My husband and I recently team-taught a lesson for the youth (combined ym/yw) about personal preparedness. This was specifically focused on temporal preparedness and life skills for teens. We felt like lecturing them about getting a 1 year supply of food (which is important) would just go in one ear and out the other. We did talk briefly about storing food, but our goal was to get the youth participating and thinking about things that are important to them right now- becoming responsible, independent, and gaining skills they will need as they get closer to moving away from home. The complete list of questions is below)
We did this is a jeopardy style game. I taped pieces of paper with the 6 categories on the wall and then taped 24 pieces of paper on the wall under those categories (labeled 1-4). To save time, I didn’t write the question on the actual paper on the wall, I just read the question on my sheet that corresponded with the question I picked. I didn’t get a photo, but it looked something like this:
BE CLEAN BE FRUGAL BE EDUCATED BE HANDY BE RESPONSIBLE BE HEALTHY 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4
We divided the class into two groups- boys vs. girls (but you could do it any way), and the person with the correct answer got a piece of candy. Also, whichever team got the answer right also got a point, so there was an overall winning team (who got the remaining candy at the end).
To come up with our questions, I asked adults in our area (on Facebook) to suggest things that youth should know before they move out on their own. You can change the questions to suit the youth in your area. I didn’t include the answers for most of them, but most are common-sense. If you aren’t sure about a specific answer, you could always replace it with another question.
We talked for a little while about each answer to make it more educational – like, “Yes, thats right- you can tell food has gone bad if there are spots on it. You can also look for signs like changes in smell or texture, and keep an eye on expiration dates”. We spent about 30 minutes on this game and only got to about 2/3 of the questions.
This was used for a 5th Sunday 3rd hour lesson, but you could also use this for mutual, etc. You could also include questions about spiritual preparedness as well.
BE CLEAN BE FRUGAL BE EDUCATED BE HANDY BE RESPONSIBLE BE HEALTHY WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CLEAN YOUR BATHROOM, EVEN IF YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO USES IT? IF YOUR POWER GOES OUT, YOU SHOULD KEEP YOUR FRIDGE AND FREEZER CLOSED. WHY? IS IT IMPORTANT TO LEARN HOW TO TYPE AND USE A COMPUTER? IF SO, WHY? YOUR CAR NEEDS NEW TIRES. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU IGNORE IT AND DON’T BUY NEW TIRES? IF YOUR PARENTS WENT ON A 6 MONTH CRUISE TO ANTARTICA, WOULD YOU REMEMBER TO GET A HAIRCUT? YOU NEED TO GO TO THE DENTIST, DO YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT BY YOURSELF? IS LEARNING TO IRON IMPORTANT? NAME 3 DIFFERENT SOCIAL SITUATIONS WHEN IT WOULD BE AWKWARD FOR YOU TO HAVE A WRINKLED SHIRT. YOUR APARTMENT IS COLD, BUT TURNING UP THE HEAT WILL MAKE YOUR ELECTRIC BILL HIGHER. WHAT ELSE COULD YOU DO TO STAY WARM? IN THIS AREA OF THE COUNTRY, THERE IS AN AVERAGE OF 1 JOB OPENING FOR EVERY 2 UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE. WHY IS EDUCATION IMPORTANT? YOU ARE AN ADULT & A HEADLIGHT GOES OUT ON YOUR CAR. WHAT DO YOU DO? EVERY PERSON IN THIS ROOM HAS A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. YOU SHOULD MEMORIZE IT BEFORE YOU GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL. WHY?
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF SOME OF THE FOOD IN YOUR FRIDGE HAS GONE BAD? WHY SHOULD YOU SEPARATE WHITES AND COLORS WHEN YOU DO LAUNDRY? YOUR PARENTS WILL BE OUT OF TOWN FOR 2 WEEKS. LIST 3 THINGS THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO COOK FOR YOURSELF WITHOUT USING A MICROWAVE (NOTHING PRE-MADE FROZEN) PEOPLE WHO DO REGULAR VOLUNTEER WORK ARE 30% MORE LIKELY TO FIND A JOB . WHY? YOU ARE HUNGRY. ALL YOU HAVE AROUND IS SOME POTATOES. WHAT DO YOU DO? WHEN YOU HAVE AN OFFICIAL JOB YOU GET A PAYSTUB. HOW LONG ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO KEEP THAT PAYSTUB? STARTING A NEW JOB, GOING TO COLLEGE, OR GOING ON A MISSION ARE ALL STRESSFUL. WHAT COULD YOU DO IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TOO MUCH STRESS? YOUR TOILET OVERFLOWS. WHAT DO YOU DO? TRUE OR FALSE? YOU CAN’T HAVE A ‘FOOD STORAGE’ UNTIL YOU ARE MARRIED AND HAVE A BIG ENOUGH HOUSE SOMETIMES PEOPLE MARRY NON-MEMBERS, BELIEVING THEY WILL SOMEDAY BE BAPTIZED IN THE CHURCH. IN REALITY, WHAT PERCENTAGE OF NON-MEMBER SPOUSES JOIN THE CHURCH? (15%) YOU ARE GOING AWAY TO COLLEGE OR ON A MISSION IN ONE MONTH AND YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO COOK. WHAT CAN YOU DO? WHY SHOULD YOU WORK TO SAVE YOUR OWN MONEY FOR COLLEGE OR A MISSION? WHY IS NOT THE BEST IDEA TO HAVE A BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND WHEN YOU LEAVE FOR YOUR MISSION?