So many changes these days at church! How is it going where you are? After a long gig teaching gospel doctrine, and a 6 month hiatus, I’ve been asked to serve in the young women’s group, or is it an auxillary, or what is it now? By the way, the traditional names of “beehive”, “miamaid”, and “laurel” are now history. In our ward those seem to have been replaced with “young young women” and “old young women”? Pretty sure that “deacon”, “teacher”, and “priest” are alive and well.
It has been 20 years since I last served in the young women’s … organization. My personal relationship with the gospel has changed a lot in the last 20 years. I want to be a positive person in these young women’s lives. I remember my own young women leaders with fondness, as people that I felt really cared about me. While going through difficult family issues as a teen, the encouragement and validation that my leaders gave me were very significant to me.
As so many Exponent readers and writers have been young women much more recently than myself, or have young women in their families right now, I really would appreciate some advice.
What do you see as most important to young women right now? I want to be authentic about my own views, which have become much more nuanced as I have aged. I am much less orthodox in my beliefs. I find great value in the gospel as I understand it, but the Church, well, I have issues with it. I am especially sensitive to the systemic, pervasive patriarchy, which is apparent everywhere in our structure and language. Although the YW theme now says “daughters of heavenly parents…”, which I applaud, that doesn’t quite address all of my concerns.
How can I best help the girls that I now have stewardship for, with honesty and integrity and love?