Personal Progress Tips!

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!

-Rachel

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Girls Camp Journal 2018 Flip-thru/Demo

Hi girlies! I am super excited with today’s post because I finally have a video that I made on my youtube channel! It is a flip-thru if this year (2018) camp journal. I am actually leaving to go to camp today, so I squeezed this post in at last minute. Last year I revealed my camp journal after camp, but I thought this time I would show it before hand. Like last year, I got a binder from Target that was only $5 that came with dividers and pages in it already – plus it had a pen holder! So here is the video…enjoy!

So like I said above, I am heading to girls camp, so the posts you will see these next few days are scheduled, but once I get back from girls camp, I will do a follow up post on how it went.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about the journal!

Click here to see my girls camp journal from last year (2017).

-Autumn

Invitations from President Nelson

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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”.

  1. Hold a seven-day fast from social media.
  2. For three weeks, make a weekly sacrifice of time to the Lord.
  3. Keep on the covenant path. If you have wandered off, immediately get on the road of repentance.
  4. Pray daily for all to receive blessings of the gospel.
  5. 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.

-Rachel

Looking deeper into what we say in the Young Women’s theme – “We are Daughters of our Heavenly Father”

What does the phrase “We are daughters of our Heavenly Father” mean that we recite from our Young Women’s Theme? Why would it be the very first thing we say?

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A Young Woman’s worth is seen in two very different ways by God and the world.

World

The world tells us you need to be popular, look a certain way, etc. You have to wear the latest trends, and do worldly things to be seen as beautiful. You have to have a perfect body and compete with models from magazines that have been airbrushed and touched up. Your worth comes from who you know, what you own, and how many likes you get on social media.

God

God sees our hearts and our eternal worth. Who we have always been, not just some momentary physical status. He rejoices when we are kind, loving, meek, humble, gentle, and virtuous.  He sees a different beauty than the world does. Our Eternal Father looks upon the beauty of our heart and soul. Our worth is infinite and divine and NOTHING can replace us! He sees us as Princesses soon to be Queens – heirs of His Kingdom.

 “You are truly royal spirit daughters of Almighty God. You are princesses, destined to become queens. Your own wondrous story has already begun. Your “once upon a time” is now.”

-Dieter F. Uchtdorf

 

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The world is wrong. You are beautiful just the way you are! God loves you with infinite love!

  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:

FaithDivine NatureIndividual WorthKnowledgeChoice and AccountabilityGood 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.

 

We are truly daughters of our Heavenly Father…Always remember that!

-Catherine 

 

 

New Years resolution… More Personal Progress? This will help you!

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.

-Rachel

Family History Fun!

I recently saw this awesome video on the Church’s youth website – Click here to watch.

Even though our ancestors didn’t actually have social media when they lived, it’s still fun and important to imagine, know, and try to understand what they went through in their lives. Maybe they even had some of the same struggles as you do! Learn about your ancestors, draw strength from their example, and do their temple work! We are promised that as we do this work, we will be protected and our ancestors will watch out for us!

I have found that this blog is a great resource for getting started on family history work.

-Annalee

True Friends

Last night we had a fun YW activity to learn to make friendship bracelets. While we made the bracelets, we all shared stories of true friendship in our lives. Some were sweet or serious, and some were silly, but they all showed examples of the true friends we all had in our lives.

My story sounds a little silly, but it means a lot to me. Last year at girls camp, I was changing in the bathroom and had put my clothes, as well as my lanyard with my schedule, on a shelf above the toilet. I pulled a piece of clothing off the shelf, and suddenly my lanyard slid over the edge – and into the toilet!!!! Ew! I am a bit of a germaphobe, and there was NO WAY I was getting that lanyard out of the toilet; but what was I to do?  I couldn’t just leave it there! I opened the bathroom door, not sure what my plan was, but realizing I had to do something. Anyway, when I opened the door, a girl from my ward was standing there and saw the panicky look on my face.

“Are you okay?” she asked.

I blushed and sheepishly told her what happened. What she did next surprised me: she shrugged like it was no big deal, walked past me into the bathroom, and picked the lanyard out of the toilet without a second thought. Then she put it in the shower and smiled at me and went back out.

I couldn’t believe it! This girl had just pulled my lanyard out of the toilet!!! Even when I wasn’t willing to do it myself! She didn’t care about the consequences or the bad effect for her – she just served me. I love her for that and she is such a true friend to me! I’m so grateful to Heavenly Father for good friends who set awesome examples and surround me with good influences.

Do you have a story of true friendship? Share it in the comments! 

Girls Camp DIY Journal Flip-Thru

Hello! Before I start talking about what I have learned at camp I decided to show you my journal that I made. Most of the supplies came from Target dollar spot so it was affordable. I brought it with me to camp, & I really enjoyed writing in it every night. I will forever cherish this journal, & if you have not gone to camp yet, for sure either make a journal, or just use one that you may already have…Enjoy!

-Autumn