For this lesson, as usual, I veered from some of the lesson development suggestions given in the manual, and, instead, created a lesson that fits the objective: Each young woman will encourage and strengthen unity in her family by studying parts of The Family: A Proclamation to the World.
You can find the lesson plan I created here
We went through most of the paragraphs, discussing what was taught. I especially focused on the paragraph that includes the text: Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.. This portion of the proclamation is the most relevant to young women – this is where they can contribute to their families.
In discussing this portion, I did an object lesson (that I got from our missionaries) You need a board with a nail nailed into it. You then have 9 nails (of the same size) that you must balance on the nail. Have one of the young women try to balance all nails. Most likely (unless they have done this object lesson before), they will fail.
In order to have the nails balance, you must stack them as follows (I will describe it the best I can for now, and put pictures up a little later). Before placing a single nail onto the nail that is in the board, lay one nail down. Now, stagger 7 more nails on that nail, perpendicular to the way that the nail is laying. Finally, lay the last nail over the 7 nails (parallel to the first, bottom nail). Carefully pick up all of the nails, they will kind of droop down, and look like the roof of a house, and balance them on the nail that is in the board. Explain that these nails each represent the qualities that successful families have. If you try to take one out, then they all fall. The young women really liked this object lesson.
Anyways…I hope your lesson goes well. Remember, to bear testimony on the importance of families, and how, even if they are children, their influence in the home is profound.