Category Archives: Youth

5 INVITATIONS TO PREPARE FOR THE 2020 BICENTENNIAL GENERAL CONFERENCE

 

Our Prophet has “INVITED” us to do 5 specific things to help us PREPARE for the Bicentennial General Conference in April. When we discovered that most people in our ward did NOT know what President Nelson has requested us to do to get prepared, we went to work and created a way to show them the Prophet’s requests. We decided to print up each of his requests and make them into beautiful invitations. We then printed up stickers to be placed on their accompanying envelope that said, “An Invitation From President Russell M. Nelson” and placed all of his requests inside an envelope, one envelope for each member of our YSA RS and Elder’s Quorum.

Design Your Own Plan for General Conference Study

Next, we held a special Sunday School meeting called “A Kick-Off to the Restoration” – and we passed out these special invites to the class. We read through the invitations as a group and focused on the invitation where the Prophet asked us to “Design Your Own Plan to Get Immersed in the Restoration.” We then passed out a worksheet which we called Design Your Own Plan and we brainstormed on the whiteboard ideas to help them get immersed which they could write on their worksheets.

*As leaders, we observed that when our ward members were in charge of designing their “own plans” and brainstorming ideas, they were more excited about getting prepared than if we had told them what to do to prepare. Our ward loved this special meeting. We heard that several members went and made copies of the invitations to pass out to their friends and family! They also have been coming and telling us on Sundays that they have been accomplishing the goals they made on their planning sheet!

Kit for Bicentennial General Conference Preparation

KIT CONTENTS: This instant download printable kit comes with a lesson, worksheets, thematic prints and the invites that you can use for YOUTH lessons, for FHE, or RS. We love helping you ACT UPON the Invitations of our Prophet!

We loved seeing the faces on our YSA members as they opened their “invitations from the Prophet.” It just made it special and unforgettable! A fun idea would be to have a special “RESTORATION FAMILY DINNER” and to have an invite at each of your place settings so each member of your family gets to open their own invitations and feels “INVITED!”

PS. The invites also make for a beautiful “Ministering gift” to give to those you are assigned to. So perfect as the Restoration is on everyone’s minds!

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Teaching Teens about the Priesthood and Priesthood Keys

The ‘Come Follow Me’ lessons in June focus on helping teens understand the Priesthood and Priesthood Keys. This can be a tricky topic to teach because it is a huge area and it’s hard to find ways to break it down into small, weekly lessons.

In this video, I share a few of my favorite object lessons that teach about keys and about the Priesthood. Hopefully it will help you stimulate great discussions and find ways to help the kids in your class understand and relate to this core principle of the gospel.

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Maria Eckersley is a graphic designer and stay-at-home mom of six. You can find more of her teaching tips on her site, MeckMom.com and her YouTube channel Maria Eckersley.

 

 

Teaching Teens About Personal Revelation

Most teens (and many adults) struggle with understanding personal revelation. It’s one of those tricky topics that can actually make us feel inadequate and disconnected from our Father in Heaven, rather than closer. This teaching tip focuses on helping teens understand what the Holy Ghost prompts us to do/become…rather than just how it feels.

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You can find the links to the scriptures I mention below:

Galatians 5:22 – The Fruit of the Spirit…

D&C 11:12 – Trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good…

Mosiah 3:19 – For the natural man is an enemy to God…

Moroni 7:16 – Everything which inviteth to do good and to persuade you to believe…

The quote about fleeting thought is from President Eyring’s April 2016 Conference Address, Trust in That Spirit Which Leadeth to Do Good. It’s a beautiful address and you should hear every word of it! Here’s the link to the full talk. The quote I refer to is listed below.

“The Lord said, “And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good—yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit” (D&C 11:12).

You may have received that blessing tonight. For instance, a name or a face of someone in need may have come to your mind during this meeting. It could have been only a fleeting thought, but because of what you heard tonight, you will pray about it, trusting that God will lead you to do the good He wants for them. As such prayers become a pattern in your life, you and others will be changed for the better.”

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Maria Eckersley is a graphic designer and stay-at-home mom of six. You can find more of her teaching tips on her site, MeckMom.com and her YouTube channel Maria Eckersley.

#PRINCEofPEACE Infinity Card Mutual Activity

Sharing the gospel online can be a daunting task for teenagers. I created these quick and easy scripture-sharing infinity cards to help the Young Women in our ward share the #PRINCEofPEACE message.

MeckMom #PRINCEofPEACE Infinity Card

The cards are created with a simple piece of paper and scissors so they’re easy to put together in a big group. They’re also great for church activities because they can be recorded and shared without showing any faces. Click the video below to get all the details.

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The construction process is really easy. Check out the video below to get all the assembly tips.

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I tested this simple activity in my sister’s ward in Alpine, UT and the kids loved it. I took the first 10 min to talk about the effect of the #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign on the Church. You can find some cool stat about that here.

Most of them had posted something about #LIGHTtheWORLD during the Christmas season. I asked them how they felt about sharing the gospel via social media and then told them about the upcoming video #PRINCEofPEACE. The Easter video is focused on 8 peace-making principles taught during the Savior’s ministry: Faith, God’s Word, Compassion, Gratitude, Prayer, Forgiveness, Repentance, and Hope.

We chatted about how the scriptures can teach us about all of those principles and can bring us peace during turbulent times. I challenged them to choose a scripture that had brought them peace at some point in their lives and share it on their social media feeds during the Easter season.

We then took the next 30 minutes crafting our cards. Once everyone had the hang of things and had added their favorite scripture, we took turns recording them to our phones. By the end of the hour, every teenager had a cool, 15-second, shareable video saved to their phones and a reminder on their calendar to post them during the week before Easter.

MeckMom Infinity Card Scripture

The kids were enthusiastic and entertained. They came up with so many cool ideas on how to make their videos unique. Some of them changed the background, others flipped their cards in unison, some even came up with grand plans to make a giant card and film it with a drone. 🙂 The night was easy, fun and full of purpose. If you’re looking for a simple way to bring a little fun to your next mutual night, I hope you’ll give it a try. You can find this free printable (and dozens of others) on my site, MeckMom.com, by clicking here.