August Lesson #4 - The Church's Standards For Dating: For many of our youth school is about to start again. Dating is usually a "hot topic." This lesson is such a great reminder about why our Prophet has asked us to follow certain guidelines. The Church has standards in place not to restrict and bog down our youth but to keep them safe so their futures are full of options and choices. The video "A Brand New Year" is awesome! It is however, 12 minutes long so perhaps you can preview it and select a couple sections to share. I chose this handout because I think the word "STICK" can apply in 2 ways...first, stick to the standards OR if you don't you could find yourself in a STICKY situation! :) Jen
This Power Point Covers: "Why Is Chastity Important?"
I prepared another lesson from this outline last year. You can find it HERE. Both of the lessons are prepared from the "Come Follow Me" outline. Feel free to use either or both. :)
The focus of this Power Point is being proactive. Teaching the YW what the Church's standards are and how they can avoid making mistakes by making commitments NOW. While this topic can be awkward at times, if we follow the resources the church has provided us, we can't go wrong! The "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet really spells it out! It leaves no room for misunderstanding. I appreciate the honest approach the Church has taken in regard to leading our youth. The world's standards continue to fall and we have to fortify ourselves against Satan.
I used the FTSOY pamphlet, True to the Faith, as well as all but one of the articles listed in the outline. The 3 video options are awesome! My 2013 lesson utilizes "True Confidence". I LOVE this video. The other two videos are also powerful. You may need to watch all 3 and see which is most appropriate for your girls.
The quote for the handout comes from "True to the Faith." I wanted the girls to really understand the importance of making their decision NOW! When the temptations come the ability to make correct decisions is much more difficult. I love how the quote encourages the girls to make such a FIRM and DEEP commitment that it can NEVER be shaken! This type of deep commitment is more than just a "good idea." The girls souls are at stake!
This Power Point Covers: Why Is Temple Marriage Important?
Another wonderful lesson on the importance of temple marriage and how it affects us eternally. I found a New Era article from 2013 entitled "Why Temple Marriage?" I loved the language of the article. The author did a great job of talking to the youth on a level they can understand. I mixed information from this article with quotes from Russell M. Nelson's talk called "Celestial Marriage" from the lesson outline.
As I prepare lessons like this I always think about the sensitive topic that it is. Some of the youth may not have families who are sealed. They may have parents who are divorced. I just think its so important to be aware of these things and to make sure the young women leave feeling hopeful, not discouraged.
The handout idea came from a Mormon Ad from 2004 called "Dream Date." Such a great visual for the girls. Hopefully they can make this eternally important goal now!
Of the three suggested videos in the outline, my favorite was the first "Families Can Be Together Forever." The video shows pictures of numerous different families and has sections where President Eyring talks.
It is pretty obvious that Satan is focused on destroying the family. His cunning tactics are taking down strong families all the time. It truly is a battle! We all must fight for families. That is why I loved the "Be a Defender of the Family" topic so much. I think letting the youth know this is a battle is so important. The youth are on the front lines for a reason!
Have a great lesson, Jen
2013 Lesson Ideas
August 2013 Young Women Lesson Helps, Power Points and Handouts
How can I prepare now to become a righteous wife & mother? How do the roles of men and women compliment eachother? How can I strengthen my family?
August: Marriage and Family Lesson Outline This lesson was a little less pressure than the first! ;) Speaking and sharing about Motherhood is not quite as stressful as chastity. However, there are still some sensitive issues to think about. I know we are reminded of this but considering individual girl's needs is important! Single parent homes, parents not sealed in the temple, divorce, adoption, women who are not able to bear children...all of these things can be very painful and we should be sensitive to all the girls needs. Along with the PowerPoint I played the video "Mother and Daughters." narrated by M. Russell Ballard It was such a great visual!
At the end of the lesson I gave each girl a letter for their mom and a pen. We ran out of time so they had to take it home to complete it. I wanted the letter to have actual questions for them to answer instead of just a plain piece of paper for them to write a letter. I think sometimes the girls need a bit more structure to help them communicate their feelings. I have uploaded the document as a PDF at the bottom of this post. :)
*I want to give credit to the super talented Courtney Aitken for images in the PP. Check out her awesome blog! Link in the side column*
Why is Temple Marriage Important? Why is Chastity Important?
August: Marriage & Family Lesson Outline After a short hiatus I am back in Young Womens (Yay!) I LOVE Young Womens. I know you aren't supposed to "aspire" to certain callings but I honestly love being with the girls and learning from them. I am super excited to be back. :) Now, for my first lesson...drum roll..CHASTITY! Nice, light hearted topic right!;) Because of the program changes I plan on taking my lap top with me each week to show various videos with each lesson. This decision led to me starting to use Power Points for my lesson. It works for me because i am super visual. INstead of printing tons of colored images to display now I can simply download them into the powerpoint! I am going to post these for any of you to use. I hope it helps! ;) Feel free to send me an email or comment on things you would like to see. This obviously isn't my full time job but I enjoy it and would love feedback.