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.

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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12th Article of Faith

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“We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.”

 I ended up working late on Monday, so we ended up having Family Home Evening Tuesday night.  We started with a sing and a prayer.  We then had our family council, where each family member has the opportunity to share concerns, worries, problems, or anything else they want to.  Next, we practiced reciting the first eleven Articles of Faith.  Next, I read the 12th Article of Faith to the kids.  We talked about what these different rulers are and how we need to follow the law.  We played a fun game called [download#51#nohits].  I put the numbers 1 – 12 in a hat and Amanda and each of the 3 kids each drew 4 numbers.  I then would read them a situation that would allow them to answer what they would do in each situation. (Amanda seemed to really enjoy it).  Next we watched Zack & Zoey Explorer The Articles of Faith: 12.

We closed with a song and a prayer.

(Thanks SugarDoodle for the idea).

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11th Article of Faith

13 Weeks of FHE - 13 Articles of Faith“We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to
the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same
privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”

Amanda was teaching a free coupon class last night, so we did Family Home Evening Sunday night.  We started with a song and a prayer.  We then had a family council where each family member can share problems or concerns they have.  We then reviewed each of the 1st 10 Articles of Faith.  Amanda had agreed to teach the lesson tonight, so I read the 11th Article of Faith and discussed with the kids what it meant.  She then took out a bowl of popcorn and told the kids the kernels that have popped represent those of us that have accepted the gospel and are bursting with potential. The unpopped popcorn represent those who have chosen not to listen, believe or accept the gospel. We can help be missionaries to them.  She then read the Parable of the Popper to them.  We all then enjoyed popcorn.

Next, I got out the 11th Article of Faith pages from the [download#50#nohits].  Kids liked that.  We ended up putting the back piece in a sheet protector and putting tape on the back of the puzzle pieces so the kids could use it during the week.

We ended with another song and a prayer.

(Thanks SugarDoodle for the ideas)

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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

10th Article of Faith

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We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

I had a meeting Monday night, so this week, we did Family Home Evening Sunday night.  I decided to post this Tuesday morning, however, as that has been the tradition these last 11 weeks.

We started with an opening song and opening prayer.  We then had a family council, where we discussed concerns the kids and parents had.  Next, we practiced the first 9 Articles of Faith.  I then read the long 10th Article of Faith to the family.  I discussed a few points of it and then read it again.  We next watched Zack & Zoey Explore the Articles of Faith #10

We finished with the [download#49#nohits] from A Year of Family Home Evenings.  We read it a few times and then hung it up on the wall.

(Thanks to A Year of FHE for the idea)

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9th Article of Faith

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“We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important  things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.”

After our opening song, prayer, and family council, we started Family Home Evening with a review of the first eight Articles of Faith.  Mikey has picked up on most of them pretty well, although the 4th Article of Faith is his favorite.  Josh is really good at the 1st Article of Faith, the 2nd Article of Faith (his favorite), and the 8th Article of Faith.  Hannah loves having someone help her recite any one we’ll let her. 🙂

We next practiced the 9th Article of Faith a few times.  I explained that to reveal something is the Lord telling us something.  I attempted to simplify it a bit by telling them that the 9th Article of Faith is basically telling us that we believe the things that God has told prophets in the past, we believe the things the Lord tells the prophets today, and we believe that in the future, God will tell the prophets things, and we believe those things.

Mikey loves word searches, so we did  [download#48#nohits] .  After doing that, I then led a discussion on Lorenzo Snow.  We watch a clip from the Windows of Heaven LDS video.  I paused it several times to discuss the movie and how that relates to the 9th Article of Faith.

We ended with another song and prayer.  Then we had some cookies as a treat.

(Thanks to Sugardoodle for the ideas.)

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My OCD Confession

I think that everyone has some OCD tendencies.  For me, I must have all the clothes hangers in my closet the same color; white.  Sometimes, there might be a hanger or two that somehow is a different color.  I tell myself its silly, but it bothers me.  But I try not to let it.  Tonight, I had to go through Amanda’s closet and take all the extra white hangers she had and put 8 or 9 hangers of various colors in hers.

What other weird OCD tendencies do people have?

8th Article of Faith

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.”

This week, after an opening song and opening prayer, we reviewed the 1st Article of Faith, the 2nd Article of Faith (Josh’s favorite), the 3rd Article of Faith, the 4th Article of Faith, the 5th Article of Faith, the 6th Article of Faith, and the 7th Article of Faith.

I the used the [download#45#nohits]  from A Year of Family Home Evening.  We practiced the 8th Article of Faith.  Amanda liked this picture a lot, and had Josh hang it on the wall so the kids could practice it all week.  We then talked about the Bible and the Book of Mormon and how they were both collections of writings of prophets.  We talked about how over time during the translation of the Bible, words were changed.  Some of them were done on accident, or because the writers were trying to help people understand the message.  I also told them how Jesus appeared to the people in America after His death and resurrection.  We watched a 2 1/2 minute video clip from Living Scriptures on when He appeared to the people.

Finally, we played the telephone game.  I took Mikey to a different room and told him “The red dog jumped over the river”.  He told Josh, who told Amanda, who told Hannah, who told us “The red dot jumped over the wall.”  We discussed this, in relation to the Bible translations.  Mikey then wanted a turn.  He told Josh “I like eating popcorn at the movie theatre.”  Mikey told Josh, who told me, who told Amanda, who told Hannah, who said “Mikey likes eating popcorn at movie theatres.”  Josh admitted to changing it to Mikey so that we knew it was it was Mikey (not Josh) who liked to eat popcorn.  We also discussed this and how well meaning people tried to help improve our understanding of the Bible, but how that can cause problems if their understanding was incorrect.

After closing with another song and prayer, we had a nice treat.

(Thanks LDSFamilyFunA Year of FHE, and SugarDoodle for the ideas).

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