Celebrating Birthdays
by Rebecca Goodro

Hey, just wanted to pass along my latest Young Women creation.  I decided that these would be a birthday gift from the Young Women leaders.  When the girls turn 12, they'll get the personal progress kit.  When they turn 14, they'll get the dance kit.  And when they turn 16, they'll get the date kit.  Then for the off birthdays 13,15,17 the counselor and adviser of that girl will take care of her birthday in whatever way they want.  This has been so successful in our ward and the girls really look forward to these meaningful gifts at these important ages rather then cupcakes and balloons each year.

Click here for printable cards to go along with these birthday boxes from the Idea Door.

An example of the Personal Progress Kit


Personal Progress Book

Personal Progress Journal






Book of Mormon charm bracelet

Young Women Value Card


Some Suggestions for working on Personal Progress:

1.    Find some quiet time (Sunday is a great day)

2.    Don't get overwhelmed (work on one goal at a time)

3.    Talk to your parents for suggestions & support

4.    Share with your Young Women leaders your concerns and your successes.

5.    Keep your book "out" so it's just something your always working on.

6.    Use the Post-Its to always have your current goal in front of you.

7.    Don't just pick the "easiest" goal to get done quickly.  Choose things that interest you, and will help better YOU as a person.


Always remember what the actual purpose of doing Personal Progress is:  To help you to "Come unto  Christ" (Moroni 10:32) and to more fully learn of your Divine Nature.

An example of the First Dance Kit



Strength of Youth

YW Value Card


Lip Gloss

Nail Polish




Some Suggestions For Church Dances:

1.  Get ready for the dance...Take a shower, brush your teeth, hair & makeup is always nice.

2.  Don't forget what the approved dress standards are when choosing your outfit. You don't want the embarrassment of being asked to go home and change. And you don't want the guy dancing with you to feel uncomfortable because of the questionable outfit that you somehow justified.

3.  Go with a friend but don't be joined at the hip.  No guy is going to interrupt the highly intense conversation that you seem to be having with your girlfriend every time he walks by you.

4.  Never say "NO" to a guy who had the courage to walk over and ask you to dance in the first place. (A song lasts approximately 3 minutes, it's not THAT bad).

5.  Know your standards (For the Strength of Youth)

6.  Don't forget your dance card


An example of the First Date Kit  


1.  Life Savers- "If sadness occurs because you have no date, take one of these before it's too late"

2.  Hershey's Kisses- "If you're feeling an urge for a kiss, we recommend that you splurge on this!"

3.  Tic Tacs- "Tic Tac Tic Tok"  Don't forget to watch the clock.  (Be home on time)"

4.  Gum- "NEVER have bad breath, that's just good advice"

5.  Baskin Robins spoon- "Try all the flavors before you decide on your favorite. (Avoid steady dating)"

6.  Nail Grooming Kit- "To avoid starting the date off stressed, allow enough time for yourself to get ready and dressed."

7.  Young Women Value Card


Use as directed...


1. Make sure you have a cell phone or enough change for a pay phone.

2. Know what kind of activity he has planned before you say yes (and dress appropriately).

3. Know your standards.  Review "For the Strength of Youth" often.

4. Know what time you are supposed to be home, and tell him before the date begins.

5. Remember who you are and Have Fun!


This page was  last  updated: 
  November 15,  2006


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