Knowledge 1 – The Importance of Gaining Knowledge (Experience and Activity)

“Learn about the importance of gaining knowledge by reading Proverbs 1:5, Proverbs 4:7, 2 Nephi 28:30, D&C 88:78-80, D&C 90:15, D&C 130:18-19, and D&C 131:6. Think about why you need to gain knowledge and understanding about how to apply gospel principles to your present and future home and family life. Write in your journal what you have learned about knowledge, and discuss it with a family member or Young Women leader. – Knowledge Value Experience 1

We decided to use this value experience as a basis of a young women’s activity.

Activity
Well – the activity was more of an object lesson. We started by giving each of the young women an ingredient or utensil needed to make cookies. They had partial instructions. They had an idea of what to do, but not specific information on how to do it. We didn’t let them know that we had the full instructions, we simply told them to make cookies.

They didn’t know this, but we did have instructions, and would be willing to give them the instructions if they would simply come to us and ask them for the instructions. Once they asked for instructions, they had all of the tools they needed to prepare the cookies.

One really interesting thing that happened with our group – it took them a few minutes to decide to ask for instructions. A few girls thought they already knew how to make cookies, but couldn’t be sure on the measurements. They seemed to be leading the group. It was another young women, who isn’t quite as loud, that mentioned, “Maybe we should ask them if they have instructions.” Luckily, the other young women listened, and they asked for the full instructions. Because they sought extra wisdom, they received it.

Another interesting thing happened with our young women – Even when they had the instructions, they didn’t really read or follow them! They kind of did, but not really. When they were mixing the dry ingredients, the recipe explained that dry ingredients included: flour, baking soda, and salt. They stopped reading after dry ingredients, and were mixing in the sugars, too.

I stopped them, and said, “Have you guys read the instructions?”
They replied, “Yes, it says to mix together dry ingredients.”
I then asked, “What does it say after that – in the same step!?”
They saw the ingredients listed. When they noticed their mistake, they weren’t sure what to do. I guided them – and assured them that everything would be okay, but that they should read the instructions – now that they had them.

After the young women finished mixing the cookies, a few adults helped to bake them – while we explained the meaning of the object lesson/activity.

One of the young women presented this portion beautifully (she was actually in charge of the entire activity. I only mentored her and helped her in final execution – she did all of the work, including tying in a spiritual lesson).

She mentioned that the object lesson of making cookies is symbolic of our lives. Sometimes, we feel like we don’t have instructions, but we do – if we go to the Lord and ask Him. They are in our scriptures. It is important to gain knowledge in this life. She mentioned that, “It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance,” (D&C 131:6). It would have been practically impossible to make the cookies without instruction – it is also impossible for us to be saved without knowing the gospel.

She also did a good job of explaining that we do have the scriptures, and they do us no good at all if we will not read and follow them – just like it didn’t do the young women any good to have the recipe for cookies if they weren’t willing to follow it. She mentioned the scripture, “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels,” (Proverbs 1:5). We have to actively listen and obey the knowledge that we receive.

After presenting this object lesson and it’s corresponding spiritual message, we encouraged the young women to read the rest of the scriptures on their own and then write in their journals about the experience.

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If you would like to do this activity, here are the ingredients you will need for the cookies:
2 1/4 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 Degrees (farenheit).

In a small bowl, mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a large bowl, mix together butter and both sugars. Beat until fluffy – a few minutes. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Gradually add in dry ingredients. Mix until combined. Add chocolate chips and mix well.

Drop by spoonful onto cookie sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes.

When you give the girls these ingredients and instructions, start by giving them the ingredients unmeasured. Also, give them instructions that don’t include measurements – in other words, give them partial instructions. Be prepared with the full instructions on another card.

When they ask for instructions, give them the full recipe.

If you have a lot of young women, you could also hand each utensil to a young woman (measuring cups, spoons, beaters, bowls, etc).

I hope you have fun!

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