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100-year-old LDS young women adviser teaches 'gracious' and 'sweet' youth

By Kara McMurray

LDS Church News

Published: Thursday, July 10 2014 8:35 a.m. MDT

“I think Mother was inspired to do that, especially in this time with our youth because there are so many things they can love other than their Heavenly Father and Savior now,” said Rexine Ferrel Glenn, Sister Ferrel’s daughter.

As each lesson continues, the young women answer questions posed by Sister Ferrel and read the statements on the board, which Sister Glenn types for her mother in preparation for each lesson.

“This is the way it’s done for someone who is legally blind,” Sister Ferrel told her class.

Speaking of how eager the young women are to help in her lessons, Sister Ferrel said, “It’s been a joy for me and a tribute to the girls for their kindness and sweetness and goodness. And I think they don’t feel, and I don’t feel, an age gap.”

Each question posed during a recent lesson saw multiple hands shooting up, the girls squirming in their seats, anxious to answer the question.

“She’s just awesome and amazing,” said Tonja Wade, Young Women president in Sister Ferrel’s ward. “She relates to the girls. They’re willing to give her respect and attention.”

Throughout her life, Sister Ferrel has found it easy to relate to the youth and has felt “young at heart.” Many of the young women, as well as several others, lovingly call her “Grandma June.”

“[She is] helping the girls to learn true love,” said Sister Wade.

Though she has been called to serve the young women, Sister Ferrel has taught several others, including her own family and those in her ward.

“As long as you have something to give, you give it,” Sister Wade said of a lesson Sister Ferrel taught her.

Bishop Morris said, “If there was one thing I would say, as a bishop, [I have learned]... that everyone, no matter age or anything, has something they can share.”

Sister Ferrel closed her lesson with her testimony and reminded her young women, as she often does, “I’ve always had a testimony, never been without it. It’s grown sweeter and sweeter as the years go by.”

And, of course, she reminds them of her love for each of them. “I want to thank all of you and I want to tell all of you how much I appreciate your help. It’s sweet to see the cooperation. And thank you. I love you. And I’m going to say it, I’m proud of my girls.”

kmcmurray@deseretnews.com