Friday, April 6, 2018

If You Planted a Crayon, What Would It Grow? By Deanna Draper Buck

I have the great pleasure of introducing author Deanna Draper Buck to you. She has written quite a few children's books for the LDS market. Among them are: My First Book of Mormon Stories, My First Church History Stories, My First New Testament Stories, and My First Old Testament Stories.

She has a new book just out, If You Planted a Crayon, What Would It Grow?

One of her granddaughters asked her what would happen if you planted a crayon. Deanna loved this question and wrote a book about it. It's a delightful read that will help children not only learn their colors, but also gospel concepts.

As each crayon is planted, it grows into a variety of things—like red missionary bicycles and brown handcarts. On the last page, all the colors are planted at once, and there is an explosion of rainbows, flowers, and autumn leaves.

The illustrations are lovely and the story premise is charming. This is a great book for children and grandchildren alike.

Back Cover:

 Learn about colors and the gospel in this unique picture book. With each color, you'll find a special gospel topic or scripture story to talk about together, like brown pioneer handcarts, a green grove of trees where Joseph prayed, and black missionary name tags. With rhyming text and entertaining pictures, this book is fun for children, parents, and primary leaders!

Deanna was born in Logan Utah, and grew up in Farmington, Utah. She met her husband at Weber State University. She came to her writing career quite by accident. When her children were little, she looked for books to teach her children the gospel, but could never find any. When her grandchildren came along, she decided to do something about it. She wrote a manuscript and sent it to Deseret Book. It was rejected. She decided to print the book herself. After she sold over 200 copies of the book, she sent it to Deseret Book again. This time it was accepted.

Her books have now sold over 200,000 copies. She has 14 books published and another one coming out this summer.

Thanks Deanna for this wonderful adventure. We appreciate your sharing your talents with us. Our lives are enriched because of you.

The book can be purchased at:

Deseret Book Stores

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

That Illusive Thing Called Happiness

Where can we find that illusive thing called happiness? Is it at the end of the rainbow or in the glass slipper? Can it be found on a beautiful tropical isle or with a never-ending bank account? What brings you happiness?

Here are some ideas.

Look inside. Can you reframe your situation more positively?

A bitter cold winter day
Find beauty in the winter wonderland.
Feel the warmth of the hearth as you step indoors out of the cold.
Experience the magic of a white world.

Search your soul. Allow gratitude to be part of your every day.

Fall Leaves
Be grateful for the the golden colors of the earth.
Be thankful for the last fleeting days of warm sunshine.
Be comforted by the predictability of the seasons.

 Share with others. Give love and service daily.

Relationships are about time
Kindness brings joy to life.
Love is listening.
Your legacy will live on in your relationships.

Happiness is not out there for us to find. The reason that it’s not out there is that it’s inside us.

― Sonja Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want

Monday, January 29, 2018

In Search of Joy

Buddha tells us that we create our own world with our mind. Make it a joyful one.

What kind of dwelling have you crafted in your inner-most self? Look around and see it.
Take some time each day to find your own peace--your own goodness.
Be kind to yourself and those around you.

Is it a positive place with lots of light and love?

Is there goodness around you?

Positive energy?

Flesh it out, fill it in. Make it an oasis for you to relax in.

Is it an ocean setting?

A peaceful wooded area?

A garden of fragrant flowers?

Be in search of your own joy. Use your internal wisdom to make your life the best it can be.