Category Archives: Relief Society

Blessed are the Piece Makers: How Handmade Pieces Bring Me Peace #PRINCEofPEACE

This past September, my handsome husband, Jason, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Over the last six months of chemo-filled craziness I have learned something incredibly valuable about peace. Real, lasting peace isn’t found; it is fought for. To keep a firm grip on the peace that is so generously extended by my Savior I have to be an active participant. I have to use whatever energy I have for good and surround myself with reminders that I am not alone. Thankfully, in my house, I don’t have to look very far to find comfort (see the the video below).

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My house is filled with art, sewing, woodwork and countless other gifts designed to bring me comfort. If yours is too, I hope you’ll share it! Take a picture, make a video, do whatever you can to celebrate the piece maker in your life and share the message of true and lasting peace.

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To find more stories and inspiration about the #PRINCEofPEACE please visit Mormon.org.

To find out more about Maria’a teaching tips click the picture below.

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Maria and her fabulous quilt-creating Mom, Sally

MeckMom’s Teaching Tips: Object Lesson for Faith and Eternal Perspective

Life is hard. When adversity hits we often feel insufficient and hopeless. When we are in the trenches of struggle, there’s nothing more soothing than catching a glimpse of yourself as our Father in Heaven sees you.

This simple object lesson uses a bag of wheat to teach the value of keeping an eternal perspective. It’s a great option for seminary, youth and adult classes. I call it the parable of the wheat.

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This video demonstrates and idea I mentioned in my free teaching tips podcast with Leading LDS. You can find it here.

This Month’s Visiting Teaching Kit Is Something To BUZZ About!

I love bees!  Whether it’s Burt’s Bees for my chapped lips, my dessert plates with their embossed bees or our beloved President Hinckley’s 6 B’s. There are just so many reasons to love bees. Their work ethic, loyalty, gentle nature plus their complete dedication to making our world a little sweeter. That’s why this month’s Visiting Teaching kit is my favorite!  It helps sweeten the lives of our sisters and inspires them to “BEE” covenant keepers in such fun and fresh ways, which is something to “BUZZ” about!

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Here are a few items and ideas you’ll find in this month’s kit…

Visiting Teaching Message and   with a “Testimony card” – my favorite part!

IDEA:  Share your testimony of how making and keeping temple covenants has blessed your life and given you strength and power during your trials. Isn’t this what it’s all about??   Share our  “BEE a covenant keeper” lip balm holder and lip balm wrapper:

HOLDER:   Simply score/cut along the horizontal dotted lines and insert a stick of chapstick through the loop!

WRAPPER:  Just cut out and tape around a tube of chapstick for a daily, cute reminder! Works perfectly with the holder or on its own!

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You can purchase this kit here: http://www.sugardoodleshop.com/product/june-2016-visiting-teaching-kit/

 

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MORE PRINTABLES: 

Elder Ballard quote bookmark  – “Chew”-sing quote card – Place any chewable gum or candy on the dot. A great lil’ handout!

3 x 5 inch recipe card for Orange Creamsicle Popsicles  – ‘Tis the season for refreshing      popsicles and these are heavenly!!

“BEE” contact card Suggestion: include a couple of honey sticks!

D&C 25:13 gift tag –  Works great tied around a honey bear, but you could attach it to anything

1 inch magnet/bottle cap circles, 2 designs

Have a great time with your sisters and Visiting Teaching this month!

xo, April

 

Relief Society Handout {Ch. 10 The Scriptures: The Most Profitable of All Study}

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We’ve heard you and we here at SugarDoodle want to try something new for those Relief Society instructors requesting help.  I’m a visual learner, and do well with a take home that reminds me of the concepts learned during instruction.  And for me, even as an adult, this method of learning is still quite effective.  It’s much of why I became a doodler by trade.  This week, I’m excited to offer a handout that may help you simplify your lesson preparation, and stay clear from, as President Uchtdorf refers to as, a foolish sacrifice.  Remember his talk found HERE and the example of spending many hours stitching the title of the lesson into homemade pot holders for each member of the class?   Let us spend those hours for you, so you can spend time in the scriptures and other gospel study during your prep time.

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Teachings of the Presidents of the Church:  Howard W. Hunter is our study manual this year.  I started with an upcoming lesson for June found in Chapter 10, The Scriptures:  The Most Profitable of All Study.  I shared a post a few weeks back about prayer and hard work found HERE.  The scriptures to me are right there at the top of the same list of habits to learn. Scriptures are pretty much the answer to 99% of the questions asked in our church meetings and it’s definitely one of the most basic ways we can stay happy in this life.  I absolutely loved this lesson using quotes from President Howard W. Hunter.  His ideas on scripture study are spot on.  I created a little cheat sheet for your class to refer to during or after your lesson, you decide whether you give it to them before class starts or at the end of class.  I created this first handout in black and white.  It’s a one pager, easy to copy or print off with a minimal cost.  You can color it or they can color it, doodle on it, make more notes, it’s up to them.  You might find sisters using their scripture markers or pulling out the diaper bag crayons to doodle and take notes from their own conclusions on their personal cheat sheet.  The printable can be found in the Sugardoodle Shop HERE.  You might even want to share this resource with the priesthood instructors.  The next thing you may find is they just might add a lace cloth to the table.  Study on!

Hugs,

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AimeeFerre profileThis guest post was submitted by Aimee Ferre. She grew up in the desert of East Mesa in Arizona, but married a mountain loving Utah boy. She currently lives in Sandy, Utah and is a mom to 3 daughters. She owns a small crafting business where she creates holiday decor and specializes in hand-lettering. You can always find her creating new projects or planning gatherings for friends and family. Follow her on Instagram to see what is currently on her desk or find her blog at www.aimeeferre.com.

 

The Relief Society Declaration: Just Be Good and Do Good

 

Etsy RS DeclarationI loved the time I spent serving in the Young Women’s organization.  During the YW opening exercises, we would recite the Young Women’s Theme before breaking off into our individual classes.  There is power in those words, and to recite it as a unified group of Young Women and leaders, would often times bring me to tears.  It always reminded me of my present purpose in life and my future potential that the Lord not only hopes for me, but expects of me, and all of his daughters worldwide.

I have since been called to serve in the Relief Society organization.  It’s been a few years since I have been present in these adult women meetings, and I have to admit, it’s been an equally inspiring experience.  I’ve been wanting to hand-letter the Relief Society Declaration for several months.  After all, it’s the basically the Relief Society Theme.  I feel so many expectations of me in the world today.  In talking to women of the church, we often times share in our feelings that we must have a a glamorous career AND be a full time mom with perfectly dressed children that take music lessons and play at least 3 sports, in addition to accepting and magnifying a couple church callings.  And then there is the pressure I feel to make a perfect meal everynight that includes something to the effect of sautéed kale with herbed quinoa and marinated grilled chicken breast on an ivory platter with a flax linen napkin draped on the side as the sun is setting in the kitchen window?  Who knows why that has become a standard in my head, I don’t do it. Like ever. We eat very simple around here.  And my husband generally is the cook.  But there is still the hope that I may someday get the dinner routine thing down where I rotate my food storage and have meals planned for the month, using the same produce for multiple meals so nothing rots in the fridge.  I try to run every morning, and I use the term “run” very loosely.  It’s more like an out of breath jog.  Um, well, a light jog.  Okay so my daughter says it’s more like a brisk walk.  Let’s just say I don’t tag Lululemon in my IG photos.  But often times there is guilt in that department as well.  We can’t be everything to everyone.  We can’t do everything all the time.  But we can do small things with great love, to quote Mother Teresa.  We can go to the temple, read our scriptures, pray often, and then whatever time is left, just do good and be good.  Use the Relief Society Declaration as your framework for your days.  We understand that we all have different talents to share as we serve.  We all have something we do well, and we serve even better when we use those talents.  But don’t let someone else’s little perfect square pictures on your smart phone (AKA someone else’s strongest talent and strength) be your standard of measurement for you.  Keep in mind for the rest of this post, events and hand-lettering are my greatest strengths.  I wish I was a fast runner, a healthy cook, more organized and prioritized more of my time for noble volunteer work.  But I’m going to focus on my strengths, so you do that too!

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Tiered birthday cake by Annie Larrabee of @annie_bee_cakery

For our RS Birthday Celebration this year, we focused on the RS Motto and Declaration.  It was a “going back to the roots of Relief Society” kind of evening.  We entitled it “Glorious Women and Their Stories.”   The Relief Society Declaration was the framework for the entire evening.  We chose women who represented the 9 different points of the Declaration, and had them share their personal stories.  During my remarks, I shared the talk by Sister Patricia Holland entitled One Thing is Needful:  Becoming Women of Greater Faith in Christ  .  One of the best reads of all time, for all women, everywhere, of all faiths.  It reminds us to have a strong faith in our Savior and then beyond that, just be the best we can be using the talents we have been given.  We must work on letting go of the impossible expectations.  Love you Sister Holland, and the honesty you share in your messages.

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On the tables to represent the “Glorious Women and their Stories” we had clusters of the old Reader’s Digest books, potted flowers to create a little garden and Willow Tree figurines of women.

 

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You can find the Relief Society Declaration on the official church’s website HERE or a hand-painted signed print as pictured above available in my Etsy shop HERE or the 8.5 X 11 digital file is available HERE.  Also available in the shop are downloads in 11X14 sizes, 4 up per 8.5 X 11 page, and a 16X20″ poster size.

As Sisters in Zion group hugs,

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This guest post was submitted by Aimee Ferre. She grew up in the desert of East Mesa in Arizona, but married a mountain loving Utah boy. She currently lives in Sandy, Utah and is a mom to 3 daughters. She owns a small crafting business where she creates holiday decor and specializes in hand-lettering. You can always find her creating new projects or planning gatherings for friends and family. Follow her on Instagram to see what is currently on her desk or find her blog at www.aimeeferre.com