Thursday, November 3, 2016

We can be Grateful

"Everyone's situation is different, and the details of each life are unique.  Nevertheless, I have learned that there is something that would take away the bitterness that may come into our lives.  There is one thing we can do to make life sweeter, more joyful, more glorious.  We can be Grateful" - President Uchtdorf 

Sundays lesson was awesome- "Why is it important to be Grateful"

The girls were asked prior to not ask for anything in their prayers for the week, to only give thanks and be grateful.  During class they talked about how hard it was at first, but it got easier.  They realized they were able to see more blessings as they expressed more gratitude.  So our activity during the week was writing thank you notes to our bishopric and heart attacking their cars.  We also gathered all the girls in a circle and gave one a ball of yarn and told her to pick someone in the circle and tell why they are grateful for that girl- then throw her the yarn ball (while you held the end).

This continued until everyone had a turn and it was simply beautiful.  There were lots of tears and plenty of laughs, it was a wonderful activity.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

The Power of Words

How do the things I say effect me and those around me

So if you have been following my blog for a while then you know that it is important it is that  Activity night go along with what is being taught on Sunday (the Sunday before or after which ever works best to drive the point and be able to discuss). 
 In the above lesson it says:

  • A few days in advance, invite the young women to bring to class a favorite inspirational quotation. Ask each young woman to share her quotation and explain the influence it has had on her life. Invite the class to find examples in the scriptures that illustrate the powerful positive influence our words can have on others (for example, Captain Moroni and the title of liberty [see Alma 46:11–22], the Savior and the woman taken in adultery [see John 8:1–11], or Abinadi and Alma [see Alma 5:9–12]). What do these examples teach the young women about the power their words can have on others?
This alone is a wonderful activity and we did this during our weekday activity but added a few additional activities:

We gave out this paper to see who could finish the sayings- it was fun and really emphasized how words get stuck in your head- even if you had learned/heard them along time ago half the time you don't even realize that they are still up there.

Then we gave everyone a small travel size tube of toothpaste and a paper plate.  We told everyone to squeeze as much or as little of toothpaste out onto the paper plate.

After they were all finished we asked them to put all the toothpaste back into the tube.  This was very messy but also very interesting- each girl was different, some tried to put it back in and realized how hard it was so they stopped, but we had a few girls who became very intent on figuring a way to put as much back in as possible.  We talked about how the toothpaste is like the words we say or whrite and it is very hard to put/take back, we talked about President Hollands Talk "The Tongue of Angels" and how words can be hurtful even destructive.  We also talked about how this works with our positive words as well.

Below is a portion of his talk that we talked about.

"it is with this realization of the power and sanctity of words that I wish to caution us, if caution is needed, regarding how we speak to each other and how we speak of ourselves.I

Well, that is pretty straightforward! Obviously James doesn’t mean our tongues are always iniquitous, nor that everything we say is “full of deadly poison.” But he clearly means that at least some things we say can be destructive, even venomous

Given the damage that can be done with our tongues, little wonder the Savior said, “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

A husband who would never dream of striking his wife physically can break, if not her bones, then certainly her heart by the brutality of thoughtless or unkind speech. 

 Today, I speak against verbal and emotional abuse of anyone against anyone

In all of this, I suppose it goes without saying that negative speaking so often flows from negative thinking, including negative thinking about ourselves. We see our own faults, we speak—or at least think—critically of ourselves, and before long that is how we see everyone and everything. No sunshine, no roses, no promise of hope or happiness. Before long we and everybody around us are miserable."

Speak encouragingly, including about yourself. 
Elder Holland
In Elder Zwick Talk What are you Thinking  he says

Children sometimes speak to beloved parents with tongues as sharp as blades. Spouses, who have shared some of life’s richest and most tender experiences, lose vision and patience with each other and raise their voices. All of us, though covenant children of a loving Heavenly Father, have regretted jumping headlong from the high seat of self-righteous judgment and have spoken with abrasive words before we understood a situation from another’s perspective. We have all had the opportunity to learn how destructive words can take a situation from hazardous to fatal.

It is so important to understand how destructive words written or spoken can be to those around us.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Silent Christmas Lesson Updated

Yeah- here it is a updated Silent Christmas Lesson but I have to apologize for my break in posts first- LIFE has been crazy.  I have tried my hardest to respond and send out copies of scripts and lessons to you.  If I missed you, I am very sorry. This is a very exciting blog post, as it is a update to the Silent Christmas Lesson with printable material, redone by one of YOU.  
So with permission from Amy Hall Here you go, The files are NOT editable, but she did them on photoshop- there is a link below that you can download them (it's new to me since scribed now charges) If you download them could you please leave a comment (on the download page) such as Thanks or got it etc -if you have problems with that email me  at charisse(dot)harris@gmail(dot)com

So very grateful for amazing wonderful people willing to share their talents and activities- so enjoy! 
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I have tried to make this easier for you, click on the link below- the above lesson was done in photoshop by Amy Hall and are not editable but you can just leave the last page blank :) 
Please leave me a comment :)

To upload silent Christmas lesson

Links used for this lesson

Angels we Have Heard on High--Watch Piano Guys

Mary Did you Know (listen)- 
(attached) Donnie Osmond

Watch: The Birth of Jesus Christ--Luke 2
VHS video in the church library or some people have used 
Breath of Heaven w/video

I have not Seen, Yet I believe (watch & listen)

Henry B. Eyring Talk (listen audio only)
Audio link is in the files when you download

Silent Night Music (listen & sing)

Hand out to go along with gift


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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Personal Revelation

What is Personal Revelation?

Why do I need personal revelation?

There are a few activities that would be wonderful for mutual night-

"The egg walk"- this activity is perfect for mutual/FHE/Activity days etc.

Find a grassy area where you can walk bare footed.  Place Blindfolds on your participants, and have them walk through your designated area with out stepping on an egg.  Someone must guide and direct through voice only.

The person guiding represents our Heavenly Father- and person blindfolded represents us- Only Heavenly Father sees the big picture so can guide us through our journey safely.

Another activity you can do at mutual or during class-

Give everyone a piece of paper- have them write a simple sentence 
Pass the paper and have the next person draw a picture of the sentence-
next- fold the paper right under the sentence- then pass the paper (so they can not see the original sentence,only the picture) keep folding and passing-

This shows how communication can be mis-interpreted - Making personal revelation so very important.  

Many voices in the world compete for your attention, and they can easily drown out spiritual impressions if you are not careful. (Preach my Gospel pg 96)

Richard G. Scott said in How to receive revelation "Heavenly Father did not put us on earth to fail but to succeed gloriously"

"God loves you and all His children.  He is anxious to support you in your practical and specific challenges.  You have been promised inspiration to know what to do and have been given the power to do it" see D&C 43:15-16 (Preach my Gospel pg 89)

"Communication with our Heavenly Father is not a trivial matter.  It is a sacred privilege." Richard G Scott

I really love what the bible dictionary says about revelation 

The bible dictionary says "Divine revelation is one of the grandest concepts and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for without it, man could not know of the things of God and could not be saved with any degree of salvation in the eternities.  Continuous revelation from God to his saints, through the Holy ghost or by other means, such as visions, dreams, or visitations, makes possible daily guidance along true paths and lead the faithful soul to complete and eternal salvation in the celestial kingdom."  "It is the making known of divine truth by communication with the heavens, and consists not only of revelation of the plan of salvation to the Lord's prophets but also a confirmation in the hearts of the believers that the revelation to the  prophets is true.  It also consists of individual guidance for every person who seeks for it and follows the prescribed course of faith, repentance, and obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  "The Holy Ghost is a revelator," said Joseph Smith" "without revelation, all would be guesswork, darkness, and confusion."

Studying the following will help with learning how the Spirit talks to us (Preach my Gospel)

Activity: Personal or Companion Study

Study the following table. Think of times when you have experienced any of the feelings, thoughts, or impressions described in the passages below. As you study and gain experience, add other passages to this list. Think of how you can use these principles to help others feel and recognize the Spirit.
Gives feelings of love, joy, peace, patience, meekness, gentleness, faith, and hope.
Gives ideas in the mind, feelings in the heart.
Occupies the mind and presses on the feelings.
Helps scriptures have strong effect.
Gives good feelings to teach if something is true.
Enlightens the mind.
Replaces darkness with light.
Strengthens the desire to avoid evil and obey the commandments.
Teaches truth and brings it to remembrance.
Gives feelings of peace and comfort.
Guides to truth and shows things to come.
Reveals truth.
Guides and protects from deception.
Glorifies and bears record of God the Father and Jesus Christ.
Guides the words of humble teachers.
Recognizes and corrects sin.
Gives gifts of the Spirit.
Helps to perceive or discern the thoughts of others.
Tells what to pray for.
Tells what to do.
Helps the righteous speak with power and authority.
Testifies of the truth.
Sanctifies and brings remission of sins.
Carries truth to the heart of the listener.
Enhances skills and abilities.
Constrains (impels forward) or restrains (holds back).
Edifies both teacher and students.
Gives comfort.

The most powerful experience will be when the youth share their own personal experience of when they received guidance and or revelation.

I am so grateful that our Heavenly Father loves us enough to continue to talk to us and help us navigate through this journey we call life.