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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Fort Walton Beach FL Stake RS Conference

Dear Relief Society Sisters -

Here is a copy of the hand out from the class today. Later, I will see about posting all of my notes, and perhaps a few more links to resources for open (free) learning courses.

I hope to hear from some of you soon - I would love to help you begin to set up learning plan of your own.

Smooches -

M.

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The Glory of God is Intelligence

Ft. Walton Beach Stake Relief Society Conference
February 25, 2012


 Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.”  (D & C 130: 18-19)

"You belong to a church that teaches the importance of education. You have a mandate from the Lord to educate your minds and your hearts and your hands. . . . There can be no doubt, none whatever, that education pays. Do not short-circuit your lives. If you do so, you will pay for it over and over and over again." —Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Jan. 2001.

"Because of our sacred regard for each human intellect, we consider the obtaining of an education to be a religious responsibility. . . . Our Creator expects His children everywhere to educate themselves." —Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, Nov. 1992, emphasis added

Seven Secrets I Learned on the Way To A PhD

1.    It’s About Fire Building, not Just Bucket Filling
a.     “The glory of god is intelligence, or in other words, light and truth. Light and truth forsake that evil one.” (D&C 96: 36-37)

2.     Unlearning leads to Real Learning
a.     “Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.” - Arnold Edinborough

3.    Lifelong learning is Exactly That: Lifelong
a.     “I believe in the pursuit of education. What is education? Reduced to its most simplistic definition it is the training of the mind and the body. . . . It is something that need never stop—no matter how old we grow we can acquire knowledge and use it. We can gather wisdom and profit from it.”
Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley (1997), 170
b.     “Learning is not achieved by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” – Abigail Adams
c.      "The day you stop learning is the day you begin decaying." ~ Isaac Asimov

4.    Get Online and Go Places for Free While in Your Bunny Slippers
a.     OpenCourseWare: http://www.ocwconsortium.org/
b.     Peer2PeerUniversity: http://p2pu.org/en/

5.    Hie Thee to the Library, Girl: Books are still your best friend
a.     “Seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.” (D&C 88:118.)
b.     “If you don’t read, you have no advantage over those who cannot read”
c.      If the library doesn’t have it, use the InterLibraryLoan system (ILL)
d.     Build a family library of classics. Read them with & to your children
                                               i.     http://www.tjed.org/resources/classics/
                                              ii.     http://www.kidsreads.com/lists/classic-lists.asp
                                            iii.     http://www.eagleforum.org/educate/1997/june97/list.html
                                            iv.     http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/3672376/110-best-books-The-perfect-library.html

6.    It’s Not About Benjamins and Alphabet Soup (But it is, sort of)
a.     “The Lord and His Church have always encouraged education to increase our ability to serve Him and our Heavenly Father’s children. For each of us, whatever our talents, He has service for us to give. And to do it well always involves learning, not once or for a limited time, but continually.” (Henry B. Eyring, New Era, April 2009)
b.     “You need all the education you can get. Sacrifice a car; sacrifice anything that is needed to be sacrificed to qualify yourselves to do the work of the world. That would will in large measure pay you what it thinks you are worth, and your worth will increase as you gain education and proficiency in your chosen field.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Jan 2001)           

7.    Explore, But Don’t Wander
a.     “Spiritual learning comes first, but is clear that putting spiritual learning first does not relieve us from learning secular things. On the contrary, it gives our secular learning purpose and motivates us to work harder at it.” (Henry B. Eyring, Ensign, October 2002).
b.     “True learning must have a powerful spiritual component. That spiritual element, when it is effective, refines and uplifts the aims of our total education. . . . Remember, you are interested in education, not just for mortal life but for eternal life. When you see that reality clearly, you will put spiritual learning first and yet not slight the secular learning. In fact, you will work harder at your secular learning than you would without that spiritual vision.” Henry B. Eyring, New Era, April 2009)


Become a Lifelong Learner: You Can Take it With You!
(Or in Other Words, More Good News from the Gospel of Jesus Christ)

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”
~ B.B. King

1.     Develop a plan in consultation with the Father
a.     What makes your heart sing?
b.     What skills would bless your family, ward, or community the most?
c.      What resonates with your values and goals? (do you have values and goals? – another class for another day!)
d.     Don’t be afraid of the big learning projects that God might ask you to do. Be Nephi – if you don’t know where to begin, ask to be led to the ore so you can make the tools you need to build the boat.
e.     Write it down – keep a “To Learn” list
2.     Set aside a dedicated learning time.
a.     Most of us can find 15-30 minutes a day
3.     Identify community resources and groups
a.     Face to face vs. Online
b.     Formal education vs. Self-directed
c.      Groups, guilds, and clubs
d.     Find a mentor, guide, or coach: Most people who are true experts LOVE sharing their knowledge with others. L.O.V.E. it. Don’t be afraid to ask!
4.     Read about it, write about it, DO IT, share it.
5.     Rinse and repeat




Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Another Pinspired Day


No earth shattering news here, just a project I worked on this morning. I made a bunch of puffy alphabet letters for Princess P.'s birthday in a few months.


I used fabric from a charm pack of Moda's "Ruby" collection, which I simply adore beyond words. This is one of those fabric collections I would like to take out a small loan and buy five gazillion yards of it all. (I also used other fabrics from my scrap bag to make the letters A, I, M, Q, W, and Z.)



To make the letters, I used "American Typewriter" in bold face, 475 pt font. And since I am too lazy too cheap so crafty so lazy, I didn't bother printing the letters out, cutting them, then tracing them onto the fabric. I simply used a bit of ingenuity to hold them in place on my computer monitor so I could trace them directly on the fabric using a disappearing ink pen.



The light of the monitor helped A LOT on the darker fabrics. Doing it this way saved SO much time.  As you can see from the letter K, I wasn't exact in the lines. I figured I was making puffy alphabet letters for a two year old. Precision was not critical to the execution of this project.


A word about disappearing ink pens: They don't work so well on red fabric. Well, they do, the ink just disappears within 10 minutes or so. It has something to do with the dye molecules or some thing like that. And the ink sticks around longer on lighter colored fabric but will disappear within 48-72 hours depending on the humidity level in your home (see the K above). You can either be patient and wait for it to disappear, or wet it with some plain water to help it along.

I love disappearing ink pens. Some day, I would like to shake the hand of the brilliant person who invented them. I wonder if it was a happy accident like sticky notes or saran wrap or the color mauve.

But I digress.

To assemble the letters, I essentially, I followed the instructions found at this great Pinterest pin:




Not sure if I will make the basket - I think Princess P. would prefer a purse. Now I just have to find a cute pattern. Any suggestions?

M.