YW President Elaine S. Dalton: Ribbons, recognition and relationships

On a recent auxiliary training assignment to Africa, I met a new young bishop who shared his enthusiasm for the Personal Progress and Duty to God programs for the youth. He felt that since he was asking the youth to participate in these programs, he needed to become familiar with them as their bishop. Consequently, he started to work on both his Personal Progress and his Duty to God.

He said that he hadn't realized what the youth really do and their great accomplishments. He also shared that whenever he completed an experience in Personal Progress, he asked a young woman to verify his completion and sign his Personal Progress book. He had recently completed one of the value experiences in Personal Progress and had asked a young woman in his ward to sign his book.

He shared with her the things he had learned and done and then she asked to see his journal entry regarding this experience because that was part of the requirement. He replied, "Well, I did not write about this in my journal. I don't have one." The young woman replied, "Well then Bishop, I cannot sign your Personal Progress book. Come back when you have completed all the requirements."

He said that he learned a great lesson. He also shared that whenever a youth completes an experience in either Personal Progress or Duty to God, he now has the leaders notify him. He personally calls them and congratulates them on their accomplishment, because now he realizes how much effort and diligence a completed value experience represents.

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