Organize an evening for each person to learn housekeeping and personal skills. Divide into small groups and learn to iron a shirt and sew on buttons. Learn to cook something simple but nutritious. You can even have contests as you learn household skills like mopping a floor or dusting. Not only will these skills come in handy as you leave home and serve a mission, but they can be put to use helping your family now.
Learn how to handle your money. With the help of your parents, make a budget and stick to it for two months. Open a savings account and, along with paying your tithing, pay yourself by saving a percentage of what you make.
After reading parts of “The Handiwork of God,” by Elder M. Russell Ballard on page 2, arrange for your family to go outside in your neighborhood or perhaps to a park. Challenge each family member to examine and then explain some creation in nature they find interesting.
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 11–15.
Young Women Manual 1
Lesson 11: Growing and Maturing in Self-reliance, Part 1
Sheena James, “Alone,” New Era, this issue, 22.
Kristi Linton, “Money Matters,” New Era, Sept. 2004, 34.
Lesson 12: Growing and Maturing in Self-reliance, Part 2
Poster, “You’re Never Big Enough,” this issue, 17.
Richard Moore, “My Trust Fund,” New Era, Oct. 1999, 34.
Shanna Butler, “How to Talk to Your Parents,” New Era, June 2005, 30.
Lesson 13: Sustaining Priesthood Bearers
H. David Burton, Richard C. Edgley, and Keith B. McMullin, “The Miracle of the Priesthood,” New Era, Apr. 2004, 12.
“A Worldwide Priesthood,” New Era, May 2004, 44.
Lesson 14: Patriarchal Leadership in the Home
James E. Faust, “Your Patriarchal Blessing,” New Era, Nov. 2005, 4.
Rosemarie Deppe, “My Fathers,” New Era, June 2003, 8.
Néna Fairbanks, “Blessed to Perform,” New Era, Feb. 2006, 45.
Lesson 15: The Melchizedek Priesthood
Keith R. Waters, “Get Me Out of This!” New Era, June 2005, 8.
Bruce R. McConkie, “Only an Elder,” New Era, Jan. 2003, 36.
Aaronic Priesthood Manual 1
Lesson 11: “As I Have Loved You, Love One Another”
Jed Layton, “Looking Up to Jake,” this issue, 24.
Idea List: “Cooling Your Anger,” New Era, Feb. 2006, 9.
Lesson 12: Following the Living Prophet
“General Conference Worksheet: Listening for Answers,” this issue, 40.
Keith Crockett, “Follow the Trail,” New Era, Mar. 2004, 42.
Lesson 13: Every Member Is a Missionary
Q&A: “How can I prepare to teach the gospel … ?” New Era, Jan. 2006, 14.
David A. Pinkston, “The Answer I Forgot,” New Era, Jan. 2006, 8.
Lesson 14: Serving Others
“Storming into Service,” New Era, Sept. 2005, 40.
George Brewer, “Wood for the Widows,” New Era, Dec. 2005, 36.
Carl Webb, “Something Better to Do,” New Era, Nov. 2005, 14.
Lesson 15: Unity and Brotherhood in the Priesthood
To the Point, “Youth in my ward … don’t get along,” New Era, Nov. 2005, 36.
Idea List: “Including Everyone,” New Era, Jan. 2006, 37.