I am 15 yrs old, and each of the young women in our ward are paired into teams to teach. My team’s lesson for this month is the one on heritage. After looking at several other people’s handouts online, I created one that I think is fabulous. It has several quotes, one from Jeffrey R Holland, and the other from Elaine Cannon. I included some of the basics ideas and questions from the lesson, and I left space for the girls to write some of the heritage they’d gotten and what they planned to pass on. I hope this is helpful for your site! Thanks! Miranda E.
Heritage: Contribute. Accomplish. Serve. Excel.
“First of all, I want you to be proud you are a woman. I want you to feel the reality of what that means, to know who you truly are. You are literally a spirit daughter of heavenly parents with a divine nature and an eternal destiny. That surpassing truth should be fixed deep in your soul and be fundamental to every decision you make as you grow into mature womanhood. There could never be a greater authentication of your dignity, your worth, your privileges, and your promise. Your Father in Heaven knows your name and knows your circumstance. He hears your prayers. He knows your hopes and dreams, including your fears and frustrations. And He knows what you can become through faith in Him. Because of this divine heritage you, along with all of your spiritual sisters and brothers, have full equality in His sight and are empowered through obedience to become a rightful heir in His eternal kingdom, an “[heir] of God, and joint-[heir] with Christ.” Seek to comprehend the significance of these doctrines. Everything Christ taught He taught to women as well as men. Indeed, in the restored light of the gospel of Jesus Christ, a woman, including a young woman, occupies a majesty all her own in the divine design of the Creator. You are, as Elder James E. Talmage once phrased it, ‘a sanctified investiture which none shall dare profane.’” ~Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
A Goodly Parent is Faithful to Commandments (1 Ne. 2:1)A Goodly Parent is Obedient (1 Ne. 2:3)A Goodly Parent is Blessed & Teaches their Children(1 Ne. 2:9-14)
“A heritage of Godliness is yours…, Born in the spirit a child of God and quickened now by his power, his love. For you he gave his Only Begotten Son. For you Christ lived and died and lives again. This Church provides you with a heritage in truth, in covenants, in motivation, in courage, in direction, in friendships and leadership, in strength to rise out of the dust of this life to a new level of being. Hold fast to your heritage. It is most valuable. Hold high your head. Be glad you are you – not another instead. With all that you’re heir to, add some of your own. Contribute. Accomplish. Serve. Excel. Drink deeply of the good things in life and of the spirit. Live that you may one day hand to your children and your children’s children the blessing of a heritage even more worthy than your own.” ~Elaine Cannon