This month has been a CRAZY one! Megan and Sarah are super busy.. and me, well, I don't have that great of an excuse. However, we wanted to sqeeze in THE WOO for MARCH. There won't be any comments or suggestions from us this month, just a talk that you can read. AN AWESOME TALK. Just something to think about.
HOW DOES SHE does this amazing post once a month with FAMILY DINNER QUESTIONS! She says, "They are in a simple form to represent how simple getting to know your family can bring you closer together.
My family and I have been doing this for a year and I have learned and laughed as we answered some of the questions. You don’t have to have kids to do this…how well do you think you know your spouse? your parents? your friends?
Some of the questions are silly some are serious. It spurs on ideas and thoughts to make you and your family think."
Grocery Shopping.. one of my favorite but most unfavorite things to do.. UNLESS I have a LIST! And a list is no good without a PLAN! So, I've been doing good at MENU planning. I decided that I was bored with the same menu items that I always use, so I went searching for some new recipes. I got excited about all of it and decided to share!! Start Searching! These are MY requirements for a recipe:
2) no too much prep work
3) ingredients that are familiar, like what I would find in my shopping basket on a regular basis (1 or 2 different/un "normal" ingredients is fine. (Plays into not going WAY over budget!)
4) tastes amazing- liked by whole family! (maybe ONE brand new/different/going to try something new recipe for the week.)
This is the theme we chose for our young women this year. "Aim High" and to go along with "aim" we will be using this target, that I made, arrows and things like that. Our goal with this theme is to get them to realize that Personal Progress, the values, helps them create a lifestyle that will get them to their "target", the temple. (Feel free to click the picture and save it to your computer for printing. This works great for a 4x6. Or download it with a b.o.m. chart below)
As you may know, the Young Women Theme has recently added a value, VIRTUE. Here is what it says on lds.org about it
A Return to Virtue "Now is the time for a return to virtue!" The attribute and value of Virtue has been added to the Young Women theme. "Virtue is a pattern of thought and behavior based on high moral standards. It encompasses chastity and moral purity."
The time has come for the young women of the Church to lead the world in a return to virtue. This is the time to be pure and to qualify for the guidance of the Holy Ghost. In the coming year, it is our desire that all young women and their leaders focus on the meaning of virtue, what young women can do to accept and act upon this value, and how this attribute can strengthen young women as they prepare to be worthy to make and keep sacred covenants and receive temple ordinances.
We will distribute through local priesthood leaders and also post online the Personal Progress value experiences and projects associated with this value. We desire all young women to complete and be recognized for completing this value, in addition to the seven values listed in the Personal Progress book. You may want to study the following scriptural references as you contemplate a return to virtue.
"I believe one virtuous young woman led by the Spirit can change the world."
We have also challenged our girls to read the BOOK OF MORMON. Here is a link for Seminary Book of Mormon Resorces. The download button is below. It is a zip file with the book of mormon chart we gave our girls and the "Aim High" .jpeg file also. Click below to download. We wanted a chart that was easy to mark off chapters at a time. With Personal Progress, the girls are reading their scriptures all the time. We want to encourage them to count that as reading the scriptures. We wanted them to know that they don't have to read the Book of Mormon from start to finish, but can mark off chapters as the skip around for Personal Progress, Seminary, Family Study, etc..
There is a wonderful WEBSITE just for the YOUTH now.. CHECK IT OUT!
For the mom's out there. Please encourage your young women to "Aim High" and help them get their medalion! You are now able to do it with your daughter and get YOURS too! They have a beautiful new one with the temple and a ruby on it. It comes in silver or gold. What a great accomplishment it will be!! I never got mine as a young girl, I missed out. However, I'm going to start working on mine this year! I believe in the YOUNG WOMEN PROGRAM and know that it is an inspired program! I love my young women!!!
"We truly believe in this generation of young women. They can be a force for good in the world as they come to accept and act on the values found in the Young Women Theme." -General YW Pres.