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Sister Cordon Invites Young Women to Share How They Hear the Lord’s Voice Using #StrivetoBe

General president issues third and final challenge for 150th anniversary of Young Women organization in new video

In a new video posted on social media, Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon presented a third and final challenge for the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Young Women organization this year, based on President Nelson’s counsel to learn to hear the voice of the Lord.


“We invite you to share how you hear His voice” on social media, using the hashtag #strivetobe, Sister Cordon said. Some examples a few young women shared in the video include going to the temple, listening to general conference, journaling and reading the scriptures.

Originally known as the First Young Ladies’ Department of the Ladies’ Cooperative Retrenchment Association, the Young Women organization was organized on May 27, 1870. Today, young women worldwide are part of the Church’s Young Women organization from January of the year they turn 12 to their 18th year.

To celebrate the organization’s 150th anniversary, the first commemorative challenge, issued in May, was called My 150. Young women were invited to choose something meaningful they could do relating to the number 150. Young women shared actions such as finding 150 names to take to the temple, reading 150 pages of scripture, baking 150 treats for friends and family, or sending 150 kind messages.

In the second challenge issued in August, Sister Cordon invited current and former members of the Young Women organization to share the impact that a current or former young women leader had on their lives. She also encouraged them to reach out to their leaders, if possible, and tell them about this impact. Many women of all ages posted about and tagged former leaders, expressing gratitude and love for their examples and support. (Read reactions to challenges here.)

Each challenge has been designed to help young women simultaneously celebrate and come closer to Christ. (See what others have posted here.)

On November 15, 2020 at 4 p.m. MST, a ‘Young Women: Celebrating 150 Years’ Face to Face event with the Young Women general presidency will be held to mark the sesquicentennial anniversary.


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