Young women of the Ipoh (Singapore) Branch increased their faith as they participated in the branch’s first-ever New Beginnings program. Each young woman prepared a personal exhibit featuring her photograph and testimony of faith, and shared a message based on the Young Women values. Seventy branch members, investigators, family members, and friends of the young women shared in this historic branch event.
“Knowing I am a daughter of God and that I have inherited divine qualities gives me a firm foundation for my existence and purpose here on earth,” said a young woman of the Aua First Ward at the ward’s New Beginnings program. Dressed in the colors of the Young Women values, these girls of American Samoa demonstrated their divine nature as they shared their testimonies, musical talents, and achievements in Personal Progress.
As part of the general Young Women worldwide celebration, the young women of the Salt Lake Utah Tongan Stake built their integrity as they dedicated each day of one week to living a Young Women value. Activities of the week included a fireside on families, a special family home evening, a “family compliment and gratitude” day, a “read to me” day, a “choose the right” day, a “family service” day, and a talent show. For the fireside, the Young Women dressed in traditional Tongan attire in the colors of the YW values. The celebration week strengthened the girls’ testimonies and their resolve to do what is right.
When the Gonzales family of the Santa Maria (California) First Ward decided to visit their homeland of Argentina, young women in the ward wanted to do something to strengthen feelings of individual worth in their Argentine sisters. They wrote letters, made scripture bookmarks, and beaded YW value-colored friendship bracelets for young women in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sister Gonzales delivered the gifts to the young women of the Ramos Mejia Ward, who in turn sent letters and candy to the young women in California. Girls in both countries realized that the gospel and the Young Women values are the same no matter where you go.
Like other young women all around the world, young women of the Gilbert (Arizona) Houston Ward, the Oakley (Utah) First Ward, and the Lone Mountain Ward in Las Vegas, Nevada, were heavily involved in good works as they identified hundreds of ancestors that needed temple ordinances performed for them. As the girls were baptized for their ancestors at the Arizona, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake Temples, they truly felt their hearts turned to their families.
As part of the Farmington (Utah) Tenth Ward girls’ camp, young women literally learned homemaking skills as they built a playhouse which they later donated to a center for abused children.
Young women of the Roseville Ward, Anoka (Minnesota) Stake, increased their knowledge of their family history by making a porcelain doll that represented an ancestor and writing the life story of that ancestor.
In the Lodi (California) Third Ward, when the bishop asked ward members to increase their knowledge about food storage and preparedness, the young women of the ward decided to learn to bake their own bread. Together with their mothers, the girls made flat breads, yeast breads, croissants, cinnamon rolls, scones, round loaves, and Greek braided bread. Part of each girl’s bread was shared at an activity night, and part was donated to the Salvation Army.
Choice and Accountability
When it comes to choosing modest attire, young women of the Kaysville (Utah) Crestwood Stake learned that there are plenty of great options. The young women put on a fashion show for each other, modeling prom dresses that followed guidelines found in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet.