Sunday, January 5, 2014

Divine Nature #2- Daughter of a King -Personal Progress





“Who Am I, and Who Can I Become?”

Before We Go On: This is a lesson I taught on the first Sunday as a Presidency Member, 
but it doubled as our introduction for their Value of the Month and Jar.  Normally we do a 
colored Personal Progress Night where we do a lesson like this. But the lesson was a good one to teach on a Sunday. You'll see below where we ended the lesson. Then on the Personal Progress Night, everyone still dressed in blue, but they worked on the worksheet.  I just kept this post as both of those lessons just in case you want to do it all on a Sunday.

Month: January
Value of the Month: Divine Nature
Color: Blue
Value Experience: Divine Nature #2
 "As a young woman you are blessed with divine feminine qualities. Increase your understanding of and appreciation for womanhood. Read Proverbs 31:10–31 and two talks on womanhood from a conference issue of the Church magazines. Review what “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” says about being a wife and a mother. Then ask your mother or another mother you admire what she thinks are important attributes for being a mother. List the attributes in your journal. Then choose one of those attributes and strive to develop it. After two weeks report your success to a parent or leader."



Introduction: “I wanna ask each of you to tell me who you are… 
what's your name, how old are you, what are your interests?  That kind of thing."

Explanation: Those things are their Individual qualities they were born with in this earthly life.  But let’s go back even further than that.  Before we were born, we lived with whom? (Heavenly Father and Mother)

So if we have a Heavenly Father and Mother, then we are heavenly, divine beings ourselves, right?  Thus, just like our earthly father and mother of whom we have received attributes from, we have received attributes from our Heavenly Father and Mother.  Heavenly attributes that were born in heaven before we came to this earth.

What was it like in Heaven?  Here is how one woman wrote a poem about what it was like in heaven before we came.

Give them the poem “I Am A Child of Royal Birth”  and have one girl read out loud.



So, I ask again, who are we?  And who can we become??? The Family Proclamation tells us…

Quote 1- Family Proclamation... (Fill in the blanks on your binder sheet) ALL HUMAN BEINGS—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny.

In your own words: We all have a divine destiny, given to us before we came to earth.  And we were given special qualities, gifts, talents and promises if we stay on the right path.  This is what we study in Personal Progress with Divine Nature.  We will be learning what our divine birthright is.

READ Psalms 47:7 (God is King)

In your own words: This is your destiny.  We are all daughters of a king.  We are all princesses, destined to be a queen.  We will inherit more treasures than we could ever have here on earth.  But just in case you still don’t believe me, we are going to have a coronation ceremony to dub thee royal eternal princesses.

Make them each a crown (I just used Burger King crowns and used someone else's clipart glued to the front. Despite the picture below they all thought it was awesome.   

Or if you want to make each of them a crown, go here.  http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/young_explorers/create/paper_crown.aspx 

Coronation Ceremony:  As your placing the crown on their head, say “I dub thee, Princess ____(name)_______.”  Then afterward say to all of them… “I give thee this crown so you may see your worth, your divine nature, and your royal lineage.  You are the daughter of a King.  You must act and present yourself like the princess you are.  In your conduct. In your demeanor. In your actions.  You must stand for what God stands for at all times, and in all things, and in all places.  With or without your crown, you will always be princesses and should act as such.   Always wear your invisible crown.”

This was really important that I did each girl by name. It was actually really eye opening for the girls.  

At this point I gave them each a blank piece of paper and glue sticks to glue their handouts on them to see their binders can be used as scrapbooks.  They were made by other people. I'll try to find the links again.  But the one I gave out here was the one about wearing your invisible crown.  The other ones are further down.




Question 1: Do you think it’s important to know your divine heritage and where we came from?  Would that change your life or change your future?
Quote 2- (Have someone read from lesson)… By divine design, we have unique gifts and talents that will help us fulfill our destiny as daughters of God. Knowing who we are gives our lives purpose and helps us make the right decisions.

Scriptures   Let’s review some of our divine qualities and promises?
Genesis 1:26–27 (We are created in the image of God)
Abraham 3:22–23 (Our divine potential is to inherit eternal life)
1 Peter 5:4 (Crown of glory)
James 1:12 (Crown of life)
D&C 59:2 (Crown in the mansions)
Revelations 2:2

Watch video by President Uchtdorf video called “Our True Identity” on the Mormon Channel


 Earthly Princess?  So, “knowing who we are gives our lives purpose and helps us make the right decisions…”  Let me put it this way… if you were an earthly princess, say Princess Kate, or one of the Dutch or Spanish princesses, do you think you would conduct yourself in a special way?  What ways? (This was eye opening for the girls.  They said things like, "Yes, I'd need to talk differently, walk better, dress better.)

I said, "Well you are!  You are real princesses.  So, act the part!"

Read this Story
In a speech President Harold B. Lee gave in 1973 as a BYU Devotional, he said, “One of our Latter-day Saint men during World War II was over in England. He had gone to an officer's club where they were holding a riotous kind of celebration. He noticed off to the side a young British officer who didn't seem to be enjoying himself at all. So he walked over to him and said, "You don't seem to be enjoying this kind of a party." And this young British officer straightened himself a few inches taller than he was before and replied, "No, sir, I can't engage in this kind of a party, because, you see, I belong to the royal household of England."
As our Latter-day Saint boy walked away he said to himself, "Neither can I, because I belong to the royal household of the kingdom of God." Do you realize that, you young people? There are things that you cannot and must not do if you remember your heritage.
I am reminded of the old court jester who was supposed to entertain his king with interesting stories and antics. He looked at the king who was lolling on his throne, a drunken, filthy rascal, doffed his cap and bells, and said with a mock gesture of obeisance, "O king, be loyal to the royal within you." And so I say to you young people today, remember your heritage, and be loyal to that royal lineage that you have as members of the church and kingdom of God on the earth.

Hand out "Be Loyal to the Royal in You" (see above)

Watch Video“Significant in Every Way,” (2:40)



END-- 
Personal Progress Party Night
At this point we ran out of time so we saved the worksheet and talk for our Personal Progress Night.  Basically to get the jar, they need to read the talk and fill out the worksheet.  The talk is pasted below.  I cut out a few stories to make it easier for them and bolded the portions that there were questions about.  Then at the end they need to interview a mother to find out what divine qualities they have and then choose one of those as a royal princess and work on it for two weeks.  When they report back they get a blue jar.

Worksheet-For New Beginnings last year, we made binders for each of the girls with tabs and worksheets to help them work through some of the experiences.  Some were a little daunted by it so we thought we would sit with them and show them how easy they were.  At this point we gave them the worksheet for Divine Nature #2 with the talk Your Happily Ever After,” Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Ensign May 2010.















21 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful lesson and activity! I was wondering if you could email me a copy of your Divine Nature #2 worksheet. When I save the image and try to print it comes out blurry. Thanks so much!
    Amy
    amyo@olsenclan.net

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  2. This worksheet is wonderful! Could you email me a copy of it? Thank you! Jenniferkillebrew@gmail.com

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  3. I love these worksheets but they're blurry and unusable. Such a shame cause they would be awesome to use with my young women!!
    Pat
    ppeterson52@gmail.com

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  4. Would you be interested in emailing your worksheet to me???its great!! crazyfunfamily@gmail.com thanks!!!!!

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  5. This is so great! Could I get a copy?
    E.henke08@yahoo.com

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  6. I would love to use this with my young women this week. Could you email me a copy? Suz82@yahoo.com
    Thanks!

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  7. I am trying to make some personalized handouts for my girls camp cabin in the same format as you did the... "Daughters of an Almighty God". I have been trying to find an app or a program to do this with and can not find them. Thanks in advanced... evelyncole44@gmail.com

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  8. could you please email me a copy of your worksheet?grundleofkids@msn.com

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  9. Could you please email the worksheet. This would go great with my personal progress next month. Thanks! fatgnat26@aol.com

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  10. Thank you! I was able to print the worksheets directly from the blog. :D

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  11. Awesome Lesson Thank you! Can't wait to share parts of it with my girls!

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  12. Truly Amazing! I love your worksheet and you talk about a binder you gave your girls at New Beginnings. Do you share your binder? I know its a lot of work you have put into it. But some of my girls need to see how easy it is for them to accomplish it. Let me know if you have a digital copy I may get, or who might have one. Thank you! Thank you! Thank You! mccracken (zero) (three) at gmail dot com

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  13. What a great lesson!!!! Is there any way I could get your worksheet you created, please? Thanks jamienelson2007@hotmail.com
    (I'm signed into my husband's account)

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  14. Could you please email a copy of the worksheet and the talk by Pres Uchdorf Thank you so much

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  15. Can I get the worksheeet sent to my email? hlyschaeffer@hotmail.com
    I would love to use it.

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  16. Can I get an emailed copy of the worksheet? This is a fantastic lesson! kami.tressler@gmail.com

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  17. Thank u for u'r wonderful ideas and for sharing ur hard work. I was also hoping u could e-mail the worksheets, they're very blurry when u click on the pic. Thanks.

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    1. Sorry... E-mail address is angcvogt@gmail.com

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  18. Can i get a copy of the worksheet please, such a great lesson...thank you in advance - solofulisia@gmail.com

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  19. Can I please get a copy, dgbull09@gmail.com. Thank you!

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  20. Can I get the worksheet emailed to me? I was hoping to use this for Personal Progress night on Wednesday.
    jeffandlacie@gmail.com
    Thank you so much!

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