Daughter of God

This Sunday I am teaching from YW Manual 1 Lesson 1. I found this handout from Jennysmith.net, but altered it by using a different quote found in the 2012 YW Resource Guide.

I wanted to see how it looks on the bathroom mirror. Kind of awesome. You can download the mirror heart here.

There is a lot of wonderful material in this lesson, and I particularly love the talks given by Susan Tanner and Elaine S. Dalton.  I am thinking of ending my lesson with some of Sister Dalton’s talk (which could be a nice introduction to the 2012 Mutual theme):

Young women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, remember who you are! You are elect. You are daughters of God. You cannot be a generation of young women who are content to fit in. You must have the courage to stand out, to “arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations.” The world would have you believe that you are not significant—that you are out of fashion and out of touch. The world calls to you with unrelenting, noisy voices to “live it up,” “try everything,” “experiment and be happy.” Conversely, the Holy Ghost whispers and the Lord invites you to “walk in the paths of virtue,” “lay aside the things of this world,” “and cleave unto [your] covenants.”

I have always loved the story of the son of King Louis XVI of France because he had an unshakable knowledge of his identity. As a young man, he was kidnapped by evil men who had dethroned his father, the king. These men knew that if they could destroy him morally, he would not be heir to the throne. For six months they subjected him to every vile thing life had to offer, and yet he never yielded under pressure. This puzzled his captors, and after doing everything they could think of, they asked him why he had such great moral strength. His reply was simple. He said, “I cannot do what you ask, for I was born to be a king.”

Like the king’s son, each of you has inherited a royal birthright. Each of you has a divine heritage. “You are literally the royal daughters of our Father in Heaven.”  Each of you was born to be a queen.

Young women, look into the mirror of eternity. Remember who you are! See yourself as our Heavenly Father sees you. You are elect. You are of noble birth. Don’t compromise your divine inheritance. You were born to be a queen. Live so you are worthy to enter the temple and there receive “all that [the] Father hath.”  Develop deep beauty. There is no more beautiful sight than a young woman who glows with the light of the Spirit, who is confident and courageous because she is virtuous.


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2 Responses to Daughter of God

  1. Megan says:

    what an amazing lesson, those young women are very lucky to have you for a teacher!

  2. Laurie says:

    I much appreciate the handout you made and thoughts shared. I’ll be using with my class. Thank you!

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