What’s in It for You

Personal Improvement

  • Make a point of praying for specific things in your personal prayers. Read “All I Asked For” (page 11), and think about one idea or question you have. Study the issue out in your mind, then offer sincere prayers in faith.

  • In “What a B(r)other” (page 24), the author discovers that her brother has helped to strengthen their relationship through small acts of service. Think of one way you can serve one of your siblings or a friend, perhaps by doing something as simple as spending some time with him or her.

Family Home Evening Ideas

  • Read President Gordon B. Hinckley’s article, “Your Family,” (page 4). Then choose one of his ideas as a family “theme.” Base your lessons for the month on this theme.

  • Many of the articles in the New Era this month are about family unity, harmony, and happiness. Read this issue, then choose the article you feel best applies to your family situation. Choose one or two favorite quotes from Church leaders in “Our Greatest Happiness” (page 12) to share with your lesson.

Young Men and Young Women Activity Ideas

  • Your Mutual nights can help foster family togetherness. Read “Sister Connection” on page 26. Then plan a night of fun games. Consider inviting younger brothers and sisters, who are not yet old enough to attend Mutual, to attend on this special night.

  • Preparation is the key to success in most aspects of life, and Personal Progress is no exception. The Idea List, “Plan Now for Then” (page 7), suggests several ways to prepare for your success. Use these ideas at your next Personal Progress night to help the girls in your class get on track.

  • Stephanie Spann’s grandfather, who received the Winter Olympics torch, passed the torch to Stephanie (see “Spanning the Generations,” page 20). For your activity, talk about your families’ traditions. Then make a “torch” out of tinfoil. For the flame, write on slips of yellow paper traditions you want to pass on. Pass the torch around, placing the yellow papers in it.

Seminary Devotional Idea

  • Ask class members to list ways they honor their mothers and fathers. When they’re done making their lists, read aloud the short article, “All I Asked For” (page 11). Remind the class that they have a Heavenly Father who loves them. Read Mosiah 13:20 to the class and discuss why it’s important to respect your parents even if you disagree at times.

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