Day #4 #ShareGoodness

#sharegoodnessToday’s lesson focus on Sharing Goodness through Social Media.  Does your family look like this?share goodness

I know we are like most families and Social Media is a big part of life.  Even if you don’t want it to be, it still is.  Instead of keeping my children away from social media, I use it as a learning tool.  It is a great way to have so many discussions.  If they learn now how to navigate the world of social media safely, they are more likely to continue those patterns into adulthood.  Use today’s lesson as a springboard to discussions with your children about the good and bad of Social Media.   Ask them to share experiences they have encountered personally or experiences their friends have had.  Talk about these #ShareGoodness Tips:

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For the service part of this lesson, take some time and asks each family member to write 10 positive posts or comments on their social media sites.  If you have young children, help them send emails or write comments on your accounts to people they know and love such as grandparents, aunts or uncles.  So much of the time we are “takers” on social media – checking how many comments we have or how many “likes” we have.  It is important to give of ourselves in this virtual world.  Set goals on how each member of the family can #ShareGoodness each day.


Day #3 Random Acts of Kindness

Mique30daysToday’s post is by Mique from the 30 Handmade Days blog.  Mique is one amazing gal.  She and I live in the same town and have been friends for over 10 years.  She is the queen of printables, organization, photography, craftyess, and ideas for Random Acts of Kindness.  You should definitely check out her blog, follow her on Pinterest, FB, and Instagram!!

The inspiration for these activities comes from this scripture and these quotes.  You can use them in your family lesson to introduce the activity.

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:36–40).

Spiritual strength frequently comes through selfless service.” – President Thomas S. Monson

As we obey His commandments and serve our fellowmen, we become better disciples of Jesus Christ.” -Elder Daniel L. Johnson

Mique is sharing some of her fabulous printables for quick little gifts you can take a friend, neighbor, teacher, or anyone that needs a little sunshine in their day.  Involve your family as you choose a project you want to make.  Click on the picture for a complete instructions and to download the printable.  Have everyone in the family suggest someone they would like to take one to.






Click HERE for more of Mique’s Random Acts Of Kindess Ideas!!

Watch the short video Lessons I Learned As A Boy to conclude your evening.

Day #2 Service Cranium

Hi!  I’m Sheena from Little LDS Ideas.  I am so excited to be here today and to be a part of Amanda’s 14 Day Walk With Christ.  I have been sharing my LDS ideas and printables on my blog for the past 5 years.  I have loved learning all about blogging, but mostly I have enjoyed sharing my ideas with others.  I share ideas for Primary, YW, Relief Societ, FHE, and a few other things.
I love the 14 Day Walk With Christ!  It’s such a great idea to get our families focused on Christ during Easter.  This year’s focus is on Service.  I am excited to share a game from my blog and hope you and your family enjoy playing it!

I have used my Service Cranium game for Sharing Time, but would be great for Family Home Evening as well. 
My Service Cranium focuses on service. As you and your family play the game you will read scriptures, answer questions/scenarios, read about parables/stories, sing songs….all about service. It’s so important to teach our children to serve others. Our Savior was the greatest example of serving and loving others. I love this quote from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf:
“As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness.” {Dieter F. Uchtdorf}  
Get together with your children and plan a fun family game night. As you play discuss the importance of service. Discuss the scriptures and stories in the game. 
And then after you have played, plan a service that your family can do together.
Items Needed to Play:
Cranium Cards (link below)
Paper & Pencil
Something to keep score (paper, chalkboard, or dry-erase board)
Quick Look at Service Cranium
There are 5 categories in Service Cranium:
Scripture Search
Question Quiz
Singing Star
Creative Cat
Each card describes an activity that each team will need to do. Some of the activities will have you answer questions, draw, charade, hum, or read a scripture, and they all are about Service.
Some of the cards have a ‘Two Team Play’ on it. When one of these cards are chosen a member from each team will be playing head to head. 
This is a great game to teach your family about Service while having fun.
How to Play:
Split into 2 teams and pick a team name for each team.
On a piece of paper or a chalkboard/dry erase board, write each team’s name, this is where you will keep score.

Decide which team goes first and have one member come up and pick a card. 
Have the person read the card and do the activity described.
If they correctly do what is asked on the card before the timer runs out, their team is awarded a certain amount of points (your family decides).
If they are unsuccessful at completing the task the other team has a chance to answer and ‘steal’ the point(s).
Continue playing until all the cards have been drawn or until you have reached a certain amount of points.
Other Ways to Play:
Instead of having the person pick a card you could create a 6 sided dice. Have each side a color of each category and for the sixth side you could have a ‘Wild’. When they land on a ‘Wild’ they can pick the category.
Service Cranium Cards
I decided to give my game, that I shared so many years ago, a little ‘face lift’.
There are 4 pages of cards for you to use for your own family ‘Service Cranium’ game night.
There are 6 cards for each category and then I included a blank card for each category if you wanted to create your own.
Just click the link below to download the zip file!
Click HERE to print page 1 of the Cranium Service Cards.
Click HERE to print page 2 of the Cranium Service Cards.
Click HERE to print page 3 of the Cranium Service Cards.
Click HERE to print page 4 of the Cranium Service Cards.
I want to Thank Amanda once again for letting me contribute to her ’14 Day Walk with Christ.’ This is such a wonderful idea and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.

I hope all of you have a wonderful day!


Day #1 – 14 Day Walk With Christ 2015

Welcome to the first day of the 14 Day Walk With Christ!  These last few years we have enjoyed studying a new gospel topic each of the days during this journey.  This year we are focusing on serving: serving our family, our friends, our neighbors, and our community.  I hope you are able to join in and find ways to see another’s lack and give of yourself.  
Day #1 – Serving in our Family
This is our family.  This photo makes it look like we are a perfect family – we all are in our nicest clothes that even coordinate, our hair is perfect, it is a sunny day and we are all smiling.  Isn’t this how families are supposed to be?family
This is really a better representation of how our family is – especially during a family photography session in which NO ONE wants to be at!  Our family is far from perfect.  On any given day I am faced with children who are fighting, arguing, poking, pushing, hitting, teasing, touching, tattling, and you get the picture.  I have good kids, but somehow they can push each other’s buttons.  
I thought this was a good place to start in our 14 Day Walk With Christ.  Taking this time to be reminded how the Savior loved and how we should have that same love in our family – especially!
I love this quote from Mother Teresa:
family love

Our Savior gave Himself in unselfish service. He taught that each of us should follow Him by denying ourselves of selfish interests in order to serve others.

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:24–25; see also Matthew 10:39).

Service Bunnies – Hop To It!

I have been sewing these little bunnies last week for this little idea I had.  If you want to make your own, here is where I got the pattern.  You can also use store-bought bunnies, paper bunnies, or bunnies you already have.

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The idea is to begin with one bunny.  Tell your family that the little bunny is going to help bring some love into your home.  Ask for a volunteer who wants to begin.  That person then takes the bunny and thinks of something nice or thoughtful he/she can do for someone in the family.  After that person has done their little act of service, the bunny is placed on the recipient’s bed.

IMG_4886That person is then next for the service task.  What they don’t know is that bunnies tend to multiply.  Give it a few days and then introduce another bunny.  Keep the bunnies hopping around to each person in the family.

IMG_4889Then a few more days, introduce another bunny – until you have more bunnies then you can handle!  At the end of the 2 weeks, hopefully there will be a little more peace in your home and the children get to each keep a bunny as a reminder to have more love in our families.

Day #14 He Has Risen

This is the same lesson we do every year the night before Easter – the children look forward to it every year. 

Resurrection Eggs
If you haven’t had a chance to do this with your family, the night before Easter is a great time.  Preparation:  you need 12 plastic eggs.  Number them 1 through 12.  Below I have the number and corresponding items and scriptures.  (you could also place a little treat in each one.)  Place them inside the eggs.   Hide the 12 eggs.

Have the children find the 12 eggs.  Open the egg and read each scripture beginning with egg #1.  This will take you through the Easter story.   There are pictures to go with just about every scripture.  Click HERE for the pictures.  The scriptures began with Christ’s entry into Jerusalem.

Here are the Scripture references for the 12 eggs:
1. Ride on a Donkey – Matthew 21:1-9
2. Silver Coins – Matthew 26:14-16, 46-50; 27:1-5
3. Passover Cup – Matthew 26:17-19, 26-28
4. Praying Hands – Mark 14: 32-42
5. Leather Whip – John 19; 1-15 Matthew 27:26-31
6. Crown of Thorns – Matthew 27:29-31
7. Nails in the Cross – John 19: 16-22
8. Dice for Gambling – John 19: 23-25
9. Soldier’s Spear – John 19:31-37
10. Linen Wrapping – Matthew 27: 57-61
11. Stone of the Tomb – Matthew 28:1-3
12. Empty Tomb – Matthew 28:5-8

For the past 16 years it is a tradition in our family to make “Resurrection Rolls.”  I didn’t come up with this recipe – it’s one of those things that gets passed around.  I am still amazed how everyone marvels at how the marshmallow disappears!  Click here for instructions.

I hope your family enjoys making these.  This is my children’s favorite part of Easter.  We look forward to making these every year.  AND they are super delicious!!!
We also love to dye Easter Eggs.  Nothing fancy, nothing I’m going to “pin” – just good old fashioned eggs and dye!  It never gets old.  This is a good time to talk about the symbols of Easter.  Sometimes its hard for children to know what eggs and bunnies have to do with Easter.  While you are dying your eggs, you can have a little review:
Easter Bunny
There are many different theories…..Spring celebrates new life as did Jesus’ resurrection.  Rabbits are one of the many animals born in the spring and they also have lots of offspring during this time of year.  The rabbit burrows deep under ground and when he emerges from his burrow, it can represent Jesus leaving the tomb.
In many cultures eggs are the symbol of life and Jesus gave everyone Eternal Life through His Atonement and Resurrection.  Eggs were died Red in memory of Christ’s blood, eggs are rolled symbolic of the stone being rolled from the tomb,
This comes from the Jewish Passover where a lamb was sacrificed in each family.  Christ became the Passover Lamb for everyone and so the lamb became a symbol for His sacrifice.
New Clothes
This is a symbol of a new beginning.
We are having fun this year with all our cousins and Gramma and Papa here!

I love this nest image from the Graphics Fairy.  I thought this would be nice to include in our journals and write what the nest and eggs represent.
Summarize the events that took place and the scriptures you read.  Which one stood out to you?  How do you feel knowing Jesus died for you and suffered all things for you that you may have eternal life?  
Thank you so much for joining me on this 14 day journey.  I hope you have been able to do a few of these lessons with your family and find yourself drawing closer to Christ.   Life gets pretty crazy, we missed a few days here and there, and we are looking forward to having the lessons for Family Home Evening.  Happy Easter and may God Bless 🙂


Day #13, Jesus Christ, My Savior

Hi!  It’s Melanie from LDS Handouts.  I started my blog so I could share my handouts I was making for Young Women with others. Since then, it has expanded to a whole bunch of different free handouts. I live in Idaho with my awesome husband and 4 children, ages 11, 8, 5, and 2.  I’m excited to share another lesson with you!!

Jesus Christ, My Savior

Attention activity:  Spread the letters around the room and have your family find them and spell out the word Savior. Ask them what a Savior is and why we might need someone to save us. (Handouts are 4×6 inches)

We needed a Savior because Heavenly Father knew that when we came to Earth we would sin. When we sin and don’t repent, we cannot live with Heavenly Father again. We needed someone to save us so we can live with Heavenly Father again. Jesus volunteered to be our Savior and come to Earth and teach us, atone for our sins, and be crucified so we can live with Heavenly Father again.

Cut this picture into puzzle pieces. (Picture is 8×10 inches)

On each piece, write a way that Jesus helped save us. These can include:
He went through the Atonement and saved us from our sins.
He was crucified and died to save us from death.
He taught us about the Sacrament.
He was a perfect example.
He taught us to be kind.
He taught us to serve.
He taught us to repent.
He taught us to forgive.

Put the puzzle together and talk about each way Jesus saves us.

Print this handout to add to your journal or hang up.

 For another fun activity, write your testimonies down and bury in a bag or seal in an envelop and open again next Easter.

Parable of the Sower, Day #12

Hi! I’m Melanie from LDS Handouts.   I’m super excited to take part in the event. I started my blog so I could share my handouts I was making for Young Women with others. Since then, it has expanded to a whole bunch of different free handouts. I live in Idaho with my awesome husband and 4 children, ages 11, 8, 5, and 2.

I picked The Parable of the Sower because I love parables!! I love the way Jesus taught-by using things that were familiar to the people of the time. I have taken this parable and presented it in a way that I would do it for my family. Enjoy!

The Parable of the Sower

Attention Activity: 
Scripture: Read the Parable of the Sower found in Luke 8: 4-15
Lesson: To reinforce the parable and the meanings, play memory with the cards provided. Match the object with the meaning.
Print out these cards and cut them in half (Card size is 4×6)

Activity: Plant seeds together. Talk about what you need to get a seed to grow in good soil. Talk about how we can make that soil good. Elder Faust gave an awesome talk entitled “Of Seeds and Soil” that shares ways we can make our soil good for our seeds to grow. You can tape this handout to each cup.

Refreshments: Make “dirt cups” by following this recipe from Kraft.

Parable of the Sower coloring pages:

Kids activities and lesson for the Parable of the Sower:

Day #11, Parable of the Ten Virgins

Sorry about the late posting, I selected the wrong time 🙁

Parable of the Ten Virgins, Day 11

To begin the lesson, watch this short video Christ Like Attributes – it’s also found HERE.  It is such a beautiful overview of what we have been learning these last 10 days.

Jesus often taught using familiar objects and situations to teach a spiritual truth; called parables.  The parable of the ten virgins teaches us about the second coming of Jesus Christ and how we can prepare.  
I thought both these lessons were perfect references to teach your children about this parable:
Lesson from Sugardoodle click HERE
Ten Virgins lesson click HERE
Once you’ve gone over the parable, have the family act out the story so it comes to life.  
Now talk about the hidden spiritual truth in this story.  Who are the 10 Virgins?  Who is the Bridegroom?  What is the oil?  What is the marriage?
I liked this music video on youtube depicting people living righteously and putting oil in their lamps.
Have the children cut out the drops of oil and a lamp. (I had to make them colorful, it’s Easter!!)  They can write on each drop of oil what they are doing to prepare for Jesus to come again.  Glue them in your journals.  In the Sugardoodle lesson, there are instructions on how to make this lamp out of a paper plate.


Download oil drops

Because of Him, Day #10

Jesus is the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer. Because of Him, death is not the end, and life takes on new meaning. We can change, we can start over—and we can live again with God. This Easter, celebrate His life and discover all that’s possible because of Him.

Watch video

If you haven’t already, talk to your family about the #BecauseofHim challenge that’s going on this week.

Every day post a photo on your social media sites relating to the day’s topic and type the hashtag #BecauseofHim.

 Show your posts to your children so they can see the photos you post each day.

For younger children who don’t have social media accounts, encourage or help them draw pictures relating to the day’s topic, or print out pictures and hang them up in your home.  I have made these little printables with the topic for each day and they can write something or draw a picture.  You could even take a picture of their picture and text it to Gramma and Grandpa!

Click HERE to download the PDF version

Have each person list as many “Because of Him” statements they can think of.  Keep adding to the list throughout the week.
I sized the photos down and you can print this page and your children can choose one of the photos to put in their journals.  Click HERE for download


Day #9, Service

Hi! I’m Heather Lynne from Raising Memories. I blog about fun things parents can do with and for their kids and like to throw in some photography posts, giveaways, and other fun things for moms.  I’m so happy to be visiting Amanda’s blog today to share a fun lesson idea with you!  (Thank you so much for having me, Amanda!)
Alright, enough about me (if you’re dying of curiosity and want to know more about me or get a glimpse of what kind of fun things I like to post about, just head over to my fun About Page 😉 Now, on to the lesson:
Day #9: Service

You’ll need 12 plastic Eggs & the items needed to create this Easter countdown. You can find a list here as well. – Prepare some small slips of paper and something to write or draw with for each family member. – Have an empty box or bowl ready. – Print the handouts and the “You’ve Been Egged” note.

Download “You’ve Been Egged” note HERE.
  As I Have Loved You would be a great song to start with. You can listen to it here.  You can also find lyrics and piano music at that link.

Start by giving each member of the family a couple of slips of paper & something to write with. Ask them to write down something that someone could do for them that would help them. They should put their name on the paper, fold it, and put it into the box or bowl. (If children are too young to write, they can draw a picture of their thing and a parent can write an explanation by the picture) Read John 13:15 “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” Matthew 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Explain that Jesus is our example. He loved and served others by doing things for them to help them. He healed people, He blessed people, and He helped people. He loves all people. Explain that when we do something for someone else it usually makes us love them more. Ask family members to share stories of times when someone did something for them that made them feel happy. Also ask for stories of times they did something nice for someone else and then felt more love for that person. Family members can now choose to draw as many slips of paper as they wish from the bowl or box and do that service idea for the person who wrote it down. You can follow up with them later to see how it made them feel to help someone else.

 For the activity, you’re going to do something nice for someone else! This is something that will help them to celebrate the real reason for Easter. Together, assemble the 12 eggs with the bible verses and items outlined in this post and then go to someone’s house and hide the eggs in their yard. Leave the “You’ve Been Egged” note on their door, ring the doorbell, and run! 🙂 You can talk about the real meaning behind Easter as you are assembling the eggs at home, too 🙂

  Handout: Download Here.

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