Saturday, December 22, 2012

No Room in the Inn

Last night we had a wonderful activity inspired by many accounts of other wards doing it, including this one. We decided to make it a fireside for the youth. We told the youth that we would meet at the church and go caroling. We tried to carol to 5 houses, all of which rejected us. The first house had to run to a Christmas party, the second had a headache, the third looked out the front door and then turned off the porch light, at the fourth house she had hurt herself, and the fifth house her husband was sleeping.

So we decided to go back up to church and decide what to do next. When we turned on the gym lights, there were chairs set up around the TV. As soon as everyone had a seat, we watched the church's nativity story. Then the Bishop (who was the house that had to go to a Christmas party) talked to the youth about how Joseph must have felt to have been turned away from the inns and how Christ must have felt during his life to be rejected. The spirit was amazing in the room. While he was talking the families that rejected us slowly started trickling in. After Bishop was done we let the youth carol to the families and have refreshments.

As I was helping plan this I thought I would be a great experience, but it was better than I had imagined. I rode in a vehicle with several of our young women. They were so excited to go caroling and had been talking about doing it all month. After each house, they would just jump back in the vehicle, say oh well, and then ask to go to the next house. They showed concern for the families but they were not discouraged by the rejections. They sang in the vehicle as we traveled to each of the homes and enjoyed being together. I think they felt the spirit as strong as I did while our Bishop spoke and I think it will be something that stays with them.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Party

Tonight we had a Christmas party with the young men and young women.

First we split our youth up into two groups and asked them some Christmas trivia, including these canticles.

Then the teams had to each make a gingerbread house. We invited the missionaries to come judge.

House with a tree

Manger scene- Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus

Then we had the youth give the missionaries gifts that they had brought- cards, restaurant gift cards, food, gum, etc.

Afterwards, we had a snowball fight. Our YW Pres. made cute snowballs and the youth had a blast since we probably won't be seeing snow anytime soon.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

New Beginnings- shoes and other details

Here are the sayings that went along with the shoes. I would love to give credit to the person that come up with these but the website ( is no longer in service. : (

When it comes to Personal Progress- "Just Do It" (Nike's)

Don't Flip Flop with your standards. Have integrity and always stand for truth and righteousness. (flip flops)

Always set your standards and goals high. Make a commitment to "dig in your heels" to attain them. (high heels- spikes!)

Just like Dorothy, your main mission in life is to "want to go home!" (red shiny shoes)

Like your favorite slippers, the Holy Ghost is comforting and peaceful. He will also be your companion as you listen for that still, small voice. (fluffy slippers)

No one wants to be a "loafer"- being lazy will get you nowhere fast! (penny loafers)

Just what the Dr. ordered to keep you spiritually in tune- Young Women Values! (surgical boot)

Never let your standards slip or slide. Focus on the eternal principles of life and jump high to attain them! (basketball shoes)

Jesus Christ provided the way for us when we have need to repent and he healed. (surgical slippers)

Always keep on your toes and dance through your life with confidence and grace. (ballet slippers)

Round up your spiritual potential! (cowboy boots)

Prepare now so that when you marry you can walk hand in hand with the righteous young man who will be a part of your eternal destination. (temple slippers)

Don't get caught in an avalanche of sin. Use your testimony to stay on top and trudge through your trials. (hiking boots)

Elevate your spirit as you grow closer to your Heavenly Father. (high platform shoes)

Don't get out of the swing of things. Stay straight by attending all of your meetings. (saddle shoes- black and white)

Never let your testimony go flat. Nourish it daily and keep it burning strong. (flats)


Here are the young women value centerpieces. We have used these for our YWIE's and New Beginnings. 


Here are the tags we used for our milk cups.


For more ideas, visit my pinterest board-

Thursday, December 13, 2012

New Beginnings 2013

Last night we had our New Beginnings. For a few reasons, we decided that this would be the best time to do it rather than wait for the beginning of the year. Early is better than late, right?

We decided to use the 2013 theme- Stand ye in holy places and be not moved. We thought and feet and shoes and ran with that idea.

Sunday we handed out invitations that a few of our Mia Maids made. They were in the shape of a foot with the details of the night and invited their mothers to attend.

We had the girls soak their feet while the YW presidency talked. We talked about making sure you are clean so that you are worthy to stand in holy places. We also talked about where we can find holy places, including that our bodies should be a holy place. We also talked about being strong enough to not be moved by temptation, but that that did not mean we stood still and without action. Then we showed the year's song.

We cleaned up the foot soaks and then the mothers gave their girls pedicures. Refreshments were sugar cookies in the shape of feet and shoes, donut holes for standing in "hole-y" places, and milk.

Check out this post for more details.