At church every Sunday, we recite the Young Women Theme:
“WE ARE DAUGHTERS of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him. WE WILL “STAND as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9) as we strive to live the Young Women values, which are:
Faith • Divine Nature • Individual Worth • Knowledge • Choice and Accountability • Good Works • Integrity • and Virtue
WE BELIEVE as we come to accept and act upon these values, WE WILL BE PREPARED to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.”
Why do you think we repeat this each week? I think that one reason why we recite the YW Theme is to remind ourselves that we are daughters of God, and that we are striving to become like Him. To become like Heavenly Father, we need to have the same values He has. These values are also listed in the YW theme: faith, divine nature, etc., along with the promise that “as we come to accept and act upon these values, we will be prepared” – prepared to be a light to the world, and to obtain the ordinances to receive eternal life. And what steps can we take now to receive all of these wonderful blessings? By doing Personal Progress! 🙂
Personal Progress may just seem like one other thing on your plate. It has sometimes felt like that for me. But I have come to realize that it is probably one of the most beneficial things I can do! I have also realized recently how Personal Progress helps me in many aspects of my life. When I work on Personal Progress, it helps me to:
- Learn about and trust in the teachings of the gospel
- Think about how I can improve spiritually
- Strengthen my testimony
- Improve my talents and discover new ones
- Be more in tune with the Spirit
- Develop helpful skills
- Be more Christlike to those around me
- Remember my worth as a daughter of God
Personal Progress isn’t always a huge investment of time. Sometimes all it takes is helping out with your family’s meals (Good Works #2), trying to help others feel of worth (Individual Worth #3), or remembering to pray daily (Faith #1). And you may actually find that doing Personal Progress is enjoyable! 🙂
As I make Personal Progress more of a priority in my life, I notice the blessings it brings into my life. To those of you who haven’t opened your Personal Progress books in a while, I encourage you to choose a value experience and work on it. Heavenly Father will bless you for your efforts!!
As Sister Ann M. Dibb has said, “The small and simple things you choose to do today will be magnified into great and glorious blessings tomorrow. Living each day as “an example of the believers” will help you to be happy and more confident. It will strengthen your testimony, help you to keep your baptismal covenants, and prepare you to receive the blessings of the temple so that eventually you can return to your Heavenly Father.”
I am grateful for Personal Progress and I believe that doing it will help us to become who Heavenly Father wants us to be.
Why do you love Personal Progress? How has it helped you in your life?