New Beginnings

CinderLaurel – a personal progress skit

CinderLaurel is a fun and simple skit explaining personal progress. Perfect activity for New Beginnings.

While working on my personal progress as a mother and Young Women’s leader, I created a skit to explain the personal progress program to the new and soon-to-be Beehives (girls turning 12). It was a prefect opportunity for my 10-hour Faith project.

Describe the blessings of faith by writing an original story, poem, or song or by completing a visual arts project that illustrates your faith in Jesus Christ. – Personal Progress Booklet

I decided a skit would be really fun to involve the young women. I searched the internet for ideas, came up empty. I wanted something fun, informative, and with enough parts for the girls. Suddenly I was struck with inspiration! A variation of Cinderella centered around a Laurel (16-18) and she would have her “animal friends” listen to her and to give her advice. The animals don’t talk much until the “Fairy Young Woman Leader” asks them to give advice to CinderLaurel. I spent way more than 10 hours on this project, but it was so much fun. The props were some simple animal masks, a huge medallion for the fairy to wear, a torch necklace for CinderLaurel to wear, a big 3 ring notebook for the oversized personal progress book, and the book mark with all the ribbons attached. CinderLaurel doesn’t even have to memorize her lines because she can hide them in her oversized personal progress book.

You can read through the script below or download a printer friendly version of CinderLaurel. You are free to use or adapt the script for non-commercial purposes, but please attribute our website with the original idea.

CinderLaurel

Narrator: It is Sunday afternoon and we see CinderLaurel flipping through her personal progress book trying to understand the young women values and personal progress requirements while talking to her animal friends.


CinderLaurel: (Reading aloud) Ok, this Personal Progress program looks neat. There are 8 values I need to accomplish, each with 6 experiences and a 10-hour project. The first one is Faith. Alma 32:21 “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.”

Owl:    Who?

CinderLaurel: Well, me of course. I am a daughter of Heavenly Father, who loves me. I need to have faith in His eternal plan. I need to have faith in Jesus Christ, my Savior.

CinderLaurel(Turning page and reading) Let’s see, after faith comes Divine Nature-2 Peter 1:4-7 “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.”

Dog: Ruff!

CinderLaurel: Right!!! Wow, I know I have inherited divine qualities, but this is going to take some real work to develop them.

CinderLaurel(Turning page and reading) Alright, now we have Individual Worth– D&C 18:10 “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.”

Bird: Cheep

CinderLaurel(Standing up with determination) Hey! That’s not nice, I am not cheap! I am of infinite worth with my own divine mission, which I will strive to fulfill.

CinderLaurel(Turning page and reading while pacing back and forth contemplatively) OOOOh, Knowledge is next- D&C 88:118 “Seek learning, even by study and also by faith.”

Horse: Neigh

CinderLaurel(Taken by surprise and looking at horse) Korean? I like that language, and I’m glad to see you agree I should continually seek opportunities for learning and growth. Kamsahamnida.

CinderLaurel(Turning the page and sitting down next to the sheep and reading) Look, next is Choice and Accountability– Joshua 24:15 “Choose you this day whom ye will serve;…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.“

Sheep: Baaaah

CinderLaurel: Bahumbug you say?…..this isn’t that kind of moment.  I get to choose good or evil every day and accept responsibility for my decisions. Silly sheep. (patting sheep’s head)

CinderLaurel(Turning page and reading) Ahh, Good Works– 3 Nephi 12:16 “Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven.“

Goat: eheh eheh eheh

CinderLaurel(Standing and wagging a finger at goat) This is not a laughing matter, and no, light won’t actually be coming out of me like a flashlight! This scripture is saying that my actions will be an example to those around me. I need to help others and build the kingdom of God through righteous service.

CinderLaurel(Turning page and reading) After Good works comes Integrity. Job 27:5, “Till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.”

Mouse: Squeak

CinderLaurel: You are right, I cannot just squeak by. I have to have the moral courage to make my actions consistent with my knowledge of right and wrong.

CinderLaurel(Turning page and reading) Last, but not least is Virtue. This value actually only has 4 required value experiences and the project is to read the book of Mormon. That seems like a good one to start with. Proverbs 31:10, “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”

Cow: Moo?

CinderLaurel: Wow, you’re right. I need to prepare myself to be the worth of an 8-cow wife. I need to do those things that will help me enter the temple and remain pure and worthy. My thoughts and actions must be based on high moral standards.

CinderLaurel(CinderLaurel looking flustered and flipping pages of the Personal Progress book) I don’t know what to do. I am a bit overwhelmed. I am so very busy with school work, sports and more. When will I have time for Personal Progress……..let alone my chores?! But I can see this is so important.

(CinderLaurel’s animal friends gather around on either side of her)

(Bells tinkling and chiming before the appearance of her Fairy Young Woman Leader)

Fairy: CinderLaurel, don’t look so sad and blue. I am here to help you, this is what you can do. Each one of your friends has something to share, listen closely because they care.

(Fairy points to Owl with magic wand)

Owl: Owls are wise, so listen to my advice. You don’t have to work like a maniac, work on Personal Progress each Sunday, and you will stay on track.

(Fairy points to cow with magic wand)

Cow: LDS.org can keep track of your progress anywhere you go and has a wealth of resources to explore. Milk that sucker for all it’s worth!

(Fairy points to Sheep with magic wand)

Sheep: Just as the Shepard watches and takes care of me, your parents’ and guardians’ love and support you constantly. Get them involved and share with them your growing testimony.

(Fairy points to Dog with magic wand)

Dog: True friends are very loyal, just like me. Let me know what you are working on; I will help you dutifully. Better yet, let’s work on Personal Progress simultaneously, but we have to remember to do it honestly!

(Fairy points to bird with magic wand)

Bird: Just like birds sing sweetly for their work to be transpired, righteous music can set the mood for personal progress to be acquired.

(Fairy points to Mouse with magic wand)

Mouse: Remember, when things might not be going as planned, say a quick prayer. Be quiet just like me as you listen for the spirit to guide you wholeheartedly.

(Fairy points to laughing Goat with magic wand)

Goat: We goats sure know how to have a good time. Tuesday activities are a great way to be inspired when love and laughter is desired.

(Fairy points to Horse with magic wand)

Horse: Your leaders are a bit like me. They nudge and knicker a little, but they also like to take you for quick spiritual rides, like Sunday lessons and firesides.

(Fairy Young Woman Leader turns back to CinderLaurel with excitement)

Fairy: Your efforts will not be left in the dark. With each value completed, you earn a ribbon for your bookmark.  (holding up book mark) Once it is filled and requirements done, your Young Womanhood recognition necklace will be won. (holding up YW recognition necklace)

(Fairy Young Woman Leader with love and interest)

Fairy: By making this program a part of you, you are acknowledging things that are bright and true. Not a chore, not a bore but tiny miracles performed for our Lord.

(Fairy Young Woman Leader turns to the audience and addresses the rest of the Young Women)

Fairy: Just like CinderLaurel has all these reminders to help her Press Forward to her Happily Ever After, you can use them too.

CinderLaurel: She’s right! I can do this and so can you! (in a loud stage whisper towards the new Beehives in the audience) … and I sure wish I would have started this when I was a Beehive!

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