Back to School Family Home Evening

Tomorrow Mikey starts 7th grade, Josh 5th, and Hannah 3rd. In one week Lizzy will start Kindergarten. Amanda and I decided to hold a short family home evening. Josh read 1st Samuel 16:7. We talked about how the Prophet Samuel was looking for the next King and how he learned that’s the Lord doesn’t care about how we look on the outside but the inside. We likened this to how there will be all sorts of different kids at school and we should not judge them based on how they look or what they wear but instead try to see them how God sees them and love them as God loves them. We then had Hannah read Matthew 11:28-30. We discussed how Christ took upon Him all of our heartache and pain, our sorrow and our stress, as well as our sins during the atonement and that we can put all of this on Him and accept in return His yoke, His burden, which is to love each other and follow His commandments.

We finished Family Home Evening with each kid getting a Father’s Blessing.

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Where does the time go?

Its July 22, 2018. Let that sink in for a minute. 20-years ago it was just a few weeks before my senior year of high school. 14-years ago, my wife and I had been married just a few months. 10-years ago we were in the beginnings of what is now called “The Great Recession”. 5-years ago, our youngest child, Lizzy, was just about ready to be born. 1-year ago, my family moved to Southern Utah (I stayed in Southern Nevada for a few more months for work).

I need to be better at valuing each day because that day will never happen again.

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Primary 5 Lesson 35 – The Nauvoo Temple Is Used for Sacred Ordinances

I have recently been called (given the responsibility) as a Primary Teacher in my Ward for 10 and 11 year old children, including my oldest, 11-year old Mikey. This year they are studying the Doctrine and Covenants and LDS Church History in the Primary 5 manual. Yesterday was my first time teaching. I wanted to add some A/V to the lesson in hopes of keeping their attention. I found a blog called “Short Attention Span Sunday School“.

The lesson yesterday was lesson 35 “The Nauvoo Temple Is Used for Sacred Ordinances”. I used a lot of the information from Short Attention Span Sunday School’s Primary 5 lesson 35 post.

I created a slidedeck on my iPad using Keynote and decided to share it in hopes that others may find it helpful. Note – this is a large file as I embedded a video in it.

Let me know if this is helpful to anyone.

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12 Years of Marriage

Happy anniversary to the one I love the most, my better half, my eternal companion, Amanda!

In the 1st Year of Marriage, my true love and I experienced – “Oh honey how much I love you”.

In the 2nd Year of Marriage, my true love and I experienced – “A new house” and “Oh honey how much I love you”.

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July Front Sight Membership Giveaway Winners

This morning, I typed the name of all the entries in my Front Sight Membership Giveaway contest.  As I had three ways to enter, my total entries were 31.  Several people had multiple entries, with one person having four entries.  I put all the entries in a small basket.  My kids enjoyed last time when I let Hannah, my youngest, pick the winner.  However, Mikey & Josh wanted to pick a name also.  So, this time, I let all three kids pick a winner, from youngest to oldest.

Hannah, my 3-year old went first:
Hannah picking her winnerShe picked Ross Siegel, a friend and co-worker.

Josh, my 5-year old then went:
Josh picking his winnerHe picked Ed Hall, who entered and referred several other people and had the most entries.

Mikey, my 7-year old was third.
Mikey picking his winnerHe picked Kristina Chavez.

The kids then wanted Mommy to pick a name. She draw Lena Elise Kruger, who we used to go to Church with.

They then said it was my turn. I drew Carey. Not sure who he is other than he lives in North Las Vegas. All winners have been contacted. Thanks everyone for your participation!

Front Sight Membership Giveaway Winners

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Superman Family Adventures

Almost two months ago, Free Comic Book day introduced my family to Superman Family Adventures with a free preview of it.  Mikey, my 6-year-old son, enjoys reading.  I though he would enjoy a comic book so when the full issue of Superman Family Adventures #1 came out, I went down to Comic Oasis, located near Cheyenne and US-95 in Las Vegas.

When I got home, Mikey quickly read it.  This very family friendly comic book allows children to read the fantasy adventures of Superman, Supergirl, Superboy, and others in the “Superman family”.  Mikey found the story interesting and page turning.  He could determine most of the words that he didn’t know, and I was there to help him on the words he didn’t know.  Issue # 2 comes out this week and in his excited, Mikey called Comic Oasis to see if they had it yet.

If you have a child who likes superheros, they will love Superman Family Adventures!

 

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Mikey's Testimony

Last week, my 5 1/2 year old Mikey decided that he wanted to go bear his testimony at Church the next time he could.  Remembering the council given regarding this, I did not encourage it, although I didn’t tell him he couldn’t either.  Sunday came and we were at Church.  I was in the hallway with Hannah, who was tired and cranky.  Amanda came out to tell me that Mikey was going to bear his testimony.  I came back into the Chapel and saw Mikey on the 2nd step to go up to the puplit.  He looked around and wasn’t sure what to do and then turned around and saw me.  He walked back down to see me.  We sat down and he told me that he wanted to go bear his testimony.  He then asked me if he was allowed to.  I told him that the Church has told us that little kids should bear their testimony in Primary and in the home.  I then asked him if he still wanted to.  He did.  He proceeded to tell me that he wanted me to come up with him, but not to say anything.  He and I walked to the very front pew and saw there for a minute until the person speaking finished their testimony.  Mikey then walked up to the stage and sat down by himself.  He wanted until it was his turn and then walked to the pulpit.  He spoke very clearly and loud enough for everyone to hear him, but he didn’t scream into the microphone.  He said “Hi, my name is Mikey and I know this Church is true and I love my family.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

As I sat and listen to him, I thought of the scripture Luke 19:39-40:

“And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”

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