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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
@ GeoOhioIn 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.
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
Trust inthe Lord''s wisdom unless you know more than he does!
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.
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!! ;^)
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
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.
@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.
I've just got to ask laceys. What changes do you/would you expect to see
in the next 2 years?
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
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
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.
Actually, nothing in the article says Sister Oscarson has ever lived in Salt
Lake City. On the other hand Sister McConkie has a degree from Arizona State
Univeristy, and Sister Marriott from Southern Methodist University. The latter
is not only outside Utah but outside the Mormon corridor. Sister Marriott was
born in Alexandria, Louisiana. I figured out that Sister McConkie
is about 60 or 61. This is because she was 56 when listed as a new member of
the General Board in the Sep. 27, 2008 Church News. Sister McConkie was born in
To John Pack Lambert: Paul is one of Roy's sons.
A number of our problems and complaints could be solved if we'd forget the
age thing and remember that, in the eyes of the Lord, we're all
Yes,Roy Oscarson is Paul's father.
I know of sister Marriott and she is one of the sweetest people on earth. Her
children that I knew of are good (I moved after I married) and well behaved. Her
husband is wonderful. Congradulations Neil.