2 Nephi 9:52
Behold, my beloved brethren, remember the words of your God; pray unto him continually by day, and give thanks unto his holy name by night. Let your hearts rejoice.
Thy Spirit, Lord, Has Stirred Our Souls, Hymn #157
1. Thy Spirit, Lord, has stirred our souls,
And by its inward shining glow
We see anew our sacred goals
And feel thy nearness here below.
No burning bush near Sinai
Could show thy presence, Lord, more nigh.
2. “Did not our hearts within us burn?”
We know the Spirit’s fire is here.
It makes our souls for service yearn;
It makes the path of duty clear.
Lord, may it prompt us, day by day,
In all we do, in all we say.
*Suitable for All Ages*
Being by reading the following quote from Elder Robert D. Hales:
The greatest blessings of general conference come to us after the conference is over.
Ask: What does this quote mean to you? What blessings come after conference is over?
Read aloud: General conference is a sacred time where we are privileged to hear the words of the prophets and apostles. We receive a lot of blessings and feel an abundance of the spirit just by listening to conference.
Ask: What was one of your favorite moments from conference? Was there anything that touched your mind or heart? Share some of your own impressions from conference.
Read aloud: These are precious moments. We need to remember them. When we are blessed with counsel or inspiration from God, we need to do something about it. If we just forget what we’ve been taught and don’t apply it in our lives, we will miss out on the opportunity to grow and be changed. That is one of the true purposes of general conference, to receive the direction we need to become more like Jesus Christ.
Ask: What are some things we can do to apply the teachings we’ve heard? What are some things that hold us back from doing so and how can we overcome them?
Share any personal experiences you may have about a time you’ve applied the counsel of general conference in your life and it has blessed you. Have everyone pick one thing they want to work on from general conference and write it down. Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony.
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake in a Jar or Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips
Base Cheesecake Ingredients:
-4 oz. cream cheese, softened
-1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
-1 cup powdered sugar
-1 t. vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
-Juice of 1/2 a small lemon
-Pinch of salt
Cinnamon Pumpkin Ingredients:
-8 snickerdoodle cookies (homemade or store bought)
-1 cup Pumpkin Puree
-1 tsp Vanilla
-1/2 cup Brown Sugar
-3 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
-1/4 tsp Nutmeg
-1/4 tsp Cinnamon
-Whipped cream for topping, optional
In large bowl, combine cream cheese, greek yogurt, sugar, vanilla paste, and juice from ½ small lemon and pinch of salt. Blend well until fully combined. Set aside.
Cinnamon Pumpkin Pie:
Crush snickerdoodle cookies into crumbs. Set aside. In medium-bowl, mix pumpkin puree, vanilla, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. In jars, first start with layer of cookies, then cheesecake, then pumpkin, repeat until jars are full. Top with whipped cream if desired.
(Courtesy of Cheeserank.com)
-10 flour tortillas (10″)
-⅓ cup sugar
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-2 granny smith apples
-1 lb strawberries
-½ lb raspberries
-1 tablespoon brown sugar
-3 tablespoons preserves (I used raspberry)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cinnamon & sugar. Set aside. Working with 3 tortillas at a time, spray both sides of of the tortilla and sprinkle each side lightly with cinnamon sugar. Stack 3 tortillas and using a pizza cutter, cut tortillas into 12 wedges. Place on a baking sheet and bake 8-11 minutes or until crisp.
Zest the lemon and set aside. Peel and finely chop apple, squeeze 2 teaspoons lemon juice over apples and mix well to combine. Finely chop strawberries and kiwis. Gently combine all ingredients, the raspberries will break apart a bit but that’s what you want. Allow to sit at room temperature at least 15 minutes before serving.
(Courtesy of Spend With Pennies)
Sidewalk Simon or Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders
You’ll need colorful chalk for this game! A beloved game from the 1980’s, Simon was just as much a hit entertainment game now as it was then, for both children and grown-ups alike. But this life-sized version of the memory game gets your kids outside and moving! Have your children pick out their favorite colors, draw up a Simon board on the ground, and then shout out colors, and your kids jump to them. A fun and educational game!
You’ll need pine cones, peanut butter, twine, and bird seed.
Cut the length of twine so it’ll tie around the pine cone and hang from a tree branch. Tie it around the top of the pine cone. Cover the pine cone in peanut butter. Roll it in bird seed and then go outside to hang them up.
(Courtesy of Freebie Finding Mom)
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Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.