[lds-youngwomen] Re: Personal Progress Lesson
- Personal Progress is the heart of the Young Women program.
Personal Progress is a resource to help families bring
young women unto
Personal Progress is a great tool for parents to learn
more about their
to share in some of their personal progress experiences.
This is from Alice Gifford:
I've posted this before but felt it was worth reposting for those who are
new and also for the achieves. I only ask that you not change any of the
story and give credit to Sister Allred and those she mentions in her talk.
When I was called to serve as the Stake YW Pres., I was given a copy of the
following talk given by Sister Lynn Allred who lived in the Lindsay Ward,
Gilbert Arizona Val Vista Stake, and was serving as the YW president in her
ward at that time. The information for her talk was given to her by Sister
Ann Seamons, who served on the YW General Board for nine years and served
with Sister Ardeth G. Kapp. She was also one the ten women involved in the
creation of the values. Ive received permission from Sister Allred to
share this information with you. Here is her talk:
"When Elaine Cannon was released and Sister Kapp was put in as General
President of the Young Women, she didn't know what the Lord wanted her to
do. She spent months on her knees begging for direction, many, many, hours
agonizing and pleading for guidance. It was two months before she had
counselors and five months before the board was in place. Shortly
thereafter, they were asked to come to an all day retreat. They were to
come fasting, bring their scriptures, and choose their favorite scripture to
share, They were told to plan on being there eight or nine hours.
There were ten women present from all walks of life. Single, married,
younger, older, no children, lots of children, working women, stay-at-home
moms. They shared their scriptures. Three of the ten had the same
scripture. (D&C l23:ll-l7) Then they had an open discussion. After nine
hours of praying, discussing, and scripture reading, on the board they had:
Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice & Accountability,
Good Works, and Integrity
They sat and stared and wept as it was witnessed to each of them,
individually and collectively, "This is what my young women need to come
home to me. This is what will help them live my teachings and keep their
covenants." These seven "things" didn't have a name. They weren't called
values until later. There was some discussion about "obedience" and
"honesty" being included in the list. Each of the seven board members took
the next six months and totally researched one of the values. They searched
for every scripture, talk and article on the subject.
Over the course of the next nine months, piece by piece, the personal
progress program was developed. It was made known to the board that it was
to replace the existing program.
Sister Kapp was invited to the Priesthood Executive Council meeting with all
of the general authorities. It was the first time in the history of the
church that a woman was invited. (They now attend once a month).
Sister Kapp presented the values to the First Presidency. She said the
first three values have to do with their identity. The next four, their
direction. They are in order. The first value is the same as the first
principle of the gospel, "Faith". You can't do anything in this life if you
don't have faith in Jesus Christ and His plan. All that we do is predicated
on faith in the Savior. Once you understand that, you can better comprehend
"Divine Nature", that you really are a child of God. Then you are prepared
to grasp your "Individual Worth" and once you have your identity, you are
ready to receive direction. You are prepared to cultivate "Knowledge". The
more you know, the more "Accountable" you are for every "Choice" you make.
Then you are ready to nurture others, build the kingdom, and bless the lives
of others through "Good Works". Finally, when you live what you know, you
I asked what the reaction of the First Presidency was. She said, "They were
Divine direction was received in pieces. During the many months that the
work was being done on the Personal progress program, the general board
would send the information to the Correlation Committee of the church for
approval. It was returned to them many times for revisions. They wrote and
rewrote....every single word of the Personal Progress Book has been
The values were introduced at the first satellite broadcast for young women
Another point Sister Allred made and explained so well was the
Young Women in Excellence program.
She said, "The Young Women in Excellence program is an incredible tool.
At the beginning of the year, each young woman should choose a value and
immerse herself in it. The question should not be, What do I want to do?"
but "What do I want to become?"
Then if she chooses faith, she'll study faith, she'll pray about faith, she
will collect stories and articles about faith, maybe she'll write poetry
about faith, she may go interview the Stake President about Faith, she'll
get a computer printout of every scripture that has the word faith in it,
and by the end of the year, she will have become a young woman of EXCELLENT
Then she will complete a project, to express her understanding of the value
she has chosen. The focus won't be the project. The focus is the Value.
The project is only a symbol of what she has become."