What’s in It for You


Mutual Activity Idea

  • Get involved in humanitarian service. Set up several tied quilts to be donated to a homeless shelter, or assemble some school kits for children. Take breaks by playing games you learned during recess at elementary school like hopscotch, jump rope, four-square, or jacks.

Personal Progress or Duty to God

  • If you feel a little like you could have sent in the question on page 16, set a goal to learn a new skill. Learn to lead the singing; enlarge, color, and mount some of the illustrated stories in the Friend for use in Primary or in your family home evenings; interview your oldest relative and write a short history of his or her life; learn to take photos and do a photo history of a day in your life.

Family Home Evening Ideas

  • Read together the story “Why I Believe” on page 38. Talk about what it means to fast and pray. Make a goal to fast and pray about something specific on the next fast Sunday. Decide together who or what you will be fasting for.

  • Use the poster from the January 2005 issue of the New Era as an illustration to review the First Vision. Read together Joseph Smith—History 1:11–20 [JS—H 1:11–20]. Have each person tell what he or she has learned from the Prophet Joseph Smith as the young people did in the article on page 29.

Sunday Lesson Helps

In addition to the Resource Guides (printed in May and November in the Ensign and Liahona), Young Women and Aaronic Priesthood teachers may find these additional resources helpful in enhancing lessons 16–20.

Young Women Manual 3

Lesson 16: Temple Endowment

F. David Stanley, “The Most Important Step,” New Era, June 2000, 20.

L. Aldin Porter, “Come to the Temple,” New Era, Oct. 2004, 8.

Lesson 17: Preparing to Attend the Temple

Howard W. Hunter, “Your Temple Recommend,” New Era, Apr. 1995, 6.

“Baptisms for the Dead: What to Know Before You Go,” New Era, Apr. 2004, 34.

Lesson 18: Temple Marriage

The entire October 2004 issue of the New Era is dedicated to preparing for a temple marriage.

Brad Wilcox, “Marriage Prep 101,” New Era, Oct. 1999, 30.

Lara Bangerter, “Man of My Dreams,” New Era, June 2001, 8.

Lesson 19: Heritage

Q&A: “… Does it really matter if you’re related to pioneers?” New Era, July 1996, 16.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Debt You Owe,” New Era, July 2001, 8.

Lesson 20: Understanding a Missionary’s Responsibilities

Q&A: “… How can I support him without making him homesick?” New Era, Feb. 1997, 16.

David B. Haight, “A Spiritual Adventure,” New Era, June 2000, 6.

Aaronic Priesthood Manual 3

Lesson 16: Jesus Christ, the Life and Light of the World

Boyd K. Packer, “The Brilliant Morning of Forgiveness,” this issue, 4.

Idea List: “Always Remember Him,” this issue, 9.

Poster: “Now There Is Hope,” this issue, 19.

Lesson 17: The Holy Ghost

F. Melvin Hammond, “A Remarkable Feeling,” New Era, June 2002, 38.

Q&A: “How can I tell inspiration from my own thoughts and feelings?” New Era, Apr. 2003, 16.

Lesson 18: Prayer

Gabriel Middleton, “Stop Right Here,” this issue, 26.

Poster: “Need to Talk?” New Era, May 2004, 19.

Amy Boylan, “Prayer in the A.M.” New Era, May 2004, 42.

Lesson 19: Fasting

Sandy Lancaster, “Why I Believe,” this issue, 38.

Esther Hansen, “The Real Fast,” New Era, May 2002, 11.

Lesson 20: Tithing—A Spiritual Test

Kristi Linton, “Money Matters,” New Era, Sept. 2004, 34.

Q&A: “Why should I pay tithing on the money I’m earning now since I’m planning on using my earnings to pay for my mission? …” New Era, Mar. 2003, 16.