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Published: Saturday, April 6 2013 4:50 p.m. MDT

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The Deuce
Livermore, CA

Has anyone ever asked why each new YW's presidency seems to come only from Utah as this does not seem to represent the needs of the world-wide church?

Paul Roberts

I don't know about the counselors, but I know Bonnie Oscarson has lived most of her adult life outside of Utah: in Missouri and Texas, among other places.

Portsmouth, OH

why are they not Younger Women, I understand why elderly baby boomers may lead the Relief Society, but Younger Women (at least no older then 35) should hold the title Young Women's President.

Sandy, UT

Like my fellow Mormons, I believe God Himself extends the various calls to serve in what I believe to be His Church. Therefore, if you have any questions as to why so and so is called to such and such position, whether they be from Utah or Timbuktu, or whether they are 90+ years old, I don't have the foggiest. I would simply say, ask The Lord Himself why He called them. Because He's the one who called them. That's what we believe. We (Mormons) don't believe this is the work of man. So, with that premise in mind, it doesn't really profit much to ask a man why a church that isn't a man-made church does what it does.


Doesn't the Young Women's Presidency do their work in Salt Lake City? Would you expect someone to move to Salt Lake City to accept the calling? Doesn't that limit the candidates to women from the area? Thirty-five and younger is too young. These callings require a lot of life experience.

Farmington, Utah

Can't remember ever being disappointed in the selection of these wonderful women who lead the auxiliaries of the church. My own mother served on the Primary General Board when she was in her fifties. She was born in Chile, lived in Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico and spoke both Spanish and Portuguese fluently. But, she was living in Provo at the time of her calling, working as administrative assistant to the President of the MTC. With that calling she travelled the continent, teaching and uplifting the sisters in wards and branches all over Latin America. It appears the life experience of the women of this new YW Presidency has very adequately prepared them for the work they will do.

Harlem, GA

For those of us who have served in Stake callings in the Church, we soon realize that our callings are for the leaders of the organizations in the Wards & Branches--not for the members of those organizations. So, the Stake Young Women President is likely a woman whose children are grown. She is a woman with experience advising young women and someone who can help the young women advisors learn how to serve in their callings. The same is true with General Church leaders. The members of the Young Women General Presidency have and will continue to travel the world supporting and training all the Stake and Ward leaders in the areas they visit. They don't spend a lot of time in Utah.

Lehi, UT

Why is the question of age an issue when there are more important things which effect a choice. First, you need to understand the time required to do the job. The Presidency does not sit in an office in Salt Lake City full time. This is a world-wide church. Second, how would travel of long duration effect the children and family? Third, it has been my experience that both in Young Women and Young Men, there may be a younger person as President, but there is always someone older who has the greatest influence in each of the programs. My wife has been in Young Women all of her life and was released (not as President)more than two years ago, but the girls still congregate at our home and stay for hours and this includes all age groups. Why, because they trust her experience. Lastly, I was not asked to assist in making the choice of Young Women's General President and I trust the choice made and I won't be questioning it. It is a time for rejoicing with Sister Oscarson and her preparation. She needs support not criticism as she begins a challenging job.

Spanish Fork, UT

@ GeoOhio
In addition to the response of @estudiante, concerning the need for life experience, these women travel all over the world. Women 35 or younger often have small children, which would make it difficult to take extended trips with meetings often many hours per day. I also find it exciting that all 3 of these women have served as full-time mission "moms". They seem well-prepared to lead the mission preparation of the increasing numbers of young women who will choose to serve full-time missions.

Salt Lake City, UT

Maybe it's just coincidence, but it looks like a common pattern that these women have lots of kids (minimum 7) and are married to former mission presidents. Does that set an example for what young women in the church should aspire to? Is that what defines a successful woman in the church? What about those whose life path takes a different direction or who don't have those opportunities? Who represents them?

So much for diversity at the top.

Bountiful, UT

Trust inthe Lord''s wisdom unless you know more than he does!

Seattle, WA

I think you will see a large change in the church in the next 2 years. Women have always had to take a 2nd seat to a man and its time for the church to step up into a current century. If the church truly wants to keep women involved, its time to prove that in the churches eyes, they are equal.

Wasatch Front, UT

Speaking of ages of the Young Women General Presidency, I noticed that this article does NOT publish the ages of these newly-called sisters (intentionally, I presume?!)

But in the companion article to this one, regarding the newly-called General Authorities, the AGE of all of those brethren HAS indeed been published.

I would like to see the ages of ALL newly-called Church authorities published... men AND women, alike!

In this "day and age" when many women seem to be pressing for the right to wear pants in church, say prayers in General Conference, hold higher offices in the church heirarchy, and yes... even some clamoring to hold the Priesthood, I think it only fair to also "equalize" the women of the church by publishing their AGES when they are called to notable positions in the Church!! ;^)

Enoch, Ut

Surprised that one contributor felt you had to be no older than 35 to hold a calling in the General YW Presidency. Do I disagree with that? Yes. The reason is, the Lord will call who he wants in those positions. This is not a matter of age really. This is a matter of the Lord's anointed being led by the spirit to choose those women He wants in those callings. I am 70 this year and I can outrun some women much younger. Age is a number, being able to relate with any particular group comes from having the unique ability to listen and see the needs of the groups you are working with. I personally will support these ladies and know, through the process of the callings, this is who is to be in those positions at this time. I do not follow blindly. I am a convert from many years ago in the great land of Australia, so I question all the time, but one thing I will not question, are the callings issued by the prophets and seers of the Lord.

mj in pink
Enoch, UT

In our family we are overjoyed at the calling of these sisters at this time in church history. I do not know personally of Sisters Oscarson & Marriott, but I do of Sister McConkie, you see she was my sons 'Mission Mom' and I have sat in her home and partaken of her spirit, she helped my son through some rough spots as he served and I had full confidence in her to serve where I could not be, and she is well qualifed in many ways. I know these sisters are called because of what they can offer to those whom they will serve. When you think of the experience & wisdom these women have having raised a combined posterity of 25 as well as served as Mission Moms to hundreds of Young Men & Women, the Young Women are indeed in good hands. Young Women will see role models of God fearing women who know God loves them and that they love God and are about doing their Father's work no matter where they live or whatever their circumstance might be. Age, diversity & equality are no issue in the Lord's work. We are all Brothers & Sisters doing His work.

Boston, MA

@GeoOhio I understand your inquiring about the age. I think maybe there might be younger women on the supporting boards for these women, I'm not sure, but it would be a good thing. I'm sure these women are around a lot of younger women as well and are mindful. I think the age of the presidency probably has to do with the time spent traveling and such too. I hope that all younger women will give them a chance just as I hope that concerns of the younger women will be heard. I believe they are surely trusted by the Lord in order to be called to such a responsibility. We all need to keep our minds and hearts open to what the Lord wants.

clearfield, UT

I've just got to ask laceys. What changes do you/would you expect to see in the next 2 years?

Salt Lake City, UT

In reading the comments as to qualifications, residency and age, it would appear that some people seem to still want a say in how the Church is or is not administered. I am of the opinion that as a private organization the Church is able to, and should, do what ever the presiding authority wants to do. It is the policy of the Church to not pay attention to those who would fashion it in their own interests. They seem to have clear goals and objectives and base their actions on them. In my not so humble opinion, I say "thank you for sharing...".

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

Generally the members of the general presidencies are called from around Salt Lake City. Elder Ochoa, who is sort of Mexican (he was born in San Francisco, and raised in Southern California, but his parents are Mexican and lived most of his adult life in Mexico), relocated to Highland, Utah before his call to the general young men presidency.

Sister Marriott was mentioned in Elder Andersen's talk in last October general conference. Her daughter was killed while she and her husband were serving in Brazil.

I find it interesting that all three of the newly called members of the Young Women General Presidency have presided over missions along with their husbands. Only sister Cook in the last general presidency had done so. I wonder if indicates that the new YMGP will focus more on preparing young women to serve full-time missions.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

Someone mentioned Sister Oscarson living in Missouri. This caused me to wonder if her husband, Paul Kent Oscarson is related to Roy W. Oscarson, who was the first president of the St. Louis Stake in its current incarnation (as opposed to the 19th-century St. Louis Stake). Does anyone know.

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