Just one day after Sister Bonnie Oscarson was sustained as general Young Women's president, her following on Pinterest more than doubled. Youths and Young Women leaders have already connected with her in a personal way.
Although Sister Oscarson may be overwhelmed with her new duties, she hasn't hesitated to continue her connections online. The summary of her Pinterest page says: “ ‘If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.’ And may I add just downright cute to the list?"
Pictures of the temple and general conference quotes are among her pins, but Sister Oscarson hasn't been hesitant to add recipes, hairstyles and other interests most young girls and women enjoy. In fact, she recently "pinned" a meme that compares the new presidency to the three fairies from Disney's "Sleeping Beauty." Sister Oscarson wrote, "How can I not pin this?!" According to Sister Oscarson's daughter, Amy Lynn, her mother has a great sense of humor and love for everyone.
"She is funny and silly and although her children are all grown, we still clamber to be with her and around her," Lynn wrote on her blog. "Her grandchildren adore her. She has a passion for polka dots and gingham and all things cute. Wherever she has lived, she has drawn people to her. She has always loved teenagers our home growing up was always a 'gathering' place. She nurtured, loved, and accepted people for who they were and where they were in their lives."
Yet, while many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints only know the basic details about Sister Oscarson, Terry Bittner with Latterdaysaintwoman.com points out that Sister Oscarson is already connecting with members and having to deal with topics that few other general Young Women presidents have ever had to face. Bittner addresses this in her most recent post titled, "Would your Pinterest page pass the Bonnie Oscarson test?"
This headline was meant to prompt those in her audience to review their own social media sites and evaluate whether they would be open to sharing what they've "pinned" with the world.
"Now, here’s your homework: Wander around your social media sites and imagine you’ve just been called as the president of one of the church auxiliaries," Bittner wrote. "Do you find yourself wanting to erase a few things? Who will people decide you are if all they know is what is on your social media page and that short little bio that gets released?"
Several comments have already been left on Sister Oscarson's account, praising her for reaching out to those she serves.
"I'm a ward YW president and my Mia Maid daughter was so excited to find you on Pinterest on Saturday and could tell from your pins that you have a great sense of humor," Sandee Poff wrote. "We know that you are going to be a fun and exciting General YW President!"
Emily Palmer also commented, "My laurels are avid pinners and I told them all about your page. I hope it helps them to feel more connected to the bigger picture. You seem great!"
Sarah Sanders Petersen is an intern for the Deseret News where she writes for Mormon Times and does other feature articles. She is a communications major and editing minor from Brigham Young University.