This past Tuesday night, our Young Women’s group met all together. The class (girls ages 16-18) that I help with (The Laurels) were in charge of this activity. We decided to try to bridge the generations of women in our church congregation with these teenage girls
I oversaw the activity and gave instruction when needed, but really, it was up to these girls….and THEY DID A FAN-FREAKIN’-TASTIC job!
I was so proud of them – like I normally am!
We hand delivered invitations and questions to 11 ladies in the ward (9 were able to make it that night). The girls were responsible to pick up the questions prior to the night and also contact the women to see if they needed rides to the activity.
We planned the evening at a prior activity and decided what questions would be fun to ask to get to know these ladies as well as teach the girls something from these ladies’ life experiences and wisdom.
We had simple decorations that night and were excited that all but 5 of of our 32 girls were able to be in attendance at the activity.
The Laurels handled pretty much the whole night (I chimed in when I wanted to – just like normal). Jessica, Jessica and Taylor did so well and I did get teary-eyed with emotion because I was so proud of them.
The ladies were awesome sports and made us all laugh, especially when they talked about their first kiss…so funny and human and relatable for the girls.
After the ladies were done being spot-lighted, we had each
of the girls stand up and introduce themselves to the ladies (we have only been
a new ward for a bit over two years). The girls told who their parents were, if
they had a sister also in Young Women’s and what their hobbies, activities,
We even made our Bishop get up and tell a bit about himself (he’s a newer Bishop to our ward). He was a great sport and told about his first kiss (in front of his two daughters who are in Young Women’s).
Our treats were simple cookies and water.
We sent each lady home with a little spring floral arrangement that the girls and I put together, so they would remember the night.
Also, all 17 of our Beehives (girls ages 12-14) were there that night. So, their leaders had me get a picture of them all together - and, of course, we had to get a silly one after the serious one!
We all laughed a lot and I think everyone came away from that night feeling happy and more connected.
We have 20+ more women to ‘highlight’ when we do this activity again – which I truly hope is sooner, rather than later.
Thanks for letting me share and remember!