Before They Turn Twelve

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Reviewed by Melanie Lott, Staff Writer

Before They Turn Twelve by Deborah Pace Rowley. Published by Deseret Book.

Wow, what a great resource this is! The full title of this book is "Helping Children Gain a Testimony of the Lord's Standards Before They Turn Twelve." Each chapter is a Family Home Evening lesson that focuses on the "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet. Each lesson teaches standards that are typically taught to our youth after they get into the Young Men/Young Women's program. I have started using this for our Family Home Evenings and I feel wonderful knowing that I am teaching them the basics of the standards that will help them get through their teenage years.

The lessons are geared toward the ages of 5-12 and have fun activities, stories, and even a dessert idea. Some of the chapter titles include "gratitude", "music and dancing", "honesty", "physical health", and "service to others". There are 18 lessons in all. In my opinion, this is a very worthwhile investment.