At church we recite our Young Women theme weekly which can cause it to become insignificant. We say it without thinking about what it represents and it can become meaningless to us. As I slowed it down and considered every phrase, I realized that it answers all questions about who we, as young women of the church, are and what we stand for using the 5 W’s (and one H). So here they are (I put HOW before WHY to keep the theme in order):
WHO we are: “WE ARE DAUGHTERS of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him.”
This not only tells us who we are but it ensures as that we are constantly loved and watched over.
WHAT we do: we “STAND as witnesses of God”
WHEN we stand: “at all times and in all things”
We are constantly standing as witnesses. This does not necessarily mean that we only talk about Him but it means that we are constantly acting in a way that testifies of Him. We can also look at it as the truth, we are all loved by Heavenly Father at all times, which reinforces the first line of our theme.
WHERE we stand: “and in all places”
We can be examples no matter where we are and regardless of who we are with.
HOW: “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”
As we do our Personal Progress and live by the principles that we are taught, we are learning how to receive the blessings and help that are promised later on in the theme (in the WHY).
WHY: “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.”
This is important because it can serve as our motivation. If we are consistent in our actions and testimonies, He will prepare us not only for things in this life, but also for our eternal life. We are also living by these principles in order to testify of Him through our words and actions. As C.S. Lewis once said, “Don’t shine so others can see you, shine so that through you others can see Him.”
I encourage you to think about the meaning of the words you are reciting next time you say the theme. I know that my life has been blessed and that questions I’ve had about who I am were answered once I thought about what the theme means for me. I can also testify that I know He blesses us as we live in a way that teaches others of Him.
How can you make the theme more meaningful to you? How can you apply the principles taught in the theme to your life? Are there any phrases in the theme that stand out to you?