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"We no longer have the luxury of spending our energy on anything that does not lead us and our families to Christ"

Sherri L. Dew

Enrich: to make rich or richer especially by the addition or increase of some desirable quality, attribute, or ingredient. To improve the value of by adding nutrients and especially by restoring parts nutrients lost.

Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment

by Amber Oaks Coe (c) 2001 all rights reserved

The Tree of Life has many symbolisms.  Not only does it represent the pure love of Christ and our Father in Heaven, but it can also signify the good news of the gospel, a rewarding destination at the end of an important journey, and the tree itself embodies long-term growth that reaches to the heavens.  The fruit can characterize all things good that God has given us to partake of -- knowledge, friendships, emotions, nature, family and so forth.

The Relief Society Enrichment program has been set forth as a catalyst for improvement, progression, and unity among the sisters.  I suggest that a tree is an appropriate symbol of what we should be achieving through Enrichment.  Not only are we seekers of truth and light, but also on life's journey which is an expedition of personal development.  It is our goal to return to God's presence.  

The goal is to empower our sisters with spiritual and temporal knowledge, skills, and esteem, and to provide resources and support to this end.

Instructions from the General Relief Society Presidency

I was recently searching the talks given at the General Relief Society meeting where the new Home Family and Personal Enrichment program was introduced and would like to share some of the insight I found there. The most significant quote I found came from Sherri Dew where she said, "We no longer have the luxury of spending our energy on anything that does not lead us and our families to Christ"

Virginia U. Jensen First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency introduced this new program. Below are the parts of her talk that applied the most in giving instruction for the new changes:

"As a Relief Society general presidency we want to reaffirm our goals and commitment to the purpose of Relief Society, which is to help sisters and their families come to Christ. We want to make certain that Relief Society is a help and blessing to every sister in the Church, regardless of her circumstances. We are eager for each sister to strengthen herself spiritually and to acquire skills that will be crucial in meeting the challenges that are ahead.

"Therefore, with the approval of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, we are pleased to make the following announcements: Effective January l, 2000, the name of Homemaking meeting will be changed.

The new name will be Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment. The purpose of the new name is to clearly communicate what this important midweek meeting of Relief Society is designed to accomplish. The further purpose of the new name is to help each of us refocus our attention on strengthening ourselves and then, with that increased strength, build our family members, friends, neighbors, and community so that each may be brought closer to our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. During the 15-minute lesson portion of this meeting, teachers will present a spiritual topic. During the 60 to 90-minute activity portion, we will learn practical skills based on the spiritual topic. These practical skills could be something like home maintenance and repairs, gardening, or quilting. We could also choose to participate in service activities that bless and strengthen others. This meeting should enrich and improve each of our lives.

"Within the gospel are the answers the world needs to solve the problems that are all around us. Through the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have the knowledge and the means to establish homes of strength, peace, love, and faith. We need not do it alone. The programs of the Church can help us. We also need the help our Father in Heaven is eager to give us. In Psalm 127:1 we are cautioned, "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it."

"Throughout the world, many of God's children are lost. We who know the truth can help them. We can show them a pattern of strong homes and righteous family members. We can help them if we have the Savior in our homes--not just His picture on the wall but also His teachings, His Spirit, and His love. Despite the instincts we have been blessed with, this kind of home doesn't happen automatically. We need spiritual strength and practical skills to build a home where the Spirit of the Lord is present. Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment meeting is a place for us to share sisterhood, to gain knowledge, to learn skills, and to increase testimony. This meeting is also the place to rededicate ourselves to our homes and families and to the giving of service wherever it is needed.

As Relief Society leaders and all of us as members catch the vision and the excitement of Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment meeting and act out of the resultant enthusiasm, we will grow in testimony and spiritual strength. We will come closer to our Savior and know how to build homes where He can dwell. Then, quoting President Thomas S. Monson, "the Lord, even our building inspector, may say to us, as he said . . . to Solomon, a builder of another day, '. . . I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually'" (1 Kgs. 9:3; Pathways to Perfection [1973], 250)."

From Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President:

"We have diligently researched and evaluated how to lift our sisters, wherever you are serving, in an effort to determine how each of us can catch the vision of the magnificent potential of the Relief Society organization.

I pray that the Spirit of the Holy Ghost will bless you with a greater vision of who you are, why you are here, and the unique gifts you have to bring to the Relief Society organization. It is my hope that as you ponder the direction you will receive this night from the First Presidency and your Relief Society general presidency, you will receive a witness that it is indeed direction that comes from the Lord. This is a monumental moment, one of great significance as we prepare for the future."

The following is from Sheri L. Dew Second Counselor in the Relief Society
General Presidency in the same meeting:

"Relief Society can help us turn away from the world, for its express purpose is to help sisters and their families come unto Christ. In that spirit, I join Sister Smoot and Sister Jensen in declaring who we are and in rejoicing in the announced refinements in Relief Society's focus. We no longer have the luxury of spending our energy on anything that does not lead us and our families to Christ. That is the litmus test for Relief Society, as well as for our lives. In the days ahead, a casual commitment to Christ will not carry us through. " Tonight I invite each of us to identify at least one thing we can do to come out of the world and come closer to Christ. And then next month, another. And then another. Sisters, this is a call to arms, it's a call to action, a call to arise. A call to arm ourselves with power and with righteousness. A call to rely on the arm of the Lord rather than the arm of flesh. A call to "arise and shine forth, that [our] light may be a standard for the nations" (D&C 115:5). A call to live as women of God so that we and our families may return safely home."

Given the above quotes, it seems that the Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment Meetings can help the sisters find something each month in which they might improve and come closer to Christ.

We are about to begin the year 2001 with the sure knowledge that second coming of Christ will come soon, perhaps not next year or even for ten, twenty or thirty years, perhaps even longer, but the time is still short. We must do all we can to help the sisters be prepared for the times to come.

Home Family and Personal Enrichment Meeting

Debra Oaks Coe (c) 2000

This monthly meeting is a wonderful opportunity for the sisters of any ward.  As I understand it, the purpose of this meeting is to associate together so we can uplift and support one another as we strengthen friendships. This is done in four ways:  build spiritual strength, develop personal skills, strengthen the home and family, and provide service to others.  These help us improve ourselves and our skills in many areas so will can better fulfill our roles as women.

Over the years I have read several books and attended classes on how to have successful organizations. I noticed that there is one common theme that runs throughout all good organizations:  The members see the organization as one that is helping them achieve their own personal goals.  For most people the personal goals they are looking to an organization to fulfill are:  a need to give service, achieve personal growth and progress through new learning, develop companionship and friendships with others with the similar goals.  It is interesting to me that many times individuals aren't even conscience of these goals, yet they unconsciously look for organizations to fill these needs.  I personally believe this shows our divine nature as children of God.

I am always amazed that these studies done in the world have findings that fit with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  It is further testimony to me that these are correct principles given from the Father that apply to all times and all circumstances.  

When you apply this to Home, Family and Personal Enrichment Meeting you should find more success in attendance and an increase in the general spirit of the sisters in the ward.  

We have also tried to always have a service project going so that those who wanted more to visit and give service than to attend classes could come and work on that project while they develop friendships.   This way they were also feeling that their time spent at the meeting was of great value.  For service projects, we made baby quilts for a children's hospital with the Church's name inside, another time we made larger quilts for an orphanage, we gathered items for a women's homeless shelter and got them ready to take to the home, gathered and cleaned toys for an organization that gave the toys away to children at Christmas, etc.  

Several years ago when I was a Relief Society President it was church policy not to do crafts unless it was teaching a skill such as sewing.  I have always thought this was a generally good idea because then the sisters are doing more than just making something, they are coming to meet, improve and learn as well as associate and support each other.

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2002 Suggested Topic Ideas

Spiritual Development

  Fun alternative title:  "2001 Faith Odyssey"

Scripture:  D&C 88:63

"Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

Class ideas:

 

1.  Temple Worship:

     Enhancing Our Temple Experience L. Lionel Kendrick, Ensign, May 2001, 78

     Personal Temple Worship David B. Haight, Ensign, May 1993, 23

     Four Blessings of the Temple  Harold Glen Clark, Ensign, Oct. 1983, 68

     How the Temple Helps  Frances W. Hodgson, Ensign, Mar. 1992, 70

     Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings  Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, May 2001, 32


2.  Personal Prayer and Scripture Study

     Likening the Scriptures Unto Ourselves  Stephen R. Covey, Ensign, Sept. 1974, 77

     Patterns of Prayer: Humility or Pride  Steven L. Olsen, Ensign, Aug. 1992, 8

     Personal Revelation  L. Lionel Kendrick, Ensign, Sept. 1999, 7

     Teaching Our Children to Pray  Stephen R. and Sandra Covey, Ensign, Jan. 1976, 59

     How We Started Family Scripture Study (And Stopped Feeling Guilty)  Brent D. Cooper, Ensign, Jan. 1980, 58

     Teaching Our Children to Love the Scriptures  Ed J. Pinegar, Ensign, Feb. 1973, 18

     Why Aren't I Happy?  Jeffrey C. Jacob, Ensign, Jan. 1991, 66

     The Scriptures: My Rod and My Strength  Lenet Hadley Read, Ensign, Mar. 1977, 11

     The Importance of Prayer  Lenet Hadley Read, Ensign, Mar. 1977, 11



3.  "Clutter's Last Stand"  Is Satan’s Clutter giving you Junkitis?  Are you in a Battle?  Rescue 119 is here to Help!  The Book of Mormon emphasized that "It came to pass" – NOT that "It came to stay"

This is a class that I am teaching in my own ward.  I am hoping to make it both helpful as well as humorous and fun. 

The title is taken from Don Aslett.  While the book doesn't talk about Spiritual De-Junking, it does give many ideas that can be used as analogies.  

The class I teach will mainly deal with getting rid of the things that keep us from being able to really shine our spirits.  I've broken these up into three catagories:

Burdens we carry:

        This will include not only the burden of sin, but the more common burdens of hurt feelings, low self-esteem, having suffered abuse, and basically anything that cause us pain.

Attitudes

         

Our Focus and How we Spend our Time

         In his new book "Standing for Something" President Gordon B. Hinckley said, "Time is really all we have, and every individual has an equal portion of it."

         While it is easy to see the "clutter" of carrying burdens and negative attitudes, the more common ailment of clutter among us is spending our time on too many worldly things so that we crowd out the good things we could be doing.  Another mistake is to be doing so many good things that we crowd out the best and better things we could spend out time on.

4.  How to Keep a Changing World from Changing our Values

5.  Improving Scripture Study

6.  Holidays to Holy Days: Holidays are a very important time because they hold traditions that will always be remembered and repeated for Generations.  If used correctly, they can also be great teaching moments that will be reminders of the Gospel and the way we should live.

7.  Importance of Charity in our Lives and What Charity Means -- An Excellent Resource for this topic would be a book written by Elder Dallin H. Oaks called "The Pure in Heart"

8.  On the Errand of Angels -- Mothering is an action Verb that applies to all sisters 

9. The "Cans" NOT the "CAN'Ts":  (Sabbath Day Worship)  There is a perfect song by Janice Kapp Perry with the words:

If you think you that Sunday is never a fun day because of the things you cannot do,

I think I have found how to turn it around just by doing the things that you ought to!

See off site link for 101 Sunday Activities

10.  Keeping Christ in Christmas 

 

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Homemaking Skills

   Fun Title: Field Guide to Household Survival

Scripture: Proverbs 31:27

"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness"

1.  A Comfortable Home vs. A House that is a Place for Show

     Mary and Martha-- Faithful Sisters, Devoted Disciples Evelyn T. Marshall, Ensign, Jan. 1987, 28  (Just a side note - The author Evelyn T. Marshall is Elder Dallin H. Oaks' sister)

This is an outstanding article best summarized by the following quote:

"Even special meals can become too complicated if we spend hours frosting the petit fours instead of planning more simply-prepared food. Do we spend more time planning and executing a lavish Sunday dinner for family members than we do studying the scriptures that day? Do we value a perfectly clean home over spending time teaching and loving our children? The story of Mary and Martha, observes Elder Dallin H. Oaks, 'reminds every Martha, male and female, that we should not be so occupied with what is routine and temporal that we fail to cherish the opportunities that are unique and spiritual.' (Ensign, Nov. 1985, p. 61.)"

     Carpet of Love  Friend, Dec. 1974, 41

2. The Atmosphere of Our Homes:

     Creating A Peaceful, Loving Atmosphere In Your Home

     Creating A Warm, Loving Home

3.  Household Ideas Cooking, cleaning, and organizing ideas (click on Link above)

4.  "Clutter's Last Stand": This is an excellent book by Don Aslett.  In a humorous way it explains the importance of de-junking our homes.  This will save much time and frustration.  There are easily many lessons that could be giving from this book.  Here is a web site with excerpts from this great resource:  http://www.scn.org/earth/lightly/vscluttr.htm 

Other Links about Decluttering Your House: 

Declutter 101:  Cut Clutter At Home!  

The Clutterer Within:  Clutter and Personality Type

Clean Up In The Kitchen:  Kitchen Declutter!

Eight Great Helps to Organize Kids' Rooms

5.  Growing, Cooking, and Preserving Food

     What to Do When the Water Runs Out  Florence Bringhurst Nielsen, Ensign, Mar. 1980, 56

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Marriage and Family Relations

   Fun Title: "The Marriage After the Wedding"

Scriptures:  Mosiah 4:15; Malachi 4:6

Class ideas:

1.  There are several good lessons to found in the Church published:   

Marriage & Family Relations Teacher Guide

2.  Parents the Anti-Drug -- 

     In his new book, "Standing for Something,"  President Hinckley quoted Jenkins Lloyd Jones:  "The kid who isn't loved knows it.  There is no trauma so excruciating as parental rejection.  No other form of human cussedness can more efficiently wreck a human life.  Yet there persists the superstition that "advantages" are a substitute for affection.  They aren't.  The finest of the advantages a family can offer can't be found in a department store, a car dealer's showroom, or a prep school.  The only priceless one is the sense of belonging.  Otherwise the family becomes a combination cafe and dormitory.  There's no glue in it."

3.  Keeping Romance in your Marriage

   Keeping Your Marriage Alive Paul E. Dahl, Ensign, July 1982, 56  K

4. Personality Types -- Understanding Ourselves and Other Members of Our Family

Myers Briggs personality types is the best for this.  It is the most thoroughly researched and respected personality
tests in the Psychological field.  It is a good topic for both understanding yourself and appreciating and understanding others.  A good book for this is "Please Understand Me." 

Here are some internet sites about it too:
http://www.meyers-briggs.com/

http://www.midplains.net/~hoerrs/Type/typemain.html

http://www.teamtechnology.co.uk/tt/h-articl/mb-simpl.htm

http://www.davideck.com/links/k-disc.html


5. Chores and Children -- How to use Family Work to build strong bonds -- 

    Resources:   Strengthening Our Families. This is an in depth book of the "Proclamation on the Family"  Chapter 13, page 177, is titled "The Meaning and Blessings of Family Work" and is perfect for this miniclass.  

  "Family Work." an article from the BYU publication Brigham Young Magazine Spring 2000 issue (Outstanding resource for this class)

"The Elbow-Grease Factor: How to Teach Your Children to Love Work" by Orson Scott Card.  This article appeared in the Aug. 1978 Ensign and can be found by searching the Official Church website's Gospel Library

6. Recreational activities that build family unity

Resources: 

Strengthening Our Families. This is an in depth book of the "Proclamation on the Family"  Chapter 114, page 190, is titled "Wholesome Family recreation" and is perfect for this miniclass.  

7. Family Home Evenings -- how to make them happen and make the work to strengthen your family

8.  Why is it so important to Esteem others as ourselves as the scriptures admonish us?

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Strengthening Relationships
(Matthew 5:38-44; Matthew 25:40)

   Fun Title:  "From Charcoal or Diamonds"**

** The difference between Charcoal and Diamonds is the bond between the carbon atoms; charcoal has three bonds, but the diamond has four bonds between the same atoms.  Relationships are the same -- the difference that makes good friends is the bond between individuals and having more ways we are bonded together.

1.  Effective Leadership Skills:  

     Jesus: The Perfect Leader Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Aug. 1979, 5

     Why, How, and How Not to Delegate: Some Hints for Home and Church  William G. Dyer, Ensign, Aug. 1979, 12

2.  Ideas for Expressing Love and Friendship

     Confessions of a Non-Gourmet  Anya C. Bateman, Ensign, Sept. 1981, 49  This articles gives ideas for ways of expression friendship and love other than taking cookies and loaves of bread.

     What Is a Friend?  Marvin J. Ashton, Ensign, Jan. 1973, 41

     What I Learned about Compassion  JoAnn Jolley, Ensign, Mar. 1980, 26

     Watering Our Neighbor's Lawn  Marilynne Linford, Ensign, Feb. 1996, 54

3.  Repentance and Forgiveness

     Confession and Forsaking: Elements of Genuine Repentance  James A. Cullimore, Ensign, Dec. 1971, 85

     To Forgive Is Divine  Theodore M. Burton, Ensign, May 1983, 70

     The Miracle of Change  Joseph Walker, Ensign, July 1992, 11

     The Visiting Teacher: "A Mighty Power of Healing"  Ensign, Feb. 1996, 70

     Do Not Delay  Henry B. Eyring, “Do Not Delay,” Ensign, Nov. 1999, 33

     The Path of Growth  Dennis B. Neuenschwander, Ensign, Dec. 1999, 13

4.  Communication and Resolving Conflicts

     



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Self-Reliance
(D&C 88:119)

   Fun Title "Life at the End of the Tunnel"

1.  Landscaping and Gardening

2.  Square Foot Gardening  How would you like a garden filled with beautiful flowers, luscious vegetables, fresh herbs, but NO WEEDS and NO HARD WORK?  That's Square Foot Gardening!

3.  First Presidency Message The Celestial Nature of Self-Reliance  One of the most outstanding articles about Self-Reliance. Well worth using this article.

4.  Self-Reliance   Liahona October 1997 

5.  Catching the Vision of Self-Reliance  Ensign, May 1986, 89

6.  Self-Reliance  Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Aug. 1975, 85

 

 

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Service
(Proverbs 31:20; Mosiah 4:26)

   Fun Title:  "God's Army"

1.  You Want Me to Do WHAT? -- class on magnifying our callings, but more importantly serving willingly and growth through our callings.

     New Calling, New Growth  Lisa C. Olsen, Ensign, June 1998

     Magnify Your Calling Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, May 1989, 46  -- Although this talk was originally given to the priesthood, the principles apply to all that serve in callings, no matter what the calling is.

     Called to Serve  Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Nov. 1997, 6

     The Most Important Job in the Church?  Roger L. Rice, Ensign, Feb. 1982, 

     Service and Happiness  Jacob de Jager, Ensign, Nov. 1993, 31

2.  Humanitarian Aid

     Humanitarian Aid*:  Ideas for reaching out and helping in your community.  Reaching out to others is part of our gospel.  If you scroll to the bottom of this page it gives instructions for things needed by LDS Charities to be sent to third world countries.

      Latter-day Saint Humanitarian Center*:  More information and ideas for Humanitarian Aid

      Soup's on thanks to local LDS women  -- Just an interesting article about what one ward does to serve their community.  Great article to share when trying to help sisters catch the vision of what we can do to make a difference in our communities.

 

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Physical and Emotional Health
(D&C 10:4; Mosiah 4:27)

   Fun Title:  "Life is Not a Spectator Sport"

1. Importance of a Good Humor in Our Lives

Resources:  

**Brad Wilcox, “If We Can Laugh at It, We Can Live with It,” Ensign, Mar. 2000, 27 

**Importance of Good Humor:  "A Good Sense of Humor" by Chris Crowe, May 1986 Ensign 

**"A Serious Look at Humor" by Peter B. Rawlins New Era August 1974  

**Ensign August 1983 /"A Year's Supply of Humor" by Eileen Gibbons Kump  

**New Era August 1976/Joseph Smith and the Lighter View by by Leonard J. Arrington
Church Historian

Ensign April 1987/ "Happiness along the Way" by Mildred Barthel

**can be found by searching the Official Church website's Gospel Library

2. Improving Self-Esteem

Resources:

**Ensign February 1979 / Where Self-Esteem Starts by C. Kay Allen

**Ensign July 1984 / How Gospel Truths Enhance Self-esteem in Marriage by Terry R. Baker

**Ensign January 1991 / Why Aren't I Happy? 

**Ensign June 1992 /  In Search of Peace by Marcella Huber Gallacher

**Ensign March 1982 /   Learning to Love Myself

**Ensign May 1981 /  The Dignity of Self

** can be found by searching the Official Church website's Gospel Library

 

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Personal Development and Education
(D&C 88:118; D&C 130:18-19

   Fun Title: "Leadership 101"

Today a Reader tomorrow a leader.

W. Fusselman

 

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Literacy
(Daniel 1:17; Moses 6:5-6)

   Fun Title: "The Opening of the Mind"

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Cultural Arts
(D&C 25:12)

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Strengthening Families

1. Personality Types -- Understanding Ourselves and Other Members of Our Family

Myers Briggs personality types is the best for this.  It is the most thoroughly researched and respected personality
tests in the Psychological field.  It is a good topic for both understanding yourself and appreciating and understanding others.  A good book for this is "Please Understand Me." 

Here are some internet sites about it too:
http://www.meyers-briggs.com/

http://www.midplains.net/~hoerrs/Type/typemain.html

http://www.teamtechnology.co.uk/tt/h-articl/mb-simpl.htm

http://www.davideck.com/links/k-disc.html


2. Chores and Children -- How to use Family Work to build strong bonds -- 

    Resources:   Strengthening Our Families. This is an in depth book of the "Proclamation on the Family"  Chapter 13, page 177, is titled "The Meaning and Blessings of Family Work" and is perfect for this miniclass.  

  "Family Work." an article from the BYU publication Brigham Young Magazine Spring 2000 issue (Outstanding resource for this class)

"The Elbow-Grease Factor: How to Teach Your Children to Love Work" by Orson Scott Card.  This article appeared in the Aug. 1978 Ensign and can be found by searching the Official Church website's Gospel Library

3. Recreational activities that build family unity

Resources: 

Strengthening Our Families. This is an in depth book of the "Proclamation on the Family"  Chapter 114, page 190, is titled "Wholesome Family recreation" and is perfect for this miniclass.  

4.  Genealogy: A Family Affair

5. Family Home Evenings -- how to make them happen and make the work to strengthen your family

6.  Keeping Romance in your Marriage

7.  Why is it so important to Esteem others as ourselves as the scriptures admonish us?

 

Spiritual Development

1.  How to Keep a Changing World from Changing our Values

2.  Improving Scripture Study

3.  Holidays to Holy Days: Holidays are a very important time because they hold traditions that will always be remembered and repeated for Generations.  If used correctly, they can also be great teaching moments that will be reminders of the Gospel and the way we should live.

4.  Importance of Charity in our Lives and What Charity Means -- An Excellent Resource for this topic would be a book written by Elder Dallin H. Oaks called "The Pure in Heart"

5.  On the Errand of Angels -- Mothering is an action Verb that applies to all sisters 

6. Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy:  See off site link for 101 Sunday Activities

Increasing Patience, Faith, and Trust

1.  The Importance of Being Pure in Heart: An Excellent Resource for this topic would be a book written by Elder Dallin H. Oaks called The Pure in Heart

2.  Landscaping and Gardening

Balanced Lives

1. Remembering our Priorities in our daily lives

2. Financial Planning and Money Management

3. Burnout:  Prevention and Cures

4. Turning the Hearts   This article is an excellent resource about the importance of balance between turning the Hearts of the Fathers to the Children as well as the Hearts of the Children to the Fathers.  To often we only interpret this important principle as only genealogy.  But without understand the entire and proper balance we are missing important parts of the gospel and its application

5.  Keeping Christ in Christmas 

6.  Physical Fitness

7. Importance of a Good Humor in Our Lives

Resources:  

**Brad Wilcox, “If We Can Laugh at It, We Can Live with It,” Ensign, Mar. 2000, 27 

**Importance of Good Humor:  "A Good Sense of Humor" by Chris Crowe, May 1986 Ensign 

**"A Serious Look at Humor" by Peter B. Rawlins New Era August 1974  

**Ensign August 1983 /"A Year's Supply of Humor" by Eileen Gibbons Kump  

**New Era August 1976/Joseph Smith and the Lighter View by by Leonard J. Arrington
Church Historian

Ensign April 1987/ "Happiness along the Way" by Mildred Barthel

**can be found by searching the Official Church website's Gospel Library

8. Improving Self-Esteem

Resources:

**Ensign February 1979 / "Where Self-Esteem Starts" by C. Kay Allen

**Ensign July 1984 / "How Gospel Truths Enhance Self-esteem in Marriage" by Terry R. Baker

**Ensign June 1992 / "In Search of Peace" by Marcella Huber Gallacher

** can be found by searching the Official Church website's Gospel Library

Temple Blessings

1. Getting the Most out of Temple Attendance

2. The Atmosphere of Our Homes:

     Creating A Peaceful, Loving Atmosphere In Your Home

     Creating A Warm, Loving Home

 

Friendship and Family Ties

1.  Importance of Service in our lives

2.  Family History: beyond the pedigree chart

3.  Journals and Personal Histories: importance of and simpler ways to accomplish the task

Service

1.  Service: the key to achieving a Zion Society

2.  Joy in Service found in Service

Self-Reliance

1.  Home Repairs: Basic skills of several minor repairs such as electrical wiring repairs, basic plumbing, repairing sheet rock, etc.

2. What to look for in buying a used car

3. Beyond Basic Food Storage:  What else have others needed in real disasters?

4. Car Maintenance 

Personal and Family Development and Education

1.  Ideas for Teaching Children

2. Finding time in a busy schedule for our own personal improvement and education

3.  What Made Christ the Master Teacher?

4.  Teaching Moments

5.  Stress Management

Sacrifice and Consecration

1.  Benefits of the Law of Tithing

2.  Peace in our Home

Knowledge

1.  Importance of Classics in our lives and families -- choosing greatness 

2.  Composers, Art, Literature, Poetry,

Household Ideas

Cooking, cleaning, and organizing ideas (click on Link above)

Links:

Talk by Virginia U. Jensen , First Counselor in the General First Presidency introducing the new Program

New Agenda Guidelines for Enrichment Night

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