Use for Young Women, Young Men, Family Home Evening, Primary Sharing Time, or Activity Days
ACTIVITY: “Sweet Hour of Prayer” verse – prayer list
Youth can place this “Sweet Hour of Prayer” verse tent card on their nightstand to remind them of things they want to pray about during their “Sweet” hour of prayer (making a list of things on the backside they wish to pray about).
TO MAKE: Print activity in color or black and white. Fold. Place a jewel or metal brad to secure clock hands (painting brad with colored nail polish or paint). If possible, cut out hands with heavy clear so words can show.
PATRIARCHAL BLESSING DISCUSSION AND SACRED YEARLY LETTER:
1. Talk about patriarchal blessings and about earthly fathers—what they want for their children and what they do for their children. Discuss what Heavenly Father does and wants for His children, and things He gives us to help us. 2. Have youth write a letter of appreciation to their Heavenly Father and put it in a sealed envelope. Tell them to nourish these feelings so they will grow. Have them put the letter in their journal for one year. 3. After the year is up, have them then write another letter to Heavenly Father, expressing appreciation and love, then compare by re-reading the letter from the previous year. 4. Then have them repeat steps 2–3 and compare the feelings from one year to the next, watching their love increase.
SEND A BALLOON-LETTER HOME:
Give each youth a helium balloon and ask them to take it home. When they are alone, they can write a note to Heavenly Father on the balloon with a marker, sharing thoughts of gratitude for His plan of salvation, listing personal goals. Then they can sign it and let it soaring toward heaven, or let the air go out slowly—shrinking down, and keeping balloon as a reminder of their love for Him and that their love should never shrink.