Sunday, December 7, 2008

News flash: Virtue is now the 8th YW Value


The leaders were buzzing about this in the hall today... although the word hadn't gotten to us in time to make the change this week, there is an 8th value: Virtue. This change was made in a First Presidency letter dated Nov 28 and we should change the theme accordingly effective immediately. The letter is not to be read in Sacrament Meeting, I take it, but distributed through P-hood channels and down through ward councils to YW leaders. It's to be said at the end of the current list, and we'll be getting information about adding Virtue projects to Personal Progress to incorporate the value. Its color will be gold.

Based on Melissa's comment to my last post, I gather that other wards knew about this sooner & got a head start on making a big fun deal out of it. We did give out golden ribbons after Sister Dalton's talk on the second Sunday in October and I know our girls have hung them in various places as personal banners to the world. Mine is tied to the visor of my car - it's a wide silk ribbon and my husband says that when he sees it out of the corner of his eye it looks like I stuck a banana peel there. But I like to see it there, even though it doesn't flutter in the wind.
(photo of the General YW presidency from lds.org).

It was funny, one of my Laurels said she was surprised they could change the YW program, just like that. I told her that's the beauty of being in a church based on revelation & inspiration - anything could change at any time. The fact that things usually don't change shouldn't make us complacent that they can't. Not that this is a big change, but it does mean new opportunities, a bit of scrambling, and probably some fumbles in saying the theme for a few weeks. I think it's a good change.

How else will you celebrate the addition of a new value?

And why are we the only place in the Bloggernacle talking about this? (Oh: right, because fMh's post on her talk back in October raked the idea of "virtue" over pretty well already).

19 comments:

  1. I learned about it by serendipity -- I'd forgotten to assign the person I had intended to give the lesson today, so made a desperate visit to lds.org last night to look up the next lesson in the manual, and found the news -- and knew that had to be our lesson.

    The Stake YW counselor visiting our lesson hadn't heard yet, and my Bishop didn't mention anything to me today, so assume he hadn't either (the Stake President, a good friend of mine, was in our ward today and said he had seen it, though).

    I highly recommend using Sister Dalton's talk from October conference in any introductions to the new value -- especially the video if you can. The spirit strongly testified today in our lesson of the inspiration received by this wonderful leader, and of the importance of this new value.

    It does, unfortunately, mean that a lot of the decorations we have gathered together over the years are now out of date!

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  2. This is interesting, thanks for posting. I wonder how virtue will be distinguished from integrity.

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  3. I'm fascinated by this whole thing! I wonder what virtue will mean in this application, I remember quite a bit of discussion around the 'nacle that Sister Dalton was using the term incorrectly. I can't imagine we'll have a whole value based around chastity (What would the value projects look like?), and the larger definition of 'virtue' meaning a general "being good" seems a little redundant in light of the other values. I can't wait to see what this will mean.

    I submitted a manuscript to Deseret Book a while ago based around the values and it was declined. I'm wondering if they get a little heads up. "Psst....you might want to wait a little while before putting out any new YW books. Trust us." Or maybe that's just in my imagination because it makes me feel better. ;)

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  4. reese, sounds like it's aimed at the temple & preparing to be worthy for temple covenants, rather than chastity per se.

    bummer about your book, by the way. Don't give up, just add in the new value and shop it somewhere else. You can always self-publish and sell it here, too!

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  5. also, one of my L's said she thought gold was too similar to yellow. She thinks it's obvious we need a pink value, instead of two yellows. I got a kick out of that.

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  6. WOW! I had absolutely no idea! Pretty exciting... now I have to think about what to do to introduce it and make it exciting for my YW. So I guess we're going to have to add value experiences and a project? Hmmm... I'm having a hard enough time getting my girls to do their PP for SEVEN values! :)

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  7. Wow, I don't think anyone in our ward got a heads up. I'm interested to see what they write about the new virtue. I think the ones we have now are great for providing a guideline for the girls, and I think virtue could be a good addition. By itself, however, it's a pretty vague term, so I'm curious what they are thinking of.

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  8. It's okay by me, but the change reminds me of the stunt of releasing the book "The 8th Habit" from Steven R. Covey. We had the 7 habits. Thank you very much. Then the buzz was over the one more habit to make things complete. I guess I don't see the need. Why not 9 values or 10? I remember reading that the YW presidency at the time discussed making obedience its own value. I'm glad they didn't. Choice & acc works better.

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  9. I know this will come off sounding petty, but chalk it up to unresolved issues over my own YW days... When I was young, way back before the block program, we didn't have YW on Sundays, only Mutual on Wed. Every week, the girls had a regular lesson (usually on chastity or temple marriage) and the boys played basketball. It used to really bug me - I wondered why only the girls needed to hear this stuff. Now, virtue is an important enough value (which it is) to change the YW theme over, but why is talking of virtue not equally important in the boy's theme? It seems like the girls keep getting these lessons and the boys still play basketball... sigh, some things never change.

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  10. Sally, addendum..... The girls are still learning these things, and half of the boys still play basketball, while the other half wander around the halls and try to pick up on the girls.

    I really tire of the incessant, highly visible flirtation between my Mia Maids and the teachers.

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  11. Sally, I hear ya. In my YW days (only 10 years ago) the exact same thing would happen. The girls were always working on something and the boys played basketball in the gym.
    When asked during a game our youth played recently, the boys didn't even know they had a theme, let alone what it was. The girls repeat their theme every week. I guess I just get irritated that the YW (and their leaders) are suppose to do so many things and it's accepted that the boys can just play basketball.
    Enough complaining from me now... about the actual addition of virture: it's interesting. It does seem kind of redundant and vague and I'm not crazy about GOLD! (Is there no other color?) It will be very interesting to see how it is incorporated.

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  12. Hey, here's another good thing about this... we can finally get rid of those "Snow White and the Seven Values" skits for New Beginnings. Hallelujah!

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  13. I kind of wish this change was made when the theme for the year was on virtue (2007). I whole-heartedly sustain my leaders and don't want to speak evil, but on the one hand, it seems a little like Sister Dalton is seeking to leave her legacy on YW. On the other hand, virtue is a sorely needed value that is under attack, so I can see the value in adding it.

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  14. I had the same scout playing basket ball while we had the lesson YW experience, but a BYU study of LDS teens in 1998 found that 10 of boys and 17 percent of girls had sex by the time they were seniors in high school. It seems the regular bishops interviews were having a great effect on the boys who has more automony about who they dated. The girls were more likely to date boys who were older and more influential on their behavior as well as more subject to peer influences. It really surprised me but they had some good ideas about what makes a difference. BYU Magazine has two articles from this study: Protecting Purity and Raising Rightous Children in a Wicked World. They are both available at byu edu.

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  15. I am usually skeptical/negative about new things like this, (which you might have inferred from my post above). But tonight I was at YWs and one of the Mia Maids was receiving her Young Womanhood Recongnition. As I looked around at the girls I realized how beatiful, pure and virtuous they are. And I was struck with a feeling that being virtuous is something these girls need to be proud of. It's not popular in our society to be wholesome; innocence and purity are made fun of. Having virture as one of the values gives us an opportunity to let the girls know that it's very desirable to be wholesome and virtuous and they should hold their heads high for being so.

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  16. When I found out about this change the Spirit immediately confirmed that this is what the YW need! I am thankful for continuing revelation. I read through the articles and scriptures listed on lds.org and was impressed with how powerful virtue is. I also read p. 118-119 in Preach My Gospel. It really helped me understand virtue.

    I love that they choose the color Gold. Job once said of his trials that "I shall come forth as gold." It's very powerful when I think of how gold is refined and purified by extreme heat. This is a symbol of what our YW go through each day living in this world. I hope that they can come forth with a viruous and pure heart at the last day.

    Our YW Presidency is presenting a special lesson this Sunday. We are dividing up the topics as follows (1) Why Gold?
    (2) How can I best teach the value of Virtue in my home and to the YW, along with the definition of virtue. (3) What makes the gospel definition of Virtue different from the world's definition? & (4) What are the promised blessings of living a virtuous life? We will then end with saying the New YW Theme. I know it will be a powerful experience.

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  17. The color gold was chosen because of the symbold behind it. In the church news article, it stated that gold has long represented purity. (Probably one of the reasons why wedding rings are often made out of gold.) It is a reminder to the girls to be pure.

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  18. I am happy to have your blog and enjoyed browsin'around. We are looking for any activities for our new virtue value. Are there any resources out there yet?

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