“Never before in the history of the Church has there been such a need for young women who are willing to sacrifice popularity if necessary, suffer loneliness if required, even be rejected if needed, to defend the gospel of Jesus Christ. . . . Let us all be filled—filled with the light, the strength, the faith that comes from prayer, scripture study, and obedience to God’s commandments each day of our lives. . . . We’ll hold our torches high that Christ’s true light through us will shine, His name to glorify.”
(Ardeth G. Kapp, “Stand for Truth and Righteousness,” Ensign, Nov. 1988, 93)
Ardeth Kapp grew up in the small town of Glenwood in Alberta, Canada, and left friends and loved ones to attend Brigham Young Academy High School in Provo, Utah. She recalled:
“As a child I didn’t have great aspirations. . . . I just knew it was important to get an education, and to try to help people. I read books about young girls who were good, and I wanted to be good, too. . . . I had never excelled in school, but . . . I had a strong impression I should get an education, though many people told me that was foolish. . . . People sometimes have a lot of counsel for you. But finally you have to follow your own promptings, even though it may not make sense to others until later. You have to dare to walk it alone, sometimes. . . . It was kind of like climbing a ladder. I had to let go with one hand before I could take the next step. . . . [It] was a blessing in disguise. . . . I remember at BY High [School] feeling that I looked different from the other kids, that I wasn’t dressed like the other kids in the latest fashions. I learned what it is not to be in the inner circle. I know the hurt of not excelling in school when the other kids are smart, and what it’s like not to have money and resources that sometimes seem so important for you to be like all the other kids. The world is different now, but those basic needs for acceptance and approval are timeless. I also learned not to let myself dwell on the negative, and that even though I can’t always control a situation, I can control my feelings about it.”
(Kathleen Lubeck, “Ardeth G. Kapp: Refined,” This People, Apr. 1985, 22–23, 26)
Sister Kapp later earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree and excelled in her chosen profession.
- 1985—First Young Women satellite broadcast is held.
- 1986—First Young Women worldwide celebration, “Rising Generation,” with launching of balloons.
- 1987—Young Women values, theme, motto, and logo are introduced.
- 1989—New Personal Progress program is launched, emphasizing spiritual growth and family relationships.
- 1990—Leadership guidebook is published and video released.