Values of Mormon Young Women

by Jen

The young women and girls of the Mormon Church, properly called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are encouraged to participate in a program known as Personal Progress. This program is designed for young women ages 12-18. Each Young woman in the Mormon Church is asked to learn and understand seven values: faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, and integrity. These values are designed to help each young woman gain a testimony of and faith in Jesus Christ and be happy. In the personal progress book each value is given a definition, scripture, and color.

Definition: I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me, and I will have faith in his eternal plan, which centers in Jesus Christ my Savior.
Scripture: Alma 32:21: Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.
Color: White

Divine Nature
Definition: I have inherited divine qualities which I will strive to develop.
Scripture: 2 Peter 1: 4-7: Be partakers of the divine nature. . . .Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
Color: Blue

Individual Worth
Definition: I am of infinite worth with my own divine mission which I will strive to fulfill.
Scripture: D&C; 18: 10: Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.
Color: Red

Definition: I will continually seek opportunities for learning and growth.
Scripture: D&C; 88:118: Seek learning, even by study and also by faith.
Color: Green

Choice and Accountability
Definition: I will choose good over evil and will accept responsibility for my decisions.
Scripture: Joshua 24: 15: Choose you this day whom ye will serve; . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Color: Orange

Good Works
Definition: I will help others and build the kingdom through righteous service.
Scripture: 3 Nephi 12:16: Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Color: Yellow

Definition: I will have the moral courage to make my actions consistent with my knowledge of right and wrong.
Scripture: Job 27: 5: Till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.
Color: Purple

In the program there are specific activities that a young Mormon woman is asked to do within each value. For example, under faith one of the activities is to learn about faith from the scriptures, a few references are given, then the young woman is to try to increase her faith through daily prayer and then tell her experiences to a parent or other leader. The young women are asked to complete six activities and a ten-hour project within each value. The first presidency of the Mormon Church strongly encourages young women to “take advantage of [their] time in Young Women by preparing to receive the sacred ordinances of the temple, to be a faithful wife and mother, and to strengthen the home and family.”

The Mormon Church’s website has a free online copy of the Personal Progress program.

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