Monday, November 30, 2009


In my early years, at least 40 years ago, I played with many paper dolls. I used to play with the smallest dolls under the bedsheets when I was supposed to be taking a nap!
Do you remember that time? Ohhhh, so great!
We didn't need expensive toys to keep us happy like children I know today. We spent hours making and playing with the creations of our hands. 
I still I love to play  with dolls, and I'm sure you do, too.
There is no going backward in time, but I've included some paper dolls and their clothes you can  download, just in case someone out there still wants to have a good time for no money costs.

The Gift - Relief Society Christmas Program Script

This is a Christmas Script  that was used for a Relief Society Christmas activity, wrote by Donna Cuillard of Simi Valley, CA.
Click here  to download the pdf format script.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Gospel Principles (New Edition)

The Revised Gospel Principles Manual

Sunday Use of Gospel Principles

This book provides an overview of gospel principles. It was revised in 2009. It is used for personal study and for the Gospel Principles class during Sunday School. In 2010 and 2011 it will be used for Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society instruction on the second and third Sundays of each month.

Sunday Use of Gospel Principles
Since 1998 the lesson manual for the second and third Sundays in Melchizedek Priesthood quorums and Relief Society classes has been Teachings of Presidents of the Church. In 2010–2011 these classes will study the newly revised Gospel Principles manual. In 2012 the study of teachings of latter-day prophets will resume in these classes. The revised Gospel Principles manual will also be used in the Gospel Principles class taught each week to investigators and new members during Sunday School. There will be little if any overlap between this class and the Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society classes. The Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society instructors teach the chapters sequentially on the second and third Sundays of each month while teachers preparing for the Gospel Principles Sunday School class teach the chapters in the order that will best meet the needs of those they teach.
Why the Change
Since the Church began using the Teachings of Presidents of the Church books, millions of new members have joined the Church. Many of them have limited experience in the Church and will benefit greatly by learning about the fundamental principles and doctrines of the gospel from the Gospel Principles manual. Experienced Church members will also benefit from a study of the basics for two years.
Individual and Family
Use Members can use the book as a personal study guide to understand core principles and doctrines of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. With the new teaching aids, questions, and notes for teachers, parents can also use the manual to teach their children these doctrines in the home.
• The new edition has a cover to match the style of the Teachings of Presidents of the Church volumes.
• All the visuals are in color.
• Many of the quotations and source citations have been updated to link this manual with the Teachings of Presidents of the Church volumes.
• The Introduction has been updated and simplified. The instructions for teaching from the manual are based on four principles found in Teaching, No Greater Call:
Love those you teach.
Teach by the Spirit.
Teach the doctrine.
Invite diligent learning.

• Each chapter contains one or two notes that can help improve teaching. The notes are related to the four principles from Teaching, No Greater Call.
• Questions that begin each section in a chapter direct members to the content within the chapter. Questions that follow each section help members ponder and apply what they have read. When teachers use the questions during class, they will encourage class discussion.
• Some changes were made to the text to clarify Church policies, principles, and doctrines.
 (text by The Idea Door)

Panettone Holder



A traditional cake during the year-end holiday season

This cake appeared in Milan, northern Italy, around the 15th century, and the custom of consuming Panettone spread immediately all over the world. But how was panettone born? There are many legends around this traditional product. They are almost all love stories, and we shouldn't be surprised, since Milan, notwithstanding its aspect, its work oriented attitude, its traffic, and everything else, it has always been, and will always be one of the most romantic cities in the world.
In Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela and especially in Bolivia and Peru (known in Spanish as "Panetón" or "Pan Dulce") where the son of immigrants from Caserta, Italy, Antonio D'Onofrio spawned his own brand, using the Alemagna formula, which he licensed, along with the packaging style. This brand is now also owned by Nestlé and exported throughout Latin America. In recent years, Brazilian Panettoni have increased in quality and in popularity due to their low cost and abundance.

Michele Romero, my Brazilian friend  had created one cute Panettone Holder, just perfect as gift for our Christmas Visiting Teaching. Download the instructions  here. 
Bunch of Thanks to Michele!


Friday, November 27, 2009

Giving Thanks

Delivered By: Lloyd D. Newell

With his car stalled at the side of a quiet country road, and already late for an important meeting, a man stood gazing under the hood wondering what might be wrong in the complicated maze of hoses and wires that lay before him. This was the realm of an auto mechanic, and he had no idea where to begin.
Just then an old pickup truck appeared, coming toward him on the road. In desperation, he waved down the truck and, to his delight, met a local man with just the skill he needed. Soon the trouble was found and fixed and the car was running like new.
“Thanks so much,” he said, reaching for his wallet. “Can I pay you for your trouble?”
“No, no,” replied his helper. “You just do what you can to help other people, and that will be my thanks. Just give to somebody else what I’ve given to you.”
“I’ll do it,” said the man, and he thought to himself as he drove away, “I’ll do it.”
Each of us has been helped in ways little and big throughout our lives—a bit of kindness here, a real favor there, with perhaps some life-changing assistance offered when it was most needed. Of course we are grateful for the help. We expressed our thanks and have kept good feelings for the people who rescued us from our troubles. But thanks should be more than just a feeling or a few words.
Real thanks is revealed in answering another’s call for help. Sincere gratitude is expressed by doing something to pass along the kindness. Thankfulness is truly shown by reaching out to share with others the bounty we’ve received. As the roadside mechanic explained, in both his words and his actions, the best way to say thanks is in giving.


Card Holder
 Here's a festive way to display your holiday cards

42 spring-clip clothespins
2 green acrylic paints (we used FolkArt Shamrock [S] and Evergreen [E])
Small flat paintbrush
Wire hanger or sturdy wire, wire cutter, pliers (needlenose helpful)
14 red and 28 green 9 x 6 mm pony beads
Tie wire
1 yd of 23⁄4" red ribbon
Paint 21 clothespins each with S and E.
Cut hook off hanger. Form open circle and a small 1⁄2" loop at one end to hang wreat, using pliers.
String red bead, S pin, green bead, E pin, green bead, S pin, red bead, E pin; continue alternating pin colors with 2 green beads and 1 red throughout.
Hook ends together or tie with thin wire. Tie bow. Wire bow over joining.

Kids can  track of their favorite books with this handy bookmark (made by themselves)

Fun Foam in assorted colors
Decorative scissors (optional)
White glue
Fine-point permanent markers in assorted colors
3/4" pompom
Two 5 mm movable eyes
Cut 2" x 10" strips of Fun Foam for base of bookmark. Cut additional shapes, such as face or star. Use decorative scissors if desired.
Glue shapes to one end of strip.Decorate shapes with markers, movable eyes, pompom nose, yarn and hair.
Write names of books you’ve read on base strip.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

The illustrated story of Jesus' birth  (instructions to download below - your kids will love it!)

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Count On the Book of Mormon - An Activity and Coloring Book to Download

This is a great resource for activity and teach kids and families about the Book of Mormon created by Cheryl Humphreys who I met in Ogden, UT . Copies are permited for incidental and home use. You can download the complete book here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Nurture through Compassionate Service

How Can I Develop and Increase in Compassion?
How Can I Nurture through Compassionate Service?

Nurture through Compassionate Service
Ensign, December 2009

"Disciples of Christ throughout all ages of the world have been distinguished by their compassion. . . . In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance. Let us open our eyes and see the heavy hearts, notice the loneliness and despair; let us feel the silent prayers of others around us, and let us be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to answer those prayers" (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Ensign, Nov. 2008)

for the entire message, click here

Monday, November 23, 2009


"When we truly understand how great a blessing the gospel of Jesus Christ is in our lives, when we accept and embrace these eternal truths and allow them to sink deep into our hearts and souls, we experience a "mighty change" (Alma 5:14) .. We are filled with love and gratitude. As the prophet Alma wrote, we feel "to sing the song of redeeming love" (Alma 5:26) to all who will hear it."    -- Elder M. Russell Ballard, Ensign, May 2006, p. 84

"Gratitude may be increased by constantly reflecting on our blessings and giving thanks for them in our daily prayers... "A constant expression of gratitude should be included in all our prayers. Often prayers are given for specific blessings which we, in our incomplete understanding, believe we need. While the Lord does answer prayers according to His will, He certainly must be pleased when we offer humble prayers of gratitude."
    -- Elder Steven E. Snow, Ensign, November 2001, p. 43

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Aristotle said

"Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing."

Friday, November 20, 2009

Things to Do & See in California

Changing numbers!

Last Wednesday, November 18th, I had changed my number to 54th! What aha age! I am one of the blessed ones woman! I live a big life, but it's the small things that fill me up.
My husband invited me to celebrate my moments at the "Monterey Bay Aquarium", in Monterey, CA (yes, it is not "Monterrey" it is Monterey - a city rich with history, natural beauty and attractions).
The Aquarium is combined new life animas exhibits, interactive experiences and seahorses.
I'm so grateful for the opportunity  I had how to spread more joy. There is no better feeling, for sure. Nothing about "nice dinner, a diamond ring"!. "A gift is your way of expressing how you feel about another person" - the gift of sharing yourself!.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Chapter 46 - The Martyrdom: The Prophet Seals His Testimony with His Blood

Teachings of Presidents of The Church: Joseph Smith
Chapter 46

    * In the file ("Download from 4shared/Relief Society" - in the sidebar)
    * Hymns Suggestions for the class:

       # 29 - "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief"
       # 19 - "We Thank Thee, O God for a Prophet"
       # 134- "I Believe in Christ"

Letters to Santa Claus!

Beautiful stationery for your letters to Santa and Messages to your Visiting Teaching! 
Available to download at Cliparts - in the sidebar