Sunday, September 6, 2015

keep your eye on the prize

"...and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly." D&C 121:45

As some of you may know, I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, otherwise known as the “Mormons”. About two years ago, I was baptized as a member of this church and I have never had a doubt in my mind that this is the true gospel. The feelings I get from reading my scriptures and doing what Heavenly Father asks us to do, gives me so much joy, and I feel humbled every day to have the opportunity to be apart of this church.
Well, enough about that, lets get to the real purpose of this post.
The LDS church has a wonderful program called “Personal Progress.” This encourages the young women of the church, 12-18 years old, to accomplish tasks and perform service acts in order to become closer to our Heavenly Father. From my perspective of this program, it seemed as if all of the girls in the church had already finished their PP by the time I had already gotten baptized, at 16, and I felt no desire to start such a time consuming, challenging, and difficult task.
About a year and a half went by, March 2015, and this is when I realized there are more girls than I thought that had not completed this. At eighteen years old, I made a goal for myself, that I would complete my Personal Progress book for Young Women’s before I graduated high school that June.
March was a busy month for me- or at least I made myself see things that way. I was making excuse after excuse to delay the process.
Finally, May 5, 2015, with only one month left for my senior year in high school, I got to work. I worked hard. I met with my Young Womens leader weekly, for guidance and advice on how to go about completing it. I would spend hours everyday reading all the required scriptures and talks. I spent days completing value projects, that required so much effort and preparation. I spent so much time- bettering myself.
For some of you who have seen the book, you can probably relate.
Eight values, 32 tasks, and seven value projects entitled this little book called Personal Progress.
Through hard work, determination, and most of all, the love and support I felt from my Father in Heaven, cheering me on to get to the finish line, I completed my Young Women’s Personal Progress before graduation.

I know that this church is true. I know that anyone can do anything they set their mind to if you rely on the Lord to help you along the way. I know that through every project and tasks, I became a better person, I modified my habits and recorded my spiritual thoughts. I love this program and I encourage all young women to complete it. I know you will love the outcome.

And ps- you get this super cute necklace when you finish it & your bishop will call you up in church and announce it to the entire ward… which made me feel real accomplished!

I know you can do it. Just set your goals, and don’t stray from that path.

I love you all!

Thanks for reading & happy Sunday.



1 comment:

  1. Wow good job Marley! Personal progress took me forever haha