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Young Men and Young Women
Boy and girls ages 12 to 18 are going through one of the most difficult and important transitions in their lives. For this reason, the Mormon Church has special classes and programs to help them. These should always be a support to the family, where the most important teaching will occur. These programs are called Young Men’s and Young Women’s. They frequently do activities either together or separately.
Young WomenThe Young Women’s program exists to help teenage girls navigate the perils and struggles of adolescence and to keep them strong in their faith and in their values. The theme of the Young Women program is:
We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him.
We will "stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things,
and in all places" as we strive to live the Young Women values, which are:
Choice and Accountability
Good Works, and
We believe as we come to accept and act upon these values,
we will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants,
receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.
The Young Women program is divided into three age groups to better focus on and serve the needs of young women in today’s world. These three groups are called:
Each age group has its own presidency drawn from the girls themselves and adult women are assigned to advise the group. Through the Young Women program, these girls learn about God, service, and their divine self worth. One of the highest goals of a young Mormon girl is to obtain her Personal Progress award which requires them to make and keep commitments, perform service projects, and progress spiritually through prayer, service, and scripture study.
The Young Men’s program is sometimes referred to as the Aaronic Priesthood since most of the young men hold some office in that priesthood. Like the Young Women’s program, the Young Men’s program helps teenage boys deal with the social and peer pressure they face every day. Through it they learn important lessons about personal worthiness, respect for women, faith in Jesus Christ, and service. The purpose of this program is to help young men:
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