Study helps: Bonnie L Oscarson – Young Women in the Work

From Come Follow Me

Questions are one way to invite pondering. Consider writing on the board a few questions that Sister Oscarson’s message answers, such as How can we involve young women in the Lord’s work? Invite members to search her message for answers to these questions and discuss what they learn. What blessings come when young women are involved in ministering? Perhaps class members could share experiences they have had ministering alongside young women. Based on our discussion, what do we feel inspired to do?

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How can we involve young women in the Lord’s work?

  • ‘Young women have opportunities to fulfill these responsibilities in their wards and branches and when they serve in class presidencies, on youth councils, and in other callings. ‘
  • ‘They had valuable skills on the computer, had learned how to use FamilySearch, and were excited to share that knowledge with others.’
  • ‘Several months ago, I had the opportunity to test an idea with two 14-year-old young women. I obtained copies of two actual ward council agendas and gave Emma and Maggie each a copy. I asked them to read over the agendas and see if there were any action items from the ward councils in which they might be able to be of service. …. There really wasn’t one thing on those agendas with which those two young women could not help!’

  • ‘..our young women can be called upon to provide service and minister to the needs of ward members with their mothers or other exemplary sisters.’
  • ‘Youth are often asked to help teach lessons on Sunday in their classes. ‘
  • ‘Opportunities are now available for our young women to perform service in the temple previously completed by ordinance workers or volunteers when they attend with their youth groups to perform baptisms for the dead.’

D&C 88:73 Behold, will hasten my work in its time.

Think of the young women in your ward or branch – how could they be given opportunities to develop their skills and talents and hasten the Lord’s work? What are they already doing?

Watch or read: Here to Serve a Righteous Cause – Sister Carol F McConkie

What blessings come when young women are involved in ministering?

‘Another blessing of these inspired announcements is the opportunity for young women ages 14 to 18 to participate in ministering as companions to Relief Society sisters, just as young men their age serve as ministering companions to Melchizedek Priesthood brethren. Youth can share their unique gifts and grow spiritually as they serve alongside adults in the work of salvation. Involving youth in ministering assignments can also increase the reach of Relief Society and elders quorums’ caring for others by increasing the number of members who participate.’ (Sister Jean B Bingham, General Conference, April 2018)

How did serving as branch music leader at age 16 bless Sister Oscarson?

How can young women be resources for the ward council? What qualities can they provide?

In what ways can being involved in ministering prepare our young women for their futures?

‘We have noticed that many more of you are struggling with issues of self-worth, anxiety, high levels of stress, and perhaps even depression. ‘ How can being involved in ministering help young women with these challenges?

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‘Brothers and sisters, our young women are amazing. They have talents, unlimited enthusiasm, and energy, and they are compassionate and caring. They want to be of service. They need to know they are valued and essential in the work of salvation.’

Based on our discussion, what do we feel inspired to do?

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