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:
CHOICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY
WE BELIEVE as we come to accept and act upon these values, WE WILL BE
to strengthen home and family,
make and keep sacred covenants,
receive the ordinances of the temple
and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.
In my life- how many times have I stood and recited this theme?
Yet as I study it now and think on it....
" as we come to accept"...
I love that our leaders understand ... we need to grow into this.
I didn't accept some of these values when I was a beehive.
I didn't fully understand their value, importance, their weight- in my life
The role they would play in my life.....
and then , "as we come to accept and ACT upon these values"
It's not just accepting them as important values or character traits
it is ACTING upon them
working on them
weaving them into the fabric of my being
the fiber of my being
As I work on my Personal Progress- I wonder why it was such a chore when I was a young woman?
I love this program!
It is so-- so-- everything I love!
Challenging one- self to grow and be better.
It's like a booster shot of self worth
a standard people expect us to live up to
and we use it to beat ourselves
to put ourselves down at all the places we are lacking
how we are not measuring up
how we are not good enough.
Do you ever do that?
Then one day I watched my young kids measuring themselves.
They put their back against the wall and were marking the spot on the wall where their head hit the wall...
My youngest was so excited.
He knew he didn't measure as high as his older brothers
but he was excited to see how tall he was
he stood straight.. even raised to the tip toe...
to try and close the gap between his actual height and the mark of his older brother
I had a realization.
a lesson from my child
When I see a standard
When I am trying to be like Jesus
I shouldn't beat myself up for not measuring up
I should be excited about the growth I have made
the progress I have made
and then I should be excited and anxious to improve
stretch to my full potential
to reach a little higher
That is all that is really asked of us.
Do our Best
and endure (keep doing our best) until the end.