Over the past 12 years of being in this congregation I have watched our group of Young Women change! About 10 years ago I was in charge of the program and we had a handful of girls, many of whom were not particularly interested in what I had to say. The parents were not able to be the most supportive of our program, so it was very difficult. I often wondered what it would look like/be like when Phoebz finally entered.
I am so pleased to say that it has grown and their are many supportive families that have daughters in the program and Phoebz is over the moon to be a part of it! I confess my emotions are sitting very close to the surface. She had her first conference for 12 and 13 year olds in which I was asked to present on the topic of Modesty. They began by showing this video that featured a song with the same title as the Young Women/Young Men theme for the year. I was just a puddle.
Last week the Young Women kidnapped her from Primary and took her to Young Women!
Yesterday afternoon they kidnapped her and had a surprise birthday celebration/lunch for her birthday!
Last night we had New Beginnings. Each girl gave a talk representing the values of Young Women, which are: Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice & Accountability, Virtue & Integrity. Each has a corresponding color and many of the girls dressed in that color. Then they ended with a musical number. Afterwards our Bishop stood up holding his little blonde 3-year-old daughter and I totally lost it. MY BABY!
I am so happy she is happy in this program. I can't believe how much it means to me as the Mom, that twice a week teenage girls are going to get together and talk about God and setting goals and making choices in their life to help them find a good husband and create a wonderful family some day! Once again, this has all snuck up on me!