When I was first married, I was serving in the Young Women's program for several years. I was able to write skits for 3 or 4 New Beginnings. This year finds me back in the YW Program. I suggested to the YW presidency that we have a Rock Climbing theme for our New Beginnings. This afternoon, I wrote this skit for it. (Too bad I will be out of town when it occurs.) It uses the words and scriptures from the Personal Progress booklet. It's going to be a grand way to remember the importance of having these eight values in our lives...as teenage girls...as newly wed women, middle aged women, or elderly sisters.... Reaching the Summit
New Beginnings Skit
Lake Orion Ward
Dawn Mercedes Barrett
Scene: A mountain on the
white board. Brenna with a
backpack. Each person along the path
will have a “hello, my name is” sticker with their character name on it…and
perhaps a prop.
Narrator: Set the scene: Brenna is a 12 year old…going
on an excursion to get to the top of a high summit. Will she make it? How will she get to the
top? Who will she meet along her
way? What will happen once she gets
each character says their part, they hand Brenna a flag with a value on it.
Brenna adds it to the mountain on the board.)
Brenna: Hi! I’m off for an adventure now that I am
not a little kid any more. See that
mountain over there? I want to get to the top.
(In walks Brenna’s Parents.)
Brenna’s Dad: (Holding Scriptures) Sweetheart, getting to
the top of that mountain is going to take time and patience and faith. You won’t know exactly what obstacles you
might encounter. In the Book of Mormon,
Alma said “Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore, if ye
have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.” Brenna, you are a daughter of Heavenly
Father, who loves you. You must have
faith in his eternal plan, which centers on the Savior, Jesus Christ.
Brenna’s Mom: (wearing an apron) Remember! You have divine qualities from your Heavenly
Parents. While on this journey, take
time to develop these traits and share them with those along the path that you
come in contact with. Remember what the apostle Peter taught the saints in the
“Be partakers of the divine nature. … Giving all
diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge
temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to
godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity” (2 Peter
girl walking by with a messenger bag:
Special Delivery for Miss Brenna!!
Special Delivery for Miss Brenna!!
Brenna: I’m Brenna!
Opens the padded envelope, takes out the banner and
reads the accompanying letter aloud:
“To Miss Brenna
From the Holy Ghost
As you have been baptized and live righteously, I
am here for you, always. I am here to
teach you truths and guide you on your path.
Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight
of God (D&C 18:10). Brenna, you are of infinite worth with your
own very special, divine mission. I can
be your constant companion as you strive to fulfill your mission in life.”
Brenna’s Beehive Teacher: (Carrying
a church bag)
“It is so
nice to travel with you for a portion of your journey, Brenna! I enjoy the time we have in class as we seek
opportunities for learning and growth. As
you progress toward the summit, you will be able to learn about the gospel and
spiritual things. Also, study from the best books to learn about the earth of
of men. Remember what the Lord revealed
to Joseph Smith in D&C 88:118:
Seek learning, even by study and also by faith.”
President: (Chunky jewelry)
“Brenna, every day you will have to decide what
path to take on your journey. Will you
go left? Will you go right? Will you read your scriptures? Will you waste your
time? Will you be kind? Just what path
will you choose? Remember that you are
responsible for the consequences of your choices. So it is very important to choose good over
evil, always. Some of the best advice I
can give you, is what Joshua gave to the Children of Israel:
you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve
the Lord (Joshua
24:15).” I have faith in you Brenna! Keep pressing
forward to the summit!
Brenna’s RS President: (In a skirt)
Brenna!! (Put her arms around her
shoulder.) We are so glad to see you
working hard to progress to the summit of that mountain! As sisters in Zion, we help others and build
the kingdom through righteous acts of service to those around us and those far
away. Remember, Jesus Christ served
others when he walked among men on earth.
To the Nephites after his Resurrection he counseled:
let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father who is in heaven (3 Nephi
12:16).” We can be the Lord’s hands as we serve and
lift one another on our path to the summit of the mountain. Keep up the good
getting tired. I think I’ll sit down for a moment to listen to General
Conference. Pantomime’s turning on the tv.
Prophet walks in:
(wears a tie holding a For The
Strength Of Youth Pamphet…possibly in a tv box?) We live in a world where people are confused.
If you don’t believe me, just turn on the news.
Now is the time to stand up and have the moral courage to make your
actions consistent with your knowledge of right and wrong. You have been
blessed with the gospel in your life. Now, as you journey on, stand up for
truth and righteousness. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Remember what Job declared in the Old
Testament, even when he was going through so many earthly trials…
“Till I die I will not remove mine integrity from
me (Job 27:5).”
Brenna’s Bishop: (In a tie)
are almost to the summit of the mountain, Brenna. You have learned through your travels to
continually learn about yourself and the world around you. You have served the Lord as you helped
others. You have showed the Lord of your love for Him as you kept the
commandments. You have kept your
thoughts and actions clean and pure. You are ready to worthily enter the
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is
far above rubies (Proverbs 31:10).”
the Virtue Banner to add to the mountain.
Brenna: I made it!
I made it to the top! YES!!
Brenna’s Bishop: Yes Brenna, you made it to
the summit! The Mountain of the Lord.
The House of the Lord. The Temple. (Adds a picture of the temple to the top of
the mountain.) As you go in and make
covenants with the Lord, remember, this is just the half way point of your
earthly journey. Mountain climbers know
that the summit is not the end goal…the descent is the actual goal. At times, it can be trickier than the climb
up. You are half way to your celestial
home. You must use all those values and apply them
to your life, each day, as you endure to the end and return to your Heavenly
Home with your Heavenly Parents.
Narrator: Each of us
is just like Brenna. We have been taught by parents, teachers, leaders, the
Holy Ghost and prophets about the plan of Salvation. We know the Plan of Salvation and Personal
Progress helps us to remember the values that we must have to be able to reach
the summit…to enter the House of the Lord to make sacred Covenants. Just as Brenna’s Bishop has reminded us.
That is not the end of our earthly journey. Once we attend the temple, we must
return regularly. We must press forward,
feasting on the words of Christ as we lovingly help others to reach that summit
of the temple too. Whether going up the
mountain, or coming back down, the values of the Personal Progress program will
help us be able to return our Heavenly Home.