Monday, November 14, 2016

#LIGHTtheWORLD - Preparing for Christmas

This year we're participating in a beautiful campaign to remind all of us to Ponder on The life of Jesus Christ - the Light of the World.  The campaign entitled #LIGHTtheWORLD teaches us that the life of Christ was marked by service to others.  

What better way to celebrate Christmas than to follow His example? To kick off this 2016 Christmas initiative, they are inviting everyone to participate in a Worldwide Day of Service on December 1st. We've been asked to please consider helping a loved one, a neighbor, or even a complete stranger. They hope that thousands of stories of giving and receiving service will be shared online and we hope that our audience will be numbered among those who took this seriously; as we're all here to help one another and this is a good opportunity to do so.

We're sharing their Christmas website, original video, and short daily-challenge videos from December 1-25 showcasing that day’s service activity. Each of these elements has great power to teach, inspire and uplift this holiday season.

Please consider watching and sharing! We hope that we can add LIGHT to this world by the small acts of service we give to one another; and contribute to the ripple effect of enlightening and lighting the world. 


#DAYofSERVICE Dec.1, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

'Unschooling' and Why I Love and Recommend Homeschooling for LDS Families

These are my beliefs on the vital roles of mothers in the upbringing of their precious children. I spoke last year at the Agency-Based Education Conference in Provo, Utah on my assigned topic of 'unschooling' - which was sort of what we did over the past twenty years.

I have strong feelings/beliefs about the sanctity of the family, the importance of education, the vital need we have to heed prophetic counsel as we strive to bring up our children in light and truth.

This video is a compilation of my many years of research and study, prayer and pondering and how the Lord blessed our family as we sought His guidance each year of their 'education'.

They are all now grown (ages 22, 20, 19) and I feel even more strongly now that as we truly seek for the best learning environments for our families, homeschooling is a good option for many. I know that all can't, but, many can, and I hope and pray that this presentation may be of some benefit to you.

-Heidi Hendricks
(see also Mike-and-Heidi for our new daily adventures)  :)

Also, here's a local homeschooling site that I made a few years ago (but haven't been able to keep-up); it's accompanying Facebook group has over 1,200 local families who share ideas and cooperate in sharing curriculum and other ideas. There are many excellent resources available for families wanting an option to meet needs of their children. I truly do recommend homeschooling for LDS families as a beautiful option in the rearing of God-fearing, liberty-loving, youth of a noble birthright, to prepare them for the days ahead.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Clothing Ideas and Suggestions for LDS Missionaries; Elders

Here is a list of things my missionary son, Elder, wished he new about clothing before he went on his mission. (He wrote it after I requested help for his cousin who was preparing to serve.) He also surveyed other Elders in his Zone (area) who added to the list. Hopefully, it will be of some help to others'.

Missionary Clothing Ideas; Elders:
Alright - here is a list of things I would have done differently if I had known while shopping what I know now:

1) Shoes: Get slip-on shoes (Ecco is best brand) - they are nice because while serving with Elder Ngatuvai, I learned to take shoes off in every house which is very respectful, and it's nice to be able to slip your shoes right back on afterward. (his cousin ended up with one slip-on and on w/shoelaces)

2) Ties: A wider variety of ties, but not expensive ones. Polyester is preferable. Silk only for special occasions and meetings. I did pretty good on this when I came out - I learned that they get stained very easily, so just buy a bunch from DI - They have really nice ones! (for his cousin: "it would be nice to have some newer, nicer ties, to help him feel more comfortable, but this is just what I would have done differently if I knew."  :)

3) Socks: A lot more socks, not super thick, and not the Mr. Mac ones. They are nice, but they stretch and then aren't super usable anymore. - get all the same socks, so you don't have to spend all of p-day trying to match them up. (we found good solid black ones at Target; gold-thread on toes)

4) Shirts: The NO-iron shirts. More short-sleeve than long-sleeve. probably 8-10 short, and 2-4 long (depending on mission policy on suits) but in our mission we can't roll up long sleeves, so short would have been much nicer. - Extendable-collar shirts would have been nice. Walmart 'George' brand makes them. You don't get choked when the collar is a little bit too tight.

5) Under garments: wider variety - I only brought 1 type, and they're not good to workout in.

6) Belts: I got 'mission belts', and that is DEFINITELY the way to go! (Mr Mac carries them)

7) Pants: Washable suit-pants. I bought my new suits from Tuxedo Warehouse, and they are pretty nice. They are more on the fragile side, so that is something to watch out for. 
(his cousin got all his at Mr Mac and they have a great package price with shirts, ties, shoes and washable pants included -- each package was 495.00 for suit with 2 pants, 4 shirts, 4-5 ties, 2 shoes). He had to buy two packages plus an overcoat (layered dress coat) which was about $170.00.
*Plan on spending about $1,500.00 at Mr Mac plus $100.00 for their men's shoulder bag which is specifically recommended for missionaries.

8) Suitcases: Get suitcases that have more space than you need, because you'll collect lots of necessary things like binders for studying, etc
And...everybody says 'get things that are a little big because you'll probably gain weight'.  That's true for many but I am the exception as I lost weight (green smoothies breakfast and lunch). So, maybe get a few cheaper things up front that are the right size but then get some nicer things that are a size bigger for when the weight hits!  :)

That's about all I can think of right now. I emailed a bunch of missionaries, and some of these are the responses I got. I hope it helps! 
-Elder Garvin, Idaho Nampa Mission

I hope this is okay to share. Elders? You okay to show other missionaries some good ideas? Thanks!

Monday, September 19, 2016

The JOY of Bottling Peaches

A few years ago as I sat 'frantically' at the sink - trying to get my peaches bottled I heard a little voice telling me to 'slow down and ENJOY these peaches'.  It was something I'd never thought of before and I knew it's divine Source.  So, I suddenly stopped my hurry and worry of 'getting them done quickly' and....took the time to enjoy the moment.  Each peach seemed to say to me 'here I am, I'm here for you. Enjoy what I am offering you.'  It was a sweet and tender experience as they seemed to come to life - teaching me that their purpose of creation was being filled in their ability to be used by me and my loved ones.

I've often thought of that experience which, to me, was sacred, and a life-long lesson of all of the incredible things God has blessed us with to feed, nourish, nurture, and strengthen our bodies and souls.

If we take the time to stop and remember their Source and their purpose we find much greater JOY! At least, that's been my experience.

So, this year as I bottled, I remembered that lesson and I took the time to find joy and enjoyment in these sweet little offerings.  And, I appreciated all those who took the time to plant the trees, nurture them, water and care for them, prune them, and then...harvest them.  Many are involved in this life-giving process and I have become much more grateful, thanks to the teachings of One who took the time to remind me of an important life lesson and of the purpose for all He has done for us.

Love these; a gift from God

If you're interested - you can also check out my PREPAREDNESS website where I share lots of invaluable information about both spiritual and temporal preparedness. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

What is a Testimony?

In preparing my Sunday School lesson for today on 'testimony' I have compiled the following excellent information for my students ages 16-18, whom I love and care for deeply. I desire for them to know and understand these beautiful truths as I do.  I know that as we are each prayerful and humble and sincere, the Holy Spirit will teach us what is right and what is error. He helps us to discern between the two and then teach and 'testify' to others' the things which we have learned.

What Is a Testimony?  -  It is important to understand what a testimony is and what a testimony is not. First, it is not an exhortation, a call to repentance, a travelogue, a sermon, or an instruction. It is a simple, direct declaration of belief—a feeling, an assurance, a conviction. It is usually stated in the first person, I, followed by a strong verb expressing belief, such as “I know that …,” “I testify that …,” “I bear testimony that …,” or “I have a strong assurance that …” You probably have heard special witnesses of Jesus Christ use the words “I give you my witness that …” or “I witness that …” Testimonies are often most powerful when they are short, concise, and direct.

Elder Oaks: 2008, Testimony. A testimony of the gospel is a personal witness borne to our souls by the Holy Ghost that certain facts of eternal significance are true and that we know them to be true. Such facts include the nature of the Godhead and our relationship to its three members, the effectiveness of the Atonement, and the reality of the Restoration.
A testimony of the gospel is not a travelogue, a health log, or an expression of love for family members. It is not a sermon. President Kimball taught that the moment we begin preaching to others, our testimony is ended.

Consider the following examples from the scriptures.

This is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—that by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (D&C 76:22–24; italics added).

I know of myself that whatsoever I shall say unto you, concerning that which is to come, is true; and I say unto you, that I know that Jesus Christ shall come, yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth” (Alma 5:48; italics added).

“And now, behold, I will testify unto you of myself that these things are true. Behold, I say unto you, that I do know that Christ shall come among the children of men, to take upon him the transgressions of his people, and that he shall atone for the sins of the world; for the Lord God hath spoken it” (Alma 34:8; italics added).

“For I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day” (Alma 36:3; italics added).
Other examples are found in Jacob 7:12, Alma 7:8 and Alma 36:30, and Joseph Smith—History 1:25.

To be able to teach by the convincing, converting power of the Holy Ghost, you must have a testimony of what you are teaching. President David O. McKay said: “It is your duty to teach that Jesus Christ is the Redeemer of the world, that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, and that to him in this last dispensation there appeared God the Father and his Son in person. Do you believe it? Do you feel it? Does that testimony radiate from your being? … If so, that radiation will give life to the people whom you go to teach. If not, there will be a dearth, a drought, a lack of that spiritual environment in which the Saints grow. … You can teach effectively only that which you yourselves feel” (Gospel Ideals [1953], 190).
You can obtain a testimony and continue to strengthen it by (1) studying the scriptures and the teachings of latter-day prophets, (2) praying, (3) fasting, and (4) obeying God’s commandments. You will also see that your testimony becomes stronger as you continue to share it.

What does it mean to 'bear testimony'?

A testimony is a spiritual witness, given by the Holy Ghost, of the truthfulness of the gospel. When we bear testimony, we declare to others what we know to be true by the power of the Spirit. The foundation of a testimony is the knowledge that Heavenly Father lives and loves us, that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that His gospel has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior’s true Church.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Happy Spring!

I love this time of year; fresh air, birds chirping in the trees, light winds blowing, flowers starting to pop their colorful heads up to see the sun, blue skies and green grass growing.

How blessed we are to have different season and their attending beauties.  Life is also like that; different seasons and growing times.  We may enjoy cozy winter evenings by the fireplace but they give way to our need for color and warmth and to be outside.

I haven't blogged in a while as I've been in a sort of 'winter' season myself - with much to be done to prepare for the coming spring and newness of life.  But, this morning, I felt to express my appreciation to the Lord for His goodness and for the renewed hope that comes with this new season of life and the Spring that came yesterday - as part of the life cycle and renewal of our spirits.

Happy Spring, Everyone!