Thursday, July 17, 2014

YW Testimony Treasure Hunt

I worked a long time on an activity for this week's YW.  I decided that rather than have someone who has a similar idea or whatnot, that they should be able to copy and paste what they need, mostly, from this blog.  It took a lot of time, but it was worth it.  

This could also be used as a family home evening, though I would suggest putting more of your own memories and testimony of these things (and others) because our children love to hear stories of our past.

Follow the clues, they're not too difficult--because the focus is on what they review and remember as they read.  This way, hopefully, when they look at different items or places in the church they will remember and cherish (and grow) their testimony, just a little more.  First they read the portion about the room they are in (or substitute it with a leader's testimony), complete the task then read the clue.  

1. Relief Society Room
The Lord in His wisdom has provided a Relief Society to help His daughters in these latter days. When Relief Society functions in an inspired way, it lifts women up and out of a troubled world and into a way of living that prepares them for the blessings of eternal life. This society has at its very core the responsibility to help sisters increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and help others who are in need. Through Relief Society, sisters can receive answers to their questions and be blessed by the combined spiritual power of all the sisters. Relief Society validates the true and eternal nature of daughters of God. It is a sacred trust, a guiding light, and a system of watchcare that teaches and inspires women to be strong and immovable. Its motto, “Charity never faileth,” is embodied in all good women.
When a girl advances into Relief Society or when a woman is baptized into the Church, she becomes part of a sisterhood that strengthens her in her preparation for eternal life. Entrance into Relief Society signifies that a woman can be trusted and relied upon to make a significant contribution in the Church. She continues to progress as an individual without receiving much outward credit or praise.  Julie B. Beck. April 2010. General Conference.

What is one act of service that you can do secretly for at least one sister in your young women’s class?  Please carry out this act by Sunday.
Where is one of the most important things we do each week prepared?  Remember, please be reverent. This is the Lord’s house.  Be open to feeling the Holy Ghost.  Reach out to others.  Be kind.  You are loved.
Clue #1:  Play this quick game of LDS Mad Gab -- zahgramit tehbull

2. Sacrament Table

We live in the perilous times prophesied by the Apostle Paul (see 2 Timothy 3:1). Those who try to walk the straight and narrow path see inviting detours on every hand. We can be distracted, degraded, downhearted, or depressed. How can we have the Spirit of the Lord to guide our choices and keep us on the path?
In modern revelation the Lord gave the answer in this commandment:
“And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;
“For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High” (D&C 59:9–10).
This is a commandment with a promise. By participating weekly and appropriately in the ordinance of the sacrament we qualify for the promise that we will “always have his Spirit to be with [us]” (D&C 20:77). That Spirit is the foundation of our testimony. It testifies of the Father and the Son, brings all things to our remembrance, and leads us into truth. It is the compass to guide us on our path. This gift of the Holy Ghost, President Wilford Woodruff taught, “is the greatest gift that can be bestowed upon man” (Deseret Weekly, Apr. 6, 1889, 451).  
Elder Oaks. October 2008. Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament.
Task: Separate the talk into sections.  Read your section and tell in twenty seconds the things that touched your heart.

Clue: I’ll tell you every time. It’s ten cents from a dollar and a penny from a dime.

3. Tithing Envelope Box
I am grateful to President Grant and other prophets for teaching the principle of tithing to my parents and to them for teaching it to me. My attitude toward the law of tithing was set in place by the example and words of my mother, illustrated in a conversation I remember from my youth.
During World War II, my widowed mother supported her three young children on a schoolteacher’s salary that was meager. When I became conscious that we went without some desirable things because we didn’t have enough money, I asked my mother why she paid so much of her salary as tithing. I have never forgotten her explanation: “Dallin, there might be some people who can get along without paying tithing, but we can’t. The Lord has chosen to take your father and leave me to raise you children. I cannot do that without the blessings of the Lord, and I obtain those blessings by paying an honest tithing. When I pay my tithing, I have the Lord’s promise that he will bless us, and we must have those blessings if we are to get along.”  Elder Oaks. April 1994. Tithing. General Conference.

Go through the enclosed faux money (or Fauney--pronounced funny), and figure out how much tithing you would pay.

Clue: Often one of the first things you hear when you come and sit in Sacrament Meeting.

4. Organ

Those who have listened to music understand well the impact it can have on the mind and spirit. Positive, uplifting music can bring feelings of happiness and peace. The hymns of the Church are a key part of worship and invite the Spirit of the Lord. They can be especially helpful in controlling one's thoughts. In contrast, unwholesome, negative music can encourage inappropriate thoughts and behavior. As with other forms of media, Church members are encouraged to be careful in their choice of music.

Task:  The one who picked up this envelope needs to choose their favorite song for all to sing.

Clue:  Babies get their fill here.

5. Mother’s Room
“When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
“Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” John 19:26-27

47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathersthan they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.  Alma 56:47-4800
Task:  Take two minutes to write a thank you note to your mother to thank her for three things she has done for you.

Clue:    Do you feel a need to quench your thirst?

6. Drinking Fountain

Not only is the gospel the water of life, but . . . okay, the drinking fountain is a monument of service to me.  I had to be lifted up to get a drink of water when I was young.  Then later I had to make sure either I or some good friend or my mom or dad would hold my hair back so it wouldn’t get wet when I drank.  Even later, now I have to do these things for my children.  Sometimes when my babies were fussy in church I would walk back and forth counting the times I would pass the drinking fountain.  Also, there were many times the fountain would serve to quench my thirst.

Task: Get a drink, if you are thirsty. Tell each other one way the Gospel has quenched your spiritual thirst.  

Clue: In order to become a member of the church, you will go here.

7. Baptismal Font
When we are baptized in His name and always remember Him and keep His commandments, He gives us the greatest blessing He can give us: that is to always have His Spirit to be with us. That Spirit of the Lord is light. “Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the life and the light of the world” (D&C 11:28; see also 3 Ne. 9:18). “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). This is “the light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed” (D&C 88:13). Light and darkness cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Where the light of Christ is found, the darkness of Lucifer, even Satan, must depart, defeated. May we follow the light and choose the right.  Elder Robert D. Hales; Conference Report; October 1997.

Task:  Share what it was like the day you got baptized, if you remember.  

Clue: We meet here every Sunday.

8. Young Women's Room
Leader testimony of YW.

Just as a note, I printed the clue part at the bottom of the page, bent the bottom of the page over it and then taped the bent portion so they couldn't see the clue until they had completed the task (I personally think it builds the excitement of finding the clue).  


  1. Hey Melanie!! I love this idea! I would like to have this done as well here on our stake! You are such an inspired woman and leader. Are you serving now in the YW's? Much love, cherry

  2. Also a good way of teaching how to show and feel reverence for our church building because in deed they are also full of things that symbolize faith. What a brilliant idea!!