Sharing Time Talks For December 2018

Here are short talks that you can use for Sharing Time in Primary for the month of December:


Week 1: The prophets foretold that Jesus Christ would come to earth.

Many scripture passages tell about the coming of the Savoir Jesus Christ. That He would be sent here on Earth to atone us from our sins. Isaiah 7:14 says,“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” This explains that Jesus Christ is born by a virgin. In the Book of Mormon, Abinadi foretold (in Mosiah 15:1) His coming and its purpose. He said, “I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people.”

Knowing the truth that Jesus Christ’s coming was foretold by our prophets help increase our testimony of the Savior. I know that it is true. That Jesus Christ came here on Earth as prophesied by the ancient prophets, that He came here to Redeem us from our sins, and that He will come again.


Week 2: Jesus Christ will come to the earth again.

Probably the sweetest news for those who love the Lord is that He will come to earth once more. In the scriptures, several prophets told us about the second coming of our Savior.

In Matthew 16:27, it says, “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” In this verse, it is clear that he will come to Earth again and then, Judgement comes so the wicked will be separated from the righteous. The question is, are we prepared to meet our Savior?

We are blessed to know this truth – that He is coming back here once more. This will keep us reminded that we should prepare ourselves consistently so when that day comes, we can be able to recognize the Lord and come back to His presence.


Week 3: I will prepare to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again

Young as we are, there are actually a lot of things that we can do to prepare ourselves be worthy so we can come back to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We can simply start by having our consistent personal prayer, scripture study, and church attendance.

As a family, we hold family home evenings, family prayer, family scripture study, and other wholesome family activities to invite the Spirit of the Lord in our daily lives.

In the church, by simply attending our Sunday classes, listening to the speakers, and attending our Primary activities help us get closer to Him.

At home or wherever we may be, if we also seek opportunities to serve our fellowmen, our testimonies will increase as well as our capacity to love and be loved by our Savior.


Week 4: I have a testimony that I am a child of God.

A testimony is something that you believe is true but is not visible with your naked eyes. Having a personal testimony of the Savior does not just mean that you believe on Him. It also signifies that you actually have Faith on Him which is evident by your good works.

Why do we need to know that we are sons and daughters of Heavenly Father?

Having a personal testimony that we are a children of God makes us feel happy and helps us make the right choices. When everything goes crazy around us, we can remain strong yet calm, and happy if we strengthen this testimony.


 

Sharing Time Talks For November 2018

Here are short talks that you can use for Sharing Time in Primary for the month of November:


Week 1: I am thankful for my body, and I know that it is a temple.

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” A question quoted in 1 Corinthians 3:16. Yes, our bodies are temples of God. This is the main reason why we have established church standards such as the Word of Wisdom. In verse 17, it says, “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” This clearly shows that it is a sin whenever we do something wrong to God’s temples including our physical bodies.

We should be thankful for having physical bodies. This is one of the great blessings that Heavenly Father has given unto us. Because of our flesh and bones, we can be an instrument in building up the kingdom of God here on earth. We should take care of ourselves just like how we take care of our sacred physical temples.


Week 2:  I am thankful for temporal blessings.

Temporal blessings are blessings that we can see, touch, hear, taste, or smell. These blessings are given by Heavenly Father in order for us to survive and endure our existence while we are here in our mortal life.

Temporal blessings can include our bodies, homes, food, water, clothing, health, the sun, the moon, the stars, the earth, animals, plants, family, friends, toys, books, and school.

The Prophet Joseph Smith once said that there are no such thing as temporal blessings for all blessings are spiritual. All of these blessings contribute to our spiritual well-being, too. For example, because of education, good health, and if we have enough food on our tables, we can serve the Lord better. Our families and friends help to strengthen, comfort, and remind us in times of need.


Week 3: I am thankful for spiritual blessings.

What blessings are considered spiritual?

In Moroni 10:8-17, Moroni enumerated the spiritual blessings we receive from the Lord. He said in verses 9 to 14, “ For behold, to one is given by the Spirit of God, that he may teach the word of wisdom; And to another, that he may teach the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; And to another, exceedingly great faith; and to another, the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; And again, to another, that he may work mighty miracles; And again, to another, that he may prophesy concerning all things; And again, to another, the beholding of angels and ministering spirits; And again, to another, all kinds of tongues; And again, to another, the interpretation of languages and of divers kinds of tongues.”

These are all spiritual blessings that Heavenly Father gives to men. But these spiritual blessings only come to those who are faithful. Moroni said in verse 7 of the same chapter, “And ye may know that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever.”

These blessings are given unto us for our own profit (Moroni 10:8). Spiritual blessings are given to help us build up the kingdom of God – to teach people about the restored gospel, to make Jesus Christ known unto them, so all of us will have an equal chance to go back to His presence someday.


Week 4: We should thank Heavenly Father for all our blessings.

Blessings come to those who are grateful for their blessings.

In Doctrine & Covenants 78:19, it says, “And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.” If we show our gratitude to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, we will be more blessed.

It is important to thank Heavenly Father for all the blessings we receive each day. The Lord wants us to have a spirit of gratitude in all we do and say. He even taught us the parable of the ten lepers to show that it is important to be grateful. When we are grateful, we will have greater happiness and satisfaction in our lives. We will recognize the influence and the blessings of the Lord, and will make our faith stronger.


 

Sharing Time Talks For October 2018

Here are short talks that you can use for Sharing Time in Primary for the month of October:


Week 1 & 2: Living the gospel helps me to be a missionary now.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we all know that we are all missionaries. It is our sacred duty to invite others to come unto Christ.

Young as we are, can we really be a missionary? Yes. Our young age is not an excuse from this sacred obligation.

The next question is, how? Although there are a lot of ways to be a missionary, one best way that we can definitely do is to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 5:16, the Savior said, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

We don’t have to wait until we reach 18 or 19 years old to apply for a mission. Showing kindness and good works to anyone helps us to become a missionary NOW.


Week 3:  I can share the gospel with my family and friends.

According to Elder Dallin H. Oaks, the word sharing affirms that we have something extraordinarily valuable and desire to give it to others for their benefit and blessing. He referred the missionary efforts to “sharing the gospel”.

As young people, we can start sharing the gospel with our own family. We can do this during our family home evening or family scripture study. Sharing our testimonies whenever we feel prompted to is already a way of sharing His gospel.

We can also invite our friends to come unto Christ by inviting them to attend our church service and activities. If we have extra copies of church magazines at home, we can give out some or even copies of the Book of Mormon.

Elder Oaks said that “the most effective missionaries, member and full-time, always act out of love. … If we lack this love for others, we should pray for it”. Showing our love and compassion towards others is still the best way to minister to our fellowmen. With Love, nothing can fail.


Week 4: My testimony is strengthened when I share the gospel.

A testimony is a spiritual witness given by the Holy Ghost. The foundation of a testimony is the knowledge

  • that Heavenly Father lives and loves His children;
  • that Jesus Christ lives, that He is the Son of God, and that He carried out the infinite Atonement;
  • that Joseph Smith is the prophet of God who was called to restore the gospel;
  • that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior’s true Church on the earth;
  • and that the Church is led by a living prophet today.

It grows to include all principles taught by our Savior Jesus Christ.

How can we nurture this testimony? Just like a small seed, we need to do something to make it grow into a beautiful fruit-bearing tree. Our testimony grows every time we obey and live the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we do something good to others, we feel something good, and hence, would want to do it over and over again. Sharing the gospel to our families and friends is one way to help our testimony grow. If we experiment on this counsel, we will be surprised on what it can actually do, not just to other brethren, but to our own personal lives.


 

Sharing Time Talks For September 2018

Here are short talks that you can use for Sharing Time in Primary for the month of September:


Week 1: Jesus Christ taught us how to serve others.

“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” These are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 25:40. One of the principles that Jesus Christ taught while he lived on Earth is Service. The Savior gave Himself in unselfish service. He performed many miracles and eventually gave His own life to Atone us from our sins. He taught that each of us should follow Him by denying ourselves of selfish interests in order to serve.

Service is an act of faith and a nurturer of faith. When we serve others, we show our love and faith in the Lord. The more we serve, the more our compassion towards our fellowmen increases and our testimonies grow, too. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “We are happier and more fulfilled when we act and serve for what we give, not for what we get.” When we give unselfish service, we find true joy and happiness, increasing our Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and strengthening our relationship with Him.


Week 2:  Prophets and apostles show us how to serve.

The scripture cited many instances how prophets served the Lord. In the Old Testament, the book of Exodus 2:16-17 showed the simple act of service done by Moses.

I quote:

“16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock.

17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.”

Moses was also the one who had brought the children of Israel out from bondage by dividing the Red Sea through the power of God (1 Nephi 17:24-29).

In Mosiah 2:12-19, it was also stated how King Benjamin, a righteous king, served his people. In verse 12 he said, “ I say unto you that as I have been suffered to spend my days in your service, even up to this time, and have not sought gold nor silver nor any manner of riches of you;”.

These prophets are just two of the many who taught us the right way in serving our fellowmen – that is, not to expect something in return but to give and labor with full willingness of heart and love.


Week 3 & 4: When I serve others, I serve God.

“And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”

This is one of the famous verse in the Book of Mormon that is found in Mosiah 2:17. It is taught that when serve others, we serve the Lord. Some may ask, “How is that possible?”

Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf answered that question in his talk last May 2010. He said that as followers of Jesus Christ, we are His hands. As we emulate His perfect example, our hands can become His hands; our eyes, His eyes; our heart, His heart. Christ knows how to minister to others perfectly. When the Savior stretches out His hands, those He touches are uplifted and become greater, stronger, and better people as a result.

If we are His hands, should we not do the same?

Being a true disciple of Jesus Christ is allowing ourselves to be His instruments in building up the Kingdom of Heavenly Father here on earth. Therefore, when we do good to others, we are doing what Jesus Christ would do – a strong evidence of our faith and service to Him.


 

Know Your Ingredient – Borage

Borage

General Description

A type of herb with edible leaves that is native to the Mediterranean region. Its seed is also cultivated commercially for extraction of borage seed oil. It grows up to 60-100 cm tall. This is also known as “starflower”.

Nutrients and Health Benefits

Borage is the highest plant-source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is a type of fatty acid. Its seed oil contains stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid and nervonic acid, which are vital supplements for our body.

Medical Use

This herb is used to treat hyperactive gastrointestinal (cramps, colic, diarrhea), cardiovascular (hypertension) and respiratory (bronchitis and asthma) disorders. It can also help in correcting urinary problems.

Culinary Use

Borage can be used a fresh vegetable. It has a cucumber-like taste which makes it fit for making salads or garnish. The flowers are also edible which are often used as cake toppers or decorations. They can also be made into sweet syrups.

Sharing Time – August 2018 (Week 3 and 4)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 3rd and 4th week of August 2018 is “Answers to prayers come from Heavenly Father in many ways.”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of August 2018 Week 3 and 4 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

Week 03-14

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for August:

Families Can Be Together Forever (words only)
Families Can Be Together Forever (with visuals)
A Happy Family (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.

 

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Italian Desserts

So, you’re planning a party with an Italian influence. What are you having for desserts?

To help you out, here are some of the well known Italian desserts. And nope, you just won’t be able to stop your mouth from watering, so you might as well get some tissues. 🙂

Gelato

Image by By Filipe Fortes from New York, United States

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, so this should be a hit at kiddie parties. In traditional Italian style, though, a gelato is a soft ice cream with at least 3.5% butterfat and contains a small amount of air. Milk, cream and sugar are the main ingredients of this cold sweet.

 Spumoni

Spumoni, as you can guess from the photo, is another ice cream sort of Italian dessert. But what makes it distinct is that it is made of layers of various flavors and colors of ice cream and also contains nuts and candied fruits. Pistachio, cherry and chocolate or vanilla are the most common flavors combined to make spumoni.

 Panna Cotta

Image from Toscana City Centre website

Panna cotta means ‘cooked cream’ and it is so because this dish is composed of thick cream, honey and egg white. With careful monitoring of time and temperatures, this dish could indeed taste like cooked cream. Later versions of panna cotta contain gelatin. This yummy pudding can be served with fruits and syrup.

Cannoli

Image by William Meppem

 Cannolo is the singular form of this word, which means “little tube” in Sicilian language. In plural form, they’re called cannoli. They’re made of tube-shaped pastry dough with a creamy filling (usually with ricotta content). They’re often served dusted with confectioner’s sugar.

Semifreddo

Semifreddo means “half cold”.  Most often, it is made by combining equal parts of ice cream and whipped cream, which gives it a similar consistency to a frozen mousse.

Sharing Time – August 2018 (Week 2)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 2nd week of August 2018 is “Heavenly Father wants me to pray to Him often—anytime, anywhere.”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of August 2018 Week 2 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board, with some samples of answers the kids might give to the question given:

Week 02-09

Also, if you need short talks for the children (in case they forget to prepare their talks or if the assigned child is absent) in Primary, feel free to use these talks HERE for this month.

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for August:

Families Can Be Together Forever (words only)
Families Can Be Together Forever (with visuals)
A Happy Family (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.

 

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Sharing Time – August 2018 (Week 1)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 1st week of August 2018 is “The scriptures teach me how to pray.”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of August 2018 Week 1 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

Week 01-08

Also, if you need short talks for the children (in case they forget to prepare their talks or if the assigned child is absent) in Primary, feel free to use these talks HERE for this month.

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for August:

A Child’s Prayer (words only)
A Prayer (words only)
Family Prayer (words only)
Family Prayer (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.

 


 

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Recycled Furniture Ideas

There is a lot of campaign going on around the world for recycled stuff. Recycling is often, if not always, a great idea. Not only does it save you money, but it also challenges your creativity and best of all, it’s the more earth-friendly option.

When it comes to furniture, we can’t deny the fact that many furniture pieces are often pricey, most especially for those with tight budgets. If you are a creative soul, you might entertain the idea of recycling another man’s trash and turn it into your treasure.

Here are some of what others recycled and came up with: