The History of Young Women Organizations
On May 25, 1870, Brigham Young met with his daughters and other members of his large family in the Lion House parlor in Salt Lake City.
A Brief Timeline of Young Women History
View the major events of the founding of the Young Women organization.
History of Young Women Recognition
Honoring Our Womanhood: Young Women Recognition through the Years
A Bright Light for Generations
A Prophetic Vision for Young Women
Liberty Glen: The First Young Women Camp
Learn how the Liberty Stake planned and carried out a summer camp for the Mutual girls in 1912.
Elvira Stevens Barney
When Elvira Stevens was required to leave her home and family in Nauvoo and travel across the plains to Zion, she sought the spiritual strength and the heavenly power of the temple.
Mary Elizabeth Rollins
When 12-year-old Mary Elizabeth Rollins first gained her own testimony of the Book of Mormon, she could not have imagined what lay ahead. Just a year later, she watched mobs burn haystacks, saw Church leaders tarred and feathered, and risked her own life to save pages of scriptures from men who were destroying the printing office. But her faith carried her through.
Zina Young Card
After Brigham Young asked his daughters to dress less extravagantly, his daughter Zina willingly responded by removing ruffles from her dresses. When a young man she knew insultingly told her that she now looked like “a yard of pump water,” Zina wasn’t discouraged. In matters of faith, she had a lot in common with another brave Zina—her mother.
Zina D. Huntington Young
As a young woman living in a comfortable three-story house in New York, Zina Huntington thought life was a little dull. Then one day she returned home to find a strange new book on the windowsill, and her life would never be the same.
Genevieve Johnson Van Wagenen
It was no ordinary sacrament meeting when 12-year-old Genevieve Johnson heard an Apostle tell about his remarkable vision of Jesus Christ—and felt her own testimony of the Savior burn brightly within her.
Whether living in large cities, Scandinavian villages, or small rural towns, such as Moroni, Utah, members of the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association of the 1880s created their own manuscript periodicals. In each issue, they wrote anecdotes, sermonettes, and poetry and bore testimony. Lena Jensen, a member of the Moroni Ward, Sanpete Stake, shared her testimony of virtue in the ward manuscript periodical entitled The Young Ladies Advocate.
Elmina Shepard Taylor
First Young Women General President 1880–1904
Martha Horne Tingey
Second Young Women General President 1905–1929
Ruth May Fox
Third Young Women General President 1929–1937
Lucy Grant Cannon
Fourth Young Women General President 1937–1948
Bertha Stone Reeder
Fifth Young Women General President 1948–1961
Florence Smith Jacobsen
Sixth Young Women General President 1961–1972
Ruth Hardy Funk
Seventh Young Women General President 1972–1978
Elaine Anderson Cannon
Eighth Young Women General President 1978–1984
Ardeth Greene Kapp
Ninth Young Women General President 1984–1992
Janette Callister Hales Beckham
Tenth Young Women General President 1992–1997
Margaret Dyreng Nadauld
Eleventh Young Women General President 1997–2002
Susan Winder Tanner
Twelfth Young Women General President 2002–2008
Elaine S. Dalton
Thirteenth Young Women General President 2008–2013
Bonnie L. Oscarson
Fourteenth Young Women General President 2013–2018
Bonnie H. Cordon
Fifteenth Young Women General President 2018–Present