Sharing Time Talks For April 2018

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

Week 1: After Jesus Christ and His Apostles died, gospel truths were lost.

Apostasy is a state when individuals or groups of people turn away from the principles of the gospel.  After the Savior and His apostles died, men corrupted the principles of the gospel and made unauthorized changes in the Church organization and priesthood ordinances. People fell away from the truth. The Lord then withdrew His authority because of this great wickedness.  This Apostasy only ended when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in 1820.

In D&C 138:44, it teaches us that the Church will never again be destroyed. However, we are not safe from danger of committing personal apostasy. That is to deviate our standard from the Lord’s standard.

We can safeguard ourselves against personal apostasy by keeping our covenants, obeying the commandments, following Church leaders, partaking of the sacrament, and constantly strengthening our testimony through daily scripture study, prayer, and service.

Week 2: Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith.

One of the results of the Great Apostasy is the formation of many sects and churches. During 1820, there was a fourteen-year old young boy who went to the woods to pray, asking for answers as to which church was true. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to this young boy, telling him there was no true church that time. This boy is the Prophet Joseph Smith. Through him, the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth.

We are so blessed to live in a time wherein we have access to the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Our challenge is to live our lives according to these truths.

Week 3: Priesthood authority was restored by heavenly messengers.

Priesthood is the authority from God given to worthy male members of the Church so they can act in His name for the salvation of His children.  There was a time that this priesthood was taken away because of the extreme wickedness of the people. That period is called Apostasy or also known as Dark Ages.

On May 15, 1829, Joseph Smith and his scribe Oliver Cowdery went into the woods to inquire of the Lord concerning baptism. As they prayed, “a messenger from heaven descended in a cloud of light.” This messenger was John the Baptist, the prophet who had baptized Jesus Christ centuries earlier. John the Baptist, now a resurrected being, laid his hands on Joseph and on Oliver and conferred upon each of them the Aaronic Priesthood.

This greater priesthood was given to Adam and has been on the earth whenever the Lord has revealed His gospel. It was taken from the earth during the Great Apostasy, but it was restored in May 1829, when the Apostles Peter, James, and John conferred it upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.

We are so blessed that we are living in a day where we have this sacred authority from God and enjoy all its blessings.

Week 4: Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon and restored gospel truths.

One of the main events happened in the Church History is the Restoration of the Gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith.

In 2 Nephi 25:17, it was already prophesied that there will be a restoration in the latter days. It says, “And the Lord will set his hand again the second time to restore his people from their lost and fallen state. Wherefore, he will proceed to do a marvelous work and a wonder among the children of men.”

The restoration has started when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in 1820 and continues up to our day through our living prophet.

Another most meaningful event that happened in the history is the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith consistently testified that he translated the Book of Mormon by the “gift and power of God.” His scribes shared that testimony. The angel who brought news of an ancient record on metal plates buried in a hillside and the divine instruments prepared especially for Joseph Smith to translate were all part of what Joseph and his scribes viewed as the miracle of translation. When he sat down in 1832 to write his own history for the first time, he began by promising to include “an account of his marvelous experience.” The translation of the Book of Mormon was truly marvelous.


8 Stylish Jewelry Storage Solutions

Do you keep losing your earrings? Or do you struggle with untangling your necklaces?

Here are some of the coolest items you can use to neatly organize and store your jewelry. No more scattering of random jewelry pieces on your dresser top or bed side table.

  1. Deer Necklace Rack by Wall Charmers


This faux taxidermy deer head, very fortunately, is made of lightweight resin and finished in matte white color, so you can have the dramatic piece on which to hang your jewelry, without harming any animal in the process. Also available in a number of other colors, such as gold, blue, pink, purple, black, etc.

2. Geo Design Timber Earring Organizer by Bon Maxie


Forgotten what earrings you have? Or lost half a pair? Sick of storing your studs and dangles separately? Get enough storage for a lifetime of earrings with a unique solution. Choose your favorite colors or match the room decor with this colorful Geo design by Bon Maxie, in 100% premium plantation-grown Australian pine.

3. Pink Flamingo Jewelry Plate by SienaXCo


Love flamingo? Display them! This multi-function flamingo bowl/plate is great for jewelry storage, fruit and snack mix, or as your yogurt bowl! It is made of ceramic and finished with polished paint.

4. “Constructivism” Jewelry Organizer by Monstersalat


The jewelry organizer “Constructivism” will be an outstanding display for your jewelry and a beautiful wall decor at the same time. It can be mounted to a wall or cabinet door. It’s made of laser cut beech plywood and can hold approximately 25 pairs of earrings and 4 necklaces, depending on jewelry size.

5. Wooden Bowl Jewelry Storage by ElleOneNine


Collect them in various colors! Cheer up your dresser top with these hand painted natural wooden bowl in lovely, bright colors.

6. Handmade White Ceramic Ring Cones by Cats Ceramics


These ring cones are a fabulous modern way to display your favorite rings. Made by handmade with a irregular ‘handmade shape’, they are tactile and pretty and pretty useful too!

7. Rustic Jewelry Organizer With Shelf by Ebony Red Creations


Never have to sit and untangle your necklaces, or search for that missing earring again! This handmade original design jewelry organizer can neatly and beautifully display all of your necklaces, bangles, earrings and more.

8. Mermaid Tail Necklace Holder And Jewelry Dish by Not A Jewellery Box Ltd


Storing your jewelry on display like this means that you get to enjoy your favorite pieces even when you’re not wearing them, and they also stay free from tangles. And you can even pretend that you’re secretly a mermaid!

Sharing Time – March 2018 (Week 4)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 4th week of March 2018 is “Jesus Christ Is Our Savior”.

For this lesson, I’ve prepared a few free printables to help you out, so 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 this week’s lesson’s printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

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Don’t forget that you can also use the Sharing Time Talks for March 2018 as back-up talks to read for Primary kids who forgot to or didn’t prepare their talks.

Printable flip charts for this month’s song:
If the Savior Stood Beside Me (words only)
If the Savior Stood Beside Me (with visuals)

Printable flip charts for some Easter songs you might want the kids to practice:
Did Jesus Really Live Again? (words only)
Easter Hosanna (words only)
He Sent His Son (words only)
When He Comes Again (words only)

Our Ward’s TOFW – Time Out For Women

Here are some snapshots from our ward’s Time Out For Women (TOFW) activity. Since most of us couldn’t make it to the nearest official TOFW event, we decided to have our own in our ward.


We had a number of inspiring speakers, including a non-LDS lady (friend of one of our RS sisters) who was 90+% blind. If you have a closer look at the photos above, there is a photo of handmade necklaces and bracelets at the bottom centre.  All those necklaces and bracelets were made by her….and they were beautiful! If I recall correctly, she donates the profit to her favourite charity.  She also got us to try and write something in Braille, using the slate and stylus she brought. It was lovely to be able to experience that.

10 Homemade Natural Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

Kitchen is the place where we prepare and cook food. It must be clean and tidy all the time. Here are the ten simple tips and recipes for a dirt-free kitchen:

  1. Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

What you need are just orange peels, salt, vinegar, and water. It’s very simple. First, you need to cut the orange peels and fill it in an empty container. Add some salt and let them sit for 20-30 minutes. Fill the containers with vinegar and water and put a tight fitting lid on your jars. Then, let them sit for 2-3 weeks. After that, strain the solution, fill a spraying bottle and it’s ready to use!

  1. Green Drain Cleaner

You only need two things: baking soda and vinegar. Find the horrible-smelling drains in your kitchen and sprinkle some baking soda on it. Then, pour some vinegar on top of it. You will see bubbles as you put the vinegar. Let it stay for an hour, then rinse it with boiling water. You see, it will make a big difference in your kitchen.

  1. Homemade Soft-Scrubber

First, you need to prepare a 2-3 cup food container, 1 ½ cups baking soda and ½ cup eco-friendly liquid laundry detergent. Place the liquid detergent in a bowl. Add the baking soda and stir. Keep adding the baking soda until you get the right consistency (same with cake frosting). If needed, you can add a little water. Then you already have your DIY kitchen scrub! You just scoop out a little of it onto a clean rag and wipe your kitchen sink. After which, use a dry cloth to dry and shine it. It will give glow to your kitchen.

  1. The Magic Cleaner

Just combine the three ingredients: 12 oz. of white vinegar, 12 oz. of dish soap, and 12 oz. of laundry detergent. Put them in a spray bottle and spray it whenever needed. The laundry detergent is optional. It is there to cover the smell of the vinegar.

  1. Homemade Dishwasher Powder

Do you know that you can use borax and baking soda in washing dishes? Yes! You can! Just use 1 tbsp borax and 1 tbsp baking soda per load. It will remove the stains on your plates and to leave a good smell, use a commercial rinse agent. If not available, you can also use vinegar to rinse.

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  1. Microwave Cleaner

No need for scrubbing, brushing, or exerting too much effort! What you need to do is just place ½ of a lemon in a small bowl of water and microwave it for 30 seconds. Open the door and wipe with a dry cloth. That’s all!

  1. Liquid Dish Soap

You need ½ cup liquid castile soap, 1/8 cup water, 4 drops of essential oil scent and 1 tsp vinegar. Just mix everything and store it in a tight-lid bottle.

  1. Foaming Hand Soap

Just mix 2-3 tsps of liquid castile soap and water in a foam dispenser and shake it thoroughly. Then, you’re good. It’s easy and really affordable.

  1. Natural Stove Cleaner

You need 4 parts baking soda and 1 part washing soda. Store them in a container and shake to mix. This will help you in getting rid of those unwanted grease.

  1. Natural Brass Cleaner

You can now clean the kitchen utensils made of brass by a simple homemade brass cleaner. How to make one is simple. Just squeeze half a lemon into a mixing bowl, add baking soda and stir the mixture until it creates a well scented paste. Use a soft cloth and apply it on. Then rinse off the paste and dry.

Sharing Time – March 2018 (Week 3)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 3rd week of March 2018 is “Because Jesus Christ was resurrected, I will be too.”  I’m loving how the topics this month work so well with the weeks leading up to Easter.

For this lesson, I’ve prepared a few free printables to help you out, so all you got to do is print and cut them.  Here they are, and hope you enjoy them.

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Download PDF of this week’s topic (8.5″ x 11″)

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This is how I’m envisioning the printable below to look on the Primary chalkboard

Download PDF of the “Disciples’ Feelings” set (8.5″ x 11″)

Don’t forget that you can also use the Sharing Time Talks for March 2018 as back-up talks to read for Primary kids who forgot to or didn’t prepare their talks.

Printable flip charts for this month’s song:
If the Savior Stood Beside Me (words only)
If the Savior Stood Beside Me (with visuals)

Organising A Car Boot Sale

No, I do not claim to be an expert on organising car boot sales. But, I thought it would be a good idea to share things that we did, things that I should have done, and advices that I received at the car boot sale that we just did last week. So, here we go:


  • Secured a venue for the car boot sale. We had a few options, but went with the easiest venue we could get, which was the parking area at the local indoor market.
  • Prepared a form for listing site reservations and necessary info.  I created a simple one from scratch and included columns for the name of seller, contact details, date booked, fee paid, and notes. Here’s the link to the PDF of the form I made, in case you’d like to use it too. 🙂 car boot booking
  • Announced the event on Facebook, Gumtree, local tourism website, and created A5 flyers (which included a brief info on how to book a site at the car boot sale). Shared the event info on Facebook as often as possible, without being too annoying to your FB friends, that is.
  • Left a bunch of the A5 flyers at the venue and at a local restaurant, and made more for other members of the committee to handout at their work places, etc.
  • Created A6 flyers for the prospective customers. This bunch of flyers didn’t include the info on how to book a site, but only the date, time and venue of the car boot sale.
  • Dropped flyers in letter boxes in the neighborhood.
  • Visited the venue and measured the available area. Then, I grabbed a screenshot of the area from Google maps and used my background in Architecture to create a site plan. Using the plan and the actual measurements we got, we were able to come up with the sizes of the car sites, and the number of car sites available.  We had to do this carefully because we had limited space – we were able to fit 18 4mx6m sites.
  • Composed a list of regulations for the sellers to observe.  This included set up time, pack up time, as well as a few rules for the safety of everybody. (We can’t have car accidents at the sale!) I posted this list on the Facebook event, as well as emailed each seller a copy.  After sending the email, I also sent each seller an SMS to tell them that I have sent them an email (in case they don’t check their emails very regularly).
  • Visited the venue on the day before the car boot sale and marked the corners of each car site with chalk…and hoped it won’t rain overnight! (Thankfully, it didn’t.)
  • Created A4 signs to put on street posts around the area. I made sure the font was large enough to be seen, but I suppose A3 signs would have been a lot better. I looked on Google maps the night before to help me decide where to put the signs. 2 were by a busy highway, another 2 for each of the 2 busy roads leading to the market, and another 1 close to the roundabout, also leading to the venue.


  • Prepared a number of colourful balloons the night before the sale. I tied 2 balloons a bit above each of the A4 signs. Made sure the balloons were high enough so they didn’t block the sign from view.
  • Loaded the car with pre-loved items the afternoon before. These were donations to the foundation’s site.  Attached prices on the items using a masking tape and marker pen.
  • Got out of the house early to put up the signs. I had hubby drive me around, so he could stay behind the wheel while I got off every now and then to put up a sign and balloons.
  • Turned up at the venue as early as possible and directed sellers to their sites.
  • Added more signs and balloons just outside the venue.
  • When I wasn’t so busy, I did a Facebook Live video, to continue to promote the car boot sale.
  • Collected fees later in the day, when everybody’s settled and not too busy.
  • Packed up after the sale and made sure the venue was free from rubbish.
  • Took down all the signs and balloons, and got hubby to drive me around again to all the places where I had the signs, so I could take them down.


  • Made more detailed lists of things to do. It was so easy to forget things, with all the business and rush. As a seasoned garage sale organiser, I have always prepared a bunch of used plastic bags, so I could reuse them to pack customers’ purchases, if they needed it. But because I had a lot going on in my mind, I forgot to do this, which was crazy because days before, it was already on my mind as one of the things I needed to do.
  • Brought a hat or a gazebo for the site, and maybe wore a light, long-sleeved top. As a result, my face and arms were sun burnt. Boo!
  • Made the A4 signs bigger, like A3 maybe.
  • Prepared more signs to put up at the car park area. Since we occupied the side and rear parking area to save the front parking area for the customers, the car boot sale was not as visible to the road as we wanted it to be. So, even though we had the signs and balloons by the road, I couldn’t help but wonder if some of the new customers got confused and thought the indoor market was the sale we were referring to. So maybe additional signs might have been useful.
  • Convinced the operators of the sausage sizzle to start much earlier. They didn’t start until maybe half an hour or an hour after the car boot sale started, and I thought if they had started earlier, then they could have sold more to the customers who came earlier and to the sellers who skipped breakfast to be there early.
  • Organised some music playing. I saw some sound speakers at the foundation’s stall and thought that they were going to use that to provide some lively music. But I was wrong, ‘coz it turned out the sound speakers were for sale. Lol!
  • Talked to some seasoned market organisers and ask for some marketing tips, instead of walking around putting flyers in letter boxes. Then my legs and bum wouldn’t have been so sore from all the walking I did.


  • Hand out flyers at the more popular market events in the city weeks before the sale. This would have been the less physically tiring option, compared to the letter box drop I did.
  • Place posters at community boards around the city.
  • Contact local schools and provide them with the info regarding the car boot sale. They have newletters, websites, and such, so they could help spread the word.
  • Put up signs outside the venue on the week leading to the event.
  • Organise more attractions/activities, such as having music played (or buskers), food stalls, entertainment, etc.

That Car Boot Sale

Whew! Finally it’s done and dusted!

I’m referring to the car boot sale that I organised.


You see, we have this local community group that I’m a part of, and we were trying to raise some funds for a huge community event this April, as well as some service projects we hope to do overseas. Early January, our president thought of having a car boot sale to raise funds, and sort-of informally asked me to help organise it.

Now, I have never organised a market before. I have shopped at markets and joined as a stallholder, but never as one of the organisers. The closest thing I have ever organised were garage sales.

Back when I held it in my childhood home, it was always a huge success, because that’s how much loved you get when your parents have been awesome neighbours to the rest of the ‘hood for around 20 years. My mum would just tell a few people and the word spreads like a wildfire. I put one small A4 sized sign outside the gate on the day and crowds come in all through the day.

But a car boot sale is different. Organising it is different. You advertise nonstop so people book sites. You advertise again so prospective customers are informed. Your work spreads from a few weeks before to about a couple of hours after the event.  Thankfully, we had a number of kind-hearted people who helped us and though it could have been a lot better, the first car boot sale that I have ever organised turned out to be not so bad after all.




Sharing Time Talks For March 2018

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

Week 1:  Jesus Christ taught the gospel and set an example for us.

In gospel learning, as in all things, Jesus Christ is our perfect example. Because He was perfectly obedient and submissive to His Father, He “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52). Just as the Savior received “grace for grace” (D&C 93:12), we must patiently seek light and knowledge from God in our efforts to learn the gospel.

What are the things that Jesus taught that we must follow?
1. Service – The Savior provided the perfect example of service. He explained that He didn’t come to earth to be served but to serve and to give His life for us (see Matthew 20:28).
2. Love and Kindness – Jesus Christ set a perfect example of kindness and love. Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus showed His love for others by blessing and serving the poor, the sick, and the distressed. He told His disciples, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12; see also John 13:34–35; Moroni 7:46–48).
3. Obedience – Jesus has been submissive and obedient to Heavenly Father. He sacrificed His life to Atone our sins because that’s what Heavenly Father’s plan was.
4. Humility – Jesus Christ was born in a manger instead of a first-rate hospital to show that our Lord is humble and meek.


Week 2: Because of Christ’s Atonement, I can repent and live with God again.

Why should there be an Atonement? What is Atonement?

Jesus Christ “came into the world … to be crucified for the world, and to bear the sins of the world, and to sanctify the world, and to cleanse it from all unrighteousness; that through him all might be saved” (D&C 76:41–42). The great sacrifice He made to pay for our sins and overcome death is called the Atonement.

How Jesus loves us, to suffer such spiritual and physical agony for our sake! How great the love of Heavenly Father that He would send His Only Begotten Son to suffer and die for the rest of His children. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

In Doctrine and Covenants 19:16, it says “For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all that they might not suffer if they would repent.”  Because of Jesus Christ’s Atoning sacrifice, we can repent and live with Him again.


Week 3: Because Jesus was resurrected, I will be too.

In John 20:1, 11-18, it was told the account of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. When He was resurrected, His body and Spirit were reunited.  Because of Jesus Christ was resurrected, we would all be resurrected.

Alma 22:14 “And since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone for their sins, through faith and repentance, and so forth; and that he breaketh the bands of death, that the grave shall have no victory, and that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory; and Aaron did expound all these things unto the king.”


Week 4: Jesus Christ is our Savior.

Through Jesus Christ’s Atonement, all of us can be saved from sin.

Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley said, “Through giving His life in pain and unspeakable suffering, He has reached down to lift me and each of us and all the sons and daughters of God from the abyss of eternal darkness following death. He has provided something better—a sphere of light and understanding, growth and beauty where we may go forward on the road that leads to eternal life. My gratitude knows no bounds. My thanks to my Lord has no conclusion.”

What a great blessing it is to know that someone died for us so we could live again. His saved us from eternal darkness and gives us hope to have eternal life through His Atonement and our obedience to Heavenly Father’s commandments.


Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Ages ago, I came across a 1970’s magazine for youth/young adults. One article was about a fun outdoor activity with lots of games and fun. Since I was looking for ideas for games we could do at an upcoming outdoor event, there was a game in the article that caught my attention. It involved chocolate pudding, being fed by one blindfolded person to another also blindfolded person.

The first time we did the game, I had to buy a few cups of chocolate pudding from the supermarket. The game turned out to be a hit – lots of laughter from the players and spectators as well!

A couple of years later, we decided to do the game again at another event. This time, due to tight funds, I wondered if I could get a hold of a chocolate pudding recipe and if it would be the less inexpensive option. I did and it was, so I kept the recipe. Here it is:



6 Tablespoons cornflour
½ Cup sugar
¼ Cup cocoa powder
4 Cups milk
1/8 Teaspoon salt
1 Egg, well beaten
1 Teaspoon vanilla

Combine the cornstarch, sugar, cocoa and salt in a heavy saucepan. Gradually add a little milk and stir to a smooth paste; stirring constantly add remainder of milk. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly, until mixture starts to thicken. Do not boil.

Pour a bit of the hot mixture into well beaten egg, beating while pouring. Add egg mixture into pan with remaining hot mixture. Stir until well blended.

Return to heat and cook until pudding consistency. Remove from heat. Pour into individual serving dishes. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Optional: Add crushed Oreo cookies on top. You can also serve it with whipped cream instead.

Party tips:

This yummy snack/dessert is also perfect for garden themed parties or construction themed parties, if you are after foods that go well with the themes.

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For a construction themed party, you can pretend it is earth or top soil.

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For a garden themed party, you can ‘plant’ a piece of edible herb on top and add a popsicle stick with a name of a veggie or herb. Then you can pretend they are seedlings!