Personal Progress: Perfected in Him

May 11, 2010

May 2010: A study of INTEGRITY

Filed under: Integrity,Personal Progress Chat — by asacredwork @ 11:29 am

First, a nod to our recent celebration of Mothers. This video from lds.org reminded me to see beyond the surface of motherhood (diapers, dishes, and dirt) to the true duties of mothers (difficult decisions, dependability, and direction). There’s more to be learned from this video, too: that our mortal lives have meaning, that suffering can bring us closer to God than any other circumstance, that families are all-important, and that living with integrity has nothing to do with image.

Integrity is our focus for the month of May, and I’m very excited about the opportunity this presents:

The three required achievements for this value all work together! With a little overlap into June, we should all be able to sign off all three of them. I’m eager to give out some Values Basket goodies!

  • 1. Integrity is the willingness and desire to live by our beliefs and standards. Read Moroni 10:30–33 and think about what it means to “deny yourselves of all ungodliness.” Read the pamphlet For the Strength of Youth. Reflect on how the Lord’s standards differ from the world’s standards. Record in your journal appropriate standards for behavior, dress, and conversation, as well as literature, movies, television, Internet, music, cell phones, and other media. Also write your plan to stay morally clean and worthy to attend the temple. After keeping your standards for at least one month, record your feelings in your journal and continue to keep your commitment.   I’d like to add to this: sum up your journal entry in the comments section below. What stood out to you from among the standards that is strikingly different from what the world teaches?
  • 2. Conduct a self-assessment of your personal integrity. Ask yourself the following questions: Do I avoid gossip, inappropriate jokes, swearing and profanity, and being light-minded about sacred subjects? Am I completely truthful, morally clean, honest, dependable, and trustworthy in my schoolwork and other activities? Pray daily for strength and for the guidance of the Holy Ghost to help you live with integrity. Write in your journal the things you can do to improve your personal integrity and at least one new habit you want to develop. If it’s not too personal, and if you feel so-inclined, share your new goal/habit in the comments section below.

Joseph: an Example of Integrity

  • 3. The Savior is the perfect example of integrity; He did what He promised the Father He would do. Read 3 Nephi 11:10–11. Study the lives of other individuals in the scriptures who lived with integrity. ReadGenesis 39; the book of Esther; Job 2:327:3–6Daniel 3 and 6; Acts 26Doctrine and Covenants 124:15; and Joseph Smith—History 1:21–25. In your journal identify the ways these people demonstrated integrity. Think of a time when you had the courage to show integrity, especially when it was not easy or popular. Share your experience and your feelings about it in a testimony meeting or lesson or with a parent or leader.I hope you will choose to share this with your parents, since that is a special relationship. But you are also welcome to share your testimony here!

    Integrity means acting on belief

    Oh goody! I get to be the first to comment:

    To me, Integrity is very important. It is mentioned in my patriarchal blessing as something I should aspire to, so it’s something I’ve done a bit of research on, as well. What I found was that integrity comes from the same root as the word “integral“, parts of a whole. When God is asking us to have integrity, He is really asking us to be whole. Wholeness comes from our hearts being unified with His purposes, with what we know to be true and right and good. A house divided cannot stand, and a heart divided hasn’t a chance, either. To be whole, I need to act every day in a manner consistent with the standards I know are right.

    For me, that includes not watching tv shows with a compelling premise– because of their gratuitous violence or immorality. It includes stepping away from my computer to build a “house” out of blocks with Sam, and pulling out our children’s Bible to read to two fussy kids–who would rather I didn’t. It includes telling my husband every day that I love him, that I appreciate him; it also includes demonstrating that love by doing the dishes, baking his favorite bread, and giving him a huge hug when he comes home from work. Most of all, it includes closing my eyes in fervent prayer to my Heavenly Father, and cracking open the sometimes intimidating tome of my quadruple combination scriptures to study His words.

    Integrity takes courage. It takes discipline. It takes presence of mind and heart together. These are not easy things to provide. But that’s why striving for integrity can make me a better person.

    I love Personal Progress because it gives us the opportunity to look at our lives as they stand, to find the chinks in our armor, and to fortify them against our great enemy. He doesn’t want women with integrity. It would be his undoing. He wants women who falter under pressure from worldly role models, women who indulge in selfish pursuits, and women who justify, justify, justify, rather than follow the promptings of our Father.

    You girls are an inspiration to me as you go about working, learning, and teaching each other by example. I’m looking forward to your stories.

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May 5, 2010

Values Basket: Integrity

Filed under: Personal Progress Chat — by asacredwork @ 6:55 pm
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Purple, the color of Integrity

Introducing, the Values Basket. May is the month of Integrity, so I’ll be focusing on that for the blog. That doesn’t mean you can’t work on other values. By all means, set your own goals, too! But this way we can feature specific goals to work on separately or together. The Values Basket will come to church on Wednesdays and Sundays to reward ladies who complete Personal Progress goals. So bring your books, come ready to report your progress, and YE SHALL BE REWARDED!  🙂

We’ll talk more about Integrity in the coming weeks. Looking forward to seeing you all tonight. I think you are fabulous. And Heavenly Father does, too.

April 23, 2010

Welcome, Personal Progress Ladies!

Filed under: Personal Progress Chat — by asacredwork @ 3:51 am
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Welcome to our own Personal Progress blog!

I’ve met most of you, but for those who don’t know me yet, I’m Sister Lantz. I’m the lady who sits near the front of the chapel during Sacrament meeting and takes her kids in and out ad nauseum.

I am very excited to get to know each of you as we work together toward the goals you choose to set. Personal Progress is just that: personal. I hope you will each find and create projects that are both enjoyable and helpful to you in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Let me tell you a little bit about my experience with Personal Progress. The program was a little different a few years back, and I was required to complete four Laurel projects, which were similar to the guys’ Eagle projects. One that I chose had to do with recording family history. I took the strips out of a journal jar I had been given in Young Women’s and copied down several of the questions, like:

-Who taught you how to drive?

-What was your favorite class in school?

I adapted some of them so they would all be appropriate to ask my grandmother. Then I took a tape recorder to her house and interviewed her like a reporter (I wanted to be a reporter, so this was perfect for me). I found out things like her favorite joke; who made her wedding dress, and what was her favorite thing about that dress; why did she get her doctoral degree in music, and was she nervous during the oral presentation; what was her favorite thing about my grandpa (who had passed away); and what did she remember most about my mom as a child.

It was fun at the time.

Now it is treasured.

My grandma lives with my parents now, and she has severe dementia. The doctors think it is Alzheimer’s Disease. While visiting a few years ago, I found the little booklet I wrote up with all her answers to those questions. I was able to show it to her, to help her remember–just for a little bit–about the life she had lived, and the people who love her. In a moment of clarity, she said to me, “You wrote this, didn’t you?”

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I couldn’t have known as a Laurel what effect that little project would have on me now, and on my grandma for those few moments of cherished clarity.

The projects you do in Young Women’s may seem like a check-off list at first glance. But they all have a deeper purpose, like the symbolism of the Sacrament, or the ceremonies of the temple.

Someday, you will cherish the time you spent pursuing your Young Womanhood Recognition, but only if you commit to it now.

Some of you might enjoy planning it all out in your little booklet (like I did), and others may prefer some help. I’m here for all of you. You can email me at katrina.lantz@gmail.com, befriend me on facebook and twitter, or call me the old fashioned way (#’s in the ward list).

If you open your Personal Progress books, you will see where I found the title for this blog. Behind the vellum print of the Salt Lake City temple is a picture of the Savior, and beneath Him lies the words: Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him. (Moroni 10:32)

That’s the goal of Personal Progress, and of LIFE!

I’m excited to experience the joy of the journey with you.

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