Dedicating some of our time to studying the scriptures or preparing to teach a lesson is a good sacrifice. Spending many hours stitching the title of the lesson into homemade pot holders for each member of your class perhaps may not be.
But my response to Dawn and to anyone else who asks is this: It's my time and my use of my time. If we only go with my take on his words as many have done then it's no wonder teachers put very little time into making something as a reminder, let alone prepare a lesson that isn't just reading out of the manual. So what if it gets tossed when they walk into their homes. It's the minutes between getting it and tossing it that counts. And if someone totally hated the handout, then don't take one. You aren't going to hurt my feelings. I do what I do because I want to. By the same token I don't do (nor take) what I don't feel I can do/take successfully. If it's a tchotchke then it's a tchotchke...nothing more nothing less...it just is what it is. Each of mine yesterday contained 3 little salt packets and no I did not run to McDonalds and swipe them. I went to GFS and bought a bag of 1000 of them for less than $2 because, sadly, Morton Salt doesn't make those tiny little salt shakers anymore like I used to keep in my desk at school as an elementary student!
Kristen for her pattern. I first saw these from Jocelyn who bought them from Kristen's Etsy shop for New Beginnings. Those probably doubled the size I made but the best thing about SVG is the S...sizeable. I think I got the pattern just in time because she has put them on the back burner at Etsy while she works on other things...apparently that's how popular they were. But I'll say, they were adorable.
This morning, before I returned to reading Beautiful Creatures so I can see the movie later this week, I got this amazing email from Betty Franklin (Betty is a special friend. I served with her on the Stake RS board before Kirtland separated into its own stake and then again right afterwards when she became Stake RS President. I learned so much from her about baking bread and several of her recipes are in my NaNoWriMo cookbook, and I still use her recipes all the time). I am posting it here, not because she enjoyed my lesson but for what she said about my mom. I could edit out the compliment to me but I won't because I need to remind myself, when I'm in a slump, just how important it is to study a lesson totally, and then NOT read from the manual. I miss my mom....But yesterday I was reminded in the midst of the 2 lessons of the fact that she and I had talked right before we opted for baptism about how important it was that IF I was to take this step with her, that we commit or covenant to it til the end of our lives...and that is exactly what she did. She was faithful and a great servant, one who believed and served everywhere. I am honored she was my mom. And a big thank you to Betty for reminding me of this.
I so enjoyed your lesson this morning. The stories of your mom brought back such tender feelings of the years that we worked together. She was a remarkable woman who was such a great influence in so many lives--including mine. I still think of her cutting carrot sticks into thinner pieces for a party every time I serve carrot sticks. Or enjoy all the homemade cloth napkins we use which saves on the wasted paper ones. That came from her comments on saving the environment. Silly remembrances, but thought you might appreciate them. She was so much more than thin carrot sticks and cloth napkins, but thought these would make you smile.
Thanks again for the lesson. It was great to not just go through word by word from the manual, but use it as a base and scaffold for the lesson. Your did a masterful job.