Friday, August 22, 2014

LDS Temple Open House

We've been really excited to go to the Ogden Temple Open House this month.  This was the fourth open house I have been able to attend and third as a family.  Although, when we went to Rexburg's my youngest was not born yet, and the older two were real young.  We went to Brigham City's a couple of years ago, but I not sure how much my children remember of it so I tried to do some things before we went to the temple to help them prepare.  I didn't go all out this time because August has been a crazy month, but we did watch many videos and did a few other things that I'll share. 
 Brightly Street has a 12 day countdown to a temple open house.  Wow.  It's pretty awesome and if you have the time to spend a few minutes each day to talk about the different things it's worth checking out.  We watched the video she includes a link to called Mormon Temples:  A Conversation with a Church Leader.  The video is a little over 15 minutes long, but it goes through the different rooms in the temple that you'll see at a temple open house and explains it's purpose.  My six year old in the middle of it said, "This is actually interesting."  I guess he was a little surprised...but I'm glad he enjoyed it.

Other videos we watch were Mormon Temples:  Made Simple, Why Mormons Build Temples, and Blessings of the Temple.  We also watched this little video tour that specifically shows the Ogden Temple.  We also looked at the pictures of the temple that they had made available online.  It was nice as we went through the temple to have the boys recognize things they'd seen in pictures and such.
You can search for temple theme topics on and find things about temples that interests you for your purposes. also has a great list of different types of things to go along with temples.  
 I printed off some activities from the LDS Primary Temple Countdown.  We also sang "I Love to See the Temple".  In fact my four year old asked as we were getting out of the car if we were going to sing that as we walked into the temple.  I suggested that we sing it in our minds so that we didn't bother other people.  Later, he asked me if I had sang it in my head because he had.  :)

We own My First Book of Temples and we read that as well. I think helping them start to understand what the purpose of the various rooms helped as we looked at the different rooms.  I didn't expect them to understand exactly what happened in each room specifically, but they had a general idea.  Some rooms were easier for them to understand like the baptismal font and the sealing rooms where couples get married.
 We were able to walk around a little outside and enjoy the exterior of the temple and get a few pictures.  I asked each of my children what their favorite part of the temple was.  My oldest said the Celestial Room, my middle son said all of them at first, but then also decided on the Celestial Room, my youngest enjoyed seeing the Baptismal Font.

I recommend going to the Ogden Temple House if it is at all plausible for you and your family.  We had a wonderful time as a family.  There was plenty of parking near the temple and although it was busy it didn't feel overcrowded.  I found it to be a great opportunity for my family to feel the Spirit, enjoy the beauty of the Lord's house and spend some time together.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

11 Love/Marriage Quotes

In celebration of my husband and I's wedding anniversary I thought I would share some pictures of us with marriage/love quotes attached to them.  My sister took some family pictures of us when we were together last and we got some couple pictures too.  You can check out her facebook page at Durfee Photography or visit her website.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Enjoy the Moment

My oldest son is constantly asking "Then what?"  or "What's next?"  He wants a play by play of every minute of every day.  He often gets so consumed with what is coming that he doesn't enjoy what we are doing right then.  I find that I am often guilty of this.  I am not asking, "What's next?", but I do find myself thinking, "I wish..."  Or "I can't wait until..."

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave this talk  in October of 2012 at General Conference.  He talked about riding bikes with his wife and how he would focus on who was going to "win".  His wife would say, "It's not a race.  It's a journey.  Enjoy the moment."  He goes on to say, "There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it."  I feel like these wise words are some I need to take to heart and life my life in a way where I can recognize and appreciate all I have been blessed with and the joy that I can experience in the small things that happen each day.

Sometimes I get quite wrapped up in breaking up fights between my sons, or letting other things bog me down.  I think I need to strive better to enjoy each moment I am in and remember that my children will grow and be gone before I know it.  I often tell my son to just enjoy what he is doing right now which is why I put this quote next to a picture of him.  I hope to strive to follow these words and my own advice.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Scripture Heroes: Job

Today was our final scripture hero day of the summer.  We talked about Job and overcoming trials.  You can download his scripture hero chart here.
We watched several videos.  The first one we watched was the LDS Scripture video about Job.  This is a short video clip of Elder Hales talking about faith during trials.  Here is a video of President Uchtdorf about having gratitude in any circumstance.  The last video is a Mormon Channel video called Mountains to Climb.

The Golden Seven has a FHE Lesson about trials and I really liked her object lesson so I used that.  You take a piece of paper and try to make it fly.  Point out how it really didn't fly well at all.  Then fold the paper into an airplane.  As the creases are made tell them that those represent trials in our life and if we endure with faith those trials will make us stronger just like the creases in the paper make it able to fly.  After that they folded their own airplanes and practiced flying them.