Embark New Beginnings

We had our New Beginnings program last night, and I just wanted to share a few fun details. Our nautical theme comes from the 2015 mutual theme: “O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day” (D&C 4:2).

We made this ship as a photo backdrop. The base of the ship is a table turned on it’s side, with paper taped on. The sky, sail and mast is mounted on a rolling chalkboard. The young women added flags to the sail during the program, as each Personal Progress value was introduced.

Afterwards we took goofy pictures. :)

The week before our program we made these salt dough starfish, using the tutorial here.

The takeaway gift for the evening was a pack of Chips A’hoy cookies attached to a sticker that we had printed the mutual theme on.

Fun refreshments included cupcakes with sails,

veggies with dip,

fish-shaped jigglers,

meringue cookie sea foam,

and “fish and chips”. :)

We also had ocean sounds playing before and after the program. It was a lovely way to consider the journey we embark on as we strive to know the Savior better and serve God through Personal Progress.

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Embark Invitation

We are making these cute sailboat invitations for our New Beginnings this year. You can download a pdf of the invite here,  and pull the pdf into Photoshop or some other editing software to enter your own date and time info, or simply handwrite the info in.

Go here to see a video showing how to fold the invite.

For other New Beginnings helps see below:

Leader planning guide

YW theme, class motto, personal progress slide show

New Beehive gifts (class symbols gift)

 

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How Can I Know My Heavenly Father?

These are a couple very simple files you can use to help teach this lesson in January’s Come Follow Me YW curriculum. Our young women are using composition notebooks as classroom journals, and we will tape or staple the pages into the journal after reading, discussing and writing on them. I want to discuss Elder Holland’s talk, “The Grandeur of God”, then read scriptures about coming to know Heavenly Father with the perspective of Elder Holland’s words in mind. Click here to download.

 

 

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YW birthday gifts 2015

We are giving these EOS lip balm “lollipops” to our young women this year for their birthdays.

We cut sucker sticks in half, pushed a thumbtack into the cut end, then hot-glued the tack to the flat side of the lip balm. After covering with cellophane and tying with a ribbon, they really do look delicious!

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How to be a Personal Progress Mentor

We are trying to encourage the young women in our ward who have completed, or are near completion of Personal Progress, to mentor others. I wanted to give our young mentors some training, to help them to feel comfortable and confident in this role.

The idea behind this printable is to help them understand basic principles of mentorship: developing a relationship of trust, making goals, listening, following up, and celebrating successes! They can also use it as they meet with their “mentees”, to keep on track with what they are trying to accomplish.

You can download “How to be a Personal Progress Mentor” by clicking here.

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Young Women Meeting Agenda

I’ve got another young women planning document to share with you! I revamped our presidency agenda, and turned it into an editable pdf. Download the pdf, then open in Adobe Acrobat. You can then click in any section of the agenda to input your agenda information. Hope this is a helpful tool for you. Download below:

YW Presidency Meeting Agenda – editable

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Young Women in Excellence Planning Sheet

I’ve made a couple planning sheets to help Young Women leaders with Young Women in Excellence. The first is this leader planning sheet – very similar to my New Beginnings planner.

The second is this planning sheet for the young women, to organize their thoughts for the presentation of their Personal Progress experience or project.

You can download both planning sheets here.

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Small and Simple Journal

I’m just re-sharing this post that was spotlighted during Sugardoodle’s recent relaunch. I hope it’s helpful for someone out there!

I’ve created a “Small and Simple Journal” printable to share with you. We have been counseled in the Church to have daily prayer, daily scripture study and weekly Family Home Evenings many many times. These are fairly simple things to do, yet many of us struggle to do them consistently – our family included! I wanted to make some kind of a chore chart to help us accomplish this, which evolved into more of a journal which we will keep in a 3-ring binder as a record of our family’s experiences and progress and doing the small and simple.

You can download my Small and Simple Journal here.

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The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Advocate

The July 2014 Visiting Teaching message is about Jesus Christ being our Advocate with the Father. I love the following quote:

Of Christ as our Advocate, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “It is of great significance to me, that I may at any moment and in any circumstance approach through prayer the throne of grace, that my Heavenly Father will hear my petition, that my Advocate, him who did no sin, whose blood was shed, will plead my cause.

This message feels deeply spiritual, and I hesitate to add my silly visual aid to it, but here it is, since I enjoyed putting it together and someone else might as well.

I made some pom poms out of plastic grocery bags and a red tablecloth that I had leftover from another project. The pom poms are a nod to the upcoming 4th of July holiday, as well symbolic of the Savior being on our side – “cheering” us on – and pleading our cause before the Father.

I used 4 plastic bags and a comparable length of table cloth for 2 pom poms. Begin by cutting the handles off the bags.

Alternate the white and red plastic, and staple the bottoms and tops together. Then cut down the center so you can make 2 poms out of this.

Cut towards the stapled end of the plastic in 1/2″ lengths. Wrap a wooden skewer or dowel rod in blue painters tape, then wrap the stapled end of the plastic around the stick, securing as you go with tape.

Secure the pom pom to the stick with painters tape, then tie on the printed message, folded in thirds. You can download the message here.

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Minister Visiting Teaching Message

The Visiting Teaching Message for June reads about how we are disciples of Jesus Christ as we minister to others. Taking inspiration from the following quote, I made a decoder and bookmark that is meant to illustrate how we need to first observe, and then serve:

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, taught: “With practice, each of us can become more like the Savior as we serve God’s children. To help us better [minister to] one another, I would like to suggest four words to remember: ‘First observe, then serve.’ … As we do so, we are keeping covenants, and our service, like President Monson’s, will be evidence of our discipleship.”

One side of the bookmark is filled with dots of color that don’t look like much  until we look closer (with the decoder tag) and clearly observe what is written upon it. It is the same with how we perceive the needs of those around us – unless we don our spiritual glasses and look for opportunities to serve we may not recognize the soul crying out for help, the brother or sister in need of comfort or assistance.

The back side of the bookmark has the quote from Sister Burton, a discussion question, and the following poem (written by myself):

We cannot serve without seeing first the need that someone holds.
Through prayer and Christlike vision we can serve with love thats bold.
Discernment is a gift that allows opportunity to act
to bless and do for others as we’ve promised in covenant.

The decoder tag represents our making an effort to notice the needs of those around us – to observe with Christlike love and interest the lives that we cross every day. It’s also like prayer, which enhances our ability to recognize opportunities to serve others, and gives us courage to step out of our comfort zones to bless lives and rescue souls.

To make this bookmark you will need the following:

  • white cardstock
  • color printer
  • red cellophane
  • string
  • hole punch
  • scissors
  • glue stick

You can download the free printable here.

I also made an alternative “scrambled message” in the following languages:

French

Spanish

Portuguese

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