A little over a month ago I was released as the Primary Chorister and Den Leader in my ward. I have been through ever emotion possible as I have taken on the responsibility as 1st Counselor in the Young Women Presidency. I miss my other callings and it's been hard to find my groove, but what makes it a little easier is knowing this is where my Heavenly Father wants me to serve right now.
The Sunday we were set apart as a new presidency we were also informed that New Beginnings was planned for the next week. Ah, what?!!
Thank goodness we got it moved by a month and had plenty of time to work out all the details. We chose to go with a nautical theme to fit in with the mutual theme for the year:
O ye, that embark in the service of God, see that you serve him with all your heart, might, mind, and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. D&C 4:2
The decorating came together pretty easy. Marianne (madame president) and I have a love for old vintage items and between the two of us we pulled together everything we used to decorate.
This table was right outside the Relief Society room and inside the suitcase on the table we also placed the programs.
Right when you walk in you see this table and and then to the left is the pulpit. We got a lot of "Wow!" as the girls showed up and a few "This is awesome!".
Made it totally worth it!
FYI: I covered the items that were peeking out from under the table with a black cloth. After taking these pictures it really bothered me that you could see everything we had stashed underneath.
I didn't get a great picture but behind the pulpit over the chalkboard/corkboards we hung a huge collage of maps. It contained a "trip through life" path and showcased a lot of goals and achievements along the way. We borrowed it and it made the perfect backdrop.
A few props to coordinate with Marianne's talk.
Even the piano got a little attention.
Our attempt at a ship on the cork board. I wanted to cut more of the bottom of the boat off and not make it so bottom heavy, but we were running out of time.
As the girls talked about each of the Young Women's values they pinned a colored flag along the sails.
My contribution to the night (besides decorating) were necklaces for the girls.
I put together these hand stamped pendants and paired them with a small heart charm. I explained to the girls that these were all hand done one letter at a time and it wasn't exactly an easy process. It takes work, just like life to get to the end of a task, but when we arrive we have accomplished something beautiful. I also asked as they wear them that they think of how they can serve God and let the heart charm remind them to do it with all there "heart, might, mind, and strength".
I packaged them in little suitcases I cut with my Silhouette.
The girls loved them and some immediately took them out and put them on.
I'm so glad to have this night behind us, but it was a truly memorable night and I know I will always remember the spirit felt and the messages shared by both Marianne and our dear Bishop.