YW Activation Ideas

As of late, missionary work has been on my mind. There is such an excitement and enthusiasm for missionary work in the church and I find myself constantly thinking…  “How I can get more involved?”“How can I be more prepared to share my testimony?”“How can I show more love?” I recently read the talk “Find the Lambs, Feed the Sheep” from President Hinckley and felt so inspired and motivated!I especially loved when President Hinckley encouraged,  “LET’S ALL WORK TOGETHER TO GROW THE WARD”. I immediately thought of the youth. Have I mentioned before how much I love the youth program in the church?Okay yes, I know I have.But seriously, everything about it is so inspired.  Nothing is more incredible than hearing a youth member sincerely share their testimony.Nothing gives me more strength than to watch a youth member stand for what they believe. Nothing makes me more happy than to see a youth member find confidence in knowing they are a child of God. With that being said, when you recognize and can see those blessings in action,  it is sometimes difficult to see a youth member who is struggling with their testimony or having a difficult time being motivated to participate in activities or Sunday attendance.  I know that activation can be a difficult and sometimes sensitive topic,but I also know that it is such a crucial part of missionary work.  I decided to create a few fun ways to encourage activation.These ideas are really simple and could be executed by a presidency or an entire YW class/organization. I also want to mention that although these ideas are fun and a great way to get girls excited about YW, in order for them to be successful they must be combined with a whole lot of love.  My biggest suggestions as you use the ideas below is to make them personal.Don’t just drop off the notes, also visit the girls.Get to know them. Pray for them.Call them.Follow-up with themHave class members invite them to church and activities. It is not a difficult thing, it just takes a little more time and compassion. With that being said, I hope that you are able to use some of these fun ideas and get engaged the missionary excitement!  You can find the free downloads and ideas herehttp://courtneyaitken.blogspot.com/2013/08/young-women-corner-activation-ideas-as.html

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