Monday, April 15, 2013

Using Time Wisely FHE Lesson

We actually used this as a mini YW lesson to help the girls pass off a choice and accountability value experience, but as I was teaching it I thought that it would make for a great family home evening lesson for older kids and teens as well.  A printable version of the handout can be found here

Opening Prayer:

Opening Song: Hymns #266, "The Time is Far Spent"

Scriptures:  Ecclesiastes 3:1, Doctrine and Covenants 60:13, Article of Faith #13

Materials Needed:  A clock, the video, and handout (click here to get it in a printable version)

Discussion:  Imagine for a second that each and every day, your bank account is credited with $86,400.    But at the end of each day the money disappears.    What would you do?

You would try to use up every penny of it every day.

Show:  Show them a clock and tell them that each and every day they are given exactly 86,400 seconds  to use as we choose.   We can't save them for another day.  Once the seconds are passed, they are gone and it is up to us how we use them.

Discuss:  According to studies, the average person spends 35-40 hours in front of a television or computer screen.  That is an average of 5-6 hours (=18,000 seconds) per day, which equates to approximately 20% of every day.    Think of what we could accomplish if we tried to cut that time down by half or fourth.

If you have a twenty-hour-a-week television habit and would repent and convert in into a gospel study habit, in one year you could read the Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, The Pearl of Great Price, and the entire Bible.  In addition, you could read Jesus the Christ, Gospel Principles, the Relief Society manual, Preach my Gospel, the Miracle of Forgiveness,  and this would still leave you time to read the Ensign, New Era, and Friend each month.  This is based on your ability to read only ten pages an hour.
paraphrased from Elder William Bradford

:  Choose This Day (embedded below)

Recite Article of Faith #13 (emphasizing "seeking after praiseworthy pursuits"):
We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

Discuss:  What kinds of things qualify as "praiseworthy"?  The answers could be reading scriptures, serving others, developing a talent, being a better friend, sharing the gospel, writing letters to grandparents or missionaries, helping a family member, staying caught up in school, doing family history, etc.

Conclude:  Encourage students to try to prioritize their time in such a way that they can use a greater portion of their time each day in more praiseworthy pursuits.  Bear your testimony  of how you've been blessed as you've tried to use your 86,400 seconds each day more wisely.

Closing Song: Scripture Power

Closing Prayer:


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Divine Nature Week: The Last Envelope

Okay, okay...I just realized that I promised to post about the final envelope in the Divine Nature Week a long time ago and haven't done it yet.   

The final envelope contained two things: 
1.  this letter 
2.  Two copies of a picture  (shown below) of each YW (printed in matte finish in 4x6 size at Costco).  One copy was for them to tape into their journals, the other was to hang up in their room.  Enlarged and framed, it would also make for a  special gift for a graduating senior or for a birthday gift.  

A couple of weeks beforehand I had handed out the following survey to the YW, the leaders,  and their parents.  Each parent would write 3 sincere compliments about their daughter and each YW and leader would write three sincere compliments about three other YW.  So each person had 4 different people (including their parents) who complimented them.  I tried to assign people to compliment people that they knew fairly well. 

--> Please write three sincere compliments about each of the people listed and turn into Sister G. before or during YW.   Please make sure the compliments are about them or their character (not something superficial like what they’re wearing, etc).   Thank you! 





Afterward I compiled all of the responses into one long list for each girl.  Then in Photoshop Elements, I cropped the background out of their photos, and added the compliments in different fonts. 

It ended up turning out very well and the girls really seemed to treasure their photo as a very special keepsake.  The whole week ended up being very memorable for me as well as many of the young women.  It is my prayer that the young women will reread their letters and admire their photos often, especially as they hit discouraging or difficult times in their lives. 


Monday, April 1, 2013

Baptism Candy Bar Note

I can't take any credit for this candy bar note whatsoever, but I thought it was so cute when the primary presidency presented it to my daughter at her baptism this past weekend, that I wanted to remember it for the future.  They attached everything with rolled up packing tape and used a sharpie to cross off the part of the title of the candy  that wasn't applicable to the message.  It was a perfect, inexpensive, fun little baptism gift with a great message.   It would be perfect for  primary presidencies or for anyone looking to give a little something special to someone who is getting baptized! 

Congratulations! We are so proud of YORK decision today.  You know baptism in more than a FUNDIP in the water.  It is an EXTRA special covenant between you and Heavenly Father.  This promise will bring you so much ALMOND JOY.  You also received the gift of the Holy Ghost today.  Use it MOUNDS so you can always know how to FRUIT CHEWS the right.  It is UP2U to keep your covenant.  You shine like a STARBURST! 
The Primary