I am just getting going with creating some cute things for this new Young Women blog, so have patience with me, and soon I will have almost as many things for you to enjoy as I do on my other two blogs. Keep checking back as I will post my printables, ideas, lesson helps, etc., as soon as I can get the time to do so. Don't worry, I will be keeping up my other two blogs as well at http://visitingteachingtips.blogspot.com/ and http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com

Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 Young Women Theme Song sheet music



So it is finally here.  The song you have all been waiting for is finally here!  Woo hoo! You can find the link to the video, music, and sheet music at this link, on LDS.org. https://www.lds.org/youth/video/come-unto-christ-2014-theme-song?lang=eng 

It appears there might be a tiny glitch in getting the sheet music PDF though, because I was able to get it using my internet explorer browser, and google chome, but when I brought it up using firefox, half of the notation was missing on each page.  I have reported the error, so hopefully it will be fixed, but in the mean time, use one of the other browsers to get the music.  Heres the link https://www.lds.org/youth/bc/youth/theme/2014/Come-Unto-Christ-Folio.pdf?lang=eng

This poster image from LDS.org which is the Logo for the year can be found here:  https://www.lds.org/youth/bc/youth/theme/2014/PD50051100_000-2014-FSY-Theme-Poster.pdf?lang=eng
I wanted to share with you some ideas that I have for this themeI am sure that none of you know that I am serving as a service missionary for LDS.org's Response Team, but I work from home on my computer, answering the questions, comments, and such that people ask when they are on LDS.org's different pages.  One question came in about the YW theme for 2014, and the question was asked: "Since the walking stick is the logo for this years theme, how did the General YW presidency come up with that logo, and can you give any detail about it?"  Well, this was one question that I was not able to answer, because thought we as response team members do our best to answer every question that comes in, we are not able to contact General Authorities, or any Church leaders.  So, I got my mind going and felt I was inspired to suggest some unofficial meanings of the shepherds crook for that young women leader.  Please remember, these are just my ideas and are totally unofficial, but great ideas.  You will be inspired to come up with many others of your own.

Significance of a shepherds crook

"I can give you an educated guess, nothing official, but once again it is a guess, and idea that you have probably had as well.  Our church uses lots of symbolism, and this object has a lot of symbolism attached to it.   A Walking stick as you call it, is actually called a shepherds crook, which allows the shepherd to reach out and draw a sheep to him with the crook.  This is symbolic of a shepherd, and as you know, another name for Jesus Christ, is the good shepherd.  The scripture taken from Moroni 10:32 says in the first three words, "Come unto Christ."  You could use another term... "draw near unto me," which once again, is how a shepherd uses his crook to draw near, a sheep to him.  I would also think that a shepherd would use his walking stick or crook as a weapon, against predictors who came to try to steal or kill one of his lambs.  It was a protection for not only the shepherd but for his sheep.

This may be a stretch, but shepherds are known as lowly and humble people.  Jesus Christ came to earth in the most humble of circumstances, and who were the first to witness His birth? None other than the humble shepherds, whose birth was heralded by an Angel, sent from God.  God chose humble servants to witness the most wonderful event that has ever happened in history.  We too must be humble like the Shepherds, in order to draw near to, and Come unto Christ.  We are told that we must become as a little child in order to enter into the kingdom of God, and humility is another symbol that I believe is connected with the shepherd and his crook. 

I think that a shepherds crook is symbolic in other ways such as in Biblical times, you would see leaders like Moses, and others with a stick in their hands.  If you think literally of a walking stick, you would understand that they were literally used to help them walk down the unpaved, and bumpy dirt paths, which could be another way to draw symbolism into an object. (leadership - Jesus is our exemplar/leader) I could go on and on, but I am sure you can too, and come up with many way to tie in the shepherds crook. as I can.

Another thing that I thought about since we have just celebrated Christmas, the candy cane is also a symbol of the shepherds crook, and when you turn the candy cane upside down, it forms the letter J for Jesus.  (You might want to stock up on the after Christmas sales candy canes for using them throughout the year as symbols of the shepherds crook.

Have fun with this theme as well as a great time with the Young Women. Your calling is a fun and very rewarding one.  You will be blessed for your efforts as well as your YW will be so blessed for having you as their teacher and leader."

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