Parenthood is a Sacred Duty
*pictures are from the media files on lds.org.
There were so many beautiful pictures of Mothers loving their children on lds.org. I thought it would be impactful to have a collage showing daily opportunities we have to show our love. It is so easy to get caught up in the craziness of this life. We are all so busy. This month's message is such a great reminder about what is truly important.
Susan W. Tanner, former Young Women general president, taught: “Our Father in Heaven exemplifies the pattern we should follow. He loves us, teaches us, is patient with us, and entrusts us with our agency. … Sometimes discipline, which means ‘to teach,’ is confused with criticism. Children—as well as people of all ages—improve behavior from love and encouragement more than from fault-finding.”
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.
I have added a place to show the video "Motherhood: An Eternal Partnership with God"
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 :)
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 ;)
**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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