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LDS Teaching Resources

We’ve gotten in some fantastic LDS teaching resources lately. “A Children’s Songbook Companion”, “The Big Picture”, and “Teaching to Build Faith and Faithfulness” -to name a few.

Children's Songbook CompanionA Children’s Songbook Companion
By Pat Graham, Mary Gourley, Trudy Shipp & Linda Stewart
(reprinted edition)

The most complete and versatile resource available to help musicians and non-musicians alike teach children the love of the gospel through music and song!  Includes: Complete lesson plans for every song in the Children’s Songbook, hundreds of illustrations to copy and enlarge for teaching, easy instructions regardless of your level of musical experience. The authors have drawn upon years of hands-on musical experience and professional talent to produce this complete one-source guide to help you share the joy of singing with every child in your life.

You’ll be able to: Present and teach songs easily, add fun and variety to your teaching, challenge children of all ages and keep their attention , create new lessons simply and effectively, be well prepared to teach by the Spirit. Perfect for: Family home evening, Primary singing time, family trips and vacations, holidays and gatherings, singing time at school.

Teaching to Build Faith and FaithfulnessTeaching to Build Faith and Faithfulness
By Kathy K. Clayton

Gospel teaching that changes hearts and invites action is the goal of all teachers and parents, but ultimately, only the Spirit can teach in life-changing ways. Our role as parents and teachers is really to engage learners in order to facilitate the teaching of the Spirit. Most traditional teaching situations utilize a teacher-centered approach where little is required of the learner and results in a minimal change of heart. This title offers ten strategies that focus on learner-centered instruction, with stories and examples to illustrate the principles. The ideas will encourage parents and teachers to think of themselves as “guides” to aid and assist the influence of the Spirit and suggests practical ways to till the ground of learning, plant and nurture seeds of faith, direct learners to dependable places to find their own answers to questions, and applaud every worthy effort to grow.

The Big PictureThe Big Picture: 20 Family-Friendly Lessons on God’s Plan for You
By John Hilton III & Anthony Sweat

Joseph Smith said that God’s plan of salvation is “one of heaven’s best gifts to mankind.” But how many of us understand the depth and breadth of it completely? And how many of us feel comfortable teaching those eternal truths and doctrines to our families or our classes?

Authors and gospel teachers John Hilton III and Anthony Sweat have teamed up again to lead teenagers step-by-step through the entire plan of salvation—from our premortal existence to the Final Judgment and our inheritance of glory—by using easy-to-understand language, timely examples, scriptural references, and enlightening quotes from our latter-day prophets and apostles.

In addition to being a book that teens can pick up and read, each chapter contains an easy-to-follow and easy-to-adapt lesson plan that can assist parents and others in teaching youth the truths of the plan of salvation. Chapter also include many frequently asked questions about such topics as:

  • The Premortal Existence
  • The Creation
  • The Fall
  • The Atonement of Jesus Christ
  • The Purpose of Life
  • Making Covenants
  • And more!


Scott Smith’s Beautiful Cache Valley Photos

Scott T. Smith, a Utah native who now resides in Cache Valley, is a talented freelance photographer whose previous published works include Salt Lake City Impressions and Along Wyoming’s Continental Divide.  His latest is the book Cache Valley, full of some wonderful photos. It’s a great gift this Christmas. We’ve had people buy it for loved ones living overseas so they can get a taste of home. Don’t forget his 2012 calendar, as well.

‘The Mansion’ is a Timeless Classic

A classic story about a mansion that tells of “not of money squandered but of wealth prudently applied,” The Mansion is a great Christmas gift. And now, it’s out in a special 100th anniversary edition.

President Thomas S. Monson said, “My Christmas reading each year helps bring to me the spirit of the season. I always read the same three texts and have done so for more years than I can remember. I read once again a very small volume entitled “The Mansion,” by Henry Van Dyke. Its message always touches my heart.”

New ‘American Girl’ Characters!!

The American Girl family now has two new members: Cecile and Marie-Grace, two girls who meet and become friends in New Orleans in 1853. The books take turns describing their fun-filled year together. We’re excited to have the American Girl line in our store for the holiday season. And don’t forget the awesome scrapbooking and craft supplies we have upstairs, too.
Also… we’ve got the miniature American Girl dolls! How fun is that? They’re a less expensive alternative to the original dolls, and still just as high quality and cute.

Darth Paper Strikes Back at the Book Table

We’re loving the sequel to The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger. Come in and check it out. And, in the meantime, learn how to make your own origami Yoda here.

Read ‘Llama Llama Red Pajama’ Tomorrow!

Each year, millions of low-income Kindergarten-age children start school academically behind the other children, and their likelihood of catching up is slim. That’s where Jumpstart’s Read for the Record program, in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, comes in.

On October 6, 2011, Jumpstart is hosting an international reading record–by having everyone read Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Red Pajama. Even though it’s a drop in the ocean of America’s early education achievement gap, organizers say this annual program helps.

Plus, who doesn’t love these fun picture books? Just look at the illustrations and your heart will melt.

So tomorrow, pull out that Llama Llama Red Pajama and read it to the kids, and participate in a stand against the growing gap between those kids who can read well, and those who can’t. WeGiveBooks.org has it online for free for the campaign, or you can stop in and buy your own copy.

New Arrivals in General Book

New Arrivals in General Book this week!!
“The Help” audio.

By Kathryn Stockett

If you haven’t read it yet, read it. Or, now, listen to it. This inspiring story will have you laughing, then crying, and cheering on the characters one after the other. The movie wasn’t so bad, either.


In God’s heart you are… Accepted, Wonderfully Made, Forgiven, Loved, Provided For, Enough, Secure, Beautiful, Delightful, Creative, His Friend, His Light, Defended, Guided, His Child, Touched, Never Alone, Desired, His Forever….

“God’s Heart for You”

Holley Gerth writes a sweet inspirational book that teaches women about God’s love for them.


“Matched” paperback

by Ally Condie

Finally! Paperback is out. We’re still holding our breath and waiting for the sequel, “Crossed,” which so far is due to release November 1 of this year.



Guinness World Records 2012 edition

“Bursting with amazing new records.”

Guaranteed to entertain anyone with over a million record holders chronicled inside its glossy, photographed pages and beneath a shiny front cover.

Can You Be ‘Courageous?’ Read: the Resolution for Men

Courageous movie trailer

The September 2011 General Book department Best Buy, “The Resolution for Men,” is based on the movie Courageous, a film about four men who work hard protecting others in the line of duty but, at the end of the day, face the challenge of being fathers.

Read the book based on it, and see the movie when it comes out in theaters September 30th.


LDS Best Buy: God So Loved the World

Mary Ann is our amazing LDS Department Manager. She will go out of her way to help a customer, and she has a passion for what she does. Her note in the April email about the Best Buy she picked for this month was so nice that we had to share it with you all here:

"God So Loved the World" by Eric D. Huntsman. April price is $15.00.

Dear Friends,

Each month at The Book Table we pick one book from each department to be our Best Buy.  I wanted to take a moment and tell you about my choice:
God So Loved the World by Eric D. Huntsman is an amazing book centering on the final week of the Savior’s life.  Dr. Huntsman’s knowledge of ancient Near Eastern culture is blended perfectly with scripture, paintings, maps, photographs, hymns and tradition to make this an incredible addition to a family discussion of the meaning of Easter.  I’m excited to give this to my children this year.  God So Loved the World will be 40% off the list price–in my opinion it is a must buy book.
While you are in the store, check out Jeffrey R. Holland’s new book Created for Greater Things as well.  With the pithy quotes of Brother Holland combined with stunning photographs, it will make a great gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or any other day.
These two books definitely top my list of recommendations for this month.  Come in and visit us and  see for yourself.
Have a wonderful Spring!
Mary Ann


The Children Books Best Buy for April is an earthshaking good book for kids.  These books are just great.  They help teach kids about the science behind a natural disaster.   In a fun way, so kids understand whats going on, what they can do to be safe and not so scared.




This is the first of the Masters of Disaster Series.

We have the book  40 % off for the month of April.  So it is only $3.59.

Parents, the best part is that they are award winning books.  They have the Teachers Choice Award,  Includes 5 SAT words, and is an Accelerated Reader and many many more.