Young Women in Excellence Project Ideas for the 1998 Theme
-- Turning the Hearts to the Fathers
Use family photos to make a collage to frame the "Proclamation
on the Family". Frame your creation and present it to your family!
Write a Life History/Biography of your grandparents. If
they are living, tape (Audio or Video) interviews with them. Ask
describe their child hoods and important events in
their lives. Compile all of your work into a display. You may want to include
handiwork, photos, etc.
Write a Life History/Biography of your parents. Use the
methods described above. Include stories of their courtship and wedding.
Begin your own Life History. Include photos, awards, certificates
and other important things (copies of birth certificates, blessings, baptismal
certificates, first Primary talk, etc.)
Create an Anniversary Album for your parents. Find and
copy (DON'T use originals without permission!) photos from their
wedding, honeymoon, other photos of just the two of them. Include a letter
from each of their children expressing their love for them and
thanking them for being great parents. You might even
include a photocopy of their wedding certificate. Be creative!! Present
it to them
on their Anniversary.
Learn one skill that one of your ancestors had. Complete
a project using your new skills (embroidery, knitting, quilting, woodcarving,
Learn how to can homemade jam. Give it away. Create a
display with pictures of you learning to can- through all stages and finally
finished project! Bring some for everyone to sample.
Gather favorite family recipes from all of your relatives
(Grandmas, Aunts, cousins, Mom, etc.) and create a family cookbook. Include
interesting family notes for any recipes that may
have them- for example: "Poor Man's Meatballs- this was Mom and Dad's first
meal together as a married couple." Include family photos too.
Organize and carry out a family reunion. Create a display
that includes photos of the day and a list of all relatives who came.
Be able to show how each relative fits onto your pedigree chart/family
Complete a 4 generation pedigree chart. Submit all names
that need to have temple work done to Salt Lake. If possible, help perform
baptisms for your relatives. Display a photo pedigree
chart (with as many pictures as you can find) and write down your feelings
what this experience has meant to you.
Volunteer 1-2 hours per week at the Stake Family History
Center for 2 months. Learn all you can about genealogy. Keep a journal
experiences and write down your testimony of the importance
of temple work.
Create a family tree cross-stitch sampler.
Read the Work and the Glory (ALL volumes). Write a book
report that includes your favorite parts of the story and thing that you
have learned by reading about the various characters' struggles.
Research the life of a Church prophet. Write and
essay on his life and on how your study affected your testimony.
Create a permanent Family Home Evening Assignment Chart.
Be creative and help remind your family to USE it each week.
Create an original poem or song about the pioneers or
about temple work.
Make an artistic representation of the Pioneers crossing
the plains (painting, sketch, diorama, sculpture, needlework, etc.)
Create a family calendar for next year. Give one as a
gift to your parents or grandparents. Include everyone's birthdays, anniversaries
and photos of your family. Be creative!