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New Beginnings idea - Be Ye Strong

Wednesday night we had our ward's New Beginnings. It was a great night! Unfortunately we don't really have any new beehives coming in this year, so on that front it was a little anticlimactic, but we still wanted to give the girls a fun night and have a chance to talk a little bit about Personal Progress.

I was reading 1 Nephi a few weeks ago and I came across a scripture where Nephi tells his brothers to "be strong." A little light bulb went off in my head, it was like one of those phrases that was perfect for me at that moment. At the beginning of January (like everyone else in the world) I joined a gym. I have been spending a lot of time there lately, trying to get strong. Along with my quest for physical strength I have also been trying to get stronger  spiritually. I want to be strong. I want to be strong in every aspect of my life. I started thinking a lot about this. I knew that New Beginnings would be coming up and I thought it would be a perfect theme for our night. As a Young Women's leader, I hope that all of my girls will "be strong." I want them to "be strong" in their testimonies, in their beliefs, in their morals. I want them to "be strong" physically, mentally, and emotionally. I want them to be strong young women!

When I thought of strength, Rosie the Riveter popped into my head as a visual image of strength, and especially a woman with great strength. I'm very much a visual person and I love that classic image. I suggested these ideas at our presidency meeting and everyone was on board. We ended up not using the 1 Nephi scripture, but rather one in the D&C because of context, but they both had the same idea. We used D&C 38:15: Therefore, be ye strong from henceforth; fear not, for the kingdom is yours.

Me and the Beehives were in charge of decorations and decided to run with the whole red, yellow, and blue idea and to throw in polka dots where ever we could. One really fun thing we did was have a photobooth where you could dress up like Rosie the Riveter. Everyone loved it!

Read on for more details about our New Beginnings and don't miss the free printables at the bottom!

New Beginnings idea - Be Ye Strong New Beginnings idea - Be Ye Strong

For the front of the room I knew I wanted to have a poster with our theme scripture. Some of the girls liked the idea of having weights too, and then at the suggestion of my mom's friend I also got some sunflowers. They are such a strong and beautiful flower. On Tuesday while I was gathering everything to head over to the church to set up, I was in my basement and saw our old yellow table, just sitting in the corner storing boxes and gathering dust and I thought, "I have to bring that! It's perfect!" so I loaded it up in my van (SO glad I have a humongous car and can do stuff like that at the drop of a hat).

^^We usually have our New Beginnings and Young Women in Excellence in the Primary Room. The idea of competing with the decorations and bulletin boards that are already up always stresses me out. So whenever I'm in charge of decorations I always suggest turning around and facing the back wall so we don't have to worry about those things. It's like a blank slate.

The Mia Maids were in charge of the food. We tried to have some "strong" snacks. Everything was delicious.

The Laurels were in charge of the program. Each Laurel gave a little message about one of the values and how it makes them strong.

And then like I mentioned, we had an awesome time with the photobooth. I bought some butcher paper at the school supply store and printed the letters on an engineering print at Staples and then cut them out and glued them on. It turned out exactly how I hoped it would. One of the counselors in our bishopric works for HP and let us borrow a printer to print the photos right there which the girls thought was really fun. I brought a little crate to keep the polka dot fabric headbands and denim shirts in which we had next to a mirror. I'm really glad I remembered a mirror because, you know, teenage girls and cameras...

Here are the invitations we used, printed 4 to a page. If you would like to download a blank version (add your own date, time, and ward), click here. For all of the text I used Futura, Condensed Medium.

Here is the poster with our theme scripture. I made it 16x20, and had it printed at Sam's Club. Click here to download.

And if you want the template for our program you can download it here.


  1. Corina you're a gem! They are so lucky to have an awesome leader like you! Love this idea and that photobooth is so fun. I would have loved this as a YW!

    1. Haha thanks! You're so nice. The photobooth was awesome, it's the perfect activity for people of all ages!

  2. I just found your blog while looking for camp ideas on Pinterest. Thanks for all of the great ideas for YW!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your idea and all the printables! We are using this theme for our New Beginnings program tomorrow. It is turning out so polished looking thanks to your help!

  4. Greetings from Texas! I'm trying download your blank template for the invitations but I cant seem to edit them at all. I want to customize with our ward's info, but I can't seem to add anything to it. I've tried opening with Pixler, with Paint, and with Word. Any suggestions?

    1. I'm trying to do the same thing and no luck. I'll keep checking back.

    2. Hi, I don't have customizable files available, but you can put the jpgs in a powerpoint file and add text on top. That is my recommendation.

  5. I love the red adv white polka dot handkerchiefs. Where did you find them? Thanks for sharing this great idea. We're going to use it next month with a "how the yw values help me strengthen home and family" focus.

    1. Hi! Love your idea! The red and white polka dot is actually just fabric folded into headbands, not handkerchiefs. I just bought looked for this specific pattern of fabric at JoAnn's.

  6. The link for the program download isn't working properly. Could you please repost it?


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