A Bright Future
Whenever I walk away from spending time with teen girls, my most often expressed sentiment is that “the world is in very good hands.” I hear news stories and commentaries about all the negative elements in the lives of teenagers today. I know how easy it is to get discouraged about their challenges. But, I’m telling you, that is not the picture I see with so many of these girls. The girls I’m talking to are strong. In the most recent Young Women General Broadcast, the young woman who offered the opening prayer declared, “We know who we are.” They really do. We need to acknowledge that and help them act on what they know.
One of the best-kept secrets about LDS young women is that in a world where so many girls are attempting to identify them- selves by experimenting with ideas and experiences, we are surrounded by girls who already understand what identifies them. They know what their divine identity means. And that knowledge has them poised and ready for great things.
Laurel Christensen is Vice President of Product Development with Deseret Book, former director of Time Out for Women, and the author of several books and talk CDs for young women, including LYFSGUD: If God Sent You a Text Message, Who’s That Girl?, and He Loves Us and We Love Him.
-Great Programs for Teen Girls-
Especially for Youth: After years of successful sessions at BYU, this popular youth program is now available in cities all across the United States and other parts of the world. EFY is a weeklong program for boys and girls ages 14–18. Sessions fill up quickly so make plans early for summer 2012. Details are available online at ce.byu.edu/yp/efy.
Time Out for Girls: Time Out for Women is hosting a new event just for teen- age girls. Time Out for Girls will take place on Saturday during the Time Out for Women event in select cities. It’s a chance for young women, ages 12–17, to join together and hear music and messages designed just for them. For dates and registration details, visit tofw.com.
Retreat for Girls: Now in its seventh year, Retreat for Girls is a weeklong program that takes place at Utah State University for girls ages 12–15. It provides a unique opportunity to build testimonies and friendships with girls from all over the world. There are two summer sessions. Visit retreatforgirls.com for more information.
This article originally appeared in the May/June 2011 issue of LDS Living.