Daily Quotes: A LDS YW Interview

Photo Credit: Daily Quotes for LDS Young Women fbook page
Photo Credit: Daily Quotes for LDS Young Women fbook page

Hi Everyone!
I have a fantastic post for all of you, if I may say so myself! Recently I stumbled upon an amazing, and uber inspiring facebook page entitled, Daily Quotes for LDS Young Women (Click here.)The page was created by an LDS now Mia Maid, as part of her Integrity 10 hr project, and I got to interview her! Here it is!

Q: So tell us a little bit about yourself!

Hi! l’m a Mia Maid who goes by Honeybee. I was born in Utah, and I’m the second out of seven kids. I earned my Medallion this past Spring for Personal Progress, and will be finished with my Honor Bee in a few weeks. I serve as the Ward Chorister (person who conducts the music) and I love it! I love musical theatre and reading. I plan to serve a mission one day, and get married in the DC Temple. I also manage the Facebook page Daily Quotes for LDS Young Women (https://www.facebook.com/LDSYWQuotes), as well as the popular blogs The Personal Progress Helper (http://personalprogresshelper.blogspot.com) and LDS Smiles(http://ldssmiles.tumblr.com).

Q: Tell us the story of this fabulous Integrity ten hour project!

I’ve always loved quotes, and so when I was trying to come up with an Integrity project I was very drawn to the suggestion listed that suggests making a daily quote book about Integrity. This was just before Conference, so when I sat down to watch Conference I kept an ear out for any quotes that could work for my project. After just the first session, I was already overwhelmed by all the different quotes I’d found, and all the different topics they covered. So it was then when I decided to expand the project to encompass all eight Young Women’s values. After conference was all over, I went back and read all the talks, saving all the quotes. I then went on to find so many other quotes from a variety of sources. After I’d collected all 366 (can’t forget leap day!) I spent a lot of time formatting, printing, cutting, gluing, and everything-else-ing them. To finish it off I put them all into a giant photo album.

Q: I’m dying to know what your fave part of this project was. There was a whole lot that went into it, I’m sure, but what was the part you enjoyed, or was the most meaningful to you?

Definitely reading all the quotes. I completed this project over the course of about a month, and I worked on it everyday. So for every single day I was surrounded by encouraging words of prophets and apostles. It was a different feeling than regular scriptue study, but I love it!

Finding cute fonts was also fun (:

Q: I feel like this project would really strengthen and build ones testimony, how and in what area has it done so for you?

I feel like maybe I should’ve adapted it into a Divine Nature project, because what I think I learned more than anything else from this is that I am a daughter of a King and Queen who love me infinitely. I have such a strong testimony of my divine worth now. I’ve faltered in other areas of my testimony before, but that is something I have never doubted, and I think one reason is because of how that part of my testimony grew so much during this project.

Q: What was your favorite quote from those first 365 days?

“The Lord did not people the earth with a vibrant orchestra of personalities only to value the piccolos of the world. Every instrument is precious and adds to the complex beauty of the symphony. All of Heavenly Father’s children are different in some degree, yet each has his own beautiful sound that adds depth and richness to the whole.” — Joseph B. Wirthlin

Being a music nerd, something about this quote really makes me smile. It’s the perfect comparison and makes me proud to be different!

Q: What’s your favorite quote now?

“Heavenly Father’s interest in you does not depend on how rich or beautiful or healthy or smart you are. He sees you not as the world sees you; He sees who you really are. He looks on your heart. And He loves you because you are His child.”

— Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Like the first quote, I love how this is really saying that Heavenly Father loves you despite your faults, and to embrace who you are.

Q: I’d imagine that finding, and reading, and posting these quotes from the prophets and apostles of God, his words for us, really helped you grow closer to our Heavenly Father, and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Did you feel this happen, and how?

I defiintely feel that, but it’s sort of complicated to put into words. It’s a gradual process, I think. Just that tiny taste of the gospel daily is enough to inspire me, and when I’m choosing quotes, I feel the Spirit testifying to me of the truth.

Q: So what made you decide to continue searching for, and posting quotes? I know it’s such a blessing to everyone who reads them.

I’d finished the project in November 2011, and I was fairly happy. But I realized that I was missing that little oomph that I had during the project. So kind of out of the blue I started a Facebook page in February of 2012. I started sharing these quotes because I really felt inspired to do that and very slowly I started getting likes. It was sort of discouraging at first, but soon more people came, and eventually it grew into all that it is today.

Q: How do you stay motivated to keep posting?

What really keeps me going is the motivation and support I get from everybody else. Getting messages from young women all around the world about how a quote inspired them, or how I brought a little bit of sunshine to their rainy day makes it all worth it. Sort of like in D&C 18:15, where it says “And if it so be that you should labor all your days…and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!” I don’t really know the influence I might be making, but I know that one simple quote can change a person’s life, and if I’m capable of providing that quote, then this entire endeavour will have been worth it.

Q: Do you sometimes feel prompted to share a particular quote, or have any stories where this or something similar has happened?

I have definitely received promptings about which quotes I should post. I don’t have any specific examples of this, mostly because it’s just a natural part of the process, but I always try to have the spirit with me when I’m choosing quotes, which influences my decisions.

Q: Do you make the quote art, or find it?

I do for some of them, but so many other people are more skilled than I am, and I feel their hard work should be shared. I always do my best to give credit where credit is due, though.

Q: This is such a great way to do missionary work! Did you realize it was doing missionary work when you started?

Not really. It was mainly just for LDS Young Women, but it’s reached so…READ MORE HERE.



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Daily Quotes: A LDS YW Interview

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