Saturday, May 16, 2015

Fourth Article of Faith Melody Map

So, these Melody Maps are HARD to make. But I like them. I think they help me. But I am not sure if I am the only one that they help. However, I decided to make one for my May song anyway.

For May, I just felt that The Fourth Article of Faith was the best choice. However, if you have ever sung this song (or any of these odd Article of Faith songs), you will most likely agree that the timing is WEIRD. So for that reason, I decided that a melody map would be essential.

And because of the funky timing, I decided to color code the types of notes (e.g. quarter notes are green, half notes are purple, etc) I did also put on the side of the paper a key to guide me where to place the different notes (you will notice that b and c, for example are closer to each other than c or d, and that is because I tried to space the notes as they are spaced on the piano [b natural and c natural are only a half note apart whereas c natural and d natural are a full note apart] - now I may have gotten this incorrect, so please accept my apologies and please please please correct me (as I will probably never know better enough to correct myself)). 

A very nice thing about this particular song is that it is in the key of C major (I think) and there are no accidentals included in the song. Which makes it easier to map.

HERE is my melody map for the fourth article of Faith. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Follow the prophet cards expanded

So ------- let's talk about how computer illiterate I really am.

It is actually quite bad.

And a bit embarrassing.

But I really know absolutely nothing.

All I wanted to do was tile an image. And that isn't too terribly have a pdf. (Because if you have a pdf, all you do is go to print then in that neat little box you select the poster button and from there you enter a number into tile scale (200 gets you 6 blocks [or pages in this case]) and then you hit print and your printer (if it has enough ink) really does the rest. You do have to cut off the margins, but really it is an AWESOME tool)

But I didn't have a pdf. I had a jpg.

And how do you convert a jpg to a pdf? I still don't know. At least without spending money for some converter program (and even the "trial version" will convert an image that has an annoying "sample" watermark or even more annoying ad like box describing how it is created from a trial version.)

So I used my non-existent knowledge (or at the very least vastly inferior knowledge) of windows photo viewer and paint to kind of in an archaic and caveman like way blow up this very awesome jpg:
found from the March 2010 HERE (you need to keep scrolling - it is the 2nd picture in the article)
I saved the file from Then I double clicked it which opened it in Windows photo viewer. Once in Windows Photo Viewer, I clicked the open tab. From the drop down menu, I clicked open in paint (I bet there is a way to bypass this step, but please bear with my ignorance.)
Once it was open in Paint, I clicked the select tool.  I used it to highlight just one of the cards. I then clicked the crop button. Then I clicked resize. In my version of Paint, when you click resize, the default selection is percentage. I found that if I highlighted one of the boxes where 100 was and changed it to 300, it would produce just about the right size.

From there, I inserted each cropped and enlarged image into word, so I have a page for each "card".

Now that I have 9 standard page size images, next week I will use Primary Note 29's spin the chair idea for review.

I haven't printed this yet, and I may find some of these images in my sunbeam picture packet and just print the words and slap them on the picture to save ink (of course some of these images - like that fantastic Jonah one that defies description - are not in my sunbeam picture packet)

HERE is my document of each of the pictures in the above jpg on individual pages.

Please excuse my incompetence in this computer stuff.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

He Sent His Son melody map

Have you seen these melody maps cropping up everywhere? I would link to some, but as this an 11th hour activity (literally - it is 11 o clock in my area of the world - yes on SATURDAY NIGHT!), you'll just have to imagine with me.

I made a melody map for He Sent His Son!

Is it perfect? Absolutely not! Does it probably need work? Definitely! Aren't you so glad that google docs are editable? I know I sure am!

So click on this last minute lesson (if you don't mind all of its flaws)

Melody Map for He Sent His Son

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

I Know My Savior Loves Me

So I have been looking for things to introduce "I Know My Savior Loves Me" - we already have a poster that someone made years ago, but I thought I could find a way to put a new spin on it.

And boy did I find it.

Get your tissues ready and if you wish me luck to read this story to the kids in January without breaking down into a blubbering blob: I will do the same for you.

Sugardoodle: one of my favorite cheat sites ever: has a post from a sister who wrote a story for the kids to imagine what it would be like to be a Nephite child when Jesus came to America. I can't even think about it without tearing up - much less reading it OUT LOUD.

You can find that story HERE

As per her suggestion, I will use several pictures found in the gospel art book (which you can download in its entirety from the website - how awesome is that ?!) I will use pictures numbered 81-84 (which are actually pages 93-96 in the pdf). I am sure I have some of those floating around in my vast mumbled collection of church items, but it sure is nice to know that I now have the entire Gospel Art Book digitally available at the click of a button (or mouse - or touchpad  - or actual screen if you have a fancy dancy touchscreen computer like my husband does [but he won't let me touch it])

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Yearly Planner, Take Two

So in hopes of correcting the Mac problem a reader was having, I have uploaded my yearly planner in pdf format to google docs. You can find it HERE.

If anyone has a problem with this one, please let me know!

UPDATE * In the process of posting the bare bones of my planner to the previous post, I realized that I had all the dates in December listed incorrectly. (They are the dates for this year actually.) I have corrected it and will re-upload both documents (in word and pdf formats) HERE for word and HERE for pdf.

Friday, December 19, 2014

What's Up, Mac?

Well, please let me admit that I am just about computer illiterate.  I can cut copy paste and play minesweeper, but that is just about it. So when I got a comment from a Mac user saying that she was unable to open my file, I thought:


Yep, that was all I thought.

I really have no idea how to upload a Mac Downloadable file. So I did the next best thing thing I could think of:

Copy and paste all of the information directly to the body of this post.

I may try to post a pdf of it soon (I really have no clue if google docs will accept a pdf file or if I have to go back and upload on scribd), but for right now, copy and pasting is all my lazy self has attempted (and it's not even complete - hopefully I will update the last four months soon).

Theme: “We Believe in God the Eternal Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ”
Scripture: Articles of Faith 1:1
Song of Month: I Know That My Savior Loves Me (Outline)
Birthday Song: Feliz Cumpleanos verse 1 p. 282
Welcome Song:  Hello Friends! p. 254


January 4th:

God is the Father of my Spirit

Opening Song:   I am a Child of God p. 2


January 11th:

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Opening Song: This is my Beloved Son p. 76



January 19th:
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Love Me.
Opening song:   I feel My Savior’s Love p. 74

January 26th
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Love Me.
Opening Song: I’m Trying to be like Jesus p. 78



Theme: “Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer”
Scripture: John 3:16
Song of Month: He Sent His Son C.S. p. 34
Birthday Song: Feliz Cumpleanos verse 2 p. 282
Welcome Song:  Hello Song p. 260

February 1st
Jesus Christ is My Savior and Redeemer
Opening Song: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus p. 57

February 8th
Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all mankind may be saved.
Opening: He Died that we May Live Again p. 65

February 15th
Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all mankind may be saved.
Opening song: Did Jesus Really Live Again p.64

February 22nd


Jesus Christ was resurrected and I will be, too.

Opening song: On A Golden Springtime p.88   


Theme: “God Speaks Through Prophets”
Scripture: Luke 1:70
Song of Month: Follow the Prophet C.S. p. 110
Birthday Song: Your Happy Birthday p. 283
Welcome Song:  Our Door is Always Open P. 254

March 1st
Prophets are called by God.
Opening Song: Build an Ark September 2010 Friend

March 8th
Prophets testify of Jesus Christ.
Opening Song: Samuel Tells of Baby Jesus p. 36

March 15th

There is safety in following the prophet.

Opening Song: Keep the Commandments p. 146

March 22nd
God Speaks through Prophets
Opening Song: Latter Day Prophets p. 134

March 29th
Opening Song: To think about Jesus p. 71

Theme: “Jesus Christ Restored the Fulness of the Gospel Through Joseph Smith”
Scripture: Articles of Faith 1:6
Song of Month: The Church of Jesus Christ C.S. p. 77
Birthday Song: Happy, Happy Birthday p.284
Welcome Song:  Here We Are Together p.261

April 5th


April 12th
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith
Opening Song: The Sacred Grove 87

April 19th
Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God
Opening Song: The Golden Plates 86

April 26th
Jesus Christ restored the Gospel Through Joseph Smith
Opening Song: This is My Beloved Son p. 76


Theme: “Principles and Ordinances of the gospel lead me to Jesus Christ”
Scripture: Articles of Faith 1:4
Song of Month: Fourth Article of Faith C.S.p.124
Birthday Song: Have a Very Happy Birthday (1st verse) p. 284
Welcome Song:  Come with Me to Primary p. 255


May 3rd

My Faith In Jesus Christ is Strengthened when I obey.

Opening Song: Faith p.96

May 10th Mother’s Day!
I can repent.
Opening Song: Mother, Tell Me the Story p.204-205

May 17th
When I am baptized I covenant with God.
Opening Song: When I am Baptized p. 103

May 24th
When I am Confirmed I receive the gift of the Holy Ghost
Opening song: The Holly ghost p.105

May 31th
Opening Song: The Fourth Article of Faith p.124


Theme: “The Holy Ghost Testifies of the Truth of all Things”
Scripture: Moroni 10:5
Song of Month: The Holy Ghost – C.S. p.105
Birthday Song: Have a Very Happy Birthday (2nd verse) p. 284
Welcome Song:  Our Primary Colors p.258

June 7th
The Holy Ghost is the Third member of the Godhead.
Opening Song: The First Article of Faith p. 122

June 14th
The Holy Ghost speaks in a still small voice.
Opening Song: The Still Small Voice p. 106

June 21st Father’s Day!
The Holy Ghost Can Guide and protect us.
Opening Song: Listen, Listen p. 107

June 28th Independence Day!
By the Power of the Holy Ghost we may know the Truth of all things.
Opening Song: Search Ponder and Pray p. 109


Theme: “I Can Follow Jesus Christ’s Example”
Scripture: Luke 18:22
Song of Month: Come Follow Me - Hymns p.116
Birthday Song: Have a Very Happy Birthday (3rd verse) p. 284
Welcome Song:  We Welcome You p. 256-257

July 5th
Jesus Christ Always Obeyed Heavenly Father.
Opening Song: Baptism vs. 2 p. 100
July 12th 
Jesus Christ Went about doing good.
Opening Song: Jesus Said Love Everyone p. 61

July 19th
Jesus Christ’s example teaches me how to live.
Opening Song: I Feel My Savior’s Love p. 74

July 26th
Jesus Christ’s example teaches me how to live.
Opening Song: I’m Trying to be Like Jesus p. 78

Theme: “Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He is a God of Miracles”
Scripture: 2Nephi 27:23
Song of Month: In His Holy Name - Friend February 1996
Birthday Song: Your Happy Birthday p. 283
Welcome Song:  Hello Song p. 260

August 2nd
Jesus Christ is a God of Miracles
Opening Song: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus p. 57

August 9th
Jesus Christ can Heal the Sick
Opening Song: When He Comes Again p. 82

August 16th
Jesus Christ Has Power over death.
Opening Song: He Sent His Son p. 34

August 23rd
Miracles Come to those who have faith
Opening Song: I Pray in Faith p. 14

August 30th
Opening Song: Oh What do You Do in the Summertime? P. 245


Theme: “I Obey Jesus Christ Because I Love Him
Scripture: John 14:15
Birthday Song: Happy, Happy Birthday p.284
Welcome Song:  Here We Are Together p. 261

September 6th
I show love for Jesus Christ when I keep the commandments.
Opening Song: Keep the Commandments p. 146

September 13th
I show love for Jesus Christ when I keep the commandments.
Opening Song: Give, Said the Little Stream p.236

September 20th
My Love For Jesus Christ Grows When I pray.
Opening Song: I Am Like a Star p. 163

September 27th
My Love For Jesus Christ Grows When I search the scriptures.
Opening Song: Scripture Power


Theme: “The Mission of the Church is to Invite All to Come Unto Christ”
Scripture: Moroni 10:32
Birthday Song: You’ve Had a Birthday p.285
Welcome Song:  Our Door is Always Open p.254

Following the Prophet will help us come unto Christ.
October 11th
Sharing the gospel helps others come unto Christ.
Opening Song: I hope they Call  Me on a Mission p. 169

October 18th
We Come unto Christ by repenting when we make a mistake
Opening Song: I Will Follow God’s plan p.164

October 25th
Temple work helps me and my family come unto Christ.
Opening Song: Families Can Be Together Forever p. 188


Theme: “When We Serve Others, We Serve God”
Scripture: Mosiah 2:17
Birthday Song: You’ve Had a Birthday p.285
Welcome Song:  Hello Song p.26

November 1st
Jesus Christ taught us how to serve others.
Opening Song: I lived in Heaven 4

November 8th
Jesus Christ taught us how to serve others.
Opening Song: For Health and Strength 21

November 15th  
When I serve my family, I serve God.
Opening Song: The Family is of God

November 22nd
When I serve my neighbors, I serve God.
Opening Song: Father We Thank Thee for the Night 8
November 30
Opening Song: Have a Very Merry Christmas 51

Theme: “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”

Scripture: Doctrine &Covenants 72:66
Birthday Song: Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome Song:  Come with me to Primary p. 253

December 6
Jesus Christ Came to Earth as promised by the prophets
Opening Song: Samuel Tells of Baby Jesus p. 37

December 13
Jesus Christ is the Savior of the Earth
Opening Song: Away In a Manger 42-43

December 20
The Son of God was born on earth.
Opening Song: Stars Were Gleaming 37

December 27
Jesus Christ will come again.
Opening Song: Did Jesus Really Live Again p. 64