Our neighborhood is focused on family history and preparing to attend the LDS temple. I have seen a couple of great activities centered on these topics – they were simple and meaningful and celebrated the Activity Day girls. One of those activities was “T is for Temple.”
One of the greatest reasons why this activity is so effective was what happened before they even got there. The leaders did a wonderful job of creating activities that focused on their end-goal of celebrating family histories, including pioneer heritage and preparing for the temple. This is what they did:
- Family History Activity: shared family stories, gave each girl the “My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together” booklet and discussed getting stories from their parents and grandparents
- Pioneer Museum Field Trip
- Scrapbook Pages: girls brought a story about an ancestor and they put together a scrapbook page about those stories
- Heritage Photo Shoot: a photographer in their neighborhood took photos of each girl – many of them were dressed in period clothing of their ancestors (darling! And they displayed these at the Recognition Activity)
ACTUAL RECOGNITION ACTIVITY
Welcome Activities as They Gathered (T-Party Hats + Family Search Experience):
– T-Party Hats: each girl created their own T-Party hat using paper plates, paper bowls, silk flowers and ribbon. Dollar Stores are a great place for inexpensive flowers.
– Online familysearch.org Experience: families set up a Family Search account if they didn’t already have one and added parents and grandparents to their tree if they were not yet connected. If that was already completed, they did a scavenger hunt to explore Family Search and learned how to add photos or stories.
Scavenger Hunt Ideas (things to find on Family Search):
– name of someone in your group’s great-great grandmother
– year another person’s great grandfather died
– name of someone in your family that you found a photo for
– name of someone in your family who was born in the 1800s
Opening Prayer and Welcome
Young Women Speakers: 3 girls in the neighborhood (age 12-17) shared their testimonies and experiences with family history and going to the temple to do baptisms for the dead. They gave ideas of how Activity Days girls can prepare for the temple. This was the favorite part of the evening. These youth are great examples of who the Activity Day girls are becoming and did a wonderful job of encouraging them to prepare now to attend the temple.
Ancestor Pages: girls shared their scrapbook pages about their ancestors as well as what goals they have been working on over the last six months.
Closing Prayer and Refreshments
Favor: T-Party Hats and picture of our local temple for the girls to take home
Something that I loved about this activity was the family involvement. The girls can’t register for a Family Search account without their parents – this was a wonderful way to help each family to explore Family Search and catch the spark that comes from finding and learning about our ancestors. I liked that they had something for the families to do if they were already experienced with Family Search to introduce it to the girls.
Each aspect of this activity had purpose and helped the girls connect to their families in some way. The activities leading up to the event paved the way for the girls to truly get the most out of the activity. They were prepared and the activity celebrated their efforts.
Fabulous activity! Thank you for all you do!