The small and simple things young women choose to do today will be magnified into great and glorious blessings tomorrow, said Sister Ann M. Dibb.
"Living each day as 'an example of the believers' (1 Timothy 4:12) will strengthen your testimonies, help you keep your baptismal covenants, and prepare you to receive the blessings of the temple so that eventually you can return to your Heavenly Father," said Sister Dibb, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency. "May each of us strive to be 'an example of the believers.' May we live the gospel of Jesus Christ and do all that is asked of us, and may we do these things in faith, nothing wavering, with a pure and virtuous heart."
Speaking during the General Young Women Meeting on March 28, Sister Dibb, recalled her own experience as a young woman. "I recognize that I didn't understand the magnitude of what was happening in my life. I did not realize that my participation in each and every Church activity was helping me develop a lifelong pattern and commitment to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ."
Sister Dibb said although she didn't participate in a Personal Progress program like young women today, she did have a very similar program. It included opportunities to learn, practice and report progress in living gospel principles.
Some of the goals from her Beehive Handbook included being courteous and responsive, being honest, choosing to not gossip, and noticing nice things about family and friends. "Even though what I've just read may seem old-fashioned, it contains truth. Young women believers must pray, speak kindly and be sincere in all that they say and do."
Sister Dibb said recently she studied Alma 5 as part of a value experience for virtue. "Because I participated in this small and simple Personal Progress activity, my testimony of prophets and my commitment to follow Jesus Christ greatly increased. Completing this goal prepared me to be more receptive to the Spirit the next time I attended Church and the temple."
Sister Dibb then shared an experience of Kathy Andersen, the wife of Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Presidency of the Seventy. When Sister Andersen was a Beehive, and got her Beehive Handbook, she was excited to complete all 80 goals. Then she realized there was one goal she could not complete. She could not be baptized for the dead because there was no temple near her Florida home.
However, when she told her father about the situation, he promised that if she would complete the other goals, they would travel to a temple in Utah to complete her 80th goal.
Sister Dibb said Sister Andersen will forever be appreciative that her parents were willing to make the temple an important part of her life.
"As a young girl, Sister Andersen strove to do the small and simple things that would help her become an exemplary woman — 'an example of the believers' — and that is what she has become. Each of you has the same opportunity."