We had a combined Young Women Mutual activity based on the value of individual worth, by having a Johnny Lingo Activity!
Johnny Lingo is a short film produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was based on a story by Patricia McGerr inWoman’s Day. At about half hour in length, it does not mention the LDS Church, but illuminates many of its teachings, such as kindness toward others and self-worth, and takes digs at measuring oneself against material things.
The movie was the first feature film produced by the church.
In the story, Johnny Lingo (played by Makee K. Blaisdell) is a shrewd, but honest and well-liked Polynesian trader. It is actually told from the perspective of a Caucasian shopkeeper, Mr. Harris (played by Francis Urry). Lingo has come to one island to bargain for a wife. Mahana (played by Naomi Kahoilua), the young woman he desires, is considered by her neighbors and even her father to be of little value, sullen, ugly and undesirable. As the bargaining is about to begin, women of the island brag to each other of how many cows their husbands had given for each of them, and comment that Mahana’s father will be lucky to see one cow as Lingo’s offer. The counselor advises Mahana’s father to ask for three cows so that finally, Moki (Mahana’s father, played by Joseph Ah Quin) will at least get one cow.
The bargaining begins and as the counselor suggested Moki asked Johnny Lingo three cows. Islanders laugh derisively, then wait for Lingo to make his counter-offer, certain that he will make a devastating bargain.
Lingo, considering, says that three cows are many… “But not enough for my Mahana!” He then offers the unheard-of price of eight cows for her hand in marriage. The next day, the villagers gather at the house of Mahana’s father to see the completion of the deal. Some of the islanders say that Lingo reconsidered his deal and would not show up. But Lingo brings the cows and subsequently marries Mahana that night, enduring some derision for a deal that many believe to be foolish, while Moki revels in his newfound prosperity. He and Mahana then leave the island on a trading trip.
When they come back, Harris discovers, to his astonishment, that Mahana is a beautiful, happy woman. Even Mahana’s father began accusing Johnny Lingo of cheating him by giving only eight cows for a girl truly worth ten cows. Johnny, her proud husband, had proved to her that her true worth had nothing to do with what others saw, but only what she truly was.
He had made the best bargain of all — a few cows for a life with the woman that he loved.
See the movie here:
We had eight stations set up and at each station each Young Woman could earn 1 cow.