WEDDING RECEPTION & TEACHER APPRECIATION DINNER:
project I did was a wedding reception for a young college
I got with her mom and made all the decorations.Then, I set the
Hall up for it. It was a success. The second project I did was a
Teacher's Appreciation Dinner. I cooked all the food with my mom.
I even had our Stake President there as the keynote speaker. I
to get the permission of our bishop,though.I also had to get the
help of the youth to get their teacher's there. These
both required patience and a lot of hours. They were worth it,
LEPER BANDAGES: - Make bandages for leper
colonies. they are actually in great need, in
foreighn countries and even in some places in the US, leper colonies
common. (Note from Lorrie: there is a link on the Service
page for the LDS Humanitarian Services and directions for making leper
HOLIDAY BAGS FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER: - Make
bags for the children at a local cancer treatment hospital, due
the fact that this children, locked away in far corners of the
can be forgotten. include in the bag teddy bears that you sew on your
throw in a candy cane or 2, and a little holiday note.
TRAIN A DOG: - If you have an intelligent dog,
such as a poodle, teach it agility (or in other words, train it). my
is doing this and it is really fun, and you will definitly get in the
if your dog just cant be taught, don't worry, it was well worth it!
WARD CLOTHING EXCHANGE: - Organize a ward
exchange. members bring clothes that they no longer want or fit into
and after all the clothing is brought together, everybody chooses one
peice of clothing that someone else brought for each peice that they
you can also have other donations, such as toys. in the end, the items
that are left over can be donated to a local thrift store.
WARD TOY DRIVE FOR NURSERY: - Start a ward
toy drive for nursery: gather used but good toys from ward
members through a 'toy drive'. Spread the word (fliers are very
reminders!) and have the members bag up their toys and put them on
porches for pick-up. Make sure you clean the toys!
WARD COOKBOOK: - I did a ward cookbook, with the
money going to help the YW pay for camp next year. we got alot of
cool recipes, and LOTS of desserts!!!
TRAUMA BEARS: - Also, since my ward is
in a ward humanitarian project, the YW volunteered to make trauma
to encourage the girls to get at least three bears done, i decided for
another project to plan a service sleepover for all the YW. not
will we work together to finish bears, but we'll put the printed pages
of the cookbooks together, and tie up a jean quilt i made for another
we're going to video tape it if we can. it's just a fun girl's
out, and service is always lots more fun with friends!
ANOTHER ADULT PROM: - Two other Laurels and I
an adult prom for the adults in our stake. We did table centerpieces,
and took pictures with the theme "A night under the stars." We also had
finger foods and punch. I was a big sucess!
ADULT PROM: - Our Laurels are planning an Adult
Prom for the adults in our ward who want to go out on dates and go to
but the days are long gone. Have the girls prepare decorations,
music, provide nursery, make invitations, and run the prom night.
BAPTISM BOOKS: - We put together Baptism
8 yr olds getting baptized. We made up pages about baptism, about
made, pages for them to glue in their picture, a copy of the program,
pictures of the Savior, and some fun activity pages for them to do
or draw. All relating to baptism. Then we covered the little books with
report covers. They turned out very nice as we did most of the pictures
and pages on the computer. We put on the back "Made for you, with
From the Mia Maids" and the date. The Primary kids seemed to really
them and the girls were really proud. I have an example book here at
if anyone is interested in further detail. Tawnie
FAMILY REUNION: - Organize & carry out a
WARD YOUTH CHOIR: - Organize and lead a ward
COLLECTIONS: - Create and make a collection of
musical compositions, or graphic art work.
SERVICE: - Give consistent help over a period of
a family or individual in your ward with special needs.
MISSION PREPARATION: - With the approval or
bishopric, organize and carry out a mission preparation experience for
the young men and young women in your ward.
SCRIPTURE READING PROGRAM: - Organize and
incentive program for your class. You may want to invite the
men to participate.
SPIRITUAL PRESENTATION: - Write and direct a
that portrays a gospel theme and involves children or youth in your
GOSPEL CHILDREN'S GAME: - Create a children's
help a child learn a principle of the gospel, such as making correct
ORGANIZATION SYSTEM: - Learn about or develop a
organizing information or materials and begin your own system.
FIRST AID COURSE: - Complete a certain first-aid
including CPR training, and serve as a volunteer in teaching first-aid
SIGN LANGUAGE: - Learn signing for the deaf and
to your young women group to perform in Sacrament Meeting. If
is a deaf branch near you, you may ask for permission to assist on a
lesson or help teach a group of deaf children the 13 Articles of
SKILL TEACHING: - Teach reading or language
in need of help.
VOLUNTEER WORK: - Serve as a volunteer guide or
a community park, museum, or zoo for at least three months. Share
the knowledge you have acquired as a result of your service.
GARDENS: - Plan and care for a vegetable garden
your family's or someone else's yard for three months without pay.
PRESCHOOL/NURSERY: - Prepare and
or nursery class as a service for younger children.
SEWING CLASS: - Organize a sewing or other home
for younger children.
VOLUNTEER WORK: - Serve as a volunteer in a
home, day-care center, or other community social service
72-HOUR KITS: - Prepare 72 hour kits for each
family and present a FHE lesson on emergency preparedness. Help
family emergency plan.
DRUG-ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM: -
Organize and carry
substance abuse prevention program in your school or community.
MISSIONARY WORK: - With the approval of
and the mission president responsible for your area, work with
sister missionaries on a regular basis.
CULTURAL ARTS EVENT: - With the approval of a
bishopric, organize and conduct a cultural arts event for your ward or
community. Coordinate this activity with the ward calendar
you Young Women President.
COLLEGE PREPARATION CLASS: - Put together a
College" evening or Saturday afternoon for the young men and young
with sessions on college preparation, scholarships, high school
and other associations (clubs, etc.), study habits, budgeting, cooking,
FAMILY HERITAGE SYMBOL: - Make something
be of value to your posterity such as a piece of needlework, a family
a coat of arms, or a quilt.
GENEALOGY: - Plan and complete a personal history
parent, and all your grandparents. Type them up nicely and
them as gifts to other family members.
PERSONAL HISTORY: - Write your own personal
TEMPLE WORK: - Work with parents to prepare names
FAMILY HISTORY STORIES: - Find stories of
etc. of ancestors and put together a book of ancestral history that
a more personal look into their lives.
CHILDREN'S STORIES: - Record children's stories
make puppets or flannel board characters to go along with
Donate to a children's hospital or domestic abuse shelter.
SERVICE: - Plan and organize a service day for a
where you can go serve in different places for different people.
TRICK OR TREAT BAGS: - Put together activity kits
bags with treats in it for children. Deliver to low-income youth
center or domestic abuse shelter.
BLANKET/COAT DRIVE: - Plan and organize a
coat drive at a time other than the holiday season.
HOMELESS SHELTER HELP: - Plan and organize a
homeless shelter for household items such as towels, dishes,
THIS IS YOUR LIFE QUILT: - Make a "this is
quilt for you, a parent, a church leader or an "appreciation" quilt for
the bishop, stake president or stake patriarch.
VOLUNTEER WORK: - Volunteer at a service
ANIMAL VOLUNTEER WORK: - Volunteer at a
or the Humane Society.
BABY QUILTS: - Make baby quilts to take to
for women on welfare.
USED VIDEOS: - Organize a children's used video
donate to a children's hospital, homeless or domestic abuse
FAMILY HOME EVENINGS: - Plan and organize Family
for an entire year. Plan lesson topics, spiritual thoughts and
If you have younger brothers and sisters put together flannel board
BAPTISMAL CLOTHES: - Learn to sew and make some
clothes for the ward.
IMPROVE TALENTS: - Take a class to improve a
as singing, dance, piano lessons, etc. Maybe organize a night
you and other young women could share their talents.
TUTORING: - Put together a tutoring program for
in the ward.
CHILDREN'S OLYMPICS: - Plan and organize a
in your ward. Talk to the Primary president and ask for names of
children who are less active or are struggling. Make it a whole
event. Plan fun events and have awards at the end. Make
each group gets an award of some kind. You could make the events
PERSONAL CHALLENGE: - Pick a personal challenge
or physical) and set up a progress/program to strengthen yourself in
area. Organize and come up with a game plan to go by for at least
3 months. Make a visual display to remind yourself. Write about
in your journal as you go along.
SAVIOR STUDY: - Spend at least 20 hours studying
material about the life of the Savior. Put together a
and present it at a fireside for the youth. Write about your
in your journal as you go along.
READ BOOK OF MORMON: - Read the whole
Mormon. As you read it keep a record in a notebook of each
or section and what you learned as you go along. Make it as
as possible. Keep an ongoing record also of your favorite
references, by topic and file in a small file box for easy
On each 3X5 card write reference, write out scripture or key words, and
why it stood out to you.
READ DOCTRINE & COVENANTS: - Read the
& Covenants and do the same as above.
CROCHET/QUILT: - Learn how to crochet or
1st college blanket, make 1st wedding quilt, or make 1st baby blanket
yourself or for someone else.
RECIPE COOKBOOK: - Put together a family cookbook
recipes. Give to family members as gifts. Familiarize yourself
the recipes and learn to make them as you go along.
CANNING: - Learn how to can fruit.
STENCILING: - Learn how to stencil, wallpaper and
Redo a room in your house.
FREE BABY-SITTING: - Provide free baby-sitting
for a couple every other week for them to go to the temple or on a
Plan activities for the children. If age appropriate, activities
could teach them about the temple.
CHURCH BABY-SITTING: - Provide baby-sitting
nursery for Homemaking for 6 months. Plan activities for the
FINGER PUPPETS: - Make finger puppets for a
When they prick fingertips, they like to give them a finger puppet
they do it so often. Children's Hospital in Seattle goes through
50 each day.
HOSPITAL WHEELCHAIR BAGS: - Make bags that fit
of a wheelchair. Donate to a children's hospital. They are
always in need of them.
CHRISTMAS HELP: - Schedule and plan specific
abuse shelter or homeless shelter for the children to make Christmas
and the moms could do a craft. On other months besides
you could do other crafts, stories or skits.
Plan and organize a swimsuit drive or make
a children's hospital. They do therapy and have other activities
in the pool. Always in need of them!!
KNITTING: - Learn to knit and knit booties for
a children's hospital, homeless shelter, domestic abuse shelter or any
hospital. Always a need for these!!
SEWING SERVICE: - Sew onesies for babies at a
HOSPITAL RECEIVING BLANKETS: - Sew flannel
for babies at a children's hospital.
PREMATURE BABIES SERVICE: - Sew little outfits to
parents of premature babies.
BOOK DRIVE: - Organize a book drive for
or hospitals. Children's hospitals are always in need of
and regular books for kids of all ages. Teenagers included.
VOLUNTEER D.I. DRIVE: - Volunteer at Deseret
DONATED TIME: - Call LDS or regular bookstores
LOCAL CHILD CARE HELP: - Call local child care
ask if there is a need for certain items. Maybe you can volunteer
your time to read or do a craft. Maybe there is something you
make for them of help them prepare (cut-outs, etc.).
ELDERLY HELP: - Volunteer your time to go visit
person in our ward on a regular basis. Offer to do housework or
sit and talk.
PERSONAL HISTORY HELP: - Offer to do Personal
an elderly person in ward. Interview them, get it organized and
it up for them.
SERVICE FOR ELDERLY: - Offer to organize things
or paper work for elderly person in ward.
HOPE CHEST WOODWORKING: - Learn to do woodworking
yourself a hope chest.
HOLIDAY BABY-SITTING: - Offer free baby-sitting
holidays so families can do their shopping.
FAMILY NEWSLETTERS: - Create a family newsletter
and distribute to all relatives every 3 months. Check with all of
them for ongoing events in everyone's lives. Have one person each
month send in a spiritual message on a certain subject. Example,
have Uncle Joe send you his message on "The Joys of Freedom" for the
newsletter. You could have crossword puzzles, thoughts, funny
funny memories, announcements, etc.
PRIMARY VISUAL AIDES: - With the approval of the
President and YW Leader, serve as a helper in Primary in making visual
aids and other class materials. Help w/Achievement Day or other
FUN NIGHT OF SONGS: - Plan and organize a
of songs and funny skits for a domestic abuse shelter or nursing
Call local florists and see if they would donate flowers. Put
little booklets called "Messages of Hope" for the women. In the
put quotes on hope, courage, determination from church leaders.
w/everyone what they are doing. Make sure you have some fun songs
and skits but also some that will touch their hearts, i.e. You're Not
Walk Tall, etc. Get permission to make little loaves of banana
for the moms and little goody bags for the kids.
HAPPY HATS: - Call around to athletic clothing
and see if anyone will donate plain baseball caps. Send a sign-up
sheet around in R.S. and ask women in ward to donate things to decorate
them with (pom-poms, wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners, silk flowers, ribbon,
little army guys, small plastic dinosaurs, fabric paint, patches,
Make "Happy Hats" and deliver to children at domestic abuse shelter,
shelter, or children's hospital.
CROCHET: - Learn to crochet and crochet afghan
the Red Cross "Warm Up America" Program. They will put the
together, they just need people to make the squares
rectangle). For information call (704) 824-7838, or Warm Up
c/o Craft Yarn Council, 2500 Lowell Rd., Gastonia, NC
BLOOD DRIVE: - Organize a blood
"MIRACLE OF FORGIVENESS": = Read the "Miracle of
look up every scripture you can find on repentance and forgiveness,
a journal while doing so, and make some personal goals between you and
your Father in Heaven for 3 months. Make a visual reminder.
CROSS-STITCH: - Learn to cross-stitch and make a
of your favorite temple or a family tree.
JOURNAL JAR: - Make a "Journal Jar" for each
family, including yourself. Encourage everyone to start their own
personal history. Gather all the info at the end of a year and
everyone's history into one big family one. (For info on "Journal
MISSIONARIES DISCUSSION: - With your Bishop's
all the missionary discussions by heart and offer to go on splits w/the
ward and stake missionaries for 4 months when they are teaching
CAREER CHOICES: - Choose a career field in which
interest. Contact someone in that field and volunteer your time
learn about that specific field.
"FRIENDSHIP QUILT": - Make a "friendship
out fabric squares to your friends, have them decorate them and give
back to you. Make a quilt to help you remember each friend
PARENT'S PROM: - Plan and organize a "Parent's
the couples in your ward. Collect high school pictures of them,
on a king and queen, play their favorite music, etc.
HAIR SCRUNCHIES: - Make barrettes or hair
for at the temple or temple clothes for children being sealed to their
AUTO MECHANICS: - Learn about cars and help fix
PHOTO ALBUM: - Put together an "Individual
album. You can focus on your strengths, talents, etc. Mix
with the photos some of your favorite scriptures and thought.
NEW BEGINNINGS: - Plan and carry out New
FIRESIDE PLAY: - When I was a Laurel, I wrote a
act about 20-25 minutes) and put it on with another Laurel and a little
girl from primary for a fireside one Sunday.
VALUE QUILT: - For another project, I got a book
stitch patterns from the church bookstore (I've even seen the book on
internet for sale) and cross stitched all the values and meanings and
theme and pictures of the torch and each class's picture. Then I made
into a quilt using the young women colors as borders.
WARD PROM FOR MARRIED COUPLES: - Put on a prom
married couples, complete with pictures.
FAMILY HOME EVENING FOR A YEAR: - One YW did a
of family home evenings, with all the flannel board pictures and
of work, but what a wonderful resource for her future family as well as
her present one.
READING TUTORING: - One Laurel is teaching a 9
PIANO LESSONS: - Give piano lessons.
SPORTS COACH: - Coach or run a tournament for a
TEMPLE BABYSITTING: - Do a babysitting service
couples could go to the temple.
BEEHIVE HELPS: - Help make awards, binders,
other YW memorabilia for the incoming Beehives or upcoming
VALUE POSTERS: - Make pretty value-colored
values, value statements, and related scriptures.
VALUE TABLECLOTHS: - Make tablecloths out of the
for the young women's room. (You may get YW funds for this
or donate it)
VALUE ROOM DECOR: - Make a craft or room
includes all of the young women colors for each young woman in the
When a young woman finishes that value, shegets an item of the matching
value color. This may encourage the girls tothink about what she still
must do to complete her year's experiences.
SCRIPTURE-A-THON: - Plan an all-night
different characters from the scriptures to visit throughout the
and different discussions tokeep everyone awake and focused on the
CLOTHING DRIVE: - Have a clothing drive. Make
around the building and asked members donate the clothes. Launder,
and fold all the donations.Take them to a shelter. (Check first with
shelter first to determineneeds, etc.)
PREGNANT TEEN HOME: - Organize a service project
a home for pregnant girls. Make a quilt for each baby that will be born
soon. Provide seasonal decorations to make the home more cozy and throw
a seasonal party. If there are also children living there, provide
or crafts for them at the party.
YW SPECIAL PROGRAMS: - I have given my Laurels
of putting together the various special activities throughout the year
(New Beginnings, YW in Excellence), and one ofmy Laurels did a Super
activity (our ward was in charge of theactivity, and she had a great
so we let her do it). They always come upwith such creative ideas!!!
could put one in charge of a fireside, aweekday activity--someone said
they had about 10 mini-activities to let thegirls see some ideas for
activities, and then they took 2 or 3 of those activities a week and
the girls do more involved projects.
MAKE SOMETHING FOR THE NEEDY: - Then there's the
for someone needy" activities: eg. making quilts, teddy bears, toiletry
kits and getting book donations for the localS.O.S shelter; making
for the homeless shelter; work in the local soupkitchen x amount of
making quilts and baby clothes for the hospitals tohand out; gathering
donations for the thrift shops; etc. There's also doingyardwork for a
helping people move into or out of the ward (mostlysetting up volunteer
schedules); visiting a local nursing home (or setting upa ward service
project for a local nursing home, doing yardwork, visiting the
having the primary make drawings and sing songs, etc)
LAUREL PLAQUE: - Someone in our Stake had a
plaque (like they have for the Eagle Scouts) for all the girls in their
ward who received their YW Medallions. I think that's a great idea
and have considered having one of our Laurels do it.
YOUTH TEMPLE TRIP: - Plan a youth temple trip
lunch, etc., etc.).
HANDIWORK SKILL: - Learn to quilt, knit, crochet,
etc. and complete a project.
SCRAPBOOK: - One of our girls had lived in Eupore
to prepare a scrapbook of her experiences there.
YW/YM NEWSLETTER: - Write an YW or YW/YM
for a specified length of time. Distribute it to all the
VOLUNTEER WORK: - Do volunteer work at a food
hospital, etc. Make it more than putting in time, but plan some
event or contribution.
HOMEMAKING SKILL: - Learn and practice a
such as cooking or sewing. (20 hours worth should teach them well)
YW RETREAT: - Plan a YW retreat for the
GENEALOGY: - Work on genealogy at you local
center. Computerize your family records on PAF or do research yourself.
Prepare names for the temple and dothe work.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT: - Learn a musical instrument
at YW in excellence.
WARD COOKBOOK: - Compile a cookbook or favorite
PAINTING: - Learn to paint or wallpaper.
GARDEN: - Maintain a garden for a season.
TUTORING: - Tutor a younger person in a subject
TRANSPOSING MUSIC: - This one is almost completed
of our girls: transpose favorite YW music into singable keys! We
many copies of "I walk by faith" and receivedpermission from the
to transpose a pianist copy because we' ve got a room full of altos.
girl comes to my house on Sunday afternoons to use my computer music
It has been really nice to use some of that music thatthey would
screech and giggle through.
PERSONAL PROGRESS REMINDERS: - Make a year's
progress reminders and handouts for YW.
HOSPITAL HOLIDAY HELP: - Our Laurel class made
to go to the children's ward of a hopsital on a monthly basis and
for the different holidays. For one weekdayactivity we would make the
and then on Sunday we would take them to the hospital to put up on the
walls. We did this for about 7 months. We also have had several
service projects where we sewed bibs for a women's shelter and have
to the local food bank and also the bishop'sstorehouse.
ANIMAL SHELTER: - Spend time at the dog/cat pound
there and taking care of animals
CHRISTMAS BABYSITTING: - Planning and
all-day free babysitting activity a few weekends before Christmas so
parents in the ward can go Christmasshopping w/o little ones afoot
snack preparation, planning the day'sactivities, assigning other YW to
take part of the assignments, making Christmas presents for the
lunch, taking pictures for the parents tosee later, etc.)
CANNED FOOD DRIVE: - Planning and implementing a
drive in the community. Gathering clothes to be taken to Mexico:
pick-up, cleaning clothes, sorting by size,gender, seasons; packing and
delivery to appropriate people in the community)
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: - Providing a large family
"12 Days of Christmas" anonymously, of course!
BABY BASKETS: - Making baby quilts and presenting
new mothers in the ward along with "baby baskets" filled with essential
baby items ~ we have the mothers come andshare their feelings in
Exercises when the quilts and baskets arepresented.
YW CHOIR: - Organizing a YW choir Providing a
of service at a home for young children with physical and mental
SACRAMENT MEETING PROGRAM: - Writing a Sacrament
Program to be "performed" (probably not the most reverent word for a
Meeting) by the youth (a Laurel did the Book of Mormon as her
SACRAMENT BREAD: - One of my Laurels just
She baked the bread for the sacrament every week for six weeks.
was a wonderful project. I had to clear it with my Bishop first,
but he thought it was a great idea. No one in the ward knew she
doing it until we presented her medallions to her in Sacrament
Several people came up to me afterward and commented that they had been
curious as to why we were using homemade bread. Now that her
is finished, her efforts are sorely missed!
WARD DIRECTORY: - Another one I just thought of
day is a class project. (unless you are very ambitious!)
going to compile a handout which contains a short profile on every
in our ward. I thought it would be neat to be able to hand this
(with addresses and telephone numbers) to new people who move in, to
them more that just an address and phone list. This would involve
contacting every family in the ward. If there are some inactives
who didn't want to participate, their names, addresses and phone
would be the only information included.
WARD COOKBOOK: - My daughter did a cookbook
a fundraising company (though we did not sell it as a fundraiser) as a
Laurel project, but worked through the RS. We had about 70
cookbooks (1/2 of them paid up front). We ordered 100 and I fretted
we would not be able to sell them. Within 3 months of receiving the
we were out.