Savvy Chic

tidbits, thoughts, and ramblings. . .with a Mormon twist

Happy Pioneer Day! July 24, 2008

Filed under: children,kids,mormon,savvy thoughts — savvychic @ 11:52 pm

I’m so grateful for the many brave pioneer, both ancient and recent, in my life.  To those who left their homes and countries to seek out a better life for their family and future posterity.  And to those, like my father with my mother, who courageously blazed new trails in my life time.  I am indebted to them and give them my respect and love.

So, how are you celebrating Pioneer day?

To honor those of the past, there are many fun activities!  Here are a few ideas:

Make butter!  Have the kids shake a pint of whipping cream until it sounds like there is something solid in there–it will be butter!  Spread it on warm homemade bread.

Make stick horses!  Using a dowel, a tube sock filled with batting, either large googley eyes or marker drawn eyes, and some yarn for the mane, put it all together and add a ribbon/bridle/reins.  Glue the sock onto the stick for added stability.

Play some pioneer games–stick pulling, blindmans bluff, hopscotch, leapfrog, drop the handkerchief (like duck duck goose), three-legged race, gunnysack hopping race, jump rope, or tag. (Here are some more ideas)

Make a cornhusk doll.

Sing songs together.

Make a fun summer meal including corn-on-the-cob (let the kids husk the corn) and shelled peas.

Learn some survival techniques or camping skills.  Better yet, go camping!

Have a campfire and tell stories!

(Here are some more ideas)

What are your ideas?

 

LDS News Source July 10, 2008

Filed under: mormon — savvychic @ 10:45 pm

I just learned of a new news source for everything LDS and Mormon:  LDS News Source.  The site searches over 5000 newspapers throughout the world every hour.  Then they put that information all in one convenient place for anyone interested to read.  Check it out and then RSS feed it so you will be current on what up in the Mormon world! 🙂

 

President Hinckley January 27, 2008

Filed under: mormon,savvy thoughts — savvychic @ 10:31 pm

Our dear church president (of nearly 13 years) passed away this evening. He will be sorely missed. He was such an inspiration and was always so quick to find the good and humor in situations. I love this man and am sad he is gone. At the same time, I am so glad that he can rejoin his sweet wife, Marjorie, on the other side–those two were so cute together!

My prayers go out to his family. I hope they feel the love and compassion of the entire church for them. Also to the Apostles who now have such huge shoes to fill in his absence. I’m so glad that no one is alone in these times–that our Savior is watching over and guiding this entire process.

The Church is true and we will go forward in faith.

 

Faith, Family, Facts, and Fruits January 22, 2008

Filed under: mormon — savvychic @ 12:03 am

Facts

  • “Mormon” is a nickname for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Members are often referred to as “Mormons,” “Latter-day Saints,” or “LDS.” The term “Saint” means “member.”
  • The Church was restored in 1830 in upstate New York with Joseph Smith as its first prophet and president. Today it is headquartered in Salt Lake City, with President Gordon B. Hinckley as the present prophet.
  • There are now over 13 million members in 176 countries and territories. About 6 million of these are in the United States, making us the fourth largest Christian denomination in America. As one of the fastest growing Christian faiths in the world, we complete a new chapel every working day. Members pay a tithe, which is 10 percent of their income, making this and other programs possible.
  • Local congregations are led by volunteer, unpaid members. Both men and women serve in assigned leadership positions.
  • Mormons are well represented in politics and government. (In the United States, for example, there are 16 members in Congress, from both political parties.) Members also serve in high and trusted positions throughout the world in business, medicine, law, education, media, sports, and entertainment.

Faith

Mormons are committed Christians with strong traditional values.

  • We believe in the eternity of the soul, that God is the Father of our spirits, and that we can return to Him after death.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ is our personal Savior, and we try to model our lives after Him and His teachings. We commemorate Christ’s atoning sacrifice in our Sunday worship services, similar to taking communion in other churches. We accept as fellow Christians all who believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God and the Savior of all mankind. Many Christians do not understand that we have much common ground with them. Joseph Smith taught that Jesus Christ is the core of our belief, and everything else is an appendage to it (see Elders’ Journal, July 1838, 44). The name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • We believe the original church that Jesus established was lost and has been restored again in our day. The priesthood, the authority given to man to act in the name of God, with apostles and a prophet to lead us, has been restored as have all necessary ordinances of salvation.
  • We believe in and we use the Holy Bible, both the Old and New Testaments.
  • And we believe in the Book of Mormon and other books of scripture which support and authenticate the Bible and testify of the ministry and divinity of Christ and of God’s ongoing revelation to man. Indeed, the Book of Mormon is “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.”

Family

Our theology and lifestyle are family-centered.

  • Mormons place particularly strong emphasis on family as the basic unit of the Church and of society. We have a deep commitment to marriage (defined as a union between one man and one woman). Polygamy, a limited practice in the early pioneer days of the Church, was discontinued in 1890, some 117 years ago.
  • Families and individuals, whether members of our faith or not, can attend Sunday services in our chapels. Here we worship together, instructing one another from the scriptures.
  • Latter-day Saint families are encouraged to hold family home evenings weekly, usually on Monday nights. This provides a regular and predictable time for parents to teach values to their children and to have fun together. We invite those not of our faith to adopt this practice with their own families.
  • The Church has auxiliary programs for women, youth, and children as a support to the family. These programs provide such things as religious instruction, opportunities for Christian service, sports, drama, music, and Scouting.
  • And there is also much focus on extended family, genealogy, and personal family history, providing young and old with a stronger sense of roots, identity, and belonging. The highest and most sacred ordinances of our faith relate to our families, both living and dead, and some of these ordinances take place in our temples.

Fruits

The Savior said “by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20; emphasis added). A church, or any way of life, should be judged by the fruits or the results that it generates. Here are a few examples based on United States statistics. But these would be similar throughout the world among practicing Mormons (by which we mean those who attend church and the temple regularly):

  • One of the fruits is a longer life. Studies show that practicing Mormons are healthier and therefore live longer than the national average. In 1833 the Lord revealed to Joseph Smith the Word of Wisdom, which is the way to live in order to enjoy a long and healthy life.
  • Second, those who are married in and attend the temple regularly have a divorce rate far below the national and world average.
  • Third, we achieve an educational level that is higher than the national average.
  • Fourth, over 70,000 members volunteer at their own expense to serve for 18 to 24 months in humanitarian efforts, Church service assignments, and full-time missionary service throughout the world.
  • And fifth, we place strong emphasis on self-reliance and a solid work ethic. We encourage active involvement in our communities and in providing service to others. The Church continues to donate substantial money, goods, and services to humanitarian causes around the globe, including untold hours of labor donated by members to assist in disaster cleanup and relief.

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Taken almost directly from Elder M. Russell Ballard’s October 2007 talk in general conference titled, “Faith, Family, Facts, and Fruit.” Elder Ballard encouraged us to create a sheet like this to give to those who may be curious about our church. This will help us give accurate concise information. He includes a copy of the Articles of Faith with this fact sheet.

For more information about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please visit Mormon.org

 

Mothering with Spiritual Power: Book of Mormon Inspirations for Raising a Righteous Family September 13, 2007

Filed under: books,children,kids,mormon,motherhood — savvychic @ 7:12 am

This is a new book coming out that I look forward to reading.  I worked with Debra Woods a year ago in assisting with a Time Out For Women event in Oklahoma City.  She is kind, warm-hearted, and inviting. . . not to mention talented.  Here is some information about the book.

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Mothering with Spiritual Power
Book of Mormon Inspirations for Raising a Righteous Family

By Debra Woods
Published by Cedar Fort, Inc. September 2007

 
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LDS Living magazine September/October 2007 issue Editor’s Pick!

Now available for order or pre-order at cedarfort.com, deseretbook.com, amazon.com, borders.com, and latterdaylightbooks.com.

Available soon at seagullbook.com, byubookstore.com and LDS bookstores everywhere.

Book Description:
Mothering with Spiritual Power is an eloquent and heartfelt book that speaks to mothers of the sacred nature of motherhood and the awesome spiritual power available to them through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
Using twenty-five favorite Book of Mormon scriptures as inspiration, Debra Woods shows mothers how they can find answers to a myriad of parenting questions and challenges as they raise their children in the latter days. Through stories and experiences taken from her own life, she offers simple suggestions for making meaningful connections with your children—suggestions on how to turn weaknesses into strengths, ideas on how to foster an atmosphere of peace and harmony, ways in which mothers can support each other, helps for the mother who must forgive her children and herself, and so much more.
 
Mothering with Spiritual Power is a celebration of motherhood, family life, and the difference the gospel of Jesus Christ can make for mothers and families everywhere.
 
Author Description: 
Debra Sansing Woods is a full-time mom and part-time freelance
writer. Her writings often focus on and celebrate home and family life. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including LDS Living, Meridian magazine, two Deseret Book anthologies (as a contributing author), The Dallas Morning News, The Athens Review, and others.
 
Debra graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA
in Accounting and went on to become a CPA and corporate controller. She also taught as a highly rated instructor of personal finance for the University of Texas Informal Classes. She currently lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Barry, and their five youngest children. Debra’s family also includes her husband’s three grown daughters.
 
 
Advance Praise
“Mothering with Spiritual Power is a remarkable look at some well loved Book of Mormon scriptures applied beautifully to remind us of the power of inspiration and prayer, and the reality of the Atonement in our mothering work. With a wise, honest voice, Sister Woods draws on her own mothering experiences to show how prayerful pondering of the scriptures can give us vision to see through worldly trials to eternal goals. In Mothering with Spiritual Power, Sister Woods insightfully describes a scripture-based parenting style and the powerful parenting truths and clarity available to us as we attempt to liken the scriptures unto us for our profit and learning.”
—LISA HAINS BARKER, PHD
Clinical Psychologist and mother of three
 
 “To a mom’s sometimes rushed and chaotic world, Mothering with Spiritual Power comes as a light on a hill, placing us firmly on solid rock. Debra Woods delivers a deeply personal, eloquent message that is never preachy but rather manages to uplift, entertain, and empower.”
—VICTORIA AKSELSEN FISHER,
Writer and mother of three
 
 “Mothering with Spiritual Power is an insightful and sensitive resource for the moms in our lives, no matter what their level of experience in raising children. It will affirm and reinforce those who already know how to tap into the guidance of the Spirit as they raise their children. It will also be a mentor for those who are just discovering the power of the influence of the scriptures, coupled with the Spirit as a parenting guide. Readers will relate readily to Debra Woods’s real life experiences, which she skillfully illustrates in this book. Her warm and pleasant writing style makes it a powerful and pleasant guide for applying scriptural teachings to specific family needs. It will be a blessing to all mothers in their sacred work of rearing children.”
—DAVID J. RIDGES, author of the Gospel Study Series
 
“Motherhood, what an amazing journey! After eight years of married childlessness, I will finally get my chance at motherhood this May. I read Mothering with Spiritual Power and felt uplifted, encouraged, and comforted about the challenges I will soon be facing. I feel women at any stage in life can benefit from the insights shared by this talented new author.”
—LINDSEY SHUMWAY,
Author of I Chose You and
101 Creative Dates for Latter-day Saints
 
“The scriptures this book uses are ones most of us are probably very familiar with, yet Debra is able to give them such a fresh, unique-to-moms perspective. It’s reassuring to see how ancient scripture can be applied to modern parenting problems, and to be reminded that as different as our unique parenting challenges are, we also have much in common—including the greatest parenting advice book available: the Book of Mormon.”
—BRIDGET REES,
Editor for LDS Living magazine and mother of two
 
“Debra Woods has gleaned much from her careful reading of the Book of Mormon. With unique mothering perspective, she makes a single verse come alive in a very personal way. Her inspiring insights are powerful reminders of the importance of finding joy in motherhood and the crucial role of mothers in raising responsible children.”
—DEBBIE BOWEN,
Author of Nobody’s Better Than You, Mom! and
W.O.R.K: Wonderful Opportunities for Raising Responsible Kids
 
“Debra Sansing Woods uses an eloquent, articulate, and personal style to tie the Book of Mormon to the sacred role of motherhood. This book will lift the spirits and confidence of any mother. I highly recommend this book.”
—RANDAL A. WRIGHT, PHD
Author of 25 Mistakes LDS Parents Make and How to Avoid Them