Mutual Activity Idea:Called to Serve







THE PURPOSE


Recently, our youth decided to plan a mutual activity based on missionary work.
With the missionary age change, we have had a lot of youth talking about going on missions.

The purpose of the activity was to help the youth feel the spirit 
and prepare them to share the gospel in the future & NOW.

Honestly, it was such an awesome activity --- one I think the youth will remember for a long time.
Thank you Sisters in Zion for the original idea (see here)
I wanted to show some pictures from the night and highlight some of the sweet moments from the night.

I would suggest this activity a hundred times over, 
especially if you have youth who are considering serving a mission. 
(I think it could also be fun for a family home evening!)



INVITATION 

Prior to the activity the young men dropped off invitations to every youth member.
The invitations where very simple (see above on right), and reminded the youth to dress up for the activity.
Having the youth dress up really set the tone for the night.



THE MTC


We began the evening by singing as a group, "Called to Serve".
After a prayer, there was a brief thought on the importance of missionary work 
and then the youth were introduced to the activity...

Each youth member would receive a mission call, missionary tag, companion, and mission schedule.
There would be four rotations throughout the night that each youth missionary would get to experience.

We challenged the young men and young women to think about 
how they could prepare to be missionaries throughout the activity.

After explaining the activity the youth received envelopes with their mission calls.






MISSION CALLS

Prior the activity we had prepared mission calls to various countries within three countinents...
United States, Europe, and South America.

We used these three continents to split the youth into districts.
Once a young men or young women had opened their call, they would go to a designated spot for their district.
 (We hung flags up on the walls with all the different missions so they could easily locate their district).
Once they had found their district, they found the person who had a matching "call".
The person who had the same call became their "companion" for the evening.
(we matched up only sisters with sisters and brothers with brothers)





 The youth decided that they wanted to be able to open up their mission calls as a group.
It was most certainly an exciting experience.
Even though the mission calls were pretend, 
it was fun to see their faces light up as they read where they were going to serve for the evening. 

THE DISTRICT OF EUROPE

THE DISTRICT OF THE UNITED STATES

THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH AMERICA



MISSIONARY ROTATIONS

Each district had a different missionary schedule with rotations at various times.
There were 4 total rotations, each one provided the youth with opportunities 
to learn about different aspects of a mission work.




1. P-DAY: LETTERS & REFERRALS




In the P-Day rotation we talked with the youth about how one of the things 
the missionaries get to do on their Preparation Day is write letters/emails. 
We talked about the importance of writing missionaries and providing support from home.

We have several missionaries serving in our ward and created folders for each one.
We had small note cards for the the young men and young women to write notes to them.
It was great for the youth to be able to share their testimonies with the missionaries 
and express their gratitude for their faithful service.



In the P-Day rotation, we also had a table where the youth missionaries could fill out referral cards.
We have seen a lot of miracles in our ward with missionary work, especially among the youth.
It was another great way for them to the youth to participate in the missionary work going on. 





2. RETURNED SISTER MISSIONARY:
The Importance of the Spirit



We had decided that we wanted to have 2 returned missionaries come 
and speak to the youth about their missionary experiences. 
We wanted to invite a sister and an elder.

The youth (especially the young women) loved hearing from a returned sister missionary 
The sister was a returned missionary from the Tucson, Arizona mission where she taught in Spanish.
 She talked about the importance of always having the spirit. 
She explained how the spirit guides missionaries but also how having the spirit NOW could bless the lives of the youth.
 The young men and young women loved hearing her testimony and were captured by her experiences and faith. It was a great way for the youth to recognize how they could prepare for their missions now.





3. RETURNED ELDER MISSIONARY:
Bearing Testimony



The youth also loved hearing from a returned elder who served in the Paris, France mission.
He talked about having the courage to always bear testimony. It was awesome the way he related to the youth. He talked about how often we feel scared to share our testimonies with others.
 He shared a few experiences of how he overcame those feelings on his mission and
 was able to share his testimony and change the lives of others.
 He encouraged the youth to prepare NOW 
by sharing their testimonies with others.




4. MISSIONARY LESSONS:
How to Share the Gospel Now




In the last rotation we gave the youth the opportunity to actually practice missionary work. 
The young men and young women came up with questions as a group that their friends asked them about the church. 
The youth were separated into two companionships where they role-played and practiced answering questions.
 It was a great experience and the youth took it very seriously. 
Sometimes, the questions asked couldn’t always be answered,
 but we explained to the youth the power of their testimony in these situations.
 It was definitely a great experience.






ZONE CONFERENCE

After the rotations, we came together for a quick “Zone Conference”. 
We wrapped up the activity by having a few of the youth share their testimonies.
 They all mentioned how they could not wait to serve missions. 
It was such a powerful experience, and overall the activity turned out to be a real hit.







11 comments:

  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea!! I'm a big fan of your blog as well. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to have to recommend this idea for our youth.

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  2. What a great idea! We need to do this in our ward. Would you share your flags and tags so I can use them? Or email them to me? mmworsley@gmail.com Love your blog! Congrats to you on your baby-enjoy every moment.

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  3. yes! we are planning a night like this as well for our youth.. but I am not computer literate..do you mind sharing any printables like your invites?? I love them!!
    dtdemarcus@yahoo.com

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  4. You are amazing!! I am the YW President in my ward and I am totally in love with the handouts that you prepare! They are not only right on with the doctorine but they are beautiful! I would love to have this talent! Funny thing you live in the stake that I grew up in along with some of my old ward members. Sean Lee's mom Lori was one of my YW Presidents and I think that was Orland Seaver in one of the pictures, which was one of my old Bishops! My husbands aunt is currently in that ward. Small world! Thanks for sharing your talents and your testimony! You are going to be an amazing mother and your yw are so lucky to have you!!

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  5. So I had to give you an update. First of all, I only live 15 mins north of you in Surprise, AZ. My daughter and a friend used this activity for their 10 hr project for FAITH. They put the whole thing together for our two wards. We did it last Wednesday. It was awesome. The best part, is that we had non-members there asking questions, as well as the parents of the non-members. The kids were talking about how awesome it would be to go on a mission. One girl had expressed that the activity helped her make up her mind about going. It was awesome, the Spirit was so strong. I'll have to share a link later on my blog of the activity. Thank you again for sharing.

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  6. Love this idea. Would you mind sharing any printables like the invitations and labels. thanks

    tumbletownutah@msn.com

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  7. I am so sorry!Since doing this activity, my computer crashed and I lost all the files! I wish I still had them but I don't!

    I would be more than happy to quickly designs if needed! I would just charge a small $5.00 for the extra time I would be putting into re-creating those images (charging a small fee allows me to continue to provide free images and handouts on my blog!) I hope you can understand! If it is something that you are still interested in you can place your order here (http://www.etsy.com/shop/CourtneyAitkenDesign) and I can send you the files within 48 hours!

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  8. We did this in our Ward except it lasted a week.

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  9. Love Love Love your blog! Thanks for sharing all your beautiful handouts and creative ideas. We are doing a missionary meal program where the youth pair up in twos and teach a lesson at a ward members home and have dinner with them-so a little bit similar. I was wondering how to get the name tags? did you print them yourself?

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  10. Love Love Love your blog! Thank you so much for sharing all those beautiful handouts and creative ideas. Love the missionary activity. Our ward is doing something similar where the youth pair up in twos and teach a lesson / dinner at a ward members home. We need those nametags! how do i get those beautiful missionary badges/nametags? i am in utah and wondered if you just bought black labels and printed them or what? please help!

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  11. What a wonderful idea. Although I belong to a different faith-tradition, all followers of Christ can use this as a guideline for an event. Thank you so much for sharing.

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