Personal Progress (Young Women)

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“The Personal Progress program encourages each young woman to make commitments that will help make her faith a reality. Her choices invite her to make a commitment, carry it out, and report to someone. It is the process of progress. It is very much the same process we go through as we accept callings in the Church—make a commitment, carry it out, and report to someone.”

Janette Hales Beckham, Young Women General President
Making Faith a Reality,” October 1997 General Conference

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“You pioneers must have the same faith in every footstep as the pioneers of the past. I am so proud of you as I see young women leading the way through acts of courage and righteousness. Your faith in the Lord helps to strengthen others who look to you as an example.”

Janette Hales Beckham, Young Women General President
Modern Pioneers,” April 1997 General Conference

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“One important step of faith for you as a pioneer is to resist going along with the crowd in ways that would lead you astray. A modern pioneer also encourages others to stay on course. When you lead out in righteousness, others will follow you…

“So many of you young women are great examples. I know about a group of young women who make a point at lunchtime of sitting by someone eating alone and becoming a friend to that person. Some of you have family difficulties, yet you stay strong in the gospel. Some of you are the only active members in your families. One young woman in a large city has to transfer to three different buses just to get to sacrament meeting on her own.”

Janette Hales Beckham, Young Women General President
Modern Pioneers,” April 1997 General Conference

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“The young women of the Church are invited in 1995 to make a commitment to read the scriptures regularly. Just imagine five hundred thousand young women all over the world with open books of scripture. I see open books of scriptures at camp, at youth conferences, in Sunday lessons; a read-a-thon; or scripture reading in a retirement center. Young women may be reading the scriptures to little brothers and sisters or to a grandparent whose eyesight is failing. I see scriptures on pillows, on nightstands, in family home evenings. Alma’s heart would be touched this night seeing young women gathered in chapels and stake centers with scriptures in hand.”

Janette C. Hales, Young Women General President
Ye Shall Feast Upon this Fruit,” April 1995 General Conference

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“Faith always has an element of doing…Service and personal progress projects are real nourishers of the word or doctrine. Our efforts to do really feed our efforts to know and to grow the word.”

Karen Maxwell, stake Young Women leader
Being Leaders Who Foster Growth,” April 1995 General Conference

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“When your leaders encourage you in the Young Women program to get involved with Personal Progress, I hope you will understand that this represents much more than goal-setting and receiving recognition, although that is very important. The greatest goal is that you would constantly choose experiences that would exercise or strengthen your faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Janette C. Hales, Young Women General President
Growing Up Spiritually,” April 1994 General Conference

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“Personal Progress is like an experiment on the word. There are experiences with prayer, scripture study, strengthening family relationships, and service to others. Exercising our faith will increase and strengthen it. As we watch the accomplishments of great athletes, it is surprising to me that some would suppose that our spiritual growth comes without effort when our physical ability requires exercise and training.”

Janette C. Hales, Young Women General President
Growing Up Spiritually,” April 1994 General Conference

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