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)

The young women had some wonderfully insightful suggestions for the acrostics, which we added to mine:

D o it!

E nthusiasm

P ray

E very day

N otes

D ates

A ction

B alance

L earn

E xcellence