At the Ohio lesson

In December 1830 the Saints were commanded to move to Ohio(see D&C 37:3), and in January 1831 they were 

promised that they would be “endowed with power from on high” if they would obey (D&C 38:32).

Those who gathered in Ohio were greatly blessed. Continuous revelations led the Saints to deeper understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, they received the blessings that came from building a temple and preaching the gospel. While the Church grew in numbers and spiritual strength in Ohio, severe opposition also increased against the Church and its leaders. 

The Prophet Joseph Smith lived in Kirtland from January 1831 to January 1838.

Explain that in January 1831, the Prophet Joseph Smith and his wife,Emma, as well as Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge, left New York for Ohio. Most of the New York Saints followed during the next five months.



I made up four Mini-lessons- and had them rotate from station to station


At the Ohio lesson

At the Ohio lesson

The Law of the Church

Sir Isaac Newton is well known for his three laws of motion. The first law of motion, the law of inertia, states that objects at rest will remain at rest, and objects in motion will remain in motion, unless acted on by an outside force. Inertia, a resistance to change, depends on both mass and friction. In this activity you will observe the inertia of a penny at rest.

I found this activity online...they had to put the index card on the cup with a penny on top of the card. Then flip the 
card out having the penny fall into the cup. 

Using their scriptures and journals answer some questions about the Law of the Church (D&C 42)

                                             At the Ohio lesson

D&C 38:32 and 88: 119 the promised to endow the saints with power from on high and gave them commandments.
I had a Kirkland Ohio Temple fact sheet for them to read and questions for them to answer
They were to then build a edible temple out of marshmallows, graham crackers and frosting

At the Ohio lesson

At the Ohio lesson
D&C 42: 6-7 the Lord gave them commandments about missionary work
Once the Kirtland Temple had been dedicated and the keys for the gathering of Israel had been restored, members of the 

Church began to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in more places.


Using their scriptures: Map 3 in the Church History Maps section (“The New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio Area of the USA”).
 they found that:
Kirtland was an ideal location to begin to send missionaries throughout the world. Kirtland was near several main routes of transportation in the United States. From Kirtland, missionaries only had to travel short distances to access steamboats on

America’s major rivers and Lake Erie. They also had access to a national road system to the south and a canal system to the north. Because of this,Kirtland was the point of departure for missions to Canada, other parts of the United States, and Great Britain.

Because of missionary work during this time, the membership of the Church throughout the world increased by thousands.In 1837, 
Elders Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde were called along with five others on a mission to Great Britain, where they baptized around 2,000 people. By 1838, when the Saints left Kirtland because of persecution, there were about 2,000 members of the Church living in
Kirtland and nearly 18,000 worldwide

Mini-lesson 4—Other Significant Revelations and Events       

Read D&C 42:61

Joseph Smith arrived in Ohio, the Lord told him that he would “receive revelation upon revelation” if he would ask God.

-Turn to the chronological order of contents of the Doctrine and Covenants (located after the introduction).


Determine the location where most of the revelations recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants were received. 


Locate D&C 76; 89; 107; 137. Read the section introduction and skim the section summary located before the first verse.

In your journal write why each of these sections is significant.



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"Come Follow Me": September~ Why is it important to be honest?

This post is lesson helps and printable for "Come Follow Me" September's: Why is it important to be honest?  This lesson is a combination of several bullets suggested in the lesson outline.

"Come Follow Me": September~ Why is it important to be honest?
As my attention-getter we played this game:
I let them look at the items in the pan for 1 minute.  Then, I covered it up and they had to list as many things they could remember in one minute.  HOWEVER, I took a pic of the tray ahead of time with my phone and let one of the YW cheat using the pic.  The other girls didn't know this until AFTER they had to try and list the items.  After finding out who won by writing the most items, I told them we had a cheater.  We talked about why cheating is not fair.

"Come Follow Me": September~ Why is it important to be honest?
We then filled out this Cause and Effect chart. 
They use the Strength of Youth book to write down the 3 things listed that is not honest. Then, we looked up some of the scriptures in the outline that tell the outcome of a dishonest person.  I wanted to stress to them that you should be honest not just because you will be "thrust down to hell" but because it's the RIGHT THING TO DO!  We talked about how you can't have the companionship of the Holy Ghost if you are dishonest with people.  Yes, we talked about repentance too. :)

 LYING:
"Come Follow Me": September~ Why is it important to be honest?


I used this object lesson when talking about lying with friends.  I explained how you build up a relationship with a friend.  And if you start lying to them then your relationship with crumble.  I had a YW pull a cup out from the "foundation" of the friendship.  We talked about how it's a lot harder to build a relationship back up after you have been dishonest with them.

CHEATING:
"Come Follow Me": September~ Why is it important to be honest?

Being a past teacher, unfortunately when I taught Middle School I experienced a LOT of cheating. :(  I told the girls how I would just get so frustrated cuz I couldn't trust them that they would keep their eyes on their own paper.  I had to make a TEST A and TEST B.  Have a different Pop Quiz with each class because kids would take pictures of the quiz and send it to friends in other classes.  I told the YW that I would just get so frustrated I wanted to do this to them {showed the above pictures... they thought it was funny}. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THESE PICS HERE. They responded that you should!  I said I shouldn't have to!  That's the problem! Everyone should have the moral compass inside them to know that it's not ok to cheat. 

PERSONAL STORY: I told them the story about how I had a male student who was very popular.  The girls all thought he was super cute.  He was an athlete.  One day he asked me to complete a teacher recommendation form for student council.  He had 2 older siblings that had once been on student council so he thought for sure he would be selected.  I couldn't check the box that said yes.  It was because he was one of my students that would try to cheat during tests.  I couldn't recommend him as an example to students when I knew he was dishonest.  

PERSONAL STORY:  Another time when I was teaching I wanted to express the importance of honesty with my students.  So, I took the tests home.  Graded them.  Put the student's grades in my gradebook, but did NOT write their score on the tests.  The next day I told the students that they were going to grade their own test and give me their grades. I was saddened to see how many students were dishonest and gave me a higher grade than I knew they earned.  After taking in the grades they said they earned, I told them what I had done. I told them that I had already graded the tests and that the real test was to see who would be honest and give me their actual score. I told them that I knew who the honest ones were and the dishonest students were.  I explained that they needed to always be honest because you never know when your honesty would be tested again.

I also shared these stories from the conference talks: 





Throughout these we discussed the importance of being honest and what choices we should make to ensure we are women of Integrity.
"Come Follow Me": September~ Why is it important to be honest?


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Diamonds in the Rough

With the 2014 mutual theme being, "Come Unto Christ and be Perfected in Him..." I have had overwhelming email requests and comments on this particular post. Most of you are requesting a copy of the talk. Just so you know... I have made a request for the talk that was used, but not sure if she still has a copy. This particular New Beginnings was held a few years ago, back in 2010. I will let you know if and when it becomes available.
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Original 2010 post:
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This year our ward's New Beginnings theme was, "Diamonds in the rough: Come unto Christ and be perfected in Him" .
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INVITATION
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Invitations were hand delivered in a simple black envelope, tied with black ribbon. Each name was written in metallic silver on the front of the envelope.
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Needed Supplies: simple printout of invitation on white copy paper, black card stock, black envelopes, clear rhinestone stickers, double-sided tape or glue stick, and a silver metallic Sharpie.
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Other ideas:
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Square Bracket Cards
You can purchase them here
I saw these cute Square Bracket Cards and thought they might be a bit more "girlie" than the straight edge we used on our invites.
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AMBIANCE/DECOR
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The Relief Society room was transformed into our Young Women's Diamond Boutique

Décor included: black and white table coverings and drapes, black tulle, topiaries, lighting, large acrylic crystals, and a simple vase filled with faux beautiful soft pink roses (which were given to our new and incoming Beehives during the program).

The Young Women Medallion was displayed on a black velvet neck display. And the new Personal Progress booklet, Strength of Youth pamphlet and Guidebook for Parents and Leaders of Youth, each received a "bling, bling makeover", using clear rhinestone stickers. the YW values were also displayed.

My daughter's dress form was transformed into our daughter of a king, complete with a few of the large acrylic crystals around the neck and a sparkly "Diamonds in the Rough" sash, which I made using a piece of black scrap material and felt letters stickers I found at a local fabric store (simple, yet adorable!).

Along with the bling was a large piece of coal, a simple rock we found at the lake recently, spray painted black.
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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
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I do not have an exact program outline. But our program included Personal Progress updates, Spotlights on our newest Beehives, a couple musical numbers, and talks from our Young Women's President (Amy) and our Bishop. They each tied in the theme nicely. Amy started out her talk with the cutest object lesson... "How to make a diamond".
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OBJECT LESSON IDEAS
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1) I recall Amy standing in front of the group in a darling apron. Holding a recipe card. She took a piece of coal (could be a simple rock painted black) and placed it in a frying pan. She asked the young women how long it would take her to turn that piece of coal into a diamond. I believe this is when she pulled out the blow torch. She didn't use it of course. Just a visual aid. :) After some discussion, she bridged over to what it takes to be perfected in Him.
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2) Another idea would be to use a tarnished piece of silver and polish it while explaining how our Savior helps refine us - in the end the silver will shine.
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photo credit here, from The Creek Line House
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3) Diamonds, an object lesson.
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RESOURCES FOR TALK PREPARATION
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The process to create diamonds is completely natural. The diamonds start out as a simple piece of coal, until a molten rock heats pure carbon under tremendous pressure. This causes the diamond crystals to be formed. Volcanic activity will, over time, push the diamonds to the earth’s surface, where they can be found buried in the earth. The diamonds still have to get cleaned and polished before they shine.
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The  Lord's Pattern for Peace, Elder Christoffel Golden Jr., Ensign April 2008
"Then, as I looked at his almost transparent countenance, I recalled many of the small and great deeds he had done. It was in the small deeds that I discovered the greater joy. Through his renewed life of submission and service, this noble servant of the Lord had received the approval of heaven. He was no longer a rough diamond but rather a refined, polished shaft.
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Opposition in Order to Strengthen Us, Eldred G. Smith, General Conference October 1973
"We all have our trials of life to strengthen us. Each thinks he has the hardest or most severe trials. It may be that they are the most difficult only because they are the hardest or most difficult for you. The diamond is enhanced and made more valuable with polishing. Steel is made harder and more valuable through tempering. So also opposition builds the character of man."
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James E Faust uses the story of a man's search for diamonds to teach a few different lessons:
Happiness and Our Search For Happiness, James E. Faust, Liahona October 2000
"How many times do we look for our happiness at a distance in space or time rather than right now, in our own homes, with our own families and friends?"
The Truth Shall Make You Free, James E. Faust, Liahona September 1998
“Where can truth be found?”
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http://www.lds.org/media-library/images/mormonads/trials-and-adversity?lang=eng
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How Diamonds are Formed, National Geographic
As I watched this I was intrigued with the idea that once a diamond is formed beneath the earth's surface, it still needs to be transported. Just as we need our Savior.
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MUSICAL NUMBER SUGGESTIONS
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Brie sang her first solo in public. She and one of our beehives sang "Daughter of a King", by Jenny Phillips. They each sang a verse on their own and sang the chorus together. Brie was so nervous, but she did wonderful.
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TAKE-A-WAY/GIFTS
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After the program, the Young Women were directed to the back of the room. There they found two tables which were set-up with supplies for each of them to make their own "Be Strong and of Good Courage" tiles - because that was the mutual theme for 2010. (supplies: 4x4 tiles, prepared vinyl lettering, and Pampered Chef scrapers)
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REFRESHMENTS
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We served up Chocolate Mousse Parfaits with Brownies and Caramel Sauce, Amy's creation.
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TAKE AWAY IDEAS
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Each of the young women were given a small bag, tied with a black ribbon, holding a ring pop inside as they were leaving.
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(1) Small Black Velvet Drawstring Pouches, purchase here ($2.93 for a pack of 12)
(2) Clear treat bags, found at your local craft stores
(3) Black Organza Bags,purchase here ($1.50 for a pack of 10)
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Here are a few other ideas...
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Ring Pop Popsicles
idea found here, from Make It Cozee
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 Edible Sugar Diamonds
Multiple colors and shapes. Great to top cupcakes or cookies with!
You can purchase them here, at Fancy Flours
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Gem Candy Molds
Have a candy making activity beforehand.
Candy molds found here
photo from Make It Love It
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MUTUAL or F.H.E. ACTIVITY IDEAS
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Rock Hounding, Family Home Evening Resource Book

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