Friday, May 18, 2012

New Beginnings

Several weeks ago we held our New Beginnings program. Typically, that's when we introduce all of the new girls coming into the program, and invite their parents for the special night. But, this year we don't have any new young women coming into our program (in fact, we don't have any new girls coming in for a few years... SO sad!).

And then we found out two of our girls were performing in (separate) school plays/musicals so it got pushed back even more. I mean, we had to see our beautiful girls steal the show(s). So, finally, at the beginning of April we held our New Beginnings.

Since this year's Mutual theme is "Arise and shine forth that thy light may be a standard for the nations" (D&C 115:4), we wanted to emphasize that message with light. We held our program in our Relief Society room - one of the only rooms in our church building that has recessed lighting. We kept all of the main lights turned off, and only had the recessed lights on for a dimly lit atmosphere to start our program. Eight of the girls got up one by one and read off a scripture and a little thought about each value, then turned on the lamp that was positioned by the corresponding value poster. (Most of our ideas come from here.)

Slowly, as we learned about each value, the room got brighter and brighter.  (I downloaded the value posters here, and then I had them printed 8x12 and then I mounted them on foam board.)

 Then one of our leaders shared a children's story called The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter. It is based on a true story about a girl who braves a raging storm to keep the lamps in her father's lighthouse lit while he is away. She likened it to each of the girls keeping their light shining by living each of the values for all to see. They could each be a "standard to the nations" by being an example in living the eight values. It was perfect.

After her presentation, we handed out little alarm clocks with an "arise and shine forth" sticker on the front. (Idea also from here.)

The alarm clocks were from Ikea, and I just printed the stickers on full sheet clear sticker paper, then used a 1 inch circle punch to cut them out. I have extra, so I'm thinking we will use them for some kind of handout at camp in the summer - maybe flashlights?

Here is an alternate link to download the file: Arise and Shine Forth Stickers

We ended with a value colored fruit/dessert buffet...

and listened to Jenny Phillips CD: Arise and Shine Forth.

We are so pleased with how the night turned out!


  1. If you need another musical selection, Michael McLean has a song called "Arise and Shine Forth" on his "Safe Harbors" album. It's seriously one of my favorites and gives me chills every time.

    1. Oh I LOVE Michael McLean! I'm seriously going to check out that song. Thanks!


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