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The Missing Link when Teaching GRIT & Growth Mindset in the Classroom

GRIT and Growth Mindset are the hot topics in the classroom at the moment and for very good reason. However, most products, blog posts, and resources only discuss what it is, what it looks like, and the importance of it. This line of products allows you to explicitly teach it.

***This product line has been updated, many of the challenges now have a digital counterpart and work perfectly as a Google Slide assignment! See product descriptions for more information. 

Facilitate Failure in the Classroom:

These activities are designed to make your students struggle and fail, tossing them into the depths of the learning pit. Sounds a little harsh? Maybe. But I can’t think of a better place, than the safety of the classroom, in a controlled environment for students to exercise grit and growth mindset than under the watchful eye of a loving teacher.  By facilitating failure you and your students are able to pinpoint those tough emotions, negative thoughts, and capitalize on them.

The Big Scribb Whole-Class FREE Grit Challenge finished collaboration poster. Keep reading for access to this FREE challenge.

Wisdom.

My team and I would introduce this type of activity during the first week of school. This thoughtful idea to introduce failure came from one of my favorite colleagues. We used it for the first day of math class. Based on what we observed, experienced, and discussed this type of activity will forever hold a spot in the first week of school lineup. Probably the most surprising outcome of this activity was the way my more gifted and talented students responded. When you think of it… the students with the least amount of exposure to exercising grit or a growth mindset are the students that school comes easiest to. The grittiest students are those that are used to struggling and working hard every. single. day. There is so much value in these lessons and the discussions and experiences they bring. It is simply not enough to define what Grit and a Growth Mindset is, it must be practiced, and it needs to be practiced in a controlled environment where you can mentor them through their thought process. Instead of hoping they apply what you discussed in a lesson when their trial comes along.

Application

A tough activity designed to encourage failure is the perfect discussion starter as to why it is so important we facilitate a growth mindset and know what GRIT is. Once introduced I continue to introduce approximately one new activity a week until the end of the year. I like to give students about a week per activity. This gives them time to wrestle strategies or questions and ponder on the challenge at hand. ***Remember a key component of GRIT is endurance. Grit is something displayed over time. As tempting as it is to give them the answers they so desperately want, the wrestle is the most important part. With many of these challenges, the solution is SIMPLE. However, it requires the students to think outside the box. This thought process will not come if time is not afforded. Plus the joy and satisfaction are that much greater once a struggle and multiple failures have been encountered.

Reflection

My favorite part of this product is the reflection sheet. Students identify an emotion on the learning pit that best illustrates where they were before the activity ended. The reflection page is only included in the paid products. This means the Big Scribb, The Bewilderer, & The Nuisance (Challenges 6 & 7) do not include the reflection page.

If you love this activity and you’re on board with facilitating failure throughout the school year, make sure to check out these activities! Remember the reflection sheets are included with the paid challenges.

If you are looking to get the most bang for your buck, make sure to check out the Bundle that includes all of the paid products at a discount!

 

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Learn the Nitty Gritty about these Best-Selling Grit & Growth Mindset Challenges:

If you plan to use these challenges throughout the school year, purchasing the bundle is your best choice and gives you the best value. This product includes access to over 60 pages and 35  DIGITAL and Printable Activities. You can also purchase the challenges individually, see descriptions for more information.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE BUNDLE: Bundle includes ALL Paid Challenges!

 

The Nitty Gritty

 

1. The Nitty Gritty Triangle Challenge: (Digital & Printable)

Click Here to Purchase The Nitty Gritty Triangle Activity 1:

Students will complete the Magic Math Triangle, where all digits along the perimeter of the triangle must add up to the given magic sum. There are two triangles with 4 possible magic sums totaling 8 activities! There is a signature section where you can require the student to get a signature from you, a classmate, or their own before moving on. ANSWER KEY is included! Take each challenge a step further and see if the students can find multiple solutions per magic number Triangle. Great for critical and higher-level thinking. This activity requires a minimum of 20 minutes per triangle. By no means will a student finish all 4 triangle challenges, unless you stretch the challenges out.

2. The Nitty Gritty Tangle Challenge: (Printable)

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The Nitty Gritty Tangle is a great way to challenge younger students or start off on a lighter note. Don’t be fooled. These mazes are not for the faint of heart. There are a total of 7 mazes that are scaffolded to build confidence, while still facilitating a challenge.

3. The Nitty Gritty Puzzler Challenge: (Digital & Printable)

Click Here to Purchase The Nitty Gritty Puzzler Activity 3

The Puzzler, is named appropriately. This challenge includes 4 different puzzles and trust me, your students will struggle to complete them. Remember these activities are intended to cause frustration, disappointment, in order to better explain Grit and Growth Mindset. These puzzles are fun and will cause excitement and strain as students work to solve them. Two of the puzzles allow students to actually cut out the pieces to be manipulated. Great for that kinesthetic experience! Another however strictly requires only mental computation, this component truly causes a strain.

4. The Nitty Gritty Confuzzler Challenge: (Digital & Printable)

The Nitty Gritty Confuzzler Activity 4

The Confuzzler is SO fun and SO hard. I guarantee failure on this one. The best part is the answers are right in front of you and they become SO obvious once you finally know it! The Confuzzler includes 4 different types of word puzzles made up of: Rebuses, (Rebus), anagrams, pangrams, brainteasers, matchstick, logic puzzles, and more! Give these time to marinate. The worst thing you can do is give the answers too quickly. In fact, you could try your hand at these along with the students!

5. The Nitty Gritty Scribbler Challenge: (Printable )

One of these activities will work as a digital product, however, it works best as a printable 😀

The Nitty Gritty Scribbler Activity 5

The Nitty Gritty Scribbler includes over 28 pages such as:

  • Tricky Triple Diamond Sketch Puzzle
  • Impossible Envelope Brain Teaser Sketch Puzzle
  • Scattered Grid Puzzle Page
  • Distorted Grid Drawing Pages
  • Symmetry Drawing Pages
  • Grid Method Drawing Pages
  • Extreme Dot to Dot
  • Grit Detailed Coloring Pages
  • Growth Mindset Coloring Pages
  • + MORE

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6. The Nitty Gritty Thingamajig Challenge: FREE To Members of On Lemon Lane

The Nitty Gritty Thingamajig is a fun bunch of challenges with a more kinesthetic vibe! From folding origami to solving the Impossible Paper Trick! I’ve also included links to videos of my other favorite paper puzzles and tricks that all require a few supplies to complete, all of which can be found around the classroom! As an added bonus, the Nitty Gritty Thingamajig also includes intricate coloring pages that you or your students can edit the Growth Mindset Quote the print and color!

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Click Here to Download The Nitty Gritty Thingamagig Challenge

 

7. The Nitty Gritty Bewilderer Activity 7: FREE SAMPLE available To Members of On Lemon Lane (Digital & Printable)

Ancient Chinese Legend tells of a turtle with a curious pattern found on his shell. It wasn’t until someone looked closer that they realized the pattern was in fact a magic square! A magic square is filled with consecutive numbers in a way that the sum of each row, column, and diagonal all add up to the same number. Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin without the help of a calculator, even created a 16 x 16 magic square over 200 years ago! He is quoted saying, “[it] is the most magically magical of any magic square ever made by any magician.” The Nitty Gritty Bewliderer allows students to dive deep into these magical shapes all while practicing Grit and developing a Growth Mindset! This Activity includes both DIGITAL and Printable activities! 

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As discussed previously, I’ve created a free sample of this challenge for you and your class! The Free Sample is made up of two challenges based on the 3 x 3 Magic Square. This puzzle can be assigned as either a digital or printable! Click on the link below to check out the FREE Sample of the Nitty Gritty Bewilderer Challenge #7

Click Here to Download the FREE Sample that includes 2 Digital and Printable Activities to try in your classroom!

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8. The Big Scribb Whole-Class Collaboration Challenge: (Printable)

Essentially this project is a mural that is created in pieces by students in your class. Students have no idea what the end result or picture will be and instead are asked to focus on their small tile and to recreate the image assigned to them with as much accuracy as they can.

I’ve included two options for the mural. Based on which tile you have students recreate their assigned design will result in either a 3 x 3 ft mural, or a 5 x 5ft mural! One of the wonderful details about this project is that up to 64 students can be involved in this project. You are also able to easily differentiate with the tiles because the designs on the tile vary from all levels of difficulty.

Click Here to Learn More about the Big Scribb Activity

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PHEW.

As far as I’m concerned there’s no better place to foster failure than in the classroom, with a teacher like you as their guide through the depths of the learning pit. Skills like these will carry students through more than just academics.

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Looking for an activity that’s SURE to bring the spirit of Elijah into your heart while you study Doctrine and Covenants Section 2 for #comefollowme this week. I’ve got two @familysearch activities guaranteed to make your heart swell, both take less than 30 seconds, and absolutely no family history know how is required. Trust me, I’m as novice as they come.
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The first activity requires you to upload a picture of yourself, it will then calculate who you look like the most in your family tree! Sarah Mae Eden was a consistent front runner in my results, which sharing the same middle name Mae, felt extra serendipitous.
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Head to this week’s blog post for the second @familysearch activity idea and more details! Comment below who you look the most like, or tag a friend💛
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I was so excited when I saw @angiemaek had released a new song. (Composer of My Own Sacred Grove) I was even MORE excited when I realized it was about Family History, then I was the MOST excited when I realized this week’s Come Follow Me focused on Elijah’s promise to turn their hearts to their fathers 💛
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Head to this week’s blog post to listen! Thank you again @angiemaek for sharing your talents with us. Absolutely beautiful 💛
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This isn’t the first time this has happened. In fact, as I look back I can think of a handful of times where something similar has happened, in relation to preparing these posts or hoping they will come together.

You see, I’ve been praying, sometimes as a formal prayer, but mostly a plea from the depths of my heart, that Heavenly Father would help me to figure out how to make these weekly posts work. Because genuinely, I WANT to do them. They are good for my soul. However, putting these posts together takes a lot of sacrifice in the sense of time and dedicated thought, which as a mother with 3 young children, and a business on the side, time and dedicated thought are two of my most precious and rare resources....
(Head to this week’s post to keep reading 💛)
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Did you catch this week’s free printables and activities for Come Follow Me?! This coloring page of Joseph Smith and Emma, melts my heart.
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Side Note: Who has used @familysearch Famous Relative app? It’s the PERFECT family activity for this week with the focus being on #familyhistory
You may be asking what this little side note has to do with this coloring page... well through the #familysearch I found I’m related to BOTH Joesph and Emma!
Head to this week’s blog post for more information and a link to the activity, then comment below with a famous relative In YOUR family tree!
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Did anyone else see @latterdayfamily suggestion for recreating the first vision using rocks! Such a fun and creative idea💛 She used Canvas, making it a durable piece of art that can be displayed for the year. Absolutely LOVED this idea.
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Head to the blog for more ideas for this week’s Come Follow Me Lesson
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If Joseph Smith’s transcendent experience in the Sacred Grove teaches us anything, it is that the heavens are open and that God speaks to His children. The Prophet Joseph Smith set a pattern for us to follow in resolving our questions. Drawn to the promise of James that if we lack wisdom we may ask of God, the boy Joseph took his question directly to Heavenly Father. He sought personal revelation, and his seeking opened this last dispensation.”

“In like manner, what will your seeking open for you? What wisdom do you lack? What do you feel an urgent need to know or understand? Follow the example of the Prophet Joseph. Find a quiet place where you can regularly go. Humble yourself before God. Pour out your heart to your Heavenly Father. Turn to Him for answers and for comfort” (Ensign, May 2018).

-President Russel M. Nelson
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Did anyone else wonder if reading the Doctrine and Covenants would be as relatable and comparable to reading the Book of Mormon last year in relations to the state of the world....
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And then you read about Joseph Smith’s experience....
✅Chaos
✅Differences of Opinions
✅Not knowing what’s truth
✅People that should have been his friend treating him unkindly because of beliefs.....
If there has ever been a time in my life where I’ve so desperately yearned to know what is truth and what is not, it would be now. Grateful for the restored gospel.
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“The Prophet Joseph Smith set a pattern for us to follow in resolving our questions. Drawn to the promise of James that if we lack wisdom we may ask of God, the boy Joseph took his question directly to Heavenly Father. He sought personal revelation, and his seeking opened this last dispensation... In like manner, what will your seeking open for you? What wisdom do you lack? What do you feel an urgent need to know or understand? Follow the example of the Prophet Joseph. Find a quiet place where you can regularly go. Humble yourself before God. Pour out your heart to your Heavenly Father. Turn to Him for answers and for comfort” (Ensign, May 2018).

-President Russel M. Nelson
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It was just me & the kiddos last Saturday. I had put off a lot of projects over Christmas break & was hoping to dedicate the majority of that day to getting caught up. After my kids had finished a movie I decided the next “keep em happy” activity would be a bath w/ one of their new bath bombs. As I worked I asked the kids to pick out a bath bomb & toys they would like to play with as they tubbed. The kids grew impatient as I struggled to pull myself away from the computer. Time passed & baby Grace woke up fixed on a feeding. Benson & Lovie got antsy realizing it would be even longer before I could start their tubs. I assured them I’d help as soon as sis was done & reminded them to find their bath time tools they had previously picked out. At some point between the picking out & waiting for mom, Benson had lost his bath bomb. The anxiety filled him as the reality of the disappearance of his bath bomb set in. Desperately he began to search as I helplessly sat in the chair nursing Grace. After a valiant effort he returned to no avail. I told him to say a prayer, & try again which he quickly, humbly & obediently did. Again, another valiant effort of searching commenced. This time I offered my own silent pleading that Heavenly Father would answer his prayers & that Benson would be able to find it on his own, without my interference. Benson returned to the living room deflated and defeated. Still no sign. He sat on the ground, & began to complain & look for something else to fill his attention. At this point I told him something to the effect that Heavenly Father cares about what you care about, so if finding this bath bomb is important to you, it’s important to him... “however,” & I quote, “you have to do the work, it (the bath bomb) won’t just fall from the sky.” Inspired once again, Benson stood up & got to work. Lovie offering a sweet vocal prayer of encouragement behind him, they were off. Not moments later Benson was again at the Christmas Tree, a place he had looked again, & again, & again. This time his small wooden rocker he intended to use as a stool bumped the tree, and would you believe it... thud. The missing bath bomb literally fell from the sky. ...

WE’RE BACK!
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I’m SO EXCITED to share some of the AMAZING and FREE resources I’ve found to aid your study of the Doctrine and Covenants this year! Head to this week’s post!
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Raise your hand in the comments if you were as clueless as I was to the FREE book put out by the church meant to provide context to each of the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants???!!🙋🏼‍♀️
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Thank you all for your patience as I take the time to refocus and reground myself. This Christmas season more than ever I've felt more distant and distracted from what truly matters. I had the best of intentions of this year being more Christ centered, and my intentions remained only that. I plan to take these next few days to sure up my foundation and refocus my attention on Him. *If you want to read/see the story that struck a chord in my soul, head to my story/teaching account @teachingonlemonlane
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I'll be taking a break from here but look forward to the new year and our study of Doctrine and Covenants!
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This absolutely stunning portrayal of baby Jesus is by Mallory Fiso of @foxandpebble Head to her account to see her other beautiful depictions of the #nativity.
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#comefollowme #comefollowme2020 #comefollowmebookofmormon #bookofmormon #lds #ldsprintable #goanddo #strivetobe #imamormon #generalconference #ldsliving #ldsart #temples #ldsquote #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints #mormon #comefollowmeprimary #comefollowmetoddlers #comefollowmeforfamilies
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Thank you all for your patience as I take the time to refocus and reground myself. This Christmas season more than ever I've felt more distant and distracted from what truly matters. I had the best of intentions of this year being more Christ centered, and my intentions remained only that. I plan to take these next few days to sure up my foundation and refocus my attention on Him. *If you want to read/see the story that struck a chord in my soul, head to my story/teaching account @teachingonlemonlane
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I'll be taking a break from here but look forward to the new year and our study of Doctrine and Covenants!
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This absolutely stunning portrayal of baby Jesus is by Mallory Fiso of @foxandpebble Head to her account to see her other beautiful depictions of the #nativity.
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#comefollowme #comefollowme2020 #comefollowmebookofmormon #bookofmormon #lds #ldsprintable #goanddo #strivetobe #imamormon #generalconference #ldsliving #ldsart #temples #ldsquote #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints #mormon #comefollowmeprimary #comefollowmetoddlers #comefollowmeforfamilies
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Thank you all for your patience as I take the time to refocus and reground myself. This Christmas season more than ever I've felt more distant and distracted from what truly matters. I had the best of intentions of this year being more Christ centered, and my intentions remained only that. I plan to take these next few days to sure up my foundation and refocus my attention on Him. *If you want to read/see the story that struck a chord in my soul, head to my story/teaching account @teachingonlemonlane
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I'll be taking a break from here but look forward to the new year and our study of Doctrine and Covenants!
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This absolutely stunning portrayal of baby Jesus is by Mallory Fiso of @foxandpebble Head to her account to see her other beautiful depictions of the #nativity.
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#comefollowme #comefollowme2020 #comefollowmebookofmormon #bookofmormon #lds #ldsprintable #goanddo #strivetobe #imamormon #generalconference #ldsliving #ldsart #temples #ldsquote #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints #mormon #comefollowmeprimary #comefollowmetoddlers #comefollowmeforfamilies
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Thank you all for your patience as I take the time to refocus and reground myself. This Christmas season more than ever I've felt more distant and distracted from what truly matters. I had the best of intentions of this year being more Christ centered, and my intentions remained only that. I plan to take these next few days to sure up my foundation and refocus my attention on Him. *If you want to read/see the story that struck a chord in my soul, head to my story/teaching account @teachingonlemonlane
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I'll be taking a break from here but look forward to the new year and our study of Doctrine and Covenants!
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This absolutely stunning portrayal of baby Jesus is by Mallory Fiso of @foxandpebble Head to her account to see her other beautiful depictions of the #nativity.
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#comefollowme #comefollowme2020 #comefollowmebookofmormon #bookofmormon #lds #ldsprintable #goanddo #strivetobe #imamormon #generalconference #ldsliving #ldsart #temples #ldsquote #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints #mormon #comefollowmeprimary #comefollowmetoddlers #comefollowmeforfamilies
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Thank you all for your patience as I take the time to refocus and reground myself. This Christmas season more than ever I've felt more distant and distracted from what truly matters. I had the best of intentions of this year being more Christ centered, and my intentions remained only that. I plan to take these next few days to sure up my foundation and refocus my attention on Him. *If you want to read/see the story that struck a chord in my soul, head to my story/teaching account @teachingonlemonlane
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I'll be taking a break from here but look forward to the new year and our study of Doctrine and Covenants!
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This absolutely stunning portrayal of baby Jesus is by Mallory Fiso of @foxandpebble Head to her account to see her other beautiful depictions of the #nativity.
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#comefollowme #comefollowme2020 #comefollowmebookofmormon #bookofmormon #lds #ldsprintable #goanddo #strivetobe #imamormon #generalconference #ldsliving #ldsart #temples #ldsquote #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints #mormon #comefollowmeprimary #comefollowmetoddlers #comefollowmeforfamilies
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Thank you all for your patience as I take the time to refocus and reground myself. This Christmas season more than ever I've felt more distant and distracted from what truly matters. I had the best of intentions of this year being more Christ centered, and my intentions remained only that. I plan to take these next few days to sure up my foundation and refocus my attention on Him. *If you want to read/see the story that struck a chord in my soul, head to my story/teaching account @teachingonlemonlane
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I'll be taking a break from here but look forward to the new year and our study of Doctrine and Covenants!
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This absolutely stunning portrayal of baby Jesus is by Mallory Fiso of @foxandpebble Head to her account to see her other beautiful depictions of the #nativity.
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#comefollowme #comefollowme2020 #comefollowmebookofmormon #bookofmormon #lds #ldsprintable #goanddo #strivetobe #imamormon #generalconference #ldsliving #ldsart #temples #ldsquote #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints #mormon #comefollowmeprimary #comefollowmetoddlers #comefollowmeforfamilies
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Each year our family gives a favorite Christmas book to some of our loved ones. (I wish I was able to get my hands on more of them!😭) With the passing of author Tomie dePaola, it seemed appropriate to give one of his. Reading this book, THIS year, made me cry. I struggled to make it through as it highlighted my weaknesses and put into words what I've been trying to set aside and not deal with. Last year I had great intentions of celebrating a more Christ centered Christmas, December arrived and again my intentions remained only that. Reading this story struck a cord in my soul. I'm old Befana. There may only be a few days left until Christmas, but I'm going to be intentional with them. On that note, I'll be taking a break from social and working to reground myself with the foundation that matters, and refocus my attention on Him. Love you all, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Head to my story for a swipe up of a reading of, ”The Legend of Old Befana, ” by the late Tomie dePaola
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This is SO GREAT!! Head to @figlittles to download a COMBINED (Come Follow Me/Light the World) Calendar! Thanks so much Ali, this is GENIUS💛💛💛
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@figlittles post:

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed (like me!!) with all the fun advents, traditions, count-downs, and to-do’s I’ve got something you might like.

I decided rather than pumping out a slew of unique content for the December PlayGuide, I’d put together a simple calendar that combines Come Follow Me lessons with the church’s Light The World (LTW) campaign! These calendar templates have the original prompts from Light The World, but I’ve done the work for you and picked a scripture and discussion prompt that perfectly accompanied the LTW theme for that day. It is PRETTY genius if I do say so myself! 🎉

I hope this is useful and helps you simplify this season instead of piling on more!

It’s only December 2...but is anyone else feeling the holiday craziness already too?! Do you think this year is more or less busy than other non-Covid holidays? 🤷🏼‍♀️ vote with a 🎄 for MORE busy and a ☃️ for LESS busy!

#comefollowmeforfamilies #comefollowmeprimary #figlittlescreative #figlittlesplayguide #churchofjesuschristoflatterdaysaints #lighttheworld #lighttheworld2020 #scripturepower #iamachildofgod #scripturestudy
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#givethanks 3:7
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I'm grateful for refinement. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to be a little better everyday. Though my growth pattern is for every step forward there's a few steps back, somehow, over time, minuscule little by minute little, there's been progress. Though I don't see it in the day to day, I do see it in the years gone by and though it is slow, and the curve to my chart is gradual, it's there. I know this is due to Christ’s enabling Grace, available through His atonement. I don't think I'll ever quite have the words, the comprehension, or the understanding to adequately express my gratitude for this.

Art by one of my very favorites Emily Shay
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Had to share Emily’s words when she debuted this piece, ”The Refiner’s Fire.”
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”...And yet, considering a piece of rough ore- a rock encased with minerals naturally contains impurities. However with those impurities, it also carries within it precious metals such as silver and gold. For the refiner to create something out of that piece of ore, he needs to begin the refining process by breaking the ore with a heavy hammer. The ore then must be exposed to the refiner’s fire, with temperatures as high as 900-1000 degrees Celsius, in order to burn away the impurities and reveal the precious metal inside.
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Could there be a gold and silver lining to the trials we are experiencing? By clinging to hope, persevering in faith and trusting in the Master Refiner’s perfect plan, we are refined in the fire.

In this painting there are a few things I’d like to point out:
⁃ with the support of Jesus Christ and heaven raining down tender mercy to keep her from burning, she is safe, cool and unconsumed.
⁃ by accepting such love and support, this brings new growth – beautiful fiery growth.
⁃ Christ’s halo is made of all colors of the flame, as he takes on every and all the impurities.

“I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say ‘The Lord is our God.’” Zech. 13:9”
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“Hope is not knowledge, but rather the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promise to us. It is confidence that if we live according to God’s laws and the words of His prophets now, we will receive desired blessings in the future. It is believing and expecting that our prayers will be answered. It is manifest in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf ...

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