Here are some ideas you might consider as you teach the value of Virtue:
1) Challenge everyone to find something to walk out on: a movie, a bad song, a gossip conversation, etc.
2) Clean out your closet of immodest clothing.
3) Shop for modest swimsuits—ask the store manager to order some modestware.
4) Study lyrics to favorite songs—discuss what is appropriate listening material.
5) Give an overview of political issues, bills coming up to vote, rights being revoked. There will surely come a time when we need to know how to stand up for righteous principles in the political arena.
6) Challenge everyone to pay tithing and a generous fast offering. Discuss what constitutes tithing; why is it important to temple attendance? Discuss blessings that come from paying both.
7) Movie Night—discuss what is appropriate. Pick and watch something appropriate together.
8) Learn tricks on how to avoid porn emails, websites, text messages, etc.
9) Challenge everyone to not gossip for a week, or more: Walk away, say something positive about the person instead, build up everyone you speak with, etc.
10) Hold a day activity for children at a homeless shelter or women’s center. Play games, boost their confidence, create art, music, dance, etc.
11) Have a discussion on what are “fun” time-wasters, and what are inspirational moral boosters—compare the feelings of worth.
12) A Virtuous woman is smart. She knows how to feed her family at the best possible price-homecooked or killer sales. She knows how to manage her money. She knows how to dress, present herself, and address people in the best, most feminine way, and she’s gracious. She knows what she wants, where she’s going, and how to get there. She is always kind, patient, and helpful. She thinks of others always. She is knowledgeable, street smart, and feminine.
13) Visit a care center with some musical numbers, read to patients, or just let them talk to you. Make a habit of it.
14) Hold a dance—send invitations to the boys, check appropriate music (or pick a style of music to dance to [polka, anyone?], dress up, use appropriate etiquette. (You’ll have to spell things out for the boys.)
15) Have a discussion on how women are treated around the world—is it protection or imprisonment? How does every woman deserve to be treated?
16) Have a career night. Discuss best colleges, majors, school programs. Share hopes and dreams. Foster a good attitude toward education and continuous learning.
17) Discuss confidence-not make-up/outer beauty-but inner beauty. Do the girls like each other, can they depend on one another. Do they know each other well enough. Have a big boost of confidence night.
18) Discuss usage of language: polite words, quick comebacks (bad turned good), bad words, appropriate substitute words, appropriate words used in prayer, addressing adults, uplifting others.
19) Decide now to NOT “hook-up” with a boyfriend in high school. Wait till college.
20) After discussing various principles, make your own commitments. Create a wallhanging or pillow where these commitments can be viewed every day. Make it as individual and beautiful as you are.
21) Talk about abuse and its many forms. Learn to recognize it, avoid it, stop it.
22) Learn the accounts of women in the scriptures. Have each girl study in depth one of these women, then share what they learned. What made her strong? What did she dare to do? What could have held her back, but didn’t? Why do I admire her?
23) Look for examples of being cheerful/faithful when things get difficult: Health, Unemployment, Poverty, Depression, Loss of loved ones.
24) Review Temple Recommend questions-single them out for longer discussions. Tie in with Alma Chapter 5.
25) Discuss what makes a good person stand out. Go to the mall, or any crowd, and watch for good/wholesome people, people who compromise themselves, people who don’t seem to care. What differences do you see? How do clothes speak for the person? Hygiene, hair, expressions, attitudes, company, etc.
26) Practice ways to be a leader, not a follower. Practice how to lead a conversation, not be lead by questionable conversation. Learn how to make a stand without sounding self-righteous, but confident.
27) The art of etiquette has been lost—and is a real loss to our society. Invite someone to review clothing, action, language, manners, and presentation.
28) Commit to only work at a place that closes on Sundays, or ask for Sunday off, and even for Monday evenings. Stand firm on this policy.
29) Have an attitude of random gratitude. Have a contest: Who can show the most gratitude, in a set period of time, in the most varied of ways, to the most family, friends and strangers?
30) Commit to belong to the Worldwide Young Women Army, who will be kind, helpful, and virtuous in all places, in all things, and in all ways.
31) Learn how to clean out your soul. Think honestly how you feel about yourself, your life, your loved ones, your future. Learn to deal with issues, don’t let them canker. Write feelings down in a journal. Forgive. Ask for forgiveness. Think positive thoughts. Be grateful. Protect yourself. Talk to someone.
32) Be yourself—but be your best self. You are not a faker, a puppet, weak, obnoxious. You are you and the gods love you.
33) Discuss what every woman is responsible for: her actions, her life, her happiness, her attitude, etc. It hurts emotionally to shirk responsibility. Live honestly and hold your head up high.
34) Hold discussions while doing something productive: canning jams, washing dishes, crocheting, gardening, etc.