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Finally Hitting Pay Dirt with Personal Progress

I have a confession to make.  It’s a true confession — and a sad one.

I am terrible at encouraging Personal Progress.

Yeah, I have my medallion thanks to the zealous efforts of my young women leaders back home in Mississippi, but I’m truly awful at encouraging PP among the young women I lead now.  I have lots of reasons — I’m terrible at anything that requires stead state or rote reminders, I am not motivated by reward systems, I am over Laurels and they are (often) over personal progress, it’s been a lot of work to get class presidencies, BYC, our presidency meetings, camp, lessons, together with all the other stuff I have to do related to just life….  All good reasons.  But none of them good enough!

It’s been well over a year since we had anyone in our unit earn their Young Womanhood Recognition award and medallion.  And yeah, bishop pointed it out to me…  So there was that. :-/

Luckily my counselors excel at the areas where I am weak, and they have really taken the reigns for personal progress in our unit.  I’ve been in since September, and it’s taken until now for us to really see the fruits of our labors. Here are some of the things we’ve learned and done that have helped with personal progress:

Summer is the best time for Personal Progress

I have been YW president for an entire school year now, and despite encouraging PP as much as possible, we weren’t seeing much movement … until Summer.  Keep in mind that girls are busy, and you may have to wait until school is on break to see the resutlts of your encouragement.  Summer is a small window of opportunity, with camp, EFY, youth conference, vacations, etc.  Your consistent efforts to encourage PP during the school year will pay off in Summer.

Utilize Sunday lessons for Personal Progress

I’m sure you’ve noticed in the Come Follow Me curriculum that some months note value experiences that coordinate with the lesson material:

It’s one of my pet peeves that PP wasn’t built right in to Come Follow Me.  Actually, the near-total lack of coordination between programs and goals is my biggest pet peeve about the church.  Fix that, Salt Lake.

Because CFM seems to have attached PP to itself as an afterthought, you’ll have to do a little bit of legwork to substitute scriptures or add writing activities to your lesson in order to include personal progress in some lessons. Don’t worry — it can definitely be done. If I’m teaching and can add in a PP value experience, I don’t tell girls that they’re earning PP as we study.  I wait until the end of the lesson to tell them they’ve completed a value experience, and they almost always cheer with joy!

Make-Your-Own value experiences while teaching

One thing I’m particularly proud of is how we work one-on-one with young women to prepare lessons for Sundays.  Instead of saying “call me if you need help”, we have set up our classes to expect that they will work with either a president, counselor, or adviser to prepare their lesson. Beehives may be ready to teach part or most of a lesson, but they need closer supervision.  By the time I get girls in Laurels, most of them have had opportunity to teach and are capable of preparing a reasonably decent lesson.  I find that I end up giving tips about how to increase class participation, asking good questions, and how to handle it when no one answers your questions.  Occasionally I have to redirect someone away from a distracting story or something, but usually the girls do a pretty good job.  We love the personal interaction with the girls, and this method helps us fulfill our handbook mandates:

Lessons are usually taught by members of the Young Women presidency or by Young Women advisers. Presidency members and advisers may divide this responsibility as needed. Young women may assist in teaching from time to time. When young women give instruction, a member of the Young Women presidency or an adviser helps them prepare. (Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 2, 10.6.2)

Priesthood and auxiliary leaders carefully observe the learning and teaching during Sunday classes and other lessons. … Leaders ensure that teachers use the scriptures, the teachings of latter-day prophets, and the approved curriculum materials (Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 2, 5.5.3)

Because preparing and teaching a lesson takes a significant amount of time and effort, we have our girls count lesson teaching as one of the value experiences that you make yourself.  They choose the value, and we put it in the computer at http://personalprogress.lds.org/ for tracking.  We talk about selecting a value experience during class and follow up with the girls to help keep PP on their minds.

Personal Progress incentive program

We are often counseled to avoid competitions, so one of my counselors came up with a great idea to encourage PP.  We made a puzzle out of an image of our local temple (Washington DC), and each week during opening exercises, anyone who has done work on PP during the week explains what they did and can add a puzzle to the image.  When the puzzle is complete, we will provide some sort of party or surprise for the entire group and begin again.

Our first puzzle has about 25 pieces in it so that we can get momentum going fast.  The next one may have a few more or less depending on how long it takes to complete this first one.  We have 23 active girls and started the puzzle in April. I think we will be done before the end of the summer.

Incentive programs like this don’t motivate all girls, but some girls really love it.

Use big activities as 10-hour projects

One of the more difficult part of PP is planning and completing the 10-hour projects. In our unit, we select girls who need help with PP and ask them to be on committees to help with Young Women in Excellence and New Beginnings. Those activities take at least 10 hours of planning from start to finish.

Make a fuss

Because PP has been pretty much dead in our unit for some time, we try to make a big deal when someone earns a ribbon.  We don’t give her anything except the ribbon and emblem (don’t want to diminish the award), but we do stand and talk about the great accomplishment and let the girl share what she’s learning inasfar as she’s comfortable doing so.

Play off their enthusiasm

Our Mia Maid class got so excited two weeks ago after some girls earned ribbons, that they planned their own activity to jump start PP the following day.  The girls got together at the counselor’s home and worked for about 4 hours together and were able to get several of The Short Ones completed and passed off in their books.

When the girls get excited, go with that.  Drop what you’re doing, and go with their ideas.  PP is personal, and if personal means personally planning a group activity — do it.

 The big payoff…

I drove some girls to Trek last week. One of the Laurels said something that wasn’t nice, and the Mia Maid girls who had been at the PP activity earlier in the week said, “Hey, no judging!” which made the other Mia Maids laugh.  The Laurel asked what was going on, and the Mia Maids got to talk about how they’ve been working on PP together and they were working on not judging. The Laurel then started talking about how she needed to work on her PP….  Peer-to-peer encouragement is the Celestial Kingdom of PP for me.

What’s more, our first YW received her medallion on Sunday.  She was a recently graduated senior who squeaked in during the last several weeks before she moved away from home. She told me that even though her PP had been rushed toward the end, she felt like she was leaving home “super-charged” and ready to use the skills and traits of womanhood she had developed by doing PP as she strikes out on her own.

And that, my friends, is what PP is about: studying about and practicing traits that will make us better women, better servants of the Lord.  It’s a boatload of work!  But seeing a girl catch the vision of it makes it all worth.

Must the presidency sit at the front during meetings?

I’ve been in three Relief Society presidencies, and each group has had someone ask if they have to sit at at the front of the classroom during meetings.  In the past I’ve said it’s up to you, but today I stumbled on this article from Elder Boyd K. Packer (The Unwritten Order of Things, Brigham Young University devotional, 15 Oct. 1996).  He says something different:

The things I am going to tell you about are not so rigid that the Church will fall apart if they are not strictly observed all the time. But they do set a tone, a standard, of dignity and order and will improve our meetings and classwork; they will improve the activities. If you know them and understand them, they will greatly improve your life. …

I give as my first illustration of this unwritten order of things so simple a thing as this: The one who presides in a meeting should sit on the stand and sit close to the one conducting. It is a bit difficult to preside over a meeting from the congregation. The one who presides is responsible for the conduct of the meeting and has the right and the responsibility to receive inspiration and may be prompted to adjust or correct something that goes on in the meeting. That is true whether it be an auxiliary meeting presided over by the sisters or any of our meetings.

A new stake president sometimes will ask, “Must I sit on the stand in every meeting in the stake? May I not sit with my family?” I tell him, “While you preside, you are to sit on the stand.” I am tempted to say, but I don’t, “I can’t have that privilege; why should you?”

Another example: If you watch the First Presidency, you will see that the first counselor always sits on the right of the president; the second counselor on the left. That is a demonstration of doing things “decently and in order,” as Paul told us. Ordinarily, but not always, if the presiding officer speaks, it will be at the end of the meeting. Then clarification or correction can be given. I have had that experience many times at the close of meetings, “Well, brother or sister somebody said such and such, and I’m sure they meant such and such.”

Well, there you have it.  According to Elder Packer, those who preside should sit on the stand (or at the front of a classroom) near the location from which the meeting is conducted.  Counselors should sit with the president — first counselor on the president’s right and second counselor on the president’s left.

I’ve never seen a Young Women presidency conduct a meeting in this way, but I this makes it pretty clear they should. Relief Society presidencies should sit at the front during their meetings, and Primary presidencies should observe the same pattern.

Can my secretary sit up front during meetings?

Secretaries are not part of a presidency — rather, they are assistants to the presidency.  Secretaries in any priesthood quorum or auxiliary do not sit at the front during meetings. You’ll notice that the Executive Secretary does not sit on the stand during sacrament meeting.  The Secretary to the First Presidency does not sit at the front during General Conference.

The only exception I can think of for this rule is if  a secretary is presiding over a leadership training for a group of secretaries, such as in a stake leadership training meeting where the secretaries split off for their own meeting.

Ice-Blocking Activity


Our YM planned our combined YM/YW activity this week – “Ice-Blocking”
They bought a bunch of blocks of ice from the grocery store (they got about a dozen of them, which was perfect because we had about 20 kids show up, so they just took turns). Everyone brought a small towel to sit on (dish towel sizes were too big, hand-towel size is better). The concept was simple – put the towel on the block of ice, sit on it, and sled down the hill! It had been raining, so it was slippery already…
It’s mid-October, so the kids got pretty cold (sitting on blocks of ice), but it was lots of fun. My daughter thought it was the most fun activity we’ve done in a long time.
The best part was that the activity was self-perpetuating – they went down the hill, they walked back up, and repeat! They did this for several hours, without a lot of intervention from the leaders. Even though it was dark & cold, they had a blast!

Source:: LDS Young Women Activity Ideas and More!

Multi-ward YW craft night & clothes swap Mutual Activity


Tonight was our 2nd Annual All-girls Activity with a neighboring ward (who shares our building). So fun! Read about last year’s swap activity on my post here

This year the YW President in the other ward suggested that we do something like a craft night (mini-Super Saturday type event), followed by our popular YW clothes swap. Not every girl is into crafts, but I think we did a good job of providing craft projects that can be given as gifts for birthdays or holidays – so at least they could have that as a motivation. I’ve tried to emphasis that even if you don’t want such-and-such craft for yourself, you can make it for your mom/sister/friend/grandma and then you’ll have a free gift to give!

Unlike most Super Saturday activities, however, we provided all the supplies and there is no charge (comes from our budgets). We picked simple, low cost crafts of course.

Each ward provided 1 craft for all of the girls to do (supplies, instruction, etc). We didn’t have any sign-ups, we just made sure we had enough for everyone if all the girls showed up (plus a few extras)

Our ward’s contribution was “Hand Scrub” in a jar

I tried to get donations of free baby food jars, but when I didn’t get any offers, I went to Dollar Tree to try to find something that would work. They had various jars with lids, but I didn’t find anything even remotely cute (I also didn’t really want to pay $1/jar anyhow). Next I stopped at Big Lots, where they had the larger sized baby food jars selling for 33 cents each. So basically, it was cheaper to buy jars with something in them – 1/3 the price! I bought all 1 flavor (applesauce) and my younger kids (not babies, but applesauce fans) have been eating the contents for days.

I removed the labels, cleaned the jars, and then ran them (and the lids) through the dishwasher to make sure that I had fully cleaned & sanitized them. This may have been overkill, but I didn’t want leftover food in a jar getting moldy later.

I spray-painted all of the lids gold (I think this is my 4th recent project in a row involving the same can of gold paint, so it was a good $5 investment). This took a couple of coats – you don’t want to see the writing & expiration dates from the baby food peeking through the gold if you’re giving this as a gift. I didn’t move the lids during this process, I just sprayed the tops first. Dried. Sprayed from one side. Dried. Sprayed from the other side. Dried. Easy. Always do this outside or in the garage, though – too fumey for in the house!

I found scented body lotion at both Dollar Tree and Big Lots. You might not find these exact brands/flavors, but scented lotion is a regular staple at both stores and the price is right (they were $1 each at both stores). SMELL BEFORE YOU BUY, some of the scents they sell for $1 could peel your eyeballs….you’re not always going to get high quality for $1. I always avoid the perfume and/or flowery scents, which tend to be WAY over the top. Lotion versions of food smells (orange, vanilla, almond, plum, etc) are almost always good smelling and way less nauseating. Your whole cultural hall is going to wreak of the stuff!

I selected Mango/Mandarin and Coconut. You could use any “smell” but I recommend food-related scents.

We had girls and leaders there to help, but instructions were still a must. Here are the instructions that I made on my computer using a word document and a canning jar clipart I found with a google search. I drew in some labels & a “lotion line” to make it easier to visualize.

I also made these labels using the free photo editing & design website Picmonkey (I am not affiliated with Picmonkey, but I use them almost every day)
The other ward’s craft was adorable headbands- I didn’t get a lot of photos of them and I don’t have the instructions, but I found pin that describes how to make them!
(click on photo of the headband)


While the girls crafted (with help from a few leaders), the other leaders sorted the donated clothes by size to make searching easier.

I would guess we had over 200 items donated (mostly from the girls, but some from the leaders & other ward/stake members). Last year there were some complaints there wasn’t anything for the larger sized girls, but this year we made sure that there were donations in every size, so that every girl found at least a couple of things she wanted. (I quietly asked around to some local ladies to see if they had any plus-sized clothing to donate anonymously to the cause and several did!). Every girl took home at least 1 shopping bag full of clothes. Some girls went home with MULTIPLE BAGS of clothes.

Our two rules for the swap:

#1- Remember that modesty is the standard – items like tank-tops & low-cut shirts might be available,
but they should be used for layering.
#2- Be kind and charitable to each other. (By the time we got to the actual swapping, they were pretty amped up and most had already pre-staked out the items they wanted. I was afraid that things might get, uh – competitive – so it was for the best to talk to them about Christlike love, lets be courteous, etc. We didn’t have any problems, so I guess it worked!)

After the girls had combed throughout he clothes, the leaders took a look to see if there was anything they wanted. Then the leftovers were bagged up and will be taken to Deseret Industries

Source:: LDS Young Women Activity Ideas and More!

Young Women In Excellence: Movie Night!

By Ashley

This was our YWIE last year. I thought it was low key, budget friendly, fun evening for the girls.
We called it “The Divine Daughters Awards”
We filmed a 30 sec clip of all the girls telling/showing us what they did for their project/experience. Then, we set up a “movie” in the Relief Society room. Had a red carpet, movie projector screen, and popcorn bar.
This was our program
(click to enlarge)

You’ve probably seen this floating around the web:
Stand for Truth And Righteousness
We took head shots of all the girls and put them on the stars and hung them from the ceiling.

Crepe paper banner
cheap and easy

The girls head shots printed on paper and made to look like a filmstrip around the room.

Source:: Apples 4 Bookworms – Ashley

{Personal Progress} ‘Riesens’ To Do Personal Progress

By [email protected] (Sheena Perron)

A few weeks ago as I was grocery shopping (down the candy aisle) I had an idea for a Personal Progress incentive.

Have you ever tried ‘Riesens’? If not, they are delicious…just saying.

This incentive that I am sharing today shares different reasons why Personal Progress is important and why we need to do it.

I began by (eating the first entire bag of Riesens) thinking of reasons why we should do personal progress. I decided to look on lds.org, but then I realized that the reasons are right in front of us in the Personal Progress booklets.

I looked through the booklet at each value and picked 2 reasons for each value. Here are some that I chose:
As I looked through the booklet I saw the many, many reasons why these young women (and we) should be doing their personal progress.

I created these cute little ‘Riesen’ wrappers with the different reasons that I saw. On the bottom of each reason is the corresponding Value experience for that reason.
I printed the wrappers out and then wrapped each ‘wrapper’ around the
Riesen candy, as seen below.

After I had all my candies wrapped with my Personal Progress ‘Riesen’ wrappers, I placed them inside of some clear plastic rectangular boxes/tubes I had. You could also place these in small jars, bags, etc.
Then I attached a tag that reads,
“Need a ‘Riesen’ to do Personal Progress? Here’s a few…”

The girls can pick a piece of candy out and read the reason why they should do their personal progress. Then they can look which experience goes with that reason and look it up in their booklet….and Do It!

Do your YW need a few ‘Riesens’ to do their Personal Progress?
Then click on the link(s) below:

I hope you enjoy my Personal Progress ‘Riesen’ treats and make some for your YW. I do know that Personal Progress is an amazing program that can strengthen the young women and help them to come unto Christ. By participating in Personal Progress they can strengthen their testimonies and help them understand their divine potential.
I would love to hear if you make these for your YW, so come back and tell me what you did.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!


Source:: Little LDS Ideas

How to be a Personal Progress Mentor

By Kristin

We are trying to encourage the young women in our ward who have completed, or are near completion of Personal Progress, to mentor others. I wanted to give our young mentors some training, to learn how to mentor well.

This document will help them to understand basic principles of mentorship: developing a relationship of trust, making goals, listening, following up, and celebrating successes! They can also use it as they meet with their “mentees”, to keep on track with what they are trying to accomplish.

You can download “How to be a Personal Progress Mentor” by clicking here.

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Source:: Inka Blinka

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YWIE – Be Who You Were MINT to Be


Our Mint themed YWIE was a big hit! We had a short program about Personal Progress and our theme “Be Who You Were MINT (Meant) To Be”, followed by the presentation of special top-secret compliment jars (that the YM helped us with), then a fancy array of chocolate-mint refreshments & viewing of the girls’ display tables.
We also introduced a new aspect of our YWIE that I hope to continue every year: the “Personal Progress Beehive”
I designed these handouts on Picmonkey (photo-editing website here). You can either edit a photo that you upload (add text, add blush, etc) OR select “design” and create a poster/handout/whatever using text, graphics, etc. That is what I did here…. I make things like this all of the time for YW advertising on our FB group, etc. Easy to do, and if you want to print them out, its relatively inexpensive to have them printed as photos at any photo place. I always order online from Walgreens (I’m not affiliated with Walgreens) and use a Walgreens online photo coupon code (that I find by doing a search online) and it ends up being a great deal. Much cheaper than printing at home, cutting, pasting, using a ton of ink, etc.
We mailed or hand-delivered to each parent, leader, and YW. I also send copies to other invited guests (our Stake YW Presidency, etc).
(Pink hearts were added to this photo to cover the name of the ward)
Young Women in Excellence 2014
“Be Who You Were MINT To Be”
Conducting: (Laurel President if you have one)
Pianist: (a YW if possible)
Chorister: (a YW if possible)
Opening Song: “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go,” hymn 270
Opening Prayer: (a YW if possible)
Introduction to the Personal Progress program: (YW President)

Speaker: “How PersonalProgress is blessing my life” (a YW who is working on PP)

Speaker: “How I Stay Motivated to do Personal Progress” (a YW who is working on PP or has completed it)

Speaker: “Be Who You Were MINT (meant) to be” (our new Stake YWPresident spoke, but anyone could do this)

Bishopric Remarks: (the Bishop or member of Bishopric)

(Presentation of Jars)
Closing Prayer & Blessing on Refreshments: (a YW if possible)
-Refreshments & Viewing of Display Tables-
(The program took less than 45 minutes – it was perfect. The rest of the evening was spent eating refreshments and viewing the display tables that the girls had set up)
A week before YWIE, I contacted all of the YW leaders and mothers (and current YW who have earned their medallion) and asked them to please wear their medallion (old style or new style) to this event if possible. On the night of YWIE, we set up 10 extra chairs in two rows in the front of the cultural hall (near the podium we had set up). These seats were kept empty until I stood up to do my schpeel about the Personal Progress program. At that time, I invited all women (current YW, mothers, leaders, guests, etc) who had earned their medallion to sit in the “Personal Progress Beehive” (similar to the “Eagles Nest” that is a custom at Eagle Scout Court of Honors). It didn’t matter if they had their medallion with them or not. This is the first time we’ve done anything like this, and I didn’t tell anyone we were doing it, not even my Counselors. Some looked surprised, some laughed – I was worried that some Scouters might be offended by it, but I think it went well. I explained that we wanted to do something special to honor those who had worked so hard to complete this program. The members of the “Personal Progress Beehive” (which included current YW, Ward YW Leaders, Stake YW Leaders, and mothers of current YW) sat in these special seats for the remainder of the program.

TAKE HOME GIFT – “What we think of you” Jars:
Our Secretary came up with the idea to have each young man write what they thought of each individual YW and give them all these compliments as a gift. At first, it may kind of sound like this was a “my worth = what boys think of me” thing, but it was actually a really positive and uplifting experience. Some of the YW had commented that their parents “have to” say that they’re talented, pretty, smart, etc, but thats not what other really people think. We wanted them to know how much they are respected, valued, and appreciated by others. It wasn’t a “boy” thing, it was more of an “other youth in the ward who aren’t going be getting a jar” thing – which left only the boys! (PS- We actually added some compliments from the YW leaders as well, so it wasn’t ALL boys)

She bought jars, mint candy, green burlap fabric, and brown ribbon. She made a LOT of little envelopes with coordinating paper, and a label with each girl’s name… You could probably save a lot of time by buying small pre-made envelopes or even tiny cards with envelopes We had to keep this whole project a surprise, so the girls didn’t know what was coming. We wanted each of them to take home a whole jar of uplifting, positive ideas that would (hopefully) boost their self-esteem and help them realize their worth and potential.

Besides assembling the jars themselves, this project required some significant behind-the-scenes planning and work. Several weeks ago, we asked the YM leaders to help us by having the YM write a short phrase or sentence about what they admire/like about each YW (they did this during part of a Mutual activity). We knew that this project would require some pre-screening (we didn’t want anything negative, snarky, anything that would give away their identity -like inside jokes- or any iffy “you’re hot” type comments)…we explained to the YM that all the YW leaders, the girls (and likely their parents) would see these comments, so they need to be positive. Also, their identities would be kept anonymous, so they wouldn’t have to worry about being teased, embarrassed, etc.

I made a spread-sheet with each YW’s name in one column and a space to write something about her next to it. They gave a copy to each YM. Most of the YM said things like, “She’s friendly”, “Nice smile”, “Great at sports”, “Good example to classmates”, “Welcoming to new people”, or “Plans really fun activities”. It was actually (surprisingly) pretty non-superficial. We’ve recently had a ward reorganization, so one issue that the YM leaders ran into was that some of the boys didn’t know some of the newer girls and some of the new (younger) boys didn’t know any of the girls by name. It might be helpful to do this after a get-to-know-you activity, or at least have some photos of the YW available so that you can point them out. If they really didn’t know anything about the person OR didn’t have anything nice to say, they were asked to just leave that space blank. Some spaces were left blank, but it evened out overall.

They had the YM write everything on their own copy of the spreadsheet (no YM names were used so we didn’t know who said what) and then I re-wrote their comments on the actual slips of paper we were going to use. This was mostly because we weren’t sure what the hand-writing situation was going to be and we wanted them to be nice :) My daughter later pointed out that re-writing every compliment in my own hand-writing made it impossible for her and her friends to figure out who had said what about them (she was hoping to be able to outsmart us by recognizing the handwriting of classmates) :) You could also type up each comment if you wanted.

Some of the YW leaders wrote compliments for the YW as well. You could expand this to include notes from parents, the Bishopric, Seminary teachers, etc. Since there are no names, they don’t ever find out who wrote what! We also included several envelopes that contained scriptures about worth, etc.

We asked the YM to please keep this whole thing a surprise, and to MY surprise, I don’t think any of the YW knew what they were getting! At the end of the program, our Secretary got up and explained what their gifts were about and while we passed them out she asked that they wait until they get home to open their jars. I think they all waited, but every single girl was clutching her jar like it was the HOLY GRAIL! When the YM saw some of the YW with their jars, they even seemed excited – “Are those for that project we did?!?!?!”

We did all of the refreshments to match the mint theme (mostly chocolate-mint). We also served mint-lime water.

We kept it simple this year. I put some decorative items (a photo collage, a picture of Christ, a statue of Moroni, some framed quotes about Personal Progress, our YW plaque, and a photo of the 3 girls who have earned their Honor Bee). We tried to keep everything in the brown/green/white/gold color scheme. I even had the photos of the girls printed in “sepia” tone so that they coordinated! I didn’t get a photo of the whole table because by the time I got to the table (which also held the refreshments), it was already a chocolate-mint massacre! :)

The highlight of the night is always after the program, when all of the parents and leaders get to go around and see all of the young women’s display tables. We set out a large round table (they seat 8 people, we use them for ward dinners, etc) for each YW to decorate with Personal Progress projects, Personal Progress awards, and other items that represent their accomplishments/hobbies/interests for the year. Some girls bring t-shirts from Girls Camp/EFY/Youth Conference, sports jerseys, ballet shoes, sewing projects, honor roll certificates, baked goods, collections, photography projects, dance photos, varsity letters, art projects… you name it, they displayed it! Again, I was having too much fun to remember to take photos, but if you look under the “Young Women in Excellence” label on the right side of this blog, you can see my past blogs about YWIE and there are some photos available there. The basic idea is that all of the girls get to display their accomplishments, whether or not they have chosen to participate in Personal Progress.

It was our biggest turnout ever, and most enjoyable YWIE that I’ve ever been a part of! Hooray!

Source:: LDS Young Women Activity Ideas and More!

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Group wall post by Cheryl Elliott Belnap

By Cheryl Elliott Belnap

Cheryl Elliott Belnap


I just came up with a clever (I think) way of pairing kids up. Write sm scripture references and key words on individual post it notes and stick one under each chair. The kids locate their post it note and then have to find the mate to what’s written on their note. They become partners for what ever you are pairing them up for. Also we were in D&C 24 & 26 today and I had the kids trace their right hand on the chalkboard and write one thing they would do to better sustain our prophet- wish I had thought to put it on paper so it was lasting. But the kids liked it.

Karen Elizabeth


Very clever!!

Debbie Reynolds


❤️ this

Donna Marsh


Good idea!

Source:: LDS Seminary Teacher Group

Life sized PAC MAN combined activity


For a recent combined activity, we needed to make decorations for a dance we were hosting the following weekend, but we knew it wouldn’t take the entire time and wanted to have something fun to look forward to after the work was done…

We decided on a Life-Sized Pac-Man game!

I originally saw the idea on a youth-group website, but I couldn’t find any real instructions on how to actually set it up or clear rules on how to play, so I just made it up. Feel free to adjust to your own needs.

While everyone else worked on the decorations in another room, I asked two of the YM leaders and a few of the youth to start setting up the maze for the game in the cultural hall (gym). I gave them a simplified version of the game layout to use as a guide (something like this photo below):

I think they adapted it a bit, which was totally fine (using actual chairs is a little different than drawing a straight line!) It just needs to be some sort of maze with at least a few entrances/exits. They used ALL the chairs from our table/chair storage room and the chapel overflow. It was AWESOME!
We used white lids (that I already had) from the dry-pack cannery as the power-pellets. You could use frisbees or paper plates instead. Pellets were distributed around the maze before each round.
I made “ghost” signs for the 2 people who volunteered to be the ghosts, so the audience could tell who was who! Once the game starts, its sort of a frenzy!
Pac-Man and the ghosts (we had 2, you could add more) all started in the middle. We gave Pac-Man a 5-second head-start, then the ghosts could leave the center and start pursuing Pac-Man.

The object was for Pac-Man to collect all 6 Power-Pellets without being tagged by a ghost. The Power-Pellets did not give Pac-Man special powers or immunity. Instead, we placed 1 special (striped) pellet in the maze that Pac-Man could use for immunity for 1 “tag”. The striped pellet did not count as one of the 6 pellets that they had to collect to win. This is different than the game of course, but had to make some adjustments for real-life!

ADDITIONAL RULES (for safety):

1. Nobody can jump over or reach across/under rows to tag (or grab pellets). Must stay in the “lanes”
2. Pac-Man can walk quickly (we found running to be surprisingly dangerous), but ghosts MUST walk slowly (Frankenstein style).

Fun activity, everyone got a chance to be Pac-Man and/or a ghost a couple of times. No cost, easy to do, and different!

Source:: LDS Young Women Activity Ideas and More!

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Young Women Meeting Agenda

By Kristin

I’ve got another young women planning document to share with you! I revamped our presidency agenda, and turned it into an editable pdf. Download the pdf, then open in Adobe Acrobat. You can then click in any section of the agenda to input your agenda information. Hope this is a helpful tool for you. Download below:

YW Presidency Meeting Agenda – editable

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