Johnny Lingo-8 Cow
(Personal Progress Values)
For a mutual activity we had a Johnny Lingo activity (and how to become 8 cow woman) and it was a hugh hit! The activity was planned so each girl would be able to accomplish completing the value experiences found in the Personal Progress book under individual worth. First we watched the original Johnny Lingo movie (see below)**. After watching the movie, each girl received a flower lei, a shell lei with a clip, a flower for their hair and sunglasses. She was also given a black folder with a chart stapled on the front, (the chart had the 8 stations on it) and a pencil decorated with cow spots on it. We had eight stations set up with activities that coordinated with the individual worth value experiences found in the Personal Progress book. At each station the girl could complete the activity, mark off her tracking chart with a “cow” sticker, attach a cow to the clip on her shell lei and get a “cow candy”. I have included links to everything so it can be downloaded and used!
Our eight stations included:
1. “Holy” Cow
“Daughter of Heavenly Father”
2. Divine “Cow” girls
“Our divinely based worth”
3. “Cow” path
“Your unique mission”
“Your family history”
6. Cash “Cow”
7. “Moo”chas gracias
8. “Udderly” beautiful
The chart used by each girl to track her progress:
Stickers were placed on chart after each activity was completed.
And at each station when activity was completed a “cow” was received to put on the shell lei (clip):
STATION ONE: Holy “Cow”
“Daughter of Heavenly Father”
Station One: Holy “Cow”, “Daughter of Heavenly Father”. Activity for Station One: Station 1 activity (pdf format) or Station 1 Activity (.doc format-look in your download folder)
There were six scriptures which needed to be read for this activity. The scriptures were available to read. Psalms 8: 4-6
Scriptures used at station 1:
(1) Psalms 8: 4-6 (.pdf format)Psalms 8: 4-6 (.doc format-look in download folder). (2) Jeremiah 1: 5 (.pdf format) Jeremiah 1: 5 (.doc format-look in download folder). (3) John 13:34 (.pdf format) John 13:34 (.doc format-look in download folder).(4) D&C 18:10 (.pdf format) Cow 1Doctrine (.doc format-look in download folder). (5) Abraham 3: 22-23 (.pdf format) Abraham 3: 22-23 (.doc format-look in download folder).
(6) Joseph Smith History 1: 1-20 (.pdf format) Joseph Smith History 1: 1-20 (.doc format-look in download folder).
The sign for Station One:
Station One Sign Cow Station 1 Sign (.pdf format) or Cow Station 1 Sign (.doc format-look in download folder) The station signs were all mounted on black cardstock paper and laminated. Paint sticks were painted to look like cow spots. Velcro was used to attach sticks to sign. The signs were stuck in “cow” cups-(see picture) and black aquarium gravel was used to hold the sign.
STATION TWO: Divine “Cow”-girls
“Our Divinely Based Worth”
Station Two: Divine “Cow”-girls!, “Our Divinely Based Worth”. Activity for Station Two:
Station 2 Activity- questionnaire (.pdf format) or Station 2 Activity- questionnaire (.doc format-look in download folder). Answers: ANSWERS to questions (.pdf format) or ANSWERS to questions (.doc format-look in download folder).
Ensign article used at Station 2:
The sign for Station Two:
STATION THREE: “Cow” Path!
Station Three: “Cow” path!, “Patriarchal”.
Activity for Station Three:
ARTICLES NEEDED FOR ACTIVITY AT STATION THREE
Article “About Patriarchal Blessings” (.pdf format) or Article “About Patriarchal Blessings”Cow 3 article About Patriarchal Blessings (.doc format-look in download folder).
The sign for Station Three:
STATION FOUR: “Cow”-a-bunga!
“Your unique mission”
Station Four: “Cow”-a-bunga!, “Your unique mission”.
Activity for Station Four:
Scripture needed to be used with Activity 4: D&C 88:119.
The sign for Station Four:
STATION FIVE: Gene”Cow”logy!
“Your Family History“
Station Five: Gene”Cow”logy!, “Your unique history”.
Activity for Station Five:
Personal History Page and Pedigree Page needed for activity Station 5:
Activity 5 Personal History Page (.pdf format)
The sign for Station Four:
STATION SIX: Cash “Cow”
Station Six: Cash “Cow”!, “Unique gifts”.
Activity for Station Six:
There were five scriptures which needed to be read for this activity. The scriptures were available to read. 1 Corinthians 12: 4-12
Scriptures used at Station Six:
The sign for Station Six:
STATION SEVEN: “Mooo” chas Gracias
“Saying Thank You”
Station Seven: “Mooo” chas Gracias!, “Saying Thank You”. Activity for Station Seven:
There were two scriptures which needed to be read for this activity. The scriptures were available to read. D&C 18:10:
Scriptures used at Station Seven:
Two Thank-you notes for Station Seven (cut in two) :
Black envelops for the thank you notes were also provided.
The sign for Station Seven:
STATION EIGHT: “Udderly” Beautiful!
Station Eight: “Udderly” Beautiful!, “Reflections”.
Activity for Station Eight:
The sign for Station Eight:
At each station had a reward for the young woman when she completed the activity. She received cow candy. At two of the stations they also received a cow button.
Station One: Black Cow Candy
Station Two: Cow Pies
Station Three: Cow Tales- Vanilla
Station Four: Gummy Cows and a Cow Button
Station Five: Skinny Cows and a Cow Button
Station Six: Cow Tales-Chocolate
Station Seven: Moo Chews
Station Eight: Udder Fingers
Instruction Sheet for activity:
How the Johnny Lingo Activity Correlates with Personal Progress Individual Worth:
(orange highlights-parts of value experience not completed in Johnny Lingo activity).
We also had a refreshment luau table at the end of the activity which included fruit kabobs, individual sized upside down pineapple cake, Hawaiian punch, and Island Way Sorbet (from Costco-they come in individual sizes and the sorbet is served in original fruit)
Our invitation (printed on 4 x 6 photo paper):
Each girl received a certification button that she was an eight cow woman upon completion of all eight stations. The button:
Two inch buttons were made:
At two of the stations in addition to the “cow” candy the girls received a cow button.
cow head button (.pdf format)
cow button (.pdf format)**Johnny Lingo is a short film produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was based on a story by Patricia McGerr inWoman’s Day. At about half hour in length, it does not mention the LDS Church, but illuminates many of its teachings, such as kindness toward others and self-worth, and takes digs at measuring oneself against material things. In the story, Johnny Lingo (played by Makee K. Blaisdell) is a shrewd, but honest and well-liked Polynesian trader. It is actually told from the perspective of a Caucasian shopkeeper, Mr. Harris (played by Francis Urry). Lingo has come to one island to bargain for a wife. Mahana (played by Naomi Kahoilua), the young woman he desires, is considered by her neighbors and even her father to be of little value, sullen, ugly and undesirable. As the bargaining is about to begin, women of the island brag to each other of how many cows their husbands had given for each of them, and comment that Mahana’s father will be lucky to see one cow as Lingo’s offer. The counselor advises Mahana’s father to ask for three cows so that finally, Moki (Mahana’s father, played by Joseph Ah Quin) will at least get one cow. The bargaining begins and as the counselor suggested Moki asked Johnny Lingo three cows. Islanders laugh derisively, then wait for Lingo to make his counter-offer, certain that he will make a devastating bargain. Lingo, considering, says that three cows are many… “But not enough for my Mahana!” He then offers the unheard-of price of eight cows for her hand in marriage. The next day, the villagers gather at the house of Mahana’s father to see the completion of the deal. Some of the islanders say that Lingo reconsidered his deal and would not show up. But Lingo brings the cows and subsequently marries Mahana that night, enduring some derision for a deal that many believe to be foolish, while Moki revels in his newfound prosperity. He and Mahana then leave the island on a trading trip.
When they come back, Harris discovers, to his astonishment, that Mahana is a beautiful, happy woman. Even Mahana’s father began accusing Johnny Lingo of cheating him by giving only eight cows for a girl truly worth ten cows. Johnny, her proud husband, had proved to her that her true worth had nothing to do with what others saw, but only what she truly was.
He had made the best bargain of all — a few cows for a life with the woman that he loved.
**Watch the original Johnny Lingo movie:
The link to the movie on YouTube.
For other great Mutual Activity ideas click on the following links:
Other Young Women events:
Standards Night 2013 “2 ‘Bee’ Holy”
Standards Night 2014: Molly Mormon Standards on Trial
New Beginnings 2014: “Come Unto Christ”
New Beginnings 2013: “Stand In Holy Places”
Young Women in Excellence 2013: “Sweet is the Work of Personal Progress”
A visit with Emma Smith