Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dark Rising: A Book Review and Giveaway

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A while ago, I reviewed Dark Hope, the first book in the Archangel Prophecies Series by Monica McGurk. I am really excited to now review the second installment in the Trilogy: Dark Rising.

Read my review of Dark Hope here: Dark Hope Book Review.

Dark Hope ended with a surprising revelation about Hope's identity and the beginning of a new adventure, so I was eager to get into the story again to find out what happened! The book started a little bit slow but at the same time jumped right into the conflict from the end of the first installment.

I especially enjoyed the way McGurk is able to really transport you into other places. She is very skilled at painting the picture and helping the reader see in detail where the characters are. In the first book it was places I was familiar with, like Las Vegas and Snow Canyon. In this second book it was places I have never visited, like Turkey and Ireland, yet I felt like I was there.

One of Monica McGurk's passions is educating people about human trafficking. I was so impressed with her ability to focus on such a real and gritty subject in a book that is solidly in the fantasy genre. The human trafficking issues were less prominent in this book, but were still woven into the thread of the story expertly. I appreciate the passion the author has for this issue and I have learned so much about it simply from reading these two books. What an excellent way to spread awareness on an issue that most teenage girls have absolutely no knowledge of!

Hope's character continued to be a strong female character that I would not mind my daughters reading about. I didn't always love her choices, but she does learn some lessons the hard way and I definitely shed more than a few tears as I followed her on her adventures.

And now I must wait for the third and final installment, which is coming out later this year. But while I'm waiting, you should definitely start reading!

Purchase the books here:

Dark Hope (paperback)
Dark Hope (Kindle)
Dark Rising (paperback)
Dark Rising (Kindle)

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Friday, January 29, 2016

6 Tips for a More Functional Laundry Room

My home is over 100 years old. The laundry room is in the basement, which is unfinished and a little bit scary and dungeon-like. Whenever I look at the beautiful laundry rooms on Pinterest or in the magazines, I lament the fact that mine will never look like those gorgeous rooms, no matter what I do. Sure, there are a few improvements I could make that might end up looking good enough to belong on a magazine cover, but honestly? Those types of changes would cost me thousands of dollars and my laundry room just isn't a very high priority when the rest of my 100-year-old home—the part that we actually live in—needs plenty of updates, too.

Pinterest-worthy laundry rooms aren't a necessity! All you need is one that functions properly and works hard for you. #overstuffedlife

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A couple years ago I decided to make my best effort to brighten up the laundry room, and I'm happy with it. It's still far from "Pinterest worthy," but I've realized that looks don't matter so much when you're dealing with a laundry room.

Functionality is what matters most in a laundry room.

1. A {good} washer and dryer

Obviously, the most important thing to have in your laundry room is your washer and dryer. I splurged a few years ago and bought new high efficiency, large capacity machines. My old ones were limping along and I had no idea how bad it was until I got my new ones.

Laundry rooms don't have to be pretty—they just have to work.

What you need in a washer and dryer totally depends on your family size and how much laundry you do. Buying the large capacity machines effectively cut my work load in half (although I still have to fold it all, darn it!). Now I do 1-2 loads of laundry per day instead of 3-4. It's pretty dreamy!

Putting a rug in front of your washer and dryer in a basement laundry room is helpful

Because of the age of my home, there is nowhere for the washer to drain, so the hose goes directly into the work sink. It's not my favorite, but it works. The work sink used to be absolutely disgusting and really old, but I bought a new one a few years ago and it just makes everything seem nicer and cleaner! If you do have a sink in your laundry room, it's a good place to do handwashing or to soak stained items.

The above photo shows just how not-Pinterest-worthy my laundry room is. The painted stone foundation, the exposed pipes, the placement of the dryer vent, the ugly foam we had to put in the window because it kept flooding. Yeah, not gorgeous. But it could be much worse! If I did have a budget for laundry room fixing up right now, it would go towards new windows first. But I don't, so let's move on to the next thing, shall we?

2. A place to sort laundry

One thing I actually have going for me in my basement laundry area is that there is plenty of space. When I was growing up we had a teeny tiny space to do laundry. It was really just a bathroom with a washer and dryer in it, too. I remember absolutely hating to dig through the laundry basket that lived on the top of the dryer so I could find all the whites for the load I was putting in.

Idea for sorting laundry—use vinyl lettering on the wall above the sorting baskets. Great way for kids to learn how to sort the laundry!

I purchased four tall laundry baskets (similar to this one: Rubbermaid Laundry Basket) and placed them in a row along the wall. I then had my friend cut me out some vinyl lettering so that it's always clear which type of laundry goes where. Having the labels is particularly helpful to my children, since it's usually their job to sort laundry and I rarely do it myself.

I sort my loads into darks, whites, lights, and towels. The towels category also includes things like dishrags, hot pads, table cloths, and sheets. Each basket holds about one and a half loads of laundry—at least for my large capacity machine.

Idea for sorting laundry—use vinyl lettering on the wall above the sorting baskets. Great way for kids to learn how to sort the laundry!

In my last house I only had a laundry closet, but since I love sorting my laundry so much, I kept a laundry sorter in the hall. I had one similar to this: Rolling Laundry Sorter.

3. A place to keep detergent and other supplies

Since my laundry room is in the unfinished basement, putting up cupboards isn't practical for us right now. I think that would be the ideal place to keep laundry supplies, but instead I have an old bookshelf that I use. It is directly across from the dryer, so while not as convenient as cupboards above the washer and dryer would be, it totally works.

A functional laundry room always has a place to put supplies.

I keep all of the laundry detergent, stain sprays, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets on the top of the shelf. In the shelf there are extra laundry supplies, a bin that holds mesh laundry bags for washing delicates, and my iron. The other basket holds all the random things that find their way into the laundry that shouldn't be there. I try to empty it every week or so and get things back to their proper homes.

(That grey thing leaning against the wall there goes to my dryer. You can dry shoes on it, which is pretty cool.)

4. A place to fold laundry and/or iron it

Of course, this is not an absolute necessity. But if you have the space it is something very nice to have. I used to just have my ironing board always set up down there, but it finally bit the dust. I kept forgetting to buy a new one (and still haven't), but we recently retired a dresser from one of the bedrooms so we moved it to the laundry room.

A functional laundry room has a place to fold and/or iron laundry.

It's also turned out to be a great place to store beach towels and other linen items that I didn't really have a place for before. When I need to iron, I just place one of the beach towels that are in the drawers on it, and it works for now. Maybe someday I'll remember to buy an actual ironing board.

5. A place to hang clothes

While writing this, I realized this is the one thing a truly functional laundry room needs that I do not have. So, I hopped over to Amazon and took a look-see and found something that I think will work very nicely in my particular laundry room.

Hanger Holders for a more functional laundry room.

I found these: Wall Mountable Hanger Holders. I think they look pretty snazzy and will be perfect for my particular space.

Fun decor for a laundry room!

My basement may have concrete floors and stone walls, but somebody at some time did partially finish it with paneling, and that will be where I hang these (I purchased two). The paneling used to be dark wood, but I painted it bright yellow because it was so dreary down there. The yellow made a huge difference and brightened it up considerably. I also painted the floors red—it is a much happier color than concrete color.

6. A little bit of decor 

Finally, you should have a little bit of decor. I know it's not something that helps the room be functional, but having a few things you like to look at in your laundry room will make you a more functional laundry doer. That is, you will enjoy going into the room a little bit more—at least, that's what I've found in my own life.

I bought a cute rug to put in front of the machines. It's functional because I'd rather have laundry fall out onto a rug than onto the concrete, but it's also really cute. (The one I bought is similar to this one: Chevron Runner.)

I painted it a color that made me happy.

Hang fun laundry-related decor in your laundry room.

Finally, since I did have that big blank wall of paneling, I made a fun canvas with a laundry poem I wrote to hang there. (See how I did it here: How to Make Faux Chalkboard Art.)

Even the vinyl I used to denote the sorting baskets is cute. It makes me happy when I see it, and that makes me more likely to go down there.

It may not be Pinterest-worthy, but I love my laundry room and it works for me!

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Becoming True Millennials Printable

A couple weeks ago Russell M. Nelson gave a talk entitled "Becoming True Millennials." I loved his message to the youth of the millennial generation—a generation people typically think of as being entitled, lazy, and hopeless.

Elder Nelson said, "Many people refer to you as Millennials. I’ll admit that when researchers refer to you by that word and describe what their studies reveal about you—your likes and dislikes, your feelings and inclinations, your strengths and weaknesses—I’m uncomfortable. There is something about the way they use the term Millennial that bothers me. And frankly, I am less interested in what the experts have to say about you than what the Lord has told me about you."

Love that. Because ultimately, it's the Lord that matters, right?

My mom asked me to create a printable based on another quote from the talk. She plans to frame it and give it to the kids in the Primary class on their birthdays.

A printable from Russell M Nelson's recent talk "Becoming True Millennials." Perfect for youth classes or family home evenings, or just to display at home. #overstuffedlife

Here is the quote she liked, "My beloved brothers and sisters, you were born to be True Millennials! You are a chosen generation, fore-determined by God to do a remarkable work—to help prepare the people of this world for the Second Coming of the Lord."

Isn't that beautiful? It's something I definitely want my children to remember. I plan on using this talk for a Family Home Evening lesson soon, and giving my own girls copies of this quote. They are amazing spirits and they are here on this earth now for a reason, and I want them to know that.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

10 Books That Will Help You Achieve Your Goals

One of the categories I chose for my 2016 Book Challenge is: "A book that will help you achieve one of your goals this year." I didn't want to read just any self help book, I really wanted to think about a particular goal I have set for myself and find a book that will help me do it.

The book I chose (I think—I am rather good at changing my mind) is Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. I have a few goals that I am not quite ready to say out loud, but will require some big courage on my part to complete them.

I thought I would share a few more goal achieving type books that are either on my list to read soon or that I have already read. I don't know that I'll get to each of them this year, but all of them will help me with goals and/or new year's resolutions that I have set for myself.

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Do you have big goals this year? Here are 10 books that might help you achieve them. #overstuffedlife

Goal: Get rid of clutter

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Yes, I know this was the most talked about book of 2015, and with good reason. I haven't yet Konmaried my home, but I am using her "spark joy" catchphrase to help me when I am not sure I should keep something. I do look forward to going at the whole thing just how she says to do it, though.

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Masterclass on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

If you have already read the first book but haven't yet "tidied up" your home using the Konmari method, maybe this book is for you. (I fall into this category.) I am excited to see what more she has to offer and am curious about the illustrations.

Getting Rid of It: The Step-by-Step Guide for Eliminating the Clutter in Your Life

I am particularly interested to read this because the authors actually got rid of nearly everything they owned and documented it in this book. They did it so they could travel the world. The whole concept sounds completely wonderful and totally frightening to me, so I'm very intrigued.

You could also subscribe to my email list and receive Making Space for Peace—my own e-book about decluttering—for free.

Goal: Eat healthier food

Clean Gut: The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health

I started this book a while ago, and got a good way through it. I now need to finish it up and actually implement the plan. A healthy gut is absolutely necessary to get rid of all disease, and I want to get rid of the ailments that I suffer from. I'm working on it, but need to work harder now!

It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways

Whole30 is something I have wanted to try but haven't. I have friends who have done it and have been amazed at the changes in their entire lives because they changed their diets. It's another thing I'm really excited about doing, but also very scared to actually do.

Goal: Get out of debt

Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less

I read this book by Peter Walsh a few years ago and absolutely loved it. We know him as the guru of decluttering, but he talks about the relationship between the acquisition of debt and all of the stuff we have and helps get to the root of it all. Why are we going into financial debt just to have more stuff? What is missing in our lives that is causing us to turn to material things for comfort?

I really liked his very different take on the whole debt question. It's not just a plan to get out of debt, it's a look into the psychology of why you are in debt in the first place. And that's valuable to know when working to get out from under it.

Goal: Work less

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

I read this one a couple months ago and I loved his ideas about being more productive while using less time. While it depends somewhat on your job (I can't teach my voice lessons any faster, for instance), it can still apply to every aspect of your life that you consider work. Paying bills, cleaning house, answering email. All that stuff that we have to do can be done in much less time by using these ideas. I am trying to apply the ideas to my blogging schedule right now.

Goal: Change behavior

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

All goals require a behavioral change of some sort. And so many times those behaviors are really, really tough to change. This book delves into how to weigh logic vs. emotion and finally make those changes in your life—no matter how big or small they are.

Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts—Becoming the Person You Want to Be

I picked this book up at the airport a few months ago, and loved the first few chapters. Of course, it's still sitting on my night table ready to be finished. I'm really fascinated by the whole trigger part of it. I actually bought the book because I have noticed that certain foods are big triggers for me, and I want to change it (see above about eating healthier). But this delves into triggers you probably have never noticed before and teaches you how to self-monitor these triggers and take personal responsibility for your goals.

Goal: Be more courageous

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Whatever big thing you want to do and are afraid of? This book is going to help you learn to embrace your fear and vulnerability and do it anyway. I'm really excited about that. Like I said, I am not ready to articulate these particular goals (don't ask me to, either—I'm still too afraid), but I hope to make some big progress on them this year!

What book will you read this year to help you achieve YOUR goals?

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Monday, January 18, 2016

What Siri Taught Me About Parenting My Strong-Willed Daughter

"Your youngest daughter is sure a little spitfire!"

That is what one of the leaders in our church told me after our first or second Sunday living here in Michigan. Sophia was newly three years old and "spitfire" was a word that described her well. This is a child who craves her independence so vigorously that she was standing on the bar stool making her own eggs at age 2 while I hovered over her in order to avert certain disaster.

Her strong will came out of the blue for me, as my other two were nowhere near this stubborn. They could be reasoned with, distracted, or given choices and that would actually work. You don't reason with Sophia. If you give her three choices she will always make a fourth choice—you know, the choice-that-she-wants choice. And she most definitely cannot be distracted from her ultimate goal. Ever.

Related: Should You Let Your Kid Quit Music Lessons?

While these things can be good qualities, raising a child who is this strong-willed is not for the faint-hearted. It is completely exhausting.

Really, really, really exhausting.

Strong-willed children really can be delightful to parent, but sometimes they're just exhausting.

Sometimes the exhaustion that comes from having to repeat myself on the same issue 452 times in an hour results in yelling. I guess perhaps I don't feel heard. I feel like she won't listen unless I'm screaming at her that the rules about screen time, room cleaning, homework, sleepovers, or whatever have not changed.

And still she pushes.

The older she gets, the harder it is to corral her spirit. The harder it is to say no to her. And the harder it is to stay calm as she pushes me past my parenting abilities.

Related: A Surprising Way to End Temper Tantrums

I've been struggling lately with how to deal with her indomitable, tireless, iron will. I was at a complete loss. And then, the other night, I had to take my teenager to a party at a house I hadn't been to before. I was taking her straight from her orchestra rehearsal, so I entered the address of the party into my phone before I left the house and then proceeded to go get her from orchestra.

Because orchestra was the opposite direction, Siri kept regrouping and telling me to turn around at every possible place I could (I actually have my Siri set to a British male voice and I have christened him "Nigel Dunwoody" but we'll call him Siri for now). It became kind of funny as I imagined that poor Siri was becoming more and more frustrated at me for not turning around and continuing to go quite far out of the way.

And then it hit me.

Siri was not frustrated with me. Siri is a computer. Siri cannot be frustrated, or angry, or annoyed, or any other emotion. Siri was simply giving me the directions to do what I had told her I wanted to do—get to a particular address. And because I was not following those directions, she changed her directions to make it so my end goal could still happen.

And she did it all completely without emotion.

Related: 4 Reasons to Say Yes to Your Kids

I was the one who was applying emotion to what was happening. Perhaps I was empathizing with her at the moment because I do get frustrated with Sophia on a regular basis when she doesn't follow directions. Or, perhaps my rule-following self was just perceiving annoyance on the part of a computer because I try so hard to follow directions and keep rules perfectly.

Do you have a strong-willed child? This idea will help you set boundaries in a way that works. #overstuffedlife

Whatever it was, I learned something important. I learned that I need to keep emotion out of my parenting. I cannot take it personally or get angry because my child is difficult. In fact, whenever I do resort to yelling it always ends in a spectacularly awful manner. It accomplishes nothing but making both of us cry and then whatever lessons I had hoped she would learn are swallowed up in all of the emotions.

And when I remain unemotional? She still pushes, for sure. But when she sees that she is fighting with a brick wall—a very calm brick wall—she gives up much more readily. "Giving up" sounds a little harsh, I suppose—I don't really want to break her spirit, I just want to direct it. She's testing her boundaries, though, and when she realizes that a boundary is not going to move because I calmly tell her so 452 times, she finally gets it.

Like Siri, sometimes I can compromise. Sometimes she continues to disobey and I have to change the directions on my end to get the desired result. If she gets off track, I can "reroute" and get her back on track, and perhaps that will be necessary many times before we are back where she needs to be. But still, keeping emotion out of the equation is absolutely necessary.

Am I perfect at this? No way. I yelled at her tonight, in fact, after she did not do something I had repeatedly asked her to do (probably 452 times). I finally couldn't keep the emotion out of it and I lost it. She ran to her room and had a nice tantrum while I regrouped and went up to talk to her when I knew I could stay unemotional.

And when I kept emotion out of it, my little spitfire finally came around.

Stay unemotional. It works.

Do you have a strong-willed child that is difficult to parent? These books may help (they've helped me!):

Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child's Attitude, Behavior, and Character in 5 Days by Kevin Leman

The Child Whisperer: The Ultimate Handbook for Raising Happy, Successful, and Cooperative Children by Carol Tuttle

The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary D. Chapman

Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber

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Monday, January 11, 2016

My One Word for 2016—Nourish

Wow. Another year over, and already 11 days into a new one! I cannot believe how quickly the time has flown this year. I feel like it was just yesterday when I walked into the store with one of my girls and saw the big sign announcing that it was only 65 days until Christmas. And now Christmas and the New Year are both over and done with—woosh!

Regular readers may have noticed that I have taken a bit of a blogging break this past month. I decided I wanted to spend more time with my family and less time working. So, once I was finished up turning in my grades for the semester, I also put my blog away for a little bit.

Once the semester is over, it's a good time for me to reflect upon the past year in every aspect of my life. In fact, one of my favorite weeks of the year is that time between Christmas and the new year where there are very few obligations. I love to reflect and ponder the year before (the one that went by so fast I barely had time to blink!) and set some new goals and intentions for the coming year (that will probably go by even faster!).
Choosing my 2016 Word of the Year was difficult, but it finally came to me: Nourish

This year I had a lot of difficulty coming up with my word for the year. A big part of that was because my 2015 word of the year was a great big flop. I had chosen the word NOW, thinking that it would help me to procrastinate less and be more productive.

Instead, it completely stressed me out!

Given the fact that I began 2015 with a diagnosis of Lyme disease and a major surgery, it was probably the wrong word and the wrong desire for this time in my life. A year later, I'm only just beginning to feel more like myself again, thanks to the Lyme treatments. But I'm definitely not there yet!

Every time I thought of my word, I would start to feel a lot of anxiety. And even a little depressed that I wasn't doing what I thought I should be doing. And especially that I wasn't doing it RIGHT NOW.

I decided to change the meaning of the word for myself in the fall sometime. Instead, I tried to think of it as a way to remind myself to rest now, to make sure I was taking myself. It helped, but mostly I was still stressed over all the things I wasn't doing.

This year, I didn't want a stressful word! I wanted a word that would really help me where I am right now. I wanted a word that would feel as successful to me as the years I did PEACE, SIMPLIFY, and ABUNDANCE. Those were good One Word years for me.

But I just wasn't coming up with a word that felt right. The Maestro suggested that my word should be HEALTH, but I didn't feel like it was the one. And let me tell you, in past years, I usually find a word and it just really feels right. I made the mistake last year of not waiting until the right word found me—I chose based on what I thought I should be doing rather than what I feel like The Lord wants me to be doing right now.

Anyway, we made our vision boards as a family just before the new year, and I still hadn't come up with a word. I figured I would make a board but that I wouldn't call it my final board until I came up with my darn word!

Here is my vision board:

A small vision board helped define my word of the year.

A couple days later, as I was looking at it hanging above my desk, I realized that I had chosen my word. NOURISH. And my vision board reflects pretty decently the things that means to me. To eat nourishing foods. To nourish my relationships with my husband and children. To nourish my spirit through temple attendance and scripture study. To nourish my financial situation (that sounds weird, but hopefully makes sense!). Finally, to nourish my soul—I do this by reading books, singing and playing the piano, sleeping, and keeping my schedule from getting overwhelming. And I guess I'll keep my home cleaner, too, since I put that on the board as well. But even having a clean environment is something I'd say is nourishing to my soul, too.

So, here's to a very nourishing 2016.

Do you have a word for this year? Reply in the comments—I'd love to hear what it is!

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Monday, January 04, 2016

Overstuffed 2016 Reading Challenge—Only 12 Books!

I love to read books. And I love getting together with my book club to discuss the books we've read. But one of the less obvious reasons I love book club so much is the exposure to books I would never have chosen for myself. There have been some I haven't liked much, sure, but more often than not I have discovered a new author or a new genre that I found I really enjoyed.

I've been seeing these fun non-traditional reading challenges for the past couple of years and I have wanted to try my hand at one of them. They seem like a really great way to find new reading material—maybe even better than book club! The fact that they all tend to have around 50 books on them has held me back, though. While I used to be able to read a book a week, I am not in that place in my life right now, so I have not participated in the challenges.

For those of you who do have time to read 50 books this year, check out this challenge: PopSugar 2016 Reading Challenge.

I thought about it and I figured that I blog enough about books and reading that I might as well make up my own similar challenge. I had fun coming up with only 12 different challenges, and now I'm excited to participate! I can handle a book a month. After all, I read 16 whole books in 2015, and one of them was Outlander, so that counts for about ten books all by itself!

The 2016 Reading Challenge 

(.pdf download at the bottom of the page).
Are you up for a fun reading challenge? Only 12 books that will help you to branch out on your reading this year, but can still manage to fit what might already be on your to-read list. #overstuffedlife

I even have my first book picked out, already. I couldn't think of any authors named Lara off of the top of my head so I did a quick Google. I discovered that if a woman named Lara decides to write a novel, it is usually a steamy romance, which is not my favorite genre at all. But I did manage to find one book that looks interesting, is rated decently, and isn't too Harlequin for my taste: The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielin 

Are you with me? At least one of the books on this list is already in your house (ahem, #8), so let's get to it!
Download the .pdf file by entering your email address above and start reading. Don't forget to keep track of the books you read in a book journal. This one is my favorite: The Book Lover's Journal.

Happy reading!

Edited to add: Of course, after I made and posted my own challenge, I found that Modern Mrs. Darcy also does a fun 12 book reading challenge. You can see hers here: Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2016 Reading Challenge. We actually overlapped on a couple of the topics, too.

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Saturday, January 02, 2016

January 2016 Visiting Teaching Printable

January is here, and with it comes a new theme for visiting teaching messages. I have really, really enjoyed studying the roles and attributes of our Savior in the past two years. Coupled with teaching the new cornerstone course in Institute this year (Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel), I have loved learning more about Jesus Christ and studying his life and teachings more closely than ever.

Download this printable for your visiting teaching in January 2016. Quote by Carole M. Stephens: "We each belong to and are needed in the family of God." #overstuffedlife

This year, however, it looks like we will be studying other aspects of the gospel for visiting teaching, and I can't discern any sort of a theme. January's message focuses on "The Family: A Proclamation to the World," so maybe we will be concentrating on things relating to the family. But who knows? I'm excited to see what next month brings.

The Family: A Proclamation to the World is a document for our time.

I loved how this month's message told the thoughts and feelings that some sisters have about the Proclamation. The theme that stuck out to me most is that we are each an important and necessary part in God's family. That makes me want to try harder to live up to my potential and to teach my children of their divine natures.

Barbara Thompson said, "Even if I were the only living member of my family, I am still a member of God’s family." And, of course, I loved what Carole M. Stephens said as well: "We each belong to and are needed in the family of God."

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Visiting Teaching Message for January 2016. Free printable download with quote by Carole M. Stephens regarding the Proclamation on the Family. #overstuffedlife

To purchase your 2016 Planner, click here: Mormon Mom Planners

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