Monday, July 22, 2013

What Did You Do for Someone Today?

Part of teaching the YW about their Divine Nature is to help them develop their desire for service.  Service projects are always uplifting and fun.  I think our YW, by virtue of who they are, want to make someone's day a little brighter.  Beyond that, service can be performed everyday in the home, at school, at work, and at church.  Give the girls a small card, perhaps a 3 x 5 card, and have them stamp, decorate, and color it.  Head it with "What did I do for someone today?" and number the lines.  Have them place it with their cell phones to remind them to do a good turn, compliment someone, or smile!  Secret Sisters, Adopt a Grandmother, or just Thank the Bishop is a great way to help them get started.   Fill an ivy bowl (Doesn't each YW closet or leader have ivy bowls they don't know what to do with?) with a candy of choice and decorate the neck with a wire garland.  This can be done at the beginning of mutual and doorbell ditched, delivered, or stashed to give to someone during the week.  It's quick, easy, inexpensive, and is a fun presentation.  

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mix It Up

For a change of pace in your classroom, change your seating arrangements.  Sit in a circle or sit around a table.  Have the girls make a "word cloud" out of the principles taught in the lesson for a display or have them share scriptures or reading material.  If weather permits and you can find a quiet place, take a blanket and sit outside on the grass under a tree.  You can sit on the steps outside the building if your class is of a moderate size.  The wonder of Father's creations are always appreciated by the girls if they have been sitting inside all day.  Sit among the girls and have a girl act as a "scribe," placing thoughts on the chalkboard.  Assign parts of the lesson to your YW and have them stand at the front while you take a seat as a participant.  A little change can make the day interesting. Often it can be more conducive to discussion and participation. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Scripture Cookies

Scripture Cookies

The YW made these cookies last night.  They were yummy, fun, and quick to make.

3/4 cup Psalm 55:21
1/3 cup 2 Nephi 26:25
1 1/2 cup Jeremiah 6:20
2  Isaiah 10:14
2 cups 1 Kings 4:22
1 tsp Exodus 30:23
1/2 tsp Matthew 5:13
3 cups D&C 89:17
1 cup Proverbs 17:1

1. Mix the first 4 ingredients together; mix in the rest.
2. Make tablespoon-sized drops onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
3.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.


The translation: 
Psalm 55:21 (butter)
2 Nephi 25:25 (milk)
Jeremiah 6:20 (sugar)
Isaiah 10:14 (eggs)
1 Kings 4:22 (flour)
Exodus 30:23 (cinnamon)
Matthew 13:33 (baking soda)
Matthew 5:13 (salt)
D&C 89:17 (oatmeal)
Proverbs 17:1 (chocolate chips or M&Ms)

We combined this activity with a planning meeting.  We enjoyed sitting around the table in the setting sun outside, eating cookies, making plans, and setting goals.