February Lesson Help #4 This Power Point Covers: Why should I treat my body like a temple?
Remembering that our bodies are temples for our Spirits, that they were paid for by the Savior's sacrifice and that they are on loan to us from our Heavenly Father really puts things into perspective! I love lessons like this where we can really drive home how special these girls are. No matter what they look like, where they come from or what their talents are they mean everything to our Heavenly Father!
I did not use either video although both are great. I know my girls have seen 195 dresses and the video on Chastity was a little more for my Beehives than I felt they were ready for. Like I said, both are great videos if you choose to use them.
For a Handout I used one of the phrases from one of the Mormon Ads in the Power Point. I want the girls to know they don't need to "STRETCH" their standards. The world's view of beauty and the Lord's are two very different things! As far as what I would attach to the handout...anything stretchy! Taffy, a cute hair elastic, a scrunchy, a stretchy bracelet (cheap dollar ones of course :) I have attached a longer "stretched" version of the handout or you can print it as a 4X6 at any photo center. :)
February Lesson Help #3 This Power Point covers: "Why Do We Have Adversity?"
Such a great topic! I enjoyed putting this lesson together. Again, I had SO much info to include it was very difficult to narrow it down. I used a New Era article from 2006 on Adversity in addition to the articles from the lds.org outline. I also found a Q&A from the New Era where Youth were answering the question "Why do we have trials?" I included those quotes above if you'd like to use them. I think I will keep them on hand and if we have time at the end of class I will hand a few out to the girls to read. I think they relate to their peers. I like to include these quotes when I can.
Slide 16 is where I plan to ask the girls to think of challenges and trials they think youth their age are faced with. If you want to just use your chalkboard that is great. I typed up a few just to give the basic idea. Then once the girls have listed trials, have them think about what they can learn from each trial.
Slide 19 makes reference to the story when Nephi breaks his bow and the difference between his reaction and the reaction of His brothers. I'm always short on time so I may end up just summarizing the story or having one of the girls summarize it and then discuss the differences.
The handout is a fun one. I loved the idea of letting adversity make us better NOT bitter. I thought you could pair it with anything lemon! Lemonheads, lemonade kool aid, the little single size powder packs that make lemonade, lemon sqaures etc...you get the point. :)
February Lesson #2 This Power Point Covers: Why Do The Choices I Make Matter?
This lesson took me forever to finish because I had such a hard time narrowing down the information! I could have made this into two lessons for sure. There are still a lot of slides and a lot to go over. I would recommend having the girls read and participate as much as possible to keep them engaged. I used the talk by President Monson, the 3 R's as well as a bit of info from Mormon.org and a great talk in the February New Era by Mindy Raye Friedman titled "Why Making Chocies Matters".
There is also 3 activities/analogies. The first is the "V" object lesson mentioned in the lesson outline on lds.org. The second is likening choices and freedom to a RIPTIDE. I have posted that story above. The third is an opportunity for the girls to role play. I have 4 scenarios typed up (download above) and I am going to ask 4 groups of girls to act each one out. Some girls will be the friends trying to persuade their friend and the other girl will be the decision maker. If you feel like your girls have different areas of need obviously feel free to change the topic of the role plays. :)
I know the "CHEWS" word play gets used a lot when it comes to lessons involving choices but I just couldn't help myself! I plan on sticking a piece of "Double Bubble" to each handout. The JPEG image is above for you to download. :)
Good luck with your lessons. As always, if you need a converted copy of the power point because your version of Power Point won't open it, let me know.
This Power Point Covers: What is The Plan of Salvation? What happened in my pre mortal life? What is the purpose of life?
Our YW President lays out the schedule for the month and she asked that we combine all 3 of these topics. It really made sense to do this as I was preparing the lesson. The 3 outlines fit together very well and combined there is a good amount of information to cover. This lesson I thought I would involve the girls more as "teachers." As you move through the lesson it covers 3 main sections: 1) Pre mortal life, 2) Mortal Life, 3) Life after Death. I thought I would separate the girls into 3 groups (you can adjust this based on the size of your group) and assign them group #1, 2, & 3. I will give them time to study their information and then ask them to teach the rest of the girls about their section how ever they would like to. They can role play, take turns reading, teach, use the chalkboard etc. I have typed up the quotes from the slides and added a diagram of the Plan of Salvation. The PDF file can be downloaded above. It might be nice to copy the Plan of Salvation diagram for each of the girls. They can take notes on it as well as use it when it is their turn to teach.
The "Plan of Salvation" is probably not new to most of the girls. However, teaching them how it applies to their life might be. I want them to think about viewing life from an eternal perspective. This might help with the challenges and problems they face at school, with friends, siblings etc. It's a good lesson for all of us! :)
The idea for the handout came from Pinterest and Sugardoodle. However, I didn't see who was responsible for the original saying. I wish I knew who to give credit to! I like the "GPS" analogy and think it is spot on! Why wander and be lost when Heavenly Father has given us clear direction! If you'd like to print out the image for a handout you could attach it to anything! A square candy (Kit Kat, Nerds, Mike & Ike etc.) could be cute if you wanted to attach this image to one side and then a clipart image of a GPS on the other side of the square. (you can google "GPS clipart" and lots of ideas pop up!) or you can put a baked treat like a cookie, brownie, etc. in a little baggie and just attach the image to the front. Or you can just print it out and give it to them to put in their scriptures or on their mirror at home to remind them to stay on track! :)
There were 2 suggested videos for this lesson. The one called "Mens Hearts Shall Fail Them" is WONDERFUL! I love it. It is only 3 minutes 24 seconds so I am going to download it and have it ready to show at the end of the lesson if I have time. If I don't have time, I will definitely show it with another lesson. The other video was 10 minutes long so I chose not to include it.