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'Virtue' added to Young Women theme

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008

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In a Nov. 28, 2008, letter to priesthood leaders, the First Presidency announced the addition of "virtue" to the Young Women theme. Below is the text of the letter and of an accompanying attachment of the newly revised theme and notes of instruction:

Revised Young Women Theme

We are pleased to announce the addition of the attribute of "virtue" to the Young Women theme. This addition will assist young women in developing high moral standards. We invite parents and leaders to teach the doctrine of chastity and moral purity to help each young woman to be virtuous and worthy to make and keep sacred covenants and receive the ordinances of the temple.

The complete text of the revised theme is enclosed. Please give a copy of this letter and the enclosure to all Young Women leaders.

Sincerely, (signed)

Thomas S. Monson

Henry B. Eyring

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The First Presidency

YOUNG WOMEN THEME

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" (Mosiah 18:9) 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.

— We invite Young Women leaders to immediately include this addition as they repeat the Young Women theme.

— "Virtue" will be added to the Personal Progress value experiences and projects. Instructions on how to implement this change in Personal Progress will be forthcoming.