What’s in It for You
March 2004

“What’s in It for You,” New Era, Mar. 2004, 49

What’s in It for You

Mutual Activities

  • Read the article, “About Patriarchal Blessings,” on page 32. Invite the stake patriarch to a joint Mutual activity to introduce himself and explain about patriarchal blessings. If the patriarch agrees, allow time for questions and answers.

  • Organize an activity around introducing the gospel to those who may be interested in learning more. With the permission of the bishop and ward mission leader, have some ward missionaries or members of the ward role-play as investigators. Use different classrooms in the meetinghouse to represent homes. Have the youth go to an assigned “home” and practice telling the Joseph Smith story in different situations. Gather and conclude by quoting from “Be One of the Greatest” on page 10 or from Q&A on page 16.

Service Project Suggestion

• Note the announcement of the general Young Women meeting on page 31. Make special invitations and arrange for rides for all the Young Women in your ward or stake.

Family Home Evening Idea

  • Read together “About Patriarchal Blessings” on page 32. If your parents have received their patriarchal blessings, ask them to tell you how their blessings have affected their lives and what they have found encouraging about the things that were said.

  • Read together “Conference Live!” on page 26. On the family home evening before general conference, give each family member some sheets of paper with each member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles’ and First Presidency’s names listed on them. Plan to take notes on each talk. On the family home evening after general conference, review together the things that were said.

Sunday Lesson Helps

In addition to the Resource Guides (printed in May and November in the Ensign and Liahona), Young Women and Aaronic Priesthood teachers may find these additional resources helpful in enhancing lessons 10–13.

Young Women Manual 2

Lesson 10 The Priesthood: A Great Blessing

Diane L. Mangum, “Young Women and the Blessings of the Priesthood,” New Era, May 1993, 20.

“Power Restored,” New Era, May 2003, 10.

Bruce R. McConkie, “Only an Elder,” New Era, Jan. 2003, 36.

Lesson 11 Appreciating the Bishop

Rachel Murdock, “Worthy of My Blessing?” this issue, 36.

Henry B. Eyring, “Your Friend the Bishop,” New Era, Oct. 2002, 10.

Lesson 12 Fathers’ Blessings

Carlos E. Asay, “Write Your Own Blessing,” New Era, Oct. 1981, 4.

Charlotte ZoBell, “The Blessing,” New Era, Mar. 1990, 15.

Caroline Hinckley, “Leaving Home,” New Era, May 1999, 35.

Lesson 13 Patriarchal Blessings

“About Patriarchal Blessings,” this issue, 32.

Rachel Murdock, “Worthy of My Blessing?” this issue, 36.

Aaronic Priesthood Manual 2

Lesson 10 Studying the Scriptures

Richard G. Scott and Charles Didier, “Be One of the Greatest,” this issue, 10.

“Hungry for Answers?” New Era, Nov. 2003, 9.

Lesson 11 Satan and His Temptations

Q&A: “Why doesn’t the Church make a list [of] what I can and can’t do?” New Era, Aug. 2003, 16.

Richard C. Edgley, “Satan’s Bag of Snipes,” New Era, Sept. 2001, 20.

Lesson 12 Prayer

Bobby Thurman, “Kneeling to Know,” this issue, 9.

Richard G. Scott, “Recognizing Answers to Prayers,” New Era, Aug. 2003, 4.

Lesson 13 Fasting

Esther Hansen, “The Real Fast,” New Era, May 2002, 11.

Q&A: “Do I really need to pay a fast offering?” New Era, May 2003, 16.