So you know the drill. Somewhere in the Young Women’s manual, there is a secret line that says, “If you make really cute handouts, they will not only love your lesson, but they’ll love you.” haha. 🙂
We buy into this idea that every good lesson has to include handouts.
Anyway, I really loved my Young Women’s instructors. They taught me so much. Their example, encouragement and faith helped me gain my testimony. I realize it wasn’t a specific leader, but the overall program. I think that is the way it should be. The Lord’s program is inspired. My leaders were instruments to help me get closer to Him, not necessarily to buddy up to a leader.
Well, I got a lot of handouts from over the years. And undoubtedly, they were all very cute. You could tell they were made with love. So what’s a girl to do? You can’t just (gasp) throw them away!!!?! Can you..? I am not a hoarder, but I kept them. I have a binder with clear-plastic inserts where I kept these handouts.
I’m so glad I did.
Tonight I was in one of my weird organizing moods, this time it was with paper. So every place in the house where I was keeping papers, received some loving attention from yours truly. 🙂 So in some of my piles, I found talks and handouts I wanted to file in my “Handouts Binder.”
This began a journey down memory lane. As I looked through my binder, I was able to reflect on so many spiritual milestones in my life. Lessons on marriage, talks about priorities, moving to college, doing things for roommates, serving as RS president in my student ward, attending firesides and so much more. I was overwhelmed with the feeling of “Wow, look at your journey.”
It’s true. I’ve had an amazing life story, and most of these steps are perfectly narrated by handouts.
Special thanks to all those who take the time to print out that seemingly meaningless little piece of paper with a quote on it. I never thought I’d appreciate them like I do now.
Anyone else do anything special with handouts?