What’s in It for You


Mutual Activity Idea

  • Using the article by Elder Robert D. Hales, “Preparing for a Heavenly Marriage,” on page 2, have a Mutual activity in three parts. First, have a game or quiz that covers dating. (Check on page 34 of the October 2004 New Era for ideas.) Second, invite a recently married couple to talk about supporting and serving each other. For the final part, ask the bishop to review the temple recommend interview questions used in Elder Hales’s article.

Personal Progress or Duty to God

  • If getting angry is one of your bad habits, select one or two of the ideas in the Idea List on page 9 to help you overcome your anger habit. Follow your plan for at least two weeks, and report to your parents on your progress.

Family Home Evening Ideas

  • Get a copy of For the Strength of Youth for each family member. Take turns reading about each standard. Point out the positive advice given in each section. Explain that younger children can practice the standards that apply to them to prepare for their teen years.

  • Provide each family member with a pencil and paper. To demonstrate the translation process that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery went through in translating the golden plates, have one person dictate out of the Book of Mormon, and then have each person write down what is read aloud. Try writing at least four verses. Conclude by reading Words of Mormon 1:9–11.

Sunday Lesson Helps

In addition to the Resource Guides (printed in May and November in the Ensign), Young Women and Aaronic Priesthood teachers may find these additional resources helpful in enhancing lessons 6–10.

Young Women Manual 1

Lesson 6: Finding Joy Now

Mormonad, “Spread Sunshine,” New Era, Jan. 1999, 19.

Joe J. Christensen, “A Reason to Smile,” New Era, Nov. 1996, 4.

Lesson 7: Homemaking

Janet Thomas, “The Family Secret,” New Era, Nov. 2004, 36.

Gretel J. Backman, “Families Are Forever,” New Era, Dec. 1994, 26.

Lesson 8: Attitudes about Our Divine Roles

Robert D. Hales, “Preparing for a Heavenly Marriage,” this issue, 2.

Margaret D. Nadauld, “What You Are Meant to Be,” New Era, Oct. 2002, 42.

Lesson 9: Honoring Parents

Richard Moore, “My Trust Fund,” New Era, Oct. 1999, 34.

Shanna Butler, “How to Talk to Your Parents,” New Era, June 2005, 30.

Lesson 10: Supporting Family Members

Q&A: “… How can I let them know I love them without saying it?” New Era, Nov. 2004, 16.

Ashley Eggers, “Love, Anonymous,” New Era, Feb. 2001, 26.

Aaronic Priesthood Manual 1

Lesson 6: The Holy Ghost

Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Gift of the Holy Ghost,” New Era, Jan. 2005, 4.

Lindsay T. Dil, “If You Listen,” New Era, July 2005, 8.

Stephen Vincent, “Words of Warning,” New Era, Jan. 2005, 48.

Lesson 7: “A Mighty Change of Heart”

Ken Merrell, “The Visitor,” New Era, May 2000, 8.

Q&A: “… I made fun of the Church. How can I show them I was wrong?” New Era, July 2004, 16.

Lesson 8: “Honour Thy Father”

Fraser Aumua, “Like Father, Like Son,” New Era, Oct. 1999, 8.

“I Call Him Dad,” New Era, Sep. 2005, 10.

Amanda Wallin, “All-Star Dad,” New Era, July 2005, 46.

Lesson 9: Respect for Mothers and Their Divine Role

Russell M. Nelson, “Next to the Angels,” New Era, Mar. 2005, 4.

Brett M. Condon, “Murmuring and Mowing,” New Era, July 2004, 8.

Lesson 10: Family Unity

Adam C. Olson, “Helping Home Evening Succeed,” New Era, Sept. 2005, 30.

Shanna Butler, “How to Talk to Your Parents,” New Era, June 2005, 30.