(Bronwyn earned in Young Womanhood Recognition award, as a Beehive, in July. Tim wrote this post and I wanted to include it on my blog).
Regardless of their religions or personal beliefs, the vast majority of parents hope for their children to become outstanding human beings who strive to do what is right. They want their children to grow up to be happy, with a sense of purpose, and a desire to do good in this world. I am personally grateful that my daughter has chosen to center her life around the following values:
"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:
Faith • Divine Nature • Individual Worth • Knowledge • Choice and Accountability • Good Works • Integrity • and Virtue
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."
Last week Bronwyn received her Young Womanhood Recognition award. This is an award that is normally earned by young women who are 16 to 18 years old. The requirements are quite extensive and time consuming. Brownyn is only 12 years old. It is like a 12 year old earning their Eagle Scout award. I only point this out because many people in the church, especially men, don't realize what it takes for their daughters to earn this award. I admit, that I was one of those men. I didn't have a full comprehension of what she was doing. I heard that it was hard and I was impressed that she had done it, but I never read over the requirements. I just recently sat down and read through the list.
How a 12-year old girl, living in today's world, can find the motivation and spiritual drive to do what she did is beyond me. I am disappointed in myself for not truly recognizing and understanding this "Recognition" award. (I know the irony) However, I am not disappointed in myself for being able to help raise a daughter like this. So, congratulations Bronwyn for accomplishing this totally awesome goal. I hope you continue to Wow me throughout your beautiful life.