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Wednesday

2012 Mutual Theme Resources from the Church

The Church now has on the youth.lds.org website the "official Church resources" for the 2012 Mutual Theme.  Some highlights include:
*A message from Elder L. Tom Perry
*Strength of Youth videos for YM & YW and for all youth.
*Logo's (graphics) you can use for activity posters and t-shirts (bottom of the page under Downloadable Resources).
Get to know this website and all it has to offer.  USE these media resources often in your lessons, activities, etc...

Have fun planning 2012.  It will be a great year indeed!


Monday

2012 Mutual Theme *VINYL DECALS*

The wait is over!!  Our vinyl decals for the 2012 mutual theme are now available!!  Order your decals here!!

The orange example that says Arise and Shine Forth is shown on an 8 inch glass block, using a 6.75 inch decal - which you can order here (decal only).  There are lights in the block, but they are hard to see in the picture.  We used battery powered LED lights, so they do not have to be plugged in - which comes in handy for girls camp night devotionals (hint hint).
How to make glass block:  Simple apply vinyl to a glass block.
For lights - before applying vinyl, drill a hole in the back of the block with a drill bit made for drilling in glass, using water.   If you don't know how to do this, please have someone who knows help you!  If not you will end up with broken glass everywhere!

Our yellow decal is shown on an etched glass jar (it is better to buy a NON-ETCHED jar, apply decal, then etch the jar with etching/frosting glass spray).  The vinyl has a harder time sticking to already etched items.
How to make etched jar: Find a glass jar (with or without lid...I bought mine at IKEA).  Apply decal.  Spray entire jar with etching/frosting spray - 2-3 light layers of spray work best.  Done!

Ideas on how to use these decals: fill the glass jar with butterscotch candies (they look like little suns), make glass jar lanterns with the decals, use them on notebook covers, order the KIT (wood and vinyl) from our website for a wall hanging.  More ideas to come.....



Friday

It's OK to have blogs

Recently, I have heard many rumors saying that the Church did not want us to have blogs.  Every time I would hear this - I would literally cringe a little.  I know several wards who have YW and RS blogs to announce activities, classes, reminders, etc... they have actually closed these blogs due to the RUMORS about the church not wanting us to have them.  Yes - they do want us to take full advantage of the official church website calendars for our wards, but blogging does not take away from this - or at least shouldn't.  And everyone knows how important it is to use our time wisely - and not spend too much of it in front of a computer (or on a handheld device) doing nothing (a.k.a. blog hopping....I am as guilty as the next person for blog hopping, but I do limit myself to 10-20 minutes a day).

Today - I found an article FROM THE CHURCH WEBSITE that encourages us to blog.  Yes - you heard that right - not only do they want us to blog, but they encourage it!  You can all rest easy now.  Here is the article about it.  Happy blogging!

*NEW* For the Strength of Youth booklet

The Church has recently revised the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet/booklet.

Today (Dec 2, 2011), youth.lds.org launched a newly updated version of For the Strength of Youth that addresses issues and challenges youth face today that were not specifically addressed in the previous version of the booklet.

“The standards have not changed, but times have changed,” said Young Women general president Elaine S. Dalton, explaining the update. “For the Strength of Youth has been revised to address the issues youth face today—to teach them the doctrine behind the standards and the promised blessings of obedience.”
For the Strength of Youth was last updated in 2001. The revised pamphlet will contain the addition of current prophetic counsel in areas such as the wise use of technology, virtuous thoughts, dating, the importance of gender roles, and preparation for the future.  READ MORE....

Monday

YWIE - Personal Progress Showcase


For our Young Women in Excellence night, we did a Personal Progress Showcase.  We wanted an evening where EVERY single girl was noticed and spotlighted for her work in Personal Progress during 2011.  When you have a ward with roughly 40 YW, it is impossible to take the time for each girl to get up and tell us what she worked on during the year.

This is what we did and how we pulled it off:

3-4 weeks before the event, we told the girls that each of them needed to make a display about what they had done this year in PP (for those girls who hadn't done anything in PP or for new YW - they made a display just about them).  This display could be anything from a picture of them holding a baby (if they served a young mother) to a display of their dance attire.  At first all of them weren't too keen on the idea.  I even heard a few of them whisper "homework for church?!!?".  How I answered that.... "Absolutely!"
We instructed the girls on what they needed to do.  We even encouraged them to take a quiet moment and ask Heavenly Father to help her know what she could display and how to display it.  I think this is what made the difference.
We invited the entire ward to this Personal Progress Showcase (we started announcing and hanging up posters about it 3 weeks before the event).  We wanted to show off our YW to everybody - and made sure everyone knew about it!  We made sure that each young woman got a personalized invitation, as well as the Activity Days girls, and the single, and senior couples in our ward. I heard a dad of an Activity Days girl say "My daughter was so excited to come because she got her very own invitation with her name on it".  This may seem like a small thing - but it was HUGE to have these invitations.
That night, we started at 6 pm - this is when the YW came to set up their displays.  We had every small table from every classroom in the gym - we even had a few long tables - for the displays.  We had name tags made for each girl to put with their display.


We partially closed one set of dividers to somewhat close off a part of the gym, which we used for refreshments, and chairs, and a slide show video of the year in review thru pictures.  This way, they could eat treats while watching the video.


We hung a banner on the dividers for YWIE.  (You can purchase one of these banners here.)

Once the displays were all set up (it really didn't take long), we let the YW walk around the displays and watch the video, so the YW would have a chance to see them before the "showcase" started.  Then we opened the meeting at 7 pm.  This was just the YW - opening song (we sang Guardians of Virtue), prayer, and a 5 minute comment from our amazing Bishop.  Then ward members started to arrive at 7:15.  The YW went and stood by their displays, and answered questions, played music they had learned, gave food samples they had cooked, etc.
It was an amazing night - and we had so much ward support!!  The displays were so unique and creative for each young woman and what she was working on.  One of the best YWIE I have ever been to.

Ward members walking around the Personal Progress Showcase:





Some of the fun we had and an example of the variety of displays that we had:
**YW loving the YM who supported them
**A piano
**Art
**Musical Instruments and Scriptures
**Food samples being served






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