Gospel Restoration Timeline Cards Game


I’ve been on a Timeline Card Game kick since discovering the game by Asmodee and getting it for Christmas. Santa stuffed some stockings with the classic and the inventions sets. The others are on my wish list. What a simple idea yet so adaptable to any subject. Every subject has a history right? So you could make this game to study the history of anything. My mind is reeling with the possibilities! (I wish I had learned history like this when I was a kid, along with storytelling and other history-based games. My children don’t know how good they have it!)

So when my Hero class read and discussed this book

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

about a theologian who turned into a spy to help plot the assassination of Hitler, I thought it would be super fun to turn the historical facts we read in the book into a timeline card game. (I taught a Hero class six years ago, so you can read about the Hero class project here where I describe the class. It’s basically a class for homeschooled youth about heroes of WW2. I like to add WW1 to the study as well.)




You can read the directions for my DIY Timeline Card game here. The game involving the cards above and below is based on The Faithful Spy, about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Notice how the cards above are missing dates and the ones below have them.




So we’ve been playing the original, commercial game for our gameschooling and then playing my homemade game involving Bonhoeffer’s life and pre-and post- WW1 events in my Hero class. In the Hero class, every month we are reading a different book relating to the world wars so we are adding 10 new cards each month based on the new history facts we learn from each book.

So far, from playing the commercial games, I’ve learned the following:

  • the cell phone was first invented in 1973
  • the NBA got started in 1946
  • the first encyclopedia was published in 1751
  • the first hourglass was invented in 900 AD

Not earth shattering facts, but fun to know, right? It’s fun to know history, enlightening, and important too. Not just the political events, but the times of inventions and non-political people’s lives. So imagine my delight and surprise when I found a timeline of the Restoration of Christ’s Gospel in the January 2020 Ensign, called “Seeing the Lord’s Hand”!


It was just begging me to turn it into a “Gospel Restoration Timeline Cards Game.” This is so exciting! What a great way to follow Pres. Russell M. Nelson’s invitation in last General Conference to prepare for the 200th birthday of the Restoration by studying it in a timeline game format! He also issued a similar invitation on New Year’s Day 2020, here.



You can use these directions for making your own Restoration Timeline Cards Game:

  1. Get the PDF of the article here.
  2. Print out the 6 page document, making two copies. I prefer doing mine in full color. I used my library’s laser printer because my printer at home was low on color ink. It cost me $3 to make 12 pages, 25 cents each. Totally worth it!
  3. Get a pack of blank index cards.
  4. Gather up scissors, glue stick, and clear your work space.
  5. Find something yummy to watch/and or listen to. In my case, I did this while the Face to Face Devotional with President and Sister Oaks was livestreamed yesterday. You can watch it here.
  6. Spread out your pages and stack duplicate pages together.
  7. Start cutting! For every card, you just want to mention one event. So cut out the mention of each event (including the date) twice, once from each of your duplicate pages. Include the image if you can. About half of the events mentioned on this timeline have an associated image. When the image is too big I cut it to fit. So far only one has been too big.
  8. For one of the “mentions” cut the date out and discard that itty bit of paper.
  9. Line up the event and the duplicate event with the date missing over each blank card, just so you make sure you have all your little papers in the right order, matched up correctly. I like to cut out four events at a time, and then glue them, four at a time.


10. Glue the mention of the event, with the date on one side of the card. Like in the card above. Then glue the duplicate mention of the event, with the date missing, on the back side, like the card below. See how I cut out the missing date? If the mention has an associated image, glue that too, one on each side. I just love this image of John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson working on the Declaration of Independence! Isn’t it beautiful?


Keep gluing and gluing and then play the game!

Here are instructions on how to play the game:

Shuffle your deck of cards to get them out of order. Deal out four cards to each player with the side that shows the date facing down. Emphatically instruct them NOT to turn the cards over. They are not supposed to see the date side. Just have them spread the cards with the date side down, in front of them, so they can see them all at once.

Place the rest of the cards in the draw pile, with the face of the card that has all three things face down. Turn the top card over and place in the center.

Person whose next birthday is closest goes first. He/she looks at the playing card and picks a card from his/her hand. Have the person read out loud the event. Then that person decides if it goes before or after the playing card, placing it to the left if “before” and to the right if “after.” Then he/she turns over the card from his/her hand, after making the decision. If the person is right, the person doesn’t have to draw another card from the draw pile. If the person is incorrect, the person places the card in the right spot, then draws another card. Play goes clockwise, with play getting increasingly harder as more cards are played and you have to place cards in between other cards. First person to run out of cards wins!

I hope this game increases your knowledge and delight of the wondrous age we live in! It truly is an amazing, miraculous time! Christ our Savior is at the head of history, which is really “His Story.” He is the head of the events going on today as well. He is our Creator and Redeemer, Judge, and Messiah. He is preparing to come to earth again to rule and reign for the Millennium.

Up until 1830, when the Church of Jesus Christ was restored by Joseph Smith, as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,  inventions didn’t happen as fast. But since 1830, they have increased exponentially because of the outpouring of God’s light. This light has made people smarter, all with the purpose of gathering Israel to prepare the earth for Christ’s Second Coming. This article here by Mark Skousen, economic historian, explains this phenomenon in detail. Here is an excerpt from that article by Mark:

As an economic historian, I too have noticed the dramatic rise in sustained economic growth and standard of living starting in the early 1800s. In the area of science and technology, the vast majority of advances have occurred since 1830. The World Book Encyclopedia, for example, chronicles the major inventions throughout history. Over 70% occurred since the LDS Church [The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] was organized. Progress prior to 1830 was slow and plodding. Afterwards, it was dramatic. Material life prior to 1830 was about the same as it was a thousand years earlier. But the standard of living after 1830 has increased incredibly for the better.

Before 1830, inventions included paper and moveable type, the microscope and the telescope, the steam engine and the locomotive, cannon and firearms, and the spinning wheel.

Here’s a partial list of major inventions after 1830: photography, reaper and cotton gin, telegraph, gas refrigeration, rubber tire, sewing machine, elevator, hypodermic needle, internal-combustion engine, dynamite, typewriter, automobile, phonograph, light bulb, airplane, radio and television, anesthesia and Novocain, air conditioning, nuclear reactor, xerox machine, fax machine, computers, and the Internet.

Was this all co-incidence? Or was it related to what the Mormons call the restitution and the fullness of times? According to the Mormons, the Lord spoke through the Prophet Joseph Smith and ushered in the final dispensation, the fullness of times, also known as the last days. It is the final dispensation in mortality, before the great millennial day when Christ reigns on the earth for a thousand years.



I echo what Elder M. Russell Ballard said in this January 2020 Ensign article that  accompanied the timeline. Here is a quote from that:


I testify that in the very beginning, the Lord’s hand prepared the world for the Restoration of the “true, pure, and simple gospel” of Jesus Christ, the “saving doctrines of Christ” that are available to all God’s children.18 I also testify that the Lord’s hand is in our individual lives inviting us to follow Him, serve others, and love Him as He prepares the world for His glorious Second Coming.

Elder Ballard gives basically the same content in speech format over here.




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Book of Mormon Evidences Conference Online Starts Tomorrow!

This clip is from the conference last fall, featuring the founder of the conference, Rod Meldrum. I’ve heard Rod speak in person. He’s so engaging!

I’m taking part in this Book of Mormon Evidences conference as a presenter this weekend and I hope you will join us! In the past it has been in person, but it’s all online this weekend! It starts tomorrow, Thursday April 9, 2020! Three days, through April 11, 2020! You can still register. Just click on this link.


FIRST Virtual FIRM Foundation EXPO featuring 25th International Book of Mormon Evidence Streaming

We have now finalized our plan to bring the FIRM Foundation Expo speakers to the entire WORLD by internet as we will hold our Virtual Expo with over 60 New Presentations. We also have 200 additional presentations that you can see anywhere in the world on your computer or smart phone for the next 3 months beginning April 9, 2020! click here to register.

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Easter Stories, Songs and Poetry to Celebrate Easter


Here is an excerpt from my Celestial Family Devotionals ebook. This is the list for April with links to scriptures, songs, stories and poetry to celebrate Easter. I share a story or two each day with my family during our devotional and plan on sharing more this Sunday with my older children via zoom.

Themes: Easter, the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Restoration of the gospel, organization of the latter-day Church of Jesus Christ, General Conference, first principles and ordinances of the gospel, conversion, being born again, the sacrament, forgiveness, healing, miracles, rescue stories, testimony


Just click on the links to open the resource. Please let me know if any are broken or wrong.


‘Twas Witnessed in the Morning Sky #12

I Stand All Amazed #193

That Easter Morn #198

He Is Risen #199

Christ the Lord is Risen Today #200

I Saw A Mighty Angel Fly #15

The Happy Day At Last Has Come #32


Music from the Ensign

In An Upper Room 4/74

The Risen Jesus in America 4/74

O Lord Who Gave Thy Life For Me 10/02

This is the Christ 12/06

Behold the Wounds in Jesus’ Hands 4/09

What is This Thing Man Calls Death 2/10

Rise Up Ye Saints Rejoice 4/12

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need 9/15

A Sinless Man 3/16

Bread of Life, Living Water 7/15

Come Unto Him 4/17


Music from the New Era

The Lost Lamb 4/80

For Bread and Breath and Life 8/80

To My Savior 12/80

Christ is the Savior 12/82

I Remember the Savior 4/83

Jesus My Savior 8/83

Behold, My Joy Is Full 10/83

He Is Not Here, for He is Risen 8/85

I Walk by Faith 11/85

No Ordinary Man 4/86

It Is With Christ 8/87

Just One Little Light 1/88

Not My Will 4/88

I’ll Follow Christ 8/88

With Heart and Voice 4/89

This Is Jesus 4/90

He Is Our Guide 4/91

I Will Come Unto Christ 4/92

O Savior Thou Who Healed the Sick 8/92

The Savior’s Touch 4/93

O Master Let Me Walk with Thee 8/93

Power of His Grace 8/93

Light of the World 4/94

The Carpenter 8/94

Forsake Me Not 8/95

Plant a Seed in Your Heart 9/95

He Will Heal Us 4/96

Maybe I Will Be There 9/01

My Testimony 6/02

The Gift of the Holy Ghost 8/05

I Marvel at the Miracle 4/14

Gentle Jesus, Pure and Fair 4/15

One by One 7/16

I Feel My Savior’s Love (new arrangement) 4/18


Children’s Songs

I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus p. 78 CS

On a Golden Springtime p. 88 CS

Faith p. 96 CS

Repentance p. 98 CS

Help Me Dear Father p. 99 CS

When Jesus Christ Was Baptized p. 102 CS

Baptism p. 100 CS

The Holy Ghost p. 105 CS

The Fourth Article of Faith p. 124 CS

Did Jesus Really Live Again? p. 64

He Died That We Might Live Again p. 65 CS

Easter Hosanna p. 68 CS

When He Comes Again p. 82 CS

Easter Day, Friend 3/78

Other Sheep I Have, Friend 1/77

Repentance, Friend 6/77

Spring of the Year, Friend 4/81

Jesus Is Coming Soon, Friend 4/85

The Church of Jesus Christ p. 77 CS

Faith, Friend 4/90

My Testimony Grows, Friend 4/91

Jesus Is My Friend, Friend 10/92

My Testimony is Growing, Friend 3/94

If Christ Should Speak to Me, Friend 7/95

In His Holy Name, Friend 2/96

Isaiah Says, Friend 3/98

Covenants Are Promises, Friend 8/99

I Come to the Water, Friend 3/00

The Bread Reminds Me, Friend 7/00

I’ll Follow Him in Faith, Friend 1/03

I Feel the Spirit, Friend 2/04

I Want to Be Baptized, Friend 7/05

I Have Faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ, Friend 10/07

He Came For Us, Friend 4/11

If the Savior Stood Beside Me, Friend 3/13

My Covenant Path, Friend 9/14

Many Names of Jesus, Friend 4/17

Jesus Is My Shepherd, Friend 9/13

Our Savior’s Atonement, Friend 4/97

At Conference Time, Friend 10/97

Love Enough, Friend 7/14

If I Listen With My Heart, Friend 2/16

Jesus’ Church Has Been Restored, Friend 5/17

Gethsemane, Friend 3/18 (simplified, the full arrangement is found here for purchase)



Psalm 38:18

Mosiah 3:5-8

Matthew 28:5-6

Mark 16:6-7

John 5:29

John 15:13

Acts 3:19-21

Revelation 1:17-18

1 Cor. 15:20,53-57

Hebrews 11:1

Rev. 14:6-7

Mosiah 13:33-24

2 Nephi 11:4

Enos 1:26-27

Alma 7:11-14

Alma 32:28

3 Nephi 10:10

3 Nephi 11:8-17

Mormon 9:19

Ether 12:12

Ether 12:18

D&C 88:7

D&C 110:2-4

D&C 19:23-24

Moses 6:52

Poetry from the Friend

Easter Morning 4/14

Easter Time 4/96

The Garden 4/09

The Holy Ghost 11/74


Poetry from the New Era

Washed Clean 4/98 (scroll to the end of the talk)

He Who Would Be Chief Among You 4/75


More to Memorize

The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles


Other Traditional Poetry

An Easter Carol by Christina Rossetti

On Easter Day by Celia Laighton Thaxter 

Crossing the Bar by Alfred Tennyson

Paul Revere’s Ride by Longfellow (I included this here because it happened April 18-19, 1775, but you might prefer to study this poem with other patriotic poetry in June or July.) 

An Apple Orchard in the Spring by William Martin

An April Day by Longfellow

Gone From My Sight by Henry Van Dyke

Still, Still With Thee by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Boat by George Macdonald

Serving Jesus 

How Lost Was My Condition by John Newton


Stories from the Friend

F2F: Elder Wayne S. Peterson, Live Worthy to Come Home 12/03

From the Life of Heber J. Grant, Comforted by the Holy Ghost 11/04

Fishing Buddies 3/16

Comforting Lucy 9/09

A Blessing of Strength 3/08

What Do People Do When They Die? 11/17

I Know the Prophet’s Voice 10/12

Rescue 3/05

Broken Taillight 8/03

Porter’s Promise 4/14

CLPV: Sold! 4/14

CLPV: Following the Savior’s Path 4/12

The Rose Garden 4/05

The Cactus, the Cross, and Easter 3/81

Rescue 3/05

My Brother and the Resurrection 4/09

Manna for Mother 7/07

Maggie’s Peaches 7/05

William’s Faith 4/98

Washed Clean 4/99

My Old Friend Shepherd 4/99

CLPV: The Savior’s Atonement 3/02

Sacred Ground 9/07

He Hath Opened My Eyes 6/95

Where the Church Was Organized 4/13

The Church Is Organized 3/17 (has figures to tell the story referenced above)

Testimonies 6/92

Promised Blessings 10/01

Snapshots of Heaven 6/05

No Candy for Easter 4/04

F2F: Marcus B. Nash, Growing a Testimony 12/08

True Stories from Central Europe, Pres. Smith Took Him by the Hand 8/73 (first story)

Elder Perry, Chickens, and Me 10/17

Trust in the Lord 6/11

Cheering Up Grandpa 4/15

He Broke the Bands of Death 4/12

Talofa Lava 5/72


Stories from the New Era

I Needed to Understand 10/12

Your Conference Action Plan 5/16

Do We Know How Much He Went Through? 12/09

When a Friend Dies 4/87

Living With Dying 9/82

Under the Waves 4/12

My Brother 1/96

They Saw Him 4/17

Rappelling through Fear 10/16

When the Plan Became Real 1/17

“I’m Sorry” Didn’t Feel Like Enough 8/16

Saving My Sabbath 7/16

Be of Good Cheer 5/16

Perilous Rescue 7/82

The Power of Partaking Worthily of the Sacrament 11/15

Where Was the Water? 11/15 (second story)

Catching Conference 10/09

The Currant Bush 1/73

What Cathy Knew 4/07

Miracles 11/90

Lost in the Canyon 3/14

Lost on the Lake 5/96

20 Feet Down 11/13

Permanent Marker 7/13

Because of the Restoration 12/06

Articles of Faith: The Price I Couldn’t Pay 9/05

Falling Into a Miracle 9/06

Lead Thou Me On 2/06

Proud of Who I Am 6/09

Bearing Testimony to the Bishop 6/09 

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Update on the Coronavirus from a Dr. who Practices Homeopathy


This video and message copied and pasted from Joette Calabrese, a homeopathic practitioner, give me additional hope and comfort at this time. I encourage you to visit her website, linked above, to learn from her vast resources, including her blog and podcast and YouTube channel.


Joette Calabrese Offer

Home with Homeopathy Tip #19 from Joette Calabrese:

Coronavirus is uppermost on everyone’s mind at the moment, but remember, it is a day-to-day evolving target. No one has a handle on the emerging data.

We don’t; they don’t!

The best I can do is share pertinent information with you as I learn it.

You see, epidemics and pandemics have a process that needs to be gone through. Enough cases need to be studied to show which medicines are most useful. It’s an evolutionary process.

To help flesh out your understanding as to how this works, check out my colleague, Dr. André Seine’s discussion on epidemics and COVID-19 at the National Center for Homeopathy. (See video above.)

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Christ-Centered Videos to Watch this Easter Week 2020 Plus Activities!


This is copied from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ YouTube channel’s page:


Just as Jesus Christ spoke to his disciples in ancient times, He speaks to us today. This Easter, listen to His words and teachings, and #HearHim. https://www.comeuntochrist.org/

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A high school classmate of mine has instructions for making an Easter creche here out of cardboard. So creative!


Here’s a great YouTube playlist from the YouTube channel, “Messages of Christ,” to use each day this week as you read about the events that happened in the last week of Christ’s life.

Here are descriptions of the events of each of the days. Read them during family scripture study or at dinnertime during this Holy Week.


President Nelson calls for a Good Friday Worldwide Day of Prayer ...

This Friday, Good Friday, we are going to fast in response to our prophet’s invitation to fast to end the pandemic and after we break our fast with dinner we will listen to this Messiah concert. 

I’m also showing these videos below from Emily Belle Freeman and David Butler, one each day (or two if I have catching up to do) over dinner. I love that they have a simple Easter activity/tradition to do with each one. You don’t have to go out and buy stuff to do these, you probably already have the materials.

Day #1:

Materials needed: a tree branch and vase


Day #2:

Materials needed: yarn, jute, or string to make bracelets.


Day #3:

Materials needed: plastic Easter eggs, paper, and something to hang the eggs on the tree branch mentioned earlier.


Day #4:

Material needed: eggs and yellow onion skins to dye the eggs red, dinner, and invite a grandmother-type woman to dinner. The yellow onion skins really work! See my picture below from last year.


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Day #5:

Materials needed: paper and writing utensil

Day #6:

Materials needed: anything that reminds you of the hope of Jesus, such as pictures of the Savior. If you can, buy some fresh Easter lilies

Day #7:

Materials needed: Writing utensil and paper to write an Easter testimony letter to your children or other loved ones.

Here’s an additional activity I might try with my family this year: get up and watch the sunrise on Easter morning and then have a testimony meeting with family and/or friends, sharing your letters and testimonies and stories of the resurrection and miracles. Maybe even share the ways you are hearing Jesus in your life lately as you follow President Nelson’s invitation to #Hearhim.


BONUS VIDEO BELOW: How to Make Easter Tomb/Resurrection Rolls



Here is the link to the printed recipe from ohsweetbasil.com. Not exactly whole foods-y. I’m thinking I’ll try my sourdough breadmachine bread recipe for the dough part and let rise for the dough cycle in my breadmachine. Then just roll out and smother with cinnamon, honey or sugar and marshmallows.

The book below, on page 108, has a recipe for natural yeast cinnamon rolls, which I’ve tried but, with a baked potato and buttermilk, it’s too complicated for me. So I’m going for what I just mentioned above.

The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast: Breads, Pancakes, Waffles, Cinnamon Rolls and Muffins by [Caleb Warnock, Melissa Richardson]


Also on Sunday we will have our traditional Easter egg hunt and watch our Easter videos on this list.

Happy Easter everyone!





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Our Bicentennial Celebration of the Restoration of the Fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: General Conference April 2020



Wow, General Conference sessions of Saturday and yesterday were amazing! I feel so blessed to have taken part in it. The photos in this post are from our General Conference weekend, this past Saturday and Sunday, April 4-5, 2020. for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It involved a Bicentennial Celebration of the First Vision of Joseph Smith. The vision happened in the spring of 1820, when God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in New York. We got to watch Conference from home, as we usually do, but this time it was extra unusual knowing that only ten or fewer people were in a small auditorium to take turns presenting instead of tens of thousands in the Conference Center, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.



My kiddos don’t get into conference packets any more (sob!) so I got out a world puzzle to keep hands busy while listening. Also to help my husband stay awake. 🙂 Dear hubby did most of it Saturday and the boys worked on it on Sunday. I’m going to get it out every Conference from now on, to emphasize the worldwide spread of the Kingdom of God.


Conference was definitely a bright shining ray of hope that I was looking forward to, in order to get me through this time of pandemic and social distancing, which makes this new season of spring feel like it’s still winter.


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The boys had fun playing roller hockey between sessions on Saturday. It does my heart good to see them dig out old hand-me-down rollerblades and other equipment we’ve had for years and fashion goals out of cardboard boxes.



I deliberately took photos of new life during our celebration to remind me that winter doesn’t last forever. Lots of trees on our property are budding green leaves or new pinecones  but sadly we don’t have any flowers. Bugsy took photos of his carrots sprouting up. He’s keeping the location a secret from me. Every day he’s very diligent about watering them.


It’s hard to tell those are carrots, but he assures me they are!


I love that President Russell M. Nelson called on us to fast and pray this Good Friday in a worldwide fast for relief from the pandemic. I also felt blessed by his assurance that the temples of the church will open again sometime. He encouraged us to continue with family history research work at home while we await the opening of the temples again. That is just what I needed to hear.

The whole weekend felt like a glorious holiday because my husband was home both days from his temporary job. That, combined with the food, relaxation, and new “gifts” (announcements) from President Nelson made the days feel like Christmas. Eight new temples, including one in Shanghai China! and one in Dubai! Wow! (See video below.) Also Brad Wilcox being called to be a General Authority! Not to mention the stories shared by the leaders that invited more revelation into my life. My two favorite stories were the ones by Sister Cordon about feeding chickens with Elder Perry and the one by Elder Christofferson about the  young man who was told by the Spirit not to burn the Book of Mormon but to read it. He obeyed and witnessed that he felt the most joyous feeling he ever had, when he was done reading it. He then got baptized and served a mission.

I kicked off the event the night before with an online game night with some of my Relief Society sisters. That was fun! I had two General Conference themed games: a General Conference trivia quiz and then I had Gen. Conf. categories for my Double Ditto game. In my Conf. Double Ditto game, we guessed locations for new temples. I actually guessed Africa so I got that much right, because Pres. Nelson announced a new one in Nigeria two days later in Conference.




I sure enjoyed our food! I continued my vision of having special food over Conference weekend that I started a few years ago, when I wrote this. We had ground beef nachos, which is something we only have on Gen. Conf., on Saturday, and beef teriyaki and roasted broccoli on Sunday afternoon. This tasted soooo good!



I mixed my roasted broccoli with the teriyaki chicken and cabbage. Yum!


I think I finally figured out the Conference food thing. For now, maybe I’ll just focus on having one unique exciting meal/tradition a day instead of three fancy meals to plan, shop, and cook for. Then have my regular standby meals for the other meals. (I’ve done cinnamon rolls in the past for breakfast but just didn’t want to this time.) Anyway, Sunday night the rest of the family enjoyed a store-bought cake hubby had bought while I had my new keto yellow cake with chocolate frosting and crushed up keto chocolate.




Nobody in this house has weight-control issues but me, so they don’t need the keto. I was pleasantly surprised though that my bird of a 14-year-old daughter actually ate more of the keto cake during the week than I did, she loved it that much.



This roasted broccoli is so divine! I will get the recipe up soon!


To add to the holiday/holy days excitement, my niece got married, hundreds of miles away from us, on Saturday. A small set of people witnessed it, in order to practice social distancing. She had planned a temple wedding in a few weeks which I would have loved to have attended, but with the temple closures, she chose to get civilly married sooner. I am happy to see her start married life. It was a drive-by wedding reception with guests driving by to wish them well as the newlyweds stood on the front lawn of the groom’s parents’ yard. Not ideal but I admire her for making the most of a difficult situation.



Sunday night after Conference, we played the Restoration timeline card game I blogged about over here. The rest of the family tired of it before I did, because the complete game involves 150 cards!



After my daughter won the game, being first to run out of her 20 cards, they all bowed out and watched a movie. So I finished playing the game myself! Here are all the cards:

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I even made three new cards for the historic events of the weekend: the announcement of the new Church logo, the Hosanna shout in Conference on Palm Sunday, and the new Bicentennial Proclamation of the Restoration of the Fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


I felt the Holy Spirit several times, bearing witness of the truths of which I was hearing, of which I’m so grateful for. My life certainly isn’t perfect right now. I’m experiencing a lot of messy challenges within the messy macrocosm of the pandemic. But Jesus is real. Jesus and His gospel give me hope to carry on. He has paid the price of His redeeming love for all our sins and pains and problems. He has visited the earth, since his resurrection. He spoke to Joseph Smith and chose him to be his prophet to restore His gospel and His church. That church exists today. For that I’m grateful and will forever rejoice! I’m grateful for the prophet of today, President Russell M. Nelson, who invites us all to Hear Jesus through the Holy Spirit to hear answers from God.

I also enjoyed watching most of the world report of the video below, part of which I watched while soaking in a relaxing tub of hot water. Luscious! The kingdom of God rolls forward, and we each get to play a part in it. What a glorious weekend!



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Following the Prophet: Studying the Priesthood

My friend Michelle texted me this video last week. It’s Emily Belle Freeman talking about the scriptures that President Nelson asked all the women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to study in last October 2019 General Conference. Thanks Michelle, for reminding me about that! I had forgotten. Just in time to prepare for tomorrow’s General Conference.

Here’s what Emily says about the video:

In response to President Russell M. Nelson’s invitation from the Fall General Conference of 2019 to study D&C 25, D&C 84, D&C 107 and the Joseph Smith History, a group of women began a six month study called Inklings. This live event (video above) is the culmination of that six month study on Women and the Priesthood. There are four sessions in this video:

Session 1 D&C 25: 00:00

Session 2 D&C 84: 36:30

Session 3 D&C 107: 1:03:06

Session 4 JSH: 1:40:35

A corresponding digital workbook for use with this video can be purchased at Etsy.com. Search Inklings Workbook. For continued updates about Inklings follow @emilybellefreeman on Instagram.

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#abookandagameaday, Wed. 4/1/20, still social distancing


I had a big project to work on most of the day, but in the evening I wanted to give some time to my children. So to go with the book below that I had read the day before, we played the game above. I had discovered it online over a month ago, and then found it on sale at Target for only $10, right before the big wave of quarantining. I’m glad I got it! It’s sweet to read all the character names and say, hey, I remember Bog Dog and Chef Brockett (played by the same guy), and Neighbor Aber, and Cornflake S. Specially. Talk about a blast from my past.


It’s a super cute game, just the right mix of strategy and friendly competitiveness. A great game for parents to play with kids because it has a good balance of luck and skill. If you draw the Mr. Rogers card you have to give a compliment, kind word or share something else nice with your neighbor. It passed the sunshine test. Everyone showed some ray of sunshine at least once: a smile, laugh, or sparkle in the eye.


Fred's Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers

then for Bugsy’s bedtime story, I read the book below. He loves it a lot. I like it for discussing the 5 love languages of Dr. Gary Chapman. This is the third or fourth time we’ve read it. I think Mr. Rogers would approve. We’re stuck with all these library books, having to recycle them, until the library opens back up. Everybody who listened to Marie Kondo is hating it now. Fortunately I didn’t, haha. I do have a deep storage of books to unearth when he gets tired of these ones, thank goodness.

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