Monday, February 1, 2010

Personal Progress Flashback!

How wonderful is the Personal Progress Program. In my time as Young Women Stake President in Brazil, the values in the Personal Progress looked like this (thanks sisters from beginning new for the pictures!)

In 1977, here's how the book introduced the program to young women:

"Daughter of God

You are a child of God. You have a vital role to fill in God's eternal plan. You have been chosen by the Lord to come to earth at this time to fulfill your special mission and assist the Savior with his work here on earth. Your purpose here is to prove yourself worthy of the eternal blessings that have been promised to the daughters of God.

Your mission may include many things such as touching someone's life through service and making those around you happy. It may include that wonderful blessing reserved for women--to become co-creators with God and provide the way for spirit children to come to earth. For those who do not receive this blessing in life, your mission may include loving, teaching and training the children of others.

Your Father in Heaven knows you. He knows your mission and wants to help you accomplish it. He knows the blessings that have been prepared for you. If you will trust him, follow his word, and prepare yourself, he has promised that "the kingdom is yours, and the blessings thereof are yours." (D&C 78:18)

The greatest blessing he has for you is eternal life, which means to live forever in his presence. To help you receive eternal life is the mission of the Savior. He said, "For behold, this is my work and my glory--to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39)

Now is the time to prepare yourself to fulfill your mission and to receive and to help others receive this wonderful blessing.

And the 2010 new edition

 The new introduction:

"Welcome to Personal Progress

You are a beloved daughter of Heavenly Father, prepared to come to the earth at this particular time for a sacred and glorious purpose. You have a noble responsibility to use your strength and influence for good. Your loving Heavenly Father has blessed you with talents and abilities that will help you fulfill your divine mission. As you learn to accept and act upon the Young Women values in your life, you will form personal habits of prayer, scripture study, obedience to the commandments, and service to others. These daily personal habits will strengthen your faith in and testimony of Jesus Christ. They will also allow you to recognize and develop your unique gifts.

Always use your influence to lift and bless your family, other young women, and the young men with whom you associate. Honor womanhood, support the priesthood, and cherish faithful motherhood and fatherhood.

As you participate in Personal Progress, you join with thousands of other young women who are striving to come unto Christ and "stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places" (Mosiah 18:9). Counsel with your parents, and prayerfully choose goals that will help you cultivate feminine attributes, strengthen your testimony, and reach your divine potential. Take advantage of your time in Young Women by preparing to receive the sacred ordinances of the temple, to become a faithful wife and mother, and to strengthen your home and family."

The First Presidency."

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