Category Archives: Young Men Young Women Joint Activity

Teaching Teens about the Priesthood and Priesthood Keys

The ‘Come Follow Me’ lessons in June focus on helping teens understand the Priesthood and Priesthood Keys. This can be a tricky topic to teach because it is a huge area and it’s hard to find ways to break it down into small, weekly lessons.

In this video, I share a few of my favorite object lessons that teach about keys and about the Priesthood. Hopefully it will help you stimulate great discussions and find ways to help the kids in your class understand and relate to this core principle of the gospel.

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Maria Eckersley is a graphic designer and stay-at-home mom of six. You can find more of her teaching tips on her site, MeckMom.com and her YouTube channel Maria Eckersley.

 

 

#PRINCEofPEACE Infinity Card Mutual Activity

Sharing the gospel online can be a daunting task for teenagers. I created these quick and easy scripture-sharing infinity cards to help the Young Women in our ward share the #PRINCEofPEACE message.

MeckMom #PRINCEofPEACE Infinity Card

The cards are created with a simple piece of paper and scissors so they’re easy to put together in a big group. They’re also great for church activities because they can be recorded and shared without showing any faces. Click the video below to get all the details.

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The construction process is really easy. Check out the video below to get all the assembly tips.

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I tested this simple activity in my sister’s ward in Alpine, UT and the kids loved it. I took the first 10 min to talk about the effect of the #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign on the Church. You can find some cool stat about that here.

Most of them had posted something about #LIGHTtheWORLD during the Christmas season. I asked them how they felt about sharing the gospel via social media and then told them about the upcoming video #PRINCEofPEACE. The Easter video is focused on 8 peace-making principles taught during the Savior’s ministry: Faith, God’s Word, Compassion, Gratitude, Prayer, Forgiveness, Repentance, and Hope.

We chatted about how the scriptures can teach us about all of those principles and can bring us peace during turbulent times. I challenged them to choose a scripture that had brought them peace at some point in their lives and share it on their social media feeds during the Easter season.

We then took the next 30 minutes crafting our cards. Once everyone had the hang of things and had added their favorite scripture, we took turns recording them to our phones. By the end of the hour, every teenager had a cool, 15-second, shareable video saved to their phones and a reminder on their calendar to post them during the week before Easter.

MeckMom Infinity Card Scripture

The kids were enthusiastic and entertained. They came up with so many cool ideas on how to make their videos unique. Some of them changed the background, others flipped their cards in unison, some even came up with grand plans to make a giant card and film it with a drone. 🙂 The night was easy, fun and full of purpose. If you’re looking for a simple way to bring a little fun to your next mutual night, I hope you’ll give it a try. You can find this free printable (and dozens of others) on my site, MeckMom.com, by clicking here.

 

MeckMom’s Teaching Tips: My favorite online quiz game for LDS classes

Need to add a little energy and excitement to your class? Want to see how much they’re actually learning in your lessons? It’s time to try my favorite online quiz game; Kahoot! Check out this short video to find out how to incorporate this fantastic, free game into any LDS class, FHE lesson or mutual activity.

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To create your own free account go to https://getkahoot.com

To make your own free quiz game go to https://create.kahoot.it

To access the quiz in class, have the students any browser on their smart device and go to https://kahoot.it

Kahoot is an easy online quiz game...perfect for any LDS classroom

Kahoot is an easy online quiz game…perfect for any LDS classroom

 

Young Women Values Posters Printable Sets

LDS Young Wome ValuesHi friends,
Have you checked out the NEW Young Women Values printables that have just been loaded into the shop?!  This printable set comes in 3 sizes – 8×10, 5×7 and even comes with 3×3 tags.  The tags are meant to be printed front and back and are perfect to use for birthday, missed you, or graduation gifts.  You can find this printable set here.

YW-ValuesListing-01Also available is this beautiful Arrow Themed Values set.  This set comes with 2 sizes and is perfect for decorating the Young Women Room, as well as handouts for Sunday lessons.  Click here to view this set.

Heart,

Melanie B.

Youth Cell Phone Signs

AirplaneModePicHi friends,
Any of us that teach youth know how awesome it can be, but that it also comes with many challenges. One particular challenge that I hear from just about everyone who teaches in a youth setting is the great Cell Phone Debate.  Cell phones are a HUGE part of our everyday lives, as well as the youth we teach.  So the question is, do electronics have a place in a church setting? How do you handle it in your wards? Today, I am not here to debate that question, rather, I am offering some help.

I have created two different sets of printables for you.  These are great to use in your classroom, during your activities, or even in the home for Family Home Evening or dinner time.

The first printable is a sign reminding the youth to set their phones in airplane mode.  When phones are in airplane mode, there is not the temptation to do things online, or to look at notifications.  This way, they can still look up scriptures and talks, but hopefully won’t be browsing social media. This option can help teach how to use your phones responsibly and teaches youth to be familiar with gospel apps. You can purchase this set here.

The second set / option is a sign requesting phones go into a basket.  I’ve heard many leaders say this works great for them.  Sometimes having a treat next to the basket and sign is an added incentive. Using this option eliminates the distraction of technology. This kit is available for purchase here.

Each kit comes with 5 different color options, and is available as an 8.5×11 sign, as well as 5×7.

CellBasketPicEach ward and each class is different, so prayerfully decide how to handle electronics in your classroom and during weekly activities. This article is a great resource regarding using electronics.  Take a minute and read it over.

Heart,
Melanie B.

Teaching Tip: How to Organize a Lesson Plan

Planning a lesson can be an overwhelming task. There is so much content to choose from that it can be really difficult to know where to start…especially for young teachers.

My latest teaching tip will help you focus your study and jot down notes for all the key areas of a great lesson. Check out the video below to see how it works.

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You can find the inexpensive printable lesson templates on the Sugardoodle Etsy shop. Click here to hop over and grab a copy for yourself.