Did you know we only have about a year and a half to finish personal progress?
Have you been feeling the stress of needing to finish it, or the guilt of not working on it earlier? Don’t worry – I have a tip for you!
#1 Tip: You don’t have to do some separate grand thing to count towards personal progress. Just do what you’ve already been doing in your day to day life experiences, and opportunities you have done for counting towards Personal Progress.
A lot of the things you might already be doing could count towards experiences and projects! For an example, if you’re involved in dance, theater, or choir, you could totally count that for your Individual Worth value project (It says in it the book)! Now your Individual Worth value project is done – OR if you helped out/volunteered for something that took less than 10 hours you can count it as your own additional value experience for the value you think best fits or check out Good Works value experience #6!
For my Divine Nature value project, I counted the photography class I was taking in my online school, because a part of our Divine Nature as daughters of God, we have our personality/creativity that I show through my photos. I spent way more than 10 hours in that class so it worked perfectly. Another experience in Young Women I helped out in a fundraiser for someone with cancer by making cookie dough, so I counted the time I spent doing that as my own additional value experience for Good Works.
#2 Tip: Sit down with your Mom, Dad, or Young Women leader, and talk together about the things you’ve been doing and how they could count in your personal progress.
I used to feel a lot of the stress and guilt with personal progress, but one day I sat down with my Dad and we looked/talked some things I had been doing, so I was able to find several things I had done to count for several value projects. This made me feel a lot more confident and better about finishing personal progress.
I hope these tips help you in your personal progress! Remember that if you set your mind to it and with the Lords help, you can finish it in no time…Good luck!
(Photo Credit: from lds.org)
Just a couple of Sundays ago a worldwide devotional for youth with President and Sister Nelson took place. It was super inspiring and really struck me! If you haven’t seen it yet, consider taking the time to do so (Link Here).
President Nelson invited us to do 5 different specific things to “enlist in the youth battalion of the Lord”.
- Hold a seven-day fast from social media.
- For three weeks, make a weekly sacrifice of time to the Lord.
- Keep on the covenant path. If you have wandered off, immediately get on the road of repentance.
- Pray daily for all to receive blessings of the gospel.
- Stand out. Be a light. Set the standard. Give away one copy of For the Strength of Youth.
Recently, I’ve been doing number 1, the seven-day social media fast, and I have seen in myself that I have been more focused and I have gotten things done that I wouldn’t of gotten done (for a while) if I had been on social media.
youth.lds.org has some really good articles about the devotional and will be posting about each of the challenges for the next several weeks so make sure to check those out regularly for more incites!
I’m thankful for revelation and inspired invitations from God through prophets to help us in our day so we can become better selves and help out in building the kingdom of God. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of this great work and to enlist in the Youth Battalion. I invite you all to consider/make a plan of what you want to do to follow the invitations from President Nelson.
A lot of times in life some things that are actually really simple or unimportant or not that big of a deal can stress us out. I speak from experience…I have had multiple times where I’ve stressed out about something and then later afterwards I wondered why I didn’t just chill.
I came across this saying or quote that says “If it’s not going to matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes upset by it”
President Gordon B. Hinckley said “Be believing. Be happy. Don’t get discouraged. Things will work out.”
This is easier said than done, but I’d like to challenge you all this week to remember this 5 by 5 rule and the words of Gordon B. Hinckley. Whenever something stressful comes up or you get worked up about something that’s not that big of a deal, try to remember these good words of advice and incorporate it into your situation whether its in school, decisions, opportunities, etc. Know that things will work out as long as you believe, stay positive, and are trying to follow Christ.
Have you ever thought about when you pray?
Check this video out about when other people pray. Think about when you pray as you watch the video. Do you pray for the same reasons the people in this video pray?
For me, I pray when I feel sad, lonely, thankful; when I’m having a bad day, searching for an answer, or when I’m concerned about a friend or family member. The list goes on! I am so thankful for prayer!
Remember: Sister Carol F. McConkie said that, “Prayer Is a Gift From God.” God gave us this gift of prayer and wants to communicate with us!
So when do you pray? If you feel comfortable sharing, I would love to hear some of your responses to this question in the comments below!
Who loves pineapples here?
I absolutely love this quote about being a pineapple because It’s so fun and a great visual for all of us.🍍
Elaine S. Dalton (former Young Women General President) said this, “There is no more beautiful sight than a young woman who glows with the light of the Spirit, who is confident and courageous because she is virtuous.”
As daughters of God let us be pineapples! Let us wear our heavenly crowns of virtue, stand tall with confidence and courage, shine our light, be sweet, be kind, be righteous.
Have you ever noticed how big an impact words have on others? A compliment brings a smile. An insult brings a frown. Just one word could change the atmosphere around you.
Sometimes we don’t think words have such a big impact and push away a thought to compliment someone or say something to someone. President Thomas S. Monson said “Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient will remember them for a lifetime.”
How are you using your words? What can you do to improve your words? Maybe it’s cleaning up your language, maybe it’s saying “Thank you” more often, maybe it’s being more positive, maybe it’s teasing your siblings less. Whatever you do to try to improve your words, it will make a difference and invite more of the spirit into your life.
How can you use your words to bless the lives of others?
Final quote by Thomas S. Monson, “As we arise each morning let us determine to respond with more love and kindness to whatever might come our way.”
To end I’d like to share with you an uplifting song called “Words” by Hawk Nelson. Think of what you can do with your words to better bless the lives of others while you listen to the song.
I love this quote so much! It inspires me every time I see it! Look for the good in everything – when life’s down and when life is good! Whether it’s rainbows after rain, stars in the night, smiles from your mom, blowing bubbles with your siblings, or eating bacon for breakfast! 😀
Do you have a New Years resolution to work on personal progress more? Maybe you just want to work on it, but it hasn’t seemed very fun. This will help you out!
For Christmas my Young Women leaders gave all the girls a Peace in Christ Personal Progress Journal by the RedHeadedHostess. This has become one of my favorite Christmas gifts! I’ve been doing personal progress off and on but there’s been big breaks in between and I’ve just needed more help and encouragement to do it. This book makes it really nice and easy because it helps you along the way. It helps you get most of the personal progress experiences done in a little over a year. It can be used for Personal Progress, normal journal writing, and for a spiritual journal. Every Sunday there is a new experience for you to complete. I love how it doesn’t overwhelm you with the personal progress experiences. Depending on the experience (like if you have to practice something for 3 weeks) it will wait till the amount of time you have to work on the personal progress experience till it introduces a new one to do. I highly recommend this tool to help you with personal progress. So if you’re struggling and need some help this is a good tool!
I’m very thankful for tools to help out in our progression in life. I’m grateful for a tool we have, Personal Progress that helps us become more like Christ, and how it has and will bless me now throughout my life.
Click here to see the peace in me personal progress book.
Click here to see the Doodle personal progress book.
I took this picture in the Nauvoo Temple grounds on our family vacation this past summer. I love this quote by Jose L. Alonso from our most recent General Conference and thought it fits it well.
It’s so true! When we serve and forgive others it will give us strength to overcome our trials and be healed.
I wanted to share a cool video with all of you. Catherine did a post about a year ago, but the church made a video to illustrate the story. If you want to see the original talk click here It is called “Blessed and Happy Are Those Who Keep the Commandments of God.” I learned from the video that God’s commandments are there for a reason, to protect us and help us to be happy.
Even though it may seem that the barrier restricts us from bigger, more fun waves, it actually protects us from the dangers – the sharks.
I know that when I have kept the commandments, I truly have been blessed and protected. I’m so thankful for that protecting barrier in my life.