April 1, 2016

General Conference Activity Notebook for Primary Kids

A few year's ago we created an activity notebook in my ward for Primary children ages 6 - 11. I update the links every 6 months. The cool thing about this notebook is you can use it again and again and just remove old pages and put in new ones. My notebook has a-bit-of-this and a-bit-of-that from many sources. Look through the links and print what you think your child might enjoy. Keep their hands busy so their minds can feast as they listen to General Conference with you.

More ideas can be found on my Pinterest LDS General Conference FHE board. Also see The Ultimate LDS General Conference Packet A-Z, and The Ultimate LDS General Conference Packet A-Z 2. Have fun creating your General Confernece notebook!

General Conference Notebook for Primary-age Children
  • Get a 1 inch clear-view cover binder for each child.
  • Buy 5-tab divider pages and label them: My Notes, Coloring Pages, Activity Pages, Family Games, For Parents
  • Print any of the copies below.
  • Hole-punch your copies.
  • Put your copies in the notebook in your notebook.
  • Add  sheet protectors to hold game pieces like Bingo cards.
  • Provide colored markers, crayons, pencils and treats for your child. Have a great time!
COVER PAGE
Step 1: Print this cover page pdf  (My 10 year-old daughter still loves this picture by Beth Whittaker!) 



Step 2: Print these section title pages or create some of your own.
Step 3: Glue or staple the section title pages to your 5 tab dividers. You may have to trim them depending on your divider pages.

MY NOTES SECTION
Step 4: Go to LDS.org and print pages 4 - 12 in the General Conference Notebook. Use these for your child to take notes or draw notes on. Elder Packer, Perry and Scott have been removed and their are spaces for three new apostles. You can use that cover instead of mine.

COLORING PAGES SECTION
Step 5: Print any of the coloring pages you want:
New! Scripture Stories Coloring Book at LDS.org
"God's Prophets and Apostles Speak to Us in General Conference" at LDS.org
"I Will Follow the Prophet" at LDS.org or anything else from this link.
"Prophets Teach Me How to Strengthen My Family"
"Jesus Created The Earth for Me" at LDS.org (It's the same as my cover)
"Prophets Speak For Heavenly Father" and "Conference listen, then color pages' at the same at LDS.org
"The Resurrection" by Harry Anderson at LDS.org
"Jesus Christ Created The Earth As a Place Where I Can Choose The Right" at LDS.org
"I Can Show Reverence For Sacred Places and Things" at LDS.org
"I Came to Earth as Part of a Family" at LDS.org

ACTIVITIES SECTION
Step 6: Print any of the activity pages you want:
"Salt Lake Temple" dot-to-dot 1-35 or another others from About.com
"Mary at the tomb" 1-79 dot-to-dot at LDS.org (scroll down)
"The Gold Plates" 1 - 35 dot-to-dot at my CTRRing.com
"Liahona Compass of Faith" dot-to-dot 1-60 at LDS.org (scroll down)
Taking The Sacrament in House of The Lord dot-to-dot 1-86 at LDS.org
"Mexico City Temple" dot-to-dot 1-65 at LDS.org
"We Do Not Doubt" Stripling Warrior dot-to-dot 1-55 at LDS.org
"Trust In The Lord" dot-to-dot 1-95 at LDS.org
"David and Goliath" dot-to-dot 1-115 at LDS.org
"Joseph Smith" dot-to-dot 1-55 at LDS.org
"Sacrament" dot-to-dot 1-86 at LDS.org
"Zion" maze at Food Storage and Beyond page 34. Another packet!
"Endure to the End" maze at Food Storage and Beyond page 8. Another packet!
"Easter" crossword puzzle at LDS.org
"Latter-Day Prophet" word search or any other searches at LDS.about.com
"Latter-Day Saint" word search at LDS.about.com
Current "Prophet and Apostle" word search at LDS.about.com (2 per page)
Article of Faith word searches #11 or #12 or #13  at LDS.about.com
"Joseph Smith" word search at LDS.about.com
"Noah's Ark" hidden pictures  at LDS.org
"I Love My Family" hidden pictures  at LDS.org
"The First Easter" story Rebus with word pictures (in color)
"Joseph F. Smith" crossword or "King Benjamin Teaches the People" or "Noah's Ark" cut outs at LDSLessonIdeas (scroll down)
"Word of Wisdom" and Joshua Served the Lord" hidden pictures at LDSLessonIdeas
"Remember Jesus During the Sacrament" picture wheel and other activities (scroll down)
Two "General Conference" hidden pictures at LDS.org
"President Monson Follow the Prophet" hidden picture. Print in grayscale to save ink.
Make your own tracing-the-words pages for younger children from KidZone.com. Create a page of words such as your child's name or the word "Jesus," "Prophet," "Love," "Family," "Temple," etc. Go to Tracer Pages. Click "Blank (No pictures)," and then "block" lettering. Put a word (10 letters and spaces or less) in the blank space and copy to all boxes.

FAMILY GAMES SECTION
Between sessions, play some games as a family.
Print a General Conference Squares cards for each family member from LDS.org conference squares game card
Go to LDS.org and let your child play "Articles of Faith Memory Quest"

Image result for lds memory quest

Let your kids watch the "Conference Center" video tour. Very sweet!




FOR PARENTS SECTION
Print my "General Conference Helps for Parents" handout. Keep this in the binder so you can refer to it again. Or add any other handouts you find useful. A few weeks before conference, come back to this page and print something new for your child. You may also want to read "Preparing Our Children for General Conference" at LDS.org

I'm getting excited for General Conference! Hope you are too.

Valerie
(Links updated 9/29/15)

“It is when children are young that parents must be innovative in helping them develop good habits regarding conference participation. As our children are given opportunities to observe and learn the role of these special witnesses, they will receive a spiritual confirmation of the sacred calling of their Church leaders, and they will feel a deeper love for and interest in these leaders and their message.” Elder Neil L. Andersen

March 27, 2016

April 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar

I decided to put my food storage and emergency prep ideas on an actual calendar for April 2016. Sometimes a visual calendar helps me get things done better than just a list of items, so I created an April emergency prep calendar to help me stay focused. It does not have actual amounts to store, but you can find those suggestions on my Emergency Prep Lists here. I figure with both of these items you and I may be more motivated to gather and store.


EMERGENCY FUND 
This new calendar has a piggy bank shown each Sunday to remind you to add money to your emergency fund.

3-MONTH SUPPLY OF FOOD AND EMERGENCY ITEMS
Monday I listed some food storage and emergency items to shop for during your regular shopping trips. You won't see the term long-term foods on this calendar, but you could store dry beans long-term if you wish. The main goal is to first gather a 3-month supply of food, emergency water, emergency funds, and THEN gather long-term foods. This is how the LDS Church recommends you work on your home or food storage.

72-HOUR KITS
Tuesday you'll see some items to gather in your 72-hour kit. You can add some to your weekly shopping list. I decided to add 72-hour kit items each week since building a kit over time is more economical for some of us. Or you could add something you hadn't thought of before.

INVENTORY
Friday you'll see a mini inventory. If you examine just those types of supplies, you won't ever have to take a large inventory.

PREP GOAL
On Saturday I listed a Prep goal you may want to work on. In the center I listed some emergency links for some of the Prep goals you may wish to print and study. This month I really wanted to learn how to make a hand washing station for an emergency shelter. Knowledge is priceless.

You can print this new calendar below. No one should every feel they have to do it all. I don't. Just find something you want to buy and store, and move forward.

I'd love to hear some feedback on my emergency prep calendar since I can always change the calendar design. Hope you like it.

April 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar pdf

March 26, 2016

April Emergency Preparedness Goals - Soup, Fish, Beans and Sanitation Supplies

During the month of April, my emergency prep focus is beans, fish, soups, and sanitation supplies. Stock up on spiritual preparedness by attending or viewing the LDS General Conference next week. I've also created a 2016 April Emergency Prep Calendar, but it doesn't have amounts to store on it. It will be in another post. Some of you may like that format for gathering food storage.


For my 3-Month food storage supply of everyday pantry foods, I stock up on prepared canned beans. There are so many to choose from: kidney, re-fried, garbanzo, black beans . . . whatever you love is what you will want to gather. Beans for salads, beans for soups, beans for chili. Beans, beans and more beans! I love our Utah case lot sales because you can find beans on sale for about 60 cents a can.

This month I also gather canned fish. This could be tuna or salmon in cans or pouches. It's a great source of Omega 3 and protein. Cans typically have a 3 - 5 year shelf life, but check your product to be sure. Store bought fish mixed with other items like mayonnaise, has a much shorter shelf life. You can always find canned fish at stores like Costco and Sam's Club too. It's best stored in a cool (75 degrees or less), dry place. NEVER put food in your garage, because temperatures get too hot.

Soup is another item I gather this month. There are so many possibilities. Consider your favorite family recipes to know what you want to stock up on. Creamed soups, tomato soup or prepared soups are fine. Do whatever works for your family. Condensed soups are about 50 cents at the case lot sales.


Dry beans or lentils store well as long-term food storage. If properly stored with an oxygen absorber packet in #10 cans or Mylar bags, these may be kept for 30 years. However, learn how to cook with dry beans before you stock up. Some of you have dry bean knowledge, however I'm pretty weak. So look for some recipes. During the Utah case lot sale, you can find 20 lb. bags of black beans for about $18.00 and pinto beans for $16.00, but you can always buy a 25 lb. bag of black or white beans at the LDS Home Storage Center.

No one likes to talk about emergency sanitation and hygiene, but it's so important. Our bodies have to do their thing, and we have to learn how to deal with it if there is an emergency. Those of you with little children should have a good supply of baby wipes and diapers around. As a grandma I have some too in case my grand-kids need them.

Study how to stay clean during an emergency. Clean hands saves lives.

Good luck with your preparedness goals! You are never behind. Any step forward is still a step forward.

Best wishes,
Valerie

BE CLEAN
"I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day 
with a pure heart and clean hands?
I say unto you, can you look up, 
having the image of God 
engraven upon your countenances?"

February 28, 2016

March Emergency Preparedness Goals - Tomatoes/Pasta and First Aid

During the month of March, I like to gather tomato and pasta products for my food storage. For those who live in Utah, you may buy these items at case lot sales starting this week.

If you live outside of Utah, focus on these same foods for March to spread your food storage expense out over the year. It's easy to get overwhelmed gathering food storage, unless you have a monthly focus. If you follow my suggestions, you can gather food year-round and your items will be naturally rotated so they don't lose their shelf life so quickly and heaven forbid you have to toss expired cans out.

Personally, I like to gather a 6-month supply of canned tomatoes and pasta, but gather what you can afford and have space in your home. I don't like to buy more than that because I've discovered we don't eat some foods as quickly as others. Six months from now I buy more to add to my supply.

Tomato-based products have a shorter shelf life such as 12 to 18 months, so it's best to buy them regularly. However, dry pasta lasts about 2 to 3 years in store bags or boxes kept in your cool pantry. The LDS spaghetti and macaroni sealed long-term in #10 cans, can be stored for 30 years. The key is cool, dark and dry. If your kitchen gets hot during the summer, the shelf life of your food may decrease some. NEVER store canned food in a hot garage. In the house is best. I keep store bought pasta in plastic containers in my basement and also some long-term pasta for disasters.

If you want to can your garden tomatoes later this year, then gather pasta and another tomato-type product you don't usually can yourself. Also, if you don't make spaghetti sauce from scratch, buy pre-made pasta sauce. If that's the way your family eats it, go for it.

The thing I love about food storage, is everyone may gather the perfect supply for their family. You don't have to buy everything I suggest or someone else suggests. You build a supply that works for your family so they will eat your food. Food storage, your family, your way.

Regarding emergency preparedness; now is a great time to update your first aid items. You want to have a good first aid kit in your home, some general medical supplies, and medicine on hand for emergencies that can and will happen. I keep all of our old braces, boots or splints from past injuries for disasters. Used crutches would be an awesome item to have too.

This month, my spiritual focus is Be Charitable. One way to do that is to give blood to the Red Cross. There is always a need and no greater service than to share the gift of life. So call the Red Cross to find out where you can donate.

Best wishes to you and your family on your adventures in food storage. You CAN do it!

Valerie

BE CHARITABLE
"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."


Go here to print my March Emergency Preparedness List

Go here for my other 12 Monthly Preparedness Lists

    February 3, 2016

    Letter from a Reader of Prepared LDS Family

    When a letter like the following arrives in my email, it makes my day! Since I starting working at an elementary school, I have not been able to write as much as I would like, so I'm glad Prepared LDS Family is still a resource for some of you. I hope you enjoy reading this letter from a reader.

    January 27, 2016
    "I am married ... and have been so for 40 years. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints. We live in Maryland. We have two children and seven granddaughters. I have been a member of the Church for 30 years, mostly inactive but never losing sight of the truthfulness and doctrine of the Gospel. Recently I have returned to church. Years ago I started food storage and have #10 cans of a variety; i.e., rice, pinto beans, potato flakes, dried applies, oatmeal, but haven’t done anything in about 20 years. Last week [my husband] said we needed to start our food storage. I was surprised. He too, was baptized about 20 years ago, but has not been active. I went on line and found your web site, which I feel was due to divine intervention. Your web site has prepared a way for us to re-start our food storage, a subject which has overwhelmed me, not knowing what to store, how to begin, how to store it, etc. Your step-by-step directions/guidelines are exactly what we needed. I no longer feel overwhelmed and am excited about getting started and “catching up”. Thank you so much for what you have done for those of us who are not sure how to begin. I have copied your prep lists along with the monthly preparedness goals, which will be a tremendous help to one who doesn’t have a clue. I know by doing this, my Heavenly Father will give Mike and me further guidance and direction. I also put together a binder for each of my children, so if they desire, they can start their food storage as well. Once again, I can’t express my appreciation for what you have done and the directions which I can understand and start something I have avoided for years." M and J, Maryland

    January 29, 2016

    February Emergency Preparedness Goals - Breakfast Foods and Emergency Communications

    My preparedness focus for February is breakfast foods and emergency communications. It starts this Sunday. Using a monthly focus helps me stay organized and prevents becoming overwhelmed with the whole preparedness thing. The great thing about breakfast foods for food storage is they are affordable and you can eat them any time of the day in an emergency.

    Go here to print my February Emergency Preparedness List.pdf

    My goal is to gather a 3-month food storage supply of shelf-stable everyday breakfast foods my family will eat. Even though I suggest specific items on my list to gather, adapt the list. Your family might eat cold breakfast cereal, whereas another family might want agave nectar and gluten-free buckwheat. Both families would be correct. So, adapt my food storage goals for you.


    This month I'll gather breakfast cereal, oats, pancake mix, syrup and maybe some powdered eggs. I may throw in some extra boxes of food bars my husband likes too.

    I usually check the Costco ad to see if there is something on my prep list on sale. This month my toiletries focus is toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash. Costco has the mouthwash my husband uses. Check! My other items are not on sale there, so I'll be going to another store for them. I'm surprised, Costo, since it's National Children's Dental Health month. Em and I are headed to the dentist in February for our checkups.

    Costco

    Oh. Heads up. Even though I don't need them, you might want to know that Costco has their fire extinguishers, fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on sale. And the 9V batteries for the smoke alarms are on sale as well. Thanks, Costco.

    On Step 1: 3-month food storage supply of my list, you'll see oatmeal listed as 5 lbs. or 2 LDS #10 cans. You don't have to buy your 3-month supply of oatmeal in #10 cans. Nada. It's perfectly fine to store items for your 3-month supply in the boxed container from the store like the one pictured.
    Quaker Oats

    I buy my oats from the LDS Home Storage Center, and then dump them in a plastic container for baking. Boy, would I like some oatmeal cookies right about now. Oh, yes. Back to writing.

    Don't get hung up on all the numbers on the list. It took a lot of research for me to figure out what works for my family. You may want to store more or less depending on how much you cook oats. Let's move on.

    Be on the lookout for some great breakfast cereal deals at the store this month. I actually picked up some General Mills cereals on sale Saturday. Not too many. Just six. My youngest does not like breakfast cereal. Yes, I know. She is unique. But my other children and grandchildren do like cereal. So, if they visit me, or if there is a disaster like a power outage or earthquake, I have something they can eat.

    I love granola and Special K. So, I have a variety of things always in my cupboard. Look for some store sales around President's Day weekend here in the U.S. too.

    Oats are amazing to store in your long-term food storage. They can be stored short-term in those Quaker Oats-type containers for something like 2 years, or long-term in #10 cans or buckets for about 30 years. But remember. Gathering food that lasts long-term is your Step #4. So work on that 3-month supply first.

    There are several types of oats, but most people buy regular, quick or instant oats. They are definitely economical. To understand the differences, check out this great article at Baking Bites: Regular vs. Quick Cooking Oatmeal.

    Let's talk about emergency communication. How will you communicate with your family during an emergency? Do you have some equipment to do that? What's your plan? Have you practiced it? Who is your out-of-state contact? Can you text them? Will they expect you too? What's your plan for Grandpa who lives 20 minutes away? Think it through.

    I've got to work on that too, since phone numbers and addresses keep changing in our family. We always think we are safe if our contacts are in our cell phone, but imagine if you accidentally dropped your phone in water after a disaster. Do you remember the phone number of your daughter who lives in San Jose? Perhaps it would be wise to keep a card in your wallet with numbers on it too.

    FEMA has a sample you can use, or create one of your own.

    Family Emergency Communication Plan
    Family Emergency Communication Plan Wallet Cards

    Good luck on your goals this month. I think you CAN, I think you CAN one can or box or goal at a time.
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    The Little Engine That Could


    Best wishes
    Valerie

    BE DOERS
    "And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: 
    I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, 
    for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, 
    save he shall prepare a way for them 
    that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." 

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