Friday, April 19, 2013

General Conference Jeopardy

For Activity Days last week we played Jeopardy. The girls did great!

Since I can't figure out how to attach PDFs or other documents to a post you get it all long hand here. I should also note that we had the pictures of all the Church officers (from the Ensign) that we allowed the girls to reference for most questions.

Hope you enjoy!

Historic Moments
100. Elder Oaks used historical accounts in Bible scriptures to teach us how to be righteous followers. Who do we follow? (Jesus Christ)
200. Name one of the two temples President Monson announced will be built. (Cedar City, Utah; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
300. Elder Scott said it’s amazing and wonderful that the scriptures can fit on the small electronic devices in our pockets. He then counseled us to do this as often as we send text messages. What should we do? (review/read scriptures)
400. We saw something that has never happened before during the closing prayer of the first session of conference and again at the opening prayer of the Sunday afternoon session. What happened? (women offered the prayers)
500. Sister Dalton’s husband had the privilege of laying the carpet in the Conference Center. When he was laying the last piece of carpet under the pulpit he asked her what scripture he should write under the carpet. Which scripture did Sister Dalton suggest? (b. Mosiah 18:9)
a. Helaman 5:12 = build upon a sure foundation
b. Mosiah 18:9 = stand as a witness of God
c. Articles of Faith 6 = we believe in prophets and apostles

Initial Letters
100. What does the S stand for in Thomas S. Monson? (a. Spencer)
a. Spencer b. Stanley c. Stephen
200. What does the F stand for in Dieter F. Uchtdorf? (b. Friedrich)
a. Francesco b. Friedrich c. Faviolo
300. What does the K stand for in Boyd K. Packer? (c. Kenneth)
a. Kyle b. Keith c. Kenneth
400. What does the G stand for in Richard G. Scott? (a. Gordon)
a. Gordon b. George c. Grant
500. What does the D stand for in D. Todd Christofferson? (b. David)
a. Dean b. David c. Daniel

Story Time
100. When President Monson was only 8 years old he and one of his friends started something at Vivian Park. What did they start? (a fire)
200. Bishop Davies told about driving in his car one day and he thought he had a flat tire. What was really happening? (there was an earthquake)
300. President Packer has a nest of finches in his yard. One day the birds were chirping loudly and sounding very distressed. What caused their alarm? (a snake was in their nest)
400. President Uchtdorf was in a meeting in West Africa when the lights in the building went out. What did the people do while they waited for the lights to come back on? (sang hymns)
500. Elder Cook told about a family who was living just a few blocks away from where airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. Where did this family go to seek peace and refuge? (the church house)

Called of the Lord
100. Name the three members of the First Presidency. (Presidents Monson, Eyring, Uchtdorf)
200. Name three members of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. (Packer, Perry, Nelson, Oaks, Ballard, Scott, Hales, Holland, Bednar, Cook, Christofferson, Anderson)
300. We had the opportunity and privilege of sustaining a new presidency in which women’s auxiliary organization? (the Young Women’s)
400. Sister Rosemary Wixom spoke about how to teach children. What is her calling in the Church? (general primary president)
500. Who is next in line to become the President of the Church? (President Packer)

100. Harriet Reich U. (Dieter F. Uchtdorf)
200. Frances Beverly Johnson M. (Thomas S. Monson)
300. Kathleen Johnson E. (Henry B. Eyring)
400. Patricia Terry H. (Jeffrey R. Holland)
500. Jeanene Watkins S. (Richard G. Scott)

By the Numbers
100. How many men make up the First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve Apostles? (15)
200. This conference was the _____rd Annual General Conference. (183)
300. How many sessions of general conference are there during the two days? (five)
400. How many temples were dedicated in 2012? (6 = 4 new temples and 2 temples rededicated)
500. Rounding up, about how many members of the Church are there in the world? (15 million, 14.78 million)

Apply It
100. Many speakers talked about families. What is one thing you can do to help your family today?
200. Many speakers talked about missionary work. How can you be a missionary right now?
300. Sister Elaine Dalton said that “we are daughters of our Heavenly Father.” What does that mean?
400. What was your favorite talk? Why?
500. What was your favorite song sung during conference? Why?

100. General Conference held in the ________________________. (Conference Center)
200. President Eyring said that he feels the Savior’s love and the comfort of the Holy Ghost when he takes the _____________ each Sunday. (sacrament)
300. Elder Perry taught us that we will be blessed with freedom and liberty when we ________ the commandments of God. (obey)
400. Elder Nelson counseled us to “catch the wave of ____________ work.” (missionary)
500. Elder Holland said we must have the ________ of a mustard seed. (faith)

Think of one word that relates to things we heard in general conference and begins with the
100. letter A (agency, atonement, apostle)
200. letter R (repentance, restoration, redeem)
300. letter J (Jesus, Joseph Smith, judgment)
400. letter F (forgiveness, faith, fathers)
500. letter O (obedience)

Baby Face
100. President Thomas S. Monson
200. Elder David A. Bednar
300. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
400. Elder L. Tom Perry
500. Elder Quentin L. Cook

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter Egg Hunt

For this special Easter activity we hid eggs filled with the objects and scriptures found here:

After finding all the eggs the girls regrouped and we read each scripture in order.  This wass a great way to help the girls remember the true meaning of Easter but we quickly realized they didn't exactly understand what the scriptures meant.  So, we made sure to break it down into 8-year old language as we went along.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Family History Show and Tell

I did something like this in college and thought it might be fun to try it with the girls.  We asked them to bring a picture or an artifact that belonged to one of their ancestors.  Then they would tell us a little about the artifact and give a brief history about the person it belonged to.

We told the parents about three weeks in advance so the girls could start preparing and they did an amazing job!

One girl brought a Book of Mormon and shared the conversion story of one of her ancestors who used to jail the Mormons.  Another girl brought a picture of her 4-greats grandmother and told about her trek across the plains.  

We had about twenty minutes left at the end of the activity so we used the time to teach the girls how to fill out a Pedigree Chart.  We obviously lost some of them at that point but most were still intrigued.

Super fun activity and it helps to fulfill a portion of one of the goals in Learning and Living the Gospel.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Articles of Faith Games

I found four potential Articles of Faith games to play, thanks to Sugardoodle.  We ended up only having time for two but we'll use the others soon, I'm sure.

* Name that Article of Faith Song

We divided into two teams and played Memory and put together the puzzles.  The girls had a lot of fun and really got into it.  I think they even learned a few things along the way.  We'll definitely be playing these games again.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Friendship Valentines

This activity started with the girls filling out a silly survey about themselves.  It asked questions like, What street they live on, The color of their eyes, How many fingers and toes they have, Their favorite cereal.  Once they had all the survey filled out they had to go around the room to every other girl and leader and compare answers.  If an answer matched then they initialed each others' papers.  Obviously, everyone had the same number of fingers and toes but no one likes the same cereal.

The point of this activity was to show that we all have some similarities but mostly we are unique individuals and that is how Heavenly Father created us.  We are all Children of God and each of us is special to Him.  Whether we have blue eyes or brown eyes, He loves us and we need to love each other.

Then we wrote kind valentines to each other in honor of the holiday.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Exercise and Nutrition

This has been one of my favorite activities so far!

We invited the mother of one of our girls who is really into fitness and nutrition to lead the activity.  She spent about 15 minutes showing the girls 5 or 6 exercises they can do on their own and home.  Then she did a little cooking show and demonstrated several simple after school snacks the girls can make at home.  Simple, active, fun, and we only had to make a phone call for this activity!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Jars of Confidence

In keeping with the new Primary theme for the year, we had the girls make what we called Jars of Confidence.  They each painted a mason jar and most of them wrote "I Am a Child of God" on it.  We then gave them cotton balls they will use to fill the jar.  Each night they are supposed to think about all the times they felt Heavenly Father's love for them.  They get to put one cotton ball in the jar for each instance they feel His love and know they are a Child of God.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Faith in God Recognition Night

I recently came from the Young Women's program so I thought it would be a good idea to have something like a YW in Excellence or New Beginnings night.  It was just okay.

We made this night a little more formal.  We invited the parents, had a program with song and prayer, I explained how Faith in God works, my other leader handed out completion certificates, and a member of the bishopric bore his testimony.  We were done in less than 20 minutes.  But we had cookies and mingled with the parents afterward.

Two lessons from this night: 1) It was a good idea but way too formal for this group.  2) December is much too busy of a month to expect even half the families to be able to attend an activity.

We will be rethinking this one for the future.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Testimonies, Letters, and Cookies

We like to give our girls multiple opportunities to think about their testimonies through the year.  For this activity we began by discussing their thoughts and feelings about Jesus Christ during the Christmas season.  Then we spent ten minutes or so letting them write down those thoughts and feelings on a special "Testimony" paper in their binders.

Next we wrote letters to the two full-time missionaries serving from our ward, as well as the Bishopric, Stake Presidency, and Primary Presidency.  It was hilarious to see how they pretty much wrote the same things on each of the letters.  Several wrote, "I hope your mission is fun!" on the letters to the missionaries as well as the Primary.  (I guess it was our fault for making this a writing-intensive activity.)

Lastly we decorated Christmas sugar cookies.  Obviously, their favorite part of the afternoon.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

12th Article of Faith

As part of a Serving Others activity we discussed the 12th Article of Faith.  I did a little internet research on what it means to be a good citizen and pared down my findings into short actions the girls could understand.  Each girl was given two actions written on word strips and they had to tell the group what it meant and how they could implement it in their lives.  This wasn't as boring as it sounds and the girls did a really good job with it.

Then we played a U.S. Presidents game.  We split the girls into two groups and sent them on a scavenger hunt around the church answering trivia questions about different presidents.