Iv’e already decided

I’ve already decided- New Beginnings

I don’t know why but I like to share the my thought process ๐Ÿ™‚

So we as a presidency decided to use the theme
“I’ve already Decided” because it made a huge impact on our lives as youth.  Sister Dalton shared her experience when she was a youth in her talk “Guardians of Virtue”

“What can each of you do to be a guardian of virtue? It starts with believing you can make a difference. It starts with making a commitment. When I was a young woman, I learned that some decisions need to be made only once. I wrote my list of things I would always do and things I would never do in a small tablet. It included things like obeying the Word of Wisdom, praying daily, paying my tithing, and committing to never miss church. I made those decisions once, and then in the moment of decision, I knew exactly what to do because I had decided beforehand. When my high school friends said, โ€œJust one drink wonโ€™t hurt,โ€ I laughed and said, โ€œI decided when I was 12 not to do that.โ€ Making decisions in advance will help you be guardians of virtue. I hope each of you will write a list of things you will always do and things you will never do. Then live your list.”

We started our I’ve already decided program with a introduction of our theme.  

We had one of our YW mothers share her experience in doing personal progress with her daughter and testify the importance of the personal progress program.

Then we had one young women from each of the classes share some thoughts on something she has “Already decided”

Since it was in February we decided to decorate with hearts 

(“because we love him” goes with the song that was sung <3) and with red- just because ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our Laurel talked about preparing ourselves a head of time, so when the time comes it won’t be so hard because the decision will already be made.

It’s always fun to have our Moms with us.

We also had one of our girls sing
“Iv’e already Decided” by Jenny Phillips
the words of this song are so powerful:

I’ve Already Decided

Fiery arrows flying in the sky

I take my Father’s shield and I fight

With the sword of the spirit

Opening my eyes

I see the battle clearly and I know

I already decided

Long before this life

that I would stand by Him

And always stay in the light

Because I love Him

There is no question

Which side of the line

You will find me on

I’ve already decided

Where I stand

I want to keep His armor on at all times

And always have a battle plan

Ready in my mind

Long before Satan hits me

I will be ready

Without any hesitation’cause I know

I already decided

Long before this life

That I would stand by Him

And always stay in the light

Because I love Him

There is no question

Which side of the line

You will find me on

I’ve already decided

Where I stand

What I watch

What I read

What I wear

What I think 

Where I’ll go

When I will leave

What I’ll never do

The life I will lead

I’ve already decided

The spirit was so strong and testified to all of us how important it is to make our decisions a head of time and then Stand by them.

These were our gifts to the girls, a notebook found here

and this years Jenny Phillips CD, click on the link below to see some of her other work.


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It was a great evening

Our wonderful Young Men served dinner to us- 

it made our Young Women feel so special having the boys do this for them.

AND they showed up in ties on a Wednesday!

Wow were our girls impressed


  1. Flรกvia M. Augusto Sphair

    March 20, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    This blog is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Anonymous

    March 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Where did you get the image of the temple so these can be recreated/personalized? Love the blog and the ideas you have!

  3. Charisse

    March 25, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I am going to have to ask- ha ha I did not make them, so I will get back to you ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much!

  4. Charisse

    March 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I am going to have to ask- ha ha I did not make them, so I will get back to you ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much!

  5. Anonymous

    March 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Yes! Thank you!!

  6. Spencer and Anna

    March 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Love this idea. Thanks for sharing!
    —YW President in Columbus, OH ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Charisse

    March 29, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Thank you for stopping by, you have the best calling, besides girls camp director ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Anonymous

    October 17, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    im not lds, i just find a lot of their activities are adaptable and as the resident "quick think of something, we forgot to plan…" person it helps to have an arsenal.
    When I was kid I would ask my mom why teens did dumb things like wear all black long plants and sweatshirts when it was 100+ out, she told me teens go brain dead. I believed her and decided when I was 10 that I had to make some choices befor my brain went dead. I always thought I was only one who did something like that. It severed me very well (although I missed out and none of my friends ever offered me drinks or drugs) and I'm glad to know others have done the same thing.
    If it helps any, let your girls know that its a good thing for any young woman (or man) plain and simple, not just a church thing.

  9. Charisse

    October 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Thank you so much for your comment and for stopping by- It is so true, it's not just a church thing- I think sometimes teenagers that are raised in a religion automatically think- they can't do this or they can't do that- when there are many teenagers, like you and a bunch of youth from many different religions that really want to make good choices. Thank you so much for your insight.

  10. Meagen

    March 20, 2016 at 4:17 am

    I am so sorry you stopped posting! I have spent a lot of time today reading through your posts. They are wonderful-you are a great writer and have great insight into how to teach to understand and remember-not just fill the time. Thank you!

  11. Charisse

    March 20, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Thank you Meagen, I will post again, I promise. I am not currently serving in YW but I promise I will be back soon. Life has been crazy for me lately.

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