For our New Beginnings we went with the "Embark" Theme. I have had several people come across our photos on our Young Women Instagram page and ask for details so I thought I'd share them here.
2015 Mutual Theme
“Therefore, O ye that EMBARK in the service of God, see that ye 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).
After our opening song and prayer we started our program with the girls reciting the Young women theme, then I showed THIS video
I then gave the following "Talk"
The word Embark is an action word meaning "Journey"
Let the scriptures be your compass
Read your scriptures daily. Feast upon the word
Let Christ be your light house : Young women Motto (Hold up picture)
The Young Women motto is “stand for truth and righteousness.” The Young Women logo is a torch surrounded by the Young Women motto. The torch represents the light of Christ, inviting all to “come unto Christ” (Moroni 10:32). It invites all young women to make a commitment to hold up their light by being an example and remaining worthy to make and keep sacred covenants and receive the ordinances of the temple.
“Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations” (D&C 115:5). (I held up a picture of our Motto)
Let personal progress and for the strength of youth be your charts and map
The personal progress program is an inspired program for our Young Women
Personal Progress strengthens young women’s testimonies of Jesus Christ, prepares them for future roles, and helps them to make and keep sacred covenants. Help them work with parents and leaders to set and accomplish goals based on the eight Young Women values. (girls came up and read values and their meaning)Faith, Divine nature, Individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountabilities, good works, integrity, Virtue
Standards found in For the Strength of Youth provide sure direction to strengthen and guide young women. Exemplify and teach these standards in all aspects of the Young Women organization.
(I then talked about) Using strength of youth for family home evenings.
Let prayer be your life preserver
prayer is a great blessing that can provide inspiration in the lives of all of Heavenly Father’s children, President Thomas S. Monson says. “Men and women of integrity, character, and purpose have ever recognized a power higher than themselves and have sought through prayer to be guided by such power,” he says.
Let the temple and your covenants be your ropes and chains to bind you to the gospel
Purpose and Objectives of the Young Women OrganizationThe purpose of the Young Women organization is to help each young woman be worthy to make and keep sacred covenants and receive the ordinances of the temple.
Then I ended with my Testimony. I had one of our Young Women sing a song and our Personal Progress specialist spoke. I highlighted the girls coming into Young Women for the 2015 year and gave them each a necklace with the Young Women Motto on it (the flame) I asked one of our senior girls to share her testimony about Young women and how it has helped prepare her for life. We then ended with the Bishops testimony.
After we had a photo booth for the girls. They loved it!