Surprising Things We Don't Have to Do for Personal Progress Anymore + More Changes Over the Years

by | Dec. 17, 2016

FunMormon Life

2009—Virtue Added as Young Women's Value

When the First Presidency announced the addition of a new Young Women value, virtue, they sent out a letter to the Church on November 28, 2008, stating, "This addition will assist young women in developing high moral standards."

Image titleTo earn the Young Women medallion, Young Women now have to complete additional requirements, including:

• Study the meaning and importance of virtue and chastity.
• Make a list of things you can and will do to prepare yourself for temple ordinances.
• Study the Holy Ghost, and write down what you have learned about the Holy Ghost as a constant companion.
• Read the entire Book of Mormon.

Young women can also earn an Honor Bee charm, which was "historically given to young women who were willing to do more than was required," by reading the Book of Mormon again or helping another young woman complete her personal progress.

In President James E. Faust's April 2000 general conference address, "Womanhood: The Highest Place of Honor," he said the following:

"In 1916 the challenges of life involved an entirely different focus, such as killing flies, clearing sagebrush, and learning to harness horses. Today such physical needs are met much more easily: flipping on a switch to control the light, adjusting the thermostat for heat and for cold. Modern conveniences grant us more free time to focus on spiritual needs and devote more time to personal service. But the basic element which should never change in the lives of righteous young women is giving service to others."

No matter what changes in the Personal Progress program, the one thing that remains constant is the importance of building a personal relationship with God. No matter how many flies they swat or bees they tend, Young Women have opportunities to serve, learn, set and make goals, and develop their testimony, which is more valuable than any medallion.

Lead image from lds.org and Pinterest.

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Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your Young Women? Find this triple ring "Ask in Faith" 2017 youth theme necklace at Deseret Book stores or deseretbook.com.

The necklace is made with three small entwined rings, each stamped with different phrases from James 1:5–6 as a simple and subtle trending reminder of the 2017 mutual theme. It’s a gift with a message!

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