Friday, August 31, 2012
Primary 2 Manual
Always Tell the Truth
An honesty story with coloring picture from the June 2000 Friend (I cropped it from the original coloring page) - It can be found here:
Primary 2 Manual
I Can Pay Tithing
I use the handout from Veronica from Sugardoodle below for the Journal page
I have this handout that I use during all of my tithing lessons. The kids love it because it has real money on it.
I always bring 10 real dimes and let them count the dimes and figure out how much to pay tithing on the 10 dimes. I give them all a tithing slip. I find it is easier to have the top portion filled out for these younger children - even my 7 year olds. It's a a huge task to help them all put in their address and even look them up for each child - now I just have it filled out ahead of time. Plus, it is easier for the clerk to enter the tithing if it is filled out by me - less questions.
I give each child a dime and let them fill in the money portion of the ticket - and they can put in the date and ward (because it is the same for each child and you can print it on the chalk board). Then we walk down to the bishops office and give it to him or one of his councilors.
I've printed out this handout from the Friend in the past - but DON'T do it - it is outdated and doesn't help at all.
I have a tithing slip printed out to a full page size to show them - it's much easier.
Where Does Tithing Go? handout from the September 2005 Friend. You will have to download all of this magazine to print off these pages. On the first line on this link, click the download button and download the PDF version of the magazine, Print off page 14 and 15 only here:
The next 4 pages with a "find the coin" activity and "Tithing Maze" come from the February 2010 here:
The "windows of heaven" will be opened when we pay tithing activity frome the June 2012 Friend here:
Monday, August 13, 2012
Some time ago, my niece Shelly called my home to report what sounded to me like a condition of epidemic proportion. She was in college, and it was just before finals. Shelly explained that she and her roommates were stressed out and needed a place to escape for the weekend. I, of course, was delighted to provide the place. They said there had hardly been a weekend or even a day when they had not been completely overloaded. “So much to do and so little time” was their comment as they talked of schedules, commitments, expectations, pressures, and even some anxieties about dates, deadlines, decisions, finances, future obligations, and unlimited opportunities.
Too often we allow ourselves to be driven from one deadline, activity, or opportunity to the next. We check events off our calendar and think, “After this week things will let up,” or “After this semester …” or “After graduation, then the pressure will ease.” We live with false expectations. Unless we learn to take control of the present, we will always live in anticipation of better days in the future. And when those days arrive, we shall still be looking ahead, making it difficult to enjoy the here and now. The beautiful fall leaves come and go and in our busyness we miss them.
We live in a time when we can do more, have more, see more, accumulate more, and want more than any time we have ever known. I believe if possible the adversary would keep us busily engaged in a multitude of trivial things in an effort to keep us distracted from the few vital things that make all of the difference.
We live in a time when too often success is determined by the things we gather, accumulate, collect, measure, and even compare in relation to what others gather and accumulate. This pattern of living invites its own consequences and built-in stress.
It is as we learn to simplify and reduce, prioritize and cut back on the excesses, that we have enough time and money for the essentials, for all that we ultimately want and even more.
We read about the pioneers who, in the early history of the Church, left their possessions, “their things,” and headed west. Those who were with the handcart company, who would push or pull their carts into the wilderness, would give much thought to what they would make room for in their wagons and what they would be willing to leave behind. Even after the journey began, some things had to be unloaded along the way if people were to reach their destination.
Today our tests are different. We are not called to load our wagons and head west. Our frontier and wilderness are different, but we too must decide what we will make room for in our wagons and what is of highest value.
What is it that drives a people to sacrifice all, if necessary, to receive the blessings available only in the temple? It is their faith and a spiritual witness of the importance of our covenants with God and our immense possibilities. It is in the temple, the house of the Lord, that we participate in ordinances and covenants that span the distance between heaven and earth and prepare us to return to God’s presence and enjoy the blessings of eternal families and eternal life.
As we take an inventory of the things we are carrying in our wagons and make decisions about what we will be willing to leave behind and what we will cling to, we have guidance. The Lord has given us a great promise to which I bear my testimony. He has said, “Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you. Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion. Keep my commandments in all things. And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God” (D&C 14:5–7).
When we understand that our covenants with God are essential to our eternal life, these sacred promises become the driving force that helps us lighten our load, prioritize our activities. eliminate the excesses, accelerate our progress, and reduce the distractions that could, if not guarded, get us mired down in mud while other wagons move on.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Primary 2 Manual
Love One Another
I've always loved this coloring picture from Del Parson (that I've used in previous lessons, but thought I would add it to this lesson helps too) from The Friend, January 2007 here:
Page 2 from the link above
Primary 2 Manual
I Will Obey The Law
This is the answers you cut out and paste above.
I loved these following handout from the September 2009 Friend. They are great reminders on how to be Pure and Righteous.
I loved this game, There are many typical decisions the children have to make at school to be pure and righteous. Also in the September 2009 friend here:
I make each child play dough to create with and take home. Here is my favorite recipe:
3 cups Flour
1 1/2 cup Salt
3 cups Water
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 Tablespoon Cream of Tartar
Mix all of the ingredients in a large saucepan.
Cook over medium low heat, until the dough comes away from the edges of the pan and it becomes difficult to move the spoon.
Remove from heat.
Cool until it can be handled.
Place on counter or wax paper and knead 3 -4 times.
Store in an air tight container / baggie.
The secret ingredient here is cream of tartar. This recipe make play dough that is not grainy like uncooked play dough and keeps for a long time.
Variations: Add one package of unsweetened powdered Kool-Aid to your play dough to give it a great smell.