Monday, July 2, 2012

Your 4th of July Must Have's

 How Does Boyd's Celebrate The 4th of July?


Books about American History   
Kid's Crafts
and FHE ideas! 

Great American Documents 
Have you ever tried to read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution, but found them difficult to understand? Would you like to see evidence of God’s hand throughout the unique history of the United States? Great American Documents for Latter-day Saint Families discusses several vital documents of American freedom and libertyFor LDS Families...

The Mayflower Compact (1620)
A Model of Christian Charity (1630)
Common Sense (1776)
The Declaration of Independence (1776)
The Constitution of the United States of America (1787)
The Bill of Rights (1789)
George Washington's Farewell Address (1796)
Thomas Jefferson's Confidential Letter to Congress (1803)
The Star-Spangled Banner (1814)
The Monroe Doctrine (1823)
Battle Hymn of the Republic (1861)
The Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
The Gettysburg Address (1863)
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address (1865) 
The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (1920) 
John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address (20 January 1961) 
Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech (28 August 1963) 
Ronald Reagan's Speech: "The Boys of Pointe du Hoc" (6 June 1984)

FHE Ideas: 

5 Minute FHE
(to print this lesson click on the title on the next line)
by Rebecca Irvine

Song:  My Country (Children Songbook, pg. 224)
Opening Prayer: By Invitation
Objective:   Help family members understand that Heavenly Father wants His children to be free to exercise their agency and that the American continent was set aside as the promised land offering freedom and liberty to those blessed to live there.
Directions:   Enlarge the flag banner page by 250 percent onto poster size paper (or make a similar flag on poster board using markers or pieced construction paper). Color the top (solid half) blue and the bottom stripes red and white. Copy the scripture stars onto white card-stock paper, and cut them out. Laminate the flag banner and the scripture stars for durability if desired.  Click here to print Scripture Stars & Flag Pattern.
Captain Moroni
Visual Aid: Captain Moroni Raises the Title of Liberty – Gospel Art Book #79
Lesson: Teach family members that Heavenly Father places great value on the need for freedom and liberty; agency is an essential part of the plan of salvation. Heavenly Father made sure the Restoration of the gospel took place in a free land. Read about these points in the scriptures by taking turns reading a scripture star. Discuss the importance of each scripture in understanding personal or national free- dom. Have family members place the scripture stars on the flag banner. Display the flag banner in your home throughout the month as a visual reminder of the importance of freedom and liberty.

U.S. Constitution
Activity: Take time during family home evening to read parts of the Constitution and list some of the freedoms it specifically designates for citizens of the United States. Learn about the founding fathers and how they worked to ensure the birth of the nation was based firmly in freedom and liberty.

Gordon B. Hinckley
Quote:“I marvel at the miracle of America, the land which the God of Heaven long ago declared to be a land choice above all other lands
“I love America for her great and brawny strength, I love her for her generous heart. I love her for her tremendous spiritual strengths. She is unique among the nations of the earth—in her discovery, in her birth as a nation, in her amalgamation of the races that have come to her shores, in the strength of her government, in the goodness of her people.
“God bless America, for she is His creation,” (Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand a Little Taller: Counsel and Inspiration for Each Day of the Year [Salt Lake City, Utah: Eagle Gate, 2001], 195).

Closing Song:  Who’s on the Lord’s Side? (Hymn #260)
Closing Prayer: By Invitation
36 Servings Prep: 30 min. + freezing Bake: 15 min. + cooling


    1 package (18-1/4 ounces) red velvet cake mix
    1 quart blue moon ice cream, softened
    3 cups heavy whipping cream
    1-1/2 cups marshmallow creme
    Red, white and blue sprinkles
    Blue colored sugar


·      Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions for cupcakes.
·      Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full. Bake at 350° for 11-14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
·      Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
·      Working quickly, spread ice cream over cupcakes.
·      Freeze for at least 1 hour.
·      In a large bowl, combine cream and marshmallow creme; beat until stiff peaks form.
·      Pipe over cupcakes; decorate with sprinkles and colored sugar.
·      Freeze for 4 hours or until firm.
Yield: 3 dozen.

(Provided by: Keepin' Up with LDS Bookstores

Kids Crafts: