Saturday, January 14, 2012

Young Women Manual 1 Lesson 4: Seeking the Companionship of the Holy Ghost

Here's a handout for Young Women Manual 1 Lesson 4: Seeking the Companionship of the Holy Ghost.  I decided to mix it up a little and try a different style than I normally do, and I thought it would be fun to do some hand drawn work with my new tablet that I got for Christmas!  Hopefully you like it, I'm still getting used to it.

These lists were taken from an article that I often refer to found in the 1978 August Ensign. ( Link http://lds.org/ensign/1978/08/i-have-a-question?lang=eng)    It was a list that a group of youth and young people put together themselves about how they can tell when they have the spirit and when they don't.  It is essential that we can recognize and understand the need for the Spirit in our lives, and it is more simple to feel it than we tend to think.  Anyway, hopefully this helps with your lesson! Simply click to enlarge, right click to save.

FYI- Many people have been emailing me and commenting about the "immodesty" issue, or rather lack there of.  Everyone look closely with me, and you will see two sleeve lines clearly on her wrists, as well as a different color of shading on the shirt.  I want you all to know I wouldn't intentionally draw an immodest girl on an LDS handout.  Perhaps I will get around to making it a little more clearly defined, but my to-do list of mommy time, commission work, and current handouts come before fiddling with little details.  If it still concerns you, feel free to go ahead and darken the line.


Also, thanks for mentioning the multiple per page option, and for your willingness to share.  I just added one here.

also available in black and white! (Click here for PDF)

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37 comments:

  1. Thank you so much! This is awesome!
    You are very talented.
    Crystal Thomasson

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  2. Yay! I'll be using this today - it's great! Thanks so much!

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  3. love this! Thank you so much!

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  4. I saw this on Pinterest and just wanted to put in a warning message before too many YW leaders or mothers of YW think that this is 'awesome' or 'great' and use it in their lessons.

    Just an FYI from someone who was told this stuff all of the time in YW - it's really, really, REALLY not good for someone who suffers from depression. It is not good for hormonal young women who may also have gotten mental issues from their genetics to be told that their depression, sadness, discouragement, confusion, frustration, all of that, is due to them 'not having the spirit'. It's harmful. Very harmful.

    It's not always clear which girls are suffering from issues beyond their control and when you hand them something like this you can send them into a spiral of self-blame and self-hatred and a feeling that God doesn't love them.

    But the artwork is sweet.

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    1. I agree, my daughters found this handout upsetting. They aren't suffering from depression that I recognize, but they recognizes that we go through trials and no one is going to be happy all the time. This handout doesn't build compassion for others, instead it labels those who are struggling as "not having the spirit."

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    2. Most of the time when we are sad or depressed, or are going through trials, it is hard to feel the spirit (think of the story of Lehi and the liahona)There are times for ALL of us when we don't feel the spirit. This shouldn't be confused with our self worth. God loves everyone no matter what, but it is up to each of us to recognize and accept his love, which sometimes we lose sight of due to trials and suffering.

      This list gives cues to recognize those times, repent, and accept the spirit back in our lives. People who suffer from depression, while it may be harder for them than others, are no exception to this. It means they need to feel God's love even more! This is how we grow spiritually, by discovering the need for the Savior.

      Read the list again, can you honestly say that someone who is full of the spirit and recognizes God's love in their life can also feel those things simultaneously? If we truly feel God's love, we associate those feelings with the left side. When we have doubts or feel sad, we feel the right side.

      Here's a nice quote from Elder Bednar:
      "We should also endeavor to discern when we “withdraw [ourselves] from the Spirit of the Lord, that it may have no place in [us] to guide [us] in wisdom’s paths that [we] may be blessed, prospered, and preserved” (Mosiah 2:36). Precisely because the promised blessing is that we may always have His Spirit to be with us, we should attend to and learn from the choices and influences that separate us from the Holy Spirit."

      Here are some helpful links:

      When Your Child Is Depressed
      http://www.lds.org/ensign/2004/08/when-your-child-is-depressed?lang=eng

      My Battle With Depression
      http://www.lds.org/ensign/1984/02/my-battle-with-depression?lang=eng

      Keeping Mentally Well
      http://www.lds.org/ensign/1990/09/keeping-mentally-well?lang=eng

      That We May Always Have His Spirit to Be With Us
      http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2006/04/that-we-may-always-have-his-spirit-to-be-with-us?lang=eng

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    3. I have struggled with depression for the past 26 years, and my oldest daughter has recently been diagnosed with it, as well. She has always been very much in tune with the Spirit, and her biggest frustration has been the lack of that companionship during her most difficult times. We have talked a lot about this challenge and I have made sure that she realizes that the lack of the Spirit is not because she is unworthy, but because the fear, desolation, etc., drive all positive feelings away. This knowledge has made all the difference for her.

      That being said, I think this is a wonderful handout. The mention of depression is extremely minimal. It would be a good idea for teachers to stress that actually having depression and feeling a little depressed are two separate things, and there is help available for those who suffer from the former.

      When my depression is getting the best of me, I instinctively turn even more fully to the Gospel, and anything from the "world" makes me feel worse. Depression is devastating and should always be handled sensitively. I, personally, see no problem with this handout and have used a similar list quite often in teaching.

      Thank you for your hard work and for sharing your talents.

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  5. I wouldn't worry too much about the above "warning". The small mention of depression in this handout is pretty harmless, and sound and solid doctrine. People who are suffering from the actual disorder of depression are a different case than the average, and that can be addressed in a variety of ways. It's very important to teach to young people the principles discussed here (Young Women or Young Men). Very nice work. I might even call it "awesome" or "great."

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  6. I can see your point Sarah, but I don't think that was the intention of this list. With Christ, all things can be overcome. We will all have our different struggles in life, genetic or not, and I think the sole purpose of those struggles are to act as cues for us to turn to our Heavenly Father. I think those suffering from depression, other mental illnesses or anything hard need to realize the urgency of having the Spirit with them, especially in the most discouraging moments (this also coming from someone very close to the issue.) This is part of the human experience, which is why we were given the Spirit in the first place. To pull us out of those negative moments.

    I think this list was not to say "you don't have the spirit because..." but rather saying, "pray to have the spirit when..." If you read the list, turning to the Lord can clear up the issues presented.

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    1. I agree, that it would be more sensitive to those struggling w/ depression if it said, "Pray to have the Spirit with you when:" I'm going to change mine before I hand them out, thanks!

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  7. This is an excellent little concise reminder of the importance of the Spirit in our lives. We are to pray always. Pray when we feel the Spirit. Pray when we don't feel the Spirit. There are always going to be people who have special needs. The Spirit is there for them, too. But we can't make the exception the rule, and hold back so some don't feel bad. All who sincerely approach the Lord will be helped.

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  8. I created a PDF file with 4 of the pictures per page. I printed them out on label paper so that I can give each girl a "sticker" to add to her journal for this lesson. If you would like, I will post the pdf

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  9. I seriously come here every week while preparing for my lessons. I can't thank you ENOUGH for these awesome handouts for my girls! :)

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  10. This is so great, I just wish that there was a PDF file to download. I would like to give it as a handout and just right clicking and saving is not cutting it. It does not print very well. I have tried playing with contrast/brightness, using different printers etc but to no avail. . . . .

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    1. Thank you so very much! Just in time for my lesson this morning!

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  11. My friends, I hear you loud and clear! I am currently working on getting all the links to the PDFs up, so look for that. Sorry for the inconvenience, and also thank you for wanting to print my handouts! Hopefully I'll have them all up tonight.

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    1. Elise! I looked at this gorgeous handout and said to myself " This looks like the style of art that Elise Ribeira does" Then I looked at the bottom and saw your name!! Soo cool! I am definitely using this for my beehive lesson! Hope you guys are doing well!

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    2. Hey Klysta! How good to hear from you, and I'm very excited that you could recognize my art! That is something most artists work very hard to achieve, so it is a great compliment. It seems like we should run into each other one of these days, since we live in the same general area. Let me know next time you guys head to DC!

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  12. Hey I would love the pdf copy of the colored handout!! My email is aj@kraftybug.com Great job, I am sooo impressed with your work. Thanks for sharing your talents!! You will be blessed :)

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  13. Thanks for the handout; used it for my lesson today. I've always loved this gentle reminder that we all need to check our thoughts/feelings and re-turn them toward the Savior to feel the gentle peace of His Spirit.

    One tiny request: My girls read through the handout, then one or two giggled uncomfortably. I asked what was wrong, and they answered they were surprised the "spirit" girl was wearing a sleeveless shirt. On further inspection, we discovered a sleeve line drawn at the wrist. However, I agreed with them that her arm did look bare at first glance. Maybe shade in her shirt darker or make it less tight on the arm. Sorry to be picky, but the girls noticed it . . . not me.

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  14. To be fair, the problem might also be partially due to the quality (or lack of) on my printer.

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  15. Why is the girl who is feeling the Spirit not modest?

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  16. I would love one with a graphic for Young Mens- I have all boys in my family, and this is great material, but if I hand them this they will just laugh at me! Love the content! I think leaders are apt enough to discuss the real issue of depression- Satan indeed has that power to make us feel helpless and it should eb discussed!

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  17. This handout is GREAT! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us. I'm so thankful!

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  18. This is a beautiful handout, but I have a similar concern with the way the girl who is feeling the Spirit is dressed. Quote from For the Strength of Youth - "Immodest clothing is any clothing that is tight, sheer, or revealing in any other manner. Young women should avoid short shorts and short skirts, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and clothing that does not cover the shoulders or is low-cut in the front or the back." Also, if you know any of your YW are suffering from depression, I would seek the Spirit to know if you should use this handout. May be perfect for some, but there may be a better way to get the message across for others. Although the counsel is correct for everyone (including those suffering from depression) - this is very black and white and there might be a more effective way to get this important point across to someone who doesn't see things as most of us do. Feelings of depression and frustration do not only come from not having the Spirit. Although most of us wouldn't read that message into this handout, someone with depression easily could.

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    1. If you look at the drawing, there is clearly a sleeve line on both arms, and the shading is slightly darker. Of course I wouldn't draw an immodest girl on a church handout. Perhaps the contrast on your screen is making this hard to see?

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    2. At first I didn't see her sleeves; it only took me a split second to see her sleeves. Personally, I agree that people should look again. I love your handouts btw :)

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    3. I do not understand what is the big deal with showing shoulders. What about all those paintings still produced by the church that show Nephi and many other Book of Mormon characters with only half a shirt or no shirt at all. This graphic is still used by the church and even shows a woman wearing something not covering her shoulders.

      http://media.ldscdn.org/images/media-library/gospel-art/book-of-mormon/alma-baptizing-people-39653-gallery.jpg

      I understand being modest but the only thing that is keeping the illustration (well done I have to say) modest is some peoples eyes is a little line on a wrist?

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  19. Yes, I do see the lines by the wrists now that you point it out, but the shading is not darker at all on my screen - which is probably why it gives the appearance of a tank top. It is a beautiful drawing. Thanks.

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  20. thank you so much! I am so excited to use this!!

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  21. Thank you so much! I am from the states, but am now living in Belgium with my husband. I have just begun to teach my lessons in Dutch and I am the only Young Women's leader. I am very grateful to have your wonderful ideas to help me. :-)

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  22. Maybe I could figure out how to do it myself...but just wondering if there is anyway you could format this as a bookmark? I was thinking double-sided. I dunno. I too have suffered from depression, but I think your points are spot on. Girls just need reminding that it doesn't make THEM personally withdrawn per say if they are fighting depression, but those may be cues that they need help from their leaders, parents & possibly professionals. There is no shame in seeking help & even changing counselors if one doesn't work for you. Counseling can be a great blessing when you find the right one.

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  23. Just saw this handout hanging on the wall in my 16 yr old daughter's bedroom. She didn't say anything about it but I'm happy she has these words of wisdom close at hand. My High Council assignment is 12 step addiction recovery and I will be using this in the future! Thanks.

    Also, I happen to be a professional artist painting murals for several temples lately and hope my art can have this kind of impact on people's lives. Good job!
    -Brad

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  24. Thank you so much! I adore this handout! :)

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