Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Printable Georgetown Photo Scavenger Hunt

In the summertime, it's fun to mix things up and have a mutual activity that we wouldn't normally be able to do on a school night.  My Laurels decided that an excursion to Georgetown would be just the ticket for our last summer mutual before our stake's family friendly month kicked in.  We'd explore a little together, then get a treat.    I researched at length to find a pre-made scavenger hunt that we could use as our framework for exploring,  but all I could find were hunts created by tour companies that charged for them.  So I decided to create one myself and share it here on the blog....easily printable and totally free!    Perfect for youth groups, families, and tourists!    

We  just had a great time just exploring Georgetown together, but  for larger groups you could split into teams and add a competitive element to it.   Either way, this would  make for a fun family home evening activity for YSAs or families with older kids in the DC area.      Have fun!    








Sunday, May 10, 2015

#ShareGoodness YW activity

We recently had a very fun mutual night activity that the young women really enjoyed.  They made "Share Goodness" posters for all the young men in our ward, where on each poster was a picture of the young man surrounded by sincere compliments that the young women had written.   They made 27 posters and presented them at the end of church the following Sunday.   


We kept the activity a total secret beforehand, so that the girls had no idea what we were doing and thereby couldn't accidentally ruin the surprise for the boys.    

We completed the following prep work beforehand:
1.  Bought white posterboard, half sheet per boy
2.  got a bunch of colored sharpies
3.  Took and/or collected pictures of all the boys (I took some at mutual, collected some from Facebook, and others from parents)
4.  cut the posterboards in half

 At mutual, we first watched this video:    

Then we introduced the activity by telling them that we were going to "Share Goodness" with the Young Men by making them each a #sharegoodness poster.    We talked about how to think of sincere and specific compliments that would build them up.  We emphasized that they should not focus on physical or frivolous compliments, such as clothing or looks, but on character traits and talents.   Essentially we asked them to think of the kind of compliments they would most like to hear. 

Here is my son's poster:    

We had the Beehives make the Deacons' posters, the Mia Maids made the Teachers', and the Laurels made the Priests'.   On each poster, they hot glued on the picture, wrote the boy's name on top, and then wrote "#sharegoodness" on the bottom.    Then  with different colored sharpies, they went around the room and wrote compliments on each poster.   

To  add variety, we regathered together as a group for the last 15-minutes, so that everyone could write on anyone else's  poster from another age group.    I then took the posters home and, with the help of my daughters and husband, filled in a few compliments on those that needed a little something extra.    For instance, one boy's poster was filled with compliments all about his humor and little else.  I wanted to make sure that he had a few more that would be more meaningful.  Additionally there was one boy that doesn't come often and the girls were less sure what to write on his, so we filled his in with a few more of our own.   

 It was a joy to see the young men's faces when we presented them their posters and I had a couple of young men's parents let me know how meaningful it was to their boys.     

All in all, it was a very rewarding experience for the young women and they definitely felt the joy of sharing goodness and building others up,  and that in and of itself is reward enough.   However, I won't lie.  I think a lot of them are secretly hoping the boys will return the favor someday.   



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Self Defense YW Activity

Recently we arranged for our local police department to come do a self-defense presentation for our Young Women.  They were booked several months out, so we had to plan it pretty far out.   We had about 20 girls show up and it ended up being a HUGE hit.    The instructors gave them lots of instruction on how to stay safe in the first place, then on what to do if anyone ever did try to hurt them.   They were allowed to practice moves and encouraged to be vocal while they practiced.   I learned a lot myself and I think it ended up being a very successful (and helpful) activity.  Below you will find some written notes on basic safety/self-defense.    



#1 TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS 
       *Don't fall for people saying they need your help.  It's not just a trick to lure kids away; many perpetrators also use this tactic on adults as well.   Always say you're calling 911 for them (and get away).    
       * Most crimes are committed by someone you know, so TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS if something feels off
#2 Be aware of your surroundings 
        *Don't get distracted by texts, phone calls, etc. (especially in parking garages, parking lots, and along trails/sidewalks) 
        *Pay attention to who and what's going on around you, especially when you're outside by yourself (day or night) 
  
#3  Use your voice
        *If something doesn't seem right, start making noise
        *Don't just scream without purpose, be specific and loud (even if you think no one else is around)
        *Say things like, "Get away from me."  "I don't know you"   "I'm calling 911"   "Stay back."
  
#4  Stun and run
        *Back up to give yourself space and time
        *First goal is to get away--do whatever it takes (while making as much noise as possible)
  
#5  Using your tools/vulnerable locations
        *Use elbows, hand, head, knees, feet, finger, teeth...whatever you can to hurt them
        *Aim for their vulnerable parts (nose, eyes, throat, groin, feet, shins, etc)
        *If grabbed by arm, hit them as hard as possible on the arm that's holding yours, twist and pull away at the same time. 
        *If grabbed from behind, use your elbows to throw them off balance
 #6  Tell a trusted person
        *Tell a trusted person ASAP what has happened, whether the perpetrator was a stranger or someone you knew




Monday, April 13, 2015

Finding Answers in the Book of Mormon

I used this as a handout to go with the YW lesson, "Why do we need the Book of Mormon?", but it would also make a great FHE activity for older kids.     The focus of our lesson was that by reading the Book of Mormon, we can find answers to gospel questions, find comfort, and draw nearer to Christ.   I used a lot of the ideas from this site to teach.  

This was meant to be a sort of "homework" assignment, which if they filled out and sent me a picture of  completed, I would bring them a small treat the next week.   I don't usually like to resort to bribery like that, but I felt that the exercise of learning to find answers in the scriptures was valuable enough that I wanted to give them a little extra incentive to do it.   

Friday, April 10, 2015

Easy Last Minute Youth Activity or FHE Lesson

Need an idea for a last minute youth activity or FHE lesson that doesn't take much prep work?   This activity is easy to pull off,  fun for the participants, and thought provoking enough to make it meaningful as well.

Gospel Analogy Skits

Prep:   (5 minutes) Gather about 15 random items from around the house.    Some good items might include a flashlight, bottle of aloe vera, a clock, a baby bib, a towel, a can of food, a blanket, a hat, an eraser, etc.

Divide  into groups of 2-3 people, or if doing with a small group, have individuals do it themselves.

Without giving any directions, have every group/individual come pick one of the random items.

Watch the first two minutes of this talk from Women's Conference, about the soda can analogy:


Talk for just a minute about the soda can analogy, then challenge them to find their own gospel analogy  with the object they've picked and then present it to the group as a 2-minute skit or commercial.   Emphasize that it does not need to be long.  

Give them pens, paper, and 10-15 minutes for planning.

Have them come to the front of the room and perform their skits. I highly recommend doing your own skit too.   They love watching their leaders act silly and it gives them a glimpse of how to do it!  Encourage group participation, clapping, etc….make it fun.

We got some very insightful gospel analogies and even had time to do another round, which we deemed the "speed round" because everyone only got 2 minutes to plan.

It was a great last-minute activity that was also fun and memorable!

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Here are some of the analogies we came up with:

Slinky--When you pull it too far it is weak and shapeless, but when you push it together it is strong and has a point of focus.   If we prioritize our lives well, we can be like the strong and focused slinky.

Flashlight--We can bring light to a dark world with our good examples.

Bib--When we wear the "Super Duper Handy Dandy Bib of the Gospel" we can resist the stains of the world.

Aloe vera--The gospel can bring us soothing and healing when we are feeling spiritually burned.

Clock--We sometimes get caught up in the world's timing and thinking that God is not answering our prayers, etc., but when we understand the eternal perspective of God, we know that God's timing is all we need to worry about.

Bubbles--The atonement of Christ can take away the burden of sin and help us to feel the lightness of forgiveness.

Can of pumpkin--The can doesn't look like much and neither does the pumpkin inside, but when you follow a recipe and mix it up with the right ingredients,  you can make a delicious treat.   This was compared to how our lives are and when we follow the "recipe" for living the gospel, God will bless us and make our lives so much sweeter.

First aid kit--When we are feeling hurt, we can turn to the first aid kit of the gospel and find healing for our spiritual wounds.   

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Why Do the Choices I Make Matter?" Lesson and Handout


I am a very kinesthetic learner, so when I teach I like to employ  a variety of different methods of teaching to increase the likelihood that the lesson will actually connect with each of the students.   I often create a simple worksheet to go along with the lesson--not to make it feel like school, but to give them a place to jot down answers and ideas throughout the lesson.  I have found that employing this simple idea has made our discussions more meaningful and made it easier for every person to be involved in the discussion.   Since they've already taken a few moments to write down their ideas, they're less likely to have been caught off-guard or feel put on the spot. 

For an attention getter at the beginning of the class, I taped a large 'V' onto the floor and told them to try to walk down both "paths" at the same time.   They could for a little bit, but eventually the "paths" got far enough apart that they could no longer keep a foot on each path.   They had to choose one or the other.   Then I asked them to go back to the beginning and pick the correct path, without telling them which one was correct.  They acted confused and each picked their own correct way…one of them even walking down the middle of the two.    

We then read this  quote from President Monson:  
Let us not find ourselves as indecisive as is Alice in Lewis Carroll’s classic "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland."  You will remember that she comes to a crossroads with two paths before her, each stretching onward but in opposite directions. She is confronted by the Cheshire cat, of whom Alice asks, “Which path shall I follow?”
The cat answers, “That depends where you want to go. If you do not know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter which path you take.”7Unlike Alice, we all know where we want to go, and itdoes matter which way we go, for by choosing our path, we choose our destination.
And read this scripture (Matthew 6:24):   
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
We talked about the importance of knowing our path before embarking on it and that while each individual's path in life will vary from the next person's, but  that in the end we should all have the final goal the same--eternal life.

Then they each filled out on the worksheet, some of the goals they had for their lives.

We then read Proverbs 3:5-6:
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall directthy paths."
 

We talked in more details about how to make choices and discussed President Monson's three "R"s of choice.

If you have time, you could have the girls write on the illustrated part of the worksheet things that they can do better at to help them reach their ultimate goal of eternal life.

Lastly we talked about the importance for making time to feel God's help and direction in our lives.  I showed them this picture and quote and talked about how easy it is fill our lives with things--not necessarily bad, but in the long run that are completely meaningless.   I encouraged them to allow themselves time to "Be still" and allow God's influence into their lives.  

I ended by bearing testimony of the importance of looking at the big picture, to not getting caught up in the day-to-day fluff and lose sight of what our end goal really is.  I encouraged them to go home and write some of their goals into their journals and what they would do to reach them.

I also emphasized that if we ever were to find ourselves on a wrong path in life, that  through Christ's atonement and the gift of repentance, that we can get back on the right path again.   It's easier to stay on the right path in the first place, but it's NEVER too late to change direction, and that God is always there with his arms outstretched to help us to find our way back again.







QUOTES ABOUT MAKING CHOICES:  

#1As I’ve contemplated the various aspects of choice, I’ve put them into three categories: first, the right of choice; second, the responsibility of choice; and third, the results of choice. I call these the three Rs of choice.  President David O. McKay, ninth President of the Church, said, “Next to the bestowal of life itself, the right to direct that life is God’s greatest gift to man.”1  We know that we had our agency before this world was and that Lucifer attempted to take it from us.
Next, with the right of choice comes the responsibility to choose. We cannot be neutral; there is no middle ground. The Lord knows this; Lucifer knows this. As long as we live upon this earth, Lucifer and his hosts will never abandon the hope of claiming our souls.
I speak of the results of choice. All of our choices have consequences, some of which have little or nothing to do with our eternal salvation and others of which have everything to do with it.   Whether you wear a green T-shirt or a blue one makes no difference in the long run. However, whether you decide to push a key on your computer which will take you to pornography can make all the difference in your life.”  Thomas S Monson


#2  “How do we make correct choices? A choice involves making a conscious decision. To make an intelligent decision we need to evaluate all available facts on both sides of an issue. But that isn’t enough. Making correct decisions involves prayer and inspiration.” 1  James E Faust

#3  And lastly, we must examine our motives. A good check and balance in decision making is to look at our motives for making our decisions. We should ask ourselves, “Are my motives selfish, or is there charity in the decision I am about to make? Is this decision in keeping with the commandments, both in the spirit and the letter of the law? Is my decision basically right, honorable, and compatible with the golden rule? Have I considered the impact of my decision on others?””  Robert D. Hales


#4  “And we do not need to achieve some minimum level of capacity or goodness before God will help—divine aid can be ours every hour of every day, no matter where we are in the path of obedience….
...beyond desiring His help {though}, we must exert ourselves, repent, and choose God for Him to be able to act in our lives consistent with justice and moral agency. My plea is simply to take responsibility and go to work so that there is something for God to help us with.”   Elder Todd Christofferson

#5  “The Lord has given us a spiritual safety net that can strengthen decision making. That support may come through many means, including a patriarchal blessing, counsel from parents, a father’s blessing, a bishop’s counsel, prayer, temple worship, scripture study, and conversation with faithful friends. However such support comes, it is usually accompanied by the whisperings of the Holy Ghost.”

Sunday, February 15, 2015

"Why should I treat my body like a temple?" lesson helps




Why should I treat my body like a temple?:
#1--    ”The primary blessing that comes from obedience to the Word of Wisdom is spiritual in nature, not necessarily physical.   Certainly, we all recognize the physical benefits of adhering to the lifestyles and dietary guidelines contained in the Word of Wisdom.  But please notice how {it is} emphasized that the link between what we take into our bodies and our ability to receive spiritual communication.  And secondarily the Word of Wisdom also produces physical benefits.  Just as only worthy persons are permitted to enter into the house of the Lord, so we should likewise be careful to take into our bodies only those things that will positively affect us both spiritually and physically. “   Elder David A. Bednar


#2--  “The body that has been given to us was for the purpose of allowing the spirit to exalt itself to a nobler condition. The lightning that is seen flashing from cloud to cloud, from mountain top to mountain top, is an electrical force that may tear down buildings, set fire to property, and destroy life. Conduct electricity through the dynamo wire, and motor, and behold its wonderful results working for the service of man, accomplishing something under the control of a physical instrument, it thus becomes a power for good. So with steam, if allowed to evaporate freely it does little good, but restrain it in the boiler, send it through the engine, and under its power you may travel across the continent or sail from shore to shore. And so, too, with this highest, most potent of all spiritual forces, the intelligence that is in man; enshrine it in a spiritual body, that it may have the experiences of spiritual life; and then give it a physical body, that it may enter into and obtain the joy and experiences of physical life, and you have enlarged its powers immeasurably” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1912, 107).


#3-- “Satan learned these same eternal truths about the body, and yet his punishment is that he does not have one. Therefore he tries to do everything he can to get us to abuse or misuse this precious gift. He has filled the world with lies and deceptions about the body. He tempts many to defile this great gift of the body through unchastity, immodesty, self-indulgence, and addictions. He seduces some to despise their bodies; others he tempts to worship their bodies. In either case, he entices the world to regard the body merely as an object. In the face of so many satanic falsehoods about the body, I want to raise my voice today in support of the sanctity of the body. I testify that the body is a gift to be treated with gratitude and respect.”   Susan W.  Tanner


#4--  "When we become other-oriented, or selfless, we develop an inner beauty of spirit that glows in our outward appearance. This is how we make ourselves in the Lord’s image rather than the world’s and receive His image in our countenances. President Hinckley spoke of this very kind of beauty that comes as we learn to respect body, mind, and spirit. He said:
“Of all the creations of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth” (“Understanding Our Divine Nature,” Liahona, Feb. 2002, 24; “Our Responsibility to Our Young Women,” Ensign,Sept. 1988, 11).
#5--  “We are not less, but more like Heavenly Father because we are embodied. I testify that we are His children, made in His image, with the potential to become like Him.   Let us treat this divine gift of the body with great care.”     Susan Tanner



Saturday, January 24, 2015

"Who Am I, and Who Can I Become?" YW Lesson



 PREPARATION:  
Gather actual seeds (or pictures of seeds and pictures of what they'll grow to be)--see below
Gather baby pictures of as many of the girls as you can. 
Gather a list of each girls' divine qualities and be prepared to share it with them during the lesson (either verbally or typed out as a list)
Be ready to play or sing, "I am a Child of God" and "My Heavenly Father Loves Me"

LESSON:

Intro: Ask the girls if they remember anything about nursery or if they’ve ever had a chance to help on a Sunday?

Talk about what it's like teaching nursery.
(Lessons are short, simple, and have lots of pictures and music!)    

Today’s lesson will be modeled on a nursery lesson.

SEED ACTIVITY:
Show seeds and have them guess what they will grow to be. Show them pictures of what they will be like when they are fully grown.
 



SHOW THEM BABY PICTURES (ideally of themselves): 
Ask what they will grow to be. 

Ask them some characteristics that they’ve INHERITED from their parents.  

Ask what similarities and differences there are from person to person in this world.

What is the same?

Sing, “I am a Child of God

If you are a child of God, doesn’t it stand to reason that they’ve also inherited characteristics from our Heavenly parents, just as we’ve inherited qualities from our earthly parents.

Discuss CHARACTERISTICS we’ve inherited from Heavenly Father. If you have prepared in advance, this would be a great time to present to them a list of divine characteristics that you've noticed in each of them. If you had a mature group of girls who would take the task seriously, you could also have them share divine characteristics they've noticed in each of their classmates.


IDENTITY THEFT:
Ask someone to summarize what identity theft is.

I don’t know if you all you knew this, but did you know that Satan is in the identity theft business?   He’s not stealing credit card numbers and trying to Relate to Satan’s task to have us forget who we are and what our potential is.  

How does Satan try to steal our identity?  

Ask for ideas...    (people who bring us down, media influences, etc.)

Read QUOTE.

"We  know that Satan is totally dedicated to thwarting and derailing this marvelous plan-of-happiness knowledge and process. We know that one of his primary tools is to entice us to forget who we really are—to fail to realize or to forget our divine potential. This is the cruelest form of identity theft.
How does Satan do it? He is quite straightforward and predictable. First, he attempts to prompt doubts in our minds about our divine potential. He even cultivates doctrine in the world implying we are much less than we really are. He undermines our faith—and thus our confidence—in our ability to achieve our potential. He strives to bring us to a mind-set in which we believe that we, individually, are not good enough to ever achieve our celestial goals."  Elder Robert C. Oaks

HOW DOES NOT UNDERSTANDING WHO WE ARE AFFECT OUR LIVES?

SHOW BABY pictures again.  

Who of these is a child of God?  WAIT FOR ANSWERS

You are.  And so am I. And so are your parents, and so is that annoying girl from your math class, and that mean guy on the bus, etc.  

Ask them to imagine a world where everyone truly understood that concept.  It would affect not only how we view ourselves, but also how we view and treat others.   Truly this world would be a totally different place.   I believe that it would be the cure to all of life’s ills.


STRUGGLES:
 Have you ever noticed that when you read a book or watch a movie, that they all have some problem they have to overcome. It got me to thinking and I realized that ALL stories, whether they be fairy tales, modern stories, or REAL LIFE have trials.  We all have struggles in life.  

When I was young I didn’t realize this fact.  I had this notion that all you had to do was live righteously and God would bless you with a relatively easy and blessed life.  haha.  I am living proof that just because you’re living the gospel, doesn’t mean that life will be easy or without struggle.  He doesn’t bless us with an easy life, but rather with strength and the tools to overcome and find joy in the journey.  

Elder Uchtdorf said, “It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life’s story will develop.”  

Sing, “My Heavenly Father Loves Me.”
Closing prayer:









 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thoughts on Motherhood

It was over nineteen years ago, but I still remember well those first exhausted moments after the birth of my first child.   I snuggled him in my arms, so excited to meet him finally, and my heart was filled with a mixture of joy, awe, and  pure panic.  Mostly though I daydreamed about the future of our little family and I couldn’t wait to get to the bedtime stories, sloppy toddler kisses,  and the cookie baking.

 It didn't take too long though before motherhood started to get a little more complicated.  There were still the joys of sleepy snuggles, contagious baby giggles,  and the excitement of watching them grow and progress. But with those joys also came the challenges of painful ear infections,  toddler tantrums, and juggling the needs of two, then three, then four, then five children.  

Each of the five children that has come to our family has brought with them their own unique personality and set of joys and challenges.    I expected the zits and the hormones and the homework woes as they grew older, but having a child face an aggressive form of cancer and another child with frequent seizures definitely were not things I dreamt about  when I gazed  into the eyes of each our newborn children.   

I think each of us knows deep down inside that whenever life is overwhelming, we can turn to God and He will be there.   Sometimes, though,  when life is smoother sailing we let God slip to the back burner in the busyness that consumes our  day-to-day lives.  

I’ve shared this experience with you before, but  I think back to that morning in January almost three years ago.  I  was preparing a sacrament meeting talk and spent a couple of hours that day studying the scriptures and reading general conference talks.  Sometime during that study time,  I  suddenly became  so overwhelmed with the absolute knowledge that God loved me personally and was aware of me and family.  At the time I had  no  reason to think that that day would be any different than any other.  Yet God knew.  He knew the storm that laid before us and he, in a very real way,  spiritually prepared me for the earth shattering phone call we received just a few hours later that my sixteen-year-old son had leukemia.   And the news that came just a couple days after that that Glen had been laid off from his job.    

I often think back to that day and wonder how different those next several months could have been if I had not taken the time that morning to allow myself to listen to the message that God wanted me to hear.    What if I had skipped my scripture study and prayer time, as sometimes happens on busy days, and gone straight to chores and errands instead?   I have no doubt that eventually I still would have felt that comforting message, but how grateful I am to have had that comfort in my heart  from the earliest moments of that very difficult time in our lives.   

Elder Bednar said in a recent conference:  
"We are not and never need be alone. We can press forward in our daily lives with heavenly help. Through the Savior’s Atonement we can receive capacity and “strength beyond [our] own”  1

I testify that many times in our lives we have felt that strength beyond our own that comes from the Savior’s atonement.  

Elder Bednar continued ,
“There is no physical pain, no spiritual wound, no anguish of soul or heartache, no infirmity or weakness you or I ever confront in mortality that the Savior did not experience first. In a moment of weakness we may cry out, “No one knows what it is like. No one understands.”   But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He has felt and borne our individual burdens. And because of His infinite and eternal sacrifice, He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy. He can reach out, touch, succor, heal, and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do relying only upon our own power. Indeed, His yoke is easy and His burden is light. 1

I write this from the perspective of a mother, but  what a powerful message to each of us.  Whether we be a woman, man, teenager, or child...this message is universal.  God is with us.  He wants to take your burdens upon him.  We have but to find the quiet moments in our lives that we can turn our hearts to him and truly listen.   And as mothers (and fathers) we have a very real opportunity to help create those moments for our families.  

This quote from Sister Beck that illustrates this point perfectly:  

Mothers who know do less. They permit less of what will not bear good fruit eternally. They allow less media in their homes, less distraction, less activity that draws their children away from their home. Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world’s goods in order to spend more time with their children—more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying. These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all. Their goal is to prepare a rising generation of children who will take the gospel of Jesus Christ into the entire world. Their goal is to prepare future fathers and mothers who will be builders of the Lord’s kingdom for the next 50 years. That is influence; that is power. 2
How is easy it is to get caught up in trying to do more, to compare ourselves with others, and to let the meaning of our lives get lost in filling the slots on the calendar….when truly all we really need is less!   

A study at Harvard followed subjects for 75-years and found that future success and fulfillment  in life is not predictable based on income, intelligence, or education level, but rather on the positive connections an individual has with their families.  We would do better to eat dinner together as a family daily than to sign our kids up for yet another “enriching” activity that takes them away from home and will likely bear no impact on their future lives .  3

I will close today by inviting each of  us to remember the example of  Mary--the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.  She knew from the beginning that her son was the son of God and had a glorious mission to fulfill and yet she did not allow that knowledge to overwhelm her into complacency.  She embraced her role as mother and loved him and taught him and helped raise him to be the Savior of the World.  

Even in the final moments of Christ’s life he spoke of his mother.  He never forgot, even in His anguish, the woman who cared for Him even before she could hold Him in her arms—the earthly mother who had prepared Him for a divine mission. 4



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Resources

1.  Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease by David A. Bednar

2.  Mothers Who Know by Julie Beck

3. The 75-year study that found the secrets to a fulfilling life:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/11/how-this-harvard-psycholo_n_3727229.html

4.  Motherhood