#MiaMaids #PersonalProgress #ChoiceAndAccountability

Tonight the Mia Maids came over to work on a personal progress value.

We decided tonight will be about choice and accountability.

I am grateful for this one, since it is one I have had to work hardest at learning.

We went outside and drew with sidewalk chalk, dividing the driveway into “green” (good choices) and “red” (bad choices).

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Then we held up a string along the green and red lines, and read through the entire “For Strength of Youth” book. We gave examples of choices, and the girls decided if it was good or bad choices.

It wasn’t long before discussion got heated enough to justify some choices, or make excuses, or try to make the examples situational. When they did this, we moved the line into the red. This way they had moved into bad choice territory, but not actually crossed the line. That gave us the opportunity to talk about consequences, and how consequences are the same in the danger zone even if no line was meant to be crossed.

We talked about how when we don’t know, we make all kinds of mistakes of crossing lines, like I did before getting baptized.

But once we begin making covenants, it is our responsibility to keep those covenants.

The adversary knows we will not cross the line, so instead he tries to get the line pushed over – so that we think we have not crossed a line, and yet still stand in dangerous territory.

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Then we looked up the verses from Choice and Accountability value project number 3 (Joshua 24:15, 2 Nephi 2, and D&C 82:4-10). We read these and discussed what they said about our freedom to choose and the related responsibilities and blessings.

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The girls amaze me with their wisdom and insights, their righteous desires, and their understanding of repentance and obedience. They are examples of covenant keepers, and I am so grateful for what they teach me!

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About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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