Note: My girls requested this one and want to do it every year…
Purpose: To put the principle of charity into action. This passes off the optional goal for Serving Others in the Faith in God guidebook.
Lesson: "All The Energy of Heart"
Activity: Heart Attacks
When the girls started arriving we had paper hearts in assorted sizes, pencils, glue sticks,and markers set out. We explained we were going to decorate doors in the ward and that we needed to make as many hearts as we could. While they worked I passed out the names of families that had recently moved into our ward for them to put on the hearts and had them make hearts that said "welcome to the ward!".
note girls can bring items to put on the goodie trays.
Then we had the prayer and lesson. I started by showing an old worn out pair of shoes and a flashlight with dead batteries. We talked about how things wear out. I asked them to remember this for later in the lesson. Then I showed them the mormanad "When saw we thee a stranger" It shows a new girl who is being left out. We talked about how it takes a long time to feel comfortable in a new ward and that we wanted to really make the new members feel welcome. Then we talked about charity, the true love of Christ, and how including others is one way we show charity. I read the scripture in Moroni Chapter 8 about how we should pray for charity with all the energy of our heart. I explained that while shoes and batteries wear out quickly, our hearts beat every second of our whole life and that takes a lot of energy. Charity is something we spend our whole life seeking after, all the energy of our heart. In the end it will be the most important measure of our life.
Then off we went to "heart attack"/decorate doors and deliver plates of cookies/brownies. We have 25 girls, so we had to break into 6 groups and get some extra leaders. Be sure to have tape for each group if you go in separate cars. We also did heart attaacks for our primary presidency and music leader. It was fun, they really enjoyed it.