The new, revised Personal Progress encourages every young woman to become a mentor.
A mentor is defined as a wise or trusted teacher or counselor. Mentors are usually people who have gone before and know the path. They are guides. For young women, the righteous influence and example of their peers and others is critical in a world with shifting moral ethics and values. Mentoring ensures that no one is left alone on the path of progression.
Mentoring is not a new idea. The scriptures and Church history are replete with examples of great men and women whose lives were blessed by mentors. These individuals helped prepare others for their future missions. Mary had Elizabeth. Naomi was Ruth's mother-in-law and her mentor. Naomi helped Ruth know what to do in a very difficult time. Joshua had Moses as his mentor. Alma mentored Amulek and helped him understand and teach the gospel. The angel Moroni was a mentor to the young Joseph Smith. These mentors encouraged and taught the things they had learned from experience. They passed on their knowledge to another so that each could be edified and better prepared to fulfill their divine roles and missions.