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Carrie writes, "I just wanted to post our last Young Women in Excellence, because it was amazing and came together so nicely.  My Personal progress leader gave a wonderful talk about how all the things in a sewing kit can be compared to the gospel (see below).  I love these creative ladies!! Our laurel president also came up a bunch of ideas, the one that turned out the best was having the girls each dress up as one of the projects they did and then one by one they would get up say what they I am dressed after the value of ...... I did this project....I learned.....I am patterning my life after personal progress then she would pin the card had that had all her information on it on a cute bulletin board that had a picture of Christ in the middle.

The pictures and information below is from Cassy's website who is the mastermind behind it.  The theme was "Sew perfectly dressed, pattern your life after personal progress."

ADDITIONAL NOTE by Melanie - Here is a helpful website to making the chocolates as seen in the photos below.

PERSONAL PROGRESS LEADER'S TALK - "When I was an 8th grader my mom thought an important skill for me to learn was how to sew. She told me I had to sew my dress I would wear for 8th grade graduation. It was a big deal at my junior high what dress you wore and now my mom told me I had to sew it. I was a little worried. I picked out a pattern, and her friend helped me pick out material and she helped me sew the dress. I ended up really liking the dress and was proud of my accomplishment. I think my momʼs friend did more of the sewing than I did and I know my momʼs attempt of teaching me the skill of sewing was not successful, but I did learn important lessons.  Each one of us is unique. Just as a dress is unique, we are unique.  Jeffery R. Holland stated, "I want you to be proud you are a woman. I want you to feel the reality of what that means, to know who you truly are. You are literally a spirit daughter of heavenly parents with a divine nature and an eternal destiny.  That surpassing truth should be fixed deep in your soul and be fundamental to every decision you make as you grow into mature womanhood. There could never be a greater authentication of your dignity, your worth, your privileges, and your promise. Your Father in Heaven knows your name and knows your circumstance. He hears your prayers. He knows your hopes and dreams, including your fears and frustrations. And He knows what you can become through faith in Him."  Be a woman of Christ. Cherish your esteemed place in the sight of God. He needs you. This Church needs you.  The world needs you. A womanʼs abiding trust in God and unfailing devotion to things of the Spirit have always been an anchor when the wind and the waves of life were fiercest. I say to you what the Prophet Joseph said more than 150 years ago: “If you live up to your privileges, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates.” All of this is to try to tell you how your Father in Heaven feels about you and what He has designed for you to become. And if for a time any of you are less visionary than this or seem bent on living beneath your privilege, then we express even greater love for you and plead with you to make your teenage years a triumph, not a tragedy. Fathers and mothers, prophets and apostles have no motive except to bless your life and to spare you every possible heartache we can spare you.  With me tonight I brought my sewing box that my mother-in-law gave me. I have used the contents of this box to do simple mending--to mend the tear in my childʼs favorite blanket, or to mend on the missing arm to a favorite stuffed animal that we could not live without. I have used the tools in this box to help my child. Like this sewing box, your Father in Heaven is there to mend and wipe away the tears. He has blessed you with so many tools to guide you in life so that you can be “sew beautiful.” Imagine I give you some material and ask you to make me a skirt. You have no thread, needles, pins, patterns. What would be the end result be--I gave my daughter the task today to make me a skirt and this was the end result--I can tell it is a skirt and it has a lot of cute aspects and the duct tape was creative to put it together, but imagine I give her a pattern and tools, needles, threads, a sewing machine--the end result would be far different--this is a skirt that was made by my mother-in-law for my daughter. Life is the same. Personal Progress is like a pattern. Each value makes up a piece of who we are--helps us to be beautiful--not from a worldly perspective, but a divine perspective. We have needle threaders to help us with the difficult task of threading a needle--sometimes we have to try a few times to get the needle threaded. You have been blessed with parents and leaders that are willing to help you just as the needle threader helps. The stitching of the garment is important. It is line upon line, precept upon precept. It is important to not skip steps. That is the same with life. We take it one stitch at a time. As we complete our personal progress experiences and projects that is a step closer at helping us achieve goals and developing our divine nature, realizing our individual worth, increasing our faith and knowledge, doing good works to share our beauty with those around us, and becoming that woman of virtue and integrity. Sometimes we mess up the stitches, but we have a seam ripper to help us repair the mistake. Sometimes we may have to redo a part over and over, but we have a Savior and as many times as we need to correct our mistakes He is there. A dress may use different material, a different color of thread, garnished differently, but each one of us is unique and blessed with different talents and gifts, but each of us uniquely beautiful.  Today I discovered a song that reminded me of our young women--You are a daughter of a Heavenly Father and you are beautiful to him. The chorus of the song goes ʻCause I define myself and find my beauty in the light He gives, Iʼm refined by His divine intentions every day I live. It doesnʼt matter what the world believes or what they say that the beauty means it will come from within. I want to be beautiful to him.  You are beautiful women and tonight you are dressed “sew” perfectly.  Pattern your life after personal progress and ultimately the Savior, and you will be blessed. You are a daughter of God and He loves you. I want to personally thank you for sharing your beauty with me. I have been touched by you. You are beautiful to Him."


Cassy writes, "The big night has past! We had a successful Young Women in Excellence....  First the theme was finalized.  It was "Sew Perfectly Dressed...Pattern Your Life After Personal Progress."  Then we started collecting and preparing, what a big job that was. We made cake stands and flags, collected ironing boards and recovered them, irons, sewing machines, sewing notions, jars, patterns, the list could go on and on...


At the last minute we made flavored chocolates out of a sewing molds and bags and tags for the favors. They turned out sew yummy and cute! Pink {Bubble gum} Purple {grape} Blue {blueberry} White {pina colada} Green {apple}.


At last we decorated the Relief Society room and made cupcakes!





Look at these BEAUTIFUL girls!  To show off the projects the did for Personal Progress the girls dressed up in an outfit that showed off what they had accomplished. During the program they stood in a line in the front of the room and each said... I am dressed sew perfectly in {value the chose}. I used {value} to pattern my life by {experience the did}. I learned..........  It was "SEW" fun! The girls loved it and that made all the time and effort put in worth it!"

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