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New Year, New Themes

I am a theme person. I just love themes. And with a new year comes new themes. Yay!

The 2019 youth theme for the youth ages 11-17 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is…

If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments

~John 14:15

This theme is significant to me because my youngest son, Marcus, is 16-years old and actively participates in the Aaronic Priesthood organization in our church. Last Sunday he was ordained to the office of Priest. Soon he will be blessing the Sacrament as part of his Priest duties.

I love the inspiring music video that goes with this theme. Check it out here.

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And usually the Primary children (Primary is the children’s organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for children ages 3-10) have a new theme as well, but this year we have a beautiful new curriculum called, Come Follow Me, and all Primary children will be learning and sharing from the New Testament this year. I guess you could say the Primary theme is the New Testament.

This is significant to me because I am a Primary teacher to a very special five-year old boy who has some special needs. He doesn’t fully engage in Primary lessons and activities but my calling is to help him feel welcomed and loved more than anything else.

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Families and individuals in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will also be studying the New Testament at home and in Sunday School class at church. So the New Testament will be a running theme throughout this year for me and my family. We have a beautiful Come Follow Me manual to help us increase our gospel learning in our homes. Honestly, as a homeschooling mama, I feel as if I’ve known all along that the home should be Learning-Central. I am excited about this new curriculum and its purpose.

It seems to be a sort of new year tradition for many bloggers and homeschooling mamas to give themselves a theme in the form of an inspirational word. In past years my theme words have been Embrace, Trust, and Faith. I’m still pondering if I want a word for this year. I usually blog about my word and then promptly forget it, LOL. I haven’t really made it a part of me yet. But I think the idea is a neat one.

I will share, however, my theme with my SURF Club girls (the little girls in my neighborhood who make crafts with me) for January. Usually our crafts are themed for seasons and holidays and I could’ve stuck with winter crafts for January, but I decided to try something new and base our craft days on select national days. The four national days I chose for January are…

National Trivia Day  (January 4th)

National Hat Day  (January 15th)

National Winnie the Pooh Day  (January 18th)

National Puzzle Day  (January 29th)

♥ Yesterday (Friday) kicked off my craft days for January so next week I will post the results from our National Trivia Day craft when each group (I hold three craft days a week to accommodate all the girls.) has made their crafts. But yesterday’s crafts turned out great and if you want to see those I posted pics on Instagram. Do you use themes in your life? Do you choose an inspirational word to live by each year? Do you ever celebrate national days? If so, I’d love to hear about them! Thanks for stopping by and I hope your new year is off to a fantastic start (and not an expensive start like mine- a new heater for one of our vehicles- sigh) ♥

 

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Posted in Scripture Corner

Precept Upon Precept, Line Upon Line

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This scripture verse reminds me that this is the Lord’s way of teaching His children- “precept upon precept, line upon line”. This is why I can take a familiar chapter or verse of scripture and glean something new when I read it yet again, especially when I take the time to quietly ponder the meaning in my heart and mind. I’m so thankful for the scriptures which were given to us to help us continue our learning and growth in this life. ♥ I believe we came to this earth with the knowledge we gained in the pre-mortal life with our Heavenly parents. Although we do not directly remember what our life there was like, our spirits are capable of recognizing eternal truths when we hear or read them. We only need to open our hearts and minds in faith, believing that we will be given further light and knowledge as we seek it.

In my church, we have additional books of scripture which I love and know to be true. In the Book of Mormon, there is a similar verse to this one in Isaiah:

For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.

2 Nephi 28:30

Isn’t this a beautiful verse? If you read the Book of Mormon with a sincere desire to know if it is a true book of scripture, you may find that it reaffirms and even clarifies much of what the Bible teaches us. We have an Article of Faith in my church which states:

We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

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We know the Bible was translated by several different people so it seems possible that in these many translations some plain and valuable truths were lost. In my church, we study the King James version as we believe this is the most correct translation, and when we study the Book of Mormon along with the Bible, we gain a clearer understanding of the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of our Heavenly Father’s plan for us, His children. ♥ I just wanted to share this with my readers today and invite them to read the Book of Mormon for themselves. There is even a promise near the end which you can read here. I know there are a lot of skeptics about the Book of Mormon, but I also know that we have the ability to gain a personal testimony of anything for ourselves, and the only way to do that with this book of scripture is to actually read and ponder it. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

♥ Do you have a favorite scripture verse about learning? I’d love for you to share it with us! Do you have an example of learning something line upon line, precept upon precept? Please share! Thank you for your thoughtful and kind comments. ♥

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He Is Risen (Bible Video)

I hope you’ll watch this beautifully done video from the Life of Jesus Christ Bible video series. You can find additional Bible videos here and other Easter videos here. These are great to share with your family.

I have a testimony of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. I know He sacrificed for each one of us in a way I will never fully understand. His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, when he took upon himself all the sins of the world, means we will be forgiven of our sins if we sincerely repent and forsake them. He suffered terribly and died upon the cross, for us. He was resurrected, his body and spirit reunited, three days later. This means we too will live again, our bodies and spirits will be reunited, after we leave this mortal life. We could only have these amazing gifts through our Savior. Someone had to pay the price and He paid that price, for us. Jesus has shown us the way to live here on earth so that we can return home safely to our Father in Heaven. All we have to do is follow His example, be His hands here on earth, and let His light shine through us.

♥ Happy Easter to all my readers. ♥

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Doers of the Word

These verses are from James 1:19-27.  Sometimes I think it’s good to stop and check myself. Am I a doer of the word? The word which I try to study on a daily basis? The word which I teach to my children? This is a 3 minute video. You can find more inspirational Bible videos here. They are great to add to family or personal scripture study.

 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.