Dear 100 Hour Board,
I've recently been called into the YW presidency, assigned to the Mia Maids. I have felt impressed that one thing I should help the girls focus on is "being in a preparation to the hear the word."
So, two related questions. Take them together or apart, your choice.
1. What has helped you, esp as a teenager attending church or youth activities, feel in a preparation to hear the Word (ie, feel and listen to the Spirit or learn Gospel principles)?
2. What has hindered you in these settings from feeling that you are in a preparation to hear the Word?
Thank you in advance.
- The Mama Who Wants to Know Everything
I was inactive until I was thirteen and being in YW was really great for me. I had wonderful leaders and it made a big difference in my life. Being a teenager is hard - thanks for being so thoughtful about what you want to do with your girls. I'll focus on question 1: What helped me as a teenager feel "in a preparation to hear the word".
Teenagers won't listen to you if they don't think you really care. They want to be understood and to feel like you are interested in their thoughts and ideas. If they feel like you are judging them, they definitely won't want to hear anything you have to say (All of that is true of adults as well, in my experience). The best motive to be obedient to the commandments is a genuine love for Jesus ("If ye love me, keep my commandments"; John 14:15), and "We love him, because he first loved us" (1 John 4:19). Thus, helping the girls feel loved is important. Teenagers are quite vulnerable emotionally and many of the girls may not feel very loved at home or at school for many reasons, so simply helping them to feel loved is a tremendous service to them.