Monday, January 12, 2015

Come Unto Me - January (The Godhead)- Who am I, and who can I become?

I've been struggling a bit to get into the routine and flow of things to teach my little class of beehives.  Here's the number one lesson I've learned:  I can't teach YW the way I taught RS.  I find myself fumbling a teensy bit to shift into the YW-led teaching, and relating things but I am finding my way slowly.  I don't know if it is just that I spent almost 20 years in Primary then jumped into Relief Society but never touched the in-between.  I find myself wanting to be a better teacher and connect with these sweet girls better - so that's my goal!  I think my biggest hurdle will be learning to teach to just 2-4 girls since that's what I have in my class (who are active).

Prior to going in to our YW classes during Sunday School class this week we discussed the role of Mary, mother of Jesus.  We talked about how young she was and how connected to her Father in Heaven she must have been in order to respond the way she did to the angel Gabriel's news that she would be the mother of the Savior (Luke 1:26-28).  I felt prompted to use this at the beginning of my lesson to get the girls to relate to the scriptures - she was a young woman, not much older than them and because she knew who she was and what her purpose was here on earth, she was able to accept and then magnify her efforts to praise the Lord and help others see His greatness.

I used several excerpts from the following suggested talks:
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Your Happily Ever After,” Ensign, May 2010, 124–27
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Living the Gospel Joyful,” Ensign, Nov. 2014, 120–23
D. Todd Christofferson, “The Moral Force of Women,” Ensign, Nov. 2013, 29–32
I asked the girls the golden questions:
1.  who are you?
2.  what do you want to become?
3.  who can you become?

Each girl had a different outlook - one responded that she was just a girl, and another that she was a daughter and a friend.  I thought this was interesting so we talked about what the world view of who they are was.  We talked about the things that showed us the world's viewpoint (media, tv, music, pictures, etc.)

we played this video  “Our True Identity”

Then I asked if the girls believed what Pres. Uchtdorf said.  The response was interesting as mostly they knew Heavenly Father loved them in a general sense of "we are his children"  but none of them have had a defining moment that they knew Heavenly Father loved them individually, knew their name and thought of them.

we read and discussed the scriptures Luke 15:4–6, 11–32John 3:16D&C 18:10–15  - that tell us the worth of souls is great.

We read this section titled "The Gospel is the way to happily ever after" from Pres. Uchtdorf's talk:
I understand that, at times, some may wonder why they attend Church meetings or why it is so important to read the scriptures regularly or pray to our Heavenly Father daily. Here is my answer: You do these things because they are part of God’s path for you. And that path will take you to your “happily ever after” destination.
“Happily ever after” is not something found only in fairy tales. You can have it! It is available for you! But you must follow your Heavenly Father’s map.
Sisters, please embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ! Learn to love your Heavenly Father with all your heart, might, and mind. Fill your souls with virtue, and love goodness. Always strive to bring out the best in yourself and others.
Learn to accept and act upon the Young Women values. Live the standards in For the Strength of Youth. These standards guide and direct you to your “happily ever after.” Living these standards will prepare you to make sacred covenants in the temple and establish your own legacy of goodness in your individual circumstances. “Stand … in holy places, and be not moved,” 5 regardless of temptations or difficulties. I promise you that future generations will be grateful for you and praise your name for your courage and faithfulness during this crucial time of your life.
My dear young sisters—you who stand for truth and righteousness, you who seek goodness, you who have entered the waters of baptism and walk in the ways of the Lord—our Father in Heaven has promised that you will “mount up with wings as eagles; [you] shall run, and not be weary; and [you] shall walk, and not faint.” 6 You “shall not be deceived.” 7 God will bless and prosper you. 8 “The gates of hell shall not prevail against you; … and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory.” 9
Sisters, we love you. We pray for you. Be strong and of good courage. You are truly royal spirit daughters of Almighty God. You are princesses, destined to become queens. Your own wondrous story has already begun. Your “once upon a time” is now.
As an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, I leave you my blessing and give you a promise that as you accept and live the values and principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, “[you] will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.” 10 And the day will come when you turn the final pages of your own glorious story; there you will read and experience the fulfillment of those blessed and wonderful words: “And they lived happily ever after.” Of this I testify in the holy name of Jesus Christ, amen.
we finished by taking a few moments to write a letter to themselves of things they want to become the strong amazing women they wanted to be.  I encouraged them to list goals they want to achieve and choices they would need to make in order to accomplish them.

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