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How to thread beads on wax cotton cord – Jenny’s Way

I’ve occasionally received an email from someone wondering how to put my Fiber Optic Beads on our 16″ adjustable jewelry cord. I don’t know how a professional would do it, but here’s how I do it.  Fire is involved and you have to move fast, but you end up with a stiffened sharp tip that makes jewelry assembly a SNAP!

Step 1: Get Your Stuff Ready

For my method of threading beads on wax cotton cord, you’ll need:

  • a candle
  • the waxed cotton cord
  • a piece of scrap paper
  • nerves of steel

For this project I use a candle in a small tin that I bought at WalMart for around $2.00.  At first I tried to use a Yankee Candle, but the flame is too far down in the jar and I kept burning my knuckles.  A tea light would probably work just as well.

Hold the waxed cord in your dominant hand and the scratch paper in your other hand. Screw your courage to the sticking place and…..

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Poised for action!

Step 1: Light the Cord on Fire

Yeah.  Light the cord on fire.  Seriously.

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Don’t do this inside the church! Use the parking lot or do this activity at home. Have a fire extinguisher around if you’re working around young ‘uns. They may not be as courageous around fire as you are.  Because I know you’re not afraid of being burned.  Just like I am….. :-S

Step 3 – Extinguish the Fire with the Scrap Paper and Roll

Smother the fire by placing the burning tip in between a folded piece of scrap paper.

I roll the cord between my fingers and the paper slightly to give it a pointy tip.

Let it cool for 5-10 seconds before moving to step four.

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Take a deep breath and…..

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Put out the fire by smothering the fire in the folded piece of scratch paper, using the scratch paper to “protect” your fingers. It will be hot, but you are strong.

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See that amazing pointy tip?  The tip of the point will break off as you work, but the cord will keep it’s tip for as long as you need it to. 

 Step 4: Thread the Beads on to the Cord

 

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Did I mention that fantastic tip?

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Thread the bead onto the cord. Easy peasy.

Why it works so crazy well…

Cotton thread usually frays when it is threaded.  Since this cord is 1.5mm and jewelry findings often have a 2mm hole, there’s not enough space to tape the tip. But….

Our 16″ cotton cord is dipped in wax for durability.  When you light the cord on fire, you melt the wax. When you extinguish the fire and roll the cord between your fingers, you create a fine tip that gets coated in that now soft wax.  In just a few seconds, the wax hardens back up and you have a new, pointy tip that makes jewelry creation easy!

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Life sized PAC MAN combined activity

By JOLLY ROGERS

For a recent combined activity, we needed to make decorations for a dance we were hosting the following weekend, but we knew it wouldn’t take the entire time and wanted to have something fun to look forward to after the work was done…

We decided on a Life-Sized Pac-Man game!

I originally saw the idea on a youth-group website, but I couldn’t find any real instructions on how to actually set it up or clear rules on how to play, so I just made it up. Feel free to adjust to your own needs.

While everyone else worked on the decorations in another room, I asked two of the YM leaders and a few of the youth to start setting up the maze for the game in the cultural hall (gym). I gave them a simplified version of the game layout to use as a guide (something like this photo below):

I think they adapted it a bit, which was totally fine (using actual chairs is a little different than drawing a straight line!) It just needs to be some sort of maze with at least a few entrances/exits. They used ALL the chairs from our table/chair storage room and the chapel overflow. It was AWESOME!
We used white lids (that I already had) from the dry-pack cannery as the power-pellets. You could use frisbees or paper plates instead. Pellets were distributed around the maze before each round.
I made “ghost” signs for the 2 people who volunteered to be the ghosts, so the audience could tell who was who! Once the game starts, its sort of a frenzy!
Pac-Man and the ghosts (we had 2, you could add more) all started in the middle. We gave Pac-Man a 5-second head-start, then the ghosts could leave the center and start pursuing Pac-Man.

The object was for Pac-Man to collect all 6 Power-Pellets without being tagged by a ghost. The Power-Pellets did not give Pac-Man special powers or immunity. Instead, we placed 1 special (striped) pellet in the maze that Pac-Man could use for immunity for 1 “tag”. The striped pellet did not count as one of the 6 pellets that they had to collect to win. This is different than the game of course, but had to make some adjustments for real-life!

ADDITIONAL RULES (for safety):

1. Nobody can jump over or reach across/under rows to tag (or grab pellets). Must stay in the “lanes”
2. Pac-Man can walk quickly (we found running to be surprisingly dangerous), but ghosts MUST walk slowly (Frankenstein style).

Fun activity, everyone got a chance to be Pac-Man and/or a ghost a couple of times. No cost, easy to do, and different!

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15 Ways to Review General Conference

15 Totally Awesome Ways to Review General Conference

If you’re looking for ways to review General Conference in Family Home Evening, Young Women, Sunday School, or Seminary class, you’ve come to the right place.  These ideas are mostly from Seminary teachers, but you can use them in many different situations:

1. Fantasy General Conference

For Fantasy General Conference, students make guesses about who will be conducting which session, when each apostle will speak, what new temples might be announced, and what color the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will wear.  The intent is to help students pay attention during conference.

Cheryl K. explains, “We will do Fantasy General Conference ahead of time, where the teams make their picks as to who will speak, how many red ties, which topics, etc. There is a Facebook Page for it, as well as a downloadable printout.” See https://www.facebook.com/…/Fantasy…/311333842325536

2. Bring in Questions

Provide each student a 3×5 inch card and assign students to bring in questions from general conference (with answers).   When I did this in my Seminary class, I asked the class president to remind students to text students and remind them to bring in their questions.  I also usually throw in a few fill in the blank style questions myself in case students forget.

Here’s what I’ve said about this idea: “In the past I’ve passed out a paper for kids to write down two questions with answers — 1 easy and 1 difficult — from the Sunday morning session. Then I ask the class their own questions during the Monday class following Conference. It means all I have to do is show up.”

Kristine M does it slightly differently: “We give them five 3×5 cards to write questions on from the 4 sessions (no priesthood ones). We use it for Genreral conference review. One year I brought in cupcakes and we had a ‘celebration’ to get ready for Conference on Friday. The problem with April conference is we generally have Sprjng Break the week afterwards so it can be hard to get the kids to do the cards, remember to bring them, etc. when it has been a week since conference. The first day back is a lot of [chatter] about the talks, the stories, things that stood out to them, etc. I’m always impressed with how well they listen, how much they watch, etc.”

3. Assign an Apostle

Abish D. assigns her students an apostle on the last day of Seminary before Conference.  Students are to come to class ready to report on that apostle’s talk with a summary.  She says, “It’s been great. They share a summary of the talk and then the whole class adds to their comments. I love this because then we cover most of the talks instead of just the ‘popular’ talks and everyone has something to share. … I think it’s also helping my students see there is value in Saturday conference.”

4. Use Technology

Mitzi C says, “I went to http://polleverywhere.com/ and have typed a question per speaker then the students will use their cell phones to message their answer. We will have the poll questions and answers on the TV screen live so then we can discuss the answers a great way to use technology and keep students engaged.”

5. Chalk Talk

Chalk Talk

Chalk Talk

“For our #ldsconf review, I had the kids do a ‘Chalk Talk’ where they come up to the front and write down what they remember or liked from Conference silently. Then we discuss the items on the board. This is always a good activity because it leads to good discussions. I also showed some of the tweets from Conference on the television.”

6. Conference Trivia, Bingo, Bowl, or Jeopardy

Several members of the church post their General Conference trivia questions, bingo games, or Jeopardy-style games online.  Just Google for it.

You might make your own game like Julie H: “We always do conference jeopardy…they take notes (some do) and they are in their ‘zones’ [assigned groups] to answer the questions. We talk about each thing and how it applies to us. I usually do like 5 categories then I do a classmate category with things about each person in the class, including me. So fun! They love it. It does involve prep time but its a great way to review conference.”

Donna H shared, “What we do I got from NWSeminary website. On the Monday right after General Conference, I do a Conference Bowl. I watch all sessions and write notes to get questions (and answers) from the talks. I want the students to do the questions, but most usually don’t. They do love the bowl though. The entire class is devoted to it. It’s set up kind of like the Family Feud game, with 2 teams, BUT they only come up and ring the service bell (off of 2 smartphones with service bell apps). It’s so much fun. Each member of the winning team receives a full size candy bar each and the other team gets more like a fun size bar each.”

7. Watch for Scripture Mastery

Rebecca B says, “We actually have a little competition in our seminary class to see who hears the most SM references. I got 27 this conference, but I know I missed some.”  Susanne B. also adds, “I’m in so much trouble. I told my students I would give them a candy bar for each scripture [mastery] they could point to in a specific talk. I have 17 students. There were at least 3 scripture masteries in the first session. I’m going out for more candy….I’m going to be broke!”

Dorianne V shared: “It’s so funny, we’ve been working on memorizing [Helaman 5:12] for the past 2 weeks and on the last day this week I said, ‘I bet we’ll hear this scripture in conference,’ and my daughter in the class said, ‘We should all stand and recite it when we hear it and be united.’ I was madly messaging all my students this morning every time we heard it. ‘See??? I TOLD YOU!’ LOL!”

8. Have a Lesson between Sessions

Katrina M shared: ” We had a seminary class in between sessions, and it was amazing how many of the things we talked about were addressed in the morning session. It was like it was for us! Incredible! I can’t wait for tomorrow!”

9. Offer Makeup Work for Watching Conference

In this area, we offer 2 absences or 4 tardies for each session of Conference students watch.  This encourages participation in conference and helps be sure that students are able to talk about the material during class the next day.

Mitzi C says, “[Students] have been asked to take notes and then write a paragraph on what the talk meant to them or what they will do to apply it to their live. These will count for make up absences and excessive tardies.”

“I make donuts and have them come over to my home on Sunday. We discuss conference, with each of them reporting on the talks that meant the most to them and why. That is how they earn their donuts. I also count it as a make up day,” says Michelle W.

10. Create a Treasure Box of Quotes

Connie H’s “class usually comes over on Saturday to watch the first session with me. I make sure they take notes. On Monday we talk about conference. I give them slips of paper to write their favorite thought or quote on. The papers go into our ‘treasure box.’ Then when we have extra time after a lesson, we pull out a paper and talk about it.”  Great Five Minute Filler!

11. Physical Reminder

Wendy T says, “I give my students a small token (this year it will be a plastic green army man) on the Friday before the women’s broadcast. They are supposed to always have it with them and remember the theme we’ve talked about leading up to conference. This year since my husband is currently deployed our theme has been the importance of putting on the armor of God. I check twice in class to see if they have it and they get a small food treat if they do. Then after conference we share some of our impressions.”

12. Check Twitter

Go to http://twitter.com/ and search for “#ldsconf”.  You’ll find thousands of pithy statements, memes, and observations from General Conference that can spark a discussion in your class.

13. Set a Goal or Issue a Challenge

Get an inexpensive copy of the Book of Mormon and look for examples of people or individuals who received strength beyond their own and record what you learn.  The spirit will inspire you.

Get an inexpensive copy of the Book of Mormon and look for examples of people or individuals who received strength beyond their own and record what you learn. The spirit will inspire you.

Amy G shared this idea: “One of the handouts I made for a few years was just a one page deal. I ripped it off from the Disneyland/World commercial they show at the end of the super bowl and other big events. Across the handout I said, ‘You’ve just watch General Conference, what are you going to do next?’ The page had a small box for a goal or an application from each of the First Presidency’s and Apostles’ talks and an explanation at the top that they should think about one thing that each talk made them want to do or change, etc. On the back of the page I had all 25 scripture mastery scriptures and asked them to keep track of when they were used.”

Paula H also shared the following: “I gave my youth a challenge from Elder David A Bednar’s book The Power to Become. I just changed it up a bit. I am having them write down examples from the Book of Mormon of those who received ‘strength beyond their own,’ and then during conference write down the examples they hear in the talks.”

14. Who Said That?

Brenda C and Abish D shared how they print out quotes or memes from General Conference and display them around the room.  Brenda numbers hers and lets students go around the room guessing who said which quote.

15. Listen for an Answer

One teacher asked her students to write down some specific questions, temptations, problems, or trials they currently had.  Students were invited to listen to General Conference and try to find answers to their problems at General Conference.

Conclusion

There are many more ways to review General Conference.  Please share some of your ideas below!

 

LDS Activity Ideas

Scripture Study Helps Jeopardy – Book of Mormon

During the first week of Seminary, it’s suggested that you teach a lesson on the study helps in the scriptures to help students get more out of their gospel study. Last year’s game worked out so well for New Testament that I made an online Jeopardy-style game for Book of Mormon to use for this purpose this year.

Mentors/Minions Game

After a brief introduction to the scripture study helps, I will separate my class into groups. Each group will have at least one freshman (minion) and two or three upperclassmen (mentors). Mentors will quiz minions and give them tips on how to use the scripture study helps that have been helpful to them. Mentors are preparing minions for the Jeopardy game to come. I will have some sample questions on the board that mentors can use to teach their minions how to use the scripture study helps. This is a timed lesson. I’ll probably go with 4-6 minutes on the timer, depending on class time.

THE RULES:

When time is up, students will gather around the TV for our game by teams of mentors and minions.

  • Minions will choose topics and answer questions. Mentors can assist minions only when asked for help. If a minion must ask for help to answer a question, the team may only receive half-credit for that response.
  • If one team can not answer a question, another team may “steal” the question for full point credit.
  • This year I’ve added in a Seniors Only section that will be the last Category.  Seniors can try to save their group by answering these more difficult questions that may or may not have to do with the Book of Mormon.
  • Minions will answer the Final Jeopardy Question.

The intent of mentor/minion is to help students learn by teaching. Upperclassmen will cement their knowledge of gospel study habits by teaching freshmen. Since students learn well — sometimes better — from each other, Freshmen will also learn scripture study habits. Questions in the jeopardy-style game are formulated to help students learn the broad range of information available in gospel study helps and apply it to real questions. Allowing mentor students to help minions and allowing other teams to steal help students pay attention even when another student is answering a question.

Book of Mormon Scripture Study Helps Jeopardy

Click the following link and enter the data to play online (also includes iPad or non-flash version): http://www.superteachertools.com/jeopardy/usergames/Aug201335/game137788…

Below is the answer key:

Page Numbers (easy)

#1 On what page does the Index begin? Page 1, Appendix.

#2 On what page does the Book of Alma begin? Page 207, Book of Mormon.

#3 On what page does the Book of Enos begin? Page 136, Book of Mormon.

#4 On what page does the Book of Helaman end? Page 406, Book of Mormon.

#5 On what page does the Book of Mormon end? Page 487, Book of Mormon.

 

General Knowledge (moderate)

#1 What book comes after Omni? Words of Mormon

#2 Name the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon. Christian Whitmer, Jacob Whitmer, Peter Whitmer Junior, John Whitmer, Hiram Page, Joseph Smith Senior, Hyrum Smith, Samuel H. Smith

#3 Explain what the references at the top left or right of each page mean. The left pages show first full book, chapter and verse that begins on that page.The left pages show last book, chapter and verse that begins on that page.

#4 Explain the difference between the Index and Topical Guide. The Index contains only information from the Triple Combination. It is based on words that actually appear in the scriptures and is useful when you know part of a scripture found in the Triple. The Topical Guide covers all four standard works and is grouped by gospel topic, not necessarily words or phrases.

#5 Name any two of the groups of metal plates Mormon combined to create the Book of Mormon.  The Brass Plates, the Small Plates of Nephi, the Large Plates of Nephi, the Plates of Mormon, or the Plates of Ether.

 

Application (difficult)

#1 Why would you use the Index to find scriptures about Captain Moroni’s life instead of using the Topical Guide? Defend your answer. The Topical Guide is for looking up scriptures about people and words found in the Book of Mormon, D&C or Pearl of Great Price.

#2 You are giving a devotional on grace. Where would you look to find scriptures on that topic? Defend your answer. Topical Guide or Bible Dictionary, because the index is a list of scriptures that include the word ‘grace’, not a group of scriptures about the topic of grace.

#3 Using Helaman 12:1, find out what year Samuel the Lamanite prophesied of Jesus Christ’s birth. 7 BC

#4 How many Coriantumrs are mentioned in the Book of Mormon? Three

#5 You are giving a talk and you know there is a scripture that uses the word ‘daylight’ that would be perfect. You are sure the verse is in the Book of Mormon. How could you find it using only your paper scriptures? Use the Index, because it contains a list of every main word found in the Triple.

 

Footnotes (easy)

#1 What is a footnote? A footnote is a reference, explanation, or comment placed below the main text on a printed page.

#2 How might you use a footnote? Footnotes can help you understand a passage’s context or meaning more deeply.

#3 How many letters are used in Alma 33:22 as footnotes? Six (A-F)

#4 Name a cross reference for Alma 41:10. Name a cross reference for Alma 41:10.

#5 What should you look up from the footnote for Mosiah 28:3b? Worth of Souls, Topical Guide

 

SENIORS/SAVIORS (Lead Team Excluded)

#1 What does the abbreviation GR mean in the footnotes? There is an alternate Greek translation, or the translation from Greek may add clarity to this verse.

#2 What is the fastest way to find a scripture mastery? Defend your answer Memorization and practice, or student discretion.

#3 Using scripture study helps answer the following question: What is a denarius? BD, denarius –> BD, money. A silver Roman coin.

#4 Why is there no map or photos section included in the Book of Mormon? Because we don’t know exactly where or with which ancient peoples these events occurred.

#5 What is the last book considered to be part of the Small Plates of Nephi? Omni

 

Final Question

Read 2 Nephi 1:6 Follow the footnote in 6a to explain who the word ‘none’ is referring to in this verse. It is a reference to the many people who are brought to the Americas. They were all brought by the hand of God. The Nephites and Lamanites were not the only people in the Americas.

The Great One Day Stay at Home Youth Conference

The Great One Day Stay at Home Youth Conference

This idea for a one-day stay at home youth conference was provided by Russ Johnson, author of The Ultimate LDS Youth Conference Planning Guide.

Sometimes circumstances dictate the need for a quick, easy and affordable youth conference. You may have a very small budget. In some cases you may have gotten the call to take charge of youth conference on short notice. In any case, you may consider a “stay at home” youth conference. Some key points to remember:

  • Stay at home and do a one or two day agenda with perhaps a Sunday fireside.
  • Have the youth bring a sack lunch from home.
  • Do water games at someone’s home (for a ward) or the park (for a stake).
  • Do a hamburger bbq for dinner.
  • Add a talent show or skits after dinner.
  • If there aren’t enough youth for a dance then play night games.
  • Convene the following morning to conclude with a testimony meeting.

As you can see for the price of a hamburger bbq you can put together an affordable and fun youth conference agenda on any budget. You can do a 2-day or 3-day “stay at home” youth conference agenda by plugging in the many ideas in this book.

Best of luck as you plan your amazing youth conference!

10 LDS Youth Conference Workshop Ideas

10 LDS Youth Conference Workshop Ideas

The following ideas were provided by Russ Johnson,  author of “The Ultimate LDS Youth Conference Planning Guide“:

  1. Girls Only: How to Catch a Boy’s Eye
  2. Boys Only: How to Catch a Girl’s Eye
  3. Signs of the Times
  4. Science vs. Religion
  5. What am I Worth?
  6. The Will to Win
  7. Music and Its Effect on You
  8. How to Throw a Party
  9. Raising Your Parents (Family Communication)
  10. 101 Reasons Why the Church is True

Here are some other workshops ideas to consider:

You can arrange a workshop on personal finance. As youth approach the threshold of adulthood, the participants will find it edifying to learn about how to manage money and to stay out of the debt trap.

If you are arranging your workshop at or near any military facility, you can get an expert to talk to them about self-defense and its necessity.

A workshop can be organized about how to choose your future career. The youth will learn how to build on their education, explore their options and develop habits which will lead them towards their chosen careers.

Consider including a workshop on Preach My Gospel. This can act as the guide for the youth to use this great tool for the missionaries or just to understand and ponder the words of the Lord.

Organize a workshop on how to become a better employee. Participants will learn about what to do and what not to do when they become employed and how to put their best foot forward.

Mission prep is another great idea for a workshop. It answers some basic questions regarding your future decision to serve amission. It will help the youth examine their skills and talents and whether these are suitable for mission life. They will also learn to cultivate good habits to prepare them in serving a mission.

Have a workshop focusing on the importance of daily scripture studies and how to go about them properly. This workshop can bring out the blessings such study will deliver.

The fact is that there is no limit to what topic you choose for your workshop as long as it has some connection with your theme. You can search your stake or ward to find people who are engaged in unusual pursuits and are passionate about their work and willing to talk about them to the youth. A successful workshop is one where all the youth are thoroughly involved and there is a lot of exchange of ideas and opinions.

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Still looking for LDS youth conference workshop ideas?  Check out www.youthconferenceideas.com.

 

 

50 LDS Youth Conference Theme Ideas

50 LDS Youth Conference Theme Ideas

The following was shared by Russ Johnson, author of “The Ultimate LDS Youth Conference Planning Guide“. Here is a huge list of theme ideas which may give you some ideas:

  1. A Royal Generation
  2. All That Glitters is Not Gold
  3. Always and Forever
  4. Be Steadfast and Immovable
  5. Be the Best You
  6. Because Nice Matters
  7. Becoming One Heart, One Mind
  8. Beyond This Moment
  9. Bloom Where You are Planted
  10. BOOT Camp (building on our testimonies)
  11. Buoy Up Your Spirit
  12. CTR First Things First
  13. Can’t Judge a Book by its Cover
  14. Catch the Spirit
  15. Celestial Gold
  16. Charity is the Pure Love of Christ
  17. Choose You This Day
  18. Christ is the Center of Our Home
  19. Come Unto Christ
  20. Count Your Many Blessings
  21. Dreams Do Come True
  22. Earth and Beyond
  23. Eternal Rewards
  24. Ever Learning, Ever Faithful
  25. Everyday Angels
  26. Faith – the Final Frontier
  27. Faith, Hope, Charity
  28. Follow the Heavenly Road
  29. Forever Friends
  30. Growing Old is Mandatory, Growing Up is Optional
  31. Heaven – Don’t Miss it for the World
  32. Heaven Sent
  33. Hold to the Rod
  34. I am a Child of God
  35. In the World But Not of the World
  36. It’s a Jungle Out There
  37. It’s Your Time to Shine
  38. Joy is Not in Things; It Is in Us
  39. Latter Day Warriors
  40. Lean On Him
  41. Learn and Return
  42. Let Your Light So Shine
  43. Like a Lighthouse
  44. Live, Love, Laugh
  45. Living the Legacy
  46. Look Inside Yourself
  47. Love is Spoken Here
  48. Making a Difference
  49. Millenial Warriors
  50. Mission Possible

Photo credit: http://www.lds.org/church/news/multistake-youth-conferences-build-charac…  Still stumped? Check out www.youthconferenceideas.com for many more ideas.

 

LDS Activity Ideas

Sample LDS Youth Conference Agenda

This sample youth conference agenda was provided by Russ Johnson, author of “The Ultimate LDS Youth Conference Planning Guide“:

The Ultimate Youth Conference 3 Day – “Sanpete Special”

Day One

10am Arrive Ephraim – 4300 square foot home, 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, theater room, game room, large back patio with bbq (women upstairs, men downstairs)

  • unpack, settle in and get ready for fun

10:30am Sidewalk Chalk contest

  • giant chalk, winners get a t-shirt

11am Warm-up Games

  • rip tag
  • marshmallow shooters

12noon BBQ (hamburgers, hot dogs, volleyball)

1pm Crazy Contests

  • Pickled beets (first to eat and keep down one can wins)
  • Marshmallow stuff (most in mouth)

2pm “Fun in the Sun” – water games, water slide, water fight

3:30pm “Life Skills” training workshops & video segments

  • teamwork, leadership, motivation

5pm Pizza – Roy’s Pizza (best pizza in Southern Utah)

6pm Fireside Speaker (you arrange)

7pm Depart for the Mormon Miracle Pageant

  • “Message to mom and dad” while you are waiting

Midnight Lights out – rest up for even more tomorrow

Day Two

8am Rise and Shine!

8:30am Backyard Breakfast (bacon, eggs, hashbrowns)

9:30am Tandem Bike rally

11am Talent time (prepare for tomorrow)

12noon Lasagna and French Bread

1pm Team puzzle (every piece matters)

2pm Field Games at the park

  • ladder golf (sometimes called bollo golf)
  • disc golf (Frisbee golf)
  • t-shirts for the winners

3:30pm Depart for Badger Mountain

4pm Adventure Course (rope course challenge at Badger Mt.)

7pm World Famous Sanpete Marinated Turkey BBQ (you’ve never tasted turkey like this!)

8pm Dance Party!

  • Held at Snow College with other wards and stakes
  • held either indoors at the Student Center or outdoors at the Quad
  • Dress is casual (jeans and shirts, nothing grubby)

11pm Night Games at the park (or retire if you’ve had enough fun)

  • Flashflight (lighted Frisbees)
  • Steal the flag

Midnight  Lights out – final night

Day Three

8am Rise and Shine!

Lumberjack Breakfast (pancakes, ham)

9am Testimony Meeting

10am One Last Activity

  • Star Search (talent)
  • Awards
  • Message to mom and dad” reminder
  • slide show of youth conference pictures

11am pack up and head for home

Get many more ideas from www.youthconferenceideas.com

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LDS Activity Ideas

Video with Clothing Instructions for Trek

The Ashburn Virginia Stake made a great video with ideas on how to make or alter clothing when preparing for Trek. The video includes instructions on fabric types that are safe around fire, skirt lengths, and how to make a man’s shirt for trek. It also has information on what to read to prepare for trek.

The Scripture Scroll

The Scripture Scroll

For this activity, I used

  • a roll of paper from Ikea
  • two old wooden rolling pins from eBay
  • wood glue
  • pencil
  • hacksaw
  • tape measure
  • square
  • sandpaper
  • tape
  • scrap piece of fabric
  • sew on velcro

I wanted something that the students could use to record their thoughts and impressions about the Old Testament that would seem significant — not a throw away item.  I decided to make a scroll.

Now, I took pictures while I was making this, but it was ages ago and I have no idea where that is now….  So anyway, you’ll just have to believe me when I describe what I did.

Step 1 – Measure the paper.  Warning! Don’t unwrap the paper roll until after it’s cut! With a tape measure, measure the length of the wide wooden center part of the shortest rolling pin.  Subtract 1 inch from this measurement.  Mark this new length in 5-6 places on the paper roll so that you will get a roll of paper the right size for your scroll.  Trace a line completely around the  paper roll in pencil or with a permanent marker.

Step 2 – Cut the paper. Now, following the line you drew, cut the roll of paper with the hacksaw.  If you leave the plastic paper on the paper roll, cutting is easy.

Step 3 – Cut off a short length of paper. If you use all the paper on the roll, you will make a VERY FAT mutant scroll.  Cut off a length of 40-50 feet of paper.

Step 3 – Glue the paper on the rolling pins.  This was the hardest part.  I tried to eyeball the gluing, and it was very hard.  Here’s how I think you should do it:

  1. First, rough up the surface of the rolling pins.  You want to make sure that there are breaks or scratches in the surface so that the glue will stick well.
  2. Use a square and pencil to mark a straight line that runs the long way on each rolling pin.
  3. Next use the square to cut your paper on each end so that it’s also perfectly square.
  4. Tape the paper to the rolling pin so that the square end lines up perfectly with the line you drew on the rolling pin.
  5. Now that the paper is in place, run some lines of glue around the rolling pin.
  6. Carefully roll the pin over the glue so that the paper sticks to the rolling pin.  Be careful to keep the paper as square as possible.
  7. Let the glue dry.
  8. Repeat with the other rolling pin.
  9. Now that the glue is dry, you can remove the tape.  Or leave it.  Doesn’t really matter.
  10. Run a second line of glue around the rolling pin.
  11. Carefully roll the pin over the glue so that the paper sticks to the itself.  This step is to help the scroll be stronger.  Be careful to keep the paper as square as possible.
  12. Repeat with the other rolling pin.

Step 4 – Make a strap.  This scroll will be impossible to store if you don’t make a little strap.  Once your scroll is rolled up, wrap a scrap piece of fabric around the scroll.  Include 2 inches for overlap.  Sew a strap and put some velcro on the strap to make it easy to open and close your scroll.

The total cost on this scroll was somewhere around $20.00.  The rolling pins were the most expensive part.  If you buy a group, or “lot” of rolling pins they are a lot cheaper. You won’t get rolling pins that match each other, but they look cool anyway.  Here’s what the finished scroll looked like:

 

You’ll notice that I’ve got pictures going in two directions on the scroll.  When we use this during class, I roll the scroll out and TAPE the pins to the table by the handles on each end.  Then students sit on each side of the table and draw their pictures.

LDS Activity Ideas

Time capsule activity idea

 

We have a really fun Laurel activity planned for this upcoming week that I thought I would share! The girls wanted to create time capsules that they could use to capture their senior year. We decided to do a slight spin on the time capsules, by using these cute sandwich bags I found at Target (I found them in the dollar section and they were 3 for a dollar).I created some cute cards that the girls could fill out to capture all the things they loved, things the hoped for in the future, qualities they wanted to develop, etc.They will be able to put the cards in the bags when they are finished (which closes with Velcro)The idea is that they will open up these “capsules” in 5 years and look back at how far they progressed. We are really excited for the activity and think it’s going to be a big hit! (I think it would it would even be a hit in organizations like achievement days!) You can download the prints I made for the activity and view what the time cpasules looked like here: http://courtneyaitken.blogspot.com/2013/02/yw-activity-timecapsule.html

LDS Activity Ideas

Stand in Holy Places – Free Sheet Music from Hillary Abplanalp

This free sheet music was shared by Hillary Abplanalp. Thank you, Hillary!

Hillary has also graciously provided a free MP3 version of her song. You can burn it to CD or put it on your MP3 player. Please feel free to share it with your youth. Use of the files are free for noncommercial home and church use.