfected in Him.
  4. The Invitation Part Three – This assignment will explore the third part of Moroni’s invitation – to deny yourselves of all ungodliness.
  5. Logic Statement – If… – In this assignment, we will study what it means to deny yourself of all ungodliness, and why that’s important.
  6. Logic Statement – If… – In this assignment, we will continue studying the “if” portion of Moroni’s logic statement – to love God will all your might, mind, and strength.
  7. Logic Statement – Then… – In this assignment, we will study the next portion of the Logic statement – which is receiving grace.
  8. Second Logic Statement–If, then – Moroni concludes this verse with a second logic statement. This assignment will explore an practical example of this logic statement. We will see how this whole scripture comes together in this assignment.

You can download this entire scripture study series here:

Or Click on this link.

By the way – this would be a great value project!!!

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So, download the scripture study program and complete it. Let me know how it goes. Also, if you notice any mistakes, please email me or leave a comment below!!! Also, be on the lookout. I hope to make this scripture study series into an App soon. 🙂

Handmade Gospel Book for Youth (Final)

Well, this is last post chronicling the book I made for my daughter. Click on the links to see other parts of this book (Part One (Introduction and About the book), Part Two (Faith), Part Three (Divine Nature), Part Four (Individual Worth), and Part 5 (Knowledge), Part Six (Choice and Accountability), Part Seven (Good Works), Part 8 (Intgrity), and Part Nine (Virtue).

The Six Be’s

The Six Be's

The Six Be’s


I’ve always liked the “Six Be’s” not only is it ready-made for cuteness (bees!…and Tiger is a Beehive!), but the teachings are so good. As I was working on this layout, it dawned on me how long ago that President Hinkley gave the Six Be’s talk so long ago…13 years ago, to be exact. Can you believe it? Me, neither.

My Testimony

This is the stuff I know!

This is the stuff I know!


As I was making this book, I kept thinking of Alma and Lehi–who speak to their sons before their death. Now, I’m not predicting that I’ll die anytime soon, but I thought about the idea of a parent teaching a child, and more specifically a parent bearing testimony to a child. I wanted to include my own testimony to Tiger–written. It is important to me that she knows I know.

Closing notes

Just one last little note before saying good-bye!

Just one last little note before saying good-bye!


Just a few more words before I’m done! And a cute picture, of course!!!

Love ya!!!

Ciao!!!

Ciao!!!


And that’s it!

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I did finish this book to Tiger just in time for her birthday. She was so excited about it. She loves it. She has been reading from it a lot. And, last Sunday, she taught a lesson on Gratitude and actually used it in her class! Pretty exciting. I’m very happy with it.

Now…to add to the craziness, I’m thinking of making another book–for her 13th birthday. It won’t be as involved as this 12 year old book, but I really think I’d like to do something nice. I’ll be brainstorming a bit first, though.

Have you made a book? On another note, perhaps you’re not really an “artsy” person. If you were to find a book like this–handwritten, pretty, etc. With inspiration about the Values, and Standards from For the Strength of Youth–at Deseret Book or a similar store, would it be something you would buy? I’m thinking of sending them some kind of pitch…I’d love to hear your feedback!

Handmade Gospel Book for Youth–Integrity and Virtue (Parts 8 and 9)

These are the eighth and ninth parts of a book I made for my daughter’s 12th birthday. You can also see Part One (Introduction and About the book), Part Two (Faith), Part Three (Divine Nature), Part Four (Individual Worth), and Part 5 (Knowledge), Part Six (Choice and Accountability), and Part Seven (Good Works).

Integrity

The next section of the book I made for Tiger had to do with Integrity. Again, I grouped a few of the concepts taught in For the Strength of the Youth in this section.

Language

The Importance of what We Say.

The Importance of what We Say.


On these pages, I wrote about the power of language. Language is one of those things that can either be really great or pretty terrible–it depends on how we use it. I also reminded Tiger that we can’t control what others say, and we can provide a good example to others. I think that we live in a time when people don’t seem to care about what they say. We hear people curse, gossip, say the Lord’s name in vain, make threats, and joke about sacred things. Often, we brush it off, it’s just a joke, or they are only words, but we must remember what Paul teaches “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but only that which is good…and edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29)

A Self-Test

Elder Uchtdorf's Self Test.

President Uchtdorf’s Self Test.


This page is a self-test about negative speaking/gossip that President Uchtdorf gave during a recent General Conference. This page also includes what we can do instead.

Integrity 1

Isn't Elder Bednar the Best? And isn't this house cute?

Isn’t Elder Bednar the Best? And isn’t this house cute?


I actually have three layouts that deal with Integrity. For this first one, I drew a picture that was based (heavily) on this illustration. (Note: Usually I like to be more creative and copy less, but I found myself pressed for time with this project, and I wanted to get it done before Tiger turned 12…so I kind of copied stuff…oh well…better than nothing!). The quote that I included is from Elder Bednar. I like it!

Integrity 2

An Integrity "assignment" that actually helps Tiger to finish a value experience!

An Integrity “assignment” that actually helps Tiger to finish a value experience!


I was having trouble coming up with a good layout for Integrity. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say. As I thought about it, I was led to the first Value Experience for Integrity. I decided to make a little bit of a “worksheet” with questions and prompts for Tiger. When she finishes this, she will have finished the first value experience for Integrity!

Integrity 3

Pretty wise words!

Pretty wise words!


I know that this isn’t a quote from a GA, but I don’t care because I love it! This is just one of the most succinct explanations of integrity, and I felt like it would help Tiger to really understand what integrity is–and how it is different than honesty. So…thank you Oprah for some wise words!

Virtue

Virtue

First, can I just say how much I love that the value Virtue was added, and that the Value Project is to read the Book of Mormon? I can’t believe that we weren’t reading the Book of Mormon as a requirement for Personal Progress in the first place!!!

I love Elaine Dalton!

I love Elaine Dalton!


This layout explaining Virtue is a quote from Elain S. Dalton. Don’t you love her???!!! Also, the picture I drew was heavily inspired by something I saw online, but I can’t find the page.

Dating

Dating...duh duh duuuuuuhhhhhh...

Dating…duh duh duuuuuuhhhhhh…


Even though Tiger shouldn’t be dating until she’s 16, I felt like I should absolutely include some thoughts on this subject in the book. I took this chance to let her know that it is okay and appropriate for her to start thinking about boys, but that she will have time to have experiences with boys, dating, and other things that seem like fun in the future. I advised her to listen to what the prophets have taught. This is a time for her to have fun, discover herself, and prepare for the future–rather than get wrapped up in a relationship with a boy.

Modesty

Esther vs. Jared's Daughter...

Esther vs. Jared’s Daughter…


The layout for Modesty is actually four pages (two layouts). I feel that modesty is incredibly important–especially at the age of 12. I know that the decisions she makes now will shape the choices she makes in a few years. I want her to be mindful of the power of modesty. A while ago, I wrote a talk and blog post on the subject. Up to this point, Tiger has made it a commitment to be modest. I hope that she will always choose this.

Music and Dancing 1

More advice!!!

More advice!!!


I love music, and honestly the consumption of music and other media can be difficult for me to choose the right. I haven’t always done so. But I’ve changed and have become much pickier about what I consume, and I can see how it has blessed my life to do so. I encourage Tiger to also be very careful about her music and dancing. They really do impact us.

Music and Dancing 2

The Song of the Heart

The Song of the Heart


One of my favorite scriptures.

Purity

Purity: it seems a little advanced for a 12 year old, but it is so important.

Purity: it seems a little advanced for a 12 year old, but it is so important.


In this layout, I’m much more open about keeping the law of chastity and how remaining pure will bless Tiger’s life. The idea of purity is scoffed at. It is considered “old fashioned.” There are many feminists who decry purity. The thing is, they are wrong. Purity is of utmost importance. It will help us to be happy. It will help us have the Spirit. I know that we need to encourage our daughters (and sons) to be pure.

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Well, there you go. This covers Integrity and Virtue. I will have one more post with the final pages of the journal. Thanks for checking it out! Have you been working on something like this? If so, let me know! Any ideas?! 🙂

Handmade Gospel Book for Youth–Knowledge (Part 5)

This is the fifth part of the gospel book for my daughter that just turned twelve. You can also see Part One (Introduction and About the book), Part Two (Faith), Part Three (Divine Nature), and Part Four (Individual Worth).

Knowledge

I have formatted this book to kind of follow the values from the Young Woman’s theme, so this section is all about knowledge. Included in this section are some of the standards included in For the Strength of the Youth that seem to be associated with the value knowledge. I hope you enjoy this little look!

Knowledge

A few thoughts on knowledge.

A few thoughts on knowledge.

So, this page is all about knowledge–gaining knowledge and why it is important. I have always valued the chance I had to receive an education, and I wanted Tiger to understand that everything in the world around her will give her knowledge – not only what she does in school.

Tiger is a very curious individual, and I encouraged her to continue to satisfy her curiosities in a smart way. This time in her life is especially geared for obtaining knowledge. Though she will have chances to be more social, and it is fun, I encouraged her to remember to keep those interests balanced with gaining knowledge.

Education

About receiving an education.

About receiving an education.

This page is closely related to knowledge, but I wanted this to focus more on her goals in life and how an education will help her to obtain those goals. I understand that a 12 year old girl might not know exactly what she wants to do in life, but I wanted her also to understand that if she wants to keep her future options open, then she needs to make wise decisions now. Receiving an education is a big part of this.

Word of Wisdom 1

A cute quote about health.

A cute quote about health.

This little nursery rhyme is a nice little reminder on how to live a happy healthy life:

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If you are only willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your heart they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling.

Cute and true!

Word of Wisdom 2

My thoughts to Tiger on the Word of Wisdom.

My thoughts to Tiger on the Word of Wisdom.

In this layout, I wanted to make sure that there is more to the Word of Wisdom than “don’t drink, don’t smoke.” Right now, I know that those aren’t temptations to Tiger. That might change, and perhaps there will be a time when she needs more guidance about the temptation to break the word of wisdom, but for now, I wanted to help her concentrate on how everything we put into our mouths effects us. This is often hard for me to remember.

I also wanted her to know that when we treat our bodies well, then we are also treating our spirits well. There is a connection between out bodies and spirits. If we smoke, drink, eat too much junk food, don’t get enough rest or exercise, then not only does our body suffer, but our Spirit also suffers.

I’m hoping that if she understands “why” the Word of Wisdom is so beneficial, then she will be more apt to keep it in the future.

Receiving Revelation

Pattern to Receiving Revelation

Pattern to Receiving Revelation

Finally, I wrote about receiving revelation. Here, I wrote/illustrated the pattern to receiving revelation- as taught in the Doctrine Covenants 9:7-9.
Pattern for receiving revelation

  1. Study – instead of expecting the Lord to solve all of our problems, we need to be proactive. We study our problem and the solution; we study the choice that we are trying to make; we study what it is we are going to learn; then we come up with our own solution that makes sense to us based on the information that we have gathered. This doesn’t have to take days or weeks. It may only take a few minutes. What matters most is that we study it out in our minds.
  2. Ask – After studying out the issue in our minds, then we are ready to counsel with the Lord. We can ask Him if our decision is right. We ask through prayer, fasting, and through seeking answers in the scriptures or at the temple. While the Lord wants us to be think more independently, He still wants to be a part of the process.
  3. Recognize the Lord’s Answer – After doing this, then the Lord will answer us in one of the following ways:
    • No – if it is wrong, then we will not feel right about the solution we have prayed about. We won’t feel confident or empowered. We will feel confused or blank. We have to learn how the Spirit speaks to us.
    • Yes – If the solution is good, and God endorses it, then we will feel happy. The scriptures say that our “bosoms will burn,” and I’m not exactly sure what it means, but I know that I feel happy, enlightened, hopeful, and as if everything is completely clear.

Understanding the pattern to receiving revelation is very helpful. Soon enough, Tiger will be making big decisions in her life. This pattern can help answer any of the questions she will have.

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Well, that’s it for the knowledge section. I’ve actually finished the book, Tiger is 12 and has it, but I wanted to make sure that I updated it here, too. 🙂 Next up is Choice and Accountability. Check back later to see it!

Introducing: Personal Progress Perspectives and a Give-Away!

Well…today Tiger turned 12.

Her room was "heart attacked" by her new class.

Her room was “heart attacked” by her new class.

Can you believe it? I can’t…tomorrow she meets with the Bishop, then she gets her little certificate, and goes on to Young Women. I’m not sure how I became the parent of a Youth!!!!

Happy Faces

Happy Faces

I’ve been doing what I can to prepare for having a daughter who is a youth. I want her to develop her own testimony, and I know that the Personal Progress Program is a really helpful way for young women to learn their identity as daughters of God and come unto Christ.

Having served in Young Women’s presidencies in the past, I know that mothers are encouraged to work on Personal Progress with their daughters. I plan on taking the opportunity to do so. Tiger and I have decided that we will blog about our experiences working on Personal Progress. She’ll write from her perspective – about Personal Progress, Activites, and being in the Young Women’s, in general. I’ll blog about my experiences working on this as a mother.

Okay…so the blog is called: Personal Progress Perspectives. Please check it out.

Oh…and before I forget. We’re hosting a give-away.

Cute Value Bracelets!

Cute Value Bracelets!

Aren't these great?

Aren’t these great?

Head on over to http://personalprogressperspectives.blogspot.com and enter to win these bracelets. Two winners will be announced on July 15.

Anyway…thanks for checking it out. I’m hoping that this blog will be a good way for Tiger and I to experience Personal Progress together. I also hope that it will inspire other mothers and daughters to work on Personal Progress, too.

Handmade Gospel Book for Youth – Individual Worth (Part 4)

This is the fourth part of the gospel book for my daughter that will be turning twelve later this year. You can also see Part One (Introduction and About), Part Two (Faith), and Part Three (Divine Nature).

Individual Worth

This book is following the format of the Young Women’s theme, so the next value is Individual Nature. Additionally, in this section, I’ve found some of the standards from For the Strength of the Youth that seem associated with Individual Worth. I hope you enjoy this sneak peak!

Individual Worth

A few thoughts on what Individual Worth actually means.

A few thoughts on what Individual Worth actually means.


These two pages are about what individual worth is. I’m not sure I actually understood it when I was a teenager. I definitely had a hard time really understanding the difference between divine nature and individual worth.

Really, I think that they work in tandem. Divine nature = we are children of God. Individual worth = He loves us. We are valuable to Him.

I wanted Tiger to understand that she is valuable. So much of the world tells us the exact opposite. I mean, advertising is all about exploiting our doubts so that we buy a product that will make us happier, thinner, prettier, hairier, less hairy, taller, better smelling people with really bright, shiny, white teeth.

While I’m not really against many products (I like smelling good, for example), I do not agree with the messages that we are surrounded by. Additionally, I wanted Tiger to remember that she is talented, spiritual, happy, and loved. I think that when we understand our individual worth, we become more confident. We also can endure trials better because we are secure in the love Heavenly Father has for us and we know that it will be for our good.

Friends 1

A cute quote on friendship.

A cute quote on friendship.

Another angle of the same layout.  Glittery and pretty!

Another angle of the same layout. Glittery and pretty!


The next two pages are a pretty picture…heavily influenced by this painting. I’m not one who usually likes to “copy”, but I’m trying to be realistic about this book for Tiger. I have a lot going on in my life right now. I want it to be cute. And I know that if I try to come up with completely original content for every single page, then I won’t finish this book until she’s 26. So…I’m kind of borrowing a lot of ideas… 🙂

Oh – and the quote says, “Nothing but Heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.” – Plautus.

Friends 2

A little advice about friends.

A little advice about friends.


In these pages, I wrote to Tiger about the blessing of friends. I wanted her to know that friends are good and she should pursue these relationships. Often, we focus so much on family, I think that we forget the value of friends.

I pointed out a scripture from 2 Nephi…where Lehi was speaking to Zoram:

“And now, Zoram, I speak unto you: Behold, thou art the servant of Laban; nevertheless, thou hast been brought out of the land of Jerusalem, and I know that thou art a true friend unto my son, Nephi, forever.” – 2 Nephi 1:30

I love this scripture because we often think of Nephi going it alone. We think of how he was treated by his brothers. There is a lot we don’t know about Nephi, but this blessing given to Zoram is a small insight. Even though Nephi had some pretty mean brothers, the Lord had blessed Nephi with a true friend.

I feel like our friends are an important part of who we become – especially in our teen years. I want Tiger to choose to find friends who will be true friends – that will help her, have fun, learn from her, teach her, and respect her.

Work

The importance of Work...a Good Reminder.

The importance of Work…a Good Reminder.


In this set of pages, I wrote to Tiger about the value of work. Sometimes, it is easy to overlook this principle. I think that a lot of people value professional work, but not all kinds of work. We should learn to value all forms of work – whether it is in a job, dishes, or even a “work out”.

Personal progress will help to give her experiences where she will have to work hard in order to learn and complete the requirements for the program. It is a good experience with work.

Work is a deeply satisfying thing, but often not until we are finished (or close to it). It is so hard to remember that because work also typically requires some kind of sacrifice. I hope that Tiger will learn to work and see the blessings that it brings into her life.

Work 2

Balancing everything is an important part of work.

Balancing everything is an important part of work.


Finally, I made a layout talking about the importance of balance in our lives. This is a principle that should be taught with work. If we work too hard or inefficiently, then we lose strength, time, and we may not even obtain the goal we are looking for. Balance helps us to prioritize and find happiness in the work we do.

I found an article at lds.org about balancing things in our life, and adapted it for this layout. I gave her eight tips: establishing priorities, setting attainable goals, budgeting wisely, building relationships, studying the scriptures, taking care of yourself, living the gospel, and praying always.

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Well…I’m making real progress on the book. I like it. I’m sure that it is helping me more than it will help her. Next up will be knowledge! Check in later to see it.

Handmade Gospel Book for Youth – Part 3

This is the third part of the gospel book I’m making for my daughter who will be twelve next summer. You can also see part one, and part two.

Divine Nature

This book is, generally, following the pattern of the young women’s values. So, naturally, after faith is Divine Nature. Additionally, in this section, are a few of the standards from For the Strength of the Youth that I felt could be grouped with Divine Nature.

Divine Nature 1

A few thoughts and explanation of Divine Nature

A few thoughts and explanation of Divine Nature

These pages are all about Divine Nature. Personally, I think that it can be a little bit tough to really understand what it means. It isn’t as obvious as something like faith or knowledge. Divine nature is understanding that we are children of God.

I wanted Tiger to understand that She is a daughter of God. No one can ever change that about her. It isn’t some kind of fleeting interest or hobby. It is her make-up. She is, always has been, and always will be a daughter of God.

I shared a personal experience – from when she was a baby. I was feeling overwhelmed with motherhood (she was only about a week old). I was overwhelmed with joy, emotions, and the responsibility that was before me. I prayed for comfort and guidance, and was reminded that though Tiger had been born to me, she was actually a daughter of God – my spiritual sister. I had a spiritual witness of her divine origins, and wanted her to know of this in detail.

Daughter of God

Daughter of God

Sometimes it is easy to forget this amazing truth.

Divine Nature II

A cute Poem and Picture of Tiger

A cute Poem and Picture of Tiger

For the next layout of pages, I found a cute poem – Who I really Am, by Cindy Maybon. I also drew a picture of Tanner, influenced by a picture I found online, but can’t find the link to now…

Entertainment and Media I

Advice about choosing entertainment and media.

Advice about choosing entertainment and media.

I felt that the standard entertainment and media would be good as a part of the Divine Nature group. I guess that it is because entertainment and media have a strong effect on us.

I wanted Tiger to understand that entertainment and media are not bad, but they are powerful, so we must be wise. I told her a story that I once heard at a youth conference when I was a youth (the story was told by one of the men in our stake presidency). He related a story of a woman who had gone into a coma for some reason, and before she was totally conscious, she started speaking, but no one could understand her. It turns out she was speaking Ancient Greek. Yet she hadn’t learned the language. She was actually reciting the words of a poem in Ancient Greek. The Doctors and her family were stunned. Finally, they made the connection. For years, she had been a housekeeper for a professor of Classical Languages/Literature. She must have overheard him recite the poem. And now, in her coma, she could recite it perfectly.

The point of the story was the power of our brains: to consume and keep information. Even though we aren’t the best at recalling information, once we consume something, it is stored away somewhere in our brains. I remember having a strong reaction to this story when I was a youth – realizing that I needed to be more careful about what I was choosing to listen to and watch. I didn’t want to fill my brain with trash!

Entertainment and Media II

Tips on how to CTR when it comes to entertainment and media.

Tips on how to CTR when it comes to entertainment and media.

...More tips...

…More tips…

...and more tips...

…and more tips…

...finally more tips.

…finally more tips.

For this layout, I wrote down tips that will help Tiger Choose The Right when it came to choosing entertainment and media. I found the list here at lds.org.

Family I

About Families

About Families

For the next subject, I chose family. It also seemed to fit in with Divine Nature. On these pages, I drew a cute little design, then wrote about all of the family that she has and loves her (which is a lot!). I also told her how much I regret that I didn’t spend more time cultivating my relationship with Sean before he passed away. I encouraged her to build her relationship with her siblings, to spend time with them, and to be forgiving of all of us. I know that our greatest joys and happiness will come in the walls of our homes – with our families.

Family II

Love this!

Love this!

Finally, for the last layout of the Divine Nature section, I found and wrote this quote by Joseph F. Smith. It was fun to make. 🙂 I also drew little drawings of the members of our family on the following page.

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So…that’s it for this update. You can find more in the section for Individual Worth. I’m really happy about this book so far. I can’t wait to give it to her

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