Based on the first picture, I'm sure you've figured out that I'm going to be in the Young Women's organization. I'm stoked! Working with the young women of the Church has to be one of the best callings ever. Some changes have come about since I've been a youth, one of which is in the picture below.
The addition of "Virtue" to the Young Women Values is brilliant and certainly something Heavenly Father feels is important for all women to know and cherish. It fits so perfectly and rounds out the former 7, to now 8 values, that it makes me wonder how the list was complete without it. Being married in the temple and sealed to Michael for time and all eternity has made me realize just how important "Virtue" is and why our Father in Heaven wants us to cherish it.
So with all this information about the Young Women Organization, I'm pleased to announce that I'm the Personal Progress Leader. Funny story about being called to this position...I never completed my Personal Progress and received my Young Womanhood Recognition. So, when I was called, I laughed, a bit embarrassed, as I felt like the Lord was saying, "Haha. You thought your not completing Personal Progress in youth meant that you were home free. But nope, here's your chance to repent and start anew. I know and see all!"
It's definitely a humbling experience for me, but it also presents a challenge to step up and be better. There were so many difficulties associated with my first time in Young Women's, but so many blessings from it also. Many of those difficult experiences took precedence over receiving my Young Womanhood Recognition, and they all had their special place in my life. I learned a lot from them and was blessed by my Heavenly Father for persevering through the struggles.
What I'm most excited about is that I now have an opportunity to work toward and receive my Young Womanhood Recognition along with my girls! We only have 2 young women in our ward, but will be gaining 3 more throughout the year. (Our ward is very much a newlywed/nearly dead kind of ward). It will be an adventure to get to know each girl personally and help her achieve her goals. As I attended class today, I felt their enthusiasm for the gospel, faith, and strength to grow during one of the most difficult times in life. I'm looking forward to many great experiences ahead and the opportunity to grow and stretch myself like never before.
By the way, isn't it always funny how each calling you receive you can see how the Lord has prepared you for it through all your callings previous? And also once you begin working, you realize that this calling was meant for not only you, but for those with whom you interact? The Lord knows...and he has a plan. What a blessing!