Monday, May 7, 2012

Power of Personal Progress: YW Lesson


A joint Young Women's lesson on:
There is  Power in Personal Righteousness/
There is Power in Personal Progress

{Feel free to use any of this lesson for your calling.}

Before the lesson: Make three "thought" cards for the chalk-board for the young women to think about.

What does it mean to be a young woman in the church today?

What do you stand for?

Who Do You Want to Become?

Ask each young woman to write on three pieces of paper 3 things:
  1. A favorite scripture
  2. A dream for their life
  3. What they want to be known for


Question: What does it mean to be a young woman in the Church today? -what motivates you?  What keeps you on track?  How does it feel?  ( make sure you give them time to answer)

Refer to the thought provoking questions for them to ponder

Introduce you lesson title-making sure throughout the lesson making the connection between personal righteousness and personal progress.

How did Personal Progress begin?

I found this history information {here}

Here are some highlights:
  • In the 1920s all young women who belonged to the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association were called Beehive girls, regardless of their age. They were arranged in groups called “swarms,” and their leaders were called Bee Keepers.

  • Upon entering the Beehive program, each girl was required to memorize the Spirit of the Hive, the Beehive motto:
    “On my honor each day I will have faith, seek knowledge, safeguard health, honor womanhood, understand beauty, know work, love truth, taste the sweetness of service, feel joy.”
The Beehive program included three ranks: Builders in the Hive, Gatherers of Honey, and Keepers of the Bees. To achieve each rank, girls were required to fulfill 14-16 foundation requirements and 36 additional requirements of their own choosing.
Beehive Girl Requirements:

  • Care successfully for a hive of bees for one season and know their habits.
  • Sleep out-of-doors or with wide-open windows.
  • During three consecutive months, abstain from candy, ice cream, commercially manufactured beverages, and chewing gum.
  • Clear sagebrush, etc. off of a half acre of land.
  • Care for at least two kerosene lamps daily.
  • Without help or advice, care for and harness a team of horses at least five times; drive 50 miles in one season.
  • Identify 12 kinds of lace and tell the reasonable price and appropriate use of each.
  • During two weeks, keep the house free from flies or destroy at least 25 flies daily. 

  • The young women thought this list was hilarious--oh, how times have changed!
      Personal Progress NOW

       Go over the Personal Progress Basics...

      I used this article What's New in Personal Progress

      "Now is the time to prepare for the wonderful future that awaits you. Personal Progress will help you prepare and will help you understand your identity as a daughter of God.
      Personal Progress is not a program that is separate and apart from your life. It is a tool that you can use to draw closer to the Savior, serve others, be anxiously engaged in good works, learn leadership skills, develop relationships with others, and prepare for temple covenants. Personal Progress helps each young woman who participates develop daily righteous routines. When you do small things consistently, they become part of who you are and they change you. It really is “by small and simple things” that “great things [are] brought to pass” (Alma 37:6)."

      We talked about the temple and how that is our focus in the Young Women Program. We discussed how the Personal Progress program prepares (say those 4 p's 10 times) us for the temple.

      I assigned our Laurels to explain each of those Personal Progress basic information points from the article.


      See this article 5 Reasons to Love Personal Progress

      "Why Personal Progress just might be one of the most important things you choose to do as a teenager."

      Here is a good introduction to this section of the lesson...
      "You’re sitting in your bishop’s office for your birthday interview, and you’ve already talked about how things are at home and in school. Now your bishop asks how your Personal Progress is going. Are you (a) excited to tell him about the experiences and projects you’ve worked on this year, (b) embarrassed because you haven’t worked on it that much lately, or (c) blushing because you don’t even know where your Personal Progress book is?
      If you answered b or c, you might be like some young women. You want to work on your Personal Progress. You keep meaning to work on it. But somehow you just haven’t figured out how to transform your “I know I should be doing this” guilt into “I’m really glad I’m doing this” commitment.
      If this describes you, maybe you haven’t yet discovered how meaningful Personal Progress can be in your life—now and in the future—or how it can fit in with all the other things you already have going in your life. Here are a few of the best reasons to really love Personal Progress."

      1. Because It Can Change the World

      2. Because It Can Change You

      3. Because You’re So Busy

      4. Because It Leads You to the Temple

      5. Because It Can Help You Reach Your Dreams

      Please see the article  for all the information in this section.


      Make the connection between personal righteousness and Personal Progress.  This video makes a great example

    I made these cute purses from Kristen at {click here} for complete instructions
    Here was my attempt at it:

    {This handout is really only effective if you show the video of the Lost Purse in the lesson.}

    In conclusion:

    Refer back to the three pieces of paper from the beginning of the lesson....challenge them to go home and find a Personal Progress experience or project that can help them make their dreams a reality in their lives.  Put  those three pieces of paper into their purses and think about who they want to become and what they want to be known for. Add those ideas to their purses.