Monday, September 15, 2008

preparing for Sunday...

I have always enjoyed the beginning of a new week. There is something to be said about starting over, planning, cleaning from the weekend, etc. :) This morning I am picking up around here, and working on laundry. I never plan anything on Monday mornings. It is my one morning out of the week, that I know I will be home, and working around the house. In a way, I look forward to it.

Yesterday I spent part of the morningworking on my lesson, for next week. I teach the Beehives, 12-13 year old girls. These girls are special to me. Next weeks lesson is going to be on, dating decisions. This is a topic that, we are facing too. Sarah is 14. She isn't allowed to date until she is 16. Her dating days will come all to soon. Heaven help us,
when that day comes. :) Preparing for my lesson, I had a prayer in my heart. I want to get across to the girls, how special that they are. To make wise choices. To not do anything, that they will later regret. I realized while preparing this, that the bottom line is...I don't want them to go thru the pain,that will be experienced. I can only pray that they will make wise choices. I also pray that they will date some really nice boys, that know right from wrong. I later realized that this lesson was hard for me to prepare. I think it is because, I have a daughter that will date soon. If they can get past my three boys, Steve, and myself!!! :) I also think it was difficult because I do care so much about these sweet girls.

I decided to display a mirror. I hope that when they come home from a date, that they will be able to look into the mirror, and be able to smile back at themselves. I also chose to display a picture of the temple. Going to the temple is a goal they want to achieve someday. Then I decided to display a picture, of three girls in white dresses. This represents purity. Anyhow this is enough out of me this morning. This is what has bee on my mind. I thought it was important that I document it. I hope all of you are having a happy Monday! Michelle


Blogger julie said...

What a very important lesson. There is a great song that would go perfect with your lesson. It's from Women of Destiny and the song is "What Heaven Sees in You" This song I play all the time on the piano because it is so beautiful. Check it out. Have a great Monday!! :)

September 15, 2008 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

This post is so very touching. It brings many tears to my eyes! I think it is so special that you wanted to make sure these girls felt loved. That is VERY important especially when they are ready to start dating. I know that if you feel loved & you love yourself, you will make good decisions & not just settle for less.
I love your idea about the mirror & looking in it after a date. I also love that picture of the white dresses. I still have mine you gave me! I look at it everyday! It helps remind me of what I want in Life!!
Thanks for sharing this.. it was really special.
Love you!

September 15, 2008 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger linda said...

I loved everything you had to say and echo some of your very thoughts. How wonderful that you care so deeply for these young girls...I'm sure they feel your love and appreciate it so much.

I LOVE your idea regarding the mirror!

September 15, 2008 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger donna said...

I just gave that lesson on Sunday. I will email you some cute handouts that i made for my beehives..........

September 15, 2008 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger Stacie Aho said...

I love the mirror idea. I think that will stick with some of them forever. What a hard but awesome lesson to get to teach. You'll do great!

September 15, 2008 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger jeremyandleslie said...

I too love the mirror idea. You are a great teacher, I'm very impressed. I bet the girls just adore you!

September 15, 2008 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger She has a story to tell♥Sarah said...

Awhh I wish I was in beehives to hear this lesson for YOU. I really enjoyed this post. :) Ohhh brother,when I start dating,dads gun will be all ready...just kidding! I ♥ you!

September 15, 2008 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger smithfam said...

What a beautiful display! I am sure it will be a special lesson. I loved teaching Beehives. They are so eager and excited to learn!

September 15, 2008 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger SuperCoolMom said...

I love all your ideas! We had this lesson yesterday and it went really well - lots of giggling.

September 15, 2008 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger tammy said...

I love what you have planned. These are the things they will most remember. They might not remember all the words you'll tell them, but they'll remember these items and what they represent.

I asked my 12 year old son what he learned in Priesthood yesterday, and he told me "How to find a good wife", which threw me for a loop! I wasn't ready to hear that my 12 year old is thinking about who he should marry, but I know these next few years will pass quickly.

Oh and I love days when I can just stay home and clean and get things done, too.

September 15, 2008 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger Kari said...

What a great teacher you are!! That sounds like it will be a wonderful lesson! And yes, my Monday has been one filled with cleaning!! :)

September 15, 2008 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger familywithfivekids said...

Michelle, I love everything you put together for your lesson. It's all so beautiful together. The girls are very lucky to have you as their leader!

September 15, 2008 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

you must be a great adviser because that is such a great idea! we just had that lesson yesterday and it was good- the girls always like talking about boys! i need a new adviser- any plans on moving to maricopa in the near future?!

September 15, 2008 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

That will be a great lesson! Those are really important lessons for YW.

September 16, 2008 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger careymc said...

such a pretty display, Michelle. And I agree - these girls are so blessed to have you!

September 16, 2008 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger sista # 2 said...

So sweet! The girls are blessed to have you :)

September 17, 2008 at 6:34 AM  

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