And thus we see, that there was a time granted unto man to repent, yea, a probationary time, a time to repent and serve God.
1. We are sowing, daily sowing
Countless seeds of good and ill,
Scattered on the level lowland,
Cast upon the windy hill;
Seeds that sink in rich, brown furrows,
Soft with heaven’s gracious rain;
Seeds that rest upon the surface
Of the dry, unyielding plain;
2. Seeds that fall amid the stillness
Of the lonely mountain glen;
Seeds cast out in crowded places,
Trodden under foot of men;
Seeds by idle hearts forgotten,
Flung at random on the air;
Seeds by faithful souls remembered,
Sown in tears and love and prayer;
3. Seeds that lie unchanged, unquickened,
Lifeless on the teeming mold;
Seeds that live and grow and flourish
When the sower’s hand is cold.
By a whisper sow we blessings;
By a breath we scatter strife.
In our words and thoughts and actions
Lie the seeds of death and life.
4. Thou who knowest all our weakness,
Leave us not to sow alone!
Bid thine angels guard the furrows
Where the precious grain is sown,
Till the fields are crown’d with glory,
Filled with mellow, ripened ears,
Filled with fruit of life eternal
From the seed we sowed in tears.
*Suitable for All Ages*
Begin by asking everyone what they know about Leap Year. Then, watch this video:
Read aloud: Leap Year was created many, many years ago, and it is a fun day to think about. However, we can also relate gospel principles to Leap Year! Leap Year reminds us of the importance of time. For members of the Church, we are taught that we lived forever before we were born and we will live forever after we die; when we think about it, this time on Earth is very short compared to all of that. Yet, our lives are very, very important.
Ask: Why is our time on Earth important? What are we supposed to do?
Read aloud: In the scriptures, we learn that this life is the time to prepare to meet God. We love, we serve, we learn, and we experience trials that refine us. Most of all, we learn how to give our whole selves to Jesus Christ. He has promised if we follow his gospel, we can experience joy on Earth and joy forever in heaven with the people we love. Because our lives are so important, Satan doesn’t want us to use our time wisely. He tries to distract us and make us focus on things that aren’t important.
Ask: What are some distractions in life that stop us from using our time wisely?
Read aloud: Whether we have an extra day in the year or not, we must strive to live each moment of our lives to the fullest extent. We do this best by submitting our will to God and putting the most important things in life first.
Finish the lesson by sharing any personal experiences about using time wisely and bearing your testimony.
-1½ cups softened butter
-1 cup powdered sugar
-3 cups flour
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-¼ teaspoon salt
-15 oz caramel
-2 cups milk choc chips
-2 tsp shortening
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Cream butter and sugar together. Add your vanilla, flour and salt. Mix well.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to ½ inch thick.
4. To cut cookies you can use a biscuit cutter or I just used a small glass that was 2 inches wide.
5. Place round cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
6. Bake at 350 for 14-16 minutes.
7. Let cookies cool.
8. Melt caramel and spread the caramel over the cooled cookies.
9. Let caramel cool completely.
10. Add your shortening into the chocolate chips and melt in the microwave. Use a microwave safe bowl and watch so that the chocolate does not burn.
11. Spread melted chocolate over cooled caramel.
12. Let chocolate set before serving.
13. Do not put in the refrigerator as it will discolor the chocolate.
(Courtesy of Made from Pinterest)
You’ll need square pieces of paper, googly eyes, and these instructions. Fold up the frogs and then race them for Leap Year!
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.