Preparing for General Conference with a FREE Printable


LDS General Conference is something I look forward to for months! Not even exaggerating, as soon as the session ends in April, I am already looking forward to October. So naturally, when Brooklyn tossed me the idea of collaborating on a free printable specifically for Conference, I dropped everything and got to work! This is the perfect thing to print out give to families you home teach and use in your personal scripture study this week as we lead up to Conference to make sure you get the most of the talks and inspiration that will be shared this weekend. 

Brooklyn chose a quote from Elder Robert D. Hales' talk in October 2013 Conference that fits perfectly with the idea of this printable. 

"Conference messages come to us after prayerful preparation, through the Holy Ghost. This principle is true for all members of the Church as we prepare to participate in ward, stake, and general conferences. We study out in our minds what we need and desire from Heavenly Father, and we pray to understand and apply that which we are taught. As the time for conference arrives, we sacrifice other activities, 'lay[ing] aside the things of this world, [to] seek for the things of a better.'"

To go along with Elder Hales' wisdom, the printable also includes a space to list problems and trials you are currently facing, questions you have about the gospel, areas of your testimony that need strengthening, and what you would like to take away from General Conference so you can ponder and be spiritually prepared to hear the answers you are needing at this time in your life.
Free Printable to Help Prepare for General Conference
We kept it pretty neutral so it can be used for each session of Conference, regardless of year, and the printable even includes a plain black and white version if you want to keep it simple and hand out a bunch of them to your Sunday School classes, etc. I am really excited about how it turned out and I can't wait to use it to help my family get the most of our LDS General Conference experience this weekend!

Do you have an idea for a printable, but don't have the means to produce it? Let's collaborate! Email me at xo

Beats for Byron


First of all, I let me start by saying that this is a very tender subject for me to talk about. I have come back and edited this post about a million times to try and use the perfect words to describe the sweet little boy in that picture and the struggle his family is going through, but I don't think there are enough words in the world to do that. If you have been following my blog a while, then you aready know all about my little nephew, Byron. He was born August of last year and, after a week-long stay in the NICU for "lung problems", was life-flighted to Primary Children's Hospital and diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. This basically means that he only has half of a working heart! He has already had two surgeries in his first year of life and will have to have more in the next couple years, including a heart transplant. He is such a strong, sweet little boy who has already gone through so much and he continues to fight every single day through all sorts of complications. They are in and out of the hospital constantly, which places a strain on their little family of five because they live over 300 miles from the children's hospital where he is treated. My heart is breaking for my brother's family and this sweet little boy who has already gone through so much in such a short life! Today as I was designing some new prints for my shop, I felt inspired to create one specifically for Byron to help with medical costs. My brother & sister-in-law have been such great examples to me through this entire trial to stay positive and recognize the Lord's hand in all things, regardless of how difficult things get, so a "Count Your Blessings" print seemed to be the perfect fit!
You can find this printable in the Beats for Byron section of my shop. It is only $8 and 100% of the proceeds go straight to Byron's family to help with medical bills and travel expenses that come with having a child in and out of a hospital that is so far from home. On top of that, the family is trying to save up for Byron's eventual heart transplant, so every little donation is greatly appreciated! I have a goal to sell 100 prints by the holidays so I can surprise my brother and his family with a big, fat check for Christmas! I know that just about everyone with a computer is trying to raise money for one cause or another these days and it can get super annoying, but I couldn't live with myself if I didn't do everything in my power to help my family. If you don't have $8 to spare, I would definitely appreciate some shares on social media to help me reach more people and hit my goal. I have seen social media do amazing things and I know it can help me do some good for a family in need!

I honestly appreciate all the support, prayers, and well wishes we have received in Byron's behalf. He is such a fighter and is definitely blessed to have such loving people surrounding him. Thank you, thank you!

Visiting Teaching FREE Printable: September 2015


I had the best intentions to get this post designed and published on the first day of the month, but as it always goes, life got in the way! If you are anything like me you don't do your visiting teaching until the last week (or day!) of the month anyway, and then it turns into a stressful mess of coordinating schedules before that precious time is up! Let me save you a little stress this month with a free printable handout so you can seem a little more put together. :) The theme of the month is "Divine Attributes of Jesus Christ: Powerful and Full of Glory" and it focuses on not only the amazing things the Lord has the power to do, but the things we can do through Him as well. You can read the entire message here, but the part that stood out the most to me was the following scripture: 
Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea.

 Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions unto the children of men, that we have power to do these things. (Jacob 4:6-7)
Jacob 4 has always been a favorite of mine, and on my hardest days, I am able to draw strength from knowing that I can do all things, great or small, through my faith in the Lord and this Gospel. I put together this handout of because I think everyone needs a constant reminder that we can do hard things if we put our faith in the Lord, who has the power to help us through anything. Jacob 4:7 is the perfect reminder of that and I plan on keeping one of these little prints on my fridge, bathroom mirror, and bedside table so I can always keep it at the front of my mind.

These handouts come on a page with two 5x7 prints, so you can afford to print one out for each of your visiting teaching sisters and keep a couple for yourself! There is a link to download them at the end of this post and I hope they help you to spread a spiritual message that will last much longer than the month of September. xo