Before I get into the lesson, I feel impressed to tell of my experience in Young Women from a Beehive to Laurel. My ward had an awesome Young Women Presidency. The President was driven to ensure that each young woman had leadership experience. In this, she saw and positioned herself as an adviser, rather than as a leader. Sure, she and her presidency were leaders, but she reminded us that we were the “Young Women,” and she was not. So. One of the Young Women (YW) would conduct the meeting. We started with a prayer, a hymn, a chorus of the YW theme, and upon breaking into classes, the Beehive, Mia Maid or Laurel president would conduct the class, and invite the “adviser” (adult female in the YW presidency) to teach. This was my experience. And it made me into a leader. I did not fear speaking in public, and grew to understand the importance of communication, organization, and inviting the spirit. This was a powerful lesson, and yet—it was just in the way it was structured. But it was structured to make us into leaders. And it worked.
This lesson gives an excellent opportunity for you to invite this system into your Young Women meeting, and will allow the Young Women in your ward experience the act of conducting meetings, arranging for prayers, songs and so on. It will encourage them to develop leadership characteristics. This is a powerful part of this lesson: the concept of leadership, or in other words, the daring of standing alone in the face of opposition and disorder.Read More