Sunday, July 01, 2012

Young Women - "Be an Example of the Believers"

Today I got to teach the Young Women lesson at church.  It was about being good examples. I feel like the YW in my ward are fantastic examples to people around them, and I am in awe of their strength and examples to me and the other youth they encounter.  I love that!

I feel so blessed to get to work with the Young Women through my new calling.  I am overwhelmed by all there is to do with the program, personal progress, temple trips, girls camp, activities, lessons and the list goes on and on.  But under all of those feelings of being overwhelmed I feel so much love for the girls.  I feel sad when I don't see them at activities or at church, and I feel so happy to see them make good choices!  In fact when I left our class activity this past Tuesday night I left the church FILLED with gratitude for the girls and just loving each of them more than ever.  It wasn't anything amazing that we did, but I felt like I was able to connect in little ways with all of the girls.  It takes slow steps to get to know them and become friends.  I am looking forward to what we accomplish as a presidency and what we see the girls learn. 

I'm also grateful for a Heavenly Father who has a faith and a trust in me that I don't always see in myself.  I am grateful for His plan and the callings within our church that help me to become more of the person He wants me to be.  I'm grateful for a YW program that allows the girls to set goals, make plans for a temple marriage, and hopefully teaches them that they are women of great worth.  I know that my leaders quite literally changed my life, and their examples are ones I still look to for examples of extrordianry women who follow the gospel and inspire me.  That is why I think the YW program is so important!  Often that I think back to YW lessons that taught me that I am a worthwhile daughter of God to remember that I'm still a "Daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me, and I love Him." It is because they helped me to develop that foundation of beliefs that I've been able to turn back to those things I know are true time and time again.

So I am going to work on posting every once in a while on my blog here about our YW activities, and a little more about what we're doing in our family.  I get pulled in a lot of different directions, but I feel like this is a place I can share a piece of my testimony with others and I hope to be able to do that a little more than I have been.

Have a great Sunday!

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