Thursday, March 26, 2009

Seneca Lake Work Project..

What a FUN day! Thank you everyone who came to make the Seneca Lake Girls Camp. We had 140 families, youth, leaders, parents and YSA work so hard on several important projects. cleaning cabins, clearing trails, cleaning the waterfront, spring cleaning and camp planning. It was such a fun day and we are so grateful for everyone's support of this work day...

Thank you, thank you!!!
What a beautiful place. We love the Taylors and all that they have done for us and do for our stakes. You can really feel the spirit when you drive onto the land at the camp. It is a wonderful place to go.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Global Youth Service Day...

Be a part of a worldwide day of service and plan something in your ward or branch!

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Remember your divine potential....

Our Dear Young Friends:

You are blessed and favored of our Heavenly Father to be alive today. The world is full of beauty and opportunities—greater than any other period in the history of mankind. These special years of preparation will be filled with discovery, seeking, finding, growing, stretching, reaching, and learning of God’s plan and what he expects from you, his daughter.The same world is full of ugliness and evil influences. You will be challenged, tempted, thwarted, and attacked in every way by the plans and persuasions of the adversary.Our Heavenly Father knows all this and knows you. He has confidence and faith that you will use these years of preparation in being an obedient child of God who can be molded and shaped for the special mission and destiny he would have you fill. Pray always, know your Savior Jesus Christ, study the scriptures, and think of specific ways you can apply the teachings in your life. Live to be worthy of the blessings of the priesthood, be happy, and walk tall with joy and thanksgiving in the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.You are surrounded by many who love you and want to protect and guide you—friends, your class officers, adult leaders, your bishopric, your parents and family, and above all Jesus Christ and your Father in Heaven.May we be included among those who care and love you very much. We pray always that you will be blessed and strengthened in your preparation to live with your Father in Heaven again, for he has invited “all to come unto Christ” (D&C 20:59) “and be perfected in him” (Moroni 10:32).

Young Women General Presidency

Sunday, March 15, 2009

day of faith...

What a great way to talk about our faith and to simply answer questions about being a Mormon.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New Beginnings Program

Marion from Geneseo:
New Beginnings 2009
I sent out invitations about a month ahead of time. I handed them out to the girls and also mailed them to the parents.I had it on a Wednesday night from 6:30pm to about 8:30pm. Was one of our Mutual activities and the girls all helped in planning it. They each had duties to do such as set up and clean up.I based it on all the PP values and there colors. I had found on Mormon a idea for a program it was based on different women of the Bible, Book Of Mormon and of the Church. Each girl got to pick a color to represent and the value that went along with it. Then they each had a story about a significant women such as Emma Smith, Ruth, Sarah etc. which they read during the presentation. The also wore a shirt in the value color they were representing for that women and told what the value means to them. I had each of the YW leaders give a talk about parts of the YW theme. The first part then the girls did there readings when it came to the values and then a talk for the part after values and about temples and eternal families. I invited the Bishop to welcome the new beehives in and also invited them and there families too. One of the up and coming Beehives also did value reading and color. :) I also had the new and up coming Beehives fill out a sheet about getting to know them and read that at the presentation too.
The decorations very simple and all the leaders sat in the front of the room. Two tables were decorated with table runners of the PP colors. And I taped the meaning of each value to the colors. I had handouts of the YW theme and A packet put together for the new Beehives that had a PP book, information packet on YWs. And had bookmarks for all the girls that had the YW theme on it with ribbons of all the colors for the tassel.
I think it was a great program because the girls helped out and felt really proud of what they had done and were excited to welcome in the new girls. It was fun to help put together. The Spirit was there and the talks and skits went well. We had a great evening, and to top it all off we had snacks and cake.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Little ugly notebook!!!!

Thanks Geneseo YW leaders
(the picture is not a great example of "the ugly little notebook" but you can find one that has three copies...)

To encourage YW to complete Personal Progress
To help parents get involved and encourage their YW
To follow up with YW frequently about their progress
Buy a notebook that has three paper copies:
Leader keeps original
Give one copy to YW
Last copy to the parent
Meet one on one weekly during the sunday lesson
Write down the value goal the YW is starting or working on
WHEN she will complete it...
* Decide on whether the leader will email or call or check in at mutual--write it down and pass out the copies.
Then FOLLOW up with the YW and pass those Personal Progress goals off.
Once the YW get moving and signing them off the momentuem will keep them pushing forward.
Thanks Geneseo-great idea!


What personal progress value are you working on???

I just finished two faith projects: #4 & 6. Next I am going to start on the new Virtue value #1. I am really excited for these new projects.

Since starting over I have gained a stronger testimony of the importance and commitment we need to complete Personal Progress. We talk about personal progress so often, plan activities around it and encourage, encourage.
Why is that?
I know that I am still learning, growing and changing into the woman of God that my Heavenly Father wants me to be. Personal Progress leads me to the temple and completing each goal helps me step by step to commit to keeping the covenants that I made there. I am so grateful for these experiences because they help all of us become the daughter of God that we were created to be.

"I will prepare to enter the temple and remain pure and worthy. My thoughts and actions will be based on high moral standards."

Who do you want to be in 5 years?
Is personal progress helping you become that person?