We know that our Redeemer lives!

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I know that my Redeemer lives.

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What comfort this sweet sentence gives!

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He lives, He lives who once was dead.

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He lives, my ever-living Head.

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He lives, my kind, wise heav’nly Friend.

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He lives and loves me to the end.

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He lives, and while He lives I’ll sing.

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He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.

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He lives! All glory to His name!

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He lives, my Savior, still the same.

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Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:

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“I know that my Redeemer lives!”

His first testimonies!

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Last month, the Bubbers King took me by surprise when he asked to bear his testimony in church.  It was the first Sunday in June, which meant our Sacrament Meeting was open for people to come forward and share their testimonies.

Partway through the meeting, I decided to share mine.  I was sitting alone with the Bubbers King (Charming was pushing the Scooter-man to sleep in the halls), so I explained to him that we were going to go up to the front and I was going to say my testimony.

He was so good and sat reverently up front while I shared what was in my heart.  Then I finished and went to him.  I started to steer us off the stage when Bubbers looked up and asked, “Can I bear my testimony?”

I stopped short.  And didn’t know what to do.

Finally, I decided an impromptu testimony was better than telling him no.

So, I helped him up to the microphone and waited to see what would happen.  This was a brand new experience for both of us!

The Bubbers King smiled at the audience.  And giggled.

I quickly realized that my expectation for a miraculously eloquent testimony from my unprepared 3-year-old wasn’t quite… realistic. :)

So I leaned in and whispered a few words to him from the top of my head.

“Hi,” he smiled.  “I love my family.”

Then he listened to more of my whisperings and then whispered himself, “In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

Later on during church, a friend smiled at me and said, “That was so sweet–his first testimony!”

In the confusion of it all, I hadn’t stopped to think about that and it made me smile.  The only thing that would have made it better was if he had said the words by himself.

And wouldn’t you know.

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Tonight he did!

We had a Family Home Evening lesson on the 7th Article of Faith:

We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

We looked at different pictures illustrating each of the gifts and took turns discussing them.  One of the pictures Bubbers explained was the First Vision–when Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

We had a wonderful time together.  Then it was time to close with a testimony and prayer.

I took a breath to begin sharing my testimony when Bubbers suddenly asked, “Can I bear my testimony?”

Charming and I looked at each other in surprise.  Then we smiled.

“Yes, of course you can!”

Bubbers smiled with pleasure and then looked down.  Quietly, he began, “I believe that Joseph Smith… saw… a miracle.”

Charming and I looked at each other and smiled.  Our eyes bursting with joy and pride.

“Good job!” Charming said softly, rubbing his young son’s back.

I added my praise and helped him close in the name of the Savior.  Then I wrapped my arms around him and said our closing prayer.  So grateful for our dear, sweet, spiritual son.

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My first Family Home Evening!! (by Sir Scooters)

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Hey everyone–guess WHAT!?!

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Three weeks ago, I went to my very first Family Home Evening!!

Now that I’m getting so old (sniff, sniff!), Mommy thought it was time to begin introducing me to our Family Home Evening lessons.

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They’ve been learning about The Articles of Faith for the past few months…

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… And this particular night we were learning Article of Faith #5:

We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

Wow, isn’t that great?  I thought so!

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Then I thought I’d hijack the lesson a little…

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“Okay, Mommy, who is THAT?!?”

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“Hm?  What do you think, Mommy?”

[Uh…  Howard W. Hunter?]

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“You got it!  Horaaaaayyyy!!!”

Holy smokes, Family Home Evening’s the best! :):)

It all started…

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… With these three posters.

A wonderful woman from church (and the lucky aunt of this little beauty) showed up at my door one day way back in February and told me, “I don’t need these anymore and my husband was going to throw them away, but I thought you might like them.”

My jaw dropped and I said, “Holy cow! How did you know that I would LOVE to have these!?!”

She laughed and answered, “I read your blog!”

Then I laughed, too, “No way!”

I excitedly took them (thank you so much!!) and looked around my house for the best place to hang them up.

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I wasn’t sure how much the Bubbers King would like them, but I was amazed when he took to them right away!

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All on his own, he’ll ask me what day it is and I’ll tell him.

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Then he’ll look for the word that starts with the right sound…

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… And put on the cute little soccer ball. :)

Now he knows exactly when the garbage truck comes.  And when we go to the grocery store or Costco.  And when we go to church.

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And thanks to this poster (that I altered a bit), I had a concrete aid for showing Bubbers when birthdays and holidays were.  And boy, he just ate it all up!

I was so excited about how much he liked them that… well… I went a little crazy.  :)

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One night after Cub Scouts I went to Staples and saw these maps.  And thought they’d be PERFECT!

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Then I laminated Bubbers’ growth chart and put it up in his room.  He loves to look at it and talk about what he can do now that he’s three.  :)

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Then I called my state and requested a new growth poster for Scooters.  Because his old one was all munched on and I wanted a nice clean one for laminating and putting up in his room. :)

And while I had them on the phone, I told them how much I love getting their health and development materials.  That they were so informative and uplifting.  And they said, “Thanks!”

Then they called me back.

And asked me to be on their volunteer Parent Review Team!  :)

“Sure!” I said and now they send me a draft of one of their letters each month and I make little notes on it and send it back.  And I really enjoy being able to serve the parents in our state in this small way.

And if you live in my state and have about five minutes to spare each month, they would LOVE to have you volunteer, too!  Please ask me how and I’ll let you know!

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And then, just TODAY, I saw these great place mats at Walmart and found just the place for them next to our world map!

Then one day it hit me! I should include spiritual posters, TOO!

So over the last five months, I’ve been purchasing, laminating and mounting my favorite posters from ldscatalog.org.

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I thought this Temples Worldwide poster would be PERFECT right next to our world map.  Bubbers will come by, point and ask, “Which temple is that?… Which temple is that?…” until we’ve gone through every single one! :)

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And I already had this Articles of Faith poster in the closet, so I got it out, laminated it and put it up!  Now we’re teaching them to Bubbers for Family Home Evening each week and he always remembers which ones we’ve done and which one we’re going to do next!

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I thought the updated Latter-day Prophets poster would go well here, too.

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Then I wanted additional pictures of temples that are significant to us.  So I put the temple that is nearest to us up in my bathroom.  Scooters LOVES it and pulls up to point at it every morning while I get ready! :)

During this time, I decided I wanted my children to grow up surrounded by pictures of the Savior. Beautiful images that would stay with them and shape how they felt about the Savior. So they would know He loves them. That He is their friend.

And while thinking this over, I came across some pictures my mother had given me years ago! Beautiful Greg Olsen pictures from an old calendar she’d had.

So I laminated them all!  (Thank you, Mom!!)

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And put them on the fridge.

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In the hall.

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Upstairs in Scooters’ room.

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And right outside Bubbers’ room.

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And when I saw a picture in one of the months of The Friend that I liked, I cut it out and added it, too!

Then I realized the play room was an ideal place to mount some pictures.  So I planned very carefully.

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And decided to put Joseph Smith, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and The First Presidency up on one side.

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And the Savior, our family and the Salt Lake Temple where Charming and I were married and sealed on the other side.

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Because to me, this says it all.  Why we’re here.  Who we follow.  What we’re trying to accomplish.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ and my family are my life.  They are why I do everything I do.  And I want my little boys to know that.  I want them to know without a shadow of a doubt that their Mommy knows this is true.

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And I thrill to watch my little boy who is not even one, crawl excitedly across the room and pull himself up to get to the Savior.

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Because even a little baby knows the truth when he sees it.