Apr 26, 2012

Modest Prom Dresses

That is where it is at.

Look at the glow these young women have...

They are beautiful

and pure

inside and out.

...and it shows

Personal Progress

Ideas, tips, and inspiration for Personal Progress coming soon.

For Such a Time As This

We were born at this time because we're supposed to be here NOW!

We were all foreordained to a specific mission or missions here on this earth. It is our responsibility to find out what that is and try our best to fulfill it.

We are all " Esther-like". What is our time? How can we seize our opportunities for strength and greatness?

There is only one way: to depend on the Lord and trust Him. He will lead us and guide us through our lives.

He will write a story for our lives, better than anything we could even come close to on our own. As we do this, our lives will continually surprise us as we realize over and over again that we are capable of being and doing so much more than we ever realized.

Having Faith

 Faith is being willing to trust God

Turning your hopes and
problems over to Him
and trusting in His wisdom

Knowing that somehow
everything will turn out for the best
and no matter how difficult
of dark things become,
there is always a light.

Choosing Missions

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's talk, We are All Enlisted, from October Conference was a call for young men to serve missions and be worthy to do so.

"From every man, young and old, who bears the priesthood, I ask for a stronger and more devoted voice … a voice for good, a voice for the gospel, a voice for God."-Elder Holland

A young woman I know recently started being interested in a young man who has not left on a mission yet. He is handsome and looks the part, is 19, but is not interested in serving a mission at this time.

He is "waiting" to see if that is what he wants to do. We definitely don't want missionaries out in the field who are not worthy to be there. But I am hearing this a lot from the young men. They are waiting to see if that is "what they want to do." Thankfully, they usually end up going. But their whole attitude concerns me.

I don't have any sons, so obviously I haven't dealt with this first hand. But I do have brothers, nephews, friends, and neighbors, and have been a missionary myself. That is a head-scratcher to me. I don't get the lack of commitment and the "I don't have to do anything I don't want to do" attitude.

We need to be preparing these young men with the expectations that this is what they have been commanded to do by a prophet of God.

Youth need to be exposed to spiritual experiences, where they can feel the spirit and strengthen their faith and testimony on a regular basis. That desire to go is not going to just happen on it's own. They need exposure to the Spirit.

I don't mean to be harsh, but I also don't understand the mothers who are almost afraid to bring up the subject with their sons. They want it to be their son's decision. They stand back and wait to see if their sons decide to go or not. In my opinion, I think a more pro-active, high expectation approach needs to be taken. We need young men serving missions and preparing for this long before the time comes and parents who expect them to do so.
We had a general authority speak to us at one of our Regional conferences and he mentioned the fact that a mission experience is irreplaceable in so many ways. He said, " It would take a person 40 years outside the mission to learn what a missionary learns in 2 years on his mission."
40 years!
A mission is an irreplacable experience that can't be duplicated.
We need young men choosing missions.

Christ the Real Gift of Christmas

"The gift of Christmas isn't wrapped up in presents or parties. The gift of Christmas is Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten of the Father, the Son of God. As you follow Him, you put people first. You may spend less time in lines and more time serving others. You may spend less money on - and more time with - the people you love. You may lose yourself and you may find everything else that matters."
(Christ: The Real Gift of Christmas Go check out this website from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)


Toilet Paper Roll Pillow Boxes

These were a big hit as a Christmas gift for our Laurels.  I added some special wrapped chocolate inside each box.

This is a craft using none other than TOILET PAPER ROLLS.
I am not kidding. They are so cute and so....affordable. Start saving your rolls!!

You can use scrap-book paper to dress it up or leave it with-out

Although these look a little wider than toilet paper rolls....
the idea is still there of what you can do to make it look cute

I am thinking....this might be a cute something for my Laurels for Christmas. I am not sure what to put in it...maybe some candy, or a picture, or a quote...etc.

Here is my attempt at it:

To make these all you need is:

toilet paper roll
paper cut to 10 1/2 X 14 cm
any accessories

Feasting Upon the Scriptures

2 Nephi 9:51 Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.

If you think about feasting, you probably have visions of a great Thanksgiving-type meal with everything you love to eat before you. You don't just take a nibbling of food and be done. NO-you feast!

Most of us probably eat too much at these holiday meals. We fill up on turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, salads, veggie trays ,sweet potatoes, rolls etc. As we are feasting, we are having this wonderful experience with the food on our plate. It tastes so good! Our taste-buds are dancing with delight. There is a part of us that doesn't want it to end. We'll ask Aunt Helen "how did you make these delicious rolls? They are so soft and buttery!" We go on and on fully engaged and partaking of this feast before us.

After a while, we then fill up on the fatness mentioned in the scripture above. And oh how we love that part of the holidays! We love the pies and desserts.

This is feasting. This feels good to the soul to be able to indulge like this physically every so often.

After we physically feast on food, our stomachs eventually empty, and we want it all over again. Although the meal is momentarily satisfying, it is not eternally lasting.

The Lord says, "...come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not"

We are reminded that a true feast, is a spiritual one.
John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the abread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never bthirst.

Interesting that the Lord uses the word FEAST when talking about reading and studying the scriptures. He could have said read, glance over,flip through, skim, apprehend, or learn. Instead he used the word FEAST, which conjures up all kinds of emotions, visuals, and meaning inside us. Being mortal, we love to eat.

As we were discussing this verse in Sunday School, it really made me ponder..

Where is my scripture reading at?
Do I feast?

Faith as an Anchor

A must read talk {Faith an Anchor to the Soul} by Brad and Wendee Wilcox
In Ether 12:4 we read: “Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for
a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith,
maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast,
always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.”

Packets of Light Activity

I love it when there is a General Conference talk that makes a great Sunday lesson AND a good weekday Young Women's activity. Elder Richard G. Scott's talk from October 2011 conference is just that talk. See {The Power of Scripture}

For our activity we used this super cute idea for value crayons from Kristen at Inkablinka.com: Value Crayons

We also bought our girls these pocket-size Book of Mormons. They were $4 a piece. That was a little pricey for one activity since we have 10 Laurels, but so worth it! This is something we wanted to sink in deep.

We then made a list to be glued in the inside of their Book of Mormon. This is a list taken from Elder Scott's talk and converted to be qualities of a best friend-how the scriptures can be their best friend. {Click here} to download the glue-in list or create your own.

I then spent some time looking up a couple of scriptures under each of those categories that they could mark in their scriptures. {Click here} for that list or create your own. My girls complained that the scriptures were not in chronological order on the page. So that is my disclaimer! I was in a hurry when I did it.

I just really really loved this activity. It had such a great purpose. I recommend it!

Packets of Light: YW Lesson

Standing as Witnesses

What does it look like to stand as witnesses?

It looks like this ... a group of young women pausing to offer a prayer before running in a High School Cross-country race, not worrying what it may look like, or what others might think. Instead, they turn to the Lord to recieve the strength and faith to run their best race, knowing in whom they trust, that He will be with them in this race just as He is in their individual lives.

and this...

Our High School Homecoming dance fell on the same weekend as General Conference.

What- to- do?

Should the young men just "skip" the priesthood session of conference for the homecoming date???

Not with this group of youth!

They just simplified their date.

The Young Women insisted that their dates attend the priesthood session of conference first. They arranged for them to go to the stake center closest to our house. All the girls in the group got ready at one house so after priesthood session, the young men could pick up everyone at the same place and save time.

While the young men were being instructed my prophets and apostles, the young women were getting all beautiful for the dance.

and it looks like this...

Melinda Smith Photography

After last General Conference when Elder Bednar gave {this talk} about the youth doing family history, this 17 year old decided to try it out. She not only tried it out, but has fallen in love with it.

Since October conference, (6 months ago), she has researched, and found hundreds and hundreds of her ancestor's family names. She has prepared all of the names to recieve their temple ordinance. She has had the joy of going to the temple and participating in baptisms for the dead. She has also coordinated and arranged for the other temple ordinances to be done by family members as well as members of her ward.

She loves to work in the Family History library and says she feels strengthened by her ancestors. She knows they are with her encouraging her to keep going.

This, is what it means and looks like

to stand as witnesses!

Missionary Service Activity


I love a great Sister Missionary! They are spiritually powerful and so awesome!

For our Laurel Activity this week we chose to do a Missionary Service Activity

It was basically a night to write the missionaries...spiced up a bit!

If you have ever sat down with Young Women and said, "We are going to write the missionaries" ...they are eager to do it....if they knew what to say...or what to write! That part of the activity can take 20 minutes if you stretch it! The letters are short and that is with them talking the whole time. : )

So before writing...we did some role-playing to see what it is like to be a Sister Missionary.

This of coarse is a very shortened, zip-through, but they get a small idea.

To prepare go to {lds.org/Menu/Service/Missionary Service} There on the left side bar is a list of links. Click on Dress & Grooming. It is full of pictures and information on how to dress, how to do your hair, and even how to put on make-up. It is excellent!!

I wish they had that information when I went on my mission!

This is an excellent issue FULL of how to prepare yourself to serve a full-time mission. You can use all kinds of ideas while preparing for this activity.

The brain-child for this activity idea came from {A Little Tipsy} She inspired me with all of her cute ideas. Go see what she did! I used several of her ideas and added my own.

Station 1: Preparing to Serve a Mission:

I typed up a sheet of random questions for the YW to answer. They were cut into strips and placed in a bowl. Each YW read one. The questions came out of my reading the lds.org missionary site, and the New Era magazine above. Here is a sampling:
  • Can Sister Missionaries wear jewelry?
  • What materials do missionaries use to teach the gospel?
  • How can you prepare spiritually to serve a mission?
  • What kind of dresses do Sister Missionaries wear?
After discussing and answering those question, each YW has to search and look up a scripture on missionary service & explain how that verse inspires or helps prepare a missionary to serve.

I was so impressed with what they found on their own. These are Laurels and are students of Seminary and they know the scriptures pretty well.

Station 2: Receiving the Call

It would have been really cool to have given the YW a pretend-real missionary call and a pretend tag...but I found this out:

". Recently Church members have been counseled to not have children pretend to receive callings as full-time missionaries or wear pretend missionary name tags {Sharing Time, Let Your Light Shine, The Friend, October 1999}
I assume the reason behind that is that the missionary calls and tags that have the Church name on them are sacred. The text on the tags is copyrighted. They also symbolize someone who has been proved themselves worthy to represent Jesus Christ for 18 months or 2 years. The missionary call is signed by the prophet himself. In the scriptures it tells us to not trifle with sacred things.

So I gave the YW a letter (all the same) that essentially said "You are going on a mission!" I then let the YW choose where they wanted to go. With a small sticker, they placed their sticker on a map.

We had a basket of scarves and jackets for them to put on to "dress like a Sister Missionary"

Station 3: MTC Receiving a Companion:

With 2 of each number, they drew a number out of a bowl, then had to find the other person with that same number. That was their companion.

Station 4: Learning a Language:

As companions, they were given a list of sentences or phrases to learn to say in another language.

  • I know that God lives
  • The Book of Mormon is the word of God
  • Good Morning
  • Thank-you very much
  • Is your Mother home?
Station 5: Teaching a Discussion:

As companions they had to each other a gospel principle.

Station 6: Flying to their Mission:

With an X on the floor with duct tape, the YW had to make a paper air-plane. They then flew their airplane trying to hit the X on the floor.

Writing the missionaries

We then took a few minutes to write a letter to one of the missionaries in our ward.

We Can Clearly See Between Right and Wrong: YW in Excellence


To end our year of The 13th Article of Faith we chose a black and white theme to go perfectly with the theme:

We Can Clearly See Between Right and Wrong

We called one of our YW advisors to be a program specialist, helping us out with planning New Beginnings and YW in Excellence. She is an amazing decorator, as you can tell!

  • zebra cakes
  • white chocolate dipped oreos
  • chocolate cupcakes with white frosting
  • white/ black gum balls {they were left-over from a wedding}

  • Sunday best for everyone. Leaders in all black and white to emphasize the theme
    This was our table{before anyone showed up} for the YW to display what they had accompished over the year in Personal Progress

    • Sunglasses
    Our program outline

    Skit: Shades of Grey- performed by the young women --this was originally a camp skit. We thought it would be cute for an opening in our New Beginnings.

    It is hard to clearly see between right and wrong sometimes. In Isaiah 5:20 it says:
    20 ¶Woe unto them that call aevil bgood, and good evil; that put cdarkness for dlight, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
    I love this skit and how it demonstrates what is going on in our world today. It talked about things that are white, those that are black, and those areas that are grey.

    Sometimes that is called "the gray area" [Define what is the grey area] It is that area where nothing is completely wrong and nothing is completely right. [Refer to Lehi's Dream and the mists of darkness] Satan wants us to believe that many of our commandments and gospel standards are grey area---and we can each choose how we want to follow and how we want to obey those.

    How blessed we are to have the gospel, righteous parents, good friends, prayer, the Holy Ghost, scriptures, personal revelation, and living apostles and prophets to lead the way.

    With the Lord there are no grey areas. We are for Him, or we are not. He asks us to serve him with all our hearts, might and minds.

    "Anything that does not draw us closer to God takes us away from Him. We have no middle ground, no foggy gray area where we can sin a little without suffering spiritual decline." [Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Spiritual Bonfires of Testimony" Ensign 1992, 34]
    The 13th Article of Faith makes it clear what we believe and is a reminder that the Lord's standards are clear and that there is no gray area to Him.

    13 aWe believe in being bhonest, true, cchaste, dbenevolent, virtuous, and in doing egood to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we fhope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to gendure all things. If there is anything hvirtuous, ilovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
    Seek means to search or discover and is an active word. We do not sit and wait for some-thin good to happen. We are actively choosing the right.

    I love this quote:
    "Place me behind prison walls-walls of stone ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground--there is a possibility that in some way or another I may be able to escape, but stand me on the floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of that circle. No, never! I'd die first" [Karl G. Maeser]
    What are our convictions like?

    In our Personal Progress book under the value of Choice and Accountability we are reminded of the scripture, Joshua 24:15

    "Choose you this day whom ye will serve, but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord."
    Making choices is part of our Heavenly Father's plan for us. Agency or the ability to make our own choices is one of God's greatest gifts to His children. HOW we use our agency will determine the outcome of our lives. With each choice is a consequence that cannot be separated from it.

    Value Experience #1 teaches that a daughter of God can make wise decisions and solve problems. It points the YW to establishing a pattern of regular scripture study and prayer to aid them in receiving the help they need to make personal decisions.

    See {Gospel Outcomes}

    The Holy Ghost will help each YW to make correct choices as she strives for and lives worthy of it constant companionship.

    Close with the young women singing We Believe by Jenny Phillips

    Thanks to Jennyphillips.com for all of her inspiration and ideas.
     The Black and White theme idea came from her.

    Finding Joy in our Divine Potential

    Young Women Lesson 5, Manuel 1
    The Lesson Manuel suggests this:
    Invite an exemplary sister to speak to the young women about the joy of being a woman.
    Introduce the special speaker and explain that today the young women will be learning of their divine potential and the joy that comes from being a daughter of God. Tell them that they may ask questions and make comments after the speaker finishes [Lesson 5, Manuel 1]

    In trying to come up with that "perfect speaker, or exemplary woman" I felt there was no one better than Margaret D. Nadauld

    For this lesson, I used her talk, The Joy of Womanhood, Ensign October 2000.

    This is another talk easily and beautifully transferred over to young women. Every place where you see "woman" or "womanhood" replace it with "young woman" or "young womanhood" It is another perfect fit. {see Young Women Who Know }

    Let the Young Women listen and watch this talk, then go over the important principles afterward, emphasizing and inserting young women where ever there is woman. They will hear it twice, and it will sink in as you teach it.

    Start of with your own testimony of being a daughter of God
    "It is a remarkable blessing to be a daughter of God today. We have the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are blessed to have the priesthood restored to the earth. We are led by a prophet of God who holds all of the priesthood keys. I love and honor President Gordon B. Hinckley and all of our brethren who bear the priesthood worthily."

    We live in a wonderful time and there is a purpose and mission for each of our lives

    "I am inspired by the lives of good and faithful women. From the beginning of time the Lord has placed significant trust in them. He has sent us to earth for such a time as this to perform a grand and glorious mission. The Doctrine and Covenants teaches, “Even before they were born, they, with many others, received their first lessons in the world of spirits and were prepared to come forth in the due time of the Lord to labor in his vineyard for the salvation of the souls of men” (D&C 138:56). What a wonderful vision that gives us of our purpose on earth."

    The Lord has high expectations for each of us
    "Where much is given, much is required. Our Heavenly Father asks His daughters to walk in virtue, to live in righteousness so that we can fulfill our life’s mission and His purposes. He wants us to be successful, and He will help us as we seek His help."

    The Family: A Proclamation to the World
    "That [young]women were born into this earth female was determined long before mortal birth, as were the divine differences of male and female. I love the clarity of the teachings of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve in the proclamation on the family, where they state, “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”1 From that statement we are taught that every girl was feminine and female in spirit long before her mortal birth.
    God sent women to earth with some qualities in extra capacity. In speaking to young women, President Faust observed that femininity “is the divine adornment of humanity. It finds expression in your … capacity to love, your spirituality, delicacy, radiance, sensitivity, creativity, charm, graciousness, gentleness, dignity, and quiet strength. It is manifest differently in each girl or woman, but each … possesses it. Femininity is part of your inner beauty.”2

    "Our outward appearance is a reflection of what we are on the inside. Our lives reflect that for which we seek. And if with all our hearts we truly seek to know the Savior and to be more like Him, we shall be, for He is our divine, eternal Brother. But He is more than that. He is our precious Savior, our dear Redeemer. We ask with Alma of old, “Have ye received his image in your countenances?” (Alma 5:14)."

    "You can recognize [young]women who are grateful to be a daughter of God by their outward appearance. These [young]women understand their stewardship over their bodies and treat them with dignity. They care for their bodies as they would a holy temple, for they understand the Lord’s teaching: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16). Women who love God would never abuse or deface a temple with graffiti. Nor would they throw open the doors of that holy, dedicated edifice and invite the world to look on. How even more sacred is the body, for it was not made by man. It was formed by God. We are the stewards, the keepers of the cleanliness and purity with which it came from heaven. “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1 Cor. 3:17).

    Grateful daughters of God guard their bodies carefully, for they know they are the wellspring of life and they reverence life. They don’t uncover their bodies to find favor with the world. They walk in modesty to be in favor with their Father in Heaven. For they know He loves them dearly."

    "You can recognize [young]women who are grateful to be a daughter of God by their attitude. They know that the errand of angels is given to women, and they desire to be on God’s errand to love His children and minister to them, to teach them the doctrines of salvation, to call them to repentance, to save them in perilous circumstances, to guide them in the performance of His work, to deliver His messages.3 They understand that they can bless their Father’s children in their homes and neighborhoods and beyond. Women who are grateful to be daughters of God bring glory to His name."

    You can recognize [young]women who are grateful to be a daughter of God by their abilities. They fulfill their divine potential and magnify their God-given gifts. They are capable, strong [young]women who bless families, serve others, and understand that “the glory of God is intelligence” (D&C 93:36). They are [young]women who embrace enduring virtues in order to be all that our Father needs them to be. The prophet Jacob spoke of some of those virtues when he said their “feelings are exceedingly tender and chaste and delicate before God, which thing is pleasing unto God” (Jacob 2:7).

    "You can recognize [young]women who are grateful to be a daughter of God by their reverence for motherhood. In those circumstances, their righteous influence can be a blessing in the lives of children they love. Their exemplary teachings can echo the voice of a faithful home and resonate truth in the hearts of children who need another witness.
    Grateful daughters of God love Him and teach their children to love Him without reservation and without resentment. They are like the mothers of Helaman’s youthful army, who had such great faith and “had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them” (Alma 56:47).

    Copy this quote off and create a handout for your YW to take home

    "[Young]Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough [young]women who are tough; we need [young]women who are tender. There are enough [young]women who are coarse; we need [young]women who are kind. There are enough [young]women who are rude; we need [young]women who are refined. We have enough [young]women of fame and fortune; we need more [young]women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity."

    Always remember what President Hinckley said,

    “Only after the earth had been formed, after the day had been separated from the night, after the waters had been divided from the land, after vegetation and animal life had been created, and after man had been placed on the earth, was woman created; and only then was the work pronounced complete and good.”5

    Young women please understand all that you are and must be, all that you were prepared to be in royal courts on high by God Himself.

    Following "The Son"

    This weeks Young Women Lesson is
    Following the Example of Jesus Christ

    We decided to make this lesson one of our Joint YW lessons that we teach monthly. In trying to decide how to best approach this lesson I felt to use the example of the sunflower as a symbol of following "The SON-Jesus Christ" As the sunflowers follow the sun as part of their creation.
    Here's my lesson:

    I want to tell you today about Sunflowers. As a young girl, my Dad would grow Sunflowers in our garden. They are such interesting plants as they start as a simple seed, but as they grow they seem to have this great purpose about them.
    One is to grow sunflower seeds, and the other is to “Follow the Sun”
    Did you know when a Sunflower is young it follows the sun. In the morning it faces the East, and by Sunset it is facing the West. Everyday, it seeks the sunlight and faces towards it so that it can soak up the most light. As the sunflower matures it stays firm and steadfast in the direction where it receives the most light. As it receives light it grow and progresses becoming brighter and brighter and producing wonderful 'fruit' called sunflower seeds. If plants don’t receive light, they wither and die.
    Discussion: Now how can we compare ourselves to a sunflower?
    • What light do we need to grow and progress? [The Savior is our light. We need to turn our faces towards Him. We need Him. Without His light in our lives everyday, we will suffer. We won’t grow and progress to become like Him. ]

    Chalkboard & yw participation:What are some of the things we must do in order to be filled with this light of "the SON" --the Son of God? Use these quotes to hand out to the YW. See {Light and Growth, Lynn A. Mickelson, Sept. 2004 Ensign}

    We must have faith in the Lord. The prophet Alma compares the word of God to a seed and challenges us to begin with a desire to believe; then, when the seed begins to sprout in our hearts, our understanding will be enlightened and our faith will grow (see Alma 32:27–30). Faith opens the windows of our hearts to the light of Christ and chases darkness from us. As our faith increases, we grow toward the light, and our capacity to receive that light is magnified (see D&C 50:24).

    We must pray. The Lord’s instructions are explicit: we must ask, seek, and knock to receive the promises He has made to us . Any great outpouring of light has always been given in answer to prayer. The Nephites experienced this when the Savior visited them: “And it came to pass that Jesus blessed them as they did pray unto him; and his countenance did smile upon them, and the light of his countenance did shine upon them, and behold they were as white as the countenance and also the garments of Jesus; and behold the whiteness thereof did exceed all the whiteness, yea, even there could be nothing upon earth so white as the whiteness thereof” (3 Ne. 19:25). Daily prayer keeps our eye single to His glory and facing toward the light.
    We must repent of our sins. Sin limits light. As we follow the counsel of the Lord and repent of our sins, we open the way for the infusion of light.

    We must keep covenants The covenant of baptism by water is a prerequisite to receiving the light that accompanies the gift of the Holy Ghost. Each week we may renew this sacred covenant as we partake of the sacrament, thereby increasing our access to the Savior’s light.
    We must look to our patriarchal blessings. Our patriarchal blessings can be a significant source of light. We must seek the light that the Lord has personally promised each of us and live up to the heritage to which we have been called.
    Follow the Prophet
    We must follow the prophet. As we follow the prophet, we can enjoy blessings similar to that which the children of Israel were given: “And the Lord went before them … to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light” (Ex. 13:21). The prophet reflects the light of the Lord, which can guide us as we travel along our mortal journey.
    Read our scriptures: Scriptures are like {packets of light} that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high. They can become the key to open the channel to communion with our Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. –Elder Richard G. Scott,{The Power of Scripture}

    Discussion" The Sunflower produces seeds that can be enjoyed by all. What could the seeds represent in our lives as we follow Jesus Christ? Write on the chalk board

    Have the Young Women look up the following Scriptures:
    2 Nephi 31:10 And he said unto the children of men: aFollow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, can we bfollow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father?
    3 Nephi 27:27 And know ye that aye shall be bjudges of this people, according to the judgment which I shall give unto you, which shall be just. Therefore, what cmanner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even das I am.
    John 13:15 For I have given you an aexample, that ye should do as I have done to you.
    Moroni 7: 48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, apray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true bfollowers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall cbe like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be dpurified even as he is pure. Amen.
    As we partake of the sacrament every Sunday we are reminded to follow the example of Jesus Christ, but it is sometimes easy to become distracted by worldly influences throughout the week.

    Group discussion: What can we do to follow Christ’s example all week long?
    What can we do to influence our friends, family, and others to better follow the Savior’s
    You are My Hands
    (President Uchtodorf, May 2010 Ensign)
    "A story is told that during the bombing of a city in World War II, a large statue of Jesus Christ was severely damaged. When the townspeople found the statue among the rubble, they mourned because it had been a beloved symbol of their faith and of God’s presence in their lives.
    Experts were able to repair most of the statue, but its hands had been damaged so severely that they could not be restored. Some suggested that they hire a sculptor to make new hands, but others wanted to leave it as it was—a permanent reminder of the tragedy of war. Ultimately, the statue remained without hands. However, the people of the city added on the base of the statue of Jesus Christ a sign with these words: “You are my hands.”
    As we emulate His perfect example, our hands can become His hands; our eyes, His eyes; our heart, His heart.
    May we all become the Savior's hands, eyes, and heart as we follow Him I promise you that as we expose our lives to greater light, we will continue to grow spiritually, and the light within us will grow “brighter and brighter until the perfect day” (D&C 50:24).
    Bear Testimony.

    This is the handout I used.
    Learn from the sunflower-
    Follow the light that the Savior provides.
    Gain strength from Him and His teachings.
    Stand firm in your convictions.
    Share His light with others.
    Follow ‘The Son’