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Denise writes, "For our Stake Leadership Training, we wanted to introduce the new theme and give them ways to implement using the training we received from the General Board.  I will attach my talk so it will make more sense, but essentially this is what we shared. 

We can gain strength and courage by looking to those in the scriptures.  We chose to talk about David and Goliath.  David stood before a giant with simply a sling and some stones.  We told them that the stones he used to slay the giant was like their values.  I picked up different stones in the value colors.  Their slings are the activity or what puts the stones in motion.  But the real reason David had the strength and courage to stand was because he was prepared and well trained. (Reading the talk will give more insight here.)

We had my son sing the song "Voice of Truth" by Casting Crowns. (My son's friend reworked the arrangement and they slowed it was beautiful. 

The other counselor spoke on "rescuing." She said that in the leadership training, they said that we were "rescuers."  She said it was near and dear to her heart because she was one of those young women who were rescued and saved through the young women program and through leaders who cared and kept her involved when she was going through difficult times in her own home.  She said that not long ago, she had the opportunity to come across one of these former leaders and was able to thank them for what they had done, that a lot of times, those who have touched our lives never knew the impact because we have never told them.  So she told us to be rescuers knowing that it may be a long time before we know the lives we have touched.

Following the talks in the chapel, we went into the gym and we had "giants" on the wall.  We are trying to get the leaders to think about in planning their activities is "what giant are these youth face and what stone and sling do we need to slay them?"  What kind of activities will serve a purpose in slaying the giants in their lives?  When we plan our activities with a purpose in mind, then the spirit will be there to reach them and bring them back to the fold or keep them safely there.

We gave them each a bracelet made with the value stones (see graphic at top).

Also in my talk, we shared with them how one value can make a difference and slay a giant.  We used the virtue value and told them about our High School, "touching gold."  I called the church and received a file of the Virtue Value logo and permission to write Touch Gold on it (see sample image).  We were given permission to copy them for our Stake.  I gave this talk to my family and gave all my children a Touch Gold sign.  They have them posted by their doors and we have one by our front door, so they "Touch Gold" or touch the temple and virtue each time they leave.  If anyone would like to use the "Touch Gold," they have to get permission from the church to do it."

When I gave this "talk" in Puerto Rico with Sister Dalton, she was pretty excited about the "Touch Gold" and said that she thinks the whole world should Touch Gold.  So I don't know if she'll do anything with it or not, but to be safe, people need to get permission."

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION for getting permission to use "Touch Gold" image:

Young Women Church Headquarter Information:
Office of the Young Women General Presidency
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