Why do we fast?

Why do we fast?  Great package with amazing study pages for ESTHER!  Seven great learning activities to help you ponder and learn about fasting.

 

Why do we fast?

This great teaching package is available HERE.

It is also part of our September combo package HERE.

Why do we fast?  Great package with amazing study pages for ESTHER!  Seven great learning activities to help you ponder and learn about fasting.

This package comes has 21 pages and 7 learning activities.

Why do we fast?  Great package with amazing study pages for ESTHER!  Seven great learning activities to help you ponder and learn about fasting.

Included are these illustrated study pages that help you study the story of Esther.  It leads up to chapter four where Esther asks the people to fast for her.  It is such a fantastic story about gaining strength from fasting.

These study pages help you look at specific verses and answer questions as you go.  There are also tips throughout to give guidance.

Esther story sticks

These story sticks also come in this package and you can use these to teach or review the story of Esther.  You can use them as you tell the story, or you can teach the story and then ask those you are teaching to retell the story using the sticks.

You can find this package, and see more pictures HERE.

Why are we commanded to keep the Sabbath Day Holy? By John Hilton III

Great article and teaching ideas about keeping the Sabbath Day holy!

John Hilton III has earned a reputation for being an amazing teacher, speaker and author! If you are a regular at Deseret Book, Time Out For Women, EFY or BYU Education Week, you probably already know him. We are SO lucky to have him sharing what he knows with us.

He was born in San Francisco and grew up in Seattle. He served a mission in Denver, and got a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. Along the way he met his wife Lani and they have five children. They have lived in Boise, Boston, Mexico and Miami. Currently, they live in Utah. John has a Masters degree from Harvard and a Ph.D from BYU, both in Education, and currently is an Assistant Professor of Ancient Scripture at BYU. He has also written several books with Deseret Book, you can see them HERE. Besides being with his family, his favorite hobbies are learning Chinese and doing humanitarian work. For more information visit www.johnhiltoniii.com

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Honor the Sabbath Day

As my friend Anthony Sweat and I wrote in our book Why?, “The Lord has told us to “Call the Sabbath a delight” (Isaiah 58:13); but some people feel like Sunday is a restrictive day, a day when they can’t do certain things. They might say, “Stuffy white shirts and ties, dresses and heels, shushes and hushes, talks, and more talks, early morning fast offerings and late evening firesides, no shopping or dating or dancing. And this day is a ‘delight’? Please tell us why!””

Idea #1: Teaching why we should honor the Sabbath day

Teaching Ideas for:  Why are we commanded to keep the Sabbath Day holy?

Show your students various hand motions that communicate (or send a sign) to other people. For example, you could do a friendly wave, shake your fist in anger, or perform a beckoning motion. Rhetorically ask your students, “How were you able to tell what I was communicating?” (The obvious answer is that your gestures signaled to students how you were feeling. Invite students to turn to Ezekiel 20:20 and have them look for the sign between us and the Lord. Ask students to explain a principle from this verse. One possible answer is that how we treat the Sabbath day sends a sign to the Lord about how we feel about Him. Is our Sabbath day observance sending a welcoming sign, or one that shows that we don’t really care?

Elder Mark E. Peterson of the Quorum of the Twelve taught, “Observance of the Sabbath is an indication of the depth of our conversion. Our observance or nonobservance of the Sabbath is an unerring measure of our attitude toward the Lord personally and toward his suffering in Gethsemane, his death on the cross, and his resurrection of the dead. It is a sign of whether we are Christians in very deed, or whether our conversion is so shallow that commemoration of his atoning sacrifice means little or nothing to us” (Mark E. Petersen, Conference Report, April 1975, 72). Testify to students that one reason why we should honor the Sabbath is to show the Lord how much we care about him.

 

Idea #2: Teaching How to honor the Sabbath Day

Show students this picture and ask them if it reminds them of the Sabbath (hopefully it doesn’t!)

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President Spencer W. Kimball said:

 

The Sabbath is a holy day in which to do worthy and holy things. Abstinence from work and recreation is important but insufficient. The Sabbath calls for constructive thoughts and acts, and if one merely lounges about doing nothing on the Sabbath, he is breaking it. To observe it, one will be on his knees in prayer, preparing lessons, studying the gospel, meditating, visiting the ill and distressed, sleeping, reading wholesome material, and attending all the meetings of that day to which he is expected. To fail to do these proper things is a transgression” (Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, [1969], 96-97).

Invite students to read and ponder Doctrine and Covenants 59:9-12. These verses teach that one of the purposes of the Sabbath is to “more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world.” Another primary purpose of the Sabbath day is to“pay thy devotions unto the Most High” (D&C 59:10). Some good questions to ask ourselves with our Sunday behavior is: Does the activity help me draw nearer to God?  Does it keep me unspotted from the world? Doctrine and Covenants 59:12 also says that on the Sabbath we should “offer [our] oblations” of “time, talents, or means, in service of God and  fellowman” (see D&C 59:12, footnote 12b).  In other words, does a particular Sabbath activity help me to give of myself in selfless service to God’s kingdom and those around me? Does it help me serve in my calling, visit the needy, and give of myself?

Suggest to students that there are lots of things that probably are not “wrong” to do on the Sabbath, but they can ask also ask themselves, “Is this the best thing I could do with my time on the Sabbath to help myself draw nearer to God, be unspotted from the world and serve others?” Honestly answering this question can give powerful guidance to making the Sabbath more meaningful.

Point out to students that on the Sabbath day they spend 3 hours in church, but 13 hours at home. Ask students to brainstorm some of the best activities they could during these home hours to draw nearer to God, be unspotted from the world and serve others? Invite students to keep the Sabbath day WHOLLY by planning out different things that they will during their Sabbath day (the below could be used as a bookmark where they write down their schedule and ideas). Follow up with students via a text message during the week to remind them to put their WHOLE efforts into keeping the Sabbath day HOLY.

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Idea #3: The Sabbath Day and Homework

RESTING FROM HOMEWORK:

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D&C 59:10 teaches that a principle of the Sabbath is “to rest from your labors.” For many students, their primary “labor” is school work. Should Sunday be a homework day? Invite different students to read each of the following accounts.

1. President Henry B. Eyring talked about his experience when participating in a very competitive graduate program. He was in a program where one-third of the students would fail – and he did not want to be one of the failing students. The competition was fierce though, and most of his classmates studied on Sunday. But President Eyring said, “For me, there was…no studying on Sunday” (Education for Real Life, CES Fireside).  Remember, schoolwork is usually the main daily labor for students; the Sabbath is designed to have us rest from our daily labors. When we use Sunday for a homework day, often our thoughts are more on the things of chemistry than the things of eternity.

2. President James E. Faust advised, “I would counsel all students, if they can, to arrange their schedules so that they do not study on the Sabbath.  If students and other seekers after truth will do this, their minds will be quickened and the infinite Spirit will lead them to the verities they wish to learn” (President James E. Faust, Ensign, Nov. 1991, 34). What a promise!

3. “I believed that I should labor hard for six days at my work, which was studying law, and should, therefore, refrain from student-like labor on the Sabbath…. Study was my work and the Lord had commanded us to labor for six days and rest on the seventh….I followed my father’s example and my mother’s gentle teaching, and I was also blessed for it” (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Life’s Lessons Learned, 24).

Point out to students that President Henry B. Eyring, President James E. Faust, and Elder Dallin H. Oaks were extremely successful professionally, and also chose not to do homework on Sunday. Does this mean that we can be lazy and leave homework undone? Of course not. For the Strength of Youth says, “Prepare during the week so that you can reserve Sunday for the many uplifting activities that are appropriate for the Sabbath day. Such activities include spending quiet time with your family, studying the gospel, fulfilling your Church callings and responsibilities, serving others, writing letters, writing in your journal, and doing family history work. Your behavior and dress on the Sabbath should show respect for the Lord and His holy day.”

Invite students to go for one month without doing any homework on study. Invite them instead to prepare more during the week so they will not have pressing homework assignments due Monday morning. Invite them also to fill time that they would have used for homework with uplifting activities such as doing family history work, working on Personal Progress, or studying Preach My Gospel. Follow up with students on a regular basis to see what they experience as a result of taking this invitation.

 

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Check out the Teaching Package for this topic:

Why are we commanded to keep the Sabbath Day holy?  This printable package has SEVEN awesome learning activities!  They are so impactful!  #septembercomefollowme

You can find this package HERE.

It will also be available in our September combo package available soon.

This 25 page PDF package has seven amazing learning activities, lesson prints, and a handout to help you study, discuss, and act upon what you learn.

Why are we commanded to keep the Sabbath Day holy?  This printable package has SEVEN awesome learning activities!  They are so impactful!  #septembercomefollowme

Included in this package are illustrations to help you teach the doctrines taught in For the Strength of Youth.  You can put them on the board or lay them out and have those you are teaching come up with lots of detailed ideas for each picture.

You can find this great package HERE.

How Do I Guard My Virtue?

How do I guard my virtue?  This LDS printable teaching package has 6 great learning activities, 2 Personal Progress experiences for Virtue, and  a great handout!  #ldsvirtue

How do I guard my virtue?

You can find this package and see more pictures HERE.

Also, check out our popular article on how to approach this important subject with the youth HERE.

We have been working on the study pamphlet and teaching package for this lesson and as I have studied the lesson I have loved EVERYTHING!

The stories in here are fantastic and they are the kind that really stick to you after you hear them.

Parents – this lesson is a great resource to you – you could probably design a dozen Family Home Evenings around the material they provide.

In this lesson it addresses pornography, and I think often we avoid this topic among the Young Women because we typically associate it with stuff the guys need to hear.

May I share a quote that I think is pretty alarming?

“Concerning spiritual wickedness, we could call attention to pornography, which is rampant. The use of pornography among our youth is growing. The new target audience for those who create pornography is young women. There are media messages everywhere that are antifamily, and our young people are very connected with media—Internet, television, the things they receive on their phones, all electronic devices are delivering antifamily messages to them every day. Increasingly, our youth are seeing no reason to form a family or get married in spite of all the teaching you give them. They are being desensitized about the need to form eternal families.”  (Sister Julie B. Beck, Teaching the Doctrine of the Family, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion Satellite Broadcast, August 4, 2009)

You can read this entire talk here.  Aren’t we so glad that there are inspired leaders who are watching out for our children?

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How do I guard my virtue?  This LDS printable teaching package has 6 great learning activities, 2 Personal Progress experiences for Virtue, and  a great handout!  #ldsvirtue

You can find this study and teaching package HERE.

This package includes a pamphlet, 6 learning activities that help you learn and apply the lesson, printable posters, printable locker prints, printable stickers, and Personal Progress Virtue Experiences 2 and 4.

The stickers can be printed and stuck onto cell phones, stereos, computers, etc. as daily reminders to protect themselves by what they see, listen to, and engage in.

How do I guard my virtue?  This LDS printable teaching package has 6 great learning activities, 2 Personal Progress experiences for Virtue, and  a great handout!  #ldsvirtue

You can find this package and see more pictures HERE.

How Do the Things I Say Affect Me and Those Around Me?

How do the things I say affect me and those around me?  This lesson package has 7 great learning activities, plus a printable for Personal Progress Individual Worth experience #3!

How do the things I say affect me and those around me?

You can find this package HERE.

It will also be in our September combo package available soon.

Before I was married I would go around with the EFY program and speak around the country.  One of my talks was called “Are You a Lifter?”  And the entire talk was focused around the power our words have on each other. Here are some things I shared in my talk. I hope they help you and those you love.

Elder Holland quoted Joseph Smith and said:  “It is by words… [that] every being works when he works by faith.  God said, ‘Let there be light: and there was light.’  Joshua spake, and the great lights  which God had created stood still.  Elijah commanded, and the heavens were stayed for the space of three years and six months, so that it did not rain….  All this was done by faith… Faith, then, works by words; and with [words] its mightiest works have been, and will be performed.”  Then Elder Holland added, “words are sacred and must be spoken with care…”  (The Tongue of Angels, Ensign, May 2007)

So if it is by words that miracles are commanded and things are created – should we not consider the power of our words in our everyday lives?

A Strong Visual Lesson

During my talk I would draw some pretty weird pictures on the board – they would all be faces with their mouths open and then I would substitute the tongue for fire on one face, then a snake on another, and put an angel’s halo on another.

I would say to the youth, “If I commissioned an abstract artist to paint a portrait of me, I wonder what they would include.  Their goal is not to do a realistic portrait, but a symbolic one.   So if they thought I was very wise, maybe they would fill my head with eyes, or if I wasn’t wise at all – then maybe I would have no eyes.  If they drew these pictures of me on the board, what would each of these mean?”

We would then turn to James 3: 2-10 and the kids would figure out the interpretation.  I am quoting from the last part of that group of scripture here:

“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

“For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

“ But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”

Poison and Fire

What does fire do? It burns and destroys. And even a little spark can turn into a great fire and be unimaginably destructive. And poison? It can also destroy and disfigure.

So if my tongue was of fire, then I burned others when I spoke with or without the intent of destroying, that is the potential result.  Or a snake?  I speak words that destroy from the inside. It can spread slowly but the impact is there.

Fire burns and hurts quickly and has a lasting impact.  Have you ever had a burn?  They can take a while to heal and it is hard to find relief from the pain.  There are also varying degrees of burns. Poison can be a little more subtle.  You can be bit by the deceptive snake and not realize the kind of trouble you are in.

Ask the youth and they can recall times where words have been spoken to them that have felt like that.

It would be interesting to have a conversation with the youth about the impact of our words.

Give them some scenarios and let them consider the burning or the poisonous effect it has. They could be both situations where they are doing the speaking, to times when other’s words would impact them.

Here are a few common topics – you could come up with actual scenarios:

  • Gossipping about someone over something that did or did not happen
  • Someone calling you “stupid” or something like that
  • Swearing or words like unto them
  • Words said in a cruel tone
  • Cruel words said in a nice tone
  • Someone attacks your testimony
  • Telling someone you hate them

Not Even in Joking

I used to always point to the For the Strength of Youth Pamphlet where it says this:  “How you speak says much about who you are….  Use language that uplifts encourages, and compliments others.  Do not insult others or put them down, EVEN IN JOKING.”

“Even in joking” – even the best youth can be repeat offenders of this.  “It is just a joke” they would say, or “they know we don’t mean it.”

I would have them turn to John 1: 41-42.  This is the first meeting of Christ and Peter.  Peter, like us, a disciple before he has ever met Christ – and certainly he had anticipated this moment.  In fact, his brother Andrew met Christ first, and who did he run to tell?  Peter!  That is very telling of both the brotherly love between these faithful brothers, but also the heart and desire of Peter.  Here is the exchange that followed between Peter and Christ:

“And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou are Simon the Son of Jonah:  thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, a stone.”

Imagine this!  First Christ immediately and outwardly expresses that he knows Peter!  Imagine how this would have made Peter feel!  The Messiah is approaching him in this manner!  How would you feel?  The Son of God, the Redeemer of man, the Creator of this world recognizes you.  And Christ knows more about Peter and his potential than Peter, himself, does – and Christ does not hesitate to help Peter see it.  He gives him a name “stone” or “rock” – how would Peter feel about himself after that?  What, in that little moment, did that do to Peter?

So if we want to truly be Christlike we should be seeking to build and to lift.  It is impossible to imagine Christ going up to his friends calling them names or insulting them just in joking.  His tongue was tamed and only filled with hope and love.

 

Speaking as an Angel would speak

In Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk “The Tongue of Angels” he says this:

“In his deeply moving final testimony, Nephi calls us to “follow the Son [of God], with full purpose of heart,” promising that “after ye have … received the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost, [ye] can speak with a new tongue, yea, even with the tongue of angels. … And … how could ye speak with the tongue of angels save it were by the Holy Ghost? Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ.”  Indeed, Christ was and is “the Word,” according to John the Beloved,  full of grace and truth, full of mercy and compassion.

“So, brothers and sisters, in this long eternal quest to be more like our Savior, may we try to be “perfect” men and women in at least this one way now—by offending not in word, or more positively put, by speaking with a new tongue, the tongue of angels. Our words, like our deeds, should be filled with faith and hope and charity, the three great Christian imperatives so desperately needed in the world today. With such words, spoken under the influence of the Spirit, tears can be dried, hearts can be healed, lives can be elevated, hope can return, confidence can prevail.”   (The Tongue of Angels, Ensign, May 2007)

So with that final picture on the board, the hope and desire for each of us is to have tongues of angels.  In James 3:2, he says:  For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.”  So basically, if I can tame my tongue, I can tame my entire body.

I don’t think that is just about self-control.  I think it is about replacing pride with charity.  We care too much about others than to say, or imply, or hint at something that would be destructive.

And I think this also applies to what we say to ourselves.  We can be our own worst tongues of fire.

Let me end with this poem:

Builder or Wreckers

I watched them tearing a building down,

A gang of men in a busy town.

With a ho-heave-ho and lusty yell,

They swung a beam and a sidewall fell.

I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled,

As the men you’d hire if you had to build?”

He gave me a laugh and said, “No indeed!

Just common labor is all I need.

I can easily wreck in a day or two

What builders have taken a year to do.”

And I tho’t to myself as I went my way,

Which of these two roles have I tried to play?

Am I a builder who works with care,

Measuring life by the rule and square?

Am I shaping my deeds by a well-made plan,

Patiently doing the best I can?

Or am I a wrecker who walks the town,

Content with the labor of tearing down?

– Unknown

 

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Here is the teaching package we have to go along with this lesson:

How do the things I say affect me and those around me?  This lesson package has 7 great learning activities, plus a printable for Personal Progress Individual Worth experience #3!

 You can find this package HERE.

This package has 7 learning activities that really help those you are teaching learn and act upon the important doctrines and principles in this lesson.  One of the learning activities will fulfill Personal Progress Individual Worth Experience #3 – so it would be great to do together, or send home as a challenge!

How can I be in the world but not of the world?

How can I be in the world but not of the world?  This LDS teaching package has 4 amazing learning activities.  Great way to discuss the standards in For the Strength of Youth!

How can I be in the world but not of the world?

You can find this lesson package HERE.

It will also be available in our September combo package available soon.

I think this is a fantastic lesson since so many youth are just starting school, and looking through the lesson outline, I also think it would make a fantastic Family Home Evening.  In fact, most of the lessons would make amazing Family Home Evenings and are a great starting point for parents.

I wanted to throw out a few situations that are common to youth today in case you want to talk through specific circumstances and apply this lesson to their lives.

So here are some situations – the lesson outline has great suggestions on how to discuss what it means to “live in the world but not of the world”, and it also suggests  a fantastic scripture activity.  So I would recommend discussing some of these situations after doing all of that.  I would also write on the board what they learned from the scriptures so as you discuss these situations they can look up at the board and apply the scriptures to the situations.

Note:  these situations are coming from my experience working with the youth, not from my memory of being one since it was so long ago – so each of these below have a story or two to go with them. Some I will mention and others I will not.

Situation #1

It is approaching school Homecoming and all of your friends are getting asked to the dance.  Most of you are still 15 but it doesn’t seem to be a big deal since it is a supervised school activity.

  • Remember, this is their first time being 15 and now that they are in High School they want to participate in High School things.
  • Part of the lesson package includes putting scripture teachings up on the board.  As you discuss various situations, have them look to the board and pick out doctrines and principles found in some of the scriptures to respond to the situations.  This is a great way to help them apply the scriptures to their daily lives and situations.

Situation #2

You didn’t have a chance to get your homework done and it is due in your next class.  Your friend offers to let you copy their assignment.

  • I know this happened all of the time because I saw kids copying assignments for another class during seminary.  I would walk by, pat them on the back, and say something like “you will be happier if you don’t do that.”  I imagine that this is a common practice in most high schools and something that every youth faces often.  So conversations on how to work through these moments can really bless their lives.

Situation #3

Same as the above but the tables are turned and your friend asks you if they can copy your assignment.

  • This may sound the same as situation #2 but there are some differences that can make it harder to decline.  In the first situation it is your problem and you can face the music with your teacher for not getting the homework completed.  In this one, someone else is asking you for help, and if it is a friend, then it makes it hard to say “no”.  It could be a good conversation to have with the youth about how they can help them without letting them copy your assignment.
  • Refer to the scripture sayings on the board again and ask them which ones could give them the power to do the right thing here.

Situation #4

There is a student at your school who is different than everyone else and is an easy target for others to make fun of, and you see it happen often.

  • When you give this situation most kids will have people pop into their head automatically.  Every seminary I worked at had kids like this come over to seminary to eat their lunch in order to be in a safe place.  I remember one young lady in particular; she was autistic, although the students didn’t know this.  She wore the same thing every day and came from a hard situation at home.  There were some amazing young women who took this young lady, bought her a dress and got her all dolled up and took her to her first school dance ever (as a senior).  And it didn’t end there, they took her to other events and found her at school to make sure she had friends to be with.

Situation #5

The current fashion trend is pretty immodest and most girls at school are dressing that way.

Situation #6

Your phone is really important to you and, even though it is hard to admit, all of the social options are interfering with how much you are getting out school, family, church activities and other important relationships.

Situation #7

The kids at school pick on a specific teacher.

Situation #8

You go to your friend’s house after a school activity and alcohol is offered to everyone.  Many of your friends decide to try it.

Situation #9

You hear your friend disrespecting their parents on the phone because they are unhappy with a rule they have.

Situation #10

Disrespectful language and profanity is common at your school – both in verbal language as well as online and in text messages.

  • You may also want to discuss the common practice of abbreviating swear words.  Even though they may be abbreviating a more acceptable phrase – what is the other person reading, or what does it represent?

Situation #11

Your friends like to skip out on school or seminary.  They often invite you to come with them.

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The teaching package for this lesson really helps you dive into scripture and standards to help teach this important topic.

How can I be in the world but not of the world?  This LDS teaching package has 4 amazing learning activities.  Great way to discuss the standards in For the Strength of Youth!

This package really helps those you are teaching dive into the doctrines and principle taught in this lesson!

"How Can I Be In the World But Not Of the World?"  LDS teaching package

 

There are fun illustrated scriptures and note pages that make for a really fun scripture activity!

"How Can I Be In the World But Not Of the World?"  LDS teaching package

 

There is also a great activity (and note page) that incorporates the standards in For the Strength of Youth.

You can find this package (and see more pictures and a detailed description) HERE.

Teaching Chastity and Virtue Part 1: How to Approach the Subject

Every parent and teacher needs to read this.  Very insightful!

Teaching Chastity and Virtue Part 1

How to Approach the Subject

Most teachers feel anxious when teaching this subject, but gear up – because the youth are learning plenty from the songs, TV shows, jokes, movies, conversations, etc. etc. etc… that they are surrounded with! So not only must we teach them, but we must teach them well. We must pray about it, study about it, and intricately work on our own abilities so that when we teach, we teach with power.

We cannot leave this lesson to once a year, because the world isn’t. We can’t leave it to a single Family Home Evening, because the world isn’t. And we can’t leave it to one type of teaching method – because the world isn’t!

When teaching this sensitive topic in a classroom we will have all sorts of situations and experiences sitting in each chair. And we MUST seek for the Spirit so that EACH ONE leaves feeling hope and excitement. This is what is so difficult.

The purpose of this article is to help us step back, take a look, and have compassion for each of the youth – and be sure to teach, and love, each one.

What not to do:

There will be youth sitting in your class that have had various experiences with the law of chastity. For those who may have had a little (or a lot) too much: do not make them feel damaged.

Often, as teachers, we teach to the ideal situation. To the young man or young women who has never participated, or seen, or viewed, or talked about anything sexual in any way. How nice that would be, but is likely not so, and we must then watch our tone and fill them with instruction and hope.

One object lesson that is sometimes done is to take a fresh piece of gum and a chewed up (used) piece of gum and then present the question “which one do you want to be?”.

I plead with you not to do this. I understand that the message is to keep yourself pure and clean, but what about the boy or girl who needs to, or has, or is in the process of repenting for a sexual transgression? What about the one who has been sexually abused? What message will they receive? I can only imagine if that was my daughter in that class, and for some reason or another she identified herself with the chewed up gum – that would break my heart. What path could that set her on? What friends might she choose, what boys to date?

And that is never how the Savior would have us see ourselves.

We all know Elizabeth Smart’s story, and in her book “My Story” she says (after receiving this object lesson): “I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh. I’m that chewed up piece of gum, nobody rechews a piece of gum. You throw it away.’ And that’s how easy it so to feel like you no longer have worth, you no longer have value… Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a difference if you are rescued? Your life still has no value.”

How very, very sad. And how amazing she is to share that with the world, for she is certainly not the first to feel that way. As teachers and parents we are to embrace these youth and help them feel their immense amount of worth regardless of anything that has happened, or is happening.

Teach what Virtue is

At a family dinner I asked my nieces, who are all in the young women program, what they thought virtue was. “Being morally clean”, said one. “Being pure”, said another. “Being Chastuous” (she was trying to say chaste), said the last.

Virtue and chastity go hand in hand, but VIRTUE is a value that is much more encompassing.

This is the dictionary definition of Virtue: A particular moral excellence; a quality or power of a thing; manly strength or courage

This is what it says on LDS.ORG: “Virtue ‘is a pattern of thought and behavior based on high moral standards.’ It encompasses chastity and moral purity.”

Virtue comes from the latin word “VIRTUS” meaning “strength”. This word originated in the Roman Empire and originally represented a brave warrior and over time came to represent a good man, or someone who did the right thing. Virtue is often associated with chastity because that was the highest regarded virtue.

So virtue isn’t just about what you have or have not done. It is who you are, what you think about, what you will laugh at and what you stand up for. Virtue is not a chronological record of our lives.

If someone is virtuous they live by a high set of moral values now. They don’t even have to be perfect at it, but because they live by those values, they will strive for them and repent and realign themselves often. And because of that, they are exceptionally strong (virtus), hence For the Strength of Youth.

Therefore: young men and young women who have had sexual experiences can absolutely be virtuous. They can stand with great courage and love and represent virtue in every part of their being. They can completely understand the importance of maintaining high moral values, especially chastity. The same goes for those who have been sexually abused. They can (and should) wave the flag of virtue just as high as any of their peers. Isn’t that beautiful?

And there are some who are waiting for someone to tell them that. Hope is a powerful thing.

AND this should also be how we view virtuous people. Not who has, or hasn’t (fill in the blank), but who lives a highly moral life now and fights for it every day.

Teach HOW to be Virtuous

Since chastity is such a highly regarded value, it is often associated with “virtue” as it is not just “a” virtue, but “the” virtue. In the world we live in often those who are chaste are referred to as inexperienced, old fashioned or naïve, when actually the opposite is true. Those who can own the title “virtus” are incredibly “with it” and must be totally aware so that they can remain pure. They don’t live day to day – the can’t. They live with a strict set of limits and clearly defined “I will” and “I will not”, and they have the courage to live by them.

They also trust those who counsel them and give them wise guidelines. They do not think that “I am strong enough” or “I will just figure it out”. They know that they have not yet gained enough experience to set their own limitations, so when those they trust give them standards, they are grateful, and they never try to justify small things.

How do I guard my virtue?  This LDS printable teaching package has 6 great learning activities, 2 Personal Progress experiences for Virtue, and  a great handout!  #ldsvirtue

You can find this study and teaching package HERE.

This package includes a pamphlet, 6 learning activities that help you learn and apply the lesson, printable posters, printable locker prints, printable stickers, and Personal Progress Virtue Experiences 2 and 4.

The stickers can be printed and stuck onto cell phones, stereos, computers, etc. as daily reminders to protect themselves by what they see, listen to, and engage in.

How do I guard my virtue?  This LDS printable teaching package has 6 great learning activities, 2 Personal Progress experiences for Virtue, and  a great handout!  #ldsvirtue

You can find this package and see more pictures HERE.

Strengthening Family: John Hilton III

How Can I Strengthen My Family?  Strengthening Family Article by John Hilton III

 

As part of the August Come Follow Me topic of “Marriage and Family,” I reached out to some of my friends and gave them all of the same questions.  I love doing articles like this where everyone answers the same questions, it is like we are all together part of the same conversation.

John Hilton III teaches in Religious Education at Brigham Young University. He has degrees from BYU and Harvard and has taught at Especially for Youth and BYU Education Week. John and his wife, Lani, have six children and live in Utah.

52 Life-Changing Questions From the Book of MOrmon by John Hilton III and Brad Wilcox

See his latest book, “52 Life-Changing Questions from the Book of Mormon

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Can you tell us about your family?

I have a great family! I’m married to Lani Hilton, the love of my life, and we have six children, ages 2-14.

 

What are some specific things you did before you were married, that helped prepare you to be a righteous husband/wife and father/mother?

One thing that we did, that I’m really happy about, is we read the Institute Manual on Celestial Marriage. It has SO MUCH great advice. You can read it online for free (https://www.lds.org/manual/eternal-marriage-student-manual?lang=eng). It is awesome reading material for anyone – married or single.

 

What are some lessons you have learned about how to have and maintain a righteous home?

The basics are so important! I really believe that daily family prayer and scripture study, weekly Family Home Evening and gospel study time on Sunday will do so much to strengthen the family.

 

Pick one line from “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” that has had a great impact on your marriage and family.  How has that doctrine influenced your home?

The Family Proclamation talks about the importance of “Wholesome recreational activities.” Along with the work and the teachings, don’t forget to have fun.

 

What advice would you give to a couple about to be married that could help strengthen their marriage and family?

One of my favorite books (no, I didn’t write it) is His Needs, Her Needs. This book talks about key needs that a husband and a wife have. My biggest advice would be to read that book and then (if I’m the husband) focus on filling my wife’s needs. If I’m the wife, focus on filling my husband’s needs. Don’t sit around hoping that your spouse will read the book and fill your needs! Just start filling his/hers!

 

How has your career impacted how you teach your children?  What advice do you have for others?

So my career has influenced how I teach my children. As a religious educator, I spend a lot of time thinking and learning about how to teach the gospel. I hope that that transfers into the home. But no matter what your job is, you can teach the gospel by your example, by your love, and by powerful lessons.

 

How would you answer this question that a parent might as you, “How can I teach my children about eternal families?

I think that sometimes the most powerful teaching is the teaching that comes in a special place. It might be a good opportunity to drive to a temple on a Sunday afternoon, maybe pull out the wedding album and talk about the love that mom and dad have for each other. Testifying of eternal marriage in that setting could be that much more powerful.

 

What are some specific traditions (yearly, monthly, weekly, or daily) that help strengthen your home and family?

In addition to the things I’ve mentioned earlier, we try to celebrate some family holidays. These are holidays that we have invented – for example, every year on February 4, we celebrate “Ancestor Day” because that is the day our ancestors left Nauvoo on the exodus to Utah. We also always celebrate the anniversary of my first date with my wife. We relive the date by doing the same activity (making cookies and watching “A Christmas Carol.”

 

How have you and your spouse’s roles complemented each other?

I think we complement each other in that we bring different points of emphasis to the family. My wife is really strong with loving the children and integrating music and memorizing scriptures into our daily lives. I have a strength in organization in follow-through (and I love the kids too!)  Together we can do more than either of us could do on our own.

How Can I strengthen my family?  eyring-quote-teaching-doctrine

What is a specific quote by a prophet that has influenced you and strengthened your family?  

“A wise parent would never miss a chance to gather children together to learn of the doctrine of Jesus Christ. Such moments are so rare in comparison with the efforts of the enemy. For every hour the power of doctrine is introduced into a child’s life, there may be hundreds of hours of messages and images denying or ignoring the saving truths.

“The question should not be whether we are too tired to prepare to teach doctrine or whether it wouldn’t be better to draw a child closer by just having fun or whether the child isn’t beginning to think that we preach too much. The question must be, ‘With so little time and so few opportunities, what words of doctrine from me will fortify them against the attacks on their faith which are sure to come?’ The words you speak today may be the ones they remember. And today will soon be gone.”  (President Henry B. Eyring, The Power of Teaching Doctrine)

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How can I strengthen my family?  Fantastic 10 month family challenge to help strengthen and implement the 10 principles in The Family: A Proclamation to the World!!!

 

Check out our printable package with a 10 month family challenge to help implement better the ten principles that successful families and marriages have.  You can find it HERE.

This goes with the August Come Follow Me lesson:  How can I strengthen my family?

Strengthening Family: Hank Smith

Awesome article about strengthening the family by popular LDS youth speaker Hank Smith!  So awesome!

As part of the August Come Follow Me topic of “Marriage and Family,” I reached out to some of my friends and gave them all of the same questions.  I love doing articles like this where everyone answers the same questions, it is like we are all together part of the same conversation.

Hank Smith is an amazing popular speaker (EFY, BYU Education Week, and more), best-selling author,  and a teacher in the Religious Education Department at BYU.

Awesome talk on CD by Hank Smith!

If you haven’t already grabbed it, his new talk on CD, “Fighting For and Not With Your Family” is getting amazing reviews!  I’m ordering mine right away!

Also, if you love getting uplifting messages on your Facebook feed – then definitely follow Hank on Facebook HERE and on instagram @hankrsmith.

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Can you tell us about your family?

What started out as Beauty and the Beast has turned into the Magnificent 7!  Sara (the Beauty) and I (the Beast) have 5 wonderful children.

 

What are some specific things you did before you were married, that helped prepare you to be a righteous husband and father?

One thing that helped prepare me to be a husband and father was learning to work hard.  My dad loved manual labor.  He loved to get us up early to work on the yard all day.  He loved to wash cars and paint fences.  For a while I just thought he was insane, but now I can see what he saw.  He knew I would have to know how to work if I was going to be a successful husband and father.

 

What are some lessons you have learned about how to have and maintain a righteous home?

I can’t expect my children to have self-control if I don’t have self-control.  How can I ask my children to control their tempers and tongues if I don’t?  How can ask them to control all their God given appetites and passions if I don’t?  I’ve learned that a parent is like an emotional thermostat that sets the temperature of the home.  We are trying to cultivate the art of a soft answer.

 

Pick one line from “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” that has had a great impact on your marriage and family.  How has that doctrine influenced your home?

“Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” Almost all of the conflicts of family life can be resolved with this sentence.  These topics are often our FHE topics.  If we can master these 9 areas, we can solve almost any problem together.  Everyone in our family loves the recreational activities!

 

What advice would you give to a couple about to be married that could help strengthen their marriage and family?

There is a difference between “the ideal” and “the real.”  We all want the ideal family life.  We want the smiles, the laughter, and the bonding that we dream of.  That is the ideal.  However, most days you are going to have to deal with the real – there are bills, sicknesses, sins, weaknesses, and a host of other things that can place stress on your marriage.  Don’t be discouraged when you have to deal with the real.  Be patient and understanding as you learn more about yourself and your spouse.  Dealing with the real is worth it because there are beautiful moments when you reach the ideal.

 

How has your career impacted how you teach your children?  What advice do you have for others?

The balance between career and family life is constant.  You are always having to make adjustments to make sure you aren’t neglecting one for the other.  Some days, weeks, or even months will need to be heavily focused on one and then balanced back out with priority given to the other.  However, if you are going to err, make sure you err on the side of family.  I doubt there has ever been a righteous father or mother on their deathbed wishing they’d spent more time at work.  Chasing income can become a fool’s errand if you don’t realize you’ll never really be totally satisfied.  There will always be something more you could do to earn more money.  If you have sufficient for your needs (not all your wants), you have enough.

 

How would you answer this question that a parent might as you, “How can I teach my children about eternal families?

How you live is much more important than what you say.  If you say your family is the most important priority in your life, but then spend valuable time watching television, playing pointless games on your phone, or scrolling through social media, your words mean nothing.  Your teaching will actually do more damage than good because you’ll be seen as a hypocrite.  My kids know how valuable my time is to me.  When I spend a large portion of that time listening and interacting with them, they see themselves as very valuable as we

 

What are some specific traditions (yearly, monthly, weekly, or daily) that help strengthen your home and family?

We read and talk about the scriptures  every day.  We pray together twice daily.  We all eat meals together as much as possible.  We work outside together.  We hold Family Home Evening every Monday night.  Sara and I love to read to our kids when they get into bed each night.  We make sure we have affordable family vacations every few months and we make each holiday, anniversary, and birthday a family celebration.

 

How have you and your spouse’s roles complemented each other?

In my opinion, Sara is the most amazing person on this planet.  First of all she knows everything about me and still loves me.   Second, her advice and counsel have proven to be invaluable in my career decisions.  I’ve been able to provide well for my family and a great portion of that is a product of having a very wise wife.  In return, I try to help her shoulder her load when I am home.  I make an effort to come home upbeat and cheerful no matter what has gone on at work that day.  When I come home from work, I want her to feel like her life just got a lot easier, not a lot harder.

Amazing article by Hank Smith about strengthening the family!

What is a specific quote by a prophet that has influenced you and strengthened your family? 

“Never speak to one another in loud tones, unless the house in on fire.”  – David O. McKay

 

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How can I strengthen my family?  Fantastic 10 month family challenge to help strengthen and implement the 10 principles in The Family: A Proclamation to the World!!!

 

Check out our printable package with a 10 month family challenge to help implement better the ten principles that successful families and marriages have.  You can find it HERE.

This goes with the August Come Follow Me lesson:  How can I strengthen my family?

Strengthening Family: Hilary Weeks

How can I strengthen my family?  Amazing article by popular LDS singer Hilary Weeks!  I love the family tradition she shares - what a fun and inspiring mom!

As part of the August Come Follow Me topic of “Marriage and Family,” I reached out to some of my friends and gave them all of the same questions.  I love doing articles like this where everyone answers the same questions, it is like we are all together part of the same conversation.

Most people know Hilary Weeks – but just in case you don’t, she is an amazing and popular long-time LDS/Christian singer-songwriter.  A lot of women have also had the pleasure of hearing her speak at Time Out For Women.  Hilary and I were friends before I ever heard her speak, and when I finally did I was SO impressed.  What a talented and inspiring woman.  And entertaining!

If you aren’t already – make sure you are following her on Facebook .  She is one of the best people to follow!  I laugh so hard at some of her posts!  Also, be sure to check out her positive thoughts clickers.

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Can you tell us about your family?

I never thought I’d be the mother of all girls…but here I am – the mother of four beautiful, fun, talented, hilarious daughters.  I’ve been married to Tim Weeks (of SLC) for 23 years – which means we have now been married longer than we were single – sort of mind blowing!  Being married to someone as amazing as Tim make the thought of spending an eternity with him seem too short.  He is kind, wise, organized, detailed, and he likes a clean house – like me!  I never have to tell him to pick up his socks!  J

What are some specific things you did before you were married, that helped prepare you to be a righteous husband/wife and father/mother?

THE best thing I did to prepare to find a future husband was to pray for him.  I lived clear up in the cold north – Anchorage Alaska – and I didn’t have a lot of opportunities to date.  I imagined that my future husband lived somewhere in the Lower 48 (what Alaskans call the rest of the US) and I hoped he was making good decisions that would allow him to hold the Priesthood and take me to the temple.

Each night I would pray for my future husband.  I would ask the Lord to help him make good decisions, help him choose good friends and help him to be preparing for our temple marriage.  (And occasionally I would ask for him to be cute…JK.)

It worked!  I met and married the most dedicated, righteous, wonderful return missionary and we were married in the temple.  Guess where he served his mission…ANCHORAGE!!  How funny is that!!

What are some lessons you have learned about how to have and maintain a righteous home?

It’s all about the basics.  I like that about God’s rules – they are basic and unchanging.  He doesn’t change the rules on us – nope, the rules for success stay the same because they work.  Plain and simple.

We say family prayers, we have FHE (but we miss sometimes), we have family scripture study (but we miss sometimes), we have family dinner, we spend time together, we keep a clean home, we go to church every week, we attend the temple.  We are nowhere near perfect at these things, but God just expects us to try and that we can do!

What advice would you give to a couple about to be married that could help strengthen their marriage and family?

Be fiercely devoted to each other.  Serve one another.  And spend four minutes together.  Yep, four minutes.  A marriage and family therapist told me that once.  When I feel disconnected from my husband and I feel like life is crazy and we haven’t spent much time together, we sit on the couch and spend four minutes talking, holding hands, etc.  NO KIDS ALLOWED.  It has made a huge difference for us.  And it’s easy to do because everyone, no matter how busy they are, has four minutes to spare.

How would you answer this question that a parent might as you: “How can I teach my children about eternal families?

I have discovered that very often the Spirit speaks to me in the midst of everyday activities like doing the dishes, making beds and folding laundry.

I opened the linen closet to put away towels, and received inspiration.  If you could see my linen closet, you might assume I was inspired to clean it.  However, the inspiration was a bit more profound.  The Spirit brought to my mind the thought that Heavenly Father spends a great deal of time and effort trying to convince His children that He loves them.  Some of them feel His love openly and easily.  Some are harder to convince.  He whispers His love through answered prayers, calming thoughts, peace, and tender mercies.  Endless are His evidences of love.

Then the Spirit expounded:  As a mother, I can help.  I can play an important part in helping Him achieve this vital soul-saving objective.  If my children feel and know of my love for them, it will make it easier for them to accept, feel and know of Heavenly Father’s love for them.

Every kiss,

hug,

kind word,

prayer,

sacrifice,

example,

high-five…

will make a difference.

A mother’s love is a gateway through which children can feel Heavenly Father’s love.

What are some specific traditions (yearly, monthly, weekly, or daily) that help strengthen your home and family?

Our family loves making memories together – whether it is working together or playing together.  Here is one memory I really love:

Several years ago, on Labor Day Eve, Tim and I realized we had no plans for the following day. A day off from school and work and we had no plans?  That just didn’t seem right.  So we brainstormed all the usual options…a movie, perhaps a movie, we could go see a movie, maybe a movie would be good.  Uninspired, we dug a little deeper; got a little more creative.

The next morning we pulled four miniature Christmas trees from storage and decorated them.  Then we listened to Christmas music as we drove to a Mexican restaurant for lunch (we always eat Mexican food on Christmas Eve.)  Next, we divided into “teams” and shopped – each person would receive two gifts purchased at the dollar store.  We wrapped the gifts, put them under the trees and gathered later that night to open them.  (I would be too embarrassed to tell you that one daughter received a very large pair of pink polyester underwear.)

Never mind that it wasn’t really Christmas.  That day became a gift.  I can’t remember the specifics of a single other Labor Day – my family probably can’t either.  But ask any of them and they could tell you the details of this one.

That day was…

Unique

Fun

Memorable

What is a specific quote by a prophet that has influenced you and strengthened your family? 

Elder Oaks – “What your children really want for dinner is you.”

How can I strengthen my family?  Fantastic article here!

 

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How can I strengthen my family?  Fantastic 10 month family challenge to help strengthen and implement the 10 principles in The Family: A Proclamation to the World!!!

 

Check out our printable package with a 10 month family challenge to help implement better the ten principles that successful families and marriages have.  You can find it HERE.

This goes with the August Come Follow Me lesson:  How can I strengthen my family?

How Can I Strengthen My Family?

How can I strengthen my Family? Teaching Package.  This 40 page printable package can help you teach about how we can strengthen families.  This also includes a 10 month challenge for families to focus on the 10 principles that bring happiness in family life, as identified in The Family:  A Proclamation to the World.

How Can I Strengthen My Family?

This is a 40 page printable package can help you teach about how we can strengthen families. This also includes a 10 month challenge for families to focus on the 10 principles that bring happiness in family life, as identified in The Family: A Proclamation to the World.

 

How can I strengthen my Family? Teaching Package.  This 40 page printable package can help you teach about how we can strengthen families.  This also includes a 10 month challenge for families to focus on the 10 principles that bring happiness in family life, as identified in The Family:  A Proclamation to the World.

This package contains some really great learning activities to help you and those you are teaching discuss how to protect our families and how to have happiness in family life!

How can I strengthen my Family? Teaching Package.  This 40 page printable package can help you teach about how we can strengthen families.  This also includes a 10 month challenge for families to focus on the 10 principles that bring happiness in family life, as identified in The Family:  A Proclamation to the World.

This package has a 10 month challenge for families! Included are study pages and quotes to help you focus on the 10 principles that bring happiness in family life, as identified in The Family: A Proclamation to the World. Use these pages to make goals, identify things you can do, pick a theme scripture, etc. There are also art prints with each principle you can hang in your home as a reminder each month.

You can also use this as a GROUP TEACHING ACTIVITY  to help those you are teaching teach each other about the 10 principles that bring happiness in family life, as identified in The Family: A Proclamation to the World! This activity will help them ponder about each principle, come up with ideas on how to apply the principle to their families, come up with a theme scripture, etc.

How can I strengthen my Family? Teaching Package.  This 40 page printable package can help you teach about how we can strengthen families.  This also includes a 10 month challenge for families to focus on the 10 principles that bring happiness in family life, as identified in The Family:  A Proclamation to the World.

This package also contains a printable pamphlet to take notes on during the lesson as well as prints for fun activities to study some General Conference talks.

How can I strengthen my Family? Teaching Package.  This 40 page printable package can help you teach about how we can strengthen families.  This also includes a 10 month challenge for families to focus on the 10 principles that bring happiness in family life, as identified in The Family:  A Proclamation to the World.

This package comes with these darling prints you can print and hang in homes.

How can I strengthen my Family? Teaching Package.  This 40 page printable package can help you teach about how we can strengthen families.  This also includes a 10 month challenge for families to focus on the 10 principles that bring happiness in family life, as identified in The Family:  A Proclamation to the World.

And there are also shields with the 10 principles.  These can be used in the group teaching activity or families can use them that are doing the 10 month challenge!  They can hang one up in their home each month as a reminder of the principle they are working on.

You can find this package HERE.

Or in our combo package HERE.

How can I prepare now to become a righteous wife and mother?

How can I prepare to become a righteous wife and mother?  This 21 page printable teaching package has 8 effective learning activities to help the young women you teach learn about this important topic, and make effective goals.

How can I prepare not to become a righteous wife and mother?

This is one of our favorite teaching packages!  It is a 21 page printable teaching package has 8 effective learning activities to help the young women you teach learn about this important topic, and make effective goals.  This is packed with relevant and impactful material!

How can I prepare to become a righteous wife and mother?  This 21 page printable teaching package has 8 effective learning activities to help the young women you teach learn about this important topic, and make effective goals.

This package has some really effective learning activities to help involve everyone you are teaching.

How can I prepare to become a righteous wife and mother?  This 21 page printable teaching package has 8 effective learning activities to help the young women you teach learn about this important topic, and make effective goals.

All of the visuals are designed to help those you are teaching understand, reflect, and learn.

How can I prepare to become a righteous wife and mother?  This 21 page printable teaching package has 8 effective learning activities to help the young women you teach learn about this important topic, and make effective goals.

They will have opportunities to study scriptures and General Conference talks, and record what they are learning and feeling.

How can I prepare to become a righteous wife and mother?  This 21 page printable teaching package has 8 effective learning activities to help the young women you teach learn about this important topic, and make effective goals.

One great activity is to ask the young women who some of the mothers in the ward are that they admire. Then, have those women fill in this letter by answering the questions.  This way these great women can be a part of your lesson and give great advice and counsel.

How can I prepare to become a righteous wife and mother?  This 21 page printable teaching package has 8 effective learning activities to help the young women you teach learn about this important topic, and make effective goals.

To help the girls keep notes and feelings, we have included a printable pamphlet.  Just print the pages back-to-back and then fold.  They will love this.

You can find this package HERE.

It is also available in our combo package HERE.

How do the roles of men and women complement each other in families?

How do the roles of men and women complement each other in families?  This 17 page instant download focuses on men and women and how their traits complement each other as they raise a family.  This package includes an illustrated presentation that teaches about Adam and Eve and what it means to be "help meets" and how they are equal but opposite companions.

How do the roles of men and women complement each other in families?

This 17 page instant download focuses on men and women and how their traits complement each other as they raise a family.

How do the roles of men and women complement each other in families?  This 17 page instant download focuses on men and women and how their traits complement each other as they raise a family.  This package includes an illustrated presentation that teaches about Adam and Eve and what it means to be "help meets" and how they are equal but opposite companions.

This package includes an illustrated presentation that teaches about Adam and Eve and what it means to be “help meets” and how they are equal but opposite companions. You will dive into the hebrew translation for the word “help meet” and help those you are teaching connect to these essential scriptures about the creation. Just print the six pictures and put them up on the board one at a times as you discuss each page together. Talking and discussion points are included in this package for you!

How do the roles of men and women complement each other in families?  This 17 page instant download focuses on men and women and how their traits complement each other as they raise a family.  This package includes an illustrated presentation that teaches about Adam and Eve and what it means to be "help meets" and how they are equal but opposite companions.

After the presentation you can have those you are teaching answer and then discuss the questions on these pages.  This will invite GREAT discussion!

How do the roles of men and women complement each other in families?  This 17 page instant download focuses on men and women and how their traits complement each other as they raise a family.  This package includes an illustrated presentation that teaches about Adam and Eve and what it means to be "help meets" and how they are equal but opposite companions.

There are also other learning activities for you to choose from.  The quote page has amazing and insightful quotes that you can give to each person.  There is also a scripture study sheet with personal questions those you are teaching can ponder and answer.

How do the roles of men and women complement each other in families?  This 17 page instant download focuses on men and women and how their traits complement each other as they raise a family.  This package includes an illustrated presentation that teaches about Adam and Eve and what it means to be "help meets" and how they are equal but opposite companions.

Also included are tags to make a sweet and salty treat! The tag says: “Sweet and Salty – two opposites coming together to be better together than they are apart!” You can use the tags with a sweet and salty treat. Yum!

You can find this HERE.

It also available in our August combo package HERE.