Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Personal Progress

In the Mormon church we have a program for girls 12-18 called Personal Progress.  It's an amazing program!  I completed mine when I was a youth and have such great memories of the projects I worked on.  The girls work on different goal and projects and when they are finished they earn a beautiful medallion.   I also make each girl who completes them a temple quilt.  The quilt pictured it not the one I made.  I found the pattern on Sugardoodle.com.   

I really believe that this program could help all girls!  It is a religious program but the fundamentals taught can be applied to anyone!

Here are the different values that the girl work on, Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Choice & Accountability, Good Works, Integrity and Virtue.  What human being wouldn't be changed by realizing their worth as a human and a child of God?  What person wouldn't benefit from looking and examining their lives when it comes to integrity and good works?  What girl wouldn't benefit from knowing who she is?  And knowing that she is beautiful JUST the way she is?  All of us would benefit!

These are some of the experiences I've worked on so far...I studied about prayer and how to be a better mother.  I know that God loves me.  I developed talents and was able to participate in performing.  I became more selective about the TV shows I watch and what music I listen to (you KNOW there is really bad stuff out there).  I learned how important serving one another is and how it can truly brighten someone's day!  

This program changes lives!  It changes them for the better!  I don't know of anyone who has completed the experiences and has been changed for the worst.  It just doesn't happen.  

You don't have to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
Day Saints to participate!  I can get you the materials you need.  

Right now I am working on my Faith value project.  For all 8 values a 10 hour project must be completed.  I am memorizing The Living Christ.  Memorization does NOT come easily to me.  

I found a link of my bloggy friend's blog.  I printed out the flash cards and will memorize it that way.  I've memorized 9 out of 23 cards so far!

All my life I've never really been good at setting goals and finishing them.  I'm scared I'll fail.  I'm scared now too.  But I know that I can do this!  It's a very long document but it's so important.  I know Jesus Christ is real.  

I know that he loves ALL of us no matter what!  There are those crazy religious people out there that thing that God doesn't love us if we make mistakes or choose to live different lifestyles.  To them I say this, you are wrong!  God and Jesus Christ love us all!  Do they like our choices sometimes?  Of course not.  But we aren't "punished" because we played the slots or did this or that.  

I had a friend's mom tell her that her child got cancer because she played the slot machines.  WHAT??  Please make these people stop!  

Did I do something wrong and that's why both my boys have Hirschsprung's Disease?  Heavens no!  We live in an imperfect world and things like this just happen.  

Doing my Personal Progress has helped me realize all of this!  I'm becoming a better person (at least I hope so).   

Thanks for letting me step on my soap box for just a sec!  And seriously let me know if you want more info! 


Tauni said...

I love this! I should work on personal progress alone (even though I am in primary). Would be awesome to "earn" another medallion :)

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