The first line of this lesson reads, “To prepare to be a righteous wife and mother, young women should focus on the Savior and on developing Christlike attributes,” so that’s what I decided to focus the lesson on.
1. Print out each of the following phrases so that each one takes up an entire sheet of paper (most will use a 96-point font; the longer ones a 72-point font):
LEARN TO DO LAUNDRY
LEARN TO CLEAN HOUSE
LEARN TO DO LAWN CARE
LEARN TO GARDEN
LEARN TO COOK
LEARN TO DECORATE
LEARN ABOUT CHILD DEVELOPMENT
LEARN GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS
LEARN BASIC FIRST AID
LEARN ABOUT INFANT CARE
LEARN ABOUT CHILD DISCIPLINE
BE ABLE TO EARN MONEY
LEARN ABOUT GOOD NUTRITION
LEARN BASIC HOME REPAIR
LEARN TO SCOWL
LEARN BASIC CAR REPAIR
BE PHYSICALLY FIT
LEARN TO INFLICT GUILT
LEARN TO MANAGE MONEY
LEARN TO BE A GOOD SHOPPER
LEARN TO SEW
LEARN HOW TO GET ALONG WITH OTHERS
2. Print out each of the following phrases so that each one takes up an entire sheet of paper (use a 96-point font) on colored paper:
PREPARING TO BE A PARENT
DEVELOP CHRIST-LIKE ATTRIBUTES
PREPARED FOR EVERYTHING
3. Print out one copy of the following for each girl (note: someone way more talented than I made this graphic; she gave me permission to post it):
4. Bring pieces of paper cut in half and markers to class.
1. Arrange the chairs in a horse-shoe shape. Place the paper with “Preparing to Be a Parent” on it in the middle of the room. Put all of the other pages (except the other colored ones) on the floor around it. Going around the room, ask each girl to remove the paper that is least important in preparing to be a parent. You might want to discuss the items as they are removed, pointing out that each one (except the scowling and guilt!) has its place and can be beneficial. When all of the papers are gone, place the paper with “Develop Christ-Like Attributes” on the floor. Explain that this is the most important thing that you can do to prepare to become a parent. It’s also the only one that you really need to do in advance: you can use Pinterest or Youtube in a pinch if you find you don’t know how to launder a silk shirt, but you can’t google Christ-like attributes and develop them in five seconds.
2. Give each girl two blank pieces of paper and a marker. Ask her to search the scriptures and think about her favorite stories about Jesus and then write one attribute of Jesus on each piece of paper. (If you have several adult leaders in the room, hand each of them a piece of paper which says: “Please write down some challenges that you or others you know have faced as a parent. These will be shared with the girls.”) When they finish, collect the papers. Place the papers with the attributes of Jesus on the floor and discuss how they can help parents. Share some of the challenges that the adults leaders listed (if you did that part of the lesson); discuss if/how Christ-like attributes would help address those challenges.
3. Stack the papers with the attributes of Jesus on them and place the paper which reads “Prepared for Everything” on top of it. Explain that developing those attributes will not only prepare them to be a parent, but will prepare them for everything that they will face in life.
4. Hand out the quote from President Kapp. Explain that she was the 9th General Young Women President and she led the development of the motto, theme, Personal Progress, and values (more about her here). Also explain that she was infertile; she did not raise children. Read the quotation. Explain that despite their desires, the girls may or may not have a chance to be a parent. And if they are parents, they will have other missions in life as well. Challenge them to take some time this week to ask prayerfully what they can do to prepare for their unique missions. If you have several adult leaders in the room, have them discuss aspects of their mission in life in addition to (or, instead of) being a parent.
5. Bear testimony of the important role of parenthood, the importance of discerning one’s mission in life and preparing for it, and that their Heavenly Parents love them individually and have a unique plan for each of them.