Tuesday, October 13, 2009

YW Friendship Night

If you read my personal blog you have heard me talk about my ward's YW and how they do a beautiful job of portraying what friendship should look like in a youth program and in life in general. Every once in a while we have a slight problem but most of the time I find myself wishing I had grown up with these girls. What a difference it would have made! I think the family is most important but friends come in as a close second. Everyday I think about how these girls are changing each other lives for the better.

With these thoughts in mind our YW presidency thought it would be fun to have a night about friendship and tell our YW what a great job they are doing. We reserved the gym/cultural hall and projector. The girls were asked to wear pj's or comfortable clothes and bring something comfy to sit on such as a beanbag. Most brought pillows and blankets. There was some prep work involved. We decided to have the girls spotlight each other. We paired them in a way they would get the opportunity to get know someone they weren't close to. They were told they were going to get a set of questions to ask their person. They would answer those question to help prepare them for the second set of questions. These are the first set of questions...

Friendship Questionnaire


Person Assigned___________________

1.) What do you like to do in your free time?

2.) What are your favorite book, song, and movie?

3.) If you could travel anywhere for a trip, where would you go, and why?

4.) What is your favorite type of food and your favorite place to go out to eat?

5.) Who is the person that you admire the most and why?

6.) What have been your top 3 favorite places you have gone to? (Trips, museums, beaches, ect…)

7.) What is something that you have done that you are really proud of?

8.) If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be? (living or that have passed away)

9.) What is a dream of yours that you would love to do?

10.) When you graduate from High School, what are your plans? If College which one and what do you want to major in?

These are the second set of questions. These are the ones we asked the girls to speak about at the activity...

Friendship Questionnaire

With the knowledge that you learned from the questionnaire, about your assigned person, you will need to write a 30 second spotlight about that person. You will need to answer these questions:

1.) What was the most interesting thing that you learned about your assigned person?

2.) Name something that you found out that you both like or have in common.

3.) Name something of value about this person that you see in her, that she might not see in herself.

Please make sure you really write up something nice and meaningful about your assigned person. Think about how you would like the person doing you, and do the same for your person. For example, don’t just say she can play a musical instrument and that you both like pizza, and I think she has nice hair.

Write about how nice and friendly she might be to everyone, or that she has the talent to see the good in everyone. Really put thought into this, and get to know this person.

After each girl had been spotlighted (oh...we made them use the microphone. It was fun and we could actually hear the quiet girls) I had prepared a slide show with fun pictures and music. I would post it but it's 20 minutes of fun that's interesting only to my ward. We turned off the lights and turned the music way up. They loved it. The YW were laughing and cheering for the pictures. Some of the songs I used are...
*Thank You for Being a Friend by Andrew Gold

*You've got a Friend by Carole King

*Lean on Me by Bill Withers

*Stand by Me

*I'll be There for You by The Rembrandts

*Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae

The YW left saying it was one of the best activities they had been to. Good friends tend to make activities fun :)


  1. Hey Mel - This was a wonderful idea! i believe that this activity is good not only for our young, but also the "older" set :) We are always so busy living our lives and helping our family grow into wonderful, loving people that it is easy to forget the valuable things about ourselves....it always is a boost when someone reminds us that they value us! We should set up events like this at our workplaces....and with our friends......just so we all get a chance to be in the spotlight. Luv ya, Michelle

  2. Love this.... thanks for sharing... I am going to suggest it in our next meeting. I wish we had this many young women but I love the few we have.

  3. Oh! thanks for sharing this article! This proves that friendship never dies..either it be males or females or young and old..hat's of to the way the questionnaire was prepared..

    Friendship Questionnaire

  4. thanks Chandra! I completely agree!

  5. I love this idea, I think we are going to try it- Thank you for sharing


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