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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My Best Tips for Personal Progress

Please note that my advice is based on my own preferences. If something here doesn’t work for you, or if you feel I’m trying to encourage you to take it too fast, make adjustments.

1. Find or obtain a new journal or notebook, and make sure you have a calendar or daily planner on hand. These will help keep you organized. The new journal will make it easier to find where you logged your Value Project hours, and the calendar is to keep track of when your Value Experiences will be completed (some say things like, “Start a new positive habit. After three weeks, write down your experiences in your journal).

2. If you haven’t been reading the Book of Mormon cover-to-cover, start that right now. You’ll need it to complete the Virtue Value Project, which is the most time-consuming part of earning your medallion. If you read a chapter of the Book of Mormon a day, you should read the entire thing by the time you’ve completed the other parts of Personal Progress (depending on how fast you work). When you finish the Book of Mormon, start again - you’ll need to read it again to earn your Honor Bee.

3. Don’t start with Faith Value Experience #1. Seeing a two-week time commitment when you are just getting started can be overwhelming. Instead, choose a Value Experience that can be done quickly to get your momentum going. I recommend Faith # 2, 3, or 6 if you want to start in the first Value, and there are a lot of different Experiences throughout the book that take almost no time.

4. If you see an Experience that says, “Do this for three weeks” (or however long), look for a similar experience elsewhere in your booklet. For instance, for Faith #1 you need to pray two times daily for two weeks, and Divine Nature #2 says to spend two weeks developing an attribute that will be helpful to you as a mother. If you decide to make that attribute “prayerfulness,” you can get both experiences done at once. Make sure to read the scriptures and write the journal entries under both experiences. Come to think of it, you should probably show your mom or Young Women’s Leader this article before you begin - they might not feel that multitasking Personal Progress is ideal (everyone has a slightly different idea of what is appropriate).

5. Write-in Experiences are your friend. These can be used to count something you would have done anyway (you could put “babysat my brother for free” under “Good Works”), or you can use these to add variety to a Value. For example, Faith is almost all studying and contemplation. If you want change of pace, you could write in “Host Girl’s Camp Fireside” or “Help Mom with dishes so she can leave for the temple.”

6. Don’t ever arrange to do something you hate of a Value Project. You have to do whatever you pick for ten hours, and if it’s not something you like doing you’ll burn yourself out. If you hate cats, don’t write “Petsit for Ms. Johnson.” That would be a very kind thing to do, and it would fit nicely under “Good Works,” but you need to make sure you’re not stressing yourself out. Personal Progress is supposed to make you a happier person, not teach you to shout in frustration.

7. Ten hours isn’t as long as you think. If you break up your Value Project into manageable pieces and do something that feels like it goes quickly, you should be fine.

8. A great way to multi-task your Value Project is to look out for things you’re already spending a lot of time doing and make it more meaningful. You might listen to General Conference talks while scrolling through Facebook, or, if you like to sew, you might make a quilt for a family in the ward.

9. If a Value Experience or Value Project requires you to develop a new habit, give yourself a reminder. Writing down what you want to do probably won't cut it, so you'll want to get creative. If you want to start reading your scriptures before you leave in the morning, lean your Book of Mormon on your bedroom door, so that it will thump if you forget about it. If you want to start writing in your journal every night before bed, put your journal in your pajama drawer. If you want to be nicer to your brother, wear one of those CTR rings from primary. 

10. This last tip is most important. Sometimes, you’re super-organized, you’re motivated, and you want to be the first one in your class to earn your medallion. You are doing, like, five experiences at once and you do practically nothing but Personal Progress in your free time these days. If the Spirit tells you to slow it down and just feel, do it. You might get prompted to spend some extra time on that Value project. You might get the feeling you’re taking on too much, and need to focus on building relationships with your family members. You might even need to take time off to find time to read your scriptures. One of the main reasons we do Personal Progress is to increase our ability to feel the Holy Ghost. If it speaks, listen.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Chibi Teddy Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

Materials (to make one bear):

1/2 skein weight 4 pink baby yarn

1/8 skein weight 4 yellow (or blue) baby yarn

A little bit of weight 4 black yarn

Two size 9mm teddy bear safety eyes

Crochet hook - Size H-8 (5.0mm)

Stitch marker

Fiberfill stuffing


Yarn needle



Exact gauge is not important.

Work in continuous rounds, do not join rounds.

Do not turn work, unless otherwise indicated.


ch = chain

dec = single crochet decrease

mr = magic ring

rnd = round

sc = single crochet


Start with pink

Rnd 1: Mr 6 (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)

Rnd 3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat from * to end of round (18)

Rnd 4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc* (24)

Rnd 5-8: 1 sc in each sc (24)

Rnd 9: *Sc 2, dec next 2 sc* (18)

Insert left eye 3 rows up, then count 5 sts to the right to insert 2nd eye. Embroider nose as shown.

Rnd 10: *Sc 1, dec next 2 sc* (12)

Stuff work

Rnd 11: *Dec next 2 sc* (6)

Rnd 12: *Dec next 2 sc* (3)

Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing


Make 2

Start with pink

Rnd 1: Mr 6 (6)

Rnd 2: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*(9)

Rnd 3: 1 sc in each sc (9)

Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing


Start with pink

Rnd 1: Mr 6 (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)

Rnd 3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*(18)

Rnd 4-7: 1 sc in each sc (18)

Rnd 8: *Sc 1, dec next 2 sc* (12)

Stuff work

Rnd 9: *Dec next 2 sc* (6)

Rnd 10: Dec next 2 sc* (3)

Fasten off

Arms / Legs

Make 4

Start with pink

Rnd 1: Mr 6 (6)

Rnd 2: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc* (8)

Rnd 3-5: 1 sc in each sc (8)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, turn, 1 sc in next 3 sc

Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing


Start with pink

Rnd 1: Mr 6 (6)

Rnd 2: 1 sc in each sc (6)

Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing


Start with yellow

Use 1 turning ch on each row

Ch 2

Row 1: Sc 1 (1)

Row 2: 2 sc in next sc (2)

Row 3: 2 sc in each sc (4)

Row 4: *Dec next 2 sc* (2)

Row 5: Dec next 2 sc (1)

Row 6: 1 sc in next sc (1)

Row 7: 2 sc in next sc (2)

Row 8: 2 sc in each sc (4)

Row 9: *Dec next 2 sc* (2)

Row 10: Dec next 2 sc* (1)

Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.


Assemble Teddy as shown. The only pieces that should not be stuffed before being attached are the Tail and the Bow.

To assemble the Bow, take the ends, fold them into the middle and sew them down. Sew the Bow to the Head, as shown, with the Bow’s sewn-down ends pointing outward.

Weave in the ends.

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