YW March Lesson #5 This Power point Covers: "What Is The Resurrection?"
This lesson will be taught to our young women the last Sunday of March. However, I feel like this will be our Easter lesson. The outlines for April are on different topics. I loved preparing this lesson and I'm glad it's a few weeks before Easter so that I can truly prepare myself, my family and the YW for a Christ-centered Easter.
The resurrection is a topic I was very familiar with but I did not truly have a testimony of it until I lost my Father very suddenly 11 years ago. His death was an opportunity for me to study the resurrection and what a gift it truly is. Being reunited with loved ones makes the sting of death much easier to bear. Another facet of the resurrection that we may not think about is that the resurrection gives meaning to our lives. If we know we will live again after this mortal life we will try harder to accomplish important things while we are here. The resurrection gives us hope, meaning, and comfort.
The video I chose to show is a "Mormon Message" entitled "Sunday Will Come" I have added a link to the download above because it is not available to download from mormonchannel.org.
I also touched on the topic of having a focus on the Savior during the Easter holiday. I don't want to step on anyone's toes, all familie's traditions are different. I made mention of it because it was in the outline from lds.org and I think its a good reminder for all of us to keep our mind centered on the true reason for celebration.
The handout is very simple. I wanted it to be light, bright, and incorporate springtime. The message is also simple but profound. HE IS RISEN!
I love this topic! It's a tough one! It's not always easy to forgive but this outline reminds us that if we want to be forgiven ourselves, we need to extend forgiveness to others. The story of the woman who was to be stoned for her sins is always a powerful one. I love the reminder that we should not cast stones unless we are sinless. Slides 5-8 list a scripture with questions to go along with it. You can either hand out the scriptures in advance and ask the girl who had the scripture to explain or read them together as a class. Slide 9 is the object lesson from lds.org. You let 1 girl or all the girls make a paper airplane. After they have thrown it once across the room, you tape a penny to one side. They try to throw it again and see that the penny weighs it down and makes it hard to fly. This is likened to holding a grudge. Once we let go of the grudge (remove the penny) we are able to fly again without the burden of anger/animosity.
Slides 13, 14, 15 list 3 stories from the scriptures. Each story is an example of forgiveness. There are also questions to go along with each story. My plan is to divide the girls into 3 groups and have them read the scriptures as a group and then have each of them share something they read with the class. The group can answer the questions or you can answer as a class.
Slide 27 lists 5 short scenarios where the girls can decide if the choice was judgmental or forgiving...these are pretty easy answers so I plan to have the girls restate the judgmental answers in a more forgiving way.
Slide 32 is a short self test from President Uchtdorf's talk in the outline. It is a good reminder to all of us! I will obviously have the girls answer in their minds not out loud. :)
The handout is simple but I feel the message is profound...let us be kind, put down our accusing stones and forgive. Let the love of God fill our hearts and wipe away our grudges, anger and hurt. If I add anything to it it will be "Sweetheart" candies or something similar. :)
I wanted to point out that ALL the information I include in my power points can be found on www.lds.org. The talks I used for this lesson include both from the lesson outline (President Hinckley's talk as well as President Uchtdorfs. I also used a lot of info front lesson #34 in the "Preparing for Exaltation Manual also available at lds.org)
This Power Point Covers: How can repentance help me everyday?
In addition to the outline above this lesson also touches on "What is Grace." I felt like it was a necessary thing to explain when talking about repentance.
My goal with this lesson is to take away some of the fear that sometimes accompanies the thought of repentance. I want the girls to know that repentance is not just a one-time even but something we should use in our daily life! We all make mistakes, even that is part of the plan. Repentance is something that takes work but results in true joy. The relief we feel when we have truly repented and committed ourselves to change brings such a peace to our lives. That leads me to the object lesson...
www.Mormonshare.com has a ton of great object lessons! The one I chose is fairly simple. It talks about having 2 bags/totes with something heavy inside (think dumbbell, bag of sugar, canned food etc.) at one point during the lesson (I chose to do this on slide 23) you ask two girls to come up and put the heavy bag on their shoulder. You then continue on with the lesson. On slide 27 I ask the girls to remove the bags and to tell us how they feel. Hopefully removing that extra weight will bring them relief and we can liken that to repentance. When we sincerely repent we free ourselves from the burden of sin.
For a handout I wanted to touch on the fact that Satan will do his best to keep the girls from repenting. He will either whisper lies to them or distract them or some other tactic to keep them from seeking the Savior's help, thus "chipping away" at them. Our Savior allows us the opportunity to make a U-TURN. We can turn back towards the Lord and correct our course. If you want to give something along with the handout you can play off the "CHIP" in the quote. A small snack-size bag of chips is inexpensive or anything with chocolate chips would work too!
Thank you to all of you for checking back and using the ideas on this site. It makes my heart happy! ;)
This Power Point Covers: "What Does It Mean To Have Faith In Jesus Christ"
Now this is another lesson that could really take up 2 weeks or more! Trying to narrow down the information always proves to be a challenge! I love the topic of Faith and I hope the girls leave the lesson feeling strong, and excited to move forward in Faith.
I wanted to make sure I touched on the topic of "questions/doubts" I think it is so important for the youth to know that it is very normal for them to have questions. It is what they choose to do with their questions that makes the difference. I believe if they will turn to the Word of God and the Word of our Prophets they will find answers, their testimony will grow, and they will develop faith in the Savior. If they feel discouraged, embarrassed and ashamed because they don't understand something gospel-related that can lead them right into Satan's waiting arms!
The handout says "Faith is a gift from God but we must nurture our faith to keep it strong." There is a section of slides that describes what it means to nurture our faith and how we can do that. I believe all of us, regardless of our age are always in the process of nurturing our faith and our testimony. I thought if you wanted to give a little something along with the handout, anything related to "nurture" or "grow" would be cute. The stores are full of darling little Easter candies, treats etc. Anything with a little flower on it or a small seed packet or a little clay pot, etc would be cute. The dollar store is always a great resource. Just the handout is great too! Never feel the need to spend money for handouts! :) The handout is formatted to be printed as a 4X6, if you need a different size let me know.
This Power Point Covers: "What is The Atonement of Jesus Christ?"
As we approach the Easter season it is nice to refocus on the Savior and His Atonement. I am excited for the March Lesson outlines because I feel like they are a wonderful prerequisite to Easter. These lessons also fall in line with our 2014 theme of "Come Unto Christ."
Slides 3, 5 and 7 are large pictures of Gethsemane, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. I know most of the girls have heard about these scenes and I wanted to give them an opportunity to share what they know about each event before we proceeded with the lesson. The girls usually listen well to each other and can teach each other more than they know!
The video: "Not A One Time Thing" is a wonderful reminder that the Atonement is not just for "the big stuff" but the daily mistakes we all make. We need to rely on the Savior's Atonement every day of our lives. It also shows the youth that meeting with the Bishop doesn't have to be a scary thing. Bishops are called to help us and be there for us as we work through the challenges of life.
I found the quote for the handout on LDS.org. I know chalkboard posters are popular right now and the analogy of the eraser is a strong one when it comes to repentance. I thought it would be cute to attach the handout to a small eraser or a little baggie with a couple of the pencil top erasers...we usually see an eraser of some kind everyday. Hopefully it will be a constant reminder to the girls that the Atonement is there for them and will wipe their slate clean. It was designed to be printed as a 4X6. If you need another size please let me know.