Use for Young Women, Young Men, Family Home Evening, Seminary/Institute
ACTIVITY: Smooth Sailing Companion-ship Journal
Help youth think of what they can do now to prepare to be an eternal companion. Write ideas on this journal.
Ideas: • Study scriptures often • Have family home evening regularly • Listen • Share skills with young children • Cook basic, healthy-balanced meals • Baby-sit • Practice house-keeping skills • Balance a checkbook • Budget money • Be a good friend • Share • Smile and look on the bright side • Learn to can produce • Learn to sew • Learn gardening skills • Save money for a rainy day • Cook-up-a- storm, but don’t let the dishes “reign” • Clean house before bed • Plan clothing before bed
TO MAKE: Print activity in color or black and white.
YOUNG WOMEN: Ask young women to share their testimony on: How can I prepare now to be a righteous wife and mother? “To prepare to be a righteous wife and mother, young women should focus on the Savior and on developing Christlike attributes. The family proclamation says that “successful marriage and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. … Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129). ”
YOUNG MEN: How can I prepare now to be a righteous husband and father? CLICK TO FIND VIDEOS: “A Work in Progress”; “Fathers Can Use the Priesthood to Bless Their Families”; Earthly Father, Heavenly Father
THOUGHT TREAT: Companion-ship Sandwich. Make a half sandwich for each youth and place a cheese sail on top with a toothpick. As you eat, talk about smooth sailing companion-“ship” ideas.
More Learning Activities:
YOUNG WOMEN – ORGANIZE DON’T AGONIZE: Have a very good housekeeper and homemaker come and talk to young women about schedules, especially balancing work and family time. Collect bright ideas about organizing, or ask young women to bring an idea to share.
YOUNG WOMEN – PAMPER YOURSELF: “Sharpen the saw,” by doing things that keep your spirits up, e.g., bubble bath, manicure, new hair style, good book, prayer, walks, grooming, uplifting scriptures.
YOUTH GUEST PRETEND: (1) Have youth organize and do a guest pretend (anticipate a visitor and clean the house and perk up your image). (2) Choose one day the next week and help youth create a list of what needs to be done in order to make their home presentable for a very important guest. (3) Talk about how it’s too easy to “sweep the dirt under the rug,” meaning, to clean up fast when you know someone is coming in a few minutes. This crash-cleaning method doesn’t work in the long run because you put things away where they don’t belong, which adds to the stress of everyday living. (4) Help youth collect ideas to share. Example: A cleaning expert was asked how she controls dirty dishes so they don’t clutter the kitchen. She replied, “Keep dishwasher unloaded or emptied especially before bed so it’s easy to fill the next day, keeping dishes off the counter or the sink.”
YOUNG MEN – DAD FOR A DAY BRAINSORM: Have guys mentally role-play DAD DUTIES for a day, doing all for the children and household while MOM IS AWAY. Have young women make a list ahead of time of MOM duties they see need to be done in one day. Have young men make the list. Then compare their lists with the young women to see if they named all of the important duties.
SHOW VIDEO: Enduring Love – Watch how this couple demonstrates pure love and service in their marriage—even though they have to endure debilitating physical adversity. (4:16) CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO FROM YOUR I-PHONE.
SHOW VIDEO: Saving Your Marriage – A marriage, like a human life, is a precious, living thing. Spouses should exercise faith in Christ and love for each other to heal and strengthen their relationship. (2:14) CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO FROM YOUR I-PHONE.
SHOW VIDEO: Expressions of Love – Couples of all ages share the many ways they have found to express love for each other. (3:26) CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO FROM YOUR I-PHONE.
YOUTH TESTIMONY SHARING: Ask youth to share their testimony on the lesson subjects below. Click on the QUESTION* next to “Come, Follow Me” Lesson to lead you into a discussion or the sharing of testimonies.
USE IN AUGUST:
August: “Marriage and Family”
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Source YW 3 #4