Back to Seminary Sale – 2017

It is time for our Back to Seminary Sale!  This is a great time for parents to grab things that will help their teen study the Book of Mormon this year in seminary.

Get 15% off all orders of $10.00 or more.

Enter Code seminary2017 at checkout.

Ends 09/15/17 at midnight mountain time.

(Code cannot be combined with other offers and does not qualify on bulk rate orders)

Here are a some items you may be interested in checking out.  Just click on each picture or link to be taken to the product for  a complete description and more pictures.

Book of Mormon Study Squares

Our Study Squares are a popular item for seminary students because it helps them with their required reading.  There is a square for every chapter in the Book of Mormon where they can record one lesson they learned from that chapter, a favorite phrase, a question they have, etc., plus a favorite scripture!

There is a pink or blue version.  Find these books HERE.  Find the digital version you can print on your own HERE.

 

 Book of Mormon Study Guide

Our MOST popular item!  If your teen wants to dive in deep to the Book of Mormon this year, then definitely check this out!  This Book of Mormon Study Guide will help him or her find and record their own insights as they study verse by verse.  Great for any age, but teens are definitely loving this!

Two volumes.  Find the books HERE.

 

Book of Mormon Doctrinal Mastery Passages Flash Cards

Help your teen study and learn the Book of Mormon Doctrinal Mastery passages with these illustrated flash cards.  Each card is designed to help him or her connect with the important teachings in that passage.

Find the physical, professionally printed flash cards that will be shipped to you HERE.  Or make your own using the digital file which you can find HERE.

 

Book of Mormon Doctrinal Mastery Passages Scripture Stickers

These printable Book of Mormon Doctrinal Mastery Passage scripture stickers will help your youth see the advantage of having a physical set of scriptures they can mark up and make their own!  Just print onto white sticker paper, cut, and paste!

Find these HERE.

 

Book of Mormon Page Titles

This is one of our most popular items!  These Book of Mormon page titles contain a summary or title for every page in the Book of Mormon.  Just write them on the top of each page and at a glance, you can know what is happening on that page!  Great for seminary, mission prep, personal scriptures, etc.

Find these Book of Mormon page titles HERE.

 

 

Book of Mormon Doctrinal Mastery Passages Glue-Ins

These Book of Mormon Doctrinal Mastery Passages mini posters and quotes are really fun for your teen to add to their scriptures.  Just print, cut and glue!  These can help bring these important Doctrinal Mastery passages alive and help them see the importance of having a physical set of scriptures they can personalize.

Find these glue-ins HERE.

 

Book of Mormon Doctrinal Mastery Passages Posters

Hang these Book of Mormon Doctrinal Mastery Passages posters in your home or in your teen’s bedroom.  Display a different one every week and use for family scripture study or FHE.  This can help your teen really connect with each of these important scripture passages!

Find physical, 11×17, professionally printed posters HERE.  Or digital 8 1/2x 11 posters HERE.

 

Book of Mormon Reading Chart

Help your teen keep track of their required reading with these printable reading charts.  Two versions, just use their favorite!

Find them HERE.

 

 

Book of Mormon Doctrinal Mastery Quizzes

These printable quizzes and study sheets will help your teen approach Book of Mormon doctrinal mastery from several angles so they feel increasingly comfortable with each basic doctrine and the passages that go with them.

Find these HERE.

 

And there is more too!  See all of our Book of Mormon items that are great for seminary HERE.

 

Get 15% off all orders of $10.00 or more.

Enter Code seminary2017 at checkout.

Ends 09/15/17 at midnight mountain time.

(Code cannot be combined with other offers and does not qualify on bulk rate orders)

 

 

Why is family important? Lesson helps

Why is family important? August Come Follow me package. 9 amazing learning activities to help you dive into The Family Proclamation. Plus BEAUTIFUL prints!

Why is family important?

This teaching package comes in three different ways (you choose which best suits your needs):

1-  Single package HERE.

2-  Combo package HERE.  This includes the teaching package, Proclamation prints, and family crest prints.

3-  The August combo package includes all 7 teaching packages for August plus Proclamation prints and family crest prints.  You can find this HERE.

Why is family important? 9 incredible learning activities that help you really dive into the family proclamation!

We are so excited about this lesson package.  This package has 9 learning activities that really help you dive into the doctrines found in The Family: A Proclamation to the World.

August Come Follow Me young women lesson: Why is family important? Printable teaching package with 9 amazing learning activities!

You can see some of the learning activities here. One of the activities is a fill in the blank Proclamation activity.  In the package we give you teaching suggestions and this fill in the blank activity comes with a really effective way to teach about doctrine, what a doctrine is, and then helps those you are teaching pull out doctrines from the Proclamation.

Why is family important? Printable teaching package with 9 great learning activities!

You will also love the group scripture study activity.  We have given you cards with scriptures on each one and questions that will help those you are teaching ponder and teach about each scripture.

You can also see a great note sheet and journal stickers for those of you that use class journals.


Family Proclamation prints! Beautiful prints that you can print from home! 4 designs and 2 sizes!

We have also made 4 beautiful prints for the Family Proclamation.  You can find them HERE, and HERE.

LDS Family Proclamation FAMILY CREST. Illustrations that show teachings from the Family Proclamation!

We have also made this beautiful family crest that illustrates teachings from the Family Proclamation.  It depicts things you can do to protect your family and home.

A really fun learning activity could be to have those you are teaching design their own family crest depicting things they would want to include to have a righteous home.  Then after everyone draws and then shares with one another you can give this is a gift.

You can find this HERE or HERE.

Why is family important? August Come Follow me package. 9 amazing learning activities to help you dive into The Family Proclamation. Plus BEAUTIFUL prints!

You can find everything in this article in this combo package HERE.  It is also available in our August combo package HERE.

We also wanted to link to an insightful talk about the family.  It is written by a BYU-Idaho professor named Bruce Satterfield and is worth a very careful read.  Satterfield Family Under Siege

Here are some great quotes about the family (most of these are included in the lesson package)

The Family Unit:

“Heavenly Father has assigned us to a great variety of stations to strengthen and, when needed, to lead travelers to safety. Our most important and powerful assignments are in the family.”  (President Henry B. Eyring, General Conference, April 2010)

“The family is far and away the greatest social unit, the best answer to human problems, in the history of mankind.”  (President James E. Faust, Ensign, May 1987, p.82)

“The Lord organized the whole program in the beginning with a father who procreates, provides, and loves and directs, and a mother who conceives and bears and nurtures and feeds and trains.  The Lord could have organized it otherwise but chose to have a unit with responsibility and purposeful associations where children train and discipline each other and come to love, honor and appreciate each other.  The family is the great plan of life as conceived and organized by our Father in Heaven.”  (President Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, May 1984)

“There is more of a connection that many realize between the order and purpose of the universe and the order and harmony which exists in a happy and good family.”  (President Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, November 1978, p.105)

“We came to this earth charged with a mission: to learn to love and serve one another.  To best help us accomplish this, God has placed us in families, for he knows that is where we can best learn to overcome selfishness and pride and to sacrifice for others and to make happiness and helpfulness and humility and love the very essence of our character.”  (Elder John H. Groberg, Ensign, May 1982, p.50)

”The Creation of the earth was the creation of an earth where a family could live. It was a creation of a man and a woman who were the two essential halves of a family. It was not about a creation of a man and a woman who happened to have a family. It was intentional all along that Adam and Eve form an eternal family. It was part of the plan that these two be sealed and form an eternal family unit. That was the plan of happiness.” (Sister Julie B. Beck, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion Satellite Broadcast, August 4, 2009).

“The human family – without the gospel or without strong families – is not going to go very far.  Unless we can fix families, you can’t fix anything else.  Most of the problems that most vexing are things government can’t fix.  They have to be fixed at a different level.  That’s the urgency of our message.  I’d rather have ten commandments than ten thousand federal regulations….  Unless we rebuild marriages and families, then we really are just straightening deck chairs on the Titanic.”  (Elder Neal A. Maxwell,Searching for God in America, pp 132-133).

Attack on the family:

“The time will come when only those who believe deeply and actively in the family will be able to preserve their families in the midst of the gathering evil around us.”  (President Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, November 1980, p.4)

“Throughout the ages, evil forces have attacked the family.  Why do you suppose Satan is so obsessed with its dissolution?  Because it stands for everything he wants and cannot have.  He cannot be a husband, a father, or a grandfather.  He cannot have posterity now or ever.  Satan cannot even keep those he has led away from God.  He has no eternal kingdom or inheritance.  (J. Richard Clarke, Ensign, May 1989, p.60)

“Teach the truth with courage and clarity.  The world offers many morally-confusing philosophies.  Remain committed to the eternal, unchanging doctrines of the gospel and teach them so clearly that they cannot be misunderstood.”  (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, CES Fireside, January 28, 2011)

”Our eternal happiness is not one of Satan’s objectives. He knows that an essential key to making men and women miserable like himself is to deprive them of family relationships which have eternal potential. Because Satan understands that true happiness in this life and in the eternities is found in the form of family, he does everything in his power to destroy it.” (Elder Richard Maynes, April 2011, General Conference)

Parenthood:

“Oh! God, let me not lose my own.  I cannot afford to lose mine, whom God has given to me and whom I am responsible for before the Lord, and who are dependent upon me for guidance, for instruction, for proper influence….  The Lord help me to save my own, so far as one can help another.  I realize I cannot save anybody, but I can teach them how to be saved.  I can set an example before my children how they can be saved, and it is my duty to do that first.  I owe it more to them than to anybody else in the world.  Then, when I have accomplished the work I should do in my own home circle, let me extend my power for good abroad just as far as I can.”  (President Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 462)

“Let love, peace, and the Spirit of the Lord, kindness, charity, sacrifice for others, abound in your families.  Banish harsh words, … and let the Spirit of God take possession of your hearts.  Teach to your children these things, in spirit and power….  Not one child in a hundred would go astray, if the home environment, example and training, were in harmony with … the gospel of Christ.”  (President Joseph F. Smith, Improvement Era, December 1904, p.135)

Family Home Evening:

If the Saints obey the counsel [to have regular Family Home Evening], we promise that great blessings will result.  Love at home and obedience to parents will increase.  Faith will be developed in the hearts of the youth of Israel, and they will gain power to combat the evil influences and temptations which beset them.  (Harold B. Lee. Ye are the Light of the World, p.82)

 

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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 now 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.

Why is temple marriage important?

 

Why is temple marriage important? August come follow me. This 26 page printable package has amazing learning activities, plus beautiful quotes, individual booklets, a future spouse cards, etc. So great!

Why is temple marriage important?

This 26 page instant download is packed full of meaningful things to help your young women learn about the importance of temple marriage!

Why is temple marriage important? August come follow me. This 26 page printable package has amazing learning activities, plus beautiful quotes, individual booklets, a future spouse cards, etc. So great!

This package has really meaningful learning activities that will help those you are teaching really learn and comprehend the doctrines that will help them answer the question, “why is temple marriage important?”.

Why is temple marriage important? August come follow me. This 26 page printable package has amazing learning activities, plus beautiful quotes, individual booklets, a future spouse cards, etc. So great!

There are also six beautiful quotes that are really relevant to youth as they look forward to their future temple marriages.

Why is temple marriage important? August come follow me. This 26 page printable package has amazing learning activities, plus beautiful quotes, individual booklets, a future spouse cards, etc. So great!

There is also a booklet you can make for each girl.  It contains all of the quotes and learning activities.  This is a great way for her to be able to take home everything she learned.

Also included is a future spouse card.  This card actually belongs to each young woman’s future husband.  She will sign and date the card and then carry it with her every where she goes.  She can give this commitment card to him the day she gets married.   What a wonderful thing this card can be!

You can find this package HERE.

It is also available in our combo package HERE.

 

What are the Church’s Standards Regarding Dating?

"What are the church's standards regarding dating?" 24 page teaching package with 10 awesome learning activities plus a print with 40 fun and cheap group date ideas. #augustyw

“What are the church’s standards regarding dating?”

This 24 page teaching package has 10 awesome learning activities to help the youth really understand this important standard!

There are some great discussion activities as well as things to help them dig into the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet and test themselves on what they know by heart!  You can find this package HERE.  It is also available in our August combo package HERE.

"What are the church's standards regarding dating?" 24 page teaching package with 10 awesome learning activities plus a print with 40 fun and cheap group date ideas. #augustcomefollowme

Included are some really great and effective scripture study activities like this one where they dig into Article of Faith #13 and see it as a guideline for dating behavior.  There is also a wallet reminder card they can stick in their wallets and remember to act in these honorable ways while on a date or out with their friends.

"What are the church's standards regarding dating?" 24 page teaching package with 10 awesome learning activities plus a print with 40 fun and cheap group date ideas. #ldsdating

There is also a letter with four questions you can have mom and dad fill out for each girl.  They will LOVE and treasure this letter.

Included is a page of awesome quotes that are really relevant to the youth.  There is also a print with 40 cheap and fun group dates.  That is a great handout!

"What are the church's standards regarding dating?" 24 page teaching package with 10 awesome learning activities plus a print with 40 fun and cheap group date ideas. #augustyw

There are so many activities to choose from in this package!  You can really pick out the things that will be best for those you are teaching.

You can find this package HERE.  It is also available in our August combo package HERE.

Here are some thoughts on this subject by Shannon:

Most youth love to talk about dating. If you say, “We are having a lesson on dating this Sunday”, record numbers will show up. It is what they think about and what to know more about! The funny thing about this, is that in my experience, many youth don’t date much anymore. I taught at three different high school seminaries in Salt Lake and I noticed that different schools had different dating cultures; but by in large “dates” were for school dances, and not regular weekend activities.   Otherwise, they “hung out” and “hooked up”.

HOWEVER – the youth definitely desired to date. Whenever we talked about it, their eyes lit up and I had their total attention and I consistently felt a great need to bring this back into the lives of our youth.  In this article are some questions that can help spur conversation about the standards in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet, which I believe will help encourage proper dating.   The statements in this pamphlet are so inspired. But first, let’s talk about what a STANDARD is.

Formerly, a STANDARD was a military object (like a flag or an ensign) carried atop a pole. They were used as a rallying point in battle. “Here, we will fight!” they would say.  How applicable that symbol is for all of the standards in For the Strength of Youth. These are the points that the youth must battle – so they raise their standards, like Captain Moroni did. If a youth chooses not to raise that standard, they run the risk of defeat.

Dating is one of the standards that the youth must raise. So, how well do they know, and follow, these standards? The question isn’t whether they are forming relationships, they are.  The question is what are their standards around doing so?  It is worth a good discussion with them, and here are some questions that can help.

I would ask the youth these questions and see how they would answer these on their own, and then I would be prepared with counsel, quotes and scriptures to teach them further.

What is a date?

“A date is a planned activity that allows a young man and a young woman to get to know each other better.”  (For the Strength of Youth, Dating)

The growing culture in many high schools is now a “hook up” culture, and no longer a “dating” one. It is about “who is with who”, and not about “who I should take on a date this weekend”. Setting aside the dangers of hooking up, what about those social skills gained as youth date a variety of people? When I would talk to my students about this, the response is NOT that they didn’t want to date – it was that the expectation was:  that if they asked someone out that must mean that they wanted to “be” with them – so the pressure was too heavy. So they resort to “hanging out”, it is easier and has less pressure.

One of the dangers of this attitude is that many young men and women take this into their college years. Note what Elder Dallin H. Oaks said:

“Knowledgeable observers report that dating has nearly disappeared from college campuses and among young adults generally. It has been replaced by something called “hanging out.” You young people apparently know what this is, but I will describe it for the benefit of those of us who are middle-aged or older and otherwise uninformed. Hanging out consists of numbers of young men and young women joining together in some group activity. It is very different from dating….

“Young women, resist too much hanging out, and encourage dates that are simple, inexpensive, and frequent. Don’t make it easy for young men to hang out in a setting where you women provide the food. Don’t subsidize freeloaders. An occasional group activity is OK, but when you see men who make hanging out their primary interaction with the opposite sex, I think you should lock the pantry and bolt the front door. “ (Ensign, June 2006)

I remember when Elder Oaks gave this talk, I was single at the time and was very aware of that attitude.  Although this talk was geared towards young adults – I can’t help but wonder how the expectations and attitudes about dating in high school would naturally impact the behaviors in their young adult years. Hence, the next question:

What is the purpose of a date?

“In cultures where dating is acceptable, it can help you learn and practice social skills, develop friendships, have wholesome fun, and eventually find an eternal companion.” (For the Strength of Youth, Dating)

I remember when I first started dating – and all of the awkwardness therein. My girlfriends and I would always talk about waiting for the guy to get the car door, or to hug or not to hug when he walked you to the door at the end of the night. We would giggle and laugh through this wonderful phase of our lives. And date-by-date we would gain more confidence and the social skills to take us into our college years, where dating had a different goal. But we were practicing with each other – and it was so fun!

Imagine the possible consequences of youth in their teenage years put off gaining these social skills until they reach college. How could that impact their ability to find an eternal companion? How might that impact their confidence in doing so? It may be interesting to have this conversation with the youth about how their dating behaviors now (and not just chastity) can help them prepare for their future families.

This can be a pretty sensitive topic with certain youth who would love to date, but seem to never be asked. Blessed be the young men who understand that dating isn’t just about taking out the girls they have a crush on. Just like the young men who are aware at the dance and make sure that every girl gets to dance – how wonderful if they made sure that each girl also gets to go on dates and gain these same experiences.

President Boyd K. Packer said: “When you are old enough, you ought to start dating. It is good for young men and young women to learn to know and to appreciate one another. It is good for you to go to games and dances and picnics, to do all of the young things. We encourage our young people to date. We encourage you to set high standards of dating.” (You’re in the Driver’s Seat, New Era, June 2004, 8)

When should you begin dating?

“You should not date until you are at least 16 years old.”  (For the Strength of Youth, Dating)

Great object lesson about why youth should wait until they are 16 to date!

I used to pull out my driver’s license and ask the youth why they think we have to wait until we are 16 to drive. “How many of you wish you could drive before you are (were) 16?” I would ask (and many hands would go up). “Well,” I would ask, “why do you think this is so?  What are some of the dangers and pressures on the road?” And then we would talk about the emotional maturity that is necessary to even begin to handle a vehicle, laws and other cars – and the consequences that could be (to yourself and others) if you are not ready.

Driving and dating have a lot in common. There are a lot of pressures involved – and those that love the youth recognize that they can begin to handle them at 16, but there are still a lot of standards involved to help them be able to be strong through them – just like there are laws accompanied with driving.

If you ask the youth what it means to wait until they are 16 to date, most of them interpret that to mean the kind of date when a guy goes to a girl’s house, picks her up for a planned activity, and then brings her home by a certain time. “What about having a boyfriend when you are 13?” I would ask. “That isn’t dating” they would say. “What is different about it?” I would ask. “We just meet up with a group of friends – we don’t go on formal dates.” “Are you doing dating things that might require the emotional maturity this standard gives you an age for?” … that would really get them thinking… and rolling their eyes at me – which I love because it means they needed to hear it.

I love this standard because it is something that the youth can do with exactness. And as with all of the standards: they will never regret living them!

One common excuse is that some feel that they are more mature than others, so they can begin earlier than 16. This is what President Boyd K. Packer said about this: “When are you old enough? Maturity may vary from individual to individual, but we are convinced that dating should not even begin until you are 16. And then, ideal dating is on a group basis. Stay in group activities, don’t pair off. Avoid steady dating. Steady dating is courtship, and surely the beginning of courtship ought to be delayed until you have emerged from your teens.” (You’re in the Driver’s Seat, New Era, June 2004, 8)

Why should youth avoid going on frequent dates with the same person?

“Avoid going on frequent dates with the same person. Developing serious relationships too early in life can limit the number of other people you meet and can perhaps lead to immorality.”  (For the Strength of Youth, Dating)

There will be many youth who live and love this standard, and many who ignore it. There can be a certain status in high school if you hook up with someone and it makes them feel “desired”. The alternate view is that if you don’t have a significant other, you must not be desirable.

Blessed be the youth who helps change this dangerous belief and helps others recognize and feel value as they live the standards.  May we never fall for the world’s view of worth as we are clinging to God’s commandments and promised blessings.  I don’t think you will EVER find someone who lived this standard  and looks back and wished that they hadn’t.

I used to tell my students, “Your job is to help each other develop into fantastic, wholesome, strong individuals – you probably don’t know the person you are going to marry, but even if you do – it isn’t time to be serious. Your job is to stand back and let each other grow and become the kind of people you want to marry.”

President Gordon B. Hinckley said this: “The Lord has made us attractive one to another for a great purpose. But this very attraction becomes as a powder keg unless it is kept under control. It is beautiful when handled in the right way. It is deadly if it gets out of hand.

“It is for this reason that the Church counsels against early dating. This rule is not designed to hurt you in any way. It is designed to help you, and it will do so if you will observe it…

“It is better, my friends, to date a variety of companions until you are ready to marry. Have a wonderful time, but stay away from familiarity. Keep your hands to yourself. It may not be easy, but it is possible.” (New Era, January 2001, 13)

What kind of people should you choose to date?

“Choose to date only those who have high moral standards and in whose company you can maintain your standards.”  (For the Strength of Youth, Dating)

Great analogue about kids listening to their parents advice about dating!

This is an excellent standard to use when the youth are choosing who they should and should not go on a date with.  And they should absolutely use their parent’s wisdom to make these choices.

This is perhaps one of the most powerful quotes I have seen on this:

“Now, I speak very plainly to you, my young friends. If you are old enough to date, you are old enough to know that your parents have not only the right but the sacred obligation… to concern themselves with your dating habits.

“If you are mature enough to date, you are mature enough to accept without childish, juvenile argument their authority as parents to set rules of conduct for you “No sensible father would loan your new convertible to anybody, to go anyplace, to do anything, to come back anytime. If you are old enough to date, you are old enough to see the very foolishness of parents who would loan their children on any such arrangement. Don’t ask your parents to permit you – you, their most precious possession – to go out dating on such flimsy agreements.” (President Boyd K. Packer, Memorable Stories and Parables by Boyd K. Packer, p.55)

On a date, what responsibility do a young man and woman have towards each other?

“Remember that a young man and a young woman on a date are responsible to protect each other’s honor and virtue.”  (For the Strength of Youth, Dating)

I taught seminary with a teacher who once expressed his gratitude towards the young men and women who his wife went to high school with. He was grateful that they treated his wife with respect, that the boys took her on dates and showed her what a gentlemen was, that they respected her worth and her virtue – so that when it was time for them to meet and marry, she was ready, prepared, and looking for that.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if that is how youth approached dating in their teenage years?

It would be interesting to have a conversation with the youth about how this attitude would impact their dating experiences.

What kind of dating activities should be planned?

“Plan dating activities that are safe, positive, and inexpensive and that will help you get to know each other.”  (For the Strength of Youth, Dating)

When I have surveyed young women, they always prefer exactly the kind of date expressed in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet. They like them to be safe, casual yet planned, and not expensive – and many of the boys were often surprised by this.  They thought the girls wanted grand productions all of the time, when actually the opposite was so.

It would be fun to compile a list of fun date ideas for the youth to look through and keep on hand.  Check out this post for 40 fun date ideas that fit the “safe”, “positive”, and “inexpensive” category.

What should be your standard for what types of places to go on dates?

“Go only to places where you can maintain your standards and remain close to the Spirit.”  (For the Strength of Youth, Dating)

This standard should never be compromised. There is no better way to ruin a date than to take a virtuous young woman somewhere where she feels uncomfortable. This standard should be held up to every place, type of entertainment, and what time she should be taken home.

Generally, who should take the initiative in asking for, and planning, dates?

“Young men generally take the initiative in asking for and planning dates.” (For the Strength of Youth, Dating)

Great thoughts about dating and guys being gentlemen!

I became very aware that among many youth this is viewed as an old-fashioned idea. Those same youth also felt that expecting a guy to get the door, or pay, during their date was some kind of sign of weakness in the young woman. “I can get my own door”, she would say.

I don’t think a young woman’s ability to get the door is ever in question. This is about a young man showing respect and honor to a young woman. This is not about a young lady being “less able” to the point that a boy has to get a door for her, actually the opposite is the case! A young man is choosing to completely honor her! This should never become old fashioned!

I have a daughter that will one day be 16, and you can count on the fact that I will be watching to see if that young man will treat her as we expect. And, even worse, my husband will be watching – and I wouldn’t put it past him to walk out and get her out of the car if she isn’t treated just right! Because this isn’t about a door – it is about how she is treated – especially when we can’t see her in our driveway anymore!

I can’t express how many times young men have said that it is awkward because they get the vibe that the girl doesn’t want them to get the door or do these gentlemanly things – so they just stand back and feel badly because they aren’t being gentlemen. “Do it anyway!” I would say!  I think what we often have, is a bunch of youth who aren’t sure what to expect, so it becomes awkward. So if the boys just take control and be a gentlemen 100% of the time, the girls will be relieved! “Even if you are picking them up for mutual”, I would say, “Go up to the door and get them and open the car door for them.”

My little brother used to get the car door for me – his sister 6 years older than him! This should be the standard. We just treat each other well.

And if you want to see how I personally felt about this whole topic in my dating life, check out this story about how I met my husband. (part 1, and part 2)

By the way, it isn’t a bad idea to have practice scenarios with the youth. How can you signal to the young woman that you are about to get the door for her? What if there are double doors walking into a building? Etc. They will thank you for the know-how!

How should one ask, accept, or decline a date?

Always be kind and respectful when you ask for a date or when you accept or decline one.” (For the Strength of Youth, Dating)

This is another topic that the youth would likely appreciate direction on. What should they say when accepting a date? Or how can they decline without making them feel badly? Or how can they decline even though they wished they could go?  It would be great to have some conversations about this so they feel prepared for these moments.

It is also appropriate to talk about the relationship of charity and dating. And that includes how we may decline a date with someone we don’t want to go out with, but still care about how they feel and how they talk about that person with their friends.

How should you act while on a date?

“While on a date, be courteous as you listen to others and express your own feelings.”  (For the Strength of Youth, Dating)

Dates are a fantastic time to develop important social skills like listening to others and finding good conversation topics. If a youth is able to go on a date where the plans all go wrong, but they are able to listen and talk to each other – it could be a great success! Likewise, if they come home feeling like there were too many awkward silent moments, they may hesitate to date again in the near future.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea for parents to sit down and brainstorm with their children things that they could talk about, as well as how to listen and engage the other person, right before the date. Your child may roll their eyes, but they will likely use a lot of what you talked about!

What Does it Mean to Take Upon Myself the Name of Jesus Christ? Young Women Lesson Ideas

July Young Women lesson: What does it mean to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ? Printable lesson ideas, handouts, study pages - so awesome! www.theredheadedhostess.com

What Does it Mean to Take Upon Myself the Name of Jesus Christ?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

This 18 page study and teaching package helps you answer the question, “What does it mean to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ?“.   This printable package helps you LEARN about taking upon the name of Christ and then ACT upon what you learn.  Our learning activities are expertly designed to help those you are teaching learn the doctrine for themselves.  There are hours worth of study and teaching in this package – just pick the ones that work for you.

July Young Women lesson: What does it mean to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ? Printable lesson ideas, handouts, study pages - so awesome! www.theredheadedhostess.com

What Does it Mean to Take Upon Myself the Name of Jesus Christ?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

In this package are 3 board activities/discussions, 3 study sheets, 3 printable quotes, 2 group teaching opportunities, and 3 handouts.  You will have a lot to choose from!

July Young Women lesson: What does it mean to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ? Printable lesson ideas, handouts, study pages - so awesome! www.theredheadedhostess.com

Included in this package are all of the following:

LESSON TITLE PRINT

This can be printed and displayed throughout the lesson to help those you are teaching reflect and ponder upon the question on the print.

AN INTRODUCTORY ACTIVITY

This two-part introductory activity helps those you are teaching reflect upon what a name is, different types of names they may hold in their lifetime, and what it means to be a Christian.

SCRIPTURE STUDY

Study these great scriptures together using our study sheet and the board displays.  The study sheet will help those you are teaching search for principles they can apply to their own lives!

GENERAL CONFERENCE STUDY SHEET

This study sheet will help those you are teaching study any talk you want them to dive into.  It is designed in a way that they will search and record as they study!

GROUP TEACHING ACTIVITIES

This package comes with two options where you can divide those you are teaching into groups, give them a challenge, and then have them teach each other.

3 HANDOUT OPTIONS

This package comes with:

1-  A card that can be handed out, folded over, and then stood in conspicuous places in rooms and homes.  It reminds those you are teaching to ask themselves, Before you act, picture the Savior standing at your side and ask yourself, ‘Would I think it, would I say it, or would I do it knowing He is there?’ For surely He is there.”

2. Printable stickers with the same message as above.  These can be stuck on school notebooks, phones, wallets, mirrors, etc.

3.  A door sign that says, “Today I will dare to stand alone”.  This goes with the LDS.ORG video Dare to Stand Alone.

TEACHING SUGGESTIONS

We have given you tons of teaching suggestions that you can use and adapt to plan an impactful lesson.

You can find this package HERE.

It is also available in our six-lesson July combo package HERE.

 

 

This month we have some free social media images for you!  All of them match the teaching package too.

 

What does it mean to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ? July Young Women lesson helps. FREE social media images. Great way to connect with the youth before and after the lesson! www.theredheadedhostess.com

What Does it Mean to Take Upon Myself the Name of Jesus Christ?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

These can be used in any of the following ways:

  • Post on social media to your youth to help get them more prepared, excited, and thinking about the lesson.
  • Use their answers in your lesson (they will be more likely to respond to future social media questions if you do this).
  • Ask them to post the question on their personal social media accounts and gather answers themselves (plus they are sharing the Gospel online!).
  • Text or email the picture to your youth and tell them that you are gathering answers for your lesson and ask them to respond.
  • Use as a follow-up to your lesson.  Post the images that will help reinforce what they learned in class.
  • Use to help involve and teach young women who were not at the lesson on Sunday.
  • You can encourage the young women to comment and participate on social media by telling them that every time they comment you will enter their name into a drawing, and then you will draw out one name and they will get a treat.

Instructions:

  • Right click on picture, save to your computer or phone.
  • Email it to yourself if you need to transfer the image from your computer to your phone.  Then open on your phone and save the images to your phone.
  • Post on social media.

Here are some pictures you can choose from:

What does it mean to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ? July Young Women lesson helps. FREE social media images. Great way to connect with the youth before and after the lesson! www.theredheadedhostess.com

What Does it Mean to Take Upon Myself the Name of Jesus Christ?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

  • You could post or text this scripture before your lesson and say something like, “Hey!  For my lesson this Sunday, could you (in one sentence) describe what you think it means to ‘take upon the name of Christ’?”  Then you could use their answers in your lesson.

What does it mean to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ? July Young Women lesson helps. FREE social media images. Great way to connect with the youth before and after the lesson! www.theredheadedhostess.com

What Does it Mean to Take Upon Myself the Name of Jesus Christ?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

  • This comes from a handout in the teaching package.  After giving them the handout you could post or text this image and ask, “How are these three questions making a difference in your life?”

What does it mean to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ? July Young Women lesson helps. FREE social media images. Great way to connect with the youth before and after the lesson! www.theredheadedhostess.com

What Does it Mean to Take Upon Myself the Name of Jesus Christ?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

What does it mean to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ? July Young Women lesson helps. FREE social media images. Great way to connect with the youth before and after the lesson! www.theredheadedhostess.com

What Does it Mean to Take Upon Myself the Name of Jesus Christ?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

What does it mean to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ? July Young Women lesson helps. FREE social media images. Great way to connect with the youth before and after the lesson! www.theredheadedhostess.com

What Does it Mean to Take Upon Myself the Name of Jesus Christ?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

  • This comes from a handout in our package.  This could be a great follow-up to that handout they receive.

How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost? July Young Women Lesson Ideas

How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost? July Young Women lesson helps and handouts. You will love the 15 day challenge - so awesome! www.theredheadedhostess.com

How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

Oh, how we love this lesson!  This lesson really focuses on what it means to “receive”  the Holy Ghost in our lives, and helps the youth understand their role and responsibility in being the receiver.

 

How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost? July Young Women lesson helps and handouts. You will love the 15 day challenge - so awesome! www.theredheadedhostess.com

How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

This printable package focuses on the ordinance of CONFIRMATION , which we receive one time, and our responsibility of RECEIVING the Holy Ghost every day of our lives.   Our learning activities are expertly designed to help those you are teaching learn the doctrine for themselves.  There are hours worth of study and teaching in this package – just pick the ones that work for you.

 

How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost? July Young Women lesson helps and handouts. You will love the 15 day challenge - so awesome! www.theredheadedhostess.com

How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

In this package is an excellent introduction to the topic, doctrinal study sheets,, learning activities, 2 personal progress experiences, a printable booklet with a 15 day experience,  and teaching suggestions.

You can find this package HERE.

It is also part of our six-lesson July combo package HERE.

This month we have some free social media images for you!  All of them match the teaching package too.

 

July Young Women - How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost? Free social media images. Great way to connect with the youth before or after a lesson!

How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

These can be used in any of the following ways:

  • Post on social media to your youth to help get them more prepared, excited, and thinking about the lesson.
  • Use their answers in your lesson (they will be more likely to respond to future social media questions if you do this).
  • Ask them to post the question on their personal social media accounts and gather answers themselves (plus they are sharing the Gospel online!).
  • Text or email the picture to your youth and tell them that you are gathering answers for your lesson and ask them to respond.
  • Use as a follow-up to your lesson.  Post the images that will help reinforce what they learned in class.
  • Use to help involve and teach young women who were not at the lesson on Sunday.
  • You can encourage the young women to comment and participate on social media by telling them that every time they comment you will enter their name into a drawing, and then you will draw out one name and they will get a treat.

Instructions:

  • Right click on picture, save to your computer or phone.
  • Email it to yourself if you need to transfer the image from your computer to your phone.  Then open on your phone and save the images to your phone.
  • Post on social media.

Here are some pictures you can choose from:

July Young Women - How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost? Free social media images. Great way to connect with the youth before or after a lesson!

How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

The image above can be perfect for connecting with the youth before the lesson.  Their answers could be a great way to start your lesson!

 

July Young Women - How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost? Free social media images. Great way to connect with the youth before or after a lesson!

How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

This image is a great one to use after your lesson.  You could post it the day following your lesson while the lesson is fresh on their minds.  This is a perfect way to help them immediately apply the lessons they learned to their lives.

July Young Women - How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost? Free social media images. Great way to connect with the youth before or after a lesson!

How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

July Young Women - How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost? Free social media images. Great way to connect with the youth before or after a lesson!

How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

This is one of my all-time favorite quotes about the Holy Ghost!!

July Young Women - How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost? Free social media images. Great way to connect with the youth before or after a lesson!

How Do I Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost?  July Young Women Lesson Ideas

What covenants did I make at baptism? July young women lesson helps

What covenants did I make at baptism? July young women lesson helps. Printable study pages, display images, locker prints, cell phone stickers, and Personal Progress helps! So awesome! www.theredheadedhostess.com

What covenants did I make at baptism?  July young women lesson helps

This 21 page study and teaching package helps you answer the question, “What covenants did I make at baptism?“.   This printable package focuses on the covenants made at baptism and how they change our lives!  Our learning activities are expertly designed to help those you are teaching learn the doctrine for themselves.  There are hours worth of study and teaching in this package – just pick the ones that work for you.

 

What covenants did I make at baptism? July young women lesson helps. Printable study pages, display images, locker prints, cell phone stickers, and Personal Progress helps! So awesome! www.theredheadedhostess.com

What covenants did I make at baptism?  July young women lesson helps

In this package are doctrinal study sheets,, a learning activity for the board, 2 personal progress experiences, amazing handouts,  and teaching suggestions.

What covenants did I make at baptism? July young women lesson helps. Printable study pages, display images, locker prints, cell phone stickers, and Personal Progress helps! So awesome! www.theredheadedhostess.com

What covenants did I make at baptism?  July young women lesson helps

Included in this printable teaching package are the following:

LESSON TITLE PRINT

This can be printed and displayed throughout the lesson to help those you are teaching reflect and ponder upon it.

FILL-IN-THE-BLANK INTRODUCTORY ACTIVITY

This is a simple and effective way to introduce the topic and help those you are teaching understand the impact and importance of baptismal covenants!

BOARD DISPLAY / LEARNING ACTIVITY

These prints will make it easy for you and those you are teaching understand the important covenants we made at baptism.  With these board strips they can reflect upon them throughout the lesson and add detailed information they  learn and discuss.

FOUR DOCTRINAL STUDY SHEETS

These four doctrinal sheets can provide you with hours of meaningful study!  Included are the following:

1.  True to the Faith Study sheet.  We have given you questions that can be answered by using the description for “Baptism” in True to the Faith.

* This study sheet also comes with a group teaching activity.

2.  Understanding Baptism.  This study sheet has scriptures and questions to help those you are teaching learn and reflect upon the importance of baptism and how the covenant they make changes them.

3.  General Conference Talk Note Sheet.  This note sheet can be used along with any talk about Baptism.  This is a great way to record favorite phrases, quotes, and personal insights!

4.  Quotes and Questions.  This study sheet has four great quotes about the baptismal covenant with an accompanying question or two to answer for yourself.

DAILY SITUATIONS

We have given you 15 situations that you can cut up and put in a bowl.  Draw them out one by one and discuss how remembering and honoring your baptismal covenant can impact how you act in that situation.

We have also given you blank squares so those you are teaching can add more situations they would like to discuss.

PERSONAL PROGRESS EXPERIENCES

Included are pages to help the young women you teach fulfill FAITH EXPERIENCE #4 and KNOWLEDGE EXPERIENCE #4.  These both go great with this lesson topic!

PRINTS/HANDOUT

Included is a beautiful print that says, “Today I will… take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ, Always remember Him, Serve Him to the end, Keep His commandments.”

You can just give the print to those you are teaching, or you can turn it into a modge podge canvas print (directions included), a locker print, or stickers that can be stuck on phones, mirrors, and other places they see daily.

TEACHING SUGGESTIONS

We have given you tons of teaching suggestions that you can use and adapt to plan an impactful lesson.

 

This month we have some free social media images for you!  All of them match the teaching package too.

What covenants did I make at baptism? July Come Follow Me. FREE social media images that you can post or text before or after your lesson! www.theredheadedhostess.com

 

 

What covenants did I make at baptism?  July young women lesson helps

These can be used in any of the following ways:

  • Post on social media to your youth to help get them more prepared, excited, and thinking about the lesson.
  • Use their answers in your lesson (they will be more likely to respond to future social media questions if you do this).
  • Ask them to post the question on their personal social media accounts and gather answers themselves (plus they are sharing the Gospel online!).
  • Text or email the picture to your youth and tell them that you are gathering answers for your lesson and ask them to respond.
  • Use as a follow-up to your lesson.  Post the images that will help reinforce what they learned in class.
  • Use to help involve and teach young women who were not at the lesson on Sunday.
  • You can encourage the young women to comment and participate on social media by telling them that every time they comment you will enter their name into a drawing, and then you will draw out one name and they will get a treat.

Instructions:

  • Right click on picture, save to your computer or phone.
  • Email it to yourself if you need to transfer the image from your computer to your phone.  Then open on your phone and save the images to your phone.
  • Post on social media.

Here are some pictures you can choose from:

What covenants did I make at baptism? July Come Follow Me. FREE social media images that you can post or text before or after your lesson! www.theredheadedhostess.com

What covenants did I make at baptism?  July young women lesson helps

 

What covenants did I make at baptism? July Come Follow Me. FREE social media images that you can post or text before or after your lesson! www.theredheadedhostess.com

What covenants did I make at baptism?  July young women lesson helps

 

What covenants did I make at baptism? July Come Follow Me. FREE social media images that you can post or text before or after your lesson! www.theredheadedhostess.com

What covenants did I make at baptism?  July young women lesson helps

 

What covenants did I make at baptism? July Come Follow Me. FREE social media images that you can post or text before or after your lesson! www.theredheadedhostess.com

What covenants did I make at baptism?  July young women lesson helps

Why are Temple Ordinances Important? Lesson Helps July Young Women

Why are Temple Ordinances Important? July Young Women lesson helps! This printable teaching package is amazing and so helpful! Includes personal progress experiences too! www.theredheadedhostess.com

Why are Temple Ordinances Important?  Lesson Helps July July Young Women

This 22 page study and teaching package helps you and those you are teaching answer the question, “Why are temple ordinances important?”.  This printable package focuses temple ordinances, what they are, why we need them, and how the Young Women Values help prepare us to receive temple ordinances!

Why are Temple Ordinances Important? July Young Women lesson helps! This printable teaching package is amazing and so helpful! Includes personal progress experiences too! www.theredheadedhostess.com

Our learning activities are expertly designed to help those you are teaching learn the doctrine for themselves.  There are hours worth of study and teaching in this package – just pick the ones that work for you.

Why are Temple Ordinances Important? July Young Women lesson helps! This printable teaching package is amazing and so helpful! Includes personal progress experiences too! www.theredheadedhostess.com

In this package are beautiful prints, study sheets, learning and teaching activities, a bookmark, and study sheets to help fulfill Personal Progress Virtue Experience #3.

Why are Temple Ordinances Important? July Young Women lesson helps! This printable teaching package is amazing and so helpful! Includes personal progress experiences too! www.theredheadedhostess.com

You can find this package HERE.

It is also available in our July Young Women Combo Package with all six lessons HERE.

 

This month we have some free social media images for you!  All of them match the teaching package too.

 

Why are temple ordinance important? July Come Follow Me. Free social media images! Perfect to post on social media or text to the youth before the lesson or after for follow up. www.theredheadedhostess.com

 

Why are Temple Ordinances Important?  Lesson Helps July Young Women

These can be used in any of the following ways:

  • Post on social media to your youth to help get them more prepared, excited, and thinking about the lesson.
  • Use their answers in your lesson (they will be more likely to respond to future social media questions if you do this).
  • Ask them to post the question on their personal social media accounts and gather answers themselves (plus they are sharing the Gospel online!).
  • Text or email the picture to your youth and tell them that you are gathering answers for your lesson and ask them to respond.
  • Use as a follow-up to your lesson.  Post the images that will help reinforce what they learned in class.
  • Use to help involve and teach young women who were not at the lesson on Sunday.
  • You can encourage the young women to comment and participate on social media by telling them that every time they comment you will enter their name into a drawing, and then you will draw out one name and they will get a treat.

Instructions:

  • Right click on picture, save to your computer or phone.
  • Email it to yourself if you need to transfer the image from your computer to your phone.  Then open on your phone and save the images to your phone.
  • Post on social media.

Here are some pictures you can choose from:

Why are temple ordinance important? July Come Follow Me. Free social media images! Perfect to post on social media or text to the youth before the lesson or after for follow up. www.theredheadedhostess.com

 

Why are temple ordinance important? July Come Follow Me. Free social media images! Perfect to post on social media or text to the youth before the lesson or after for follow up. www.theredheadedhostess.com

  • You could ask the young women to fill in the rest of this sentence and then use their answers in class.

 

Why are temple ordinance important? July Come Follow Me. Free social media images! Perfect to post on social media or text to the youth before the lesson or after for follow up. www.theredheadedhostess.com

Why are temple ordinance important? July Come Follow Me. Free social media images! Perfect to post on social media or text to the youth before the lesson or after for follow up. www.theredheadedhostess.com

Why are temple ordinance important? July Come Follow Me. Free social media images! Perfect to post on social media or text to the youth before the lesson or after for follow up. www.theredheadedhostess.com

Why are temple ordinance important? July Come Follow Me. Free social media images! Perfect to post on social media or text to the youth before the lesson or after for follow up. www.theredheadedhostess.com

(Answer:  Temple Ordinances)

Why are covenants Important in My Life? July Young Women Lesson

Why are Ordinances Important in My Life? July Young Women lesson helps! The study sheets are just amazing and help teach the doctrine so clearly!

Why are Ordinances Important in My Life? July Young Women Lesson.

As always, we have some fantastic teaching helps for this important lesson.  Our teaching packages are always filled with study material so the youth can learn for themselves – and everything is always centered on the scriptures and other approved sources such as True to the Faith.

Why are Ordinances Important in My Life? July Young Women lesson helps! The study sheets are just amazing and help teach the doctrine so clearly! Great board activity too! www.theredheadedhostess.com

Why are Ordinances Important in My Life? July Young Women Lesson

This package also has a really great board activity to help those you are teaching understand that there are essential and nonessential ordinances.  This discussion can really help them understand why we do certain ordinances when we do work for the dead.

Why are Ordinances Important in My Life? July Young Women lesson helps! The study sheets are just amazing and help teach the doctrine so clearly!

Why are Ordinances Important in My Life? July Young Women Lesson

We also have given you several study sheets you can choose from, including sheets for TWO Personal Progress experiences (Faith #4 and Divine Nature #4).  Our study sheets are a great way for the youth to learn for themselves and then take what they learned home with them.

You can find this teaching package here:  Why are Ordinances Important in My Life? July Young Women Lesson

Or you can find all of July lessons (including a combo package) HERE.

Here are some great links to help you study or teach the topic, “Why are ordinances important in my life?

1.  Ordinances True to the Faith

2.  Preach My Gospel, chapter 5:  Laws and Ordinances

3.  Covenants and Ordinances by Elder Jorge A. Rojas

4.  Do We Know What We Have?  by Sister Carole M. Stephens

5.  Gospel Fundamentals, Chapter 21: Ordinances

6.  Ordinances (BYU Speeches) by Boyd K. Packer

7.  The Necessity of Receiving Priesthood Ordinances of Salvation by Bruce Satterfield

8.  Why are Ordinances Important in My Life?  By Anthony Sweat

9.  Red Headed Hostess Instant Download Teaching Package

We have a study and teaching package for you.  This package has four amazing study sheets and a diagram that teaches the doctrine clearly.  There is a great board activity/discussion, a handout, and TWO PERSONAL PROGRESS EXPERIENCES (Faith #4 and Divine Nature #4).

July Come Follow Me: Why are ordinances important in my life? Four GREAT doctrinal study sheets and diagram that really help you understand! TWO Personal Progress experiences, handouts, illustrations...

This month we have some free social media images for you!  All of them match the teaching package too.

 

Why are Ordinances Important in My Life? July Young Women lesson helps! Free social media images. Great instructions on how to text or post these images to help engage the youth before or after a lesson.

 

 

Why are Ordinances Important in My Life? July Young Women Lesson

These can be used in any of the following ways:

  • Post on social media to your youth to help get them more prepared, excited, and thinking about the lesson.
  • Use their answers in your lesson (they will be more likely to respond to future social media questions if you do this).
  • Ask them to post the question on their personal social media accounts and gather answers themselves (plus they are sharing the Gospel online!).
  • Text or email the picture to your youth and tell them that you are gathering answers for your lesson and ask them to respond.
  • Use as a follow-up to your lesson.  Post the images that will help reinforce what they learned in class.
  • Use to help involve and teach young women who were not at the lesson on Sunday.
  • You can encourage the young women to comment and participate on social media by telling them that every time they comment you will enter their name into a drawing, and then you will draw out one name and they will get a treat.

Instructions:

  • Right click on picture, save to your computer or phone.
  • Email it to yourself if you need to transfer the image from your computer to your phone.  Then open on your phone and save the images to your phone.
  • Post on social media.

Here are some pictures you can choose from:

Why are Ordinances Important in My Life? July Young Women lesson helps! Free social media images. Great instructions on how to text or post these images to help engage the youth before or after a lesson.

 

 


Why are Ordinances Important in My Life? July Young Women lesson helps! Free social media images. Great instructions on how to text or post these images to help engage the youth before or after a lesson.

Why are covenants important in my life – July young women lesson

Why are covenants important in my life – July young women lesson

Why are covenants important in my life? July young women lesson helps. The study sheets are amazing!

Why are covenants important in my life – July young women lesson

What a wonderful and important lesson to give to the young women! This would also make an amazing family home evening lesson and discussion.

We have a really great teaching package available for you.  You can find it HERE.  You can see all July young women lessons including the combo package HERE.

Why are covenants important in my life? July young women lesson helps. The study sheets are amazing!

This package: Why are covenants important in my life – July young women lesson  has five different study sheets you can choose from.  When we design these teaching packages our focus is always on helping you teach the doctrine clearly and effectively.  All of our study sheets are always completely centered on the scriptures, General Conference addresses, and other sources such as True to the Faith and Preach My Gospel.

Why are covenants important in my life? July young women lesson helps. The study sheets are amazing! This board activity is awesome and helps lay out everything really clearly.

We also have offered an optional board activity that will help those you are teaching ponder, share, and learn how to answer five essential questions about covenants.

Why are covenants important in my life? July young women lesson helps. The study sheets are amazing! plus a great journal activity, wallet cards, diy magnets, ...

This package: Why are covenants important in my life – July Young Women also has an optional journal activity if you use class journals, and there are printable quotes that can fit right into your wallet as a daily reminder of how important our covenants are.  This would be such a great handout since each young woman can choose her favorite quote as a reminder to keep her covenants wherever she goes – at all times, in all things, and in all places.

Why are covenants important in my life? July young women lesson helps. The study sheets are amazing! Plus some darling scripture quotes that you can just tape in.

The quotes in our package: Why are covenants important in my life? July Young Women also can be used to glue or tape into scriptures!  Just encourage the girls to find scriptures that pair well with the quote and then insert them (they will love this!).

Again, you can find this package here:  Why are covenants important in my life? July Young Women

 

This month we have some free social media images for you!  All of them match the teaching package too.

 

Why are covenants important in my life? July young women lesson helps. FREE social media images! You can text or put these on Facebook or instragm to engage the youth before or after the lesson!

 

Why are covenants important in my life? July Young Women

These can be used in any of the following ways:

  • Post on social media to your youth to help get them more prepared, excited, and thinking about the lesson.
  • Use their answers in your lesson (they will be more likely to respond to future social media questions if you do this).
  • Ask them to post the question on their personal social media accounts and gather answers themselves (plus they are sharing the Gospel online!).
  • Text or email the picture to your youth and tell them that you are gathering answers for your lesson and ask them to respond.
  • Use as a follow-up to your lesson.  Post the images that will help reinforce what they learned in class.
  • Use to help involve and teach young women who were not at the lesson on Sunday.
  • You can encourage the young women to comment and participate on social media by telling them that every time they comment you will enter their name into a drawing, and then you will draw out one name and they will get a treat.

Instructions:

  • Right click on picture, save to your computer or phone.
  • Email it to yourself if you need to transfer the image from your computer to your phone.  Then open on your phone and save the images to your phone.
  • Post on social media.

Here are some pictures you can choose from:

Why are covenants important in my life? July young women lesson helps. FREE social media images! You can text or put these on Facebook or instragm to engage the youth before or after the lesson!

July Young Women:  Ordinances and Covenants

This would be a really great image to share a week or two before July begins, and you could say something like, “Our July young women lessons are about ordinances and covenants!  The lessons are all so amazing, but we would like to hear which ones YOU want to have!  This pic shows all of the lesson titles Please leave your top THREE choices in the comments!”

Why are covenants important in my life? July young women lesson helps. FREE social media images! You can text or put these on Facebook or instragm to engage the youth before or after the lesson!

Why are covenants important in my life? July Young Women

This is a great question to post before or after your lesson.  Posting it before could allow them to ponder the question and you could share their answers in class.  Posting it after could be great review and a chance for the girls to share something they learned with one another.  And girls who were not there can still be influenced by their peers and the lesson they missed.

Why are covenants important in my life? July young women lesson helps. FREE social media images! You can text or put these on Facebook or instragm to engage the youth before or after the lesson!

Why are covenants important in my life? July Young Women

This could be especially good to post before your lesson.  This can allow them to ponder about covenants before they come to class.

Why are covenants important in my life? July young women lesson helps. FREE social media images! You can text or put these on Facebook or instragm to engage the youth before or after the lesson!

Why are covenants important in my life? July Young Women

This is another one you could post before the lesson and then share their answers in class.  You could challenge the class to combine all of the answers into one definition.

Why are covenants important in my life - July young women lesson helps. FREE social media images! You can text or put these on Facebook or instragm to engage the youth before or after the lesson!

Why are covenants important in my life? July Young Women

This awesome quote is a great follow-up to the lesson.  You could ask the young women to share in just a few sentences what they learned from the lesson.

Summer Study Sale – 2017


Every year we have a Summer Study Sale for parents who would like things to help their children study their scriptures, prepare for their mission, prepare for seminary,  and work on Personal Progress over the summer!

15% off of the entire site (including books) on orders of $10.00 or more with code: SUMMERSTUDY2017.

Ends 06/19/17 and midnight mountain time.

Sale Extended!!!  Ends 06/30/17 at Midnight Mountain Time.

*This discount code does not apply to bulk rate book orders

Some popular items that may be good for your kids over the summer are: (just click on the links that interest you)

 

SPIRITUAL UPLIFTMENT:

Our Digital Firesides (by amazing speakers!)

 

PERSONAL PROGRESS:

Personal Progress booklets

Personal Progress Doodle Book:  Digital Version (with printable labels),  Physical Book

Book of Mormon Study Guides (Virtue Project) Volume 1 , Volume 2 , Physical Books

Book of Mormon Study Squares (Virtue Project) Digital VersionPhysical Books

Names of Christ Flip Book (Possible Faith 10-hour project)

Book of Mormon Page Titles (Possible Faith 10-hour project) (These are also included in the Book of Mormon Study Squares file)

 

SEMINARY PREP (Book of Mormon):

See our Book of Mormon Resource page HERE.

Doctrinal Mastery and Doctrinal Mastery Passages (coming soon)

 

MISSION PREP:

Book of Mormon Study Guides Volume 1   Volume 2   Physical Books

Book of Mormon Study Squares: Digital Version boy and girl combo (individuals also available), Physical Books

Old Testament Study Squares:  Digital Version boy and girl combo (individuals also available), Physical Books

New Testament Study Squares:  Digital Girl and Boy Combo (individuals also available), Physical Books

LDS Doctrinal Flash Cards

 

Book of Mormon Study and Teaching Helps

We have TONS of great Book of Mormon study helps and resources here at theredheadedhostess.com.  We have compiled this page as an easy place to find what we offer!
Our Book of Mormon Study Guide is our all-time best seller and is designed to help you dig into every chapter and record your own thoughts and insights.  There are story maps, study boxes, time-lines, diagrams, and more!
See the Volume 1 spiral bound book HERE.
See the Volume 1 PDF download HERE.
See the Volume 2 spiral bound book HERE
See the Volume 2 PDF download HERE.

See all of our Book of Mormon Doctrinal Mastery material HERE.

These Study Squares are perfect for those who would like to read the Book of Mormon quickly while looking for and recording something meaningful as they study each chapter.  These Study Squares contain a designed square for each chapter so that you can record one meaningful lesson, phrase, or insight, as well as your favorite scripture.
We also included tips for the Isaiah Chapters in 2 Nephi, some story maps, and Book of Mormon Page Titles.
Along with personal study, these are perfect for read-a-thons, Book of Mormon reading challenges, and helping young women complete their Virtue Project.
Spiral Bound Book-Pink version
Spiral Bound Book-Blue version
PDF Download-Pink version
PDF Download-Blue version
PDF Download combo package with both versions
We have printable family/class packets for the entire Book of Mormon (2 Nephi coming soon).  These were designed to be adaptable for young children to teens!  They are filled with illustrations and learning activities.
See the printable Lesson Helps HERE.
Our Book of Mormon page titles are some of our most requested items!  This easy–to-print PDF contains 531 page titles that each summarize what is happening on each page in the Book of Mormon.  Just write them at the top of each page and you can know, at a glance, what is happening!
See our Book of Mormon Page Titles HERE.

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Here is a list of some of our favorite Book of Mormon resources.

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Spring 2017 Sale

 

It is time for our annual Spring Sale!  Now is the time to load up on any downloads or books you have had your eye on for you or your family.  Don’t let spring slip by.  This is a great sale because we have even discounted our spiral bound books.  We only do that a couple times a year!

 

20% off all orders of 10.00 or more!

All downloads and all books!! Enter code at checkout:

SPRING2017

Ends 04/09/17 at midnight mountain time.

*NOTE: This code does not apply to bulk rate book orders.  Bulk book orders must be placed as a separate order.

Here are some popular items this time of year:

Printable Easter books! Focus on Christ this Easter by studying 72 names of Christ. And the illustrated book about the meaning of Easter and the resurrection is so cute and teaches a ton!

These are some of our all-time best-sellers.  “Why Do We Celebrate Easter” is an illustrated, printable book by Shannon Foster (The Red Headed Hostess), and teaches the story of Christ’s death and resurrection.  There are tips and insights all through the book, so children and adults will love this book!  It also relates how Easter symbols teach us about the Resurrection of Christ.

The Names of Christ Study Flip Books have 72 names of Christ that you can study.  There are both boy and girl versions.

You can find both of these HERE.

LDS youth talks - just download - really popular speakers!

We have some amazing new audio talks for you, and we are adding new talks all of the time!  Check out what we have HERE.

We also offer group pricing at a really affordable rate.  This gives you the ability to make copies for entire groups!

 

General Conference Note Flip Book! This helps you take notes by TOPIC! Included are darling, illustrated pages for all of the Come Follow Me topics - so this is GREAT FOR YOUTH - or anyone! You have to check the pictures out. #ldsgeneralconference #generalconferencenoteideas

We have a lot of great General Conference items for you.  Like this Notes By Topic printable flip book.  Such a fun way to take notes!

You can see all of our General Conference items HERE.

Book of Mormon Scripture Study Journal. One review said "I have learned more in my first few days than all my years of study".

This is our number one best-seller and we continue to receive amazing reviews every single day.  Children and adults are loving this.  We have even received some amazing feedback from missionaries!

You can find the physical book HERE, or the digital download here:  VOLUME 1, VOLUME 2.

 

 

 

 

Also, check out our new Primary product lines.  We have lesson helps for Sunbeams, CTR, Valiant and also Sharing Time and Singing Time packages.  Primary is new to our site for 2017 and it has proven to be very popular already.  See all of our great products HERE.

 

 

#PRINCEofPEACE: Free Prince of Peace Easter Kits

Visit MORMON.ORG  to see more videos about 8 principles of peace.

This Easter mormon.org  is introducing their #PRINCEofPEACE campaign specifically designed to keep Jesus Christ at the center of Easter.   The theme, “Prince of Peace” can help us each implement eight core principles of peace into our lives (faith, compassion, forgiveness, repentance, gratitude, scripture [God’s word], prayer, and hope) and draw closer to the Savior.  From the words of  Isaiah 9:6, “…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” May we all use this scripture and this campaign this Easter to reverently remember our resurrected Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The designers here at The Red Headed Hostess have created free #PRINCEofPEACE kits for you to help make your Easter more meaningful.  We have provided a kit to help you implement the eight principles of peace, and another kit you can use with your family or class to teach about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and what it means to us.  We are also linking to other free and meaningful kits from other blogs and designers.  Click through the links below to view and select what will work best for you, your family, or class.

Music in this video: “Ask in Faith” by Hilary Weeks. Can be found HERE.

#PRINCE of PEACE Booklets and Lesson

Free booklets designed by The Red Headed Hostess.  Use these booklets to study and grow closer to Christ through the 8 principles of peace.

Free #PRINCE of PEACE mini flipbook downloadDOWNLOAD HERE

Free #PRINCE of PEACE full 8.5X11 book downloadDOWNLOAD HERE

Here is a free outline and printables for a #PRINCEofPEACE lesson that could be used with Young Women, Relief Society, or for a Family Home Evening Lesson.

DOWNLOAD HERE

Free Easter Lesson Kit by Courtney Aitken.  This Easter lesson can be used for Family Home Evening or your Primary class. This is similar to our other Primary Lesson Helps but free for 2017.

Free #PRINCEofPEACE primary/family Lesson Kit- DOWNLOAD HERE

#PRINCE of PEACE kits found below

Mini Flipbook by The Red Headed Hostess
Full-sized book by The Red Headed Hostess
Young Women & Relief Society Lesson Kit by The Red Headed Hostess
#PRINCEofPEACE- Lesson Kit for Primary or Family- by Courtney Aitken
Printable Study Guides by TeePeeGirl.com
Prints of Peace Collection - by writinginthestillness.com
8 ways to find peace this Easter-by cknscratch.com
#PRINCEofPEACE Freebies by MyComputerismyCanvas.com
PRINCE of PEACE peace at home by RiseandShoutshop.com
Hunt for the Golden Egg Printable by DoubletheBatch.com
Interactive Advent Calendar by BrightlyStreet.com
#PRINCEofPEACE Easter Artwork by The Kiwi in the Clouds
Various #PRINCEofPEACE downloads from RecognizingJoy.com
3+ Ways to Find & Learn Peace by LifesJourneyToPerfection.net
#PRINCEofPEACE board game by familylocket.com
Hope is an Anchor for the Soul by GypsyMagpie.com
Trip to Africa by LifesJourneyToPerfection.net
#PRINCEofPEACE Free Printable by YayIMadeIt.blogspot.com
The Ultimate Gratitude List by CranialHiccups.com
#PRINCEofPEACE Origami by FaveMom.com
#PRINCEofPEACE Countdown Kit by LittleLDSideas.com
#PRINCEofPEACE Sharing Time Ideas by lifesjourneytoperfection.net
Principles of Peace Booklet by familylocket.com
Family Home Evening Easter Tree by LDSparenting.blogspot.com
Easter Week Study Journal by OneWillisFamily.blogspot.com

2017 LDS Mutual Theme: 5 Tips to Help the Youth Connect with the Theme

2017 LDS Mutual Theme:  5 Tips to Help the Youth Connect with the Theme

James 1:5-6, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”

Every year I look forward to hearing the themes for the upcoming year! It is always interesting to see what our Church leaders see as relevant and important for the youth and primary to focus on.  I like to imagine the kind of process that goes into selecting the theme.  Can you imagine the kind of prayer, attention, and conversations that must take place?  Wouldn’t it be so interesting and enlightening to hear our Church leaders go through this process?

In fact, that could be an interesting way to introduce the theme to the youth.  You could have them imagine the following scenario:

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Imagine that you are invited to go downtown to a special meeting at Church headquarters.  As you arrive, you are invited into a room where there is a large table with youth from all around the world seated around.  You take a seat with them and notice a set of scriptures and a thick notepad is placed in front of each seat.  A man walks in and explains that you have been selected to be on a special youth committee that is to help select the 2017 mutual theme.  He proceeds to gives you the following instructions:

 

“You are to consider the needs of the youth all around the world today.  You need to think about a theme that can help them strengthen their testimony and be victorious against temptation which surrounds them.  You are to take this set of scriptures and this note pad and return home.  Start reading, and as you read each chapter, mark any scripture or any phrase that could inspire and strengthen the youth.  Then, in your notebook make a note of the scripture and phrase that could be considered for a 2017 mutual theme.”

So you go home and you start reading.  You start reading in the Book of Mormon and about how Lehi and his family lived in a world that was denying what the prophets were teaching.  Could you find some relevant scriptures and phrases in that first chapter?  How many phrases might stand out to you as possible themes to help inspire and strengthen youth just like you?  

You continue on, chapter by chapter, marking and recording everything that stands out to you.  You start seeing the scriptures in a completely new way as you discover how each chapter and each story has important messages to the youth.  After a short while you complete the Book of Mormon.  How many scriptures and phrases do you think you have found?  How long is that list?  How full is your notebook?

Then you start the Doctrine and Covenants.  You are now reading section by section of direct revelation from the Lord.  They are His words to His people.  You start seeing message after message, phrase after phrase and you see how important each one of them are, and the difference each one of them could make.  Your notebook is filling up quickly.

Then you begin the Old Testament.  Then the New Testament.  You have had to start a new notebook.  

On a predetermined date, you return to Church headquarters to meet with the youth committee again.  You enter the room and see that the others, just like you, have filled their thick notebook with phrase after phrase of possible themes.  Excitedly, you start sharing with each other what you found.  You discover that you wrote many of the same phrases as others and sometimes only one of you found a certain phrase as significant, but upon reflection you all would add their phrase to your own books.  You shared and shared finding yourself loving each phrase you discussed.  

After some time the man who originally gave you your assignment returned to the room.  He told you that together you needed to make a list of 100 possible mutual themes.  You all look at your books, each filled with hundreds, or thousands, of themes, and realize that was quite a task.  So you each start flipping through your notebooks finding your very favorite, must-have themes.  And you start sharing, discussing, and explaining until you all agree on a final list of 100.

The man returns to the room and asks you to now take that list and cross out half of the themes.  That seems impossible!  You see each theme as so important and crucial!  How can you cross out half?  But somehow you do as he asks and present him with 50 scripture phrases that would bless and strengthen the youth of the church.

The man returns and asks you to now narrow it down to 25.  “How?”, you all wonder.  Those 50 seem SO important to you.  So again, you look at each phrase and ask yourselves, “which ones would be the greatest strength to the youth in this day and age?”.  And you begin discussing, crossing out, and narrowing down this list.  

Finally you have 25 and the man returns.  “Now is the most important assignment of all,”  he says.  “You must now consider each of the 25 scripture phrases you have all agreed upon and pick ONE  that could be the theme for the youth of the church all next year.  This is a scripture that they can all learn of, memorize, and make a personal theme for the entire year.  Which scripture could help them strengthen their testimonies and be victorious against the temptations that surround them?”  

So you all look at your list of 25.  You consider each one and the power it could have.  You discuss, you share, and you listen to each other.  Finally, after a long and meaningful discussion, you all agree on one theme that can impact the youth today.  You think about your friends and the kids at your school and imagine what could happen if they each made that scripture a personal theme for the next year.  You imagine the power it could have in their lives immediately and in their future.  You start getting excited about that theme and want to tell everyone you know how important it is!

A few months pass by and it is the first Sunday of the new year and it is finally time to announce the new 2017 mutual theme to the youth in your ward.  How do you hope they receive that theme?

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Now, that scenario above is not how our mutual themes are selected.  But, I like to let the youth feel what it might be like to select the new theme and to consider how important it is to see which theme rises above the rest and to give it the proper respect, effort, and attention.  To make sure that this theme isn’t something that is merely mentioned and never thought of again. In fact, that would not be a theme – it would be more like a devotional.  A theme would be a central and governing idea that would impact their choices and thoughts throughout the entire year.

When I taught seminary, I was able to be a part of training councils whose purpose was to assist in training the other seminary and institute teachers in the area.  One important thing I learned from this experience was this:  the information and direction we were receiving from those over the seminary and institute programs were always cutting edge and right on point.  As part of training councils, we would typically receive the information far in advance, and we would work through it, understand it, and then determine ways to present and train the entire area.  This, I learned, was the challenge.  You can’t just let them know about the material, you must assist them in understanding, connecting with, and then being converted to what they are receiving.

I think this is something we can consider when thinking about presenting this theme to the youth.  Help them become converted to the theme on their own.  Help them see the relevance and significance of the theme.  Help them see why it rose above all other possible themes, and how it could make an impact on their immediate and future lives.

Here are a few tips on how to achieve this:

Tip #1:  First, become converted to the theme yourself

Study, read, and ponder about this theme yourself.   Maybe even start a journal page somewhere and jot down your thoughts, impressions, and feelings about this theme, and especially consider what could happen if the youth truly focus on it throughout 2017.  Really consider the impact this theme could have in their lives.  That journal page will likely be filled up, over time, with priceless gems.  And when it comes time to present this theme to the youth, they will feel the urgency you feel, which will cause them to want to learn more about it for themselves.

Tip #2:  Study Elder Bender’s talk, “Ask in Faith”

You must, MUST, must read this talk by Elder David A, Bednar, Ask in Faith.  This talk completely opened up my eyes to the possibilities of how this theme can impact the youth (and myself)!  At first glance, this theme may seem like it is about prayer – and it is – but it is not just about saying our prayers!  Elder Bednar really lays out what it means, and what is required, to “ask of God in faith”.

In fact, like last year, Hilary Weeks wrote a 2017 mutual theme song to go with this new theme.  As she was first working through the lyrics she and I were communicating back and forth about them.  I suggested that she might want to study Elder Bednar’s talk, because it brought me such clarity as I was working on our  2017 mutual theme teaching package at that time.  The next day, I received a whole new verse of lyrics that reflected Elder Bender’s teachings and Hilary said to me, “I read the talk and the lyrics came easily.”

I know many youth leaders will have the same kind of experience as they consider how to make this 2017 mutual theme relevant to the youth the love and serve.  Seriously, read that talk.

Tip #3 Teach about Joseph Smith

There is no better example of what applying James 1:5-6 to someone’s life can do than Joseph Smith.  I wouldn’t make it a lesson about the First Vision, but rather, look what happened to his life when he needed direction and asked of God in faith, and then acted upon what he received!  I would really lay that out – an insignificant, totally normal farm boy who ended up conversing with God, Jesus Christ, and angels.  Who translated ancient records, restored the ancient church, built magnificent temples, etc…  He is such a great example of what can happen when we ask of God and then act!  Help them see Joseph’s story and then ask themselves this question, “what will my story be as I ask of God in faith?”.

What a question to ask!  You could even break it down to more specifics, such as:

  • What could happen this week if I ask of God in faith and act upon the impressions I receive?
  • What could happen this month, or this year?
  • One year from now, how will I change as a person, if I ask of God in faith every single day, and act upon the answers I receive?

Tip #4:  Make it a true individual theme

One of the challenges of the youth theme is to know how to make it more than a one-time lesson, or a one-time special event theme.  This will take a lot of planning and consideration, but what a difference it can make in the lives of your youth!  Can you imagine if, because of this theme they really started to apply this principle to their lives like Joseph Smith did?  The impact would be impossible to measure!

It would be good for the leaders to sit down and consider how to make this a true 2017 theme, not only as a youth program but to brainstorm ideas on how each of the youth could make it a personal theme.  It could also be a good idea to give a lesson about the theme and then invite the youth to share ideas on how you can make it a true 2017 theme as a group and as individuals – they could come up with great ideas of their own!

Tip #5 Constant Follow-up

We all know many of our good intentions get overshadowed by daily demands.  The youth have constant demands and distractions, so even though they may love the theme and intend to really apply it to their lives, they may need a lot of assistance to do so.  Try to figure out specific ways that you can keep that theme constantly in front of them in a way that helps them remember what they felt and want to act on it.  Here are some ideas:

  • Do you have a group social media account such as Instagram?  Create images with the theme on it that you can share a few times a week as friendly reminders.
  • Have a different young woman share each week during opening exercises about how the theme is making a difference in her life.
  • Invite a special speaker to speak about the theme and invite parents so they can know what their children are focusing on.
  • Make a printable with the theme on it and encourage each youth to hang it in a prominent spot in their room.
  • Use the theme for special events such as New Beginnings and girls’ camp.
  • Plan mutual activities with the theme in mind.  For example, you may take the Laurels and Priests to a local college for a campus tour.  Then have a devotional where you discuss what they saw and learned and encourage them to do all the research they can about their different college choices, but then to ultimately take everything they have learned and “ask of God in faith” in order to make the choice that is right for them.

As a leader, the most important thing is to stay focused on the big picture.  There will be ups and downs, things that work and things that don’t work.  But as we consistently put forth effort, we will see success and the impact these themes and programs are having in the lives of the youth we love so much.  And what a reward it will be when we see the power and effect of “asking of God in faith” is having in their lives.  How sweet that will be!

Be sure to see our article:  8 Easy Ways to Implement the 2017 LDS Mutual Theme

Also make sure to see all of our 2017 LDS mutual theme printable theme helps here:  2017 young women theme helps .  There is a teaching package, special event package, theme song, talk for youth, journals, banners and posters, and more!

January 2017 Primary Sharing Time Helps

This January Sharing Time teaching package can be used for week 1 or 2 of the January curriculum.  This package will help you teach the children how “Agency is the Gift to Choose.”  This package is packed with teaching helps, suggestions, activities, etc, all designed to help engage the children you are teaching.

This product comes as a digital PDF DOWNLOAD.

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This January Sharing Time teaching page can be used for week 1 or 2 of the January curriculum.  This package helps you teach the children how “Agency is the Gift to Choose.”  This package is loaded with teaching helps, activities, suggestions, etc, all designed to help you engage those you are teaching.

This product comes as a digital PDF DOWNLOAD.

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This January Sharing Time teaching package can be used for week 3 of the January curriculum.  This package will help you teach the children how ” In the Premortal Life, I Chose to Follow God’s Plan.”  This package will have everything you need to engage the children you are teaching.  It come with teaching helps, suggestions, activities, etc.  Each tool in the package will help you to grab and keep the attention of those you are teaching.

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This January Sharing Time teaching package can be used for week 4 of the January curriculum.  This package will help you teach your children about how, “Jesus Christ created the earth as a place where we can learn to choose the right.”  This package comes with activities, teaching suggestions, teaching helps, etc. all of which will help you to engage those you are teaching.

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#LIGHTtheWORLD Featured Bloggers

#LIGHTtheWORLD featured blogger - this blogger went above and beyond to light the world! - The Red Headed HostessWe at The Red Headed Hostess have loved working with so many different bloggers and sites to help #LIGHTtheWORLD this Christmas!  What a wonderful experience it has been!  So many different bloggers and sites have gone to countless hours to share their talents to help us all #LIGHTtheWORLD.  Make sure to visit THIS ARTICLE to see  links to over 30 wonderful ideas that you can continue to use to serve those around you and continue to #LIGHTtheWORLD throughout the year.

We are highlighting three exceptional bloggers to help you see the wonderful things they are doing!

#LIGHTtheWORLD featured blogger - this blogger went above and beyond to light the world! - The Red Headed Hostess

First is Heather Mecham of LDS Youth Leadership.

Heather is a young women leader, blogger, wife and mother of two daughters. She writes about her passion for teaching youth leadership skills at ldsyouthleadership.com. Her goal is to help youth leaders feel less overwhelmed by helping them teach the youth of the Church to lead.

 

#LIGHTtheWORLD featured blogger - this blogger went above and beyond to light the world! - The Red Headed Hostess

Next is Melia Rios-Lazo of Brightly Street.

Brightly Street loves sharing bright ideas to strengthen your home and family such as christian living, family history, home organization, meals in a jar, digital scrapbook, holiday planning, home school, General Conference fun, tons of free printables and more. We love to share with you ways to help you as a family succeed! Visit us today at www.BrightlyStreet.com

 

#LIGHTtheWORLD featured blogger - this blogger went above and beyond to light the world! - The Red Headed HostessAnd finally we have Montserrat Wadsworth of Cranial Hiccups.

This is what she says about her blog:  “Every once in a while, and totally unintentionally, my mind spews out a good idea. You’ll find a little bit of everything on this blog. It’s my place to share all the ideas, activities, crafts, and resources that I have gathered and tried over a number of years as a mother of eleven children.”

 

Thank you to every writer, blogger, and creator who worked so hard and participated!  We look forward to working with you in future campaigns!

 

2017 LDS Primary Helps

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Introducing our 2017 LDS primary helps!  We have gathered the very best teachers and designers to create helps for families and classrooms as you seek to teach those you love and serve.  We are working hard to give you every primary help you could possibly need, so please give us feedback if there are specific things you are looking for!

We are dedicated to providing material that is focused on teaching correct doctrine.  We reference manuals and official church material as we create each primary lesson, primary sharing time, and all other helps.  We give you suggestions on how you could use each item, however we encourage you to adapt each package to fit the individuals needs of those you are teaching and the lesson you are giving.

The pictures below show you each category we have.  We are adding to this all of the time!  Click on each category to see specific packages.

2017 LDS Primary Theme Helps

See all 2017 LDS primary helps and ideas by clicking on the image above.  We have primary sharing time helps, primary games, Primary 5  (Doctrine and Covenants) lesson helps, Choose the Right B lesson helps, Sunbeam lesson helps, Singing Time activities, Faith in God books and helps, and more!

2017 LDS Primary Theme Helps

The 2017 Primary theme is “Choose the Right” and we have everything you need!  There is a family packet so that families can teach their children about the theme, there is a bulletin board kit, birthday surprises, classroom signs, reminder bracelets, pencil toppers, monthly posters, mini coloring book, and so much more!

LDS Primary Presidency Helps

Primary presidencies can stay organized and connected with these amazing presidency helps.  There are binder kits, birthday helps,  2017 primary theme helps, and more!  Just print and go!

LDS Primary Sharing Time Helps

Primary sharing time is such a wonderful opportunity to teach young children.  If you are looking for effective visuals and learning activities, we have everything you need here.  There are primary games, learning activities, and wonderful illustrations!  Each illustration and activity is custom designed for that specific lesson.

LDS Primary 5 Helps

Primary 5 lesson helps!  Primary 5 teachers who are teaching Doctrine and Covenants have packages filled with amazing learning activities, illustrations, and teaching suggestions.  These activities are perfectly designed for ages 8-11.  Just print and go!

LDS Primary CTR Helps

Primary Choose the Right B lesson helps!  Primary teachers who teach ages 4-7 will have tons of help with these easy-to-print primary teaching helps.  The learning activities and illustrations are specifically made with ages 4-7 in mind.  Just print and go!

LDS Primary Sunbeam Helps

LDS Primary Sunbeam lesson helps!  Here are packages that will help engage and teach children of  the age of three.  They are filled with creative and effective learning activities.  Just print and go!

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LDS Primary Faith in God books and helps!  As primary children (ages 8 and above) work on their “Faith in God” requirements in order to earn the “Faith in God Award,” we have books and helps to help your children work on the requirements, track and fulfill them, and keep their own record as they go.  Books and printable helps available!

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Primary music time leaders will love all of the activities and games we have for them!  There are games, activities, helps to learn the words to songs, and more!  Just print and go!

2017 LDS Primary Games

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Would you like a collection of primary games that can be used for a variety of lessons and topics?  We have you covered!  Tons of easy-to-print activities that you can use and reuse!  You can make them fit with any topic you are teaching!

2017 LDS Youth Theme: Ask of God in Faith

2017 LDS mutual theme helps! There are SO many amazing helps to choose from! Teaching the theme helps, decor, a song by Hilary Weeks, a talk for youth, journals, REALLY amazing stuff!

For 2017 the new LDS mutual theme is James 1:5-6:  “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed”.

We have a team of amazing people working on some absolutely incredible helps for you so you can chooses the items that will best assist you in helping the youth make this a personal theme for 2017.

Our items will be available towards the beginning to mid of October.  Many things are coming together and we will offer them all at once so you can select the items of greatest benefit for you and your youth.  Some of the things that will be offered are:

1-  A Teaching Package – this package will help you teach the theme with power to the youth.  Help them truly understand what it means to “ask of God in faith” and how that can change the course of their lives, just as it did for Joseph Smith.  See pictures below to see what is included in this teaching package.

2-  A theme song by Hilary Weeks

3- An mp3 talk for youth by Anthony Sweat

4-  A special event decor package – this package is filled with printable helps for special events such as New Beginnings and Young Women in Excellence.  It has banners, editable invitations, editable programs, treat bag toppers, placemats, napkin rings, candy bar sleeves, water bottle sleeves, photo booth backdrop and props, and more!  There is plenty for you to choose from!

5-  Class journals

6- Young Women Presidency helps

7- Young Women Program helps

All of this is available now.  Be the first to know about our new releases by subscribing to our emails (just scroll to the end of this web page), and/or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Here is what is included in the 2017 LDS youth theme teaching package:

2017 youth theme - Ask of God in Faith! This helps you TEACH the package and has such amazing ideas and printable helps! The Joseph Smith timeline is incredible and the handouts are perfect!

We spent A LOT of time on this teaching package and making certain that it really taught about asking in faith.  We used Joseph Smith’s story as our starting point and designed the rest of the package to reflect that.  We also used Elder David A. Bender’s talk, Ask in Faith, for much of the teaching helps.

The main poster with Joseph Smith kneeling in a grove of trees represents his humble beginnings (the log farm home) and the Kirtland and Nauvoo temple – representations of what Joseph was able to experience and accomplish because he asked of God in faith and then acted upon the answers he received.  This can help the youth not only learn about Joseph Smith, but also to reflect upon what their lives will look like if they continually “ask of God in faith”.

2017 LDS mutual theme: Ask of God in Faith. This Joseph Smith timeline is absolutely perfect to help the youth connect with James 1:5-6. Such amazing ideas!

We made an illustrated timeline of Joseph Smith’s life to help the youth visually see what can happen when someone asks of God in Faith.  They can see that Joseph started his life in a humble log home – a totally ordinary life.  He wasn’t the star of the basketball team, a concert pianist, he wasn’t wearing the latest high fashion trends, and he hadn’t traveled the world.  He had totally normal beginnings.  Joseph was simply a righteous, young teenage boy whom God had plans for.

As Joseph was faced with difficult life questions and was surrounded by a war of words and tumult of opinions (just as the youth are today), he read James 1:5-6 and decided that he must do as James suggests, to “ask of God in faith”.  That completely changed the course of his life.  The youth can look at the timeline and see how his life went from ordinary to miracle after miracle.  God had great things in store for Joseph, just as He has great things in store for the youth today.  As the youth reflect on the difference James 1:5-6 made in Joseph’s life, they can then reflect on the difference it can make in their lives.

2017 LDS young women theme: Ask of God in Faith. This teaching package has such amazing ideas to help the youth connect with this theme. So powerful!

In Elder Bender’s talk, Ask in Faith, he teaches about acting upon the answers we receive.  That is what Joseph did, and not just in the Sacred Grove, but over and over again throughout his life.  In fact, that is what the Doctrine and Covenants is a record of – a question asked, answers given, and then Church history is filled with stories of the saints acting upon those answers.  THAT is how temples are built (literally and figuratively).

Elder Bednar also discusses elements of asking in faith.  We have included all of this in an illustrated note sheet that you can give to the youth so as you learn together, they can keep notes and then take them home.

2017 LDS mutual theme: Ask of God in Faith. This bedside quote book is perfect to give each youth to help them really apply James 1:5-6 to their lives every day!

This teaching package also has this easy-to-assemble bedside quote book.  It is filled with amazing quotes about how to make our prayers more meaningful and powerful.  What a great thing for the youth to keep by their bedside!

2017 LDS mutual theme: Ask of God in Faith. This bedside quote book is perfect to give each youth to help them really apply James 1:5-6 to their lives every day!

This bedside quote book could also be a great activity for the youth to make for themselves.

2017 LDS youth theme: Ask of God in Faith (James 1:5-6) - these framed prints are perfect for the young women to keep by their beds!

We also have these mini posters (sized to 4×6) that would be perfect on the youth’s nightstand.  We did some looking for you and Ikea has a two-sided frame (see above) that is $.99 each.  It is the Tolsby frame and can be ordered online.  Since it is two-sided, the youth could switch the posters just by turning the frame around!

This teaching package will be available soon!

Here is what is included in the 2017 LDS youth theme special event package:

2017 LDS mutual theme: Ask of God in Faith. These are absolutely amazing decorations to introduce the theme or for New Beginnings or Young Women in Excellence. The Joseph Smith timeline banner is so awesome!

We also have this incredible special event package!  It is filled with everything we could think you might possibly need (the above picture only shows some of the items).  Just pick the items that will best fit your special event.

New Beginnings or Young Women in Excellence editable invitations that reflect the 2017 young women theme! So easy - just type onto the PDF and print.

Included in the special event package are editable invites and programs.  We have formatted the PDF so you will be able to type directly on it.  You will just need to type on your information and print!  We were also careful to be very ink friendly for your personal computers.

Young Women in Excellence spotlight/table activity for each girl. Such a good idea and goes with the 2017 youth theme!

We also included an idea you may want to use for one of your special events:  Young Women Spotlight Tables.  Just make these four mini posters  for each young woman and use binder clips as stands.  Then have her lay out things on a table that represent the subject of each mini poster.  This is such a great way for the young women to display what is important to them!

New Beginnings or Young Women in Excellence photo booth that also goes with the 2017 mutual theme package. SO AMAZING - the girls would love this!

You will also get these photo booth items!  These pictures can make great memories, and are awesome for the young women to share their young women event on their social media platforms.

 

More is coming, and we will update this post with those items soon. Be the first to know when everything is released by subscribing to our emails (just scroll to the end of this web page), and/or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

2017 LDS Mutual Theme: Eight Easy Ways to Implement the Theme

Scroll through to see 8 Easy Ways to Implement the 2017 LDS Mutual Theme.

 

TEACHING PACKAGE

Introducing and teaching the theme is a critical part of whether the youth understand and connect with the new theme each year.  We have carefully designed a teaching package to help you with this important task.

This 2017 LDS Mutal Theme Teaching Package helps the youth understand how Joseph Smith applied James 1:5-6 to his own life and then acted upon the answers he received.  The illustrated timeline visually teaches the difference it can make in one person's life when they learn to "Ask of God in Faith".

Find this package here: 2017 LDS Mutual Theme Teaching Package

Also available in our Ultimate 2017 Mutual Theme Package HERE.

THEME DUET BY HILARY WEEKS

Hilary Weeks hit it out of the park this year with this duet.  Every youth we have tested this song with has fallen in love with it!  The youth will love to listen and sing this song that contains an original verse from Hilary Weeks that is sung as a duet with the hymn, "Sweet Hour of Prayer."  Listen to this duet HERE.

Song, minus track, and sheet music are all available.

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Also available in our Ultimate 2017 Mutual Theme Package HERE.

TALK FOR YOUTH BY ANTHONY SWEAT

This talk for youth by Anthony Sweat is a perfect handout or mutual activity.  In a world where youth can get information at their fingertips, he helps them understand the effort that must go into asking of God when we lack wisdom.  He teaches three critical steps that must occur for each youth to apply James 1:5-6 to their lives.

You can find this talk here:  If You Lack Wisdom, A.S.K. by Anthony Sweat

Also available in our Ultimate 2017 Mutual Theme Package HERE.

SPECIAL EVENTS / DECOR PACKAGE

If you need (editable) invitations, cards, banners, placemats, napkin rings, treat bag toppers, photo booth props, etc. we have designed a special events package that contains everything we thought you could possibly need.  These can be used to decorate a bulletin board, for New Beginnings, Young Women in Excellence, etc.

You can find this special events package and see everything offered in this package here:  2017 LDS Mutual Theme Special Events Package

Also available in our Ultimate 2017 Mutual Theme Package HERE.

DAILY JOURNALS

Back by popular demand!  We have two versions of daily journals for you to choose from, but this year they are spiral bound!  We also have group discounts for YW groups that will be immediately applied at checkout (no need for a special code!)

*Note:  this year we did not include the dates, but rather left a place for the dates to be written in.  This will allow a young woman to start at any point in the year, or even skip around in order to complete the Personal Progress experiences she still needs.

Both journals are daily journals with a question built into each day about the 2017 mutual theme.  This will help each young woman keep this theme on her mind daily.  Also, the first several pages of the journal are specifically about the mutual theme.

The journal with the blue background is the Personal Progress Edition.  Not only is it a daily journal, but each Sunday the young woman can work on a personal progress experience.  Each experience is customized and designed so each requirement is fulfilled, and if it is an experience that is meant to last one to several weeks, it is built right into the daily journal so the young woman can report on her progress.  There are also areas for class notes on Sundays!

The journal with the white background is the Gospel Topic Study Edition.  This is identical to the Personal Progress Edition, but for the young woman who has completed her Personal Progress, rather than Personal Progress experiences, there is a page where she can study a gospel topic each week.

These Journals are available for purchase on our bookstore HERE.

 *Bulk Rate Discounts avalible.

SUNDAY / CLASS JOURNAL

This spiral bound journal is perfect for Young Men, Young Women, and/or Sunday School!  This journal is arranged by monthly Come Follow Me topics and gives the youth a place to keep their notes from their classes.

We also have group discounts for groups that will be immediately applied at checkout (no need for a special code!)

This Journal is available for purchase on our bookstore HERE.

 *Bulk Rate Discounts avalible.

COME FOLLOW ME STUDY GUIDE

Once again, we are offering our popular Come Follow Me Study Guide.  This book contains detailed study pages for every Young Women and Sunday School lesson found in the curriculum.  Perfect for teacher prep, or for the youth who would like to study each lesson.

This Journal is available for purchase on our bookstore HERE.

 *Bulk Rate Discounts avalible.

BANNERS AND POSTERS

For those of you who would like additional poster or banner designs and sizes, we are offering this additional package with FIVE different designs.  Each design comes in 10 different poster sizes (JPEGs) and 2 banner sizes (also JPEGs).  You get them all!  Just pick the design you prefer, then the size you would like, and send it into your favorite local printer.

You can see these banners and posters here:  2017 LDS Mutual Theme Posters and Banners

 

 

 

 

2017 Youth Theme Teaching Package - Ask in Faith
This printable teaching package contains TEN items you can choose from as you present the 2017 theme to your youth. Each item has been carefully designed to help teach the youth what it means to “ask of God in faith” and how it can greatly impact their lives.
Ask in Faith - written by Hilary Weeks - 2017 LDS Mutual Theme Song
Hilary Weeks has written an amazing duet for the 2017 LDS Mutual Theme! You will love this incredible duet that contains an original verse by Hilary Weeks along with the popular hymn “Sweet Hour of Prayer”. Add this to your personal library, sing with your youth group, or use it as a theme song for Girl’s camp or other significant event.
If You Lack Wisdom, A.S.K. - by Anthony Sweat - MP3 Talk
If we want to find inspired answers to our questions, the scriptures repeatedly tell us to “ask of God” (James 1:5). But getting answers from God isn’t the same thing as just ordering something on-line—it involves spiritual, mental, and physical effort. In this talk BYU religion professor Anthony Sweat turns the word ASK into a three-step pattern given by Jesus to help us find answers.
2017 Mutual Theme Special Events Decor Package - Ask in Faith
We have tried to think of everything you could possibly need for your special events as you highlight the 2017 LDS mutual theme, and then offer it to you in this easy-to-print package! This package contains 20 items that you can choose from to help make your special events beautiful, meaningful, and memorable.
Daily Journals - Ask in Faith
Back by popular demand! Our Daily Journals help your Young Women implement the theme throughout each day of the year while at the same time getting Personal Progress completed or studying a different Gospel Topic each week.
Sunday Journal - Ask of God
This spiral bound journal is perfect for Young Men, Young Women, and/or Sunday School! This journal is arranged by monthly Come Follow Me topics and gives the youth a place to keep their notes from their classes.

 

 

 

2017 Come Follow Me Study Guide - Ask in Faith
Once again, we are offering our popular Come Follow Me Study Guide. This book contains detailed study pages for every Young Women, Young Men, and Sunday School lesson found in the curriculum. Perfect for teacher prep, or for the youth who would like to study each lesson in detail.
2017 Mutual Theme Posters and Banners - Ask in Faith
This package contains JPEGS of over five different poster designs (10 sizes each) and 2 banner designs (2 sizes each). These are ready to send into your favorite local printer! Just choose your favorite designs!

 

 

 

8 Easy Ways to Implement the 2017 LDS Mutual Theme

2017 youth theme - Ask of God in Faith! This helps you TEACH the package and has such amazing ideas and printable helps! The Joseph Smith timeline is incredible and the handouts are perfect!

Ask in Faith - written by Hilary Weeks - 2017 LDS Mutual Theme Song

Click above to hear samples from each verse of “Ask in Faith” written by Hilary Weeks for the 2017 LDS Mutual Theme

If You Lack Wisdom, A.S.K. - by Anthony Sweat - MP3 Talk

2017 Mutual Theme Special Events Decor Package - Ask in Faith

2017 Mutual Theme Posters and Banners - Ask in Faith

2017 LDS Mutual Theme Helps

#LIGHTtheWORLD printable kit by Hang a Ribbon on the Moon (FREE)

Christmas is fast approaching and this year mormon.org has announced their annual Christmas campaign.  This year it is #LIGHTtheWORLD.   The purpose of this campaign is to SERVE others as Jesus Christ would through different acts of service each day.

The campaign starts on December 1st with that day being a worldwide day of service.  Then for the remaining 24 days leading up to Christmas you are encouraged and challenged to serve others by emulating the acts of service you see in the #LIGHTtheWORLD video performed by Christ.  Imagine how powerful this campaign could be if EVERYONE participated in it this Christmas season!

I’m a wife, mom to four amazing kids, ages 23, 20, 13, and 10, (two with special needs), blogger, free­lance graphic designer, editor, and writer. I love reading, discovering family history, playing in Photoshop and Illustrator, scrapbooking, traveling, sampling good chocolate, and taking care of my family. On my blog, Hang a Ribbon on the Moon, I share LDS printables, projects and ideas, mostly for the Young Women’s organization. I also sell digital files in my Etsy Shop.

 

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My 28-page kit helps individuals, families, classes, quorums, and groups plan and implement anonymous service. My inspiration was Sister Linda K. Bur­ton’s talk, “First Observe, Then Serve.”

  • Activity Plan/Poster: Teach a lesson on service.
  • Service Charades Game: Generate ideas in a fun way.
  • Planning Sheet: Organize service plans.
  • Maze Page/Coloring Page: Help children plan service.
  • Editable PDF Calendar: Customize the Church’s service calendar for your needs.
  • 8×10 Ornament Posters: Give or display in your home.
  • Pass Along Ornaments: Share the #LIGHTtheWORLD message (printed on the back) with service recipients.

SEE THE ARTICLE ABOUT THIS KIT BY HANG A RIBBON ON THE MOON.

As I considered what to create, a memory of a long-ago Christmas came to mind. My mom, a single mother of six with few resources, helped us kids handcraft a much-needed gift for a needy family we didn’t know. I was chosen to leave the large package on their doorstep and run. When I thought about how this family would be blessed by our gift, I felt so wonderful inside! My mom always looks for ways to serve anonymously, a value she learned from her parents, my beloved grandparents. Today, our family continues this tradition of quiet service.

 

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Use the Activity Plan, Planning Sheet, Maze Page/Coloring Page, Calendar and Service Charades game to inspire your family/class to serve anonymously. Use the Pass Along Ornament Cards as you serve:

  • Ask the cashier in a drive-thru lane to pass along an ornament when you pay for the next customer’s food.
  • Tie one to a gift basket you deliver anonymously.
  • Place one on a sibling’s pillow after secretly making their bed.
  • Leave one behind after unloading the dishwasher for a busy parent.
  • Put pass-along ornaments and treats on car windshields in a parking lot.

It’s an honor to work on something so close to my heart. This campaign focuses on Christ and encourages us to minister as He did. What better way to celebrate His birth? I hope my kit provides an uplifting framework for individuals, families, classes, quorums, and groups to #LIGHTtheWORLD.

 

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#LIGHTtheWORLD printable kit by My Computer is my Canvas (Free)

For Christmas of 2016 mormon.org has announced a worldwide Christmas campaign called #LIGHTtheWORLD.  During this campaign we are invited/challenged to serve others the way the Jesus Christ served others and by doing so each of us will #LIGHTtheWORLD with our individual and family acts of service.

The #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign kicks off on  December 1st, which is being announced as a worldwide day of service, and then for the 24  days following leading up to Christmas Day, Mormon.org has announced 24 more Christ-like ways to serve (each way is assigned a day), and we are given ideas of various things we can do each day to be like Christ in the ways he served.  Imagine how amazing this will be this Christmas season as we seek to be like Christ each day in December!

My name is Colette, I’m the gal behind My Computer is My Canvas! I started my blog and Etsy Shop 6 years ago as a creative outlet and fun way to connect with others. Since then (and in between my husband fighting cancer twice and having a stem cell transplant), it gratefully and miraculously blossomed into a full time business that now supports my family! I absolutely love what I do and feel very fortunate to do it all from home. My favorite things to design are Planners, Candy Wrappers, LDS Printables and Subway Art!

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For my #LIGHTtheWORLD project, I didn’t want to focus on any one singular activity, but rather, a way to get the whole family involved and looking for ways to participate daily.  I included “Service Prompt Cards” to give lots of ideas on how families and individuals can make a difference each day through acts of service as well as simple acts of kindness. Each act is then recorded on a “Service & Kindness Strip” and saved in the family jar. On Christmas Eve, the jar can be placed under the tree, representing the family’s gift to the Savior!

SEE THE ARTICLE ABOUT THIS KIT BY MY COMPUTER IS MY CANVAS HERE

I typically have a “scrapbook” style of design and imagined my papers and elements would be adorned with cute strings of Christmas Lights. However, once I got started and found I could use white lights that nearly glowed right off the paper and I was thrilled to change up my original design plan. Each act of service or kindness truly adds light to our world and I was excited to be able to depict that light in the papers I used as part of my kit.

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I love how this kit is versatile and can be used by an individual, a family or even a group!  As a youth group, you could create a collective jar and add new Service/Kindness Strips each time you meet.  Or, to promote the initiative, you could provide each member of your group with their own jar and strips; encouraging them to do it on their own at home. Putting together a small gift basket with a jar, strips, service cards and framed scripture might also be a fun gift to give a friend, neighbor or family you visit.

Having the chance to creatively promote service and to invite others to share their light, in an otherwise dark world, is both a privilege and a blessing I am grateful for. I am excited anytime I have an opportunity to share goodness and am thrilled my kit was chosen to be among the ideas of so many other amazing ladies and bloggers!

 

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#LIGHTtheWORLD printable kit by Designed by Maria (Free)

For the 2016 Christmas season mormon.org has announced its annual Christmas campaign.  This year it is called #LIGHTtheWORLD.  This campaign is a campaign of Christlike Service.

Starting on December 1st, is a worldwide day of service.  Then for the remaining 24 days leading up to Christmas is a daily challenge to serve.  Each day should be filled with service activities that emulate the Christlike service being performed by Jesus Christ in the #LIGHTtheWORLD video on mormon.org or theredheadedhostess.com.

As we all spread the word of this service campaign imagine how amazing this can be and how we could all individually #LIGHTtheWORLD.

I’m a wife, mom of 4 silly kiddos (10 months to 9 years), and graphic designer. I’ve been designing products, like scrapbook supplies and paper-crafting kits for a craft company since 2006. It’s a super fun job! A few years ago I decided to open an Etsy shop selling my printables too. I really love the creative freedom this has given me. So, I recently opened another shop. I make jewelry with pretty backer cards to go with them. I also have a blog, where I like to share ideas and printables.

 

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I created a gingerbread service kit to help others serve this Christmas. It includes a brief discussion paper that families can go through and talk about how Jesus served his loved ones. As family members share ways they can serve, they can choose a gingerbread person from the kit to string on a garland. Then, they can make and decorate gingerbread cookies together. The recipe is included! Serve by sharing the cookies in a cute little cookie box with a tag.

SEE MARIA’S ARTICLE ABOUT THIS KIT HERE.

 

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The kit was such a blast to make! I love to do projects like this. Something I learned is that I am way better at creating gingerbread people on the computer than with frosting! I was trying to make a big smiley face and it looked like a clown. So, I tried to turn it into Santa’s beard. Big fail! My son showed me how it’s done. I loved watching my kids make special cookies for their friends and cousins. They are so thoughtful!

I designed this kit especially for families. So, it translates perfectly into a family night. However, you could easily adapt it for a youth group, primary activity, or party by making the cookies ahead of time. Provide the cookies, frosting, and little candies to decorate. The best part for most people is decorating a cookie for someone else. You could put the names of several individuals in your neighborhood into a jar and let each person pick one to make a cookie for.

Being part of this campaign has been a great reminder to me that keeping Christmas centered on Christ doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. I took a tradition that my family already has and made it more meaningful. I hope that’s what other families can do too. Sometimes we may think we need to provide the perfect Christmas for a needy family to serve at Christmastime. That’s not true! That would be amazing. But, it’s about the simple acts of love and kindness that we can each do to be a light in our own little sphere.

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#LIGHTtheWORLD printables by The Red Headed Hostess (FREE)

For this (2016) Christmas, Mormon.org has released the #LIGHTtheWORLD Christmas campaign.  Through this campaign, we are invited to do things that Jesus Christ also did as He served others, and by so doing we will each #LIGHTtheWORLD and help achieve the charge Christ gave His disciples when He proclaimed “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).

Starting on December 1st, there will be a worldwide day of service, and then for 24 days following, Mormon.org has identified 24 more Christ-like behaviors (each behavior is assigned a day), and we are given suggestions of various things we can do each day to emulate that Christ-like behavior.  Imagine how we this will impact our Christmas season as we seek to be like Christ each day in December!

We, at The Red Headed Hostess, have made the following (FREE) items to help you, your family, or those you teach #LIGHTtheWORLD this Christmas.  Be sure to share your experiences on your social media accounts and use the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD.

(Be sure to check out these other free kits made by other designers HERE.  You can easily use multiple kits to help your family #LIGHTtheWorld together!)

25-Day Mini Service Journal
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Perfect for groups!  Give each person a 25-day mini journal and invite them to record what they did each day as they #LIGHTtheWORLD.

Each day has an illustration and explanation of one of Christ’s behaviors, with ideas of things they can do.

Give with a .99 cent chocolate advent calendar (found at many grocery stores) and explain that they can have a chocolate each time they write in their journal!

This mini journal prints four days per page.

25-Day Service Journal by The Red Headed Hostess
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This is just like the mini journal except it prints a full page for every day.  This is perfect for individuals or for families who will fill out each page together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

#LIGHTtheWORLD posters by The Red Headed Hostess
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This set of posters has an illustration of each of the 25 Christ-like behaviors we can emulate as we #LIGHTtheWORLD.

Sit down with your family at the beginning of the month and make a list on the back of each poster of things you can do as a family, or individually, to emulate that behavior.  Then each day, hang that day’s poster on your fridge or set in a photo easel somewhere in the heart of your home.    Have each person record what they did that day on the back of the poster.

#LIGHTtheWORLD ornaments by The Red Headed Hostess
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Fill your tree with ornaments as you and your family #LIGHTtheWORLD.  Print onto white cardstock, cut out, tape on a string, and then hang these ornaments on your tree whenever someone does one of these Christ-like behaviors.

These ornaments would go perfectly with Neisha Sykes’ (Hang a Ribbon on the Moon) free printable ornament kit.  You can find out more about her kit HERE.

*NOTE: The terms of use on these files do allow you to take them to a printing service for your personal use.  You can print as many as you want and give your prints to whoever you want.  They are not to be used for commercial, or for-profit use.

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Christmas reminds us that Jesus Christ is the “Light of the World” (John 8:12).  He also has taught us that “Ye are the light of the world,” (Matthew 5:14).  This Christmas, Mormon.org has invited us to commit to do the things that Jesus Christ did as He served others on this earth and by so doing, we will #LIGHTtheWORLD”.  Each day leading up to Christmas, Mormon.org has identified a different Christ-like behavior and provides suggestions of how we can emulate His perfect example on that day.  There are 25 different behaviors, each one being assigned a day.  You can watch daily videos about each behavior at Mormon.org.  Imagine how we can grow more like the Savior during this Christmas season and #LIGHTtheWORLD as we seek to be like Him each day in December.

To kickoff this Christmas message, there will be a worldwide day of service on Dec 1st.  What can you and your family do on that day to “Light the World”?

Choose a free printable kit below to help you and your family #LIGHTtheWORLD this Christmas.  Include personal pictures and stories on social media and use the hashtag, #LIGHTtheWORLD.

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Free kit #1

by My Computer is my Canvas

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Free kit #2

by Hang a Ribbon on the Moon

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Free kit #3

by Designed by Maria

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How can I be more Christlike in my service to others?


How can I be more Christlike in my service to others?  Awesome LDS teaching package for your class or family!

How Can I be more Christlike in my service to others?

This is a really great and impactful teaching package.  You will LOVE the study page for the Parable of the Good Samaritan!  It comes with tips and insights to help you study and have a great and meaningful discussion about this powerful parable.

This lesson also comes with LOCKER QUOTES.  These can be a great handout to help the youth you teach remember (every time they open their locker) the principles they learned in this lesson!

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

Becoming More Christlike.  October Young Women Lessons - all 5 lessons with tons of learning material!

Or it is available in our October combo package with all 5 lessons HERE.
This 2016 mutual theme package "Press Forward with a Steadfastness in Christ" includes so many things plus a theme song by HILARY WEEKS! #pressforward

Also – keep your eye out for our 2016 mutual theme helps coming soon!  The graphics and instructional helps in this package are amazing and Hilary Weeks wrote and is recording a theme song that is awesome!  Make sure to follow us on Facebook and sign up for our emails (bottom of our home page) to be the first to know when everything is released!

How can I learn to be more patient?

LDS young women and men "Come Follow Me" lesson helps! Awesome study and teaching package for the October Come Follow Me Lesson "How Can I Learn to Be More Patient?". Lots of study pages and hand outs! Just print from home!

How can I learn to be more patient?

This lesson REALLY focuses on the necessity of developing patience now, and the gift that patience will be throughout the many phases of life we go through.  This package has some really great hand outs too!

You can check out this package on our site HERE.

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Here are some great quotes about patience that you may find useful:

“Patience—the ability to put our desires on hold for a time—is a precious and rare virtue. We want what we want, and we want it now. Therefore, the very idea of patience may seem unpleasant and, at times, bitter.

“Nevertheless, without patience, we cannot please God; we cannot become perfect. Indeed, patience is a purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace.”  (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, April 2010 General Conference)

“Patience is another form of self-control.  It is the ability to postpone gratification and to bridle one’s passions….  Patience is composure under stress.  A patient man also waits on the Lord.  We sometimes read or hear of people who seek a blessing from the Lord, then grow impatient when it does not come swiftly.  Part of the divine nature is to trust in the Lord enough to ‘be still and know that [he is] God’ (D&C 101:16).”  (President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, November 1986, p.47)

“Patience is tied very closely to faith in our Heavenly Father.  Actually, when we are unduly impatient, we are suggesting that we know what is best – better than does God.  Or, at least, we are asserting that our timetable is better than his.  Either way we are questioning the reality of God’s omniscience.”  (Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign, October 1980, p.28)

“The Lord, Jesus Christ, is our perfect example of patience.  Though absolutely unyielding in adherence to the truth, He exemplified patience repeatedly during His mortal ministry.  He was patient with His disciples, including the Twelve, despite their lack of faith and their slowness to recognize and understand His divine mission.  He was patient with the multitudes as they pressed about Him, with the woman taken in sin, with those who sought His healing power, and with little children.  Finally, He remained patient through the suffering of His mock trials and His crucifixion.”  (Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, Hope, p. 156)

“There seems to be little evidence that the Creator of the universe was ever in a hurry.  Everywhere, on this bounteous and beautiful earth, and the farthest reaches of the firmament, there is evidence of patient purpose and planning and working and waiting.”  (Elder Richard L. Evans, CR, October 1952, p.95)

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Becoming More Christlike. October Young Women Lessons - all 5 lessons with tons of learning material!

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