Friday, April 20, 2018

LDS New Testament Doctrinal Mastery Cards (free download!)

One of my primary goals as a mom is to infuse my children with the word of God. I've found such comfort from scripture, I hope I can pass that love and comfort on to my kids. Each morning, we review the scriptures we've memorized. Read more about how we've done this here.

If you want to do something similar in your family, I have the next installment of Doctrinal Mastery Cards available today: The New Testament.

The cards are 3x5" in size in order to fit into an index card storage box.  Introduce one new verse each week and review the other verses often, and before long you will have many verses committed to memory! 

I'll be sharing the additional Doctrinal Mastery cards over the next couple of months, as well as other sets of scriptures.

Here is another very simple way to help kids memorize scripture:

  • tape/magnet the card to the refrigerator so it serves as a visual reminder
  • after each meal give the child a chance to recite the scripture. (Help him/her as necessary.  This should be uplifting and fun, not a scary pop quiz)
  • after the child has recited the scripture, give him/her a small treat.  This could be a sticker, or a single skittle or a chocolate chip.  Something very small, but fun enough that they want to recite scriptures multiple times a day.  
  • you'll be amazed at how quickly this works!


Find the Old Testament cards here
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What I've Been Reading Lately: April 2018

It's been an unusually slow reading month for me. I only finished three books (though I'm pretty sure I read one more and I just can't remember which will probably come to me as soon as I publish this post!). That's probably due at least in part to me falling asleep literally every time I sit down to read lately.  It's hard to get through many books when you can only read two sentences without conking out.

What have you been reading lately?

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

This book has been on my TBR list for a long time. My now 13 year old read it years go and loved it
and she’s been reminding me to read it every since.  Written in first person, from a captive gorilla’s
perspective, it is a quick enjoyable story. Hardships and sadness are intermingled with sweetness
and humor.  It’s not incredibly deep, but that’s to be expected for a protagonist that’s a gorilla.
I really enjoyed it.

The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony

This book tells the fascinating true story of Lawrence Anthony who ran an animal refuge in South Africa
and acquired a herd of elephants with a bad reputation.  He developed a relationship with them, won
them over, and taught them how to behave. I’m not a big animal person, we don’t have pets (though
we tried once), but I still found this book delightful.

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

I’ve been hearing about this book for months and finally got my hands on the audiobook from our library.
Echo is a novel about 3 young people around the time of WWII and how their lives are touched by
music. The stories intertwine so well, and the writing is simple but lovely. It covers hard topics, but in
a beautiful and approachable way.  I would highly recommend listening to the audiobook
because there is a lot of music included in the story and it really adds to the experience of
reading this book.

Head to Modern Mrs. Darcy for more Quick Lit Reviews.
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

April 2018 LDS General Conference Sketchnotes

General Conference was so inspiring! I have been basking in the beautiful and inspiring words we received for the past couple of weeks. It's easy to move on with life and forget the ideas that filled our minds and the inspiration that filled our hearts during conference, so I try to go back to my notes and keep them on my mind over the six months between conferences.

I listen best when my hands are busy, it's a real struggle to sit still and just watch a movie. So you can imagine it would be difficult to sit and just listen to all 8-10 hours of General Conference.  That's one of the many reasons why I adore sketchnotes.  I get to hear words of inspired leaders and make something pretty at the same time.

Today I've got the sketchnotes from the most recent session of conference ready for you to download.
These are the quotes that were meaningful to me. I tried to include one for every talk given during the general sessions of conference, but it's definitely possible that I missed one.


  • Hang them up as a reminder of the most recent counsel we received.
  • Print them (sticker paper works well!) and add them into your journal.
  • Trace them into your scriptures, journal or Conference Ensign as you study the talks again (by the way, if you're interested in studying a talk or two a week, I have an updated schedule that will allow you to read all the talks before next conference and also a private Facebook group where we discuss the talks as we study them.)
  • Use them as coloring pages for sacrament meeting
  • Hand out to class members in your Youth or Relief Society lesson.

Do you take notes during conference? I'd love to see them! Tag me on Instagram so I can see your work.

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