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.
Girls may see the boys in cub scouts, and their older siblings, getting much higher praise for their programs than they do in Activity Days. The lack of more frequent recognition built into the LDS Faith in God program means that we need to brainstorm ways to pick up the slack. Ask your Bishopric or Primary Leaders what you can do to increase recognition for your kids’ hard work.
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!
Faith in God – Gold Locket Award
High Achievers Program
“Royal Daughters of God” Banners
Sister Medera paints canning jar or frozen juice lids, punches a hole and attaches a ribbon. She awards these “medals” to each girl individually as soon as they have passed off the required six for the year, and then lets them add a pony bead to the ribbon for each additional activity past these six that they do during that year. The next year she makes new medals every year and the girls are always excited to see what the design/theme is for the next year!
Keeping Track of Progress
Just take a picture at each activity – you will know who attended and can also make a slide show of them for Recognition Night!
STAKE ACTIVITY CAMP
Armor of God (you could also use some Ideas from The Friend, learn Sword Technique)
80s Theme (Wear 80s clothes, learn some 80s hairstyles and dances, Family Feud A of F game show, cassette tape craft, eat pop rocks)
All Ball (Discuss Hinckley’s “Don’t Drop the Ball,” learn a variety of ball sports,round lunch items, make popcorn balls, learn ballroom dance)
Architects of Our Own Happiness (discuss this talk, learn the Science of Happiness, explore a career in Architecture, do a construction-related team building activity)
I Can Make a Difference – choose a variety of projects from Serving Others and watch some videos about girls their age making a difference.
Learn about children in pioneer times and think about how they can be a pioneer.
“Olaf In Summer” (Frozen) ideas!
Video Game Theme (Angry Birds live game, lesson on “Be Your Own Hero” [rather than the hapless Princess Daisy or Zelda that always need saving])
Trying to Be Like Jesus (Learn fishing, woodworking, eat food from Ancient Roman times, learn what “be like Jesus” means to us in everyday life)
Thanks to everyone who has contributed ideas to this website. Please contribute your ideas, too! We are stronger when we work together.