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'A return to virtue'

Pamphlet detailing Young Women's Personal Progress value is available

The pamphlet detailing the Young Women's new "virtue value experiences" is now available through Church distribution.

"We are thrilled about the addition of the value of virtue to the Young Women theme and values," said Sister Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women general president. "We believe that families will be blessed as young women come to accept and act on the values in the Personal Progress program. With the addition of another value, we want all young women, parents, and leaders to know that this will be an important value experience to complete. As we call for a return to virtue, we would like to ask all young women, their mothers and their leaders to complete this additional value experience."

The First Presidency announced the addition of the attribute of virtue to the Young Women theme in a letter to priesthood leaders dated Nov. 28, 2008.

This value is timely and important for every young woman to understand and live because it incorporates those things that she can do to remain morally clean and worthy of receiving the blessings and ordinances of the temple, said Sister Dalton.

For those young women who have already received the Young Womanhood Recognition, Sister Dalton and her presidency ask that they now work to complete the virtue value. "We have great confidence in the young women. We promise each young woman, their mothers and each leader who goes the extra mile and completes this new value experience will receive additional blessings of strength, confidence and peace."

In fact, Sister Dalton and her counselors feel so strongly that each young woman complete the experience that they are completing it themselves.

For example, Sister Mary N. Cook, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, is working on it with her mother.

"With the turbulent times, we think this is the tool that will help young women stay on the path of virtue," she said, "especially as they read the Book of Mormon for their value project."

Sister Cook added that the presidency believes that every young woman in the Church will be blessed as virtue is elevated and families will be strengthened.

"This will be especially good for Laurels as they are preparing for the transition in their lives. It will help them set a pattern on how they want to live their life, how they want to be known," said Sister Ann M. Dibb, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency.

The Personal Progress program currently uses the eight Young Women values to help teens understand more fully who they are, why they are here on earth, and what they should be doing as daughters of God. As part of the program, young women complete value experiences and one value project for each of the values — faith, divine nature, individual worth, choice and accountability, knowledge, good works, integrity and virtue.

The value project for the new virtue experience is to read the entire Book of Mormon.

"This project will help every young woman draw closer to the Savior and increase her faith and testimony of Him as her Savior and Redeemer," said Sister Dalton.

"What can help strengthen any young woman's virtue?" said Sister Cook. "It would be a greater understanding of the Book of Mormon."

The value experiences require young women to define virtue and analyze the promised blessings of being virtuous, to understand the importance of having the companionship of the Holy Ghost, to study the questions from Alma in the Book of Mormon (Alma 5) and to repent and remain pure and worthy.

"It is a personal evaluation of your standing before the Lord," said Sister Dibb. "We want young women to recognize their worth as daughters of God and that they have a place in His plan."

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