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Tuesday

Salt Lake Cemetery Activity

Ever wondered what you could do for an activity - that is so "out of the box"?  Visit a cemetery!  That's right - the Salt Lake City Cemetery.  This is where many of the recent, and past, prominent church members are buried - including Brigham Young, Eliza Snow, President Hinckley, and more.
For a big youth activity - like youth conference or girls camp - have actors at a few of the graves in costume portraying that particular person thru stories, scriptures, music, etc... This could be a very powerful experience for your youth group.
To get the map to the cemetery that shows where everyone (prominent church members) is buried, click here.




Youth Conference at Temple Square

Started thinking about next year's youth conference yet?  Did you know that Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah offers youth conference packages?  That's right - all you need for a successful time, done by Temple Square!  You can find out all the information about it here.  These packages look like they would be amazing!  I think your YW and YM will love it!

Thursday

Old Young Women Medallions - I have some!!

Please visit our NEW BLOG (LDS Sunshine) to request a medallion:




http://ldssunshine.blogspot.com/2016/04/old-young-women-medallions.html

*New* book for LDS youth

Be the Chocolate Chip.  A new book for LDS youth on being strong in a world of "heat".  The Chocolate chip became famous for its ability to stand firm against the heat of the oven. Be the Chocolate Chip helps bring to life the qualities that help us as followers of Christ and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stand strong and firm in a world of ever-increasing heat. This book outlines four steps that we can follow each and every day to stay firm and strong, and help to be the chocolate chips in the cookies of life.

One paragraph from the book:
"You can be the chocolate chip.  You can choose to be 'in the cookie, but not of the cookie'.  Just as the chocolate chip made the cookie better by retaining its true nature, you can make the world better by retaining your true nature as a follower of Christ.  You don't have to be something or someone else.  You don't have to melt into the crowd; you can be the chocolate chip!  You will get noticed for being different.  You will stand out.  That is what makes all the difference, and is what makes a chocolate chip cookie so great.  What good would it be without the chocolate chip?  Be you.  Be different.  Be better.  Be the chocolate chip!"

You will be impressed how simple of an application to being a strong follower of Christ is related to a chocolate chip.

Need a fireside idea?  Teach/review the 4 steps in this book to the youth - and then serve nice homemade chocolate chip cookies and milk as refreshments.

Need a gift idea?  Give this book to each of your young women, with a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies.  Or deliver one to each of your visiting/home teaching families with a bag of chocolate chips.

You can order this book on our YW website, here.

Wednesday

Class Presidency Members Binders

With the new year approaching, it's time to get organized.  One item you need to do is get your class presidency members their own binders.  If you already have them - do you need to add anything to them?  Maybe some leader training materials like Creating a Spirit of Unity in a Class Presidency, or maybe Receiving Help from our Heavenly Father.  (You can find more mini lessons like these, here).

Also - remember to print out our fun binder covers (used with the 3-ring binders that have a plastic sleeve on the cover to slide in a piece of paper).  We have one for each class, and for each individual member of the class presidency.


Tuesday

Planning with a Purpose

We all know that we are called as Young Women leaders - not to entertain these girls, but to teach them.  Sometimes we forget that our mid-week activities should actually be teaching our YW something - not just getting together to have fun.
Here is a wonderful article by Sister Dalton, YW General President.  She gently reminds us that we do need to be PLANNING WITH A PURPOSE, and to always remember that "Every activity, every lesson, all we do in the Church, point to the Lord and His holy house" (Elder Russell M. Nelson, "Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings," Ensign, May 2001).

There is an Activity Planning Sheet on our YW website that will help you plan with a purpose.  It is right towards the top of the page entitled: Young Women Activity Planning Sheet.  This page is also included in our 2012 YW Leader Planning Calendar, available here.

Wednesday

Large Youth Events

When I was a young woman, we had Road Shows, almost yearly dance festivals, I was even blessed to be a young woman when Sister Kapp was the YW General President and we had a worldwide Rising Generation YW celebration where we all launched a balloon at the same time - world wide!!  It was unbelievable!  I loved these!  In fact, I think back to my testimony stages during these times, and YES it grew tremendously because of these large events.

Ever have a desire for your youth to participate in a LARGE youth event?  Do you have a deep desire to challenge your youth in this way that you *know* would change their lives?  Well, here is just one more reason to go with that feeling and start planning one in your area!  It is an article from Sister Ann Dibb about this very thing.  You can read it here.

(If you want to read about the Rising Generation balloon launch from 1986, click here.  Scroll down the page about half way to the title "300,000 Young Women Send Balloon Messages of Hope Worldwide")

Thursday

Modesty statement by actress Emma Watson

Love this!  And from a well known actress.
Even better for our YW who admire and look up to her.
Way to go, Emma!

"I find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. If I do an interview with photographs people desperately want to change me - dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe. Then there’s the choice of clothes. I know everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt. But that’s not me. I feel uncomfortable. I’d never go out in a mini-skirt. It’s nothing to do with protecting the Hermione image. I wouldn’t do that. Personally, I don’t actually think it’s even that sexy. What’s sexy about saying, ‘I’m here with my boobs out and a short skirt, have a look at everything I’ve got?’ My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder." - Emma Watson

I'm a Young Women and I BELIEVE!

If you haven't seen this, or if you remember seeing it at the General Young Women Meeting, watch it again.  Show it to your young women!  It is a very powerful, yet simple message.

Wednesday

Halloween Activity Ideas

Need some inspiration on what to do for a fun Halloween activity?  Start with this list and see what you can come up with:
1.  Sing Halloween carols and deliver treats to your neighbors.
2.  Bowl with pumpkins.  Use small pumpkins as the ball, and decorate 2 litter bottles to look like ghosts for the pins.  You could also set up lanes with 2x4's.  Put something behind the pins to catch the rolling pumpkins.
3.  Host a murder mystery dinner.  You can find everything you need here (scroll down towards the bottom of the page).
4.  Host a carnival for the kiddos in your ward.  You can have booths (face painting, water dunk your bishop, etc...), games, treats, cookie decorating, etc..

Have a fun idea for a Halloween activity?  Comment on this post with your ideas!

NEW SLC temple print

Isn't it just awesome?!?!  Your YW will *LOVE* it!!  You can order it here.

Monday

New Articles of Faith print

The Church has made a new print of the Articles of Faith to match the layout of The Family Proclamation and The Living Christ.  I love it!  You can read about the change here.  You can download the print here.
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