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.



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.

Let him take with him him that is weak

I went to the Worldwide Leadership Training broadcast tonight at the Las Vegas Nevada Redrock Stake Center.  This annual training for Ward and Stake leaders often times has valuable ideas and suggestions to help us further the Lord’s work of “bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).    Continue reading

It's done

The Nellis Manor & Sierra Ranch Wards Emergency Preparedness Fair is finished.  Between work, school, Church, and family, most of my extra time was spend working on this fair; thus the lack of posting for nearly a month.

I created a CD with a bunch of resources.  This CD had many of the things found on the Emergency Preparedness & Family Home Storage page, plus much, much, much more.  I never really finished it; I more abandoned it and burned it as it was.  I’ve already found new things that I wish I had put on it.  I guess there is always next year.  Oh, one of the presenters wants to sell the Resource CD in her store.  And, at Church yesterday, the Bishop told everyone that he wants them to actually study the information on the CD, not just take it and put it on a shelf somewhere.  He said that when they are talking to the Lord and they tell Him they didn’t know anything about preparedness, He (the Lord) will show them the CD and tell them they should have! 🙂 

All is going well here at Mike’s World Newsand at the CoxFam.  Did you guys miss my updates?

The Things That Bother Us

I had someone from my ward call me this morning, to ask my forgiveness.  Several months ago, I thought I saw this person at the store and was going to go say hi.  I put something in my cart and by then couldn’t find them.  A few days later at Church I saw them and told them that I thought I saw them at the store.  This person told me that they didn’t see me.  No problem.  I haven’t thought about it since then.  Fast forward to today.  This person called to tell me that in fact they did see me but was in a bad mood and didn’t want to talk to anyone.  They were going to the Temple today and wanted to let me know so they wouldn’t feel like a liar.  Of course, its always good to reflex on past behavior and to correct past wrongs; I found this kinda funny.  I’m glad they were able to get it off their chest.   Maybe I should look at my past behavior and try to figure out people that I need to apologize for.