This year has been fun in young womens so far! We have done some new things that also some old things but I really feel like my girls are getting something from Young Womens. One very satisfying things that has come from Young Womens was a letter that came from one of my girl’s parents- she e-mailed and said that her girls work on Personal Progress every Sunday. They read their scriptures every night and they are just excited to be sisters and daughters of God.
Oh my goodness! What a great feeling it was to hear that! It makes me want to do my job the best as I can and even better! It reminds me how grateful I am to be in Young Womens and how strong these girls are.
In January we set goals for 2011- I had the girls make book marks for their scriptures and write their goals on the back of the book marks. There was on short term goal, one long term goal, and two goals for personal progress. On the front of the book mark was the 13th Article of Faith since that is the theme for this year and the year in big bold letters.
In February we had New Beginnings. The theme was Come Unto Christ- we had tons of pictures of Jesus all around and some cute mood lighting. We also had a big banner that said Come Unto Christ in the front. Each of the members of the presidency got up and talked about difference aspects of the Young Women’s program and how it would take the girls closer to Christ. We also had all of the Laurels and some of the Mia Maids get up and bear their testimony about how the Young Women programs has helped them learn more about their Savior. It was a really fun night and we had some comments from the girls that it was the best New Beginnings they have every had.
Also in February I set up all of the girls to be on the personalprogress.lds.org website so they could use that if they wanted to. I felt like the girls are on the computer so much anyway, this would be a perfect way to keep them completely in-tuned with their progress. Some of them really like it, others really like the book. It was a very simple thing to do and easy to use. If you would like help getting started let me know
In March, we went back to the basics, and with Choice and Accountability #1 we taught the girls how to pray and how to study. Then we read all of the required scriptures and spend the rest of the time letting the girls study on their own and pass things that off that they needed to pass off.
Now it is Camp season so our activities will be sparse but I am way excited for our next one- we are going off of Integrity #3. There are tons of scriptures to read but we are going to have the girls act them out, each will be in a group, they will read the story together and then act it out for the other girls and then explain why each story has to do with Integrity. I will let you know how that one goes.
Next Sunday is the Young Women’s general broadcast. Our stake is also going to be recognizing the girls that have finished or are close to finishing their young women medallion. We wanted to have as many girls finish as we could so we have been encouraging them like no other to try to finish or at least do as much as they can- we probably have about 5 girls that are going to be recognized and it has been so fun to see them all working really hard to finish for this night! I am thinking of having a big ice cream party at the end of the year for all of the girls- for each value that you have finished, you get to add a topping to your ice cream…or something like that, still fun for everyone but the girls that have been working really hard get an extra treat.