Friday, October 25, 2013

"My soul delighteth in the words of Isaiah" 2 Nephi 25:5

Seminary!  You've gotta love it.

First of all, I'm greeted every morning by wonderful smiling students.  Take Logan for example.  I couldn't help but snap this picture of him when he walked into class yesterday.  What a great t-shirt.  What a great smile so early in the morning.  What a great kid, as all my seminary students are! 

Second- When you are in seminary, you can study and learn more about the great prophet, Isaiah. 

The coming up week in seminary we are going to learn that "great are the words of Isaiah."  3 Nephi 23:1 

*Did you know that:
  • Isaiah is the most quoted of all the Old Testament prophets.
  • The writings of Isaiah deal with events of his day as well as events beyond his time. 
  • The bulk of Isaiah's prophecies deal with the coming of the Redeemer.
  • A major difficulty in understanding the book of Isaiah is his extensive use of symbolism, as well has his prophetic foresight and literary style. (I guess I'll brush up on my understanding of symbolism, prophecies, and his literary style)
*these tidbits about Isaiah are found in the Bible Dictionary

Below is a video telling of Isaiah's writings of the Savior

You can also see the video by clicking here

Friday, October 18, 2013

Is There Really a God?

Today one of my seminary students shared a question he had recently been pondering.  He said that after a discussion he had in one of his school's science class he began thinking, Is there really a God

Robert D. Hales said, "Gaining a testimony and becoming converted begins with study and prayer, then living the gospel with patience and persistence and inviting and waiting upon the Spirit." 

Elder Hales' quote makes me appreciate the effort my seminary students make each day to come to class so they can gain their own personal testimony that, yes, there is a God.  We are His children.  He sent Jesus Christ to show us the way to live and to also to atone for our sins so we can return to live with Him again.   

To answer my students' question, Russell M. Nelson reminds us that, YES, we know there is a God as we ponder the miracle of the human body.
You can also view the video by clicking here.  

This year in seminary we are studying the Book of Mormon.   In this video a young bishop in England describes how the Book of Mormon came to life for him and changed his perspective forever.
 You can also view this video by clicking here.  

Monday, October 14, 2013

SO......this will be a SEWING post....for an apron and child's bib

Thanks to my mother-in-law, aprons have always been part of the Magnusson family.

I ran across this idea for an apron on facebook.  It was posted by Terry Quinn, some random lady on facebook, with 2,929 followers.  I guess you will have that many followers when you post good ideas like this one. 
Sewing idea #1:   Old shirt apron

Need an apron? ... make one  from an old shirt!

Start with a man's shirt. Cut off the sleeves and the back.

Cut around the collar but leave it intact. I cut very close to the seam so that I wouldn't have to hem anything or have any raw edges.

Use your rotary cutter and ruler to make a diagonal cut from the armpit to the top of the shoulder.

Make sure both sides are even.

On the raw edge that you just cut, turn a hem under, concealing all raw edges, and sew it down. Do this on both sides.

The final step is to make the apron ties. You could use ribbon if you wanted, but I chose to cut strips of fabric on the bias to make the apron interesting.

Close all raw edges in and sew your straps on to the bottom of your diagonal cut. Be sure to backstitch several times for reinforcement.

And you're done!

A couple of final tips-

Flip the collar up until you are completely done with the apron. This keeps you from accidentally stitching it down and it just puts it out of the way!

Second, button the shirt all the way down at the very beginning. This will help your fabric stay straighter.

If you have a plaid shirt, that is a good starter since you can use the stripes as your guide for keeping it straight.

Sewing idea #2:    Kitchen towel bib.
My Sister-in-law, Karen, is a whiz at these bibs and kept me supplied when my children were little and now makes them for my grand kids.  This is just another reason why I have the best sister-in-laws!  
You'll want to print up this on a 8 1/2 x 11 paper to get the correct proportion for the hole patten
Happy sewing!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

5 Days and Counting

Kristine is busy packing and getting ready to leave for the Missionary Training Center.  Not only has she been packing and preparing the last few weeks for this experience, she has been preparing her whole life.

Click on picture to read what is says
 We  also enjoyed visits from family members as Kristine has spoken in two different congregations the past two Sundays. 
Sam, Kristine, and cousins Andrew, Michelle, and Camille

Sam, Rachel, Scott, Kathleen, Kristine, Craig, Lynn, Cula, Aliece, David

Great Aunt Cula

Uncle Craig and Aunt Lynn

Rachel, Kristine, and Sam