Lucy Grant Cannon

Fourth Young Women General President



“Happiness comes from within; it is a state of mind. . . . Each day brings varied and new experiences. Let us use them as a means to character development. It is not what we are at the beginning of life, it is how we carry on and finish that counts.”

(“Experience,” Young Woman’s Journal, vol. 40, no. 6 [June 1929], 410)


When [Lucy] was about 12 years of age, her mother died. When her father [Heber J. Grant] told Lucy that her mother was dying, Lucy could not believe him. She hurried from the room and returned with a bottle of consecrated oil with which she implored him to bless her mother. He blessed his wife, dedicating her to the Lord. As the children left the room, he fell on his knees and prayed that his wife’s death might not affect the faith of their children in the ordinances of the gospel. “Lutie” herself ran from the house feeling very bad, as she expresses in the following words: “I was stunned and shocked and felt my father had not sufficient faith to heal her. I went behind the house and knelt down and prayed for the restoration of my mother. Instantly a voice, not an audible one, but one that seemed to speak to my whole being said, ‘In the death of your mother the will of the Lord will be done.’ Immediately I was a changed child. I felt reconciled and almost happy.”

(Marba C. Josephson, “Careers of Service to Young Womanhood,” The Improvement Era, vol. 40, no. 12 (December 1937), 790)


  • 1940—Golden Gleaner awards for young women and Sunday-evening firesides are introduced.
  • 1943—Class symbols of the beehive, rose, laurel, and sheaf of wheat are introduced.
  • 1944—Big Sister program is initiated for stakes in large cities to provide support for young women living away from home.
  • 1947—YWMIA members celebrate the centennial of the pioneers entering the Salt Lake Valley through festivals, music, parades, and square dancing.