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Magnify Your Calling (Step One)

Magnify Your Calling (Step One)

I’m not sure why, but it seems to be a trend among members to be surprised when they are called to something new. I’ve often heard members say they don’t feel like they can offer much to their calling. Yet, these same people do their calling, and do it wonderfully. It’s no secret that God equips us to handle our callings.

My calling is in Primary. I am one of the Activity Day Girls leaders. It’s currently my only calling (I sub teach when asked) Call me selfish, but I am happy to have a single calling. I have even found myself complaining about having it. It’s not that I don’t like it, I enjoy doing the activities with the girls, but planning them and preparing for them is sometimes stressful.

Magnify Your Calling - Primary Activity Day Girls

By God’s grace I have persevered, and the girls amaze me with how positive they are in remembering their favorite activities. It’s encouraging to know that they are enjoying being a part of my class.

If you were recently called to a primary position and feel overwhelmed, here are some of my tips to Magnify Your Calling when you are first called.

Ask Somebody Who Has Done It

Bonus points if it is the person who was just released. When I was called to Activity Day Girls, I didn’t even know it existed.  My daughter wasn’t quite old enough, but she came along with me to our first meeting and we quickly learned all about it from my co-leader at that time. I have found that in other callings, the first thing I do to prepare is ask how it is currently being done. Those who are currently serving in the calling or who have previously served can give some incredible advice.

Photo by Aduke Schulist

Read the Manual

Without the Faith in God manual, I would be lost! This goes for the other Primary manuals as well. While the Faith in God manual doesn’t give as much details as other manuals, the information in there is golden. Knowing what to teach makes the how part easier. The church even has a manual to help prepare you as a teacher.

Pray

Okay, maybe this should have been the first one, but pray! Not just when you accept that calling, but every time you prepare a lesson. Pray for the children you are serving. And pray for yourself.

Magnify Your Calling photo by Aduke Schulist

Utilize Pinterest, Blogs, Etc

Where would Primary be without Sugardoodle? Using resources like this as well as pinterest make planning a breeze. I gotta admit, I prefer blogs or just searching the web instead of pinterest because it is far too easy to get overwhelmed with ideas there.

Facebook Groups

There are some great Facebook groups to help in your calling. These groups are full of members who have held or currently hold the calling. Sharing Time leaders, Primary Choristers, and even Primary Teachers can glean knowledge from others in these groups.

Magnify Your Calling - Primary Leaders & Activity Day Girls

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Activity Day Girls – Budget and Tithing

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.

Activity Day Girls Budget Tithing

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 already had a good concept of tithing, but were unfamiliar with budgeting. Using the top portion of this printable, we learned how to write a check to pay tithing. We spent a lot of time on the budgeting activity. We made up the amounts as we went along and all stuck with the same numbers to make it easier.
Click on the image to download a PDF printable version.
Activity Day Girls - Budget and Tithing

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.

 

Activity Day Girls Lesson Idea – Communication

I was called to be an Activity Day Girls leader a few months ago. It had been on my heart that I needed a calling, but I didn’t want to do Young Women – it terrifies me – and I had already been in Primary – didn’t think I would be going back there – so, without an idea of my own, I said nothing at all to my Bishop (what kind of crazy person ASKS for a calling anyway?). When I received the “Bishop needs to talk with you” message, I halfway knew what was coming. I didn’t expect to be called to Activity Day Girls though. Frankly, I had no clue what they even did.

But, not one to turn down a calling, I said yes – and then went home and turned to Google. I realized that I had to teach young girls Gospel principles but also include some sort of activity. Seemed daunting. Thank God for Pinterest and SugarDoodle!

LDS Activity Day Girls Lesson Idea by LifeAsAConvert

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