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A Woman, but Never a Young One

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

My United Methodist Confirmation Class. I'm on the right in the front row.

I know this may be tempting the fates, but I have never yet served in the Young Women’s program. When I joined the church in college in Massachusetts, I joined a university ward that only had adult programs. I had all manner of wonderful role models – male and especially female. I had mentors of great wisdom, devotion, intelligence and commitment. Rather than saying I stand on the shoulders of giants, I like to think I was nurtured in the laps of sages.

There’s a gap for me, though. What is it like to grow up in the Young Women’s program? Would I view things differently if I had? What did I miss?

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“Your Mom Goes to College!”

By Angela Hallstrom

A few Sundays ago, a group of us was brainstorming ways we could help the sisters in the ward live more providently in light of the current economic crisis.

“Teach them to can!” a person offered.

“Create a Relief Society recipe book!” another said.

“Tell them to stop applying for secret credit cards and then hiding the statements from their husbands!” one cried passionately.

All good ideas, yes (in particular the last).

Finally, I raised my hand. “Encourage women who haven’t finished their degrees to go back to school!” I said with enthusiasm.

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