Thursday, January 22, 2015

Embark (New Beginnings)

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For our New Beginnings we went with the "Embark" Theme. I have had several people come across our photos on our Young Women Instagram page and ask for details so I thought I'd share them here.

2015 Mutual Theme
“Therefore, O ye that EMBARK in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day” (D&C 4:2).

After our opening song and prayer we started our program with the girls reciting the  Young women theme, then I showed THIS video

I then gave the following "Talk"

The word Embark is an action word meaning  "Journey"

Let the scriptures be your compass
Read your scriptures daily. Feast upon the word

Let Christ be your light house : Young women Motto (Hold up picture)
The Young Women motto is “stand for truth and righteousness.” The Young Women logo is a torch surrounded by the Young Women motto. The torch represents the light of Christ, inviting all to “come unto Christ” (Moroni 10:32). It invites all young women to make a commitment to hold up their light by being an example and remaining worthy to make and keep sacred covenants and receive the ordinances of the temple.
“Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations” (D&C 115:5). (I held up a picture of our Motto)

Let personal progress and for the strength of youth be your charts and map
The personal progress program is an inspired program for our Young Women
Personal Progress strengthens young women’s testimonies of Jesus Christ, prepares them for future roles, and helps them to make and keep sacred covenants. Help them work with parents and leaders to set and accomplish goals based on the eight Young Women values. (girls came up and read values and their meaning)Faith, Divine nature, Individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountabilities, good works, integrity, Virtue
Standards found in For the Strength of Youth provide sure direction to strengthen and guide young women. Exemplify and teach these standards in all aspects of the Young Women organization.
(I then talked about) Using strength of youth for family home evenings.

Let prayer be your life preserver
prayer is a great blessing that can provide inspiration in the lives of all of Heavenly Father’s children, President Thomas S. Monson says. “Men and women of integrity, character, and purpose have ever recognized a power higher than themselves and have sought through prayer to be guided by such power,” he says.
Let the temple and your covenants be your ropes and chains to bind you to the gospel

Purpose and Objectives of the Young Women Organization

The purpose of the Young Women organization is to help each young woman be worthy to make and keep sacred covenants and receive the ordinances of the temple.

 Then I ended with my Testimony. I had one of our Young Women sing a song and our Personal Progress specialist spoke. I highlighted the girls coming into Young Women for the 2015 year and gave them each a necklace with the Young Women Motto on it (the flame) I asked one of our senior girls to share her testimony about Young women and how it has helped prepare her for life.  We then ended with the Bishops testimony.
After we had a photo booth for the girls. They loved it!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Let Christ in!

A little over 5 months ago I was called to serve as the Young Women's President in my ward. For those of you who are not members of my faith this basically means I'm in charge of the young women in my area.  I made three promises to myself when I was called. 1: I would have no regrets and do everything to the best of my ability  2: I would make our activities meaningful. 3: I'd make sure every girl knows she is enough! I have really tried to stick with these three things. For the month of December we did a lot of combined service with the Young Men. 1- Decorated the Canberra rock area for the community Then helped an elder sister in our ward get her Christmas up. 2- Sang at an assisted living home where one of our ward members now lives. We also sang for some of our ward members who haven't been feeling well. 3- Did a service project where we made kits of clothing, shoes and toys for kids in Ethiopia. (One of our young men will be delivering the kits the day after Christmas.) We then gave the youth a Pay it Forward challenge. They will report on what they have done this Sunday.  4-Gathered money, coats, shoes and blankets for the homeless then delivered them. And we did a Christmas lesson third hour at my home where all of the leaders shared their favorite Christmas experience or story then ended with their testimony.
In preparation for our last activity in 2014 I slowly converted my garage into a manger scene. The purpose of the activity is the help remind the youth to keep Christ in their hearts this Christmas season (And Always.) In the words of Elder Waxwell : "Each of us is an Innkeeper who decodes if there is room for Jesus".......A few hours prior to the activity I had a moment of reflection. I sat in my garage with the lights off watching the candles flicker. I looked at the empty cradle and realized I HAVE NOT LET CHRIST IN! Sometimes we are busy doing GOOD things but even good things and distract us from much BETTER things. I Promise to let  CHRIST into my heart this CHRISTmas...and all year long. How about you???

Pictures of our activities below

Because I have been given much
Last year my sweet friend Michele and her husband took the youth of our church to Salt Lake city for a service project. They collected hats, shoes, coats, blankets and gloves then gave them to the homeless. The youth loved the experience. What impressed me most was the fact that Michele was sick, really sick with cancer. She was the perfect example of TRUE service! Read her blog HERE. She has since passed away.We decided to take her idea and make it a tradition in our ward family. This year we asked our ward to donate money, coats and blankets instead of doing neighbor gifts. I was blown away by all the love and support we received.  A doughnut company donated 7 dozen donuts and we provided hot cocoa to give to the homeless along with the coats, blankets, underwear, and socks. We took the youth up on a Sunday afternoon. The spirit strong and beautiful. I couldn't help but think of my sweet friend Michelle all day long. I know she is proud of us.

Watch a video of our experience HERE
It was a great experience and I pray that the youth took it all in. They are seeing reality. I hope they realize how blessed they are and I hope they see what addiction can do and I hope they understand that to matter the struggles some face in life, god loves us all just the same. His love is beautiful and perfect. Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 28, 2014

The making of "O Holy Night"

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 I have always had a dream to record O Holy night with a choir. A few weeks ago that dream came true! My producer asked what my goal with this song is, it's very simple.....My hope is that everyone who listens will feel the spirit, and I hope it reminds everyone what Christmas is really all about. I was able to record with an amazing choir of wonderful people. Stephen Aldpis ,Andra Jonson, Beth Steagall, Luke Elmer, and Cody Atack. There is something special about Christmas music. I love it beyond words. I think it's the idea that most the world is singing about Christ during the Holiday season. you can read about my love for the holiday season  HERE and HERE and HERE more of me singing Christmas songs HERE and HERE and with my daughter HERE  
100% of the proceeds earned from this song will go to charity.  You can purchase O holy night on iTunes or AMAZON or CDBABY 

 We really had a great time! And there was a beautiful spirit felt during the video shoot. The song was produces by the talented JHONNY K and the music was arranged and piano played by the talented Andra Jonson. The video was produced by Christean Jenson and Jhonny K. Thank you to the video choir and those who helped.....Andra Johnson, Beth Steagall, Heather Gross ,Lance Nicholes ,Sarah Blackstone Bodine, Noah Burbidge,John Bodine, Savannah McGill , Lexi McGill, Alyssa Hutchinson, DeeAnn Meadows, Ashley Meados, Jana  Valerio, Luke Elmer, Stephen Aldous, Cody Atack ,Jason jones. Music was recorded at ART CITY SOUND

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Birthday to my guy!

Happy Birthday to my favorite person in the world! You are my Rock, my cheerleader and my very best friend! I Love you FOREVER!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Anchor Moment (Women's Conference Choir)

What an honor to be a part of history in the making as the first group of women ages 8 and up to participate in women conference.

 (On our long drives we had great Mother daughter bonding time. On one drive My daughter told me all about her dream first date. It consists of sushi, sodalicious, a drive-in movie and her date must have a mustache) 

Several months ago I had the opportunity of participating in the choir that performed at the General Women’s Conference held in Salt Lake City back in March 2014. This was a groundbreaking year as the Eight year old girls were officially invited to attend. There were over 12,000 applications sent in for a choir of only 364 sisters. The church was unsure how they would go through that many applications, so they knelt in prayer asking that their fingers be led to those who are in need of this experience. This meeting was broadcast across the world and much preparation and time went into every detail.  From our clothing to our lipstick color, everything was closely inspected with care. Each Sunday, for six weeks my daughter Winnter and I drove to Centerville for choir rehearsals. Those long drives became a time of giggling and bonding for us both. We were privileged to meet and visit with each member of the Primary, Young Women and Relief Society general presidencies. During one particular choir practice we were rehearsing a song entitled “Daughters in His Kingdom.”  This song was broken up into three parts. First part was sung by the primary aged girls, second part sung by the young women and the third part, sung by the relief society sisters.  


 At this point in time we had been rehearsing for weeks and the young women were still struggling with their part in this particular song. I recall Sister Wadley, our choir director, asking the girls to “Give it all they’ve got.”  Despite her effort they continued to struggle. They knew the lyrics but they were struggling to sing with conviction. After twenty minutes of the girls struggling, Sister Wadley, clearly frustrated stood firm and strong. She asked the young women to please stand. They did. She then asked them to recite the young women theme: We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him. We will “stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places as we strive to live the Young Women values, which are: Faith • Divine Nature • Individual Worth • Knowledge • Choice and Accountability • Good Works • Integrity • and Virtue We believe as we come to accept and act upon these values, we will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.”

(You might recognize Sister Wadley from 17 miracles.  she was absolutely incredible to work with. I love her energy) 

By the time the girls finished reciting the young women theme the spirit had completely flooded the room.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the chapel. Sister Wadley, then again asked the Young Women to stand and sing. When they opened their mouths it was as if there were hundreds of angles singing with them. They stood tall and strong, singing with heart and conviction, knowing in that moment exactly who they are and what they stand for. This experience caused me to think....  As a mother, am I encouraging my children to “Give it all they’ve got.” Am I cheering them on. My goal as a Mother is to help my kids know that they are spirit children of  God with divine attributes and eternal possibilities. Ultimately, I want them to know they are ENOUGH!

This experience was one of those Anchor moments. Those moments that strengthen you as a person. As I look back over my life I'm in awe of all the little anchor moments that have made my testimony what it is today. 
A little video that we are in HERE
 You can watch Women's Conference HERE
Read about it HERE

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mom's Living Happy

This last Fall I received a phone call from a friend asking my opinion on a project she was considering starting.  Within a couple minutes of our conversation I was completely intrigued.  Her idea was to create a site where mothers from all across the world can come together and share ways they are living happy. A place where mothers can uplift and inspire one another through their stories. Not only was she completely inspired to do this......she MADE it happen! Within the first day of launching MOM'S LIVING HAPPY they were featured on the THE TODAY SHOW'S  twitter page. I was asked to share a little about myself with Mom's living happy. We did a quick little interview in my basement. Learn more about MOM'S LIVING HAPPY and see my interview here: MOM'S LIVING HAPPY .  As they post more and more stories you'll be inspired with each one. As I travel around singing and speaking to different groups of women, old and young I've realized the one thing we have in common is we all have our "Stuff" not one of us is perfect. Being a mother is one of life's greatest blessing but with that comes the struggle of  raising happy, healthy people. We find ourselves asking the question.....Am I doing this right? Could I have done that better? The answer: Yes and yes. We are all doing the best we can with what we have. When you become a mother, guilt is a feeling you will feel often. It's all apart of a mothers journey and it's okay! I can't tell you how many times Ive asked forgiveness from my children over different things. We are all learning together. I can't imagine a more worthy goal than raising a little family.
 Dieter F. Uchtdorf--- “The happiest people I know are not those who find their golden ticket; they are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments.”