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How to: Make a Young Women Bracelet for Christmas or Birthday Gifts

How to make a young women values sparkle bracelet

Step One: Assemble your YW Bracelet materials: What you need to make a Young Women Values Sparkle Bracelet: one jewelry cord with clasp nine rondelle 8mm spacer beads with clear crystal rhinestones eight fiber optic beads in value colors (Get all of the above items in my NEW Young Women Values Sparkle Bracelet kit) scissors needle-nosed pliers super glue (optional) Step Tw0: Thread the Beads: String the  young women value beads in this…
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LDS Escape Room – Personal Progress Activity for Good Works

Shared by Korina M. “Tonight for Mutual we made a escape room. I didn’t tell the girls tell they were [doing personal progress, too!]. But when they were done they had either finished or started all of the Good Works value experiences for personal progress! Anyways not overly complicated the girls had fun. ” Editor’s note – an escape room is a room filled with random items that disguise clues.  When…
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Homeschool & Personal Progress

Can Personal Progress and homeschooling work together to help you and your daughter achieve your goals? 

Not long after my oldest daughter turned 12, I was called to serve as a Counselor in our Ward YW Presidency. She wanted to earn her Young Women Medallion (by completing the Personal Progress program), and said that she planned to do so within her first year. My husband and I (neither one being very familiar with Personal Progress) didn’t think that this was a very good idea, and encouraged her to space Personal Progress out over the 6 years that she would be in the YW program.
She reluctantly agreed.

Soon after, I learned that YW leaders and/or mothers of YW could also complete Personal Progress and earn a YW Medallion. Since I was now both of those things, I wanted to complete the program as well (to set an example for the YW, but also because I had joined the church the summer after high school, so I was never able to participate as a youth).

So my daughter and I set out to work on the program together (which is HIGHLY encouraged by the Young Women General Presidency). Please note that unlike Eagle Scout projects, Personal Progress hours cannot be shared. So if you help your daughter work on a project (or anyone else helps her), her own contribution to the Project must be at least 10 hours. This also applies if you are both working on the same project (for example, if you are both sewing Halloween costumes for a project, you would each need to work at least 10 hours).

Part of Personal Progress is a series of short “Experiences” that are pre-set and the YW can choose from a variety of options (for example, there might be eight “Experiences” listed in the “Faith” section, and she gets to choose from those which six she would like to do). There is some  potential personalization there,  but the 8 big “Projects” (10-hour Value Projects) are even more “personal” – there are some suggestions, but for 7 out of the 8 Projects, the YW get to pick exactly what they want to do (to go along with the topic theme). This is where homeschooling works really well with Personal Progress…

What are you working on in your homeschool this year? How can you combine those things with Personal Progress so that you’re accomplishing both at the same time?

Learning about Lewis & Clark? Would your daughter be interested in writing and putting on a play about Sacajawea, complete with costumes that she made as part of her “Knowledge” Value Project? 

Does your daughter want to start piano lessons this year? Maybe she could set a goal to learn 3 hymns or Primary songs that she could play in YW class by the end of the school year? That could be a “Faith” Value Project.

Another example would be if you are learning about American Government or Elections, you could find a way to do a project that gives a hand-on experience. One of the projects my daughter did was for the “Choice and Accountability” Value Project. It was an election year, so she contacted a local political party and began volunteering for their campaigns. She worked in the “phone bank” for over 10 hours, and also handed out stickers on  election day. She met several politicians and learned a lot about the political process. She was able to do this project pretty easily because of our flexible schedule, and it was a lot more memorable than just reading about politics in a book.

A good way to start matching up Personal Progress with what you are already planning for homeschool is to take a look at the categories of Value Projects and come up with ideas (together)  for Projects that she wants to do that coincide with her education. You can find a TON of  ideas for Projects online. A great source is “Personal Progress Helper”  (you can also search “Personal Progress Helper” on Pinterest).

Here is an example of the requirements for a 10-hour Value Project (this one is “Knowledge”):

Knowledge Value Project


After you have completed six knowledge value experiences, create a project that will help you practice what you have learned. This should be a significant effort that will take at least ten hours to complete. Prayerfully seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost to select a meaningful project.
Here are some examples of projects that could be done for the “Knowledge Value”. Of course you’ll want to make sure that each project takes the YW at least 10 hours, so sometimes that takes some creativity. I’ve also included (in red letters) how each idea could be tied in with schoolwork or school projects:
  • Ask a parent, grandparent, or ward member to teach you basic recipes. Make a recipe book from the recipes you learn, and cook one of the recipes on your own. Cooking skills, writing skills
  • Plan and grow a garden Science/horticulture
  • Hold a party for watching General Conference with your family or fellow Young Women. Plan snacks or a meal and spiritual activities for in between sessions. Organization skills, social skills
  • Interview friends, family, and ward members about how they gained a testimony of the gospel, and create a video sharing those testimonies. Technology, interpersonal skills
  • Learn how to cross-stitch and make something that describes your testimony of the gospel. Handicrafts
  • Learn a new skill and make at least three of the Christmas gifts you will give away this year using the new skill. handicrafts, cooking skills, service
  • Make white hair scrunchies for all of the YW in your ward to wear when they go to the temple for baptisms Sewing, service
  • Memorize the entire document: “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” Memorization, reading 
  • Compile a list of possible careers or college majors and study each one. Organization skills, research, reading
  • Sew a quilt or an article of clothing sewing skills
  • Sew scripture bags to give primary kids when they’re baptized, including your written testimony of the importance of studying the scriptures. sewing skills, writing, service
  • Start a book club that meets for an hour a month and run it for 10 months organization skills, reading
  • Contact an elderly relative (by phone, personal visits, or video-chat) and compile their life history. Type it out for them and give copies of it to your relatives. family history, interpersonal communications, technology

Here is a link to the blog that my daughter started (in 2012) to share what Projects she had done for Personal Progress. You might find some fun ideas there! http://personalprogressvalueprojectideas.blogspot.com/2012/11/choice-and-accountablity.html

Once I had a better idea of how Personal Progress works and that we could incorporate those 8 big Projects into our homeschooling, I realized that we could kill two birds with one stone and that my daughter could complete Personal Progress in one year if she wanted to. She finished in 12 months and I finished in 13 months*.

I don’t necessarily recommend that every homeschooler try to complete Personal Progress in a single year. It was a stretch for my daughter to get it done in time to meet her goal, and that wasn’t necessary. Maybe 2 or 3 years might work better for your YW, but you will need to be the judge of that, depending on your YW, her ambition, and how much you want to incorporate Personal Progress into your schooling. My main point is that homeschooling can help your daughter to work through the program at a faster pace, since you can combine Projects and school work (and perhaps be more flexible with your schedule than a public school student can).

*If you are working on Personal Progress as a mother, I definitely recommend letting your YW complete her program first – even if you have to slow down a bit to let her get ahead! It is, at the heart, a YW program, so while we can complete the program as adults, we want to be careful not to overshadow our daughter’s accomplishment. 


“If my daughter finishes Personal Progress while she’s a Beehive or Mia Maid, won’t she be bored after that? What will she DO the rest of the time she’s in YW?”

In previous editions of Personal Progress, YW had to complete different parts of the program at various stages corresponding with their age, (much like the current Duty to God program for the YM). There would be specific items to complete while they were a member of each class, then as they advanced in classes they could move on to complete the other sections. This sort of spread out the program over all 6 years that they are in YW, which had its advantages and disadvantages. Our modern version of Personal Progress does not restrict completing sections of the program to a specific age, so YW are literally able to work at their own pace. This means that a Beehive can complete the program “early,” a YW could spread the program out over all 6 years, or a 17 year old new convert can start and complete the program during their senior year. Our Church leaders have made this change on purpose, and I feel that it is a great advantage that the YW can personalize their Personal Progress experience in this way.

Sister Neill Marriott of the General Young Women Presidency came to our region for a YW leader training a few summers ago, and she taught us that Personal Progress is not mandatory, so we should not try to force the YW to complete it,  but that we should encourage the YW to be working on some part of it. She also recommended that the YW who are interested in completing the program to try to finish before they turn 16. When they start driving (or even drivers ed),  dating, possibly working part-time, etc (and all of this in addition to their regular seminary, high school, and extracurriculars), SAT/ACT, college admissions, graduation preparations, they become very busy and Personal Progress may take a back-seat at that point. I’ve also heard many people suggest finishing before age 16 for the YM and their Eagle Scouts, for the same reason… the closer you get to high school graduation, the crazier things get.

Obviously, if a YW finishes Personal Progress before age 16, she still has several years left in the YW program, but this is not a negative thing. I asked my daughter (now a Laurel) if she felt that she ever had “nothing to do” because she finished Personal Progress as a Beehive. She just laughed, because she is very busy with callings/assignments, ward stake youth activities, social life/dating, family history, etc. She’s also completed her “Honor Bee” (a supplement to the Personal Progress program that you can only work on AFTER you complete Personal Progress). We also have one Laurel in our ward who has chosen to repeat the Personal Progress program again (which is always an option). So really, there is no reason to worry about having “nothing to do” after completing Personal Progress, because there is ALWAYS something else to do! :)


President Faust’s Prophetic Prediction About Personal Progress in 2016

Back as a beehive, I remember having a mutual Personal Progress night where we’d been asked to find a talk on womanhood to discuss together. We all came excited to discuss and share, and when it came time to read, it turns out we all had the same talk (thanks to the fact that it ranked #1 of LDS.org’s search). It was President Faust’s “Womanhood; The Highest Place of Honor” from the year 2000. And so we discussed it really in depth and had a great experience. The brownies didn’t hurt either.

I don’t think I’ve read the talk since I read it six years ago with my Beehive class, but I recently felt inspired to take a glimpse at it again. I was reminded of being a beehive, brand new to Personal Progress. I was strolling through memory lane, when something really cool stood out to me. President Faust totally predicted what it would be like in 2016! Specifically, how Personal Progress would’ve changed by 2016.

We wonder what the Young Women requirements for Personal Progress awards will be like in the year 2016. Hopefully the values and standards of Young Women will be increasingly focused on spirituality and service to others.

Personal Progress has changed significantly since the year 2000. Back then, young women were still using the program started in 1985. This program included the seven YW values, each with a selection of experiences. There was a set number of experiences you needed to complete each year as a Beehive and a Mia Maid, and then as a Laurel you were supposed to complete two 20-30 hours projects centered around a Young Women value.

In 2002, they changed the structure of the program around quite a bit. They kept the seven values, and the experiences and projects, but now instead of pacing out the experiences and projects based on age, you could go at your own pace. The other significant change was that you now needed to complete a project for each value, following six experiences per value.

Most recently in 2009, they changed the program again. They kept the structure the same (though changing a few experiences and minor guidelines) but added the value of Virtue. This value is unique because it has fewer experiences, and has a required project of reading the Book of Mormon.

Now that we’ve had that brief history lesson, what does it have to do with President Faust’s statement?

He mentions two specific things which he hoped Young Women would be increasingly focused on: spirituality and service to others.


A huge element of spirituality is self-reliance, and the way the program has changed is definitely designed for increasing self-reliance. The program restructure in 2002 enabled Young Women to work at their own pace without the pressure of deadlines every birthday. It also gave them more freedom in selecting the experiences and projects which would help them grow the most.

Another significant change which has definitely encouraged a spiritual increase is making reading The Book of Mormon mandatory. With the 2002 program, reading one of the Standard Works was a suggestion for a Faith value project. Now that it’s required, and especially under the value of Virtue, it has prompted Young Women around the world to actively increase their testimony of The Book of Mormon.
Just this past April 2016 Conference, Elder Rasband shared

What did we learn [from the Youth]? We learned that our youth love the Lord, sustain their leaders, and desire to have their questions answered! Questions are an indication of a further desire to learn, to add to those truths already in place in our testimonies, and to be better prepared to “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ.”

This newly-called Apostle has noted this spiritual growth among youth in the church, and the fact that they’re actively seeking further knowledge of this Gospel.


Personal Progress has always heavily emphasized service. The way Personal Progress enables service hasn’t changed much–but the opportunities for youth to serve have never been so plentiful. Youth are getting involved in their communities more and more. Studies have shown that millennials are more compassionate and charitable than previous generations, and chances are good that that trend will continue to grow.

Another huge and unprecedented way young women and finding service opportunities is through the growth of missionary and family history work on the internet. Young women are blogging, Snapchatting, Tweeting, Instagramming, and everything-elsing about the way the gospel (and Personal Progress) is blessing their lives. There are Missionaries who are required to use Facebook for missionary work!

And family history and temple work are moving forward in ways nobody could imagine 16 years ago. Research has never been easier, and temples are being built at an excelerated rate. Indexing millions of records takes only 5 minutes at a time. Elder Bednar shared:

Your fingers have been trained to text and tweet to accelerate and advance the work of the Lord—not just to communicate quickly with your friends. The skills and aptitude evident among many young people today are a preparation to contribute to the work of salvation.

Personal Progress is the greatest tool available to young women in 2016 to help them increase their spirituality and service to others. Not because it’s a great to-do list, or because it keeps you perfectly on track, but because it’s designed to help you with YOUR personal progress. It helps you to stay focused on what is spiritually important, while going at your own pace and focusing on your interests.

President Faust was certainly following inspiration when he made that statement. If he were alive today, he would certainly be impressed with the virtuous young women of 2016. So let’s keep going!

Girls Camp Kit Preview & Survey

It’s only March, but it’s already time to start thinking about Girls Camp! Last year I got to be really involved in the planning of camp with the other YCLs, and it was a neat experience. It was my final year at camp (though I may be coming back as a cook this year!) and now that I’m a “grown-up” I find myself in a new situation of observing how things are being executed without being directly involved.

I’ve had quite a few people contact me about creating Girls Camp files, and I’ve released a couple T-Shirt designs on Etsy in the past few weeks. The culmination of all of this is that I’ll be releasing Girls Camp “Kits” right around General Conference time. My goal is to have them all out before the Women’s session and Easter, but life has a way of getting in the way sometimes, so I won’t issue ultimatums just yet.

Before I release anything, I also want to get input from those who will be in the trenches–the leaders. I really dislike kits that include a billion things, when none of them ultimately are useful. My goal is to pack these kits full of tools that will actually be useful.

And so I’ve created a survey. It should only take a couple minutes to fill out, and the information will be invaluable to me in deciding what to include in the kits. I will also be putting up a number of free downloads (probably in mid/late April), so don’t fret if you aren’t interested in purchasing a kit. No matter your interest level, I would hugely appreciate any feedback you can offer!

Create your own user feedback survey

In the meantime, and to give you a better idea, here are a few of the themes for the kits. I have a couple more in the works, but I figured it would be wise to whet your appetites with these. The kits will likely include the majority of what is mentioned in the survey, which is why your feedback is so vital–to weed out the unhelpful tools and to see if there are any additional resources that would be wise to include.

We are moving to http://NoBoringLessons.com/ where you can find Come Follow Me Lesson ideas for the new 2019 curriculum Dismiss