Monday, July 27, 2009

The Gateway into His Kingdom

First the years, then the months, and now the days have gone by and I find myself questioning "Have I taught him enough? Does he know his worth? Have I prepared my son with the understanding, faith, and testimony needed preparatory to his baptism?" This is the gateway to the Kingdom of God, and my sweet dear boy has the understanding and faith that nurtures his testimony. He is ready for his baptism.
We cannot take lightly the law given to us to teach our children the doctrine of repentance; faith in Christ, the Son of the living God; and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands when eight years old, which is the age of accountability appointed by God. We need to do a better job of teaching our children and our grandchildren to understand what it means to enter the kingdom of God, for we will be held accountable. (Robert D. Hales, “The Covenant of Baptism”)
As I've been helping my son plan his baptism program I came across a great idea of having coloring pages available for the children that attend. So I took the idea and came up with a cute mini coloring book to help keep the little ones entertained. The pictures came from past issues of the Friend Magazine and the new Nursery Manual.


Download the pdf then print it out on the front and back of the paper according to your printers instructions. Now fold it in half and you're done!

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Monday, July 20, 2009

The Measure of Her Creation

Women are literal spirit daughters of Heavenly Parents. Our Divine Heritage provides us with natural tendencies to love and show kindness, compassion, and charity. These and many other gifts, including spiritual gifts, help us to fulfill our callings and mandates here on earth. Some of these divine mandates given to women of the covenant are to "help save souls, to lead the women of the world, to strengthen the homes of Zion, and to build the kingdom of God” Elder M. Russell Ballard
To help another human being reach one’s celestial potential is part of the divine mission of woman. As mother, teacher, or nurturing saint, she molds living clay to the shape of her hopes. In partnership with God, her divine mission is to help spirits live and souls be lifted. This is the measure of her creation. It is ennobling, edifying, and exalting.

A woman’s richest rewards will come as she rises to fulfill her destiny as a devoted daughter of God. To all faithful Saints He has promised thrones, kingdoms, principalities, glory, immortality, and eternal lives. That is the potential for women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is exalting, everlasting, and divine. (Russell M. Nelson, “Woman—Of Infinite Worth,”)
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