Christmas Stories Advent
I have done this lesson more than once and each time have used a different set of Christmas stories.
Here is the index of one set of Christmas stories:
Download these stories here:
Christmas Story Advent (.pdf format)
AND here is another set of advent stories
Here is the index of set two of Christmas stories:
Download these stories here:
Christmas Story Advent Part A (.pdf format)
Christmas Stories Advent Part B (.pdf format)
KC1 Progress News…
Young Women in Excellence Special News Broadcast
Welcome to when the news was really news and news broadcasters were among some of the most trusted people in America! Walter Cronkite, news broadcaster, for two decades brought Americans their nightly news and he was the most trusted man in America…Kennedy’s assassination, landing on the moon etc. (See this CNN report).
We took our Young Women in Excellence Program back to that era and awarded our awards and reported personal progress in the style when news was really news and it was watched by everyone AND it was absolutely the truth! Welcome to our special broadcast of KC1 Progress news…
“Special invited guests” were greeted at the door with an official press pass and program:
KC1 Progress News Official Press Pass (.doc format)
KC1 Progress News Official Press Pass (.pdf format)
KC1 Progress News Press Release Program (.doc format)
KC1 Progress News Press Release Program (.pdf format)
With sound clips of the news programs of the sixties broadcast a news program full of reports of our YW receiving awards this year, a brief history of the Personal Progress program in our ward and a report and video of each value and even a commercial break using a “Homefront” commercial of the church from the eighties our anchors gave a very special broadcast of the YW Personal Progress program. The anchors were the only “live” reports. All other “reports” were pre-recorded.
Videos used for each value were:
INTRODUCTION OF PERSONAL PROGRESS: “BLESSINGS OF PERSONAL PROGRESS”
FAITH: “GOOD THINGS TO COME”
DIVINE NATURE: “FOR MADISON”
INDIVIDUAL WORTH: “OUR TRUE IDENTITY”
KNOWLEDGE: “OUR TRUE IDENTITY”
COMMERCIAL BREAK: HOMEFRONT “THE FENCE”
CHOICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY: “LEAVE THE PARTY”
GOOD WORKS: “DAYTON’S LEGS”
INTEGRITY: “HONESTY YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT”
VIRTUE: “SANCTIFY YOURSELVES”
Old Sound Bite: CBS News 1969
CBS News America Tonight #1
CBS News America Tonight #2
Sound Bite: Vintage Telephone Ringing:
THE SPECIAL BROADCAST SCRIPT:
KC1 Progress News YWIE SCRIPT (.doc format)
KC1 Progress News YWIE SCRIPT (.pdf format)
New Room Archives
The archives included a display of the history of the Young Women’s Program in the church and a wide array of “artifacts.” Artifacts consisted of a collection of old Mutual manuals, Personal Progress Books with Medallions, Camp Manuals through the decades and camp awards, For the Strength of Youth Booklets from its early days throughout its history, early Young Women Journals, New Eras Etc. There were bandlos, spirit of the beehive manual and awards, Treasure of Truth and a Beehive scrapbook from the 50’s.
Box Lunches were served in the “KC1 Newsroom Lunch Room”. Box Lunches included a sandwich, chips, and apple and a cookie.
The invitation was an official “Press Release” and was sent in a mailing tube:
Download Official Press Pass here:
KC1 Progress News Official Press Release Invitation (.doc format)
KC1 Progress News Official Press Release Invitation (.pdf format)
KC1 Progress News logo (.pdf format)
KC1 Progress News Logo POSTER size (.pdf format)
Holy Ghost…set your dial!
From Henry’s baptism:
MY OLD AM RADIO: AN ANALOGY FOR THE HOLY GHOST
I grew up in Price, Utah. It is about 120 miles from Salt Lake City. Price is a coal mining town. People came from all over the world to Price because of the coal mines. This influx of Greek, Italian, Eastern European, Mexican, Japanese and other ethnic groups made Price one of Utah’s most culturally complex and diverse communities. As I was growing up, Price was the only town in Utah that was not predominantly Mormon. We felt this made Price very unique.
Price is high in the mountains, over a mile high, and somewhat isolated.
During the 1960’s, as I was growing up, Price was only about 6,000 people. Even though Price was small, it was the biggest town for miles around. Provo was the closest town of any size and it was about 70 miles away. The road from Price to Provo was a narrow, winding, mountain canyon road. The summit was often closed in the winter due to snow and winds. It was a treacherous drive even in the best of weather. That mountain road is no longer used but even the newer one is still considered one of the most dangerous roads in the country.
This all made Price, especially at times, a pretty isolated place.
We had one radio station in Price. The station’s call letters were KOAL (naturally since it was a coal mining town). It was the only station in that part of the state.
Because it was the only radio station, KOAL would try and please its diverse listening audience with a wide mix of programs and music. Paul Harvey came on every day at noon. Western music and rock ‘n roll music would play co-mingled, in no special order. And then a news broadcast would be sprinkled here and there. It had a little bit of everything.
Every teenager in the 60’s had a radio, a small transistor one, with very limited capabilities. And if you were lucky, you had a bigger better radio you could listen to at home. I had one. It was an AM radio. The large dial on the radio was the tuning dial. The dial was turned very slowly and carefully to tune to the radio station. You had to get it just right or you would get a lot of static. But once you hit that exact spot it came in loud and clear.
Normally an AM signal, which is an amplitude signal, can travel perhaps up to 200 miles if there is no interference or noise. But just about everything interferes with an AM signal; power lines, auto ignition, fluorescent lights, motors, electronic equipment, even a thunderstorm. If you are old enough to remember listening to AM radio, you remember how easily a station would become full of static.
This was the era when rock and roll was king. And as unbelievable as it might seem, due to the strangest fluke of science and nature, all the teenagers of Price could tune in every night to rock and roll. And it was ALL Rock and Roll, no western music, no Paul Harvey, no news, just the latest Rock and Roll hits. It was not by listening to our one and only radio station, KOAL in Price Utah. We were listening to a radio station being broadcast from, of all places, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! That radio station was KOMA,1520 on your radio dial. We could tune in every night no matter the season and no matter the weather. However, the signal only reached us in the evening and at night.
Oklahoma City was over a 1000 miles away and at an elevation thousands of feet lower than Price, Utah. Somehow the radio signals from KOMA bounced and skipped around and ricocheted through the Rocky Mountains in precisely a way which allowed a radio signal from Oklahoma City to come in loud and clear in Price. As teenagers in Price, we didn’t question this miraculous fluke of radio signals and nature.
For the teenagers of Price, it was our gift, we felt as if we had our own personal radio station.
We would send our high school announcements to KOMA. Those announcements were about our high school’s upcoming events; i.e. homecoming, or prom etc. We were absolutely thrilled when we heard our high school’s name and our announcements! It never occurred to us most people would have to pay for their advertising time on the airways. The executives at KOMA must have been so astounded to have a listening audience tucked far away in the Utah mountains that they put the announcements on the air at no charge. Maybe they considered us a public service announcement? But, it was instant communication with all the teenagers in Price, Utah.
Now if you think about it, this is kind of how the Holy Ghost works. It is a gift given to us at confirmation, we receive the “gift” of the Holy Ghost. This gift acts much like that signal from Oklahoma, it is a signal that we can tune into. It is our gift given to us by a loving Heavenly Father. And IF we follow this signal it is our beacon that will lead us back to him.
We just have to make sure we tune into exactly the right spot. We have to make sure our internal dials are set so that we can listen to the whisperings of the Holy Ghost loud and clear.
As a teenager, I could only listen to KOMA at night. However, with the Holy Ghost we can have a constant “signal” (the constant companionship) of the Holy Ghost. We can have the promptings of the Holy Ghost any time night or day. This is our little miracle, given to us when we are confirmed.
Just as there are many things that create static while listening to an AM radio, if we are not careful we can create static in our lives which makes it difficult to listen to the Holy Ghost. It is up to us to make sure we make the right choices to stay close to the spirit so that we will be able to tune in and listen to those messages from the Holy Ghost free and clear of all static.
It is seemingly impossible for a radio signal to reach Price, Utah from Oklahoma City. It also might seem impossible for the Holy Ghost to reach us at all times. But the Holy Ghost has the ability to bounce and skip around all the worldly interferences. It can come to us in seemingly impossible circumstances. It can be there for us at all times. The Holy Ghost will help us, comfort us, guide us and testify to us.
As high schoolers, we felt we received personal announcements from KOMA regarding our High School events, even though the radio station was broadcasting to thousands of listeners. The Holy Ghost can give us personal “announcements”. The Holy Ghost will help us personally.
Everyone’s life is full of challenges. We will face all kinds of storms in life. The road of life is not an easy road to travel in fact it may be very treacherous like the narrow, winding canyon road from Price to Provo. We need the guidance of the Holy Ghost to be with us on the road of life.
Sometimes we may feel isolated and alone, but with the Holy Ghost as our constant companion we will not be alone.
The Holy Ghost is there for us if will tune our dials to listen to its message. If we so choose, it will be our personal constant companion that will guide us back to our Heavenly Father. We just need to tune in.
RADIO: Holy Ghost Analogy (.doc format)
RADIO: Holy Ghost Analogy (.pdf format)
Download a picture of THE radio: Picture of THE old AM Radio
Eight is Great…Henry gets baptized!
His THEME: Charting Life’s Course and Staying Anchored in Life
Staying Anchored in Life
Charting Life’s Course
Edible nautical wafer papers from Fancy Flours.