I started to help plan this activity but then got a new calling in the Stake. My new job requires me to attend each Recognition Activity in our area – lucky me! Our ward finished the plans we started and I got to attend the event tonight! Here is the plan and some pictures of how it was carried out. Plus some downloads are coming to help you with your own activity.
Mother Daughter Polka Dot “T” Party – Recognition Night
“T” stands for Testimony : D.O.T. – Develop Our 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.
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
One of the 11-year-old girls will do the conducting for the meeting and another lead the music.
“Left-Right Game” (We are using this post for inspiration – including the “Left Right Game”)
HOLY GHOST 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.
Following the obstacle course, share the pocketknife story from this article: “Learning to Hear and Understand the Spirit” by David McConkie in the February 2011 Ensign. Discussion: How is the obstacle course experience like the pocketknife story? How can we recognize the Holy Ghost? How does the Holy Ghost speak to us? What can we do to increase the influence of the Holy Ghost in our lives?
We’ll have 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) or just make your own like our group did! Each station earned a sticker that is applicable to the testimony principle.
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. Click below to download this page.
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.