LESSON MANUAL IDEAS: (from
I've had several requests for Lesson Manual #1 ideas for this
I'm sorry, but I won't be able to do this. One -- it would take
more time and space than I have; and two -- since I am not currently
in the YW program, I don't even have access to this resource.
LESSON MANUAL ORDER -- 1999: - I recently
an area meeting with Sister Beck from the General YW Board. She
that the lessons in the YW manual must be taught in the order they
in the manual. Annette
TABLE CENTERPIECE: - There are always those lessons
where you need a pen to have the girls write something
right? Well you'll always have pens with this center
piece. Here is what you need:
large taricotta pot (few dollars at
flower arraging sponge ( 2 for .77 cents at
spanish moss ( 1.00 for a bag)
green floral tape
silk flowers one for each value color ( I
the dollar store)
pack of pens
You put the stem of the flower along side the pen
and wrap the green tape around it, all the way to the end of the pen.
the pen looks like a stem and the flower is at the top of the pen. Then
you put you the flower arraging sponge in the pot and cover it with
moss. Then you arrange all of your flower pens in the pot by sticking
in the sponge.
Tie a bow around your pot and your finished. This
works great, you'll always have a pen handy as well as a cute center
for your lessons. Carla
VALUES LESSON: - This activity could be used
as a Sunday lesson on values. Play Candy Land (the child's
Every time a girl lands on a color they must tell what it stands for
one thing they can do to strengthen this area. Each girl should
a tally of the number of times they land on the value of the
When the game is over, count the number of tallies for each
During the next week they must do that many things within the value and
come back the following week to report. (For example: if
are talking about service. Every time a girl lands of a yellow,
will repeat the scripture, tell a kind of service they could do, repeat
the motto, etc. When the game is completed, if the girl has 10 tally
then she must do 10 acts of service that week for her family and
others. The following week she comes back to class and reports on
her experience.) Teena
Harrison, Taylor, Arizona
SHOES OBJECT LESSON (MARRIAGE): - When your
married, does love change over time? Think of love as a pair of
In the beginning, everything's brand- squeaky-new. You love the
they smell; your first steps are a bit stiff, yet shiny and
Time passes. The high-gloss quality has dimmed, you've got a few
scuffs and scratches, but you feel comfortable and secure -- these are
shoes you can count on! More time passes. You hit a crisis
point: A heel breaks, a sole wears down--should you repair them
toss them. Perhaps you could even try on a few other pairs for
Still, no shoes do it for you like these. No shoes fit you
the same way. So you do some work on
them. You fix them up to be keepers.
sure, maybe they aren't the dazzling special-company, steppin'out shoes
they once were. Maybe they aren't the shoes you'd wear for your
Hokey-Pokey number at Cousin Gloria's wedding reception. Big
Hokey-Pokeys may come and go, but these shoes have gone the
And that's what it's all about!
TEACHING WITH THE
SPIRIT THOUGHTS AND IDEAS
ASSESSING THE NEEDS OF THE YW: - If you
look in the front of the lesson manual in the introduction under unit
it states "In teaching these units, assess the needs of the YW in your
class by asking yourself the following questions:
What problems are they facing?
What do they already know about the subject?
What previous lessons have they had on the subject?
Which of these lessons best meet their needs?
When you have carefully considered the needs of your
YW, study the lesson titles and objectives of each lesson to determine
will best meet those needs. By planning well
in advance, you can be sure that the YW will receive lessons in all
and that you will provide a complete, balanced curriculum."
STICKING TO THE LESSON MANUEL: - We had a
a couple of years ago with Sister Pierce who was at the time a member
the YW General Board, and she stressed the importance of teaching the
in the manual. She explained that in the curriculum department at
Church Headquarters that they have charts on the walls that list gospel
topics that will be taught from the time we are in nursery until we are
in Relief Society and Priesthood quorums. She said we would be
to see that topics we think are so basic may only be covered once or
in our life time. She was stressing the importance of teaching
lesson in the manual.
MONTHLY VALUE LESSON: - When I lived in a
ward, I had one sister who was called as the Value Speaker. She always
gave the lessons on Fast Sunday and they were about the Values.
was terrific and used so many different teaching techniques. A
resource book is "Teaching No Greater Call". It has some of
the best teaching methods and they will keep your lessons
In smaller wards(like the one I currently live in), you could
a guest value speaker on Fast Sunday. I've used the best women
a few men in the stake. I always get the names approved by the
which isn't a problem, and ask the speaker well in advance. They
have been the best!
Last month the sister compared quilt tops to Divine
Nature and the individuality of the girls. She brought several
and had prepared
pieces of paper with a pattern of nine
She divided the girls into groups and gave each group a paper,
glue stick, and a
baggie containing 9 squares of red and blue paper
to fit into the pattern. The groups could then make any design
decided. It was
great and they all turned out so different.
Our presidency just stood back in awe!
HOLY GHOST LESSON: - I just gave a lesson in
young women's on the Holy Ghost. I discussed why the
Holy Ghost is so important
in our lives, the purposes of promptings, how
come, why we get no answer even when we are living the
... how to tell if they are from us or the Lord. Started the
by giving a gift ... an NY subway token. Explained what the gift
was. Asked a youth if she could go from Times Square to the
State Building, using her new gift. She explained she knew the
understood the use of the token but, admitted that she wouldn't know
subway to use. I Explained and tied that into the Holy
We understand we have this gift, but do we fully understand its
Do we know how to use the gift? Do we understand its purposes?
MORALITY OBJECT LESSON: - My husband likes to
do an object lesson with a pencil: Dangle a pencil on the edge of
a counter or table. Ask the class if they can guess when
pencil will fall as you push it closer and closer to the the
(It falls when least expected). Then he takes the pencil to the
of the table and says the pencil will not fall if it is not even near
edge, much safer, etc.
AGENCY & M&M'S: - Pass a package of
M&M's around the class. Tell them to take whatever color of
they want, except don't pick the blue ones. As it is passed
the class members will notice that there aren't any blue ones and at
end everyone will be asking the question "Why?". Relate it to
Father's plan and giving us our agency or following Satan's plan and
out all the blue M&M's.
LESSON FILLERS: - For ideas on Lesson fillers,
when you've run out of lesson and not out of time, click
INDIVIDUAL WORTH: - I did a lesson on
Worth and tied it into the family proclamation Paragraphs 2
I had a poster with a huge thumbprint on it saying "You are
Special". It was really cute. I wanted to have the
stamp their own thumbprint on the poster and sign beneath it saying
everyone's thumbprint is unique. -- Lisa
CHASTITY LESSON IDEA: - I first used this 20
plus years ago when working with the Beehives as a
thought for teaching lessons on chastity and
"Be chaste while being chased." ----- To make a
for your lesson, you could find a picture (maybe from a teen
or something) of a girl with guys around her (you know the
Glue it to a piece of card stock or construction paper and add the
listed above: "Be chaste while being chased". My teacher
it when I was a youth, and I still remember it.
MAN OF YOUR DREAMS....OR NIGHTMARES?: - For
ideas Click Here
AGENCY LESSON: - Last week I went through the
parable of the ten virgins. I read the scripture passage. Then I used
Kimball's explanation of the parable. I displayed an oil lamp. As
a hand out I gave out tiny vials of lamp oil. I told them that they got
a drop for being at church that day and another drop for their modest
Another drop for listening and bringing their scriptures. This is the
that Pres. Kimball uses as his example. The foolish virgins chose not
be prepared and had to be accountable for their foolishness.
"SEEK THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD" HANDOUT: - (This
was written on a heart)
Seek the Spirit of the Lord
This is a spiritual experience in which you are
Bright as you are, trained as you may be, you are not wise enough
to do it alone. Seek the blessings of the Lord and his favor, and you
be blessed with success and happiness, and your work will be crowned
that joy which will make it really fruitful, for God has promised His
and His power to those who seek Him and love Him.
God bless you to believe what I have said to you
being important. You are.
HANDOUT BINDER: - We were given a binder with
section papers to keep ours in. We section them off into the
I personally am not much one for handouts, but I keep them anyway,
I have some inactive friends that have some problems that I like to
them to, to try and help them. So mine do someone some good!
TESTIMONY: - When I was in YW as a
my teacher gave a lesson on testimonies or faith. At the end of
she gave everyone a plant, I had it for years and it never
Through this time I thought about throwing it out because it was an
plant with one leaf on it. I didn't look at it much and didn't pay
to it. As time went on, I practically lost my
Later, I found a wonderful guy and was sealed in the temple. We brought
the plant to our home now 17 months later it has eight leaves!!
has turned out to be a beautiful plant. I suppose my testimony
the same as the plant grew. It gets bigger everyday and so does my
My mom was amazed when she came to my house and saw the plant after
it so small and lifeless for so many years. So the moral to
the story is I kept one of my "handouts" though I didn't quite
the power of it then (10 years ago) I am glad I never threw out the
MODESTY LESSON: - As an object lesson you
take some New Eras and put Cosmopolitin magazine covers over them and
discuss what they think the inside is like. My girls really took to
because they want to be in style but not to give off the wrong message.
I don't think they had really thought about what they were saying to
by their dress. They figured that if it met the standards listed in the
"For the strength of Youth" pamphlets it was totally okay. I have
a change in their dress since I gave this lesson.
CHARITY: - (This is from the book
"Power Tools for Teaching", by Beth Lefgren and Jennifer
Objective: to demonstrate how charity can help us rise to our highest
as servants of our Heavenly Father.
Materials Needed: Two loaves of homemade bread-one
with yeast, one without yeast.
Procedure: Display both loaves of bread. Ask
what the class members think made the difference. (Yeast.) Point out
the recipe was followed exactly for both loaves with the exception of
ingredient, the yeast. T's easy to tell which loaf has the yeast.
Explain that in our lives we can have a similar
We can develop our character and obey the commandments; gut if we omit
the important ingredient of charity for all mankind, it will all be for
nothing. Without this vital ingredient, we cannot rise to our
JESUS IS OUR "LIFE-SAVER" HANDOUT: -
Whether your ship is sailing upon calm waters or is
heading for uncharted seas
or you are struggling to keep your head above
the crashing waves…
Only one life "preserver" outlasts all others, it
is Jesus Christ.
(Poem is attached with a lifesaver.)
EXALTATION: - At the beginning of the lesson
ask for those who have NOT read their scriptures or prayed or whatever
that week. Now for those who HAVE NOT read Give THEM a Hershey's
kiss. Then continue with your lesson. Don't say anything
You will hear some murmuring. If they murmur say we will talk about it
later. At the END of the Lesson. For those who READ give them a
candy bar. Tie it into life today ... sometimes it seems as
the wicked are receiving rewards NOW. Ask was it worth the wait
get the bigger candy bar? Tie into worth the wait for celestial
The reward is bigger better and worth the wait.
REVERENCE HELP: - This month we are focusing
on Integrity. For our combined lesson (Fast Sunday) we invited a
member of the bishopric to present the theme. It went VERY
I was amazed at how quiet and respectful the young women were.
actually listened and learned something! I think it helps
young women grow closer to the bishopric. Another thing we
is having a member of the bishopric be in our
exercises each week. This really helps with the reverence
TURNING YOUR HEARTS -- TO EACH OTHER: - (See