I have received a new calling as the Stake Primary Counselor over Activity Days – so that means I’ll be involved with the training and supporting of all the awesome Activity Day Leaders in our area but I won’t be carrying out the activities myself. I thought I would give more details about our plans for our “Mother Daughter Polka Dot ‘T’ Party” since I won’t get to actually make it happen now.
There are no real plans or implementation yet but I knew you would want to get a more detailed idea of what we are going to do. Here’s an overview of what we are thinking:
Mother Daughter Polka Dot “T” Party – Recognition Night
“T” stands for “Testimony”
We are going to have a fun but spiritual night where we learn about how to recognize the Holy Ghost and then act on promptings we receive.
Girls and moms are invited to bring their journals and girls should bring their scriptures.
Opportunities to share their individual growth in testimony development will happen one-on-one with mothers in the Faith Walk.
From the Faith in God Book (Learning and Living the Gospel): Mark these verses about the Holy Ghost in your scriptures: John 14:16–17, 2 Nephi 32:5, and Moroni 10:5. Discuss ways the Holy Ghost helps you.
WELCOME + SHORT LESSON
1. ”Left-Right Game” (We are using this post for inspiration – including the “Left Right Game”)
2. Possible Activity: Begin “Testimony Glove” Activity by retelling first part of “The Testimony Glove” book found here. Explore each of the 5 parts of a testimony in the Faith Walk with their moms. Perhaps each girl could receive a white glove and gather the images of the parts of a testimony on the Faith Walk. You could also share the idea of the essential parts of a testimony without the glove. It will work just as well and be less expensive and take less time. Either way will work well.
3. Possible activity (may be too hard for younger girls): “Having the Spirit” Object Lesson (from Old Testament Seminary Manual) – Darken the room so that there is only a small amount of light. Show students two objects that look alike but are different colors (like a dark blue sock and a black sock) and have them describe any difference they can see between the two objects. Turn the lights on and ask them to try again. Read Moses 1:1-18 with their moms and discuss how the activity can be compared to what happened to Moses. Ask: Why do we need to have experiences with Holy Ghost more often? How can we do that?
OBSTACLE COURSE: We’ll do a blindfold obstacle course where the moms will guide their daughters through a course set up with found objects. The other participants will serve as distracters and the girls will work to listen to the still small voice of Mom.
FAITH WALK: We will give the mothers and daughters one-on-one experiences in a “Faith Walk” to talk about things of the Spirit and how to increase their commitment to listening to the Holy Ghost. Different 2-minute “stations” will be set up around the church with a small/short learning activity such as unscrambling the letters of a word puzzle or cracking a secret code to spell a word or a scripture to look up and read – maybe the word is “Holy Ghost” or “Joseph Smith” - including the 5 parts of a testimony found in “The Testimony Glove“. Then it will have a question or scenario to discuss that goes along with each phrase or scripture. Moms and daughters will talk about each scenario or scripture and make commitments for how they can increase their testimony. One station will include the Faith in God requirement listed at the top of this post. Each station will only be about 2 minutes long – a quick puzzle/code /scripture to look up with a question or prompt to discuss with moms.
Example: Joseph Smith (unscramble letters to create the word): “What do I know about the story of Joseph Smith and the First Vision?” ”What can I do to increase mine and my family’s understanding of the First Vision?”
See what I mean? Sharing about their growth in the gospel, setting goals together of how to move forward in their testimonies….pretty awesome sharing going on.
Throughout this walk, give girls opportunities to share what they are doing to increase their faith & strengthen their testimonies of various gospel principles (this is reporting progress of Learning and Living the Gospel).
(Use the Testimony Glove printable found in the Friend here)
LESSON + JOURNALS: We are asking the girls to bring their journals (because they already have so many and we don’t want to spend budget money). We will meet back together to have a short lesson about testimonies using “How to Acquire Spiritual Guidance” by Elder Richard G. Scott. Consider reading “How the Holy Ghost Makes Me Feel” by Michele Leigh Carnesecca. Have each person (moms, too) to write their own testimonies in their journals. We will have a few spare journals or journal sheets available if someone doesn’t bring their own.
Invitation Inspiration: Of course, everyone will be encouraged to wear polka dots – and tea party cakes and treats will be served. I was thinking that a version of this is great invitation inspiration. Easy, unique, special…but easy.