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This was a fun activity! We let our youth (we did this with the young men) know a couple weeks ahead of time that we would be making Mormon Messages. We had 3 groups: Beehives & Deacons, Mia Maids & Teachers, Laurels & Priests. They were responsible to get together and make a plan ahead of time. On the night of the activity, we had 3 camera people set up (adults in the ward) to record what they had planned. It took a good 1.5 hours to get these recorded. The youth then coordinated with the camera person who recorded their video to do any editing they wanted to do to get the finished product.
We had this activity in November. In January we always have a CYM/YW activity of an etiquette dinner. We showed these at this dinner as the entertainment. The Laurels/Priest one was by far the best (they did a bad date - good date scenario and based it on the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet).
This activity does take planning, and some commitment from the youth, but we found that most of our youth really enjoyed making these.
**I would post one of these so you can see it, but we have individuals in our ward who do not want these shown online, so I can't. But believe me - they were fun.
This is a great Mother’s Day Activity.
Play the game "That's my Mom". Each girl gets a sign that says “That’s My Mom!”. This can be as simple as it written on a piece of paper. The girls sit in the front of the room (or in a big circle next to their mom’s), their mothers are the audience. Someone reads a sentence like: “This Mom use to be a race car driver” or “This Mom’s favorite TV show is...., “ or “This Mom's favorite meal is lasagna”, etc... If the girls think this is their mom, they raise their sign up & get a point if they are right. Talk with all the moms beforehand and try to get little known things about the mothers to make it somewhat difficult for the girls. You could end with each girl sharing one thing they love about their mom. This is a fun way to get to know each other better and to show love for each other. You could then give a little gift to the winner (maybe a gift card to your local ice cream place), and something smaller to everybody else. (Thanks, Tabitha, for this great idea!)
In my ward we have had several families who have needed service. Mainly in the form of food. The RS has decided to take these families freezer meals. They can pull one out whenever it is needed. This has been so successful!
As a young women group, we decided to use some of our activities to make freezer meals and then take them to the RS compassionate service leader. She has a freezer she keeps them in, and when one is needed, it's ready to be delivered.
As many of you know, my dad passed away in August. Since this time, we (my siblings and I) have needed to clean out his house and get it up for sale. Since I work from home, I have been the one to do most of this. I can more easily free up my schedule and head to southern California a lot easier than anybody else. Because of this, the RS in my ward stepped in and had a couple freezer meals brought to my home. I put them in the freezer for when they were most needed.
My husband has come with me several times to help at my dad's house - it's amazing how much faster things go with more than one person there. This last time we went to finish up the packing, I left somewhat quickly. I didn't have time to get all the groceries bought for my kids who would be home without me for a few days.
It was such a blessing to have those freezer meals. They had a lasagna all prepared for them to have as Sunday dinner. I didn't even think that these freezer meals would come in so handy, but what a wonderful thing it was to have them!
Service - you may not always know when you will have a chance to give it. You never know when you will be the one receiving it. Either way, it is a blessing that you will see right away, or look back on and realize.
Have you updated your information on your Ward's online directory? Have you added pictures of your family, too? If not, you may want to. If you're particular about who views your information (address, phone, email, picture, etc...) you can set the viewing setting to private. Or you can set it to just your ward, or to your whole stake. I like how my kids cell phone #'s can be on their own profile so leaders who need to contact them, can do so directly.
Did you know you can view other families in your ward's directory online? Did you know you can view pictures of your ward members online? Even view your stake members?
Simply log into your account at lds.org and then click on Directory in the drop down menu under your name.
Have you ever wondered who someone was who just got called to a position and you didn't recognize the name? This has helped me in new callings - I can see who I will be teaching and this helps me remember who they are. This is also just fun to see your ward friends. I love how this helps make your ward a little more personal to you.
This would be a fun mutual activity to help your YW update their information. They would need to have an account, or you can help those that don't already have one, get one. (Of course, they would need to be sure their parents are okay with that).
This is a fun activity to do with the Laurels/Priests. It's called Box Lunch Social. Have each girl bring a sack lunch, pizza, or whatever, for two. The boys earn "money" by answering trivia questions (they each can start with $50 in case they don't answer any questions). The leaders then auction off the baskets one at a time - not knowing who's box lunch is who's. Then the boy, and the girl who brought that box lunch, eat it together. You may have to pair up girls to bring items if there are more girls than boys, and visa versa. (Thanks for the idea, Stacie S.)
Need a fun activity - but one that the YW will use again when they have children? Make Marshmallow Guns! You can search the internet for several ways of how to make these. There really are no set measurements. You can simply use a plain 12-inch piece of PVC pipe if you wanted to make a real simple one. You will need 1/2 inch PVC pipe, though, no matter the design. This would also make a great activity for a group date. Whatever you plan with these, and with whomever - just be sure to have A LOT of mini marshmallows. I am talking at least 3-4 bags. They go quickly.
*I wonder if you could use other items besides marshmallows for indoor play - maybe cotton balls cut into fourths? Maybe tiny pom-poms? I don’t know, what do you think - have you used other items?*
** All photos must be submitted no later than Oct 18, 2014 **
I am creating posters for the 2015 monthly themes for Primary. I am in search of pictures for 12 different "sub-themes". I want to use real pictures from real people who share my beliefs. The themes are listed below.
If you are a photographer, professional or amateur, and are willing to submit photos to be used, please do. I am going for a variety of children/people shown each month. Here are the details of this process:
1. I will pay you $10 if we use your photo for any given month. This will be the ONLY compensation you will receive for use of your picture. Your name will not be published with these prints.
2. Photos must be high resolution, as these will be used for a poster size print - up to 18"x24".
3. By submitting a photo, you agree to allow us to use them in our 2015 Primary theme prints, which we will be selling to people as a finished, flattened digital poster file via Etsy, for them to download and print, and hang in their Primary room. If you do not want your picture used in this way by others, please do not submit a photo. You will not receive any further compensation for your photo, but the $10 as stated in #1 above. (You will be emailed an agreement that you will sign stating these terms, and mail back to us before we use your photo).
4. This is a chance for you to have your work published, and to see it being used for good.
5. If you take a picture of people (a child helping a grandparent, etc...) this must be YOUR CHILD or a child with whom you have permission from their parents to use in your picture, and they agree to have me use the photo for our purpose.
6. I am looking for nice, staged photos. This doesn't mean if you have a precious picture depicting one of the themes that was not staged, we don't want it. This means we want good quality pictures. Not just a snapshot of something.
If you're ready to submit a photo, please see the themes below and submit your photo.
EMAIL your high resolution photos to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org Please tell us which theme you think your photo is best depicting. If you prefer, you can mail me a CD of your picture. Email me for mailing address.
Here are the THEMES we are looking to portray in photos:
1. We Believe in God the Eternal Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ
2. Jesus Christ Is My Savior and Redeemer
3. God Speaks through Prophets
4. Jesus Christ Restored the Fulness of the Gospel through Joseph Smith
5. Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel Lead Me to Jesus Christ
6. The Holy Ghost Testifies of the Truth of All Things
7. I Can Follow Jesus Christ’s Example
8. Jesus Christ Is the Son of God, and He Is a God of Miracles
9. I Obey Jesus Christ Because I Love Him
10. The Mission of the Church Is to Invite All to Come unto Christ
11. When We Serve Others, We Serve God
12. I Know That My Redeemer Lives
13. I Know My Savior Lives
We need all photos submitted NO LATER than Oct 18, 2014.
Email with any questions. I look forward to seeing your work, and using them to bless so many Primary children throughout next year.
We have a portion of our 2015 Mutual Theme products on our website. We have a few more surprises on their way, hoping to have them up and ready by the end of October.
We have our theme prints and 2 of our charms ready. (The theme prints are headed to the printers, so give us about 2 weeks to get these shipped.)
Enjoy. CLICK HERE to order.