The Young Women manual 1 lesson 17 is about the purpose of covenants and ordinances. One of the suggested references for this lesson is “The Power of Covenants” by Elder D. Todd Christofferson. This happens to be the talk I selected in 2009 to share as a general conference visiting teaching message. You can view the original post here. I have adapted it for this lesson with my class of Mia Maids and Laurels.
I’ll begin the lesson by showing my “covenant” visual aid. These are two empty #10 cans that I’ve covered with paper. The top can symbolizes God’s promise to sustain, sanctify, and exalt us. The bottom can is our commitment to serve God and keep His commandments. They are bound together by a ribbon which represents a covenant: a divine agreement between God and man, an accord whose terms are set by God.
I will then explain that there is a great power inherent to making and keeping covenants. They are essential steps to returning to our Heavenly Father, as well as being the source of great moral and spiritual power; “the power to smile through hardships, to convert tribulation into triumph, to “be anxiously engaged in a good cause, … and bring to pass much righteousness”. The flowers inside the cans represent this power.
To make this bouquet of “flower power”, download and print this file. Each “petal” has a point from Elder Christofferson’s talk or a scripture to discuss. Cut the petal strips, then glue the ends together. Punch or cut a 1″ yellow circle, then punch a hole in it’s center with a mini hole punch. Glue the title and 3 main points to the underside of the circle as shown above. Then glue the remaining petals in between.
Take a white chocolate Lindt truffle (YUM!) and attach to 1/2 length of stem wire with florist tape – keeping it especially snug at the top so the truffle doesn’t droop.
Then slide the wire through the hole in the paper daisy and carefully scooch it just underneath the truffle. It’s a tight fit. I put a foam block in the bottom of the can to hold the flowers, and will have each young woman pick one to use as a reference as we continue the lesson.
You can download my lesson plan here.
You can see more details of how to make a candy daisy bouquet here.