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Young Women Lesson 48: Short-Range Goals as Stepping Stones

Manual 1; Excerpt from "Never, Never, Never Give Up!," by Mary N. Cook

November 30, 2012

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"What does the Lord want you to do? He wants you to be a valiant and virtuous daughter of God, dedicated to living each day so that you can be worthy to receive the blessings of the temple." -Mary N. Cook

Discussion Questions
• How do you feel when you accomplish a goal? How does accomplishing goals increase confidence?
• How can the Personal Progress program help you set and accomplish important goals in your life?
• What are some things we can do to accomplish the goals we set for ourselves?
• How can prayer and the Spirit help us set and accomplish goals?
• Why should setting and achieving goals be a lifelong process?
• How can we help and encourage others to accomplish their goals?


Supplement is an excerpt from "Never, Never, Never Give Up!" by Sister Mary N. Cook, April 2010 General Conference:

Last August we took some of our grandchildren to Timpanogos Cave National Monument, one of Utah’s most popular destinations. It is a rather strenuous one-and-a-half-mile (2.4 km) hike to reach the cave but well worth the effort to witness the cave’s beautiful, spiraling formations. I was certain that nine-year-old Ruthie would have little difficulty, but I wondered whether six-year-old Caroline would have the strength and stamina to make it all the way.

We were all very excited to begin the hike, and at first we moved rapidly along the paved trail. One-fourth of the way came quickly, but it took longer to reach the halfway point. Caroline started to get discouraged. Ruthie was doing well and encouraged Caroline to continue. We slowed down so Caroline could keep up. Then it seemed that everything went wrong. Strong winds came up, and the dust from the winds made it difficult to see. It was a little scary, and as if that weren’t enough, we came across a signpost that read, “Rattlesnake Habitat. Stay on the Trail. Stay Safe.”

Slowly we trudged along, three-fourths of the way to our goal, but we still had the steepest part of the mountain to climb. Tired, scared, and doubting her abilities, Caroline sat down and tearfully declared, “I give up! I can’t go any farther!”

We sat down, and we talked about what we should do. We made a plan. We decided to count our steps and see how we felt after 100 steps. Ruthie and I assured Caroline that we would help her. We were to look for something that made us happy along the way and share our discoveries. We even sang some Primary songs.

Things changed. Caroline made the choice to follow the plan. One hundred steps made an impossible task seem doable. Caroline knew we would help her, and as we looked for the good things around us and sang songs, we felt happier.


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