When we first came to Idaho this summer, Lily and Derek were fighting all the time. We talked to them about it, and then Lily decided to make a change. She had just barely turned twelve, and had just started the Young Women's program at church, which meant she had begun the Personal Progress Program. She looked through her new Personal Progress book, and found an experience that talked about being especially kind to someone in your family for two weeks. She picked Derek, and the results were amazing.
It was the start of a true friendship between the two of them. Soon, instead of sometimes doing things together because they were brother and sister, they began doing everything together and became the best of friends. Every day, they would spend an hour or two outside on the trampoline, lost in their own little world.
Lily presented this story for their Young Women's in Excellence - Here it is, in Lily's own words:
My Brother, My Friend
One of the value experiences I have done in Young Women is Divine Nature 3. I chose this one because at the time I did it, I struggled to be kind to my brother, Derek. The experience instructions say to “be kind to one family member for two weeks.” I thought that if I worked on being kind to him for two weeks, I could be nice to him all the time. I was right. In the pictures I brought, it shows Derek and I playing together. As I was nice, I even lost track of filling out my chart because we grew so close. Luckily, I filled it out the rest of the way before I forgot about it.
When my family first moved to Idaho, Derek and I fought a lot. But when I started this experience, I realized that we needed to forgive and forget those arguments. I noticed a change in the way we treated each other. Derek noticed my feelings, and I his. We set aside differences and played. We respected each other’s privacy. We felt the spirit. We learned about each other in ways we had never understood before. We were happy. Just personally progressing my divine nature changed my life for the better in more ways than one. I bear my testimony that this is true, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.