News Release

Bonnie L. Oscarson, General Young Women President, visits Northampton Youth

On Saturday 17th October, young women and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Northampton area were visited by General Young Women President, Bonnie L. Oscarson from the Young Women’s organization of the Church in Salt Lake City, USA. She was accompanied by her husband Paul Oscarson and Elder Robert Dryden, Area Seventy.

A training meeting with local young women leaders commenced in the afternoon followed by a meeting with Northampton young women, aged 12 – 18 years, in which President Robert E Clayton, a regional Church leader,  quoted Elder Maxwell about the influential women in his life. “We can all choose whether to be a positive or a negative influence on others,” he said. “If you want to do good, you need to be good.”

Sister Oscarson taught about the importance of obedience to the commandments: “Without road traffic laws the world would be pretty chaotic, and similarly life would be spiritually chaotic without the commandments.”

Around 400 young people and their parents joined Sister Oscarson for an evening meeting in which she spoke about her feelings when she first received the responsibility to serve as General Young Women President. “I felt overwhelmed,” she confessed, “but I had faith in the Lord and knew he would help me and be my partner.”

Those who met and listened to Brother and Sister Oscarson were impressed by their warmth, friendliness, wisdom and insight. “It was an experience I’ll never forget,” said one.

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