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YW Manual 3 Lesson 41‘s lesson is on Being Dependable. I began my lesson by introducing a song from the Friend Magazine: Gordon B. Hinckley – Constant as the North Star, by sharing this in my own words:
As a young man, President Hinckley worked on a farm during summers and on weekends and holidays. On that farm he grew healthy and learned to work. And there near the soil and close to nature his confidence in God grew like the hundreds of fruit trees and vegetable seeds he planted, tended, and harvested.
“ ‘After a day of good, hard labor, my younger brother Sherm and I would sleep out under the stars in the box of an old farm wagon,’ President Hinckley [recalled]. ‘On those clear, clean summer nights, we would lie on our backs in that old wagon box and look at the myriads of stars in the heavens. We could identify some of the constellations and other stars as they were illustrated in the encyclopedia which was always available in our family library. We identified some of the more visible patterns in the heavens, but our favorite was the North Star. Each night, like many generations of boys before us, we would trace the Big Dipper, down the handle and out past the cup, to find the North Star.
“ ‘We came to know of the constancy of that star. … As the earth turned, the others appeared to move through the night. But the North Star held its position in line with the axis of the earth. Because of those boyhood musings, the polar star came to mean something to me. I recognized it as a constant in the midst of change. It was something that could always be counted on, something that was dependable, an anchor in what otherwise appeared to me a moving and unstable firmament’ ” (“President Gordon B. Hinckley: Stalwart and Brave He Stands,” Ensign, June 1995, p. 5).
In his youth, Gordon B. Hinckley patterned his life after the constancy of the North Star. He wanted to be a young man that the Lord and others could depend on.
We then sang the song (with difficulty! I would suggest bringing a recording of the song if possible) and paid special attention to the chorus.
I had also brought a little star treat to munch on while we discussed. I passed out cards to everyone, that have a letter on one side (which when put all together, spell “dependable”) and a quote or scripture on the other. As each card was discussed, the young woman holding the card placed it on the chalk board with a magnet. We put the cards in order, then made acrostic poems out of the word. You can download the card file here. (I printed page 1 and 2 back to back, and pages 3-5 back to back with pages 6-8)
D o it!
E very day
This was a fun last-minute Father’s Day card we made for my husband. We put skittles into a snack-size ziplock bag, cinched the middle with a pipe cleaner, then threaded the ends of the pipe cleaner into two holes punched from the photo.
On the back we wrote, “Take a ‘bow’ – you deserve it!” (I realize the bow (bowtie) /bow (taking a bow) is a stretch, but it was the best I could come up with!) This would be a fun thing to put into bags like these.
I made a fun little booklet for YW Manual 3 Lesson 13; The Priesthood Can Bless Families. It has a quote, scripture and thought questions from the lesson, the suggested handout, “A Father’s Responsibilities”, and some quotes from the talk by M. Russell Ballard (slightly modified to say daughters instead of sons). There is space for the girls to write down their own thoughts and impressions from the lesson as well.
This is what the booklet looks like before folding. You can find instructions on how to fold the booklet on my visiting teaching blog, here. It’s a nice little size to tuck inside a scripture case or journal after the lesson. You can download here.
I love May Day baskets. I was first introduced to this tradition of leaving baskets filled with flowers (or goodies!) a few years ago by a friend, who every year delivered an anonymous basket to friends and family on May 1st. I started making these flower bookmarks to fill some tiny May Day baskets for my daughters’ teachers, and ended up making a larger quantity to share with my young women. I realized they were a perfect incentive to go with our May personal progress value – Knowledge.
These are the individual paper cone baskets I made for my daughters to give to their teachers. They wrote a little note of appreciation which we scrolled, tied with ribbon and added to the basket along with a little leftover Easter grass.
It is the 12 ways described by President Ezra Taft Benson in which we can overcome sorrow, disappointment, and depression. I tied them all to a tag, and then as we discussed each key word, the girls wrote their thoughts on the backside concerning how that key might be a specific help to themselves.
To begin this lesson on sacrifice and consecration, I am going to bring out this pretty bag with a treat inside for every girl but one, saying, “Oh no – I seem to be missing one treat – would one of you be willing to give up yours to someone else?” We will then get settled into the lesson, and after defining sacrifice, (giving up something of value for something that is worth more.) I will pull out the big bunny and give it to the girl who sacrificed the small treat, and make the connection between the wordly things we give up in life in exchange for the greater blessings Heavenly Father has in store for us. (I originally read this idea somewhere on Sugardoodle!)
As we proceed with the lesson, I will give the girls this worksheet that we will read from and fill in personal responses. The quote is by a talk from Elder Maxwell, and the 5 elements of a consecrated life come from Elder Christofferson. You can download my worksheet here (which I was inspired by here.)
Last week we taught YW Manual 3 Lesson 39, Recognizing our Individual Worth. There are a lot of stories in this lesson, and not a lot of ideas for interaction. I wanted to find a way to introduce the lesson visually, and to keep my girls involved throughout all the lesson points. In preparing for this lesson I was drawn to the Personal Progress Book in Individual Worth, Experience 3:
Read Doctrine and Covenants 18:10 and 121:45. Do all you can to build others and make them feel of worth. Every day for two weeks notice the worthwhile qualities and attributes of others. Acknowledge them verbally or in writing. In your journal write what you have learned about the worth of individuals and how your own confidence grows when you build others.
I thought about how our confidence grows when we build others. I was going to use some blocks to build up the points of the lesson, but then remembered I had some unpainted wooden dolls found at the dollar store. I painted one doll with a red shirt (because the color for Individual Worth is RED), and then printed the points of my lesson on strips of paper which I adhered to the remaining unpainted bases in my doll package.
After introducing each point I asked a young woman to place the base underneath the doll. I started talking about how we are all daughters of God, and printed a copy of this quote from Elder Holland to give to everyone:
First of all, I want you to be proud you are a woman. I want you to feel the reality of what that means, to know who you truly are. You are literally a spirit daughter of heavenly parents with a divine nature and an eternal destiny. 1 That surpassing truth should be fixed deep in your soul and be fundamental to every decision you make as you grow into mature womanhood. There could never be a greater authentication of your dignity, your worth, your privileges, and your promise. Your Father in Heaven knows your name and knows your circumstance. He hears your prayers. He knows your hopes and dreams, including your fears and frustrations. And He knows what you can become through faith in Him. Because of this divine heritage you, along with all of your spiritual sisters and brothers, have full equality in His sight and are empowered through obedience to become a rightful heir in His eternal kingdom, an “[heir] of God, and joint-[heir] with Christ.” 2 Seek to comprehend the significance of these doctrines. Everything Christ taught He taught to women as well as men. Indeed, in the restored light of the gospel of Jesus Christ, a woman, including a young woman, occupies a majesty all her own in the divine design of the Creator. You are, as Elder James E. Talmage once phrased it, “a sanctified investiture which none shall dare profane.”
Daughter of God
Build Others – when we build others we build ourselves
Everybody’s a Somebody – “In the Kingdom of God, no man is ‘nobody’” – Elder Ashton
Unique Mission – “Your Life Has a Purpose” – Elder Peterson
Ordinary Extraordinary – Story of George A. Smith
Ether 12:27 – Our weaknesses can be turned to strengths
Savior’s Atonement – The Savior atoned for each of us because he loves us
I had one more handout which I couldn’t resist because it was so much fun. Found here, it is a compliment poster – which supported the challenge to build others by sharing sincere compliments.