What is Family Home Evening

Leaders of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints have instructed members to set aside Monday night as "family home evening." This is a time for families to study the gospel together and to do other activities that strengthen the family spiritually, create family memories, and increase unity and love. To learn more visit this website.

Why Family Home Evening

"I wonder if having unplanned and infrequent family home evenings will be enough to fortify ourselves and our children with sufficient moral strength to meet the complexities of our day. Infrequent family scripture study may be inadequate to arm ourselves and our children with the virtue necessary to withstand the moral decay of the environment in which we live. Where in the world will we learn chastity, integrity, honesty, and basic human decency if not at home? These values will, of course, be reinforced at church, but teaching them in family home evening can be particularly consistent and effective. To combat the world's evil influences, we need the strength that comes from family home evening."

James E. Faust, “Enriching Our Lives through Family Home Evening,” Ensign, Jun 2003, 2–6

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Young Women Quotes

During the Spring of 2008 I felt compelled to compile a daily calender with quotes from leaders of the Church pertaining to youth for my dd. I used Publisher to create this collection, dividing a page into quarters. Each quote has it's own background image using one of the colors from the Young Women Values. After I printed out the pages, back to back, and divided the pages in half I took them to a local print shop where they bound them to the stand I had made for it. The stand was a box of crackers (because the fold was a perfect width and didn't require that I make my own folds) that I cut to the size of the pages and then the pages were bound to it. The whole project was a very daunting task, yet very worth it.

Because each quote often took all the room I had alloted for quote space there was not room for the source. Furthermore, I would use the same article for many quotes... sometimes, I would even use the ENTIRE article somewhere within the entire collection. So, I have a source list at the very end of the calendar. I had read so many articles pertaining to youth and the councel that our leaders have given them that I learned quite a bit about that organization, the expectations and counsel provided to them, and the love that our Church leaders have for them.

When I finished the calendar I presented it to her as a gift. She must like it because she is always making sure that she reads what it has to share each day. This was my original intention. I wanted her to have a daily reminder of specific counsel for youth that could serve as a strength and guidance throughout the year. It turned out to be that and more.

There have been three examples of it's use thus far. First, one day she was having trouble with a specific situation in her life. I don't even remember what it was. Something told me to check the calendar to see what it said that day. It just so happened that she hadn't yet flipped it to the current date. When I did so it turned out to be the EXACT council from a leader that pertained to that situation. I referred her to the calendar.

Then, by mid-summer I was called as YW president. The research I conducted to create the calendar provided some excellent training to understand the councel and direction provided for the youth, especially considering I had never gone through the YW program myself.

Third, but not finally as I am confident that I will continue to find additional blessings from this project, as I prepared an activity for the YW and needed quotes from our Church leaders I simply did a "ctrl" + "F" to find what I had already previously collected... and, even had multiple choices from which to choose.

This document is a list of all of the quotes and below are all of the sources. YES! I had read ALL of these and a few more. Toward the end of this quest I became addicted to the CES Firesides and overwhelmed with the amount of information and councel they had to offer. Again, what perfect training for a future YW leader. This list will allow you that same training and spiritual blessings while perhaps something specific will stand out to you for your own youth. Where available, the links are provided.

Rhett Wilkinson, “A Note to the Good Girls,” New Era, May 2008, 23
"A Reservoir of Living Water", Elder David A. Bednar, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, CES Fireside for Young Adults • February 4, 2007 • Brigham Young University
“I Have a Question,” Ensign, Apr 1981, 24–25 Are the movie ratings a reliable way to select movies?
Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Plague on the World,” New Era, Jul 1990, 4
Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” Ensign, Jan 2001, 2
Becoming You, Bishop Richard C. Edgley, First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, CES Fireside for Young Adults, 3 November 2002
Ryan Jenkins, “Don’t Chance It,” New Era, Jan 2008, 34–36
Dallin H. Oaks, “Eight Ways God Can Speak to You,” New Era, Sep 2004, 4
Neal A. Maxwell, “Enduring Well,” Ensign, Apr 1997, 7
Gordon B. Hinckley, “Excerpts from Recent Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley,” Ensign, Jul 1996, 72–73
"Experiencing Happiness in Marriage" Teachings of Presidents of the Church, David O. McKay, Chapter 15
Joyce Kinmont, “I Have a Question,” How can parents make Halloween a fun time while avoiding practices and behaviors that may grieve the Spirit? Ensign, Oct. 1996, 33
Faith and Families, Elder Russell M. Nelson, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, CES Fireside for Young Adults, February 6, 2005
Faith and Works in a Secular World, Bishop Keith B. McMullin, Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric. CES Fireside for Young Adults, Nov 5, 2006.
Jennifer Parry, “Fitting In,” New Era, Mar 1997, 26
President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Gambling,” Ensign, May 2005, 59–60, 61.
Gordon B Hinckley Given at the Dedication of Gordon B. Hinckley Building (Oct. 22, 2002)
Excerpt from Hearing the Voice of the Lord, a book on personal revelation that was written by Elder Gerald N. Lund. (I don't even have this book and now cannot find where I had even found these quotes)
James E. Faust, “Honesty-A Moral Compass,” Ensign, Nov 1996, 41
Gordon B. Hinckley, “How Can I Become the Woman of Whom I Dream?,” Ensign, May 2001, 93 Russel and Brad Wilcox, “Keep Texting from Taking Over,” New Era, Aug 2007, 30-33
R. Gary Shapiro, “Leave the Obscene Unseen,” Ensign, Aug 1989, 27
Gordon B. Hinckley, “Lessons I Learned as a Boy,” New Era, Oct 1998, 4
Gordon B. Hinckley, “Let Virtue Garnish Thy Thoughts Unceasingly,” Ensign, May 2007, 115–17
Virginia H. Pearce, “Listening with New Ears,” Ensign, May 1996, 85
Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Live in Obedience,” Ensign, May 1994, 39
Richard G. Scott, “Making the Right Choices,” Ensign, Nov 1994, 37
Making Ourselves A Perfect Fit In Marriage By Orson Scott Card
Joseph Walker, “More than Hemliness and Haircuts,” Ensign, Feb 1992, 22
Jack R. Christianson, “Music: Apples or Onions?,” New Era, Apr 1984, 14
Spencer W. Kimball, “Oneness in Marriage,” Liahona, Oct 2002, 36
Neal A. Maxwell, “Overcome … Even As I Also Overcame,” Ensign, May 1987, 70
Gordon B. Hinckley, “Overpowering the Goliaths in Our Lives,” Ensign, Jan 2002, 2
Ezra Taft Benson, “Prayer,” Ensign, May 1977, 32
Victor L. Brown, “Preparation for Tomorrow,” Ensign, Nov 1982, 79
Chapter 14 Teachings Of Presidents Of The Church: David O. Mckay Preparing for an Eternal Marriage and Family
Spencer W. Kimball, “President Kimball Speaks Out on Morality,” New Era, Nov 1980, 39
Spencer W. Kimball, “President Kimball Speaks Out on Profanity,” New Era, Jan 1981, 4
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, CES Fireside for Young Adults, Nov 4, 2007, “Push Back Against the World”
Dallin H Oaks, “Standards of Dress and Grooming,” New Era, Dec 1971, 46
H. David Burton, “Standing Tall,” Liahona, Jan 2002, 75-77
Gordon B. Hinckley, “Stay on the High Road,” Ensign, May 2004, 112
The Blessing of Work, Elder David E. Sorensen, Of the Presidency of the Seventy, CES Fireside for Young Adults, March 6, 2005
Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Law of the Fast,” Ensign, May 2001, 73
Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Other Prodigal,” Liahona, Jul 2002, 69–72
The Power of Music “FYI: For Your Info,” New Era, May 1994, 34-37
The Two Guiding Lights, Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, Of the Quorum of the Twelve, CES Fireside for Young Adults, 1 February 2004
“The Value of Self-Esteem” President James E. Faust, 2nd Counselor in the 1st Pres, CES Fireside for Young Adults May 6, 2007 Salt Lake Tabernacle
James E. Faust, “The Virtues of Righteous Daughters of God,” Liahona, May 2003, 108–11
L. Tom Perry, “Thy Speech Reveals Thee,” Liahona, Jul 2007, 30-33
Robert D. Hales, “Tithing: A Test of Faith with Eternal Blessings,” Ensign, Nov 2002, 26
Ezra Taft Benson, “To the Single Adult Sisters of the Church,” Ensign, Nov 1988, 96
Jeffrey R. Holland, “To Young Women,” Liahona, Nov 2005, 28–30
“Unlocking the Door to the Blessings of Abraham” Julie B. Beck, RS General Pres, CES Fireside for Young Adults, March 2, 2008 Brigham Young University
“What Can One Do to Keep Profanity (spoken by others) From One’s Mind and The Tip of One’s Tongue?”Q&A: Questions and Answers Russell L. Osmond, New Era, Sept 1977, 42-43
John Bytheway, “What Do Kisses Mean?,” New Era, Oct 2004, 39
Withstand Every Temptation of the Devil, Elder W. Rolfe Kerr, Of the First Quorum of the Seventy, CES Fireside for Young Adults • February 5, 2006
Gordon B. Hinckley, “Words of the Prophet: Daughters of the Almighty,” New Era, Nov 2003, 4
Dallin H. Oaks, “Worship through Music,” Ensign, Nov 1994, 9
Gordon B. Hinckley, “Your Greatest Challenge, Mother,” Liahona, Jan 2001, 113–16


SheriBerry said...

I would love to download this, but my computer is blocking it. Would it be possible for you to email it to me?

Erika said...

I would be happy to email you... you might try again, I changed it to a pdf for you. Otherwise, please let me know what your email is.

linda.roberts said...

I also would love to download this file. Do you have the Word version with the page already divided in 1/4's? Thank you for all you work in making this wonderful calendar. The Young Women are lucky to have you!