“come Follow Me” August: Why Is Family Important?

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This printable goes with the “Come Follow Me” August Theme: Marriage & Family Question: Why is family important?
First, I was going to ask some YW to bring a picture of their family and tell the class why their family is important.  We then will answer the first question on the worksheet: Why is YOUR family important?Then, you can do the suggested introduction activity:

  • Write on the board “The _________ is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal _______ of His ________.” Invite the young women to read the first paragraph of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” and complete the sentence. Discuss as a class why this statement is true.

You can download this page HERE or in Dropbox HEREThen, the Circle Map {form of a thinking map used in school} can be completed a variety of ways.You put ideas in the big circle and outside the circle in the “box of reference” you write the reference pieces that helped you come up with the ideas.  So, you can do scriptures on the family.  You write the ideas on family in the circle and the scriptures used outside the circle in the reference box.  Or you can read a talk on family.  You write the ideas on the family from the talk in the circle and the name of the talk and speaker in the reference box.  Or you can use “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”.  Write the ideas.  Etc…I did all of the above when I was studying for this topic.  I color coded it with highlighters.  I highlighted the idea with the reference piece so I know what idea came from where. :)I would have the girls use the Family Proclamation from their Personal Progress book or make a copy of it to glue in their INB so they can highlight or underline how they want.
So, for example you can:

  • Invite the young women to read the last eight paragraphs of Elder L. Tom Perry’s talk “Becoming Goodly Parents,” looking for answers to the question “Why are families important?” Invite them to share what they find. What can the young women do to show that they understand how important families are? How will their understanding of the importance of families affect the way they treat their family members?

You can write what they find in the circle and put the reference “Becoming Goodly Parent’s” outside the circle in the reference box.  
Or you can: 

  • Assign each young woman one of the scriptures in this outline. Ask the class to search “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” and look for a passage that relates to their scripture. Invite each young woman to share her scripture and the part of the proclamation it relates to. Ask them to share any experiences they have had that illustrate the importance of families.

You can write what they find in the Proclamation in the circle and put “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” in the reference box.
You really can adjust the Circle Map to be used with any of the suggested “Learn Together” activities.
In case you have time…..You can download these pages HERE or in Dropbox HEREFilmstrip printable is on p.1 and the flow chart is on p.2 of the download
The filmstrip printable is for this: 

  • As a class, read the story about Elder Mason visiting with Elder Spencer W. Kimball (in Elder Neil L. Andersen’s talk “Children”) or show the video “Having Children in Faith.” What does the world teach about families? What does the Lord teach? What priorities do some people place above raising a family? What blessings will the young women receive for making family a high priority in their lives?

 And the flow chart on the opposite page is for this:

  • Draw a circle on the board. Invite a young woman to draw a family inside the circle. Around the circle, write premortal life, mortal life, and postmortal life. Ask a young woman to read the third paragraph of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” and look for ways the family fits into each of these parts of the plan of salvation. Invite the young women to share their feelings for their families and why they want to be united with them after this life.

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