Sunday, September 21, 2014

Taste the Rainbow--part 2

It's been a while. A long while.

WAY back in May, this is what we did for part 2 of our "Taste the Rainbow" series.

Again, we had three rotations and every girl went to each 20-minute class.

For our GOOD WORKS #1 class, each young woman created three messages of gratitude with small candies. They could then use these messages to acknowledge quiet acts of service over the next couple of weeks.

They each received a package of sticky notes (aren't these sticky notes adorable?). Hopefully they will use the sticky notes to write notes of gratitude as they acknowledge quiet acts of service.

And they put their messages and sticky notes in a bag, which was labeled with ideas of how to acknowledge quiet acts of service.

Hopefully the young women recognized that they have so many people who love and serve them every day. 

Our next class was taught by our fantastic young women president because she is a spiritual GIANT. She taught a mini class on the Young Women theme and the girls were able to pass off CHOICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY #6 that very night.

Our last class was taught by our bishop for INTEGRITY #7. He brought in several laptop computers for the young women to research how to strengthen their families.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Taste the Rainbow--part 1

There are lots of "Taste the Rainbow" activities floating around on Pinterest--I just had to join the party! I saw this one that was personal progress-based and so adorable. And this one that was for New Beginnings.

We had personal progress interviews last month, which prompted this activity. We've had lots of cute new Beehives join our ranks lately, so it seemed a good time to crank out a few value experiences in one night.

Here was the invite, with a small package of Skittles stapled to the back:

We had three rotations, so every girl went to each 20-minute class.

During the personal progress interviews, the one thing I heard over and over again from the young women is how difficult it is to start a two or three-week value experience and remember to keep it going. So, for FAITH #1, here's what I came up with:

I got a pillowcase for each girl, then used iron-ons to create a calendar-like thing.
At the activity, each girl got to decorate their pillowcase (here's a picture of mine--and yes, I realize faith #1 requires THREE weeks of personal prayer, not two. Good thing I figured it out before I made the rest of the pillowcases!)

I hope they will put the pillowcase on their pillow and every morning and night, will check off their prayers for that day. My bigger hope is that they will form a habit of prayer that they will find essential in life. I asked them to use the back of the pillowcase to write down all the service they recognize for GOOD WORKS #1.

The next class in the rotation was DIVINE NATURE #4. Our Elders Quorum president came and taught them how to memorize the sacrament prayers. He offered them a reward if the girls could recite the prayers by Sunday. And as long as they're doing DIVINE NATURE #4, they may as well do FAITH #4.


Our last class was INDIVIDUAL WORTH #4. The great thing about this class is the girls could finish it in one night. The teacher gave them a questionnaire with these questions:

What college do I want to go to?
What major do I want to have?
Where would I like to serve a mission?
What temple would I like to be married in?
What traits would I like in my husband? (physical, spiritual, personality)
How many children would I like to have?
What kind of mother do I plan on being?
Where would I like to travel with my family?
What fun things would I like to do with my family?
What kind of wife do I want to be?
Where do I want to raise my family?
What kind of home would I like?
How will I teach my children about my Savior, Jesus Christ?
How will I let them know that they are a Child of God?

Then we served rainbow cupcakes, recipe over at You can find the recipe here.

Looking forward to Taste the Rainbow part 2, next month.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Knowledge #5

It was a bit of a "stretch" connecting yoga with knowledge #5. The girls had a good time and I learned a lot. And I was very sore the next day. A good sore.
I have a friend who teaches yoga, so she agreed to come and share her mad skills with our young women. Before yoga, she talked to us about how she got interested in yoga and how she became certified.
After yoga, the girls made fruit kabobs.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Knowledge #3

Our young women went to the Carl Bloch exhibit at BYU, which helped them pass off KNOWLEDGE #3.
If you live in the Provo area, this exhibit is a must-see! If you missed it, or don't live in the Provo area, KNOWLEDGE #3 is still a fun one to finish as a young women group. With summer just around the corner, most communities have outdoor concerts. Better yet--attend a play, concert, or recital of a young woman in your ward. Now that's a win-win!

Faith #6

February's curriculum topic is The Plan of Salvation. It is the perfect time for young women to pass off Faith #6! Here's what I gave to our young women:

Friday, January 31, 2014

Virtue Value Project and January Personal Progress Reminder

Have you seen this ADORABLE Book of Mormon reading chart on Pinterest?

When I saw it, I just knew I had to use it to help the young women with their Virtue project. BUT, I haven't been able to find the original source so I can give credit where credit is due. Does anyone know who created the original?

I attached a scripture-marking pencil using wire stars.

Good Works Service Project

Holy moly.

We did a service project for our activity this week and I am SO GRATEFUL for everyday comforts.

We recently learned of an organization called Days for Girls, which provides sustainable feminine hygiene kits to young women and women all over the world. These kits help girls stay in school, which can break the poverty cycle.

We were very lucky to have a humanitarian representative speak to the young women about how the kits can change lives. Then we got to work.

Some girls cut fabric.
Some girls pinned the fabric together.
Some girls sewed.

When I told the girls it was time to clean up, one girl said, "I could do this all night." So sweet.

For more information about this project, you can access the Days for Girls website here.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Personal Progress for Leaders

Have you noticed that I haven't posted an activity in a long time? That's because after Young Women in Excellence, I haven't had one! I am in charge of the activity for the 4th Wednesday every month, but with Thanksgiving and Christmas, we haven't had activities.

So what have I been doing?

My own personal progress!

I completed a Divine Nature project (the first project listed in the personal progress book). Here's a peek at the "before" picture:
And the "after" picture:
Go here for more information on personal progress requirements for leaders.

Go here for more information on how I refinished this table.

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