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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Stake Leadership YW Training

So if you have been keeping up with me on the Facebook page (if you haven't liked it...go do it now by clicking on the icon on the right hand side!!!) you would have seen where I attended our YW training with the theme/focus on "PURSE"onal Progress. Here is a picture of what the invitations looked like....

The stake YW presidency started off the night with a story (that   was told at the April conference this year...a copy of it was also included in our little purses that you will see a bit later down) by Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apolostles. It is as follows:

"When I was recentlyassigned to a conference in the Mission Viejo California Stake, I was touched by an account of their four-stake New Year's Eve youth dance. Follwing the dance, a purse was found with no outside identification. I share with you part of what Sister Monica Sedgwick, the YW president in the Laguna Niguel stake, recorded: 'We didn't want to pry; this was someone's personal stuff! So we gingerly opened it and grabbed the first thing that was on top-hopefully, it would identify her. It did, but in another way- it was a For the Strength of Youth pamphelt. Wow! This told us something about her. Then we reached in for the next item, a little notebook. Surely this would give us answers, but not the kind we were expecting. The first page was a list of favorite scriptures and personal notes.

The sisters immediately wanted to meet this stalwart young woman. They returned to that purse to identify its owner. They pulled out the some breath mints, soap, lotion, and a brush. I loved their comments: "Oh, good things come out of her mouth; she has clean and soft hands; and she takes care of herself." They eagerly awaited the next treasure. Out came a clever little homemade coin purse made from a cardboard juice carton, and there was some moneyin a zippered pocket. They exclaimed, "Ahh, she's creative and prepared!" They felt like little children on Christmas morning. What they pulled out next surprised them even more: a recipe for Black Forest chocolate cake and a note to make the cake for a friend's birthday. The almost screamed, "She's a HOMEMAKER! Thoughtful and service minded."
Then, yes, finally some identification. The youth leaders said they felt greatly blessed "to observe the quiet example of a young lade living the gospel."

This account illustrates the commitment of our young women to Church standards. It is also an example of caring, interested, dedicated Young Women leaders all over the world. They are incredible!"

Once that story was read, time was turned over to some of the YW leaders of the various wards to tell the rest of us some ideas that they have done to get their girls motivated in doing their personal progress, such as making it fun, holding a drawing where each girl who completes and experience gets to write her name on a paper and they draw out a name who wins some sort of prize, involving chocolate and pj's with personal progress, etc.

Then the other counselor in our ward was asked to give a presentation to inform all those who don't know that personal progress is now available on the internet, she gave us a walk through on what all you can do and the process that the girls (and leaders) go through to submit and approve their experience and projects. (if you havent checked it can click on the picture of the YW Medallion on the right hand side and it will take you directly to the website!)

Then of course their were closing words by a member of our Stake Presidency and then refreshments. At the end, our stake YW leaders gave each of us our own little purse that includes a 5x7 card of the YW theme, a sticker of the YW torch, the FSOY pamphlet, a copy of that story listed above on pink paper, and a tissue with some mints. SUPER CUTE!!! SEE THE PICTURES BELOW!!!

Email if you would like information on how to make this purse. I will be honest I don't have the actual pattern but I can send you some information on where to find it or provide you with a pdf that is is similiar to this purse @

*UPDATE* Click HERE to be taken to another cute idea on how to do this!

*UPDATE 10/24* Click HERE to be taken to the website to see a great video of this story!

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