In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon),
girls at the age of twelve enter into the Young Women program (YW).
The purpose of YW's is for girls to develop a relationship with
Jesus Christ, prepare for her future roles, and keep her covenants with God.
Another really great thing about YW's is a program called Personal Progress
which gives her opportunities to develop her skills,
grow, stretch, and learn to become leaders.
Young Women who enter in the program are challenged physically,
mentally and spiritually to find ways to understand who Christ is,
and how they can rely on Him and His example.
They find out more about themselves as daughters of a loving and almighty God.
They make goals for themselves, for their futures, and for their families.
The Young Women program is for girls ages 12-18 which means
they have six years to complete the program.
Some girls finish right away, and some take all six years to complete (like me).
I told Claire and Jane (Lottie too!), that Christian and
I expect them to achieve this honor by the time they are 16.
and tonight we honored Jane who completed hers.
(She turns 16 in February).
She will also be recognized in church on Sunday.
Jane has kept a very concise and beautiful journal full of entries
that record her feelings and her goals and how she accomplished them.
She complied and collected names of ancestors to know more about who she is,
where she came from, and is able to connect with
them and complete temple ordinances.
I am so proud of my Jane Bug!
I wanted the girls to have something nice from me and Christian
once they have completed the program.
We decided to commission my brother-in-law Andrew to make "name necklaces".
These beautiful necklaces are solid gold and sit on a dainty chain.
I hope when my girls wear their necklaces and see their name,
they remember what they have accomplished to always remember His name.
You can learn more about the Personal Progress Program HERE
(BTW: you don't have to be a member of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
-Andrew Beesley Studio HERE