December Lesson #1
This Power Point Covers:
"How Can I Invite Others To Come Unto Christ?"
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.
The video "Because I Have Been Given Much, I Too Must Give" is awesome. If you have time, its a great video to share with the girls.
I hope you have a great lesson!
YW September Lesson #2
This power point covers:
"How Do The Things I Say Affect Me & Others?"
Another reminder that really applies to all of us! One aspect of this lesson that I had not thought of was how we speak to ourselves! That inner voice inside our head should be positive, not negative. What we think about affects how we speak and act towards ourselves and others.
This is also a lesson on language...avoiding swearing, vulgarity, gossip, cruel comments, bad jokes, etc. This is huge as school starts and kids are trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in. I hope our youth don't compromise their standards to fit in.
I also included a bunch of Mormonads from lds.org. I'm a sucker for Mormonads. I grew up with them on my bedroom wall. I love the visuals and hope the image and message will stick with our youth as they go from day to day.
The two videos in the outline are awesome! We have used both for family night and they both apply to this lesson if you'd like to show one.
The handout is a quote from Larry M. Gibson (General Young Mens Presidency) It points out the power of our thoughts, words and actions. They truly are connected.
Have a great lesson!
YW September Lesson #1
This Power Point covers:
"How Can I Be In The World But Not Of The World?"
September lessons center around the commandments. The first lesson is titled "How Can I Be In The World But Not Of The World? Good question!!!
Courage to stand for our beliefs is how we can stay "out of the world." We also need to arm ourselves with the "Whole Armor of God." We have to live in this world but we do not have to follow the downward spiral that society is taking.
I used parts of the following talks to prepare the slides:
Quentin L. Cook, “Being in the World but Not of the World,”
Robert D. Hales, “Stand Strong in Holy Places,”
Elaine S. Dalton, “Remember Who You Are,”
David A. Edwards "Ready For Battle"
New Era January 2009 "The Armor of God"
The videos are all great. I also liked one of the supplemental activities in the outline (see below). I did not include it in the slides but if you have time in class (or as an activity) I think it could be a powerful experience!
The handout is just a reminder that we need to have COURAGE NOT COMPROMISE!!!
Have a great lesson!
December: "Building The Kingdom of God" Outline
This Power Point covers
"What can I do to help new members of the Church?"
"How can I help my less-active friends return to church?"
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 14 is a prompt for the video "The Faith of Youth: The Ennis Family" I loved this video! It really gives the girls a real world example of what it means to be "His Hands."
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.
Have a wonderful lesson!
December: "Building the Kingdom of God" Outline
This Power Point Covers:
"What does it mean to stand as a witness of God?"
"How does Heavenly Father want me to use my spiritual gifts?"
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 attach this 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.
Good luck with your lessons this week. ;)
**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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