Youth Conference Pains

I received a text from my Young Women President roomie today: I so remember this. For our last youth conference I managed to be in Morocco — but I ended up having to leave my minivan so the bishop could use it to drive a load of kids the 3 hours there and back to youth conference. Church service is…

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A moment of silence

Let’s have a moment of silence for all the Girls Camp leaders who left for camp today knowing: Tonight a first year will barf. Tomorrow a second year will call her mom to come get her, and there’s a 50/50 chance mom will blame you. Thursday a third year will be injured, probably while pranking or climbing something forbidden. Friday…

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Flashback

My best friend and roommate from BYU was called last Sunday to be the Young Women’s president in her ward. Her ward and stake split at the same time, and her ward lost a lot of leadership and not many youth. The ward had about 80 active youth. Many of the boys went to a new unit, while about 30…

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President Monson says read the handbook

The Biggest Mistake YW Leaders Still Make

I’ve been active on a couple of Young Women facebook groups for a while now, and it’s apparent to me that most young women leaders don’t study the Church Handbook of Instructions.  It’s a huge mistake that’s easy to fix.  If you don’t read the handbook, you’re missing out on important information such as: Sunday lesson instruction is the responsibility…

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The myth of “Church Approved” resources

I got an email today asking me if my website was church approved.  I thought I had squelched the myth of “church approved” 11 years ago…  Guess not. This question indicates a misinterpretation of Church leaders’ teachings that just gets me so frustrated that I felt it merited a public response.  This post originally appeared on my MormonShare.com FAQ, back…

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Young Women Bracelet Kit with Sparkly Bling!

I’ve been planning to update my Young Women Jewelry Kit for some time now, and today it finally happened!  You have got to check out my new Young Women Bracelet Kit with Sparkly Rhinestone Rondelle Spacers! I had so much fun shopping for and practicing with these new rondelle spacers!  I have never used them before, but they add so much…

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Young Women presidency meeting

6-month planning meeting

We held our 6-month planning and leadership meeting this morning. I am not sure where I got the idea for holding this event before General Conference, but that has turned out to be a great choice.  It’s a day free of other church meetings, and since we are in the Eastern time zone, General Conference doesn’t begin for us until…

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Let no corrupt communication…

I’m teaching Young Women tomorrow, and I wanted to give something to my girls that would help them r member the Come Follow Me lesson, which is titled “How do the things I say affect me and those around me?”. I don’t like it when people say that lessons are more for them than students, but in this case, that…

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YW President Perks

I was texting a friend this morning about another friend I was concerned about (trying to help from the background, as is my wont) and got reminded I should text and check in on one of my graduated YW who has moved to Mesa. LOL. Best conversation ever! Apparently Mesa is, in fact, Nirvana. It’s positively teeming with spiritual, date-able…

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personal progress

Finally Hitting Pay Dirt with Personal Progress

I have a confession to make.  It’s a true confession — and a sad one. I am terrible at encouraging Personal Progress. Yeah, I have my medallion thanks to the zealous efforts of my young women leaders back home in Mississippi, but I’m truly awful at encouraging PP among the young women I lead now.  I have lots of reasons…

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Must the presidency sit at the front during meetings?

I’ve been in three Relief Society presidencies, and each group has had someone ask if they have to sit at at the front of the classroom during meetings.  In the past I’ve said it’s up to you, but today I stumbled on this article from Elder Boyd K. Packer (The Unwritten Order of Things, Brigham Young University devotional, 15 Oct. 1996). …

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Sleeping Student

My Lesson is Boring!

AC expressed a common concern on the LDS Seminary Teacher Facebook Group: “I’m a new teacher this year, not creative at all and need desperate help. I have my two boys in my class and they both tell me I’m boring.” Here’s what I said: Please know that everything I’m about to say is intended to be helpful. Please read…

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