Early one Saturday morning in March I snapped this shot of the Kansas City Missouri Temple with the moon hanging low over it…
New Beginnings Peace in Christ 2018
We used this year’s Mutual theme D & C 19:23 “Peace In Christ” for our New Beginnings theme. Where can we turn for peace, where do we go to find Christ? For some it is in prayer, for others they turn to the scriptures. Other people seek solace by going to a special quiet place, like a garden. Gardens have played a special role in the history of mankind. The Garden of Eden was man’s first home given to him from God. It is also where the fall occurred. Interestingly enough, Christ’s atonement also took place in a garden, the Garden of Gethsemane. So two of the greatest events in the history of mankind took place in a garden. Another great event took place in a grove of trees, when Joseph Smith prayed to seek the answers he sought. The Sacred Grove is a garden of trees.
Gardens have been where some of the most spiritual events in our history have occurred. So we decided to use the garden theme for our NEW BEGINNINGS theme this year.
Four of the Young Women gave a “quiz” about the Young Women’s Program and Personal Progress and then went through the answers with everyone. We used the quiz idea from the website: The Red Headed Hostess. Three of the Young Women gave talks “Where Can I Turn For Peace.”
At the end of the program each girl received a white rose, necklace and pens with the mutual theme. (Necklaces were from the Etsy shop templesquares and the pens with mutual theme were from LatterDayPrintables.)
Our program: (our cover and posters in the room were from the shop Westwillow on Etsy.
Young Women’s theme (from the shop PixellePress on Etsy).
After our program it was time for our garden party complete with white hats and gloves (everyone received their own white hat and gloves).
We sipped lemonade from cups and saucers
And of course all the proper tiny desserts! (Petit fours, macarons and macaroons, tiny brownies, cream puffs, tiny cinnamon rolls, mini muffins, shortcake and berries, shortbread cookies, madeleines, transfer chocolates with shortbread inside, kourabiedes, mini lemon and lime bars, pineapple cookies, sugar cookies with wafer paper, fruit, and finger sandwiches).
Our walls were covered in flowers!
Photos were taken of each girl with the rose background.
Our invitations were pop-up flowers sent out with vintage flowered stamps.
Christmas Stories Advent #1
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 #1 (.pdf format)
AND here is another set of advent stories #2
Here is the index of set two of Christmas stories:
Download these stories here:
Christmas Story Advent #2 Part A (.pdf format)
Christmas Stories Advent #2 Part B (.pdf format)
Independence Missouri Mormon Visitor’s Center Christmas Tree Decorating
I again had the privilege of decorating the downstairs Christmas tree at the Mormon Visitor’s Center in Independence Missouri.
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)