Hello! My name is Sharon, aka dieMutti ("the mom" in German), and I am delighted to be posting on beginnings new on all the videos and media content available to us on youth.lds.org. I have served in some sort of youth calling for the past seven years (breaking once for three months to serve in nursery, and for one month to serve as a ward missionary). I am currently an early-morning seminary teacher and before this, I was YW president in my ward - which is how I found beginnings new!
Anyway, before I completely digress into a long, boring, drawn-out life story, let me just say that I am a big fan of utilizing media resources in the classroom! Music, pictures, video clips can all enhance lessons and often speak to the youth in ways our words alone can not. Which is why I love the media resources on lds.org - church-approved and produced to be current for the young women (and young men) in their lives.
I hope to share a video with you every other week, with a short summary and a review of the good and the great (and once in a while, the not-so-great).
This week? The new one up is called "Arise to the Mountain" and was actually part of the General YW Broadcast this past Saturday. The video depicts various young women engaged in activities that relate to the temple or will lead them to the temple while the song "Arise to the Mountain" is sung. It fits the 2012 theme perfectly. The song itself is beautiful, and on the video page, you can also download the mp3 or the sheet music, which I love - it would be a wonderful piece for a ward/stake YW to learn.
I originally had some mixed feelings about the video. It shows happy young women who are striving for the goal of attending the temple, through attending meetings and girls camp, attending the temple as youth, doing family history work, etc and it shows a couple coming out of the temple after being married there. I don't get as excited about videos like this because they really depict the ideal and seem to point to the "happily ever after" that is a temple marriage. Even with my still somewhat limited life experience, I know that this isn't all and that no matter what choices we make, we will still struggle and go through tough times. Even with a temple marriage. Are the situations here building our young women up to think that if they struggle they can't have an ideal like this? I would love to hear your thoughts.
After watching it a few more times, I allowed myself to focus on the spirit of the message instead of just the video depictions. And with that in mind, I was uplifted and motivated - Yes! Young women and women everywhere, let's arise and be a temple-worthy and temple-attending people! The temple does bring peace and happiness, and making choices that will allow us to be worthy to enter there will always bless our lives, even if those lives are not perfect, or don't always turn out exactly as we planned.