Instant Messages


Prayer of Thanks

Cam H., Idaho, USA

One day my dad and I were trying to lead one of our cows into a trailer so we could take her to a sale. She did not want to cooperate, though, and she ended up jumping the fence. We began to lose all hope of getting her in the trailer as we watched her trot into the center of our neighbor’s cattle herd.

As I walked toward the herd, I said a silent prayer that we would be able to lead her back into our pasture without startling the other cattle. Almost immediately after I said this prayer, our cow separated from the herd and jumped the fence back into our field.

Later that day as we ate dinner, my dad shared this experience with the rest of our family. He explained that he had been praying that everything would go well so our family could make some money from the cow. I smiled and told him that I had done the same thing.

I will never forget his next words. He looked me in the eyes and asked, “Did you thank your Heavenly Father?” I thought about it and realized that I had not. That night I said a prayer of thanks. I thanked Him for answering my prayers, for my family, and for my dad, who is such a great example to me.

Sharing with My Family

Mahandrisoa R., Madagascar

When I started reading the Fulfilling My Duty to God booklet, I felt that many duties were waiting for me. Although I only recently decided to read, apply, and share what is written in this booklet, it has already influenced my spirituality. Using Duty to God helps me grow and become a little better. Before using this booklet, I had never taught or testified of the gospel to my family. After reading and applying what was written in the booklet, I started finding opportunities to teach and testify to my family.

I also made up my mind to attend all of my seminary classes this year. I have been strengthened, and I have made a goal to do the steps in Duty to God. I am grateful to Heavenly Father that I am a member of the Church. I know that the prophet, who leads the Church, helps young men draw closer to God through this priesthood service. Fulfilling My Duty to God has been a blessing to my family and me.

Love for Temple Work

Kymira J., Utah, USA

For a long time in Primary, I wanted to go inside the temple and do baptisms for the dead. So when I became a Beehive, I couldn’t wait to get started. The first time I went was on my 12th birthday. My dad took me to the Ogden Utah Temple, where we did the baptisms and confirmations. I felt the Spirit so strongly, and I didn’t want the feeling to leave.

I decided that for a Personal Progress experience, I wanted to do my family history. A kind sister from my ward taught me how to use the FamilySearch program. I then searched for names with my mom, and every time I saw a green arrow pointing to the temple, I squealed with delight—it meant we’d found another name to submit to the temple for temple work!

My mother and I just went to the temple to do six of the baptisms. Temple workers said they had more names for us to do if we’d like to do them. I was overjoyed! My mom and I did at least 12 baptisms each. I felt the Spirit and always will when I go to the temple.

Personal Progress and Family History

You can participate in family history for several projects in Personal Progress, including the following:

  • Faith value project, bullet 3

  • Individual Worth value experience 6

  • Individual Worth value project, bullet 1

  • Good Works value project, bullet 3

Learn More about FamilySearch

Discover how you can use the online FamilySearch program to easily prepare names for temple ordinances by visiting youth.lds.org and clicking on “Youth and Family History.” You’ll find video tutorials and stories from other youth who are doing their family history.