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I started by taking something of value from each girl and displaying it in a basket. For example: a pair of earrings or a necklace that matched an outfit, a set of scriptures with the girl's name on it, etc.

Then I explained that there are young women who don't own or can't afford such nice things, and I am going to donate these items for this cause as I stuck a label on the basket which read "Sacrifice Basket". I explained that sacrifice means to give up something we value for a good or better cause.

Then we discussed the level of sacrifice for each girl. For example: the one who gave up her personalized scriptures felt more of a loss because they were very personal to her.

The one who gave up the jewelry said she didn't mind as much because she has other jewelry, and so on.

I was able to make the point that we all will be asked to sacrifice in our lives and some sacrifices will be more difficult than others.

Jenny says: "I would not use this object lesson with younger children, as they may not understand or grasp why items of importance are being taken from them, and they may not understand they will get them back."

August 26, 2011
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