The lesson titled “How Girls May Be of Service in the Church,” reproduced below in its entirety – and I do mean every word – was scheduled to be given to the Sunday School class for 10- and 11-year-old boys and girls on July 25, 1937. The lesson was not originally planned as a part of the curriculum, and does not appear in the lesson manual published at the beginning of the 1936-37 church year. It appears only in the Instructor (May 1937).
I think what amazes me most is the consolation prize aspect, the assumption that girls could not be interested in church history lessons on the restoration of the priesthood. Also surprising to me is the brevity (this is a quarter or less of the number of words used to spell out most lessons in that manual), and the lack of any real examples, despite the lesson’s call to “see to it that concrete details are brought out.”
Anyway, the lesson –
How Girls May Be of Service in the Church
Lesson 25. For Sunday, July 25, 1937
Since the lesson before this [“How We Got the Aaronic Priesthood”] and the lesson after it [“What It Means to Be a Deacon”] are on the Aaronic Priesthood, inasmuch as the Aaronic Priesthood may be held only by boys and men, and that there are girls also in this class, it has been deemed advisable, in the interest of the whole class, to make one lesson which will be of interest to the girls.
Point of Contact
Boys of your age will soon hold the Aaronic Priesthood. But what about the girls in this class? One of the things about the priesthood is its opportunity for service in the Church. What are these opportunities, as explained in the Doctrine and Covenants (see Section 20, verses 53-59). Meantime, what opportunities are there for the girls to serve in the Church? (This brings the matter down to the comprehension of the class. They will probably have a good deal to say on the subject. But see to it that concrete details are brought out.)
How can I, a girl, help in the home, in the organizations, in the Church generally?
Does your mother have to stay away from meetings, or some religious duty or privilege, because she has to do something at home? Could you help your mother, so that she might do this? What about your father? Your brothers – those, particularly, who hold the priesthood?
Do other members of your home have officers in any of the organizations of the Church? Are you a member of any other Church organization besides the Sunday School? What are you doing to help in those organizations?
Have you any brothers in the home who will presently be ordained to the office of Deacon? In what ways can you help them to look forward to their ordination to this office?
I will do all I can to put into practice the points which I have learned in this lesson.
That’s it. The whole, entire, complete lesson.