This weekend it was our turn to do the "Bishopric Fireside."Darin and I decided to base our talks on optimism, and choosing to be happy--even when things are hard. My sister, Heather, had a great idea to do a "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade" theme for the treats! I LOVED how it turned out. I made lemonade, lemon cookies, lemon cake, lemon tarts, and I bought lemon candy and lemon bars.
At the beginning of the lesson, as each person came in, we gave them a pebble to put into their shoe, and a candy to put in their mouth. After the opening prayer we asked them about their experience. Several said that it was really painful, others complained that their rock was bigger than someone else's. One girl at the end said, that she really liked the candy. Then we talked about how even when there are hard things there is always something to be happy about--we just need to focus on the good!
Next, we watched Elder Wirthlin's video "Come What May and Love It!" Then we had the kids make a list of things that can help you be happy (be with friends, smile, listen to uplifting music, exercise, etc.)
Next we had each kid write on a slip of paper something difficult they may be facing, or a challenge they may have in the future, then we put them in a bowl and let them answer how they could look on the bright side in that situation. We had a lot of good answers, but we also had a lot of dumb deacon answers--that I was secretly laughing about.
Last Darin and I shared a few thoughts and testimony, and we ended with our yummy refreshments! (I STILL CANNOT believe how much the youth can eat!--I had double what is shown in the pictures and they ate nearly ALL of it!)