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 Choices Matter".
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 computer 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.
Have a great lesson.
January Outline: The Godhead
This Power Point Covers:
Who am I and Who can I become?
In preparation for this lesson I came across an article in the January 2014 New Era entitled "Truth, Lies & your Self Worth" Immediately I thought of this lesson and how well it went along with it. I have included this article in the Power Point. The resources for this lesson were great. Most of us have heard the very popular talk by President Uchtdorf entitled "Your Happily Ever After." I love this article. I know it has been used quite a bit in Girls Camps and Night of Excellence, New Beginnings etc. I still wanted to incorporate it while changing it enough to keep girls interested who may have already heard the message. It's such a wonderful message its worth repeating! They also had 2 great videos listed as resources. I love them both and if you prefer another video by all means use it! I had a video in mind that I wanted to use. It is called "Be Strong, I know who I am" It was from 2010 but I love it and really felt like it tied in well with the lesson. It is only available online through the NEW ERA YouTube channel. I downloaded an MP4 version and will attach it above if you'd like to use it. The handout I had in mind was to print out the image above and attach it to a cute pen or pencil tying in the "Write" your own story. I want the girl to realize they all have a book with blank pages. Based on their choices they will "Write Their Own Story." We all want them to have a "Happily Ever After." I did want to point out to my YW that "Happily Ever After" doesn't mean life will be perfect and they will ride off into the sunset with prince charming. I hope that happens for them but this life is a challenge. In order to weather life's storms we must stay close to the Gospel. That is how we achieve the happy ending.
*If you are unable to open the Power Point because you have a different version of the program, let me know and I can send you a converted copy you will probably be able to use.*
January Outline: The Godhead
This Power Point Covers:
What are the roles of the Holy Ghost?
I loved preparing this lesson. I learned a lot! This lesson focuses on the roles and importance of the Holy Ghost. I think it touched on some points that were new to me and things I don't usually think about when I consider the Holy Ghost's impact on my life.
The 3rd member of the Godhead is vital to our spiritual well being! This is the reason I chose the quote for the handout. It is by Elder Adrian Ochoa. I thought a cute handout would be to attach the image to a small plastic bag with little red candy hearts. Because valentines is right around the corner you can find chocolate hearts wrapped in red foil or red gummy hearts, etc. I have attached a JPEG as well as a PDF with 3 images to a page.
For slides 2-5 I copied the quotes and scripture references onto a separate page so that I can cut them out and hand them out to the girls before class starts. If their quote has a scripture reference I am going to ask them to look up the scripture and be prepared to read them to the class along with their quote. I have 16 girls so having them participate keeps them focused! If your group is smaller you can just have the girls take turns reading the slides as you move through the lesson.
Slide 8 is an object lesson/analogy that I got from Mormon Share . The video I chose is called "Increase Your Testimony." I LOVED this video! It made me teary and I think it will definitely bring the Spirit. That's our goal right!
Slide 15 is a quote from LDS author Anthony Sweat.
Have a great lesson! Let me know if you have questions or problems downloading files. If you need the Poer point converted to an older version of Power Point let me know. I have had a couple people contact me with that issue and I can convert it and email it to you. :)
January: The Godhead Outline
This Power Point covers:
How can I know my Heavenly Father?
Why is Jesus Christ important to me?
Our YW President asked us to combine these two lessons. They actually went together very well. I referenced the talk by Elder Hales entitled "Seeking to Know God, Our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ" and that is the basis for the Power Point.
I used this object lesson from Mormon Share. It suggests using pictures of light that we see every day and likening it to the Savior. This is why I like Power points. Instead of printing out pictures I can simply download them into the PP. It saves time and lots of ink!
I also found an article called "I Believe in Christ" from the March 2008 New Era. I have uploaded a copy at the top of this post. It includes numerous short testimonies of Christ from LDS youth. I thought it might help the girls to hear from youth their age. Choose a few and let the girls read them out loud to the class.
The video "Reclaimed" is wonderful! I hope you all have time to show it during your lesson. I think it gives the girls a very practical look at the power of the atonement. None of us should try to dig up our "old garbage" that the Savior has reclaimed. If you haven't watched it, I highly recommend it.
The image for the handout is fairly simple. I don't want leaders to feel like they have to bake treats or go out and buy something for every lesson. If you can, great, go ahead and attach this image to something fun! The dollar store or party aisle of WalMart/Target has tons of "seek" items...small magnifying glasses, little binoculars, cheap little sunglasses etc. If you want to attach it to candy, great! If you just want to print them and hand them out, that works too!
Have a great lesson!
**Please Note: Due to different versions of power point the slides may need to be adjusted after you download them. Please go through the power point before your lesson to make sure the pictures and the text are formatted correctly! I just opened a file I made using my laptop with my iPad and the font was different, colors were different and some of the pictures were in the wrong place. It may take a little tweeking! :)**
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