What an appropriate topic for February's message. I tried to make it very Valentine's Day-ish :)
I heard the triangle analogy years ago in my college Institute class. It made sense to me then but now as a married woman it means so much more. I have a testimony that this concept is so true and so important.
As a committed covenant-making couple works diligently on their relationship with the Savior they move closer to each other. I would be willing to guess that most couples are not always directly across from each other on this triangle. We all move at our own pace and our testimonies are our own. I think it's important to recognize that part of having a strong marriage is learning patience, forgiveness and unconditional love.
I included this image of a couple because they are reaching for each other. They haven't turned their back on the other if their progression isn't the same. I believe that our relationship with the Savior is our first priority and our eternal families is a close, close second.
Due to our own life experiences all of us are in different spots on this triangle. I would suggest being conscientious of your sisters and their individual needs. I have lived as a married, divorced, single and re-married female in the LDS church. Throughout these different "marital titles" one thing remained the same and that was my focus on the Savior and my personal relationship with Him. No matter what that can be our constant.
Now being remarried I am again focused on both the apex of the triangle (The Savior) as well as my partner's journey across from me. We try to work together, we try to reach for each other and lift each other along the way. No two journeys are the same and we should love each other for our similarities and try to grow from our differences.
Happy Valentines Day to all of you. :)
YW August Lesson #3 Why is Chastity Important?
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!
Have a wonderful lesson,
August Lesson #2
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!
Have a great lesson!
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!
"Mothers and Daughters"
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*
Please note this font is one you may or may not have in your operating system. If it isn't you will have to re-format the pages. I apologize for that. When I originally made this PP I didn't plan on sharing it and didn't think about the font issues ;)
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.
The link to the video I showed is below:
(Please note this font is one you may or may not have in your operating system. If it isn't you will have to re-format the pages. I apologize for that. When I originally made this PP I didn't plan on sharing it and didn't think about the font issues ;)
**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! :)**
I'm a 36 year old Mom of 4 kiddos, 3 boys (12, 4 & 2 years old) and one little princess (9). I have an awesome hubby who puts up with my craziness...He supports me when I spend way too much time on my YW lessons. I started this blog for fun and have been so excited to watch it grow and watch others being able to use the Power Point lessons, handouts and other ideas I have posted. Thank you for stopping by!
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