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Saturday, December 31, 2011

You Need 2 Check this Idea Out!!!

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I just had to share this wonderful idea that Kristin from Inkablinka came up with as a weekly reward for their wards young women for working on their personal progress. I love that it goes with the mutual theme for the year!  

You NEED to check this idea out by clicking HERE! To cute and super easy to make! Will definitely be sharing this idea with our YW president at our next presidency meeting. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

PPW: 12/28

It is the last PPW for the year of 2011! Whew....what a year and journey through this wonderful program. That being said, with the closing of the year, 2012 is literally just around the corner!!!! Eek! It hit me that I made a goal to complete my personal progress leader requirements before New Beginnings (which I think is in February???) and there is still some large goals to accomplish. 

Who is with me in getting back on track and working on their personal progress with me??? Time to get off our holiday behinds and start the spiritual workout...let's get ready to grow!

Manual 1 Lesson 1: You are a Daughter of God

Posting lesson number 1 from the Young Women Manual 1. This lesson is a great one for all young women and their leaders to hear. We truly are daughters of our Heavenly Father who LOVES, KNOWS and HEARS us and we LOVE Him. The quote I used was taken from the wonderful talk given during the 2010 YW broadcast which you can read the talk in its entirety HERE by President Uchtdorf. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE it! 

Click HERE for download (2 to a page) or right click to save as jpeg (high quality)

More Great Info Released by the Church for 2012!!!!

I have just been informed here that the church has released more resources concerning the new mutual theme for 2012!!!
some of the resources that are included on the site is a message from Elder L. Tom Perry along with videos for the YM and the YW from the respective general presidencies. Also there is a logo that can be used for just about anything that has to do with the theme (at the bottom under downloadable resources). 
Go and check it out! There is so much there that I don't have the time or space to share it all with you!
Click HERE to be taken directly to the youth church website where you can find all of these wonderful treasures!

Adding A New Feature to the Blog

Yes, I am finally incorporating pages onto the can check them out on the top of the page after the blog pic and disclaimer. So far there is only one page titled Recommendations which is a place where I am putting all of the talks and books that I think are great staples to have in your personal library in addition to the scripture of course. Take a few moments and check them out!

Also I moved the Links to other blogs to a page of their own!
Let me know if you would like your page/blog listed!

Another Binder Cover for the 2012 Theme

Slightly different from the previous binder cover that I designed...I am in a damask mood lately and not sure why. So I thought I would share another creation with you all. You can download it from 4shared by clicking HERE (its a pdf file) or you can right click on the image and save as a jpeg (high quality).

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Update! PPW

Personal Progress Wednesday as you probably have seen has been temporarily put on hold til after the holidays. Between school finals and the Christmas spirit, I haven't had much time to update and inform let alone work on any value experiences (unless I have been and just haven't realized it).

Will start back up after on the look out! I challenge you to do the same and join me on my journey. Grab my button for PPW and share with everyone your commitment to finish and/or work on your own Personal Progress. I would love to hear from you!!!

Sister Dalton Talks to YW

I must be in a video sharing sort of mood because here is another video that I just love!!!

Click HERE for more information

I Am A Daughter of My Heavenly Father...Who KNOWS Me

I think that every Young Woman (young and old) and even the Young Men need a good reminder that their Heavenly Father knows them and loves and will never leave them in their hour/time of need. A very touching reminder and message. 
Click HERE for link to share or get more information

Youth.LDS.Org Video Intro to New Theme

I just love this video and plan on using it somehow for the new year!! It's way awesome and inspirational. Click HERE to be taken directly to the site.

A Little Bit More of the Christmas Spirit

I just wanted to share this video with you all before the holiday just in case some of you need a little bit more of the Christmas spirit and I might not be posting much til after the please enjoy. HERE is the link to the site for direct sharing options or if you wanted to read more on it.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Preparing for Change- Lesson 42

Photo taken from HERE
So I finally got lesson 42 planned out and posted... unfortunately I didn't get this done before I had to teach the lesson two weeks ago. But as you might have already guessed it is all about change and preparing for it and loving it. 

So HERE is the link to download from 4shared-four to a sheet or right click on the image and and save as if you want it as a jpeg.

Monday, December 19, 2011

How Much Do We Really Know?

I love history and I love to learn about different organizations in the church and how they came about. 
Photo taken from HERE
I think this would be an awesome mutual activity/game to have during mutual...Stay tune for an updated post with a trivia game all about the history of the Young Women's organization. Click HERE to be taken directly to the page.

Have Creative Youth? Sure You Do!!!

Photo taken from HERE
I don't know if any of you have noticed this announcement posted around your ward building. Ours is posted on our bulletin board next to the bishops office (you know the place where you can occupy your time when you are waiting to get in). 

This was mentioned at our stake training meeting last month and I forgot to post about it. The church is offering an international art competition for youth ages 13-18 to create a piece of art that goes along with the 2012 Mutual theme.

This would be a great opportunity to get your youth to create something that shows what the theme means to them and I am sure that somewhere it could go towards personal progress. Click HERE to get more information and the requirements for the competition. Good Luck and Have Fun!!!

The new For The Strength of Youth

It is so great to be back and get a chance to catch up on all the wonderful things I need to get posted. I love winter break!!!

Photo taken from HERE
So I know that there have already been several sites/blogs that have posted about the new changes in the FSOY booklet. So I am not going to get to much into it on here but I wanted to share some info and the link on where you can find these changes and get a pdf copy of the new book. Although you should note that all of the youth and I am hoping the leaders too, will be getting a new booklet shortly after the first of the year, but if you cant wait, click HERE to be taken to the FSOY website at

For more information from the church on this exciting announcement, click HERE

Friday, December 2, 2011

Why I Have Been Absent

It's been a crazy month and its only the 2nd! How insane is that?!? I just wanted to let you all know that I might be taking a short absent (about a week) starting Sunday. Its the home stretch of the fall semester and finals are just right around the corner (literally!). I have 3 huge papers due by the 9th that desperately need my attention....(I guess that means I should not get onto pinterest near as and a Christmas party to attend to. *INSERT BIG LOUD GLASS SHATTERING SCREAM HERE*

Oh and I have also been busy creating a nice holiday countdown book. Obviously it wont be used for this year but definitely good for a gift this year. Been using my Cricut like crazy, so much that I have gone through a brand spanking new mat and two semi worn out mats. Good thing I found a post on pinterest about ways to refurbish the cutting mats...Zig Memory Stick (?) works like magic and its a pretty color blue...but sticky!!! LOL

Anyway, I wanted to give you a heads up about what will be happening on my end of this blog. I should say that I will be posting at least one more post for lesson #42 on preparing for change. I teach that lesson on the 11th so you all know that I will be creating handouts to go with that. 

So until safe, have fun and remember that we are daughters of a Heavenly Father who LOVES us!!

Learning to be Dependable

Lesson #41 from Man. 3 is all about learning to be dependable. I believe that EVERYONE should learn this. Here is the handout (pdf 4 to a sheet). Paper credit goes to JBaechtold's Heart kit.
Click HERE for download

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Loving Ourselves and Others

Here is lesson #40 for YW Man. 3. 
Paper credit goes to S&I
Click HERE for download (4 to a page)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Our Individual Worth

This handout/bookmark goes with lesson 39 from Young Women Manual 3-Recognizing our Individual Worth.  I used a quote from Sister Dalton's talk "Remember Who You Are! which can be found HERE. I loved this talk when I heard her give it in the 2010 YW General Meeting. 

So this is a double sided bookmark (one side has the quote the other side is just the plain red paper that way if you cut it out and laminate it and not mount it on to any other paper, you will at least have a back (just print page one first and then page 2 so that it is back to back). I think it would be really cute if you punched a hole at the top and inserted a ribbon or some sort to tag. This quote is a great reminder that we are someone special and that our Heavenly Father does love us. 
Click HERE for download (3 to a page)

Paper and element credit goes to Steadfast and Immovable (link in lower left side bar) from their Individual Worth/Celestial Values kit.

Friday, November 25, 2011


I am happy to announce that I have just created a twitter account for the blog! If you are on twitter make sure you follow us to get all the latest on what is happening with We Are Daughters of a Heavenly King! Also be sure to let us know so that we can follow you back! 

You can easily follow us by clicking on the Twitter button on the lower right sidebar. 

Thanksgiving Day...

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday yesterday (for those that celebrated it, of course). I had a great one! I got to share it with people I loved and that I think was the best part of  it all. I am truly blessed. If you would like to read up on my holiday you can go HERE and have a lil bit of a laugh!

Count your many, many blessings for you are loved!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Good Health Habits

Lesson #38 from YW Man. 3...its on the word of wisdom. The first part of the handout comes from the FSOY booklet while the quote comes from suggested talks given on the FSOY website under Physical Health.
Paper and element credit goes to Steadfast and Immovable.
Click HERE for download (set of four pdf)

The Word of God as a Standard

I have finally got lesson 37 done for the YW Man. 3. Sorry its late!
Click HERE for download (4 to a page pdf)

Paper credit goes to Coreen Silke while flower credit goes to SP

PPW: 11/23 (but on Thursday)

So I am doing this on Thursday instead of Wednesday I know but it has been a busy week. Other than being sick, I have had family and friends down to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and my birthday (yes it is on Thanksgiving...I was even born on the holiday) so you can understand why  I have been busy on top of being sick. 

So to update you on my progress...I have completed Integrity #3. Working one Good Works #3 and hope to be done with the Faith experiences in about another week and a half. Hope all of you are able to complete your weekly goals!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tis the Season...

To get sick! Try as I might, I can not avoid the dreaded head cold around my birthday. Ugh! But on the plus side it does allow me to use my "down time" to get caught up on all the stuff I have been meaning to post and create. So my being sick and out of school on Thanksgiving break is a benefit to all of you.

Hope all of you are getting to enjoy the holiday season and remembering to give thanks for all the many blessing you have! Like one of my blessings is puffs plus with vicks, I can breathe again thanks to them.  Plus I am thankful for all of you!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Can I Just Say

I LOVE THIS LADY!! I know, I know I am posting another video yet again. I just can't help it...I LOVE her stuff!!
This video is on virtue and modesty...a must see and possibly a great help for future lessons and/or activities.

Click HERE to share the video or to watch other Jenny Philips videos.

Jenny Philips video for 2012 theme

I going through youtube and browsing some of the pages I subscribe to and I saw this video by Jenny Philips. She is so creative and I love the story and analogy that she gives. Take a few mins and watch...I think you will enjoy it!
Click HERE to watch more of her videos or to share this one

Thursday, November 17, 2011

2012 Binder Cover #2

Here is the second binder cover that I have created for you all to enjoy. Simple and clean and classy. Contains all of my favorite colors. I am thinking about making class and presidency binders with this same concept and design, what do you think?
Click HERE for download of pdf. To save as a picture just right click and save jpg or click HERE to download jpg

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

PPW: 11/16

So it is that time again.time for me to check in with you all and let you know how I am doing with my own personal progress journey. First and foremost I am still working on my faith experiences 1 and 3. I am hoping that come Thanksgiving, that I can pass off number 3 as I will have some family at our house (its just me and my mother at this point). I am still working at the whole praying thing. I have always prayed but I have always struggled with being consistent and doing it at least twice a day. I keep missing days so I have to start over again. I think I need to make some reminders and place them around my room and house to remind me to say my prayers. That sounds so bad to say considering my calling and as being a member of the church as long as I have. I will succeed and hopefully it will turn into a habit and I wont be able to function if I don't say my prayers. 

I have been working on Integrity value 3 I think it is. The one that lists a bunch of scriptures and people and you have to read and write down how they showed integrity and then share a personal experience of showing integrity. I am also starting to read the FSOY and working on the value that goes with that. I think it is choice and accountability? I can't remember and I don't have my book with me to check. I think that as I get finished with a section I will create a handout to go with it. We will see, with everything else I have to get done and caught up on we will see what happens with that.

So there is my status for the week. I am always looking at the book to see what I could be doing and getting ideas. How are you doing? I would love to hear!  

Monday, November 14, 2011


Alright, I know that I have said this before but I am sorry for not keeping up to date on handouts and what not.  Truth is that I have had some serious family problems arise that I have needed to take care of (there have been a lot of late nights) plus I have been trying to not get sick (so far I have succeeded with a near close call).

However, things have gotten better so I am hoping to be back on getting things updated and caught up. I do appreciate your patience and understand that family comes first. I do have some free time this week so I am going to do my best to get some of these sketches put into real handouts and post them. 

Thanks to those who have been so loyal and patient with me and I hope that you will keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Love you all! Remember we are all daughters of our heavenly father who LOVES us!

Friday, November 11, 2011

PPW: 11/5...LATE AGAIN!!!

It's Friday and I just realized that I didn't post an update for my PPW! I must really apologize, the last few days have been really nightmarish and have had some family issues come up that needed my attention. So please forgive for not getting this posted as soon as I should have.

This is going to be a short post as there is not much to update about. I have still not finished my faith values...I need to start over on my daily prayer for 3 weeks but I am looking at working on a few of the C&A, GW and Integrity values. Will keep you posted! 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Guys View on Modesty

I was surfing around on the web for some awesome YW ideas and one blog that I came across talked about this video SO I just had to go in search of it. It is an awesome reminder for our young women from the mouths of YM their own age!

HERE is the link if you would like to share or download this video

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Good Reminder

I know this video isn't new and I am sure we have all seen it when we watched the YW General Broadcast for this year but I wanted to share it with you...just as a reminder of the duty we have.

Click HERE for more information and sharing options.

The Book Of Mormon

This was a video that just came out on the Youth LDS website. I loved it when I listened to it. Hopefully you do too!
Click HERE to be taken to the website for more information or sharing options!

Something New is Coming Your Way!!

I got to thinking this morning as I was curled up in my bed with all my blankets and pillows not wanting to get up (does anyone else have those moments???) and it hit me....stay tuned for this new idea that will be coming your way! (I still have to work out the little details first...and I know I got to get going on handouts! EEK!!!) 

Here is a hint: It's a monthly thing... =D

Thursday, November 3, 2011

YWIE--It's Fair Time!!

As promised here is the run down of our YWIE night. I have pictures of every room but not the display room...there were too many people that kept getting in my way so I will describe that as best as I can.

These two pictures from above was in the primary room which we called for the night our "Grandstand." This is where the program took place. The banner that was hanging in front of the 3 pictures on the wall was made with 12x12 scrapbook card stock (bought at wal-mart for $5) cut in half then cut in to get the flag points at the bottom and then I used my Cricut Expression with the All Mixed Up cart. to cut out the letters using white card stock. Then it was attached to some medium jute and raffia bows tied in between the words and hung on the ceiling.  The value colored flags are actual material with black felt letters cut out and hot glued on and then attached to dowls.

The rest of the room was covered using red, white and blue crate paper streamers and ribbon hung from the walls to the ceiling (I know you cant see it that well). With some red and blue table clothes covering the chalk boards.

This was our food and games room. It was in the process of being set up so there are some things missing such as the ring toss and lemonade/water stands and some of the food (we had nachos, caramel dip and apples, caramel popcorn and popcorn goo (recipe to come as soon as it is shared) and cup cakes for those that won the cup cake walk! 

The girls (and their parents) were each given 10 tickets to use for food and games with their names on it...we had a drawing for some cool prizes. 

The rooms that were used for displays that I don't have pictures for were set up the same way...and had the same kind of table covers and color scheme. They were set up with name plates and pictures of the temple and Christ around. Then on one of the chalkboards there were pictures that were taken from activities through out the year that the girls could look at. 

Once all the items were displayed, we had our bishop and our stake YW president be judges and they awarded each girl and leader a ribbon for their award. I got the lives up to her goals award =) since they all heard of my story with reading the book of mormon. 
Once everyones displays had been "judged" and everyone had been fed we went into the grandstand room where we then had some of our girls perform or talk about their hobbies and projects they had completed. We then handed out awards (the ribbon book mark holders and ribbons if the girls had earned them and the special issue of the New Era that came out this year on personal progress).

We then had a short little presentation on the parable of the talents and then we closed with a prayer and had our drawing. It seemed that everyone had fun and I hope that it encouraged our girls to start working on their own personal progress so that they could earn ribbons for their new book marks!

PPW...a day late!!!

Sorry that I missed was crazy!! If you have been following this blog then you would know we had our YWIE last night and I spent most or rather a good chunk of the last two days (maybe 3) preparing for it. Which I will blog about in a different post. 

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I finished my Book of Mormon reading yesterday (Wednesday 11/2) at 2:30 pm. It was a bit of a challenge at times but it really was a worth while experience. I did learn a lot, not only about the people in the BOM but also about myself. 

I learned that the Lord does really look out for those that are faithful to his commandments and that follows his example. I have learned that greed and power are easy ways for Satan to take hold of our hearts. I learned that through true repentance that we can be saved and that if we have enough faith and are righteous that the Lord will bless us with what we need. 

I mentioned a while back about parable of the olive tree that was taken from the bible but can be found in Jacob chapter 5. As a leader of our ward's YW, I found this particular story to hit home. I learned that as a leader I am the person who tends the garden. It is my job to help see that the trees grow to the best of their ability. That they bring forth much fruit that they are capable of. I learned that each of my girls that I am asked to lead are a tree and there are those who are active (the good productive trees) and those who might be less active (the trees that produce but not as much as they could) and then there are girls who have been planted in bad soil and not tended and they are in a way "dead." As a leader it is my job to help those girls who are struggling to be the best of who they were meant to be, to reach out and graft together their branches with those of the gospel. To help their testimony grow and to let them know that they are of worth and they are Princesses and future Queens, that they have a father in heaven who loves them. 

It sounded better in my head 2 weeks ago but this is part of the things that I learned. It truly is a true book and another testament of the savior. He really does love us and knows us and wants us to be eternally happy not only here on this earth but in the life to come. I know that the teachings the book holds are true and that they are just as relevant today (if not more) as they were in the day that they were written. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God who was called to bring back the restoration of the Lord's church on the earth today. I know that President Monson is a true prophet that he has been called to lead the church today. I know that we are  also capable of receiving personal revelation if we have the faith and are righteous enough to receive it. We have the power to be examples of Christ and to bring others back to the fold. We might not all be called as missionaries to go to various places in the world but we can be missionaries here in our own ways. Whether it is by being called as a teacher or even if it is just leading by example. If we live the way we should we will allow others to want to know Christ as well. 

As for the rest of my personal progress goals, I did achieve my goal and earn my gold ribbon for virtue and my green ribbon for knowledge. My other two value projects are completed, I just need to finish the experiences to go with them. I still haven't finished my faith requirements that I have been working on...I got lazy and busy...oh ok...I got LAZY and put them off. I am going to set another goal to have earned my YW medallion before our New Beginnings (which I think is in Feb/March) so I will be looking at my goals and start completing them. 

How is your personal progress coming along? I would love to hear about your achievements (or lack of...if your like me sometimes) or any ideas that you might have or are doing currently to get your YW to work on Personal Progress. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Table decor...for cheap!

So here is the post that I mentioned earlier about decorating a table for Halloween. Our YW president made these. All she used was some old random candle sticks that she got from the DI and Good Will and some battery operated tea lights from the dollar store and then spray painted them black then to attach the candles to the holders, she used sticky tack(that way you can turn on and off the lights!). It was an amazing table set up and I wish I had a photo of it before it was disturbed. We also took these candle sticks with us during our pumpkin carolling/service activity. So cute!

Halloween Party and Service Activity

I thought I would share with you what we did as our mutual this past Wednesday. Since Halloween is on a Monday this year, we planned to have our annual Halloween party on the 26th (the Wednesday before). However, we thought that it would be a nice change to do a bit of service for those who wouldn't be able to go trick or treating. 
At first this was going to the hospital and visiting the children's wing and take treats into them, then it was going to be at the rest home to the elderly and take them some pumpkin bread, but then we had someone in the ward with a truck full of potatoes (we live in SE Idaho...they are kinda a big thing here) and so we ended up going around to families in our ward singing pumpkin carols and taking them a bag of potatoes. It was a nice to do some service to those who can't get out or who are struggling and the faces on some of the families were worth it. 

Once we got done with the service we did head back to our YW president's house and had treats and a mini party. Everyone was all dressed up (I mean what is pumpkin caroling without a little costume??). Everyone had fun and got full on many disgusting looking (but really yummy) treats/food.

Click HERE for a word doc with some pumpkin carols and HERE to be taken to the Kitty Litter Cake post (we served this to our girls that was rather comical).

Hope your Old Hallow's Eve is a real scream! Be safe!!!!

Also be sure to check out my next post about some super easy candle light decorations we had on the food table and we took caroling!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

PPW: 10/26

So here is my first progress report for PPW. I have to be honest with you all,  I have not hit my goal with the reading. I posted last week that I should be in Heleman chapter 11 today and I am only in Alma chapter 5. I am a little disappointed in my self for that but I know that I can meet my goal come our YWIE. 

I also need to report that I am still working on Faith value #1 and unfortinately I have not completed Faith value #3 but I have completed the following: Diving Nature #1, Individual Worth #1, Knowledge #1 and tomorrow I will have completed Knowledge #2. I am also going to meet with my YW president and see if my working on camp stuff will count towards a value project based on unity. 

So there is my progress report. I am still in hopes that I will pass of my faith value experiences by then and also my book of mormon reading. How is every one else doing? Remember if you wanna link up and share your progress that would be great! I have also created a button that you can post on your blog that will link back up with my Personal Progress Wednesday (PPW)!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

2012 Binder Cover

Here is the first of what I hope will be a few different binder covers that goes with the 2012 mutual theme.

Right click and save for jpg or click HERE for pdf download


So I just mailed out our invitations to our girls and leaders (both on the ward and stake level). Thought I would share with you what our invite/flyer looks like. 

If you would like to use this as something for one of your events, email me at and let me know and I will personalize it for your particular ward or event. Right now this is not an editable file, sorry! 

The flyer it self was printed on bright green paper (called vulcan green) I tried to take a picture of it but it turned out yellow =(

Marriage Standards

Here is the handout for lesson 36 from the Young Women Manual 3 for Marriage Standards. One of my clever leaders came up with this idea (as a book mark) and I just adapted to what you see down below. 

As most of us are aware, the church has created a resource manual for each of the lessons so that there is current words from our leaders that benefit the girls we teach today. One of the talks that was listed that our leader used was a talk given by Elder Hales (which you can find HERE). I thought that this was a clever way to relate the path that our young women are on to head towards the temple. If they don't know where they want to go now and start making the choices that are needed to help them get there, then like the Cheshire Cat says, it doesn't matter which way you go. Enjoy!!
Click HERE for PDF download set of 4

Monday, October 24, 2011

Finally a Video

Finally a video has been made for this great story from Elder Cook's talk. I loved this story when I first heard Elder Cook give it and loved it even more when it became the basis for our stake yw leadership training (you can see that post HERE).

Please take a minute to listen and watch this amazing video if you havent already!

Click HERE for link to be taken directly to the website! Enjoy!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Preparing A Talk

So last night our Beehive adviser gave a really good mini lesson to our girls about how to prepare a talk. She took her notes from the current (October 2011) New Era and Ensign. 

Here is what she did.  She prepared several treat bags that were filled with candy and a piece of note book paper along with small piece of paper (the girls could not open these bags when they got it). She then proceeded to ask questions based on things she had went over. 

Once everyone had a bag she allowed them to open them where, on the small sheet of paper, was a topic for a talk. The girls then had 10-15 mins to prepare a 2 min or so talk. We showed the girls how to use the scripture, FSOY, True to the Faith books and other resources. 

It was really good practice for the girls. Once they had prepared their talk they had to get up and deliver it for all of us.  They did really well for being "put on the spot." Such great sports. They also were able to pass of a PP goal (Knowledge #4).

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Personal Progress Wednesday!!

So here is my first progress report for Personal Progress Wednesday (PPW):
I am currently working on my Virtue Value Project: Reading the Book of Mormon. 

This is the only thing that is holding me back from earning my gold ribbon in two weeks (I really want the book mark!). I started this project back in November 2010 and since that time (up until a few weeks ago, I was stuck in the first few chapters of 1 Nephi. 

I made my self a goal to earn that gold ribbon by our YWIE night and I am going to hit it. I have 12 days to do it in (that way I can have it done by the last Sunday of the month to report on my progress) which means from the place that I left off in my reading I have to read 34 pages a day or 16 chapters. Yeah I know that is a lot but I know I can do it. Especially if I have any more nights like last night and couldn't sleep until 4 in the morning.

Right now I am in the middle of Jacob chapter 5 which means that I should be reading Helaman chapter 11 when I check back in with you next Wednesday. Yikes! That is a lot but you know what I can do it. I know what you are thinking, how can you possibly learn anything by reading that fast through the Book of Mormon. Well, I have learned a lot in just the few books that I have read and have been able to apply stories and teaching to my life. (Soon there will be a post in the next day or two to show case one of my analogies...ok it might be a common one but hey...I will take it).

Other than the Virtue value project, I am working on the Faith value experiences value 1 and 3 ( I already completed #2). So this is my project and goal. I hope to have at least experience #3 passed off by the next PPW. 

My Journey and Challenge

With our YWIE coming soon upon us, I have given much thought to my own personal progress. I will admit that I have been rather relaxed in completing values and the value projects. As soon as I got busy with camp, personal progress just kind of fell to the wayside and then school started up and yeah, its like a snowball rolling down a hill. 

This got me thinking a little bit. I want to be an example to the girls that I have been called to lead and teach and this nagging thought has always been in the back of mind telling me that how could I expect my young women to work and complete personal progress goals if I myself am not working towards my YW medallion. It comes down simply as this: I can't. 

So I have decided that I am going to hold myself accountable and challenge myself to post on this blog my progress (and journey through this really wonderful program). I am asking that you, my fellow readers...for I know you are out there, that you hold me accountable. If I slack I want YOU to tell me to be better.

So here is my plan: I am going to commit myself to work on personal progress (at least one goal a week). Then I am going to use Wednesday as my day to check in with all of you and blog about my progress (either my success or failure...I am going to bear myself to you all). We are going to call this Personal Progress Wednesday (its the day that I do all my YW stuff...such as mutual).

Welcome to the County Fair...

Or rather the YW Excellence Fair! Just got back from a presidency meeting where we began planning our YWIE night (2 weeks away....yeah I know what you are thinking and I agree...). This year we have focused on planting valuable seeds and since its the fall we are harvesting those seeds so we thought having a "county fair" themed night would be fun. Complete with games and sounds like it will be a fun night...I will be sharing my ideas as I prep for my part of it (which is media...or rather more of the publicity and signage stuff along with the games) So keep an eye out for future posts (and pictures if I remember to take my camera this time!)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Modesty Statement

This statement and photo has been circulating around the net for some time now but I have felt inspired to post it on my blog as a reminder on how important modesty is and the effects it has on everyone. While I don't often agree with some of the things Emma Watson has done, I have to commend her on this statement she has made concerning modesty:
"I find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. If I do an interview with photographs people desperately want to change me - dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe. Then there’s the choice of clothes. I know everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt. But that’s not me. I feel uncomfortable. I’d never go out in a mini-skirt. It’s nothing to do with protecting the Hermione image. I wouldn’t do that. Personally, I don’t actually think it’s even that sexy. What’s sexy about saying, ‘I’m here with my boobs out and a short skirt, have a look at everything I’ve got?’ My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder." - Emma Watson

LDS Young Women: Planning with a Purpose

Here is a great post that I saw on Vickie Hacking's blog that I just had to share with all of you. I think it is a great reminder for all of us to really remember why we were called and what our goal is as a YW leader. Enjoy!

LDS Young Women: Planning with a Purpose: We all know that we are called as Young Women leaders - not to entertain these girls, but to teach them. Sometimes we forget that our mid-w...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Great Video...

I just saw this in a news letter from Jenny Philips that would go great with either lessons 35 or 36...check it out if you haven't already!

Let's talk about dating....

Hello everyone...sorry for the delay...everything seems to be working just fine now...what a crazy weekend it has been. So I am finally posting some of lesson 35 from the YW Manual 3 handouts that I used for my lesson (still working on one...road signs are giving me a lil trouble but hopefully that will be up soon). 

To being my lesson I brought in some cookies for an object lesson. Now these were not just any cookies. They were my favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies. This recipe makes a huge amount of cookies (like 12 dozen depending on size) so I took a about a 1/4 of the dough and I added half a bottle of curry...followed by half a bottle of cumin, then, not to be out done, I added 1/4 to a 1/2 cup of salt. Yes, I intentionally meant to do this!  Of course I then added some chocolate/white chips to it. 
 Don't these cookies look YUMMY?!? Guess was a good thing I had some glasses and water near by. The looks that my fellow leaders and the girls had were priceless!!! I have been dubbed mean and am no longer trusted with food in my lessons (see the peanut lesson on consecration and sacrifice.. 28 i think).

These cookies were made into an analogy of dating...some guys look good on the outside but on the inside..they are not so great or there are a lot of "cookies" in the world...some good and some bad....which one do you hope to find?

So for some things that I used for my lesson, I used a picture that was circulating a lot on the net lately and came from sugardoodle with the saying "if this ain't your ain't my prince" and of course the castle being the temple.

Another resource I used was the mormon messages for youth "Chastity: what are the limits?"  For handouts I used a road map (which is the one I hope to have up soon), a talk given by a former bishop in our area (Click HERE for word doc.) and then I gave them a bag with a good cookie that had a treat topper with the saying what kind of cookie do you want?
Click HERE for pdf-4 to a sheet

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sorry for delay....

Been having some internet connection issues so I am posting from my that is why there is nothing new. Will try again forties and hope to have better luck.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

One Of Those Days....

Did you ever have one of those days (OK weeks) when you are trying to put together a lesson that you have to teach THIS coming Sunday? This is where I am...I have to teach the lesson on Dating Decisions...I have been preparing for weeks and have been praying for inspiration but alas I have felt blank. We have only a few girls who are of the age to date and the rest of them are just newly Mia Maids or Beehives (we are a small group so we all meet together). So I am trying to figure out how to bridge that cap so that it is beneficial for everyone who is there. *Sigh* 

Any ideas from those of you that have already taught this lesson? 

*UPDATE* I have finally come up with a handout idea...will be posting it tonight (as soon as I get it created...i have it drawn up just not ready). I am also going to give my girls a handout that I was given when I was in YW's so I don't have a copy of it to share but I will type of the signs that are on it (its a road map) and create a pdf of it as well....Oh and I have also decided to include the article from the additional resource manual of the talk in the Liahona titled "Advice on Dating for Young Women" bu the YW General Presidency...

So I am off to a good start but still am drawing a blank as to my outline...*sigh*

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fun Idea

I just have to share this idea that I found on sugardoodle while I was surfing for some ideas on personal progres (since that is what we are doing for our mutual activity tonight). Anyway, I saw this idea and I am so wanting to make one (at least for myself) since I bought my first sewing machine. *Gasp!* Yes, I can I be a young women's leader and not know how to sew, right? Unfortinately it is true...but I am hoping that since I am now the proud owner of one, I will put it to good use and this idea is perfect for me!

So what is this idea you ask? Its a personal progress book cover...or really can find this idea and directions HERE.

So I finally made my personal progress book cover and here is what it looks like (the outside fabric is glittery...that is why it looks like there is a bunch of white stuff on it!)

Friday, September 30, 2011

Subway Art...YW Values

I tried my hand at creating a piece of Subway Art...

I used Picnik to create it. Click HERE for download jpeg or you can right click on the image above and save as.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

"13th Night"

As promised from the short little blurb that I wrote last night from my phone, I am posting the details of last nights mutual activity.
The theme for the night was Being in the World but Not of the World or simply known as the "13th Night." 

We started out with the girls all repeating this years mutual theme, the 13th Article of Faith. Our idea for the nights activity was on the last words of "if there is anything virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things" and Elder Oaks talk on Pornography (which can be found HERE).

We had our stake president come in and talk to the girls, he is also a professional counselor and has had experience in the effects that pornography causes, plus our girls really responded well to him when he talked at girls camp. 

We had the girls and leaders sit in a circle so it was a little more intimate and so the girls would feel comfortable asking questions or making comments. Our stake president started off with some points that he liked in Elder Oaks talk and then proceeded with some current statistics which are and were quite alarming....for example if we took all the money that is spent on pornography we we could fix the national debt with in weeks. Considering there is about $180,000,000.00 spent in 60 minutes on the filth. Scary isn't it? He also mentioned that one in seven females get solicited. Even scarier!! 

He also brought up some great stories from the scriptures to drive his point. He used the story of David and Bathsheba (how thoughts turn into actions and so forth) and then he talked about Joseph and Potifer's wife (sorry if I spelled those name wrongs) and how Joseph knew what was wrong and how he made a commitment to avoid the temptations. 

We talked a little from our discussions how thoughts and being modest affect the young men that our young women associate with.  How being strong and committed to doing what is right can help them if they found themselves in a situation that would compromise their virtue when on dates or what not. The girls made a lot of great points and it made it for a great night to address some concerns and issues that our youth are being forced to deal with in the world that they live in.