Tuesday, May 23, 2017

If My Fingers Could Bear My Testimony...

When I was a little primary girl, I remember the singing time chorister spontaneously asking if anyone wanted to sing a solo.  I thought she was telling a joke and to be funny I raised my hand.  With a bright smile she called my name and motioned for me to come up to the front of the class.  Immediate regrets.

I somehow summoned the courage to approach the stand and was greeted by the words to I Know My Father Lives.  When the song ended the chorister rested her hand on my shoulder and warmly encouraged me, thanking me for participating.  A few weeks later I somehow found myself roped into singing this solo in front of the whole congregation for the primary program.

The experience was TERRIFYING, but because of that memory this tune quickly became one of my most favorite songs in the primary hymnbook.

A few nights ago I was singing lullabies to my toddler as he fell asleep and sang this familiar melody. I pondered the lyrics and realized if my testimony could be summed up in one primary song, this would be it!  


I know my Father lives and loves me too.
The spirit whispers this to me and tells me it is true,
And tells me it is true.

My relationship with my Heavenly Father is magical.  Everything in this gospel I believe sparks from the knowledge that I know I have a Father in Heaven who loves me.  

As I grew older, layers of spiritual experiences wrapped around this little seed of faith from my childhood and made it stronger and unbreakable.  New hymns pierced my spirit and added to my list of favorite church songs.  Each one focused on that love I feel from God.


I finally sat down and attempted to translate this testimony into music.  You might notice I tried to make the introduction sound plain and simple, just like a little primary testimony.  For fun, see if you can catch all the hidden tunes in the medley and the underlining theme of our Heavenly Father.

If my fingers could bear my testimony, this is what they'd say...


You can download the sheet music HERE for free.

P.S. The rad painting I used in the video came from The Harris Artwork.  You MUST check out this website!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

LEGOs for Days

We have some Lego Lovers in our primary.  And I also happen to be married to a Lego Lover.  Not "A" Lego Lover...
 "THE" Lego Lover.
One of the perks to being the wife of the "double L" is complete access to every mini-fig in any collectable mini series.
See...  I wasn't playing with you.  He's one of "those" guys.

But he's cute, so I'll keep him

Each picture will be a clue to a primary song that the kids will get to guess on Sunday.  Some are super easy and some are a bit of a stretch, so I'm also including little "hints" for each picture if they can't solve it.  

I LOVE TO SEE THE TEMPLE
"I'm going there someday"

WHEN GRANDPA COMES
 "He has a wrinkly, twinkly smile"

BOOK OF MORMON STORIES
"All about the Lamanites..."

ONCE THERE WAS A SNOWMAN
"In the sun he melted"

WE'LL BRING THE WORLD HIS TRUTH
"We are as the army of Helaman"

CHOOSE THE RIGHT
"Let wisdom mark the way before"

I AM LIKE A STAR
"...Like a star shining brightly"

NEPHI'S COURAGE
"Go and build a boat"

I FEEL MY SAVIOR'S LOVE
"In serving I am blessed"

DADDY'S HOMECOMING
"I'm so glad when Daddy comes home"

I OFTEN GO WALKING
"I gather armfuls of blossoms of blue"

TO BE A PIONEER
"Walk a thousand miles or more"

LIFT UP YOUR VOICE AND SING
"Start a glad song, let it float, let it ring"

POPCORN POPPING
"Such a nice SURPRISE!"

OUR PRIMARY COLORS
"Red, yellow, and blue"

SMILES
"No one likes a frowning face"

WHEN I AM BAPTIZED
"I like to look for rainbows"

I love my calling!  Feel free to snatch any of these pictures off the blog to print from home.

Also, HAPPY TESTIMONY TUESDAY

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Scripture Study Like a Boss

As a primary worker I'm noticing I don't get much spiritual-adult-interaction anymore.  And I'm dying a little bit inside because of it.  I've been trying to find creative ways to study at home and get a full daily dose of Vitamin H.G. 
(Holy Ghost... I just made that up and I'm feeling pretty proud of it).


Doodling through the Teachings of the Presidents manual was going so great...  And then it ended... Along with my colored pencil high.

But my new system has been fabulous and I have been feeling REALLY GREAT reading my scriptures everyday.  I follow @bom365 on Instagram.  It gives daily reading assignments and a great thought-provoking question.  I'm not talking about the silly Sunday School questions you hear EVERY WEEK at church.  Some of these are deep.  I seriously love it.



I am so grateful for the scriptures and the constant joy and nourishment they bring to my spirit.  Keep on reading, friends!



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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

#TestimonyTuesday

One is just a video, two makes it officially a channel, right?  Here's my week two.


Happy Tuesday!  See you next time!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Singing Time

I've been brainstorming ideas for Easter this Sunday and after combing through the Internet I've noticed the easiest and most popular singing time activity is an Easter Egg scavenger hunt.  All you do is hide plastic eggs around the primary room with different songs about Jesus inside.  I love it!  Super simple!  


The only problem is all those Easter Hymns are only sang once a year, so I doubt the kids will remember any of them by heart.  I'm hoping little Easter Hymnbooks can help them to participate better this week.  


I made a PDF of a few hymns/children songbook Easter songs that can be printed out HERE.  If you have a duplex printer you can choose double-sided booklet in the printer settings.  Then I just cut up a few construction paper covers and glued on the front page.


Oh, I love this time of year.  I am so grateful for my Savior and all He has done for me.  Happy Easter, everyone!!!!


Here's the link to the PDF download: 


Singing Time Shenanigans

Time to share my favorite singing time activities so far this year...

Here's what we did when we learned As a Child of God.


Each background color behind the lyrics represented a dress-up item I had to wear as they sang.  When they picked black we would take away all the black words and I threw on my black scuba goggles.  When the "blue words" were chosen, I grabbed my blue scarf, etc, etc.


Another Sunday the kids all attended Spy School.  I set up red streamers criss-crossed around the room so everyone would have to crawl through the "laser beams" and get their top secret missions.  Each envelope had a song to sing and an activity.  The activities were little things like being assigned spy names with name tags.  


My absolute favorite part was wearing the mustache.  I asked my pianist to play pink panther as I explained the missions and made a fool of myself.  Name another calling in the church where you get to wear a fake mustache!  That's right, friends.  Best. Calling. Ever.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Start of Something New

So, I have this project I have been working on for a few months now and I have been too afraid to share it with anyone.  I was worried about being embarrassed sharing these personal spiritual thoughts with my friends and family.  Then good ol' Elder D. Todd Christofferson spoke in General Conference about not giving in to fear of disapproval when sharing the gospel and I knew he was looking through the television screen into my living room, into my soul, and telling me to get over myself.  So I'm putting this out there... Here's the start of my "Testimony Tuesday" youtube channel that I'll try and post to weekly.  It'll be updated in the upper Testimony Tuesdays tab. 

And here we go... #TestimonyTuesday