Last night we held our New Beginnings program.
It turned out awesome and I thought I would share some of our ideas!
We decided on the theme,
"DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH;
COME UNTO CHRIST & BE PERFECTED IN HIM"
Honestly, it was such a special night - one I hope the girls will always remember.
The spirit was definitely present as we focused on the worth of each individual girl
and the blessings of participating in the young women program!
We decided to give the decorations a "tiffanys" feel - (to incorporate the "diamond" theme).
It turned out adorbs.
Super simple and SO cute! You can see all the details in the slew of pictures below!
As a party favor, we made each of the girls their own "Tiffany's" diamond ring box.
Inside we included a giant (plastic) diamond ring.
Attached to the box we included a copy of the the 2014 mutual theme!
Not only were the decorations super cute,
but I think we all went home feeling filled with the spirit and a great love from our Heavenly Father.
Some of the highlights from the program included:
"HOW TO MAKE A DIAMOND"
We were enlightened by our YW 1st counselor as she described the process of creating a diamond.
She related the analogy to the YW and explained how they were each "diamonds in the rough".
She emphasized how through trials and faith in Jesus Christ
we become gradually more pure and more perfected - just like a diamond.
"THE SPARKLE & SHINE OF PERSONAL PROGRESS:
PARENTS & YW WORKING TOGETHER"
We know that in the church, families are central.
As YW leaders, we are there to support the families...never replace them!
We decided to learn together about how the personal progress experience can be enhanced as parents
and families get involved in helping their young woman work to achieve their goals.
We decided to invite three different mothers of the YW in our ward to briefly talk.
They each described ways they had been able to get involved in the
pp program and discuss blessings they had seen as they helped their daughter.
It was so special and tender to hear the parent's perspective of the personal progress program.
Obviously, it is not always easy to work with our teenagers,
(one mother even mentioned that sometimes their night would end in tears -
and not always happy ones ha ha - isn't it the truth!?)
But each of the parents also expressed how it had blessed their relationships with their daughters
(and their families as a whole!) as they helped their young women strive to accomplish her goals.
It was a wonderful reminder that as the young women work towards completing their personal progress,
and they receive support from their parents, leaders, and families,
they can learn now how to strengthen their homes NOW.
"DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH"
Our YW president wrapped up the night by speaking to the young women about the
New Beginnings and Mutual theme for the year.
The spirit filled the room as she talked about the worth of each young woman.
She used the example of Peter and his growth as he learned from the Savior and compared that
to each young woman in the room.
It was very touching as she expressed her love for the girls as well as the Savior's love for them.
She described how we might each be a little "rough around the edges", but the Savior is there to help with that.
He is there to "perfect" us.
She also left a couple challenges with the girls.
First- To gain their own a testimony NOW.
Second - Once they have that testimony and understand their worth, INVITE OTHERS.
We have quite a few girls who do not attend young women,
and she stressed the importance of us working together as friends to help those other young women to "Come Unto Christ".
It was a great message and I think we all walked away feeling motivated to do just a little better!
Here are a few of the images we used for decorations during the night!
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