Posted 3 months ago
Do I have to do the personal progress book in any order, or do I need to follow the order of the book?
Anonymous asked

I haven’t checked this blog in a long time, so I apologize if this message has been sitting here for a while!

You can do it in any order (you don’t have to start with faith and end with virtue). However, it’s recommended that you finish the required experiences before going to the electives, and finish all the experiences before starting on the projects. However, this is not set in stone, and you could technically do it in whatever order you think is best :)

Posted 1 year ago

Individual Worth Project Ideas

Ideas from the book:
  • Compile your personal or family history using journal entries, pictures, and important papers.
  • Share one of your gifts by instructing or tutoring someone in an academic subject, music, a sport, or an artistic skill.
  • Carry out a project to improve the living situation of someone in need.
  • Direct or participate in a youth choir, a play, a talent show, or an art exhibit.
  • Learn a marketable skill that could help you in a current or future occupation.

Ideas from other sources:

  • Personal Progress Helper’s ideas
  • Make sure that an incoming beehive or inactive girl feels welcome to Young Women’s by making her gift baskets, helping her with personal progress, and being her friend.
  • There are a lot listed here and here but they’re not specific to individual worth, so if you find one you like, make sure it can apply.

For my Individual Worth project last time, I worked as a techie (behind the scenes person) for the school play and musical one year. I was able to learn more about the production of plays and also got to play with the spotlights.

This time, I plan on going to every girl and leader in my ward’s Young Women program and asking them to write something good about each girl and leader. After gathering all of the replies, I plan to make a picture or something like that for each girl to have and to know their individual worth.

Posted 1 year ago

Faith Project Ideas

Ideas from the book:

  • Memorize “The Living Christ” (see page 102 or here) As you do, consider the Savior’s influence in your life and how your faith in Him has increased. Practice following the Savior’s example.
  • Read Alma 32:28-43. Think of faith as a seed as you help plant, care for, and harvest a vegetable garden. Record in your journal how you nourish, care for, and strengthen your faith.
  • Take a family history class in your ward or branch. Collect existing stories of your relatives or others who have demonstrated faith, or interview family member or others and record their stories.
  • Describe the blessing of faith by writing an original story, poem, or song or by completing a visual arts project that illustrates your faith in Jesus Christ.

Ideas from other sources:

  • Personal Progress Helper’s ideas
  • Create a scrapbook of your family history.  Collect stories, photos, memorabilia, etc. (x)
  • There are a lot listed here and here but they’re not specific to faith, so if you find one you like, make sure it can apply.

For my Faith project last time, I recorded the trek I went on. I included prep walks, prep classes, etc as well as the actual week of walking through Wyoming. Trek was a wonderful experience; faith was tested, but it was so spiritual. The young men and young women got along better than ever after the sacrifices we made as we went along. If ever you get the chance to go, do it.

This time for my project I plan to finish a piece of cross-stitch that I have been working on for a while. It was a free thing I found on the internet (with a few adjustments), where “His Name is Jesus” is in the middle with different names for him such as King of Kings and Wonderful Counselor. It’s very pretty, and I’ll post a picture of it when I finish. I’m planning to frame it and give it to my wonderful Young Women’s president who has gotten me through a lot and I want to thank.

Posted 1 year ago

Divine Nature Project Ideas

Ideas from the book:

  • Develop a skill you could use in your future home, such as cooking, sewing, making repairs, organizing, or designing. Teach that skill to someone, and explain how establishing a house of order (see D&C 109:8) is one of your divine roles.
  • For an extended period of time, serve someone in need, such as a young mother, a person with disabilities, or an elderly person. Record in your journal how your service has helped you recognize the divine nature in yourself and others.
  • List the divine attributes and roles of women as taught in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” (See page 101 or here), and carry out a project that helps you learn more about one of those roles.
  • Using an artistic skill or handicraft you have learned, make something for your current or future home. Record in your journal how being creative is part of your divine nature and how sharing your creativity has blessed others.
  • Working in harmony with others is a divine attribute (see D&C 38:27). Carry out a project that will promote unity in your extended family, your school, or your community. Record in your journal how you can make a difference when you work in unity with others.

Ideas from other sources:

For my Divine Nature project last time, I cross-stitched the Hawaiian Temple. My mom had a book of temples to cross-stitch, and I had no other reason to pick the Hawaiian Temple other than it had the most color with it’s fountain and trees. After completing it, I framed it, and it now hangs right next to our picture of the first presidency. It’s not perfect, but I’m proud of it.

This time my project was cleaning and organizing rooms in my house. (I already completed it. Sorry for not sticking to the schedule I post…) I started with my own, emptying out a closet that was filled with a bunch of my mom’s memorabilia. I went through everything in my room, my desk, wardrobe, etc and got rid of everything I didn’t need and gave it to Goodwill. I did the same with my mom’s massive fabric collection, going through tons of boxes and organizing by color, size, print, etc and giving away fabrics and patterns she wasn’t going to use. It feels so great to have organization, and I definitely hope I can carry over these experiences to keep my future home clean. 

Posted 1 year ago

Knowledge Project Ideas

Ideas from the book:

  • Learn how to organize, clean, and maintain a home from your mother, grandmother, or another woman you admire. Then apply what you have learned in your home.
  • Prepare for a higher education and obtaining marketable skills by learning about college or trade school entrance requirements, scholarships, and tuition and other expenses. Apply for entrance when appropriate.
  • Read D&C 89. Consider what you can do to be more physically fit. Improve your health by developing and implementing a regular fitness program and learning to cook and eat food that is part of a healthful diet.
  • Learn about the proper care of clothing, including how to wash, iron, and make basic repairs and alterations. Apply the skills you learned by taking care of your clothing.
  • Working with your mother, grandmother, or another woman in your ward or branch, master a homemaking skill she teaches you. 

Ideas from other sources:

  • Again, personalprogresshelper has like, five billion ideas.
  • Take a high school advanced placement course or a post-secondary college class. (x)
  • Make a scripture-of-the-day or word-of-the-day calendar. Have it spiral bound at a local office supply store. (x)
  • Make at least three of the Christmas gifts given away this year using a new skill. Girls could can jars of applesauce, make Christmas ornaments, or create pieces of jewelry. (x)
  • There are a lot listed here and here but they’re not specific to knowledge, so if you find one you like, make sure it can apply.

For my Knowledge project last time, I increased my knowledge of video editing skills by making three short videos for our ward’s roadshow. It was a bit stressful, but know I can say I can take 20 minutes of someone talking and condense it to two minutes of highlights.

This time I want to read through True to the Faith. If it takes less than ten hours to complete, then I will select multiple sections to read more in depth. I will look up all the scripture references as I read the book, as well as take notes. Increasing my understanding of the gospel is something I look forward to.

Posted 1 year ago
I would like to suggest that you keep this blog active by going back again and finding other value projects that you think would help you be a better person and share your goals, experiences, etc. As Bro. Rockwood has pointed out, simply reaching another check mark shouldn't be the goal: improving yourself should be, and that will never end. I've known plenty of adult leaders who earned the award several times and found value in each journey. Personal Mission Prep could be your next goal :-]]
Anonymous asked

Yes, thank you. I just need to remember to come to this blog more often. I think I’ll cover the experiences we left out? But first I should probably post the project ideas… Oops. Feel free to yell at me on my other blog if I stop looking at this one for long amounts of time.

But yes, you bring a valid point that kinda hit me over the head another time. I need to stop looking at this like a checklist. It wasn’t so much this time as it was my first time doing it, but it’s still something I need to improve upon.

Personal Mission Prep, here I come!

Posted 1 year ago

I’m thinking of just posting the rest of the project ideas all at once so that you don’t have to wait for a specific one to start on it. 

This also brings up the question of what I’m going to do with this blog after that.

I really don’t know.

I’d like to do videos again. Answering questions and stuffs.

Posted 1 year ago
So, I'm not sure where to draw the line in how much this has helped. There is a lot of direct help, but there has also been a lot of indirect help from this blog as well. I haven't sat down and tried to calculate exactly how helpful this has been, but I would guess that I have used the information from this blog for about 210 hours in the past year.
Anonymous asked

For some reason Tumblr didn’t tell me I had a message so I didn’t see this until now. This surprises me, and I’m stunned at how much this blog helped. I thought it would help a little, but I guess it was bigger than I thought.

Which is a good great thing of course. Thank you.

Posted 1 year ago

Quick question:

Has this blog helped any of you at all? If so, if you could approximate how many hours it helped, that would be great. (Or tell me an approximate percentage of the project it helped with.) I’m going to ask my leader if this blog helped count towards my honor bee.

Posted 2 years ago
You are beautiful and brilliant! My Heavenly Father has truly blessed me with some amazing siblings, yourself included!
Anonymous asked

Thank you! I asked my sister if by chance she sent me this because of the siblings part, and then I realized you probably meant on an eternal perspective.

I’m glad to have you as a sibling as well, even though I may not know who you are. Thanks for your kind words!

Posted 2 years ago

Faith #7

To view this entire experience, click here.

Topic:

  • Tithing

Reading:

For three months, pay a full tithe. Paying an honest tithe and being obedient shows your faith.

Journal:

  • How has tithing helped your faith grow?
  • List the big and small blessings that came from paying a full tithe and your faith in the principle.
Posted 2 years ago

Choice and Accountability Project Ideas

Ideas from the book:

  • Using For the Strength of Youth and under the direction of your parents or leaders, organize or participate in a discussion group, fashion show, or other event to help you and other youth choose to live the Lord’s standards.
  • Under the direction of your parents or leaders, help plan and direct a youth dance or other activity that features appropriate dancing instruction and wholesome music, lighting, and atmosphere.
  • Evaluate your use of media an technology. Create and implement a plan to to keep improper media from entering your home. Ensure that your plan encourages the wholesome use of television

Ideas from other sources:

  • Personal Progress Helper has a whole lot of ideas here.
  • One of the things that I’ve had girls do for just about any value is watch the DVDs of conference, all 4 sessions, and the Young Women general session. They then write in their journal how it applies to the value that they are working on and how it affects their life. (Idea by Jill Hansen) (x)
  • Choose to read a book that is church related, whether it be by a prophet or Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites. Choose to read good literature and read five books that will help you to strengthen your Spirit.

For my  project last time, I wrote about my experience at that year’s Girl’s Camp, where I chose to spend a week in the mountains while participating in church activities. It was a bit of a stretch, so this time I hope I’ll do it a bit more solidly.

This time I am suggesting something I think we can all relate to very well. Blogging. A while ago I was asked for some ideas about Choice and Accountability, and I gave the option of creating and maintaining a Tumblr account that would serve as a church only blog. By refraining from using other personal or comical blogs on Sunday, I’ll be making a choice to keep the Sabbath Day holy. Also, I will choose what blogs to follow, and by following the correct blogs, can strengthen my relationship with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Posted 2 years ago

Knowledge #7

To view this entire experience, click here.

Topic:

  • first aid, safety, sanitation, and survival

Reading:

Journal:

  • How can you apply them in your home to keep your family safe?
  • List basic supplies your family will need in an emergency

Discuss:

  • In FHE or with a YW leader the things you learned and what skills you’d like to develop.
Posted 2 years ago

Divine Nature #7

To view this entire experience, click here.

Topic:

  • Being a peacemaker

Reading:

For two weeks, strive to be a peacemaker in your own home and at school. Refrain from criticizing, complaining, etc and pray for help to do this.

Journal:

  • List new habits you want to develop
  • How is being a peacemaker part of your divine nature?
  • Record how you will strive to continue to be a peacemaker
Posted 2 years ago
I'm sorry that I have been so passive about your awesome blog lately. I could offer a bunch of excuses but, honestly, none of them are very good anyway. Back to the point: thank you for doing this and keeping it up to date even without the encouragement that had been offered earlier. Just seeing the updates brighten my week and remind me that I have something much more important to do than answer someone's political rant.
Anonymous asked

It’s alright, I wouldn’t blame any of it on you. It’s my responsibility and your option. Should I start the weekly updates back up again or leave them?