Sunday, December 7, 2008
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).