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                     WINTER WONDERLAND WEEK AT LDS PARENTING ~

     What a long title for this post ! But there is just to much to important stuff and you can't leave any of it out ! Do you ever feel that way with Family Home Evening ? Or maybe when you sit down with your family for dinner and you have so many important things to talk about and yet... everyone is flying here and there trying not to be late to whatever activity is next ? Oh man, I feel that way sometimes ! That is why I feel that Family Council is so important. We are asked to have it often and it is different than Family Home Evening - yet just as important.

     A few months ago, I did a series of posts on the 'Small and Simple' things that are so important in our family life. You can see that HERE. One of the things that I really feel I should have included is Family Council !!! We all know the regular answers - Family Prayer, Family Scripture Study, Church Meetings, etc etc. But there is one thing that I have been leaving out of my family and that needs to change ! Family Council !

     I was so excited when I contacted DESERET BOOK to ask if I could use an image in one of my blog posts and link to an audio cd they had for sale. I was completely surprised when the Marketing Director read my blog and liked it and asked if I would like a copy of the new M. Russell Ballard book they had for sale ! Umm... heck yes please !!! I got to thinking as I waited for it to come in the mail.... parenting my children with love and righteousness and trying so hard to do everything right ( and miserably failing but i try haha ! ) and I have not held Family Council with my kids. I even knew that it was important because I had read a parenting book by RICHARD AND LINDA EYRE and it talked about Family Councils and Five Facet Reviews.... and yet I still wasn't doing it !!! So I started digging in a bit more about what the General Authorities have said about holding Family Council.

     The quote I really liked was actually in the book ~ it was a quote from Elder M. Russell Ballard and this is what the journal was inspired by !
   
     " Family councils can be a place of unity, loyalty, and loving support and have always been needed.   The Lord has provided the council system to strengthen, protect, safeguard, and nurture our most precious relationships. The family council can provide a time during which family members can learn to understand and love one another. A simple record of these councils- kept in a book like this -may become a precious family history document in the years to come."



  
     
     My family is in love with this book. Not only does it help us to remember to actually have family council - hehe - but we absolutely love the fact that this truly will be something we can look back on and even when we struggle with something in the future or my children struggle with something in their own families they can look back in this beautiful book and see what we did to resolve the problem and there you go.... there own little parenting book :) I just love it ! We are taking turns writing in it too which is important to me... that way I have each one of my kids writing in the book also along with me and my husbands. 

     I want to leave you with this quote on why family council is so important. This is a quote from M. Russell Ballard from that awesome talk he gave in Conference in April 2016 HERE ( I recommend reading this talk all the way through or listening to it... during your next family council ) 

     " Family councils have always been needed. The are, in fact, eternal. We belonged to a family council in the premortal existence, when we lived with our heavenly parents as their spirit children. 
     A family council, when conducted with love and with Christlike attributes, will counter the impact of modern technology that often distracts us from spending quality time with each other and also tends to bring evil right into our homes. " 


You can purchase the Family Council Journal ~ HERE 



Here is a link for a fun FHE about Family Councils from LDS Living ~ HERE


Does your family hold regular family councils ? Any good tips ? Comment below ! Enjoy !!! Happy Parenting ! Love, JL~ 

Don't forget to check out the rest of Winter Wonderland Week ! GIVEAWAY !!!! ~ INTERVIEW WITH GARDNER QUAD SQUAD ~ ASK IN FAITH JOURNALS RED HEADED HOSTESS ~ INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD AND LINDA EYRE 



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***GIVEAWAY CLOSED***






     Well, we did it... finally! We are at the last day of our Winter Wonderland Blog Week . I wasn't so sure it was going to happen ! Between kids getting sick and passing kidney stones and everything else... whew ! The week is a little scattered with the first three posts on time, INTERVIEW WITH EYRES ASK IN FAITH JOURNALS and INTERVIEW WITH GARDNER QUAD SQUAD and then THE FAMILY COUNCIL JOURNAL was the next monday and now the final post and giveaway is on a wednesday - but it's done ! HAHA!!!! 

To celebrate we are having a giveaway ! We are giving away an LDS Game Pack from RISE AND SHOUT and then Lion House Brownie Mix and Juniors Giants DVD from DESERET BOOK ! All the things you need for a fun family night ! :)




First off... I need to brag a bit about Rise and Shout ~







We are so excited to present RISE AND SHOUT , a darling Etsy Shop that has printable learning and matching games that are instant downloads and you print them out and cut them and play ! They have games that are for LDS families, their are learning games and more. They have been gracious enough to give away an LDS bundle of ten games ( valued at $35 ) for a lucky reader ! Here is what it includes : 

*LDS Game (great to play standard style for FHE or classes, but also great to help listen to talks. See my blog for details: www.riseandshoutshop.com/2016/03/help-them-listen-to-general-conference.... )
* prophet game (includes all past presidents of church, plus current apostles. Great for learning to recognize names/faces)
* personal progress
* scout
* symbols of Christ (great Sabbath game)
* singing time (as primary chorister, this is a game changer. It has 31 no prep ways to sing. All my primary kids love it - from sunbeams to the 11 year olds)
* baptism (perfect as a baptism gift or 8 is Great favor or to play with 7 year olds prepping for baptism. Also great fro missionaries) 
* Word of Wisdom
* Service
* + one other game of their choice from shop (holiday, educational game)
All of my games are digital downloads that can be printed at home. Most come with 3" & 5" cards. They can be cut into circles or squares. They also come with printable storage/gift boxes. 

Thank you Melanie from RISE AND SHOUT !!! Go visit the store and enjoy !!! 


Next up we are giving away a copy of one of my families favorite movies from DESERET BOOK ~ Junior's Giants II ~ in the movie Junior is fighting a new giant ~ materialism. Mom is addicted to her new hobby scrapbooking, Dad is struggling with his new WIFI connection, Celia is running for class president, and Little Man has learned how to climb ! As always it is hilarious and teaches a lesson ~ plus its super fun for parents to watch too ! 

We are also giving away a box of Lion House Picnic Brownie Mix ~ YUM!!!! You will have everything you need to spend a cozy night together as a family ! 

I'm so thankful that you guys have joined me these past couple of weeks for Winter Wonderland Blog Week ! I hope you enjoyed it ! As always, I beg you to share, comment and enjoy parenting ! 

With Love, JL~ 

HOW TO ENTER : 
Comment below and tell me what your favorite blog post is from LDS Parenting ! ;) Easy Peasy this time for the giveaway ! 

Giveaway ends 2~24~2017 ! 


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