The Individual

Every person on planet earth is a unique, wonderful and interesting human being with incredible potential for good!  This is something that should never be forgotten.    Below, you can see that we have a great speech to offer on this subject, however, you don't have to have heard the speech to take advantage of the many excellent resources also on the page.  We want you to always remember what a fantastic person you are, so please take advantage of any tools that you can to keep this in the forefront of your mind.  If you can remember who you are, you will be a powerful force for good in this world .  You are needed!  You have talents, skills and abilities unique to you!  You are loved! 

Keynote Speech or Fireside

Look Up to See Who You Really Are!

Do you realize what an amazing person you are? Do you have feelings of self-doubt, depression, failure?  At this fireside, you will start thinking about how extraordinary you are and what resources are available to help you remember this.

What if, we become better at recognizing feelings and emotions that do not come from the Lord?  If we can recognize it, we can do something about it.  With Heavenly Father’s help, we can help ourselves, get help from others or from some other resource.  But, we CAN do something about it.  

Maybe we can all learn to better “be able to see beyond imperfections and self ­doubts and recognize who” we “truly are" (Dieter F. Uchtdorf)

Scroll through all the following helps and also, see the Fireside Handouts toward the bottom of the page.

Involve Local Talent

We love having local youth/young adults participate in this fireside by singing the songs that are a part of it.  Plan ahead so there is plenty of time to learn the songs!  (Sheet music will be provided free of charge for the singers and accompanist to use.)

Songs that could be included:

I Stand All Amazed (choose a version)

Angels Round About Us

Like Never Before

This House Divine

Music Helps

 To help ourselves remember who we really are, music can play a big part.  Music can uplift and inspire.  For a quick pick-me-up, listen to one or more songs on my inspiring music list.  If you have recommendations of songs to add, please feel free to contact me to let me know your recommendations! 


" Think if we treated physical wounds in the same manner we sometimes treat internal, emotional, spiritual wounds..."

"I will smile at the rage of the tempest, and ride fearlessly and triumphantly across the boisterous ocean of circumstance..."

People Connections

God uses people to help each other.  He wants us to have strong connections with others.  It is easier to remember who we really are when we do not close ourselves off from one of our greatest resources.  If we are feeling lonely and alienated, it is easier to start listening to those negative voices that want our attention.  We would be wise to always be working on our people connections so that we truly feel like we have people to reach out to when times are tough.  Here are some very fast and mostly easy people connection ideas.  In particular, when feeling down, use all the will you can muster and force yourself to do something rather than nothing. And then do it again and again.  God will use others to help you and you to help others.

  • Invite someone to play a board game with you
  • Send an inspirational quote to someone you know (text, email, letter, Facebook message...)
  • Ask someone to take a short walk around the neighborhood with you
  • Take baked goods to someone
  • Make a phone call, even just starting the conversation with, "I was just thinking about you and I thought I would let you know I appreciate having you in my life
  • Compliment the cashier at the grocery about his/her service or appearance
  • Introduce yourself to someone at church
  • Purposefully share your best smile with several people as you go throughout your day
  • Ask someone where they are from, what their favorite leisure activities are, how they wound up living where they currently do, what their favorite book is...
  • Invite someone to join you for lunch at your house or at a restaurant
  • At places you go to regularly, choose a new spot to sit and say hello to those around you
  • Ask a librarian for a book recommendation. This can start an interesting conversation.
  • Introduce someone you know to someone else you know
  • Say hello to someone in the grocery store, along the sidewalk, at a restaurant or anywhere you see people.  Most people will respond with a nice hello back and a smile.
  • Tell a family member or friend that you have half an hour or an hour and you want to use it helping them with something (do the dishes, make cookies, anything really)
  • If someone asks for a volunteer at church, be that volunteer
  • Gather some things you don't need and donate to a shelter or some other place.  Have an interaction with someone as you serve.
  • Choose to babysit for someone
  • Give something to a homeless person.  This can be something as simple as a granola bar.
  • Invite someone to watch a movie with you
  • Ask someone to join you in making a craft item of some sort
  • Interact with us on our Facebook page
  • Let us know of your suggestions.

Self Help Resources

suicide prevention lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


LDS Family Services: Whether or not you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this resource is amazing.  They offer help in the following categories:

Alcoholics Anonymous 

Service Helps


BEING a resource for someone else can be very uplifting.  Serving others can lift one's own burdens. Service can take only 30 seconds, or it can be something that requires a much longer time commitment. There is something everyone can do, no matter how little spare time they have. 

Just Serve in Your Own Community  Ever heard of microvolunteering?  This site helps people find ways that they can serve even in their pajamas with tasks ranging from 1 to 30 minutes for causes around the world. Service  Use this site to find ways to serve that take anywhere from 5 minutes to full time.  Click on links offering Full Time, Part Time and Spare Time opportunites   This site gives a listing of a lot of sites that you can go to to find ways to serve. 

Click button to find even more ideas to help you remember who you are!

Fireside Handouts

Use these to help you help yourself.

Click button to find inspirational, uplifting videos and links.

You've Got The Power!

Daily Upkeep

 If desired, put a copy of the following in a place you will see it frequently.  When you find yourself in the midst of a trying challenge, review the six bulleted points under the heading "When in difficulty".   Use those phrases to help get yourself back on track.  Review the "To prevent problems section" regularly to help keep yourself thinking in a positive manner.  

When in difficulty:

  • Never lose faith 
  • Seek inspiration
  • Seek counsel
  • Ask for help/prayers/blessings
  • Take advantage of resources available
  • Believe in miracles whether soon or late

To prevent problems:

  • Watch for stress indicators (do something about it before it becomes full blown)
  • Be aware of your triggers (determine a good response you could use in certain situations)
  • Get enough rest
  • Give your body real food
  • Slow down (do not take upon yourself too many things)
  • Take time for things that bring joy
  • Some of the above ideas come from this talk.

Return to this page often.  

Daily Scripture Study

This is one of the "very practices that help take away stress, give direction to our lives, and add protection to our homes."  Linda S. Reeves 


I Picture You Song

This is a song I wrote in the hopes that it would help my children remember who they are.  

Sheet Music & Audio ($2.49) Use button below

Out of the Mouths of Babes...

funny things kids say

Out of the Mouths of Babes...A Little Book of Sunshine

Do you want to get a look at the unique individuals that are our children?  This hilarious book will whet your appetite.  

 Parents teach their children about life, but sometimes it is the other way around.  Children can say some very funny things through which we can learn many great lessons.  This book is chock full of humorous anecdotes.  Explore life lessons learned through the eyes of a child.

Hardcopy ($12.95)

Digital Version ($5.00) Use button below

CompleteLee Practice Helper

get kids to practice instrument especially piano

Use this product to help inspire your child's musical talents.  Using ideas found in this book, I helped my daughter go from hating piano to playing for hours with no prodding from me.  

The activities and forms in this eBook are designed to guide musicians to making the most of their music practice time. It is also an attempt to turn what is sometimes a bit of drudgery into something enjoyable.  

The CompleteLee Practice Helper has ideas, games and activities that can be useful for a wide variety of ages. Older students can use this product by themselves. Younger students may require some assistance. 

Hardcopy ($19.95)

Digital Version ($10.95) Use button below