Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The magic of a 15-minute family work project this summer!

Are you wanting your home spiffed up this summer? 

Deep cleaning done? Stuff organized? Your kids learning life skills and teamwork? 

Check, check, and check. 

It is amazing how much progress you can make when several people focus on one work project. Today we started a simple routine of focusing on one area together for 15 minutes. This is something we add to our normal morning chores and family devotional. 

Day one today was the living room!  

I organized toddler books into bins on the bottom shelf of the coffee table. 

My son dusted plants and trees by spraying with a hose. 

Another son organized a magazine basket. 

My husband vacuumed the sofas and beneath the cushions. 

My daughter did a thorough dusting/washing of the hard surfaces. 

Aaahhhh. Even though the list isn't finished yet, the room already looks and feels better! 

Here's my brainstorm list of chores to spiff up the living room. 

Sometimes we get going and decided to work longer one day and skip the next few days. 

Click here to see a post about doing 15-minute family work projects from a couple years ago. 

Click here to see the Edwards' family five-part housework system. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Friends, Please vote! If I teach a free online class soon, which topic would you prefer?

Please comment below, and if you like more than one, please number them in order of preference. Thanks!!

1) Three Keys to Spiritual Preparedness and Emotional Resilience for Challenging Times 

2) Morning Power Up! 
A simple system to turn the first hour of your morning into a focused, positive, productive, powerful jump start to the rest of your day. 

3) Scripture Scuba Diving
Simple tools you can use right away to go deeper, make the scriptures come alive, and feel closer to Christ.

4) Tools of Transformation
Simple and powerful tools to reach your goals and the next level in your life.  Release the negative and power up the positive thoughts emotions, relationships, habits, and results. 

5) Create Order
Order in your home, time, routines, systems, papers, and family can free you to transform and live your purpose. 

6) Food and Mood
How your body, mind, emotions, and spirit are connected. Simple systems of eating and techniques for a great mood and a clear head. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Who wants to do a 90-day Book of Mormon challenge this summer?

Oh, my soul feels thrilled to be back into this book. I can't get enough of the Book of Mormon! 

This is me on day one of last summer's 90-day challenge. I love studying outside.

After teaching the Old Testament in seminary this year, which is great, I still missed the Book of Mormon. 

Last summer I created a 90-Day Book of Mormon challenge with a Facebook community of wonderful scripture lovin' folks! 

This summer because I'm building a business of life coaching and teaching classes, I asked for volunteers to take charge of the Facebook group. They're up and running, gearing up to start on June first! I'm not sure if I'll be reading the six pages a day or finishing in 90 days this summer, but I just started and my soul is loving it already! 

I have fond memories last summer of our family scripture study being wherever Mom is reading that day. Some families even tackled it all together, which is AWESOME! 

Click here to join the 90-day Book of Mormon Challenge Facebook group. 

Click here to see my post last summer that explains the 90-day challenge. 

Click here for scripture feasting tools I posted last summer to help the scriptures come alive!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Healthy Chocolate Fondue!

Yes, this does taste as delicious as it looks! 

 Healthy Chocolate Fondue 

1 cup coconut cream*
1 cup honey (ideally raw) 
1 cup cocoa powder 

Combine and mix. Because my honey is thick I warmed the mixture over the stove with a wire whisk. Don't get it hot if you want to keep the health properties of raw honey. If your honey is thinner, you can try a whisk in a bowl, or you could use a blender.  

*I used the thick part and not the watery part of the coconut cream. The coconut cream came from Trader Joe's. It looks like the Thai Kitchen brand coconut milk I buy at Wal-mart, but with less liquid. So I bet you could use coconut milk and again, just use the thick part. Try it and see what you think!

Here's a little treat dish I took to my neighbor who, like me, likes chocolate AND likes to eat healthy. She was thrilled! 

LDS-based Curriculum for Homeschool Families

When my children were younger I loved using the Family School curriculum by Latter-day Learning. Now that they're older, they are in private school programs. But here is a great option for teens that I want to share. 

Latter-day Learning is pleased to announce three options for homeschoolers in grades 7–12 for 2016–2017:
  1. Accredited, Self-paced Courses. Self-paced, accredited courses, including assignments, feedback, and grading are available year round, starting Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Transcript credit is awarded upon course completion.
  2. Accredited, Online Cohort. Live, interactive webinars begin Tuesday August 23, 2016 and follow a school-year calendar. Limited seats are available by application only. Transcript credit is awarded upon course completion.
  3. Non-Accredited, Curriculum Only. Our curriculum for grades 7–12 can be used by homeschools, co-ops, or academies, any time, any place, and at any pace—but without AHS transcript credit or grading services.
For further information, visit the Grade 7–12 Homeschools FAQ page.

Monday, May 23, 2016

My 14-year-old son Gabe is so excited for his Shine Theater camp tomorrow that he made this hilarious video to celebrate!

I'm speaking this Saturday at an event "Preparing with the Spirit" in Ogden, Utah!

Click here for details and to register for this FREE EVENT! I'll be speaking on "Spiritual and Emotional Resiliency During Challenging Times." 

It's Friday and Saturday, May 27-28 in Ogden, Utah. 

Space is limited so be sure to register online at the link above. If you come, please stop and say hello! 

Here's my speaker bio for the class: Becky Edwards is a life coach, speaker, blogger, professional organizer, BYU Women’s Conference 2015 presenter, Moms’ Retreat board member, and homeschooler.  She has taught early morning seminary and institute. Becky’s passion for preparedness started during college when she kept a stock of supplies under her bed, had a food storage bridal shower, and built pantries in her newlywed apartment. Becky believes Dallin H. Oaks when he said, “A 72-hour kit of temporal supplies may prove valuable for earthly challenges, but, as the foolish virgins learned to their sorrow, a 24-hour kit of spiritual preparation is of greater and more enduring value.” (“Preparation for the Second Coming,” Ensign, May, 2004).  Becky has a passion for teaching spiritual and emotional resiliency so people can be grounded in a place of peace and strength, rather than paralyzed by shock and fear during challenging times ahead.  Becky and Mike have five children and two grandchildren. Becky graduated from BYU studying parenting, marriage, and counseling.  You can see her blog at www.PurposeDrivenMotherhood.blogspot.com.

Click here for more posts about preparedness. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

"People and Principles Activity" for our Last Day of Old Testament Seminary, and FHE Idea

This is my last week of teaching Old Testament seminary! I love, love, love my students! 

Tomorrow we'll close out the year with a people and principles activity and then a testimony meeting. 

Here's the activity we're doing. You can adapt it for a class or family home evening with teens. This would be a great FHE as the year of seminary comes to a close. 

Here are the steps to this activity. It would be a great FHE with any people from the scriptures any time of year.

  1. Each person chooses an Old Testament person from slips of paper. 
  2. Give about 5-10 minutes to: 
    1. Review the story in the Old Testament 
    2. Choose a favorite verse in the story 
    3. Choose a principle (a life lesson you can use) from the story
  3. Then take turns sharing the person, favorite verse, and principle with the group. 

Here's the list we're using. For a smaller group, you could still use this many and let people choose more than one person, or reduce your list to the size of your class or family. 

1. Adam and Eve

2. Noah

3. Abraham 

4. Jacob 

5. Joseph of Egypt 

6. Moses 

7. Israelites

8. Joshua 

9. Gideon 

10. Samson

11. Ruth

12. Samuel 

13. Saul 

14. David 

15. Solomon 

16. Elijah 

17. Elisha

18. Jonah

19. Daniel 

20. Esther 

21. Job 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

I love knowing angels help us every day - several quotes and paintings about angels

She Will Find What is Lost by Brian Kershisnik

A recent article by Wendy Watson Nelson here about angels has been receiving great response. I think people love learning about this unseen blessing from heaven. 

I started collecting quotes about angels years ago. It is a special, sacred topic to me. I love that Heavenly Father loves us and our families so much that He set up His system to include angels to watch over and minister to us. Isn't He nice? 

Angels Among Us by Annie Henrie

Here are a few quotes about the blessing of angels in our lives. 

Heavenly Hands by Greg Olsen 

Elder Holland

“Usually [angels] are not seen. Sometimes they are. But seen or unseen they are always near” (Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, November 2008).

Angels by Brian Kershisnik

Heber C. Kimball

[T]he Lord has said that there are more for us than there can be against us. “Who are they,” says one? Righteous men who have been upon the earth. “But do you suppose that angels will pay friendly visits to those who do not live up to their privileges? Would you? . . . the God whom I serve . . . has millions of angels at His command. Do you suppose that there are any angels here to‑day? I would not wonder if there were ten times more angels here than people. We do not see them, but they are here watching us, and are anxious for our salvation” (Journal of Discourses, Vol.3, p.230, Heber C. Kimball, March 2, 1856).

When the Angels Come by Clark Kelley Price

Elder George Q. Cannon

“Now, this is the truth. We humble people; we who feel ourselves sometimes so worthless, so good‑for‑nothing; we are not so worthless as we think. There is not one of us but what God’s love has been expended upon. There is not one of us that He has not cared for and caressed. There is not one of us that He has not desired to save, and that He has not devised means to save. There is not one of us that He has not given His angels charge concerning. We may be insignificant and contemptible in our own eyes, and in the eyes of others, but the truth remains that we are the children of God, and that He has actually given His angels‑‑invisible beings of power and might‑‑charge concerning us, and they watch over us and have us in their keeping . . .Those who otherwise might be thought to be contemptible and unworthy of notice, Jesus says be careful about offending them, for “their angels do always behold the face of my Father” (Matt. 18:10). We are in their charge. They watch over us, and are, to a certain extent, doubtless, responsible for the watchcare that they exercise over us, just as we are responsible for any duty that is assigned us (Collected Discourses, Vol.2, George Q. Cannon, November, 1890).

I Will Go Before Your Face (D&C 84:88) by Kennth Turner

Elder James E. Talmage 

“This great Being of infinite power and goodness, whom we cannot think of in His mighty attributes without sinking in our own sense of personal insignificance, He is our Father; and He has greater affection than we can comprehend by [a] father’s love for His children. As a result of that great love, He has set heavenly beings to watch over us and to guard us from the attacks of evil powers while we live on earth. Do we realize that in our daily walk and work we are not alone, but that angels attend us wherever our duty causes us to go? It is only when we stray into unholy places, only when we tread upon forbidden ground, that they leave us to ourselves; and then they watch us from the distance with sorrow and tears. Those holy beings think it not beneath their state to abide in the hovels of the poor, to stand by us in the most menial labor, provided it be honorable employment; but I cannot conceive of their going with us to the dram shop, the gambling den, and the brothel. But as long as we are where duty calls us we are in no way alone. Our eyes are so heavy, our ears so dull, that we see and hear only the things of earth. Could our vision be opened, we would see in this room at this very moment more worshippers than are occupying these seats; could our ears be unstopped we would hear more than our own feeble voices joining in the hymns of praise that we sing.

Angels, by Mark Mabry Photography

“When at times trouble comes upon us, and we feel almost given up to despair, and think we have been deserted by friends, let us think of the heavenly companions whom God has assigned to us; who, indeed, would reveal themselves to our eyes but for our lack of faith. Let us read again and ponder over the wonderful experience of the prophet of old, who, with but a single earthly companion‑‑the servant who was with him‑‑found himself surrounded by the army of a wicked king. (See 2 Kings 6:15‑17). In fear, seeing escape by human agency to be entirely impossible, Elisha’s servant cried out, “Alas, my master, how shall we do?” But the prophet answered, “Fear not; for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” And then Elisha prayed that the Lord would open the young man’s eyes, and the servant saw that the mountains were covered with horses and chariots and hosts of angels sent to protect the prophet of God, whose time had not yet come” (Collected Discourses, Vol.3, James E. Talmage, June 25, 1893).

Nativity by Brian Kershisnik

Click here for more about angels from the LDS Church's website. 

Click here for a recent powerhouse talk from Wendy Watson Nelson and her husband, President Russell M. Nelson. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Today is the best day to prepare for the Second Coming

Tomorrow in seminary we're discussing prophesies of Christ's Second Coming. 

Here is a great little video clip about now being the best time to prepare. 

My favorite quotes from this talk from Elder Oaks.
While we are powerless to alter the fact of the Second Coming and unable to know its exact time, we can accelerate our own preparation and try to influence the preparation of those around us. ...
What if the day of His coming were tomorrow? If we knew that we would meet the Lord tomorrow—through our premature death or through His unexpected coming—what would we do today? What confessions would we make? What practices would we discontinue? What accounts would we settle? What forgivenesses would we extend? What testimonies would we bear?
If we would do those things then, why not now? Why not seek peace while peace can be obtained? If our lamps of preparation are drawn down, let us start immediately to replenish them.
Click here for more about preparedness. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

One simple thing you can do to be protected against the adversary's influence


Take a few minutes to watch this video and see if you can write down and count all the promised blessings from doing this one thing.

Powerful promises! 

The LDS Church created this video which you can find here. 

Click here for more promised blessings about this one thing.