This is the banner that goes with the February Sharing Time Week 4 for 2011. It could be adapted for FHE very easily. Prepare a large piece of paper in the shape of a banner for each class. Write on each banner “I will follow God’s plan by . . .” Explain that Heavenly Father’s plan gives us freedom to choose right or wrong, and what we choose to do every day is important to our happiness. Let the children work as a class to draw or write on their banner things they can do to follow Heavenly Father’s plan, and invite them to sign their names. Ask each class to share what they drew or wrote on their banner. Have the children march around the room while holding their banners and singing “I Will Be Valiant” ( CS, 162). Display the banners in the Primary room.
Handout with a quote from the Joseph B. Wirthlin article suggested in the 2004 Resource Guide for YW Manual 2, Lesson 28: Agency. I titled it “How to remove emptiness from your life and fill your life with indescribable joy”.
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- I love this handout…. I printed mine at full size for my girls, but you can resize it in your program to any size you like. I also added the date and beehive class to it in the dark blue strips at the top and bottom to resemble a new era poster more.
This is a worksheet for YW Lesson 24 from Young Women Manuel 3. You can use this in the lesson to either have the YW complete individually or as a group. The pictures were found in Yahoo Pictures and the format of the table is out of the lesson.
Here are the glue-ins I’m using for teaching the Plan of Salvation for Old Testament.
Agency: The Greatest Decision
We want our children and their children to know that the choice of life is not between fame and obscurity, nor is the choice between wealth and poverty. The choice is between good and evil, and that is a very different matter indeed. …Our lives are made up of thousands of everyday choices. Over the years these little choices will be bundled together and show clearly what we value.
The crucial test of life, I repeat, does not center in the choice between fame and obscurity, nor between wealth and poverty. The greatest decision of life is between good and evil.
Boyd K. Packer, “The Choice,” Ensign, Nov. 1980, emphasis added
Why must people suffer during Mortal Life?
If you expect to find only ease and peace and bliss during act 2 [or earth-life], you surely will be frustrated. You will understand little of what is going on and why things are permitted to be as they are.
Remember this! The line ‘And they all lived happily ever after’ is never written into the second act. That line belongs in the third act [or post-mortal life], when the mysteries are solved and everything is put right. . . .
Until you have a broad perspective of the eternal nature of this great drama, you won’t make much sense out of the inequities in life. Some are born with so little and others with so much. Some are born in poverty, with handicaps, with pain, with suffering. Some experience premature death, even innocent children. There are the brutal, unforgiving forces of nature and the brutality of man to man. We have seen a lot of that recently.
Do not suppose that God willfully causes that which, for his own purposes, he permits. When you know the plan and purpose of it all, even these things will manifest a loving Father in Heaven.
Boyd K Packer, The Play and the Plan
Judgment / Temple blessings are worth it
After all have been dealt with equally, a judgment will be rendered (see Mosiah 3:18). Each will be resurrected in his or her own order (see 1 Corinthians 15:21–23). The glory one receives, however, will depend on obedience to the laws and ordinances of our Father’s plan (see 1 Corinthians 15:40–42).
Those who have become pure through repentance will obtain eternal life and return to the presence of God. They will be exalted as ‘heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ’ (Romans 8:17).
Provision is made in the plan for those who live in mortality without knowing of the plan: ‘Where there is no law given there is no punishment; and where there is no punishment there is no condemnation . . . because of the atonement; for they are delivered by the power of him’ (2 Nephi 9:25).
Without that sacred work of the redemption of the dead, the plan would be incomplete and would really be unfair. The ordinances of the temple—the endowments, the sealing in eternal marriage—are worth all the preparation required. Do not do anything that may make you unworthy to receive them or act 3 of this eternal drama will be less than you are now free to make it.
Boyd K Packer, The Play and the Plan, emphasis added
Here are a few ideas to help supplement the “Sharing Time” outline. This is specifically for Jan of 2012 all about “Agency Is the Gift to Choose for Ourselves” This is for weeks 1&2
Thanks to K. John who submitted this handout that accompanies Young Women Manual 3, Lesson 24: Agency. Sister John glued a lego to the handout over the picture of the lego brick when she gave it out to her class.
The handout has the quote from the suggested reading:
- Agency is the power to think, choose, and act for ourselves. It comes with endless opportunities, accompanied by responsibility and consequences. It is a blessing and a burden. Using this gift of agency wisely is critical today because never in the world’s history have God’s children been so blessed or so blatantly confronted with so many choices. – Sharon G. Larsen, “Agency–A Blessing and a Burden,” Ensign, November 1999
Rachel attached these tags to a snack sized bag of potato chips and made the point that because drugs are so addictive, it’s best to never try them at at all. The quote reads: “We are free to take drugs or not. But once we choose to use a habit-forming drug, we are bound to the consequences of that choice. Addiction surrenders later freedom to choose. Through chemical means, one can literally become disconnected from his or her own will! (Elder Russell M. Nelson (Addiction or Freedom, Ensign Nov. 1988, 6)”
4 per page, 8.5x 11 inches, color.
This group of handouts was submitted by Lindsay S. Reads “Whatsover ye sow, that shall ye also reap.”
7 per page, color.
Quotation from Pres. N. Eldon Tanner from manual. Clipart from Microsoft clipart. Doctrine and Covenants 6:33
This handout was submitted by D. Burke for her Beehive class. It includes several fill-in-the-blank questions, the scriptures and questions from the lesson, and the story from the lesson.
Sister Burke says: “I usually use handouts that cover the entire lesson so I can mail it to those that did not attend. This lesson was especially good as we are preparing for camp and want to use our best ‘agencies’. Enjoy.”
2 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, color.