Wednesday, February 23, 2011


So I didn't even know it was possible for me to have twins. I always thought they were a genetic thing and I didn't have that gene. But I knew nothing about what we do know about what causes twins. Apparently I do have whatever it is, because we're expecting twins. I had an appointment with my doctor last week and she thought I was measuring large for only being almost 12 weeks. She told me it could be one of three reasons why I'm measuring large, 1- I might just measure large, 2- I'm further along then my dates say I am, 3- Twins. Friday I went and got the ultra sound down that she referred me to, and after being told there was just one baby, the tech changed her mind. Twins. This means no home birth with my midwife, or birthing center birth. I am just in shock. My husband keeps thinking of things we don't own two of that we are going to need a second of. Twins. I just can't wrap my head around it. Well this does explain a few thing, like how sick I've been, and how I felt like I was gaining weight a little too fast, and how I'm super extra sleepy all the time. Twins!
At least I have 6 more months to get use to the idea. By the way we're due Sep 6.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Practice & Review: I Will Follow God's Plan For Me

I made this board game while on my mission. It was to teach the Plan of Salvation to children. I used it for investigator families with children, unbaptized children of record, children turning 8, and for FHE when we did the lesson for a family. It was one of the smartest visuals I made my WHOLE mission. It was made with a poster board, construction paper, a black marker, and pass along cards. 

The green spaces gave them life choices that told them they got to move forward and how many or stay where they are (bad choice life events). Originally it was move back one for bad choices but it took too long to play the game. The pictures such as baptism or the temple are life events and by passing the life event you'd move into a new section of life and different green cards/choices. This was also when we taught the major points of the 4th discussion (and part of the second) ie the plan of salvation and the need for baptism (and sometimes why temples are important).
How I plan to use this for primary?
Each Green space will be a card. It will have a quiz question about the song or the plan of salvation. To have the game go faster you can use a dice or have each card randomly (or due to degree of difficultly) say how many spaces to move forward. For the questions about the song, if there is any difficultly answering the question then sing the song as a group to help them remember. The more times you sing though the song the better. You can do this in two teams or have everyone be a team together because we are all trying to help each other here on Earth. It just really just a simple board game with the Plan of Salvation stuck in as steps. You could cut out pictures from the FRIEND or write the name of the steps of the plan on paper
 Sample questions you can use:

  • My life has a _____, my life has a ______ in _____ it began
  • What is the line after, "I will follow God's plan for me"
  • What line is be before, "My life has a purpose."
  • What is the first stage of the Plan of Salvation?
  • Where does the song say it all began?
  • Where does the song say we was our choice to come to?
  • What stage of the Plan are we in right now?
  • How many times do we sing the word "life" in this song?
  • How many times do we sing the word "Follow" in this song?
  • What does the song say we are SEEKing?
  • What stage of the Plan comes after this Earth life?
  • Where does the song say we'll be "happy"?
  • The song says we will be "holding fast" to what?
  • Fill in the blanks "I will _____ and I will _____".
  • In the song we sing that we will always walk in who's way?
  • The song mentions 2 different homes, where are they?
  • After we are judged what will happen to us?
  • Where do we go after we die?
  • What kingdom do we want to end up in?
  • In the song we sing that our "life" is/has 3 things, what are they?
  • In the song we sing that we sing that "God's Light" is to (direct us from when)?
  • Fill in the blanks "I will _____ God's ____ for me".

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Teaching: I Will Follow God's Plan for Me

There are lots of good ideas out there. I took a number of the other post ideas and made them a little more mine.

To start I am going to have a gift. In that gift I am going to have this picture of a baby and Earth. I am going to read a scripture Mosiah 2: 41. We are going to list ways in which our lives are "gifts from God", Only spend a couple of minutes on the scripture and the list (I will not be writing it down).
Then we will learn the song.

These are the visuals I made up. All but a couple are visuals I had from other songs. I have also started making more generic picture visuals and put them page sleeves, I then tape simple word hits to the visual.