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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)

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


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 these bookmarks to go along with YW Manual 3, Lesson 42. The information is taken from the talk by Elder Steven E. Snow, “Get on With Our Lives”. You can download here.

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.

I glued a variety of different types of silk and paper flowers on jumbo colored craft sticks – each with a touch of green – handy since this value is associated with that color.

They are so pretty peeking out of a book! A lovely touch of spring.

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.

Here is a download for this lesson on overcoming opposition.

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.)

I have a new Laurel coming into our class this week, and wanted to make her something special to welcome her into our class. I followed this tutorial to make her a Laurel headband. I love it. The tag has the Laurel logo and description on it. I made them 6 to a page, which you can download here.

We needed an idea for a last-minute activity this week, and there were some great General Conference ideas around the web that I put together for our Young Women. I was inspired by A Bushel and a Peck’s General Conference Kit, and made my own that included the following:

Writing Packet & Pen: to take notes and write impressions during Conference
Twizzlers: practice your knots with a yummy treat while listening how “knot” to get lost in life.
Popcorn: Faith is like a kernel of corn – it can grow by paying the proper attention
Lip balm: the words of the Savior are a balm to the soul
Tissues: for when the Spirit touches your heart, and you may get a little teary
Hot Cocoa Mug: General Conference and cocoa warm you inside out
Pop-tarts: If you feel a little drowsy, “POP” up and have a good stretch
Candy Hearts: Know that God loves you and has a message for you to hear
Pipe Cleaners: Make a blossom ring while your faith blossoms from hearing the Lord’s servants

This kit is the prize for whoever gets the most answers right in this General Conference trivia game.

As consolation prizes, I made these little flower pens with my trusty hot glue gun, to encourage the girls to take notes during conference this weekend. I’m tempted to make another batch for myself to enjoy the pretty spring feel of them, while we are still deep in snow here in Michigan!