Monday, August 18, 2014

Young Women Patriarchal Blessing Activity

Hello everyone!

I have a calling as a Beehive adviser for the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints and it was my turn to have a combined Young Women activity!

As a teacher of young girls from the ages of 12-13 (also known as Beehives) I wanted something that all the young women (12-18) could enjoy, learn, and benefit from with this Wednesday night activity (also known as Mutual).

Every other Wednesday we have just Beehive activity nights but this Wednesday it is for ALL the girls.

So, like all answers to questions I have about cute activities and crafts I turned to Pintrest and Google. This time I found a great activity idea here.  

It is basically an outline of the activity, which was just plain to vague for me so I created a full, explained version of the same activity below if you wish to spend 20 minutes reading every little detail.

Included in the expansion version:
-Outdoor relay games in others shoes/clothes
-Individual Worth #2 requirements to pass it off (which is the Personal Progress value experience that this activity is based around)
-"True to the Faith" definition of Patriarchal Blessings.
-Two Conference talks used as examples for how Patriarchal blessings have been used and received. One is by Mary N. Cook and focuses on the young women the other is by Randall L. Ridd who focuses on the Young Men. I couldn't find any "recent conference talks" on Patriarchal blessings like it asks for in Individual Worth #2 requirements. So I found some recent conference talks using EXAMPLES of patriarchal blessings.
-Since I couldn't find recent conference talks on Patriarchal blessings I also did this article from the "New Era" Magazine that covers the frequently asked questions about patriarchal blessings.
-A handout to remind the girls how to receive a patriarchal blessing.
-A Shopping list for all the things I didn't have already such as a treat for after the activity.

Well, that's it. I thought I would re-blog this activity because I gave it a different view and if there was anyone else out there, like me, that wanted more than a vague outline I thought "I did all the work I might as well help others out". :)
All credits are in the links above! Enjoy!


The goal for our  combined young women Wednesday activity is to talk about Patriarchal Blessings and help the girls pass off Individual Worth #2.

Individual Worth #2
Learn about the importance of patriarchal blessings by studying about them in True to the Faith and recent conference talks. Find out why they are given and who can give them. Discuss with a parent or Church leader how to prepare to receive a patriarchal blessing and how it can teach you of your worth and identity and be a guide throughout your life. If you have not received your blessing, prepare to receive it.

To Start:  
Have the young women participate in difficult games and challenges to enforce how patriarchal blessings are individual and unique to each person. Each game should only last about 10 minutes each if each of the four games below are to be played.
1.      Balloon Race - The first game is to show the difference at the end of the activity what it is like in your own shoes/clothes verses what it is like in someone else's.
All that is needed is non-helium balloons and the young women paired off.
            a. Begin by choosing partners and lining them up back to back at a starting line. Place a balloon between their backs so that they must hold it there and not let it fall to the ground. (Emphasize that there are to be no hands involved.)
            b. At the sound of a whistle or "GO", the pairs must take off in this position, shuffling their way towards the finish line. If the balloon pops or drops, they must return to the starting line for a replacement.
            c. The first pairing of young women to cross the finish line wins.

2.      Sneaker Scramble- The second game is to get the girls into somebody else's shoes for the following games.
All that is needed is a couple of laundry baskets (used for left and right shoes or shoes for each team) and a soft grassy area for shoeless running.
            a. The young women are split into two teams. They then begin to run one by one to the finish line where the laundry baskets are and either put their left shoe in one box and their right show in the other box or both shoes in their teams basket and then running back to their team.
            b. When the entire team is shoeless, the players then take turns  running to the baskets again to grab a left and a right shoe that are NOT theirs. (This will most likely be the first shoes they grab as the game is timed on which team is fastest.)
            c. After they have shoes that are not theirs they are to put them back on and run back to their team. The first team with all mismatched shoes wins!

3.      Grab Bag
All that is needed are two paper bags, slips of paper, and a pencil.
            a. Write on the slips of paper instructions that each player on the team will need to accomplish as they pass the bag along each other. Instructions could be:
            - Hop to the finish line and back
            -Do 10 jumping jacks
            - Stand on one foot until everyone else is done with their instructions
            - Trade shoes with the person who is the tallest (if you are the tallest then trade with the person who is the shortest)
            -WALK around the nearest tree 5 times.
            -Rub your belly and jump up and down 3 times
            -Put your right shoe on your left foot and your left shoe on your right foot. Then run to the finish line and back.
            - Crawl on your hands and feet backwards to the finish line and back.
            -Find the person from the opposite team with the same strip of paper as you and kick a balloon back and forth 3 times to each person.
            -Find the person from the opposite team with the same strip of paper and race them to the finish line and back. The first person back get to pick which member of the others team has to do their slip of paper twice in a row.
            b. The first player of each team pulls a slip from the bag, performs the action, tags the next player, who does the same. The first team to finish all the actions wins.

4.      Soggy Britches-Before the last game the young women will need to take off the shoes they are wearing and match them up with its pair and then line each pair of shoes nicely against the wall so that they don't get their shoes wet.
All that is needed is a soft grassy area for shoeless running, two pairs of loose-fitting sweatpants for each team, 1 large bucket of water, and a lawn chair (optional).
            a. Line up each team side by side with the bucket of water in between them and set up an object or finishing obstacle that they have to run around at the finishing line.
            b. At a signal, the first young woman in each team will dunk their teams sweatpants into the water, put them on, run down to the finish line, run around the obstacle or in a circle 3 times, and back to their team.
            c. The next young woman in the team then does the same thing after being handed the sweatpants from her team mate until all the young women have finished.
            d. The first team who all ran across the lawn with the soggy britches first wins!

The Lesson: To read about Patriarchal blessing in the True to the Faith and recent conference talks, to relate patriarchal blessings to the games just played, and to have discussion on:
            - who can give patriarchal blessings
            -why patriarchal blessings are given
            -how to prepare now to receive a patriarchal blessing and
            -how a patriarchal blessing can teach them about their self worth and guide them throughout their lives.
All that is needed is for the girls to bring a beach towel/swimming towel, a friend, and thoughtful responses for discussion of patriarchal blessings.
            1. Questions
                        a. How did it feel to play these games in shoes/pants that did not fit and weren't yours?
                        b. How do you think you would have done in the games if you didn't try to do it with someone else's shoes/pants?
            2.  Discussion/Readings
                        a. Read from the "True to the Faith" handbook about Patriarchal blessings and then discuss how each patriarchal blessing is unique to each person to help them "score" better in the "game" of life.

True to the Faith: Patriarchal Blessings
True to the Faith, (2004), 111–13

            Patriarchal blessings are given to worthy members of the Church by ordained patriarchs. Your patriarchal blessing declares your lineage in the house of Israel and contains personal counsel from the Lord to you.
            As you study your patriarchal blessing and follow the counsel it contains, it will provide guidance, comfort, and protection. To find out how to receive a patriarchal blessing, talk with your bishop or branch president.
Declaration of Lineage

            Your patriarchal blessing includes a declaration of your lineage, stating that you are of the house of Israel—a descendant of Abraham, belonging to a specific tribe of Jacob. Many Latter-day Saints are of the tribe of Ephraim, the tribe given the primary responsibility to lead the latter-day work of the Lord.
            Because each of us has many bloodlines running in us, two members of the same family may be declared as being of different tribes in Israel.
            It does not matter if your lineage in the house of Israel is through bloodlines or by adoption. As a member of the Church, you are counted as a descendant of Abraham and an heir to all the promises and blessings contained in the Abrahamic covenant (see “Abrahamic Covenant,” pages 5–6).
Learning from Your Patriarchal Blessing

            Once you have received your patriarchal blessing, you should read it humbly, prayerfully, and frequently. It is a personal revelation from your Heavenly Father, who knows your strengths, weaknesses, and eternal potential. Through your patriarchal blessing, He will help you learn what He expects of you. Your blessing may contain promises, admonitions, and warnings. As time goes on, you will recognize the power of the revelation in it.
            As you follow the counsel in your blessing, you will be less likely to stumble or be misled. If you do not follow the counsel, you will not be able to receive the promised blessings.
            While your patriarchal blessing contains inspired counsel and promises, you should not expect it to answer all your questions or to detail all that will happen in your life. If your blessing does not mention an important event, such as a full-time mission or marriage, you should not assume that you will not receive that opportunity.
            Similarly, you should not assume that everything mentioned in your patriarchal blessing will be fulfilled in this life. A patriarchal blessing is eternal, and its promises may extend into the eternities. Be assured that if you are worthy, all promises will be fulfilled in the Lord’s due time. Those that are not realized in this life will be fulfilled in the next.
            Your patriarchal blessing is sacred and personal. You may share it with immediate family members, but you should not read it aloud in public or permit others to read it or interpret it. Not even your patriarch or bishop or branch president should interpret it.
            Treasure in your heart the precious words in your patriarchal blessing. Ponder them, and live so that you will be worthy to receive the promised blessings in this life and in the life to come.

Official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
© 2014 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All Rights Reserved

1.                                                           Seek Learning: You Have a Work to Do
Seek learning by faith. We learn by faith as we diligently gain spiritual knowledge through prayer, scripture study, and obedience and as we seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost, who testifies of all truth. If you do your part to gain knowledge, the Holy Ghost can enlighten your mind. As you strive to keep yourself worthy, the Holy Ghost will give direction and added light to your learning.
I testify from personal experience that if you will seek learning not only by study but also by faith, you will be guided in what “the Lord … will need you to do and what you will need to know.” 14
I received my patriarchal blessing as a young woman and was counseled to prepare myself with a good education and to learn early in life those virtues that go into homemaking and rearing a family. I so wanted the blessing of a family; however, that blessing wasn’t fulfilled until I was 37, when I eventually married. My husband had been widowed, so the day we were sealed in the temple, I was suddenly blessed with not only a husband but a family of four children.
Long before that, there were many days when I felt like I was skiing in flat light, asking the question, “What does the future hold for me?” I tried to follow the admonitions in my patriarchal blessing. I studied diligently to become a schoolteacher and continued my education to become an elementary school principal. I prayed to my Heavenly Father and sought the guidance of the Holy Ghost. I held fervently to the promise of prophets who assured me that if I “remain true and faithful, keep [my] covenants, serve God, and love [my] Father in Heaven and the Lord Jesus Christ, [I] will not be denied any of the eternal blessings our Heavenly Father has for His faithful children.” 15

I know that my education prepared me for a life that has been nothing like I had envisioned as a young woman. I thought I was studying education to teach school and my future children, but I did not know the Lord was also preparing me to teach English in Mongolia on a mission with my husband and to teach the young women of the Church throughout the world and to teach my grandchildren the value of knowledge—all wonderful blessings I could never have imagined.
(Read True to the Faith in red above about how Mary N. Cook treated her patriarchal blessing)
            -Based off the "True to the Faith" what did Mary N. Cook do to receive the blessings promised to her?
            As Mary N. Cook studied her patriarchal blessing it gave her the guidance, comfort, and protection that she needed. She faithfully followed it's counsels for an education and when the time was right she ended up getting married and having and family and other blessings. She took the words of her patriarchal blessing to her heart and pondered them not worrying about anything that wasn't mentioned in her patriarchal blessing and knowing that as long as she worthily followed it's guidance that she would eventually receive all of the blessings from her Father in Heaven.  

2.                                                                          The Choice Generation


I have a friend who learned this truth in a very personal way. His son was raised in the gospel, but he seemed to be wandering spiritually. He frequently declined opportunities to exercise the priesthood. His parents were disappointed when he declared that he had decided not to serve a mission. My friend prayed earnestly for his son, hoping that he would have a change of heart. Those hopes were dashed when his son announced that he was engaged to be married. The father pleaded with his son to get his patriarchal blessing. The son finally agreed but insisted on visiting the patriarch alone.
When he returned after the blessing, he was very emotional. He took his girlfriend outside, where he could talk to her privately. The father peeked out the window to see the young couple wiping away each other’s tears.
Later the son shared with his father what had happened. With great emotion he explained that during the blessing, he had a glimpse of who he was in the premortal world. He saw how valiant and influential he was in persuading others to follow Christ. Knowing who he really was, how could he not serve a mission?
Young men, remember who you really are. Remember that you hold the holy priesthood. This will inspire you to make correct choices as you use the Internet and throughout your life.
(Read true to the Faith in green above about how the son of Randal L. Ridds' friend treated his patriarchal blessing)
            -What happened once the son agreed to receive his patriarchal blessing? What "True to the Faith" guidelines for your patriarchal blessings did he follow?
After the son received his patriarchal blessing he was humble enough to see what he needed to do. He was willing to follow it's guidance because he became aware of who he was and what he needed to do to receive the blessings promised to him. Because he knew the interpretations of his blessing he shared a bit with those he cared about because he knew it would help them understand his purpose and help them in their lives as well.   
            c. Discuss with a leader the following information to receive your patriarchal blessing.

About Patriarchal Blessings

March 2004 New Era

Who may give a patriarchal blessing?

Patriarch is actually an office in the Melchizedek Priesthood, just like elder or high priest, and a patriarch is called and ordained specifically to give patriarchal blessings. You will receive your blessing from the patriarch in your stake or one nearby if your stake doesn’t have a patriarch. If you live where there are no stake patriarchs, your bishop or branch president will know how to help you make arrangements to receive a blessing. If you are a direct descendant of someone who is a patriarch (such as your grandfather), you may receive your blessing from him even if he doesn’t live in your stake.

Who may receive a patriarchal blessing?

All worthy members of the Church are entitled to and should receive a patriarchal blessing regardless of how long they have been members.

How old do I have to be for a blessing?

There is no set age. You should be old enough to appreciate the sacred nature of the blessing.

How is the blessing given?

The patriarch will place his hands on your head and give the blessing through inspiration. It will be revealed direction for you. The blessing will then be transcribed so that you can have a written copy to study throughout your life. The Church will also keep a copy of your blessing in case you ever lose yours.

How do I get a patriarchal blessing?

Make an appointment for an interview with your bishop. He will determine your readiness and worthiness and either give you a recommend or help you prepare to receive one. After receiving your recommend, you may contact the patriarch to schedule an appointment. Ask your bishop or the patriarch who may accompany you to your blessing, such as your parents. And bring your recommend to the appointment.

How do I know if I’m ready?

The desire to receive a patriarchal blessing should come from a desire to know and live God’s will for you. Curiosity or pressure from others isn’t the right reason to get a blessing. The bishop will help determine if you are ready for the blessing.

How can I prepare?

You should do everything possible to draw closer to the Lord. Prayer, fasting, scripture study, meditation, and repentance can help. Concerns about worldly things should be left behind for such a sacred occasion.

What should I wear?

You should wear Sunday clothes.

            3. A handout to help them remember what a patriarchal blessing and how to obtain one.

To receive a patriarchal blessing, you must (1) prepare for it by drawing closer to Heavenly Father through prayer, repentance, scripture study, and Church attendance; (2) meet with the bishop to determine your readiness; and (3) receive from your bishop a recommend for a patriarchal blessing. After receiving your recommend, you should (4) contact the patriarch to schedule an appointment and (5) receive your blessing. The recorded blessing will be (6) transcribed, and copies will be (7) mailed to Church headquarters (8) for safekeeping and to you (9) to help guide you throughout your life.
The refreshment: Root beer and Orange soda floats.
Shopping List:
·         Balloons
·         Cups
·         Vanilla Ice cream
·         Root beer and Orange Soda
·         Paper Bags

No comments:

Post a Comment