New Snapchat-like Video App Missionary Families Will Love

Alex Balinski, creator of the popular mission prep YouTube channel “Prepare to Serve,” recently launched an app, that’s like a combination of Snapchat and Wikipedia.

 

The new app “Lifey”, is a video platform that allows the public to share what they know and things they’ve experienced. So far the Lifey app has crowdsourced and published more than 5,000 informational videos, mostly about missions.But that’s only the beginning. In the next three year, Balinski aims to crowdsource 50,000-100,000 mission videos through the Lifey app. And in the next 30 years he hopes to crowdsource more than 100 million videos to create the world’s largest free video database to help people learn from each others’ experiences.

Balinski’s primary focus for the app so far has been on providing returned missionaries with a platform to share useful tips and experiences about their Latter-day Saint missions, to help prospective missionaries prepare.

Returned missionaries are able to download the app and record short videos, up to 60 seconds long, on approximately 15 topics, including favorite foods, language tips, packing and safety advice. Upon receiving their mission calls, young men and women and their families can watch these videos and learn from returned missionaries’ insights and stories to better prepare them for missionary service.

The Lifey app was created to help individuals in their unique circumstances, find the help they need. It’s a user friendly app that allows users to quickly upload videos or browse thousands of topics in only a few clicks. In five minutes, the user can become more knowledgeable about any of a myriad of topics.

The Lifey app also allows people to share their insights and experiences about what living in their hometown in is like. People thinking of moving to a city can learn about the community from residents. Lifey users can browse city videos on about 17 topics, including local issues, crime, community resources, pros, cons, etc..

Another topic recently launched on the Lifey app is health conditions. People can record videos about their experiences with health conditions, share valuable information, and offer support for other people diagnosed with the same diseases/conditions.

In the future, Balinski plans to expand Lifey to include tens of thousands of video forums to improve people’s access to information, and help them make better life decisions.

If you or someone you know is interested in sharing mission stories on the Lifey app, watch this video:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=FQ7VSMzOWvU

If you or someone you know is interested in sharing health experiences on the app, watch this video:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=nZ9d8BAULOg

To learn more about Lifey, visit their website, Lifey.org.

*Please share this article with anyone you know who’s served or is thinking of serving a mission.
*Guest post contribution by Brittany Fromm, a BYU student intern for Lifey.

2019 Primary Come Follow Me – New Testament – FREE PRINTABLES

Primary 2019-Come Follow Me- Free Printables

HI friends,
I CANNOT believe that 2019 is right around the corner!
I am absolutely giddy to share these AWESOME SAUCE printables with you! This year, I wanted to give you even more value, so I am offering MORE FREE PRINTABLES than ever before! My goal in creating these printables is to simplify your life and your calling. You will most likely not have a need for every printable I offer, but my hope is that something here will resonate with you and can help fill the printable / logistical side of your calling, so that you can focus on the ministering side of your calling.
I have also included in the downloads some tips and tricks to downloading, editing and printing your files. Please let me know in the comments if you have additional questions with any of these downloads.

Primary 2019-Come Follow Me- Free Printables

These Main Theme designs can be used as a poster or as handouts. They can also be used as Binder Covers if you prefer to have a more generic look to your binders.

OPTION A
Main Theme Poster 3.5×5 PDF
 / Main Theme Poster 3. x5 JPG / Main Theme Poster 4×6 PDF / Main Theme Poster 4×6 JPG / Main Theme Poster 5×7 PDF / Main Theme Poster 5×7 JPG /
Main Theme Poster8x10 JPG / Main Theme Poster 8.5×11 PDF / Main Theme Poster 11×14 PDF
Main Theme Poster 11×14 JPG / Main Theme Poster 11×17 PDF / Main Theme Poster 11×17 JPG 
Main Theme Poster 16×20 PDF / Main Theme Poster 16×20 JPG / Main Theme Poster 24×30 PDF
Main Theme Poster 24×30 JPG 

OPTION B
Main Theme Poster 3.5×5 PDF
 / Main Theme Poster 3. x5 JPG / Main Theme Poster 4×6 PDF / Main Theme Poster 4×6 JPG / Main Theme Poster 5×7 PDF / Main Theme Poster 5×7 JPG /
Main Theme Poster8x10 JPG / Main Theme Poster 8.5×11 PDF / Main Theme Poster 11×14 PDF
Main Theme Poster 11×14 JPG / Main Theme Poster 11×17 PDF / Main Theme Poster 11×17 JPG 
Main Theme Poster 16×20 PDF / Main Theme Poster 16×20 JPG / Main Theme Poster 24×30 PDF
Main Theme Poster 24×30 JPG 

Primary 2019-Come Follow Me- Free Printables - Binder Covers

Yes, I know. Binders are out. Digital is in. But guess what? I’m a binder gal. And I’m guessing some of you are too. So if any of you or your teachers are kindred spirits with me, than you will want these Binder Covers, along with all of the goodness that I have added to go inside the binders. First up, Letterhead. You can use this to write a letter to your teachers, outlining procedures and expectations. When I have been a Primary Teacher, this was SO valuable to help me know what our goal was as a primary, and little things that I should be in the know on.
Next is a substitute list. Need I say more? Subs? Lifesavers? Same thing.
And last, I have included a Lesson Outline. SOOO nice when last minute subs are called in.
All of these items are editable in Adobe Reader! Yay!

Binder Covers (class name filled in)
 / Binder Covers – Blank / Editable / Binder Spine
Lesson Schedule (Color) / Lesson Schedule (Black & White)
Letterhead / Substitute List

Primary 2019-Come Follow Me- Free Printables

I LOVE these little extra printables. But my favorite FAVORITE would have to be the “Welcome to Primary” postcard. Guys. Listen. Want to make the kiddos in your primary feel so SO cool and special? Send them something in the mail! Seriously. Kids LOVE it! My boys go bananas in pajamas when something comes for them. This is also an awesome way to get the word out about upcoming time changes, and to prepare kids for who their new teachers will be.
The presidency contact card would go awesome in the front cover of your binders, or to give to your teachers when meeting with them for the first time.

Bookmark
 / CD Cover (option A)CD Cover (option B) Presidency Contact Card /
Welcome To Primary Postcard

Primary 2019-Come Follow Me- Free Printables - Primary Program

Last year I had LOADS of requests for Save the Date Cards as well as Primary Program Covers. Well, here you go my friends. As requested.

Save the Date Card
 (color) / Save the Date Card (Black / White)
Primary Program Cover

Primary 2019 Free Printables - Newsletters

Now that church is only 2 hours, and opening / closing exercises limited to 5 minutes, I really wanted to create a way to highlight kids, as well as send out pertinent information. I made this newsletter to fit that need. There are 2 options here. One is already filled out with headers, as well as information boxes for Opening / Closing exercises.  Oh, and the study outline. Yeah, it’s awesome. But if it’s not your jam, than I have this blank one for you that you can edit yourself to your hearts desire. Both of these are editable in Adobe Reader.
Items Added Newsletter
Blank Newsletter

Well friends, I truly hope you find value here, and that these printables can be of help to you. Make sure to check out our Etsy shop in the coming days for EVEN MORE (I know, can you believe it?), including Assignment Cards and Wristbands, Bulletin Board Decor, Door Signs and SO MUCH MORE!

Visit Family History Locations This Summer

The school year is coming to an end, and summer will be upon us soon. Have you made plans for your family vacation yet? Whether you choose to go near or far you can incorporate an element of family history into your travel plans.

When some people think about blending family history with a road trip, they think of visits to cemeteries and courthouses. Depending on your family’s interest in research, this many not incite shouts of joy from your family members. But there are other ways to combine family history learning that will add to the happy memories of your family vacation.

Kids and teenagers can have powerful connections with their ancestors as they get to know them through photos and stories. Having an experience in a physical location with ties to an ancestor can leave a positive impression that will last forever.

A fun mobile app for iOS makes it even easier to visit family history locations on your summer vacation. The Family Nexus is a free app that integrates with your FamilySearch account to automatically plot 6 generations of your family tree. Family members will enjoy exploring the map or tracing the locations for a particular family member. Automatic alerts to your phone when you get near a place from your family history could encourage a spontaneous detour!

In addition to the free features, users can subscribe to unlock additional premium features. For example, subscribers can access photos and stories about their ancestors. They can also customize what life events appear on the map. It also allows you to “check in” and keep track of ancestral places you have visited. One of the newest features allows users to utilize the power of mobile GPS to update the precise locations of birth, marriage, residence, or burial locations.

An Android version is currently under development and is scheduled for release in August 2018.

Download The Family Nexus app and make new family history discoveries and connections on your summer vacation this year! Learn more at https://TheFamilyNexus.com/app.

Special deal for SugarDoodle followers from Our Picnic Tree!

Look at these fun block sets that are perfect for Christmas! Our Picnic tree has designed some block sets that bring the scriptures to life.
What a perfect way to spend some time with your family this Holiday Season.  They have a 140 piece Nativity scene and a 150 piece set of Nephi & the Broken Bow (including an adorable Liahona!)  They also have 6 mini-figures from the Bible that would be amazing in your kids stockings!
The figures are:
★ Moses (with the Burning Bush)
★ Noah (with Cane & Sheep)
★ King Solomon (with his Throne)
★ Goliath (with his Sword & Shield)
★ Baby Moses (with a Cradle & his mother, Jochebed)
★ Joseph (with coins and his mulit-colored coat)
AND- All of their sets are COMPATIBLE with Legos!
Our Picnic Tree is giving SugarDoodle followers a 25% off code to use on their entire order! Go to their website at www.ourpicnictree.com  and use code STACKERS25 at checkout.

FREE Printables for the 2018 LDS Primary Theme, “I am a child of God.”

FREE 2018 LDS Primary Printables

Hi friends,
It’s that time of year again, and I have some AWESOME printables to share with you for this year’s primary theme, “I am a child of God.”

I designed these printables with a colorful moon and stars theme. The inspiration came from my 5 year old son. This summer my hubby and I took our family on a late night venture to the mountains. My 5 year old was absolutely blown away by the moon and all of the stars. He kept saying how the moon and stars just made him feel so special, and that Heavenly Father had to have made them just for him. As I was trying to figure out what design to do for this year’s theme of I am a child of God, his words just kept coming back to me, and I knew that I needed to incorporate the moon and stars into the design.

I have some FREE printables available for you to use as needed in your primaries this year. First is this Main Theme Poster. It comes in 7 different sizes, with JPG and PDF files (PDF for printing at home or a printing center, JPG for printing at a photo center. Sizes include 3×5, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, 16×20 and 20×30.

Click here for the PDF Main Theme Posters
Click here for the JPG Main Theme Posters

These Binder Covers are just what you need to help emphasize the theme this year! These Binder Covers come with all Presidency and class names with A and B options included. Need to combine classes? No problem! Just use the EDITABLE Binder Cover and edit the class name using Adobe Reader (or you can write it in).

Click here for Binder Covers
Click here for Editable Binder Covers
(Only class name is editable)
Click here for Binder Spine
Click here for Sharing Time Schedule

These cute bookmarks are PERFECT to give to the children as a birthday gift

FREE 2018 LDS Primary BookmarksClick here for Bookmarks

I also have LOADS of additional printables  to help you in Primary this year. These are available in the Sugardoodle Etsy shop.
Here is the BUNDLED PACKAGE! This package includes most of the printables that are available and is  the best value! Items in this package include a Bulletin Board Package, Birthday and Gift Package, Classroom Door Signs, Classroom Door Hangers, Monthly Theme Posters, and Sharing Time Assignment Wristbands and Cards.

LDS Primary 2018 Printables

Click here for more details on the BUNDLED PACKAGE

Here is a closer look at some of the items available!

How fun is this Bulletin Board Pack? SO many options for you to decorate your primary room!

Click here for more details on the Bulletin Board Package

Want more ideas for Birthday Gifts to help instill the theme this year? Then you will want this Birthday and Gift pack! Perfect to use with ANY gift for Birthdays, Thank you, or just because!
Click here for more details about the Birthday and Gift Pack

One of my favorite items are these Sharing Time Assignment Wristbands! When I was primary secretary, one thing that was SUPER time consuming was filling in the Weekly Theme for talks and such. So I decided to help make life easier for you by having the Weekly Theme already filled out for you! We also have Sharing Time Assignment Cards available as well.

Click here for more details about the Sharing Time Assignment Wristbands

I also have created TWO more designs to go along with the “I am a child of God” theme. I decided to stick with the nature theme. I designed another “Moon and Stars” theme, as well as a “Sun” inspired theme. Both of these designs can be found in the Sugardoodle Shop.

Click here for details on this Basics Package

Click here for details on this Bundled Pack

I hope you find these printables helpful for you to use in Primary this year!
Heart,
Melanie