When was the last time you prayed for an opportunity to share the gospel? Ya, me too...It's been a while. This lesson was a great reminder to me that I need to share the goodness of the gospel with others. When we think about all the blessings that come from the gospel it seems selfish that we wouldn't share the good news. I used the talks in the "Come Follow Me" outline found on lds.org. I also included some of the thoughts from Elder Bednar about sharing the gospel through social media. Most of the youth are using some form of social media each day. It's a great avenue for them (and us) to be a force for good.
This next month focuses on "Building the Kingdom of God." I really enjoyed reading the talks that went along with the first two sections of this month's outline. It can be so difficult to choose which things to include. I hope these power points are helpful. I also hope you are able to adapt them to your own group of young women. For the first section on "Standing as a witness" I found a talk by Sister Margaret Naudauld. I was really touched by her invitation for the Young Women to "Be The First..." Be the first to offer a smile, be the first to include someone, be the first to offer help. As Latter Day Saints we are trying to be like Jesus at all times. We are trying to follow his example. Jesus Christ did not wait for someone else to do the right thing. He was the first to seek out those who needed help. I have included this in the Power Point and I also plan on making sugar cookies in the shape of the number one. I will attachthis handout to go with it. If you don't have a number one cookie cutter, you could always do a round cookie and use frosting to make a number one on top. ;) I am also going to ask one of the girls to read the story about "Jess" from Sister Dalton's talk,"At all times, in all things, in all places."
I love the image above that says "The best gift ever!" At the end of the lesson I hope the girls are excited about their personal spiritual gifts and feel like they have been given, "The Best Gift Ever." This was another idea I had for a handout. I was at the craft store today and they had small gift boxes, 20 for $5.99. You could attach this note to the box to remind them of their Spiritual Gifts. We will also be watching the video"Exceptional Gift" found in the lesson outline. I appreciated President Eyring's comments that all of us have gifts and none of us were destined to fail. Lessons like this used to make me feel inferior. I couldn't play the piano, violin, sing, act etc. I did not realize that gifts that aren't visible are still gifts of the Spirit! Being a compassionate person, having faith, understanding the scriptures are all spiritual gifts that we can use to bless lives. I hope I can convey that to these sweet, talented girls.
December: "Building The Kingdom of God" Outline This Power Point Covers: "How Can I Prepare to Establish a Christ-Centered Home?" This Power Point only covers 1 topic but it's a topic we could go on and on about! I tried to keep it concise but there are a lot of slides with a lot of info. I have found the power points are a great tool to keep the girls focused. It works even better when I let the girls do the reading! If the slide has a lot to read I just go around the room and let each girl read a section or bullet point. This seems to keep them on their toes and listening!
I also utilized a couple of the awesome object lessons found on "Mormon Share." I have indicated on the power point slides at which point to do the object lesson. The first uses toothpicks...Have a girl come up and try to break one toothpick. She will be able to do it easily. This one toothpick represents us when we are on our own...however if we have a family we add more strength to the bundle. Add more toothpicks representing family members, and another representing Christ (we want to keep his influence in our homes) once the bundle is bigger wind an elastic around it to keep them together. Now have the girl try to break them. She won't be able to because the bigger bunch is much stronger...signifies that a strong family who sticks together (and with Christ) is much stronger than if we are on our own. A family sticks together and supports each other. :)
The second object lesson would work throughout the section of slides covering the scripture in D&C 88:119 that mentions a house of prayer, fasting, faith etc....Read the instructions here. In our YW group we have about 14 girls. I thought after each slide (prayer, fasting, faith, learning, glory, order, God) I would have two girls come up and each could place a block. You could adjust this for your YW group based on size. Once we have completed the house I would uncover my blocks and point out that without being able to see an example it is impossible for the girls to match my structure exactly. Christ is our perfect example and luckily he has given us clear guidelines of how to build a Christ Centered home where his Spirit can dwell.
Lastly, for a handout I came up with a this little image (found at the top of this post) that reminds the girls to make a "commit-MINT" now to build a Christ Centered home. You can print this out and attach it to any type of mint. York, Andes, Starlight mint etc. Here is a PDF with 6 images to a page.
I hope this helps. :)
(Every few posts I like to restate that fonts and formatting can vary based on the version of Power Point you have..." I try to keep the fonts simple so you can adjust them as needed :)
There is SO much to love about this lesson! All the resources are amazing...it was tough to narrow it down!
I combined these two topics because, to me, they seemed to fit together so well. One of my favorite talks, "You Are My Hands" by President Uchtdorf was included in the resources for this lesson. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it! It is a beautiful talk and really sets the tone for this lesson.
On slide 11 it shows a prompt for the "Post It Note" object lesson. You can read about it HERE. It is a fun way to show the girls the power of their words and actions. Obviously you can change the wording to fit your individual class needs.
Slide 16 references the Talk/Video "Sugar Beets and The Worth of Souls" I would DEFINITELY recommend watching this video. The Prophet speaks to us as YW Leaders. I thought is was very inspiring and powerful! Watch the video (or read the article) before hand and then simply paraphrase the Sugar Beet story.
Slide 18 references the talk "You are My Hands." Again, I would read the story about the statue of Christ BEFORE and then paraphrase for the girls.
For a handout I had a bunch of ideas...Depending on your class size and budget you could do a couple of different things:
A) I bought Hershey "HUGS" to play off the quote above that says to "Embrace" & "Hold on" to others. You could either put some in a baggie and attach the handout or you could get the clear "food service" gloves (symbolizing "His Hands") and fill one with "HUGS." I couldn't find the gloves so I will just use a small plastic baggie tied with ribbon. :)
B) If I had a smaller group (I have 16) I thought it would be cute to buy the $1 gloves (playing off the "his Hands" idea) and attach the handout.