The new study guide from TheSmallSeed was just released, and after looking at it, I can't wait to study and read the words. I always love a place to start my study. I have found that reading chronologically is not as effective as a theme or topic study for me. I have also found that I never end up where the author leads. The Spirit always takes me where I need to go.
The last couple of years I have seen an increase in quality religious workbooks and products on the market. Perhaps they have always been there, and I am just starting to notice more. One such company, Work & Wonder is brand new and just released a General Conference edition workbook for the April session.
I adore that Robert & Stella is the featured artist and it makes me excited to see who will be featured in October. The classic design and neutral pallet were lovely. Lots of white space is a big deal for me. There is a page for each speaker and then a back section that follows the Come, Follow Me curriculum. I am currently serving in the primary, but it will be nice to have a section to follow along.
I had great intentions of writing my thoughts and impressions with each speaker, but as usual, I got sidetracked with the children their needs, and the normal happenings of our home. I decided I would save the talk pages for later when I study each talk. So I chose to use the flower pages for thoughts and impressions that I had during the sessions.
One thing I found that I loved was the idea of having it all the conference thoughts and in one place again that I can pull out and reference. I have found that consolidating all my different journals into one is convenient for the moment, but more challenging when trying to retrieve information.
I will also treasure the small little additions Loaf made in the workbook. It started out with some simple doodles after she saw my bunny, but then we started a little conversation that sometimes happens during church. Her responses are priceless. For example, when I asked if she loved Jesus, she was emphatic with all the exclamation points. And then the next sentence when I told her that Emma gets to talk to people about Jesus on her mission, Loaf responded, "No fare" ( i.e., fair: because she is still learning to spell). This simple note conversation will make this a treasure of years to come.
I appreciated a place to write my testimony after the conference was over. Expressing your testimony, no matter the format is always a good idea and more certainly a blessing for me.
I would like to give away a workbook to one of you. This is not a sponsored giveaway. I loved the product and wanted to share. If you would like a chance to win, please leave a comment below sharing your favorite talk (which is nearly impossible for me to express) or a favorite conference tradition. I will post the winner here on Monday, April 9.
I've decided to add the winner's names to the bottom of the giveaway posts to help me keep track of where everything is. I am also hoping to have more giveaways throughout the year. I love sharing.