Sunday, February 24, 2013

Why Do the Choices I Make Matter?

-Play “Let’s make a Deal” If you've never played it here's a CLIP of the game.


-How did the choices you made affect the outcome of the game?
-How do our choice effect the outcome of our lives?
“Your Heavenly Father loves you and wants you to be happy. The way to do this is to “walk in the paths of virtue” and “cleave unto [your] covenants.” Young women, in a world ever growing in moral pollution, tolerance of evil, exploitation of women, and distortion of roles, you must stand guard of yourself, your family, and all those with whom you associate. You must be guardians of virtue.”- Sis. Dalton

Write these definitions on the board…
            *Virtue-is a pattern of thought and behavior based on high moral standards. It includes chastity and [moral] purity
            *Guardian- A guardian is someone who protects, shields, and defends
            *A guardian of virtue- guardian of virtue, you will protect, shield, and defend moral purity because the power to create mortal life is a sacred and exalted power and must be safeguarded until you are married.

Being a guardian of virtue means you will always be modest not only in your dress but also in your speech, your actions, and your use of social media. Being a guardian of virtue means you will never text words or images to young men that may cause them to lose the Spirit, lose their priesthood power, or lose their virtue. It means that you understand the importance of chastity because you also understand that your body is a temple and that the sacred powers of procreation are not to be tampered with before marriage. You understand that you possess a sacred power that involves the holy responsibility of bringing other spirits to earth to receive a body in which to house their eternal spirit. This power involves another sacred soul. You are a guardian of something “more precious than rubies.” 8 Be faithful. Be obedient. Prepare now so that you may qualify to receive all the blessings that await you in the Lord’s holy temples.- Sis. Dalton

When I was a young woman, I learned that some decisions need to be made only once. I wrote my list of things I would always do and things I would never do in a small tablet. It included things like obeying the Word of Wisdom, praying daily, paying my tithing, and committing to never miss church. I made those decisions once, and then in the moment of decision, I knew exactly what to do because I had decided beforehand. When my high school friends said, “Just one drink won’t hurt,” I laughed and said, “I decided when I was 12 not to do that.” Making decisions in advance will help you be guardians of virtue. I hope each of you will write a list of things you will always do and things you will never do. Then live your list. –Sis. Dalton

-Have the girls write their own “Always and Never lists”

-Watch the CLIP from Alice in wonderland

Decisions are constantly before us. To make them wisely, courage is needed—the courage to say no, the courage to say yes. Decisions do determine destiny. I plead with you to make a determination right here, right now, not to deviate from the path which will lead to our goal: eternal life with our Father in Heaven. Along that straight and true path there are other goals: missionary service, temple marriage, Church activity, scripture study, prayer, temple work. There are countless worthy goals to reach as we travel through life. Needed is our commitment to reach them. –Pres. Monson


-We (unlike Alice) know which path we want to take. As guardians of virtue we choose the path of righteousness; the path to marriage in the holy temple…the path for “Eternal Bliss”

-Give them the handout with the Bliss chocolates that say “Choose the path to “Eternal Bliss”


12 comments:

  1. awesome ideas! where is the handout for the bliss chocolates?

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    1. I will type it up and post it tomorrow.

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  2. The whole lesson you've put together is darn cute and very appropriate for Beehives! Thank you.

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    1. Thanks so much Kelly! I hope it all worked out! :)

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  3. I loved your idea to do Let's Make a Deal.. I'm stealing it! I am concerned about them making Always or Never lists. Doesn't leave a lot of room for mistakes, and could get the girls really discouraged if they stray. Isn't the importance emphasized on the atonement? Shouldn't we teach them that if they stray, they have a great tool to come back? That even if they do make a wrong choice, they can right the wrong? Just a thought..

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    1. I do also think it is important like Sis. Dalton said, to teach them that they need to make these kinds of choices now of what they will do and not do so that the right choice is easier to make when the situation arises. That's just my 2 cents.

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    2. Thanks for you comment. I appreciate the feedback. :)

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  4. Did you ever post the bliss candy hand out? I can't seem to find it. Maybe I'm just blind.

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    1. I didn't I'm sorry. It was just a word doc with 2 columns of the quote.

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  5. Can you please tell me how you did the "Let's make a deal game?" It's such a cute idea!

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    1. I had 4 containers of different items they could have. One was a zonk. EX the 3 good items were the candy Redvines, another was a carton of strawberries, and the other was a pedicure night at my house. Then you just play it like in the video clip. They pick one and open it then they decide if they want to risk trading for another box...etc. If they get the zonk they get nothing (though i let them "repent" and choose again). :)

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    2. I had 4 containers of different items they could have. One was a zonk. EX the 3 good items were the candy Redvines, another was a carton of strawberries, and the other was a pedicure night at my house. Then you just play it like in the video clip. They pick one and open it then they decide if they want to risk trading for another box...etc. If they get the zonk they get nothing (though i let them "repent" and choose again). :)

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