Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Faith Walk

The Faith Walk

Submitted by Deann Jenkins (9th Ward YW President)

We decorated the Priesthood room.  It was the reverent, temple-like room.  We had flowers, greenery, pictures.  We pulled the chairs down from the R.S. room to make it nicer.

We started in a classroom.  We had pillows and blankets on the floor to make it more homey.  We ate pizza.  We had a short lesson on the Plan of Salvation.  We played a number game while girls were being taken out one at a time.  We had a couple of our advisers stay in with them until they were all gone.

Somebody (another adviser) took them down the hall to the YW room.  We used the dividers to divide off the last third of the room.  There was a beautiful lit Greg Olsen picture there.  They would go into the actual walk from there. 

There were obstacles all along the way - chairs and other things.  They were blind-folded. There was a good voice encouraging them and there was a bad voice trying to discourage them.  They talked about things that are a temptation to them.  They were blind-folded all the way down to the Priesthood room where Liza Tolman and I greeted them quietly and warmly.  Then they took the blind-fold off.

We had "The Testaments" playing while the girls came in one at a time.  It took a little longer to get all the girls through than we thought and the movie finished (we started it about half way through) just a little before the last girl came in.  In the mean time I sang "If the Savior Stood Beside Me" to them.  Then I tried to follow the Spirit and say what came.  We talked and the girls shared.  The Spirit was SO strong!  It makes me cry just thinking about it.  The Bishop also had some comments and we left it open for testimonies but didn't get much response so we closed.  Nobody wanted to leave when it was over because they just wanted to hang onto the feeling.  We had a temple mint for them as they walked out and a little card on faith for their Treasure boxes that we're doing.

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