When the LDS Church published Joseph Smith’s journals, I read them from cover to cover, thinking that it would be a profound spiritual experience to study the life of our founding Prophet. The things I found in his personal accounts were disturbing, confusing, and highly contradictory to modern church teachings. I could not maintain my integrity while also continuing to teach the specious modern narrative of Joseph Smith’s life to these precious girls. So, in June 2017, I resigned from my calling with a very heavy heart. I am still willing to post new activity ideas from whoever wants to contribute. I appreciate your compassion and understanding in this matter.
There are several ways to help the older girls complete these Faith in God achievements without devoting an entire activity, such as a short spiritual thought, a “homework assignment” to report back the next week, or a combined activity with the Beehives. Keep in mind that the Activity Days program is a team effort, so if you feel it’s best for your group, it’s perfectly okay to ask the parents to help their child do this section at home. Please note that unlike the pages that deal with the first three requirements, some of these activities are repeated on other pages.
For the star colors, green = completely planned, blue = link to another site, red = just an idea.
A MEANS THE COST IS LESS THAN 25 CENTS PER KID!
“After studying the thirteenth article of faith, make a list of things that are uplifting and virtuous. Discuss with a parent or leader how you can seek after these things.”
We Seek After These Things
Seek After These Things —–
“Talk with the beehive class presidency or a member of the Young Women presidency about the purpose and importance of the Young Women program.”
Do a podcast interview with the Beehive Presidency.
Invite the Beehives to come to a recognition night to support future Beehives and invite them to talk briefly about how the Faith in God program prepared them for the Young Women program.
Stephanie Jensen Olsen has the girls make a dream list of things they would like to learn more about, that they share with the Beehive leader. This helps out the Beehive leaders, too, because it gives them ideas on activities to plan for the future!
“Write in your journal how you can serve the Lord as you stand for truth and righteousness.”
Have some sisters from your ward come and talk about what journal writing means to them, and read some entries they or their ancestors have written.
“Read D&C 88:77–80, 118 and D&C 130:19. Discuss with a parent or Primary leader how important a good education is and how it can help strengthen your home and family and in the Church.”
Read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”Make a list of things you can do to help strengthen your family and make a happy home. Share the list with your parents or Primary leader.”
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Rebecca van Uitert contributes: “To prepare for conducting in YW we have the girls take turns conducting the Activity Day opening exercises. We have a half page printout where the girl conducting fills in the prayer, song, A of F, etc. We try to have them fill it out in advance but it often gets completed just a few minutes before the activity starts. They stand at the podium and call everyone to order and announce the program.”
Have your group do a combined activity with the Young Women twice a year (once when they are in charge, once when you are in charge). Each time we make sure to take 5-10 minutes to fulfill at least one of the requirements in the booklet together as a group, before moving on to the rest of the activity.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed ideas to this website. Please contribute your ideas, too! We are stronger when we work together.