Activity Day Girls – Budget and Tithing
When I was called to be an Activity Day Girls leader I felt so unprepared, but thanks to SugarDoodle, and other fabulous LDS bloggers, I have been able to come up with some fun ideas for the girls. The most recent lesson focused on Budgeting and Tithing and helped the girls earn another check towards completing their Faith in God requirements.
I opened the lesson by handing out a full sized chocolate bar to each girl. I told them that they may eat their chocolate bar now and be done with it, or they may save it until the end and get more chocolate. Though some girls were tempted, each held out until the end.
I used the following scriptures to help the activity day girls understand how much tithing they are suppose to pay (1/10) and what happens when they follow that commandment.
D&C 119:4 4 And after that, those who have thus been tithed shall pay one-tenth of all their interest annually; and this shall be a standing law unto them forever, for my holy priesthood, saith the Lord.Malachi 3:10 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Most of the girls had no idea how much things actually cost and were surprised to find that rent wasn’t going to be $50. They quickly learned that budgeting is an important thing and that they must live within their means and budget for extra things. We discussed needs versus wants and each girl listed some things that were each.
For the activity portion, I brought Tootsie Roll banks, markers, stickers, and paper to wrap the banks. Each girl got to decorate her own bank for a savings fund. We discussed how putting money into a bank earns interest.
At the end of the lesson, I gave each girl another chocolate bar. This second bar was the “interest” they earned for saving their first bar. I used a fun sized bar to illustrate that the amount of interest they earn is less than what they put in the bank.
Overall, the lesson was well received. As a leader, I am constantly worrying if the lesson is going to be fun and fulfilling for the girls. They really enjoyed this one.