It’s time

Courtesy Julie de Azevedo Hanks

Courtesy Julie de Azevedo Hanks

Young Women Theme pink flower

WE ARE DAUGHTERS of our Heavenly Parents, who love us, and we love Them. WE WILL “STAND as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9) as we strive to live the Young Women values, which are:

Faith • Divine Nature • Individual Worth • Knowledge • Choice and Accountability • Good Works • Integrity • and Virtue

WE BELIEVE as we come to accept and act upon these values, WE WILL BE PREPARED to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.


  1. Please join the letter-writing effort via Facebook!

  2. (You can add the link directly into the blog post if you wish!!)

  3. Amen.

  4. Amen.

  5. I sent an email to the general YW presidency asking for this very change last winter when I was still the YW president in my ward, and got a very polite but dismissive letter in return that didn’t actually address my question. It was an exhilarating roller coaster ride from receiving the letter and thinking that it meant someone cared and was listening to me, to reading the letter and having it confirm my fear that even the smallest move toward recognizing girls and women as equal partners in the church is going to be ignored, dismissed, or outright fought by our own people.

  6. Edit: that any move toward recognizing girls and women as equal partners in the church, with divine potential as equal partners in the life to come . . .

  7. Can you imagine the power of having the church’s young women stand together and recite this each week, tuning and turning their thoughts toward Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother?

  8. Is there anyway to sign/support this that isn’t through Facebook? I’ll put my (real) name behind it, but would want/need a way to do it that isn’t Facebook.

  9. Yes, please! I would add my name, too, but I don’t like fb much.

  10. Another non-Facebooker (and Laurel adviser!) here who would love to join

  11. This has nothing to do with any Facebook organization.

  12. In my ward, the YW are already saying it this way.

  13. I have to admit to having to read that a few times to figure out what the change was, That is how perfectly obviously right and normal it seemed to be there. Our GAs are saying it. I think the thinking in the past for minimizing our doctrine of Heavenly Parents has had to do with wanting to fit in more with other churches. Judging by our history, when it becomes better for missionary work to speak openly if HPs then we will see the changes come.

  14. Have wondered for years why this change hasn’t already occurred.

  15. This would be great! I hope it happens.

  16. Let me start by saying I would have no problem if this was changed, but the fact that it only says Heavenly Father has never bothered me. I don’t feel like everything has to say Mother and Father or parents. Not everything has to become a “thing.” Do you believe that our Heavenly Mother is looking on thinking, “I can’t believe I am not given the credit I deserve? I should be recognized for the work that I have done.” Those are not Godly feelings those are human feelings. Those are feelings that I struggle with as a woman, in this mortal existence. I surely hope that by the time I make it to the other side I will be able to channel my concerns to more important things than who gets the credit.
    I have always felt like the YW theme was there to let me know that I am loved from beyond. A love that I can’t grasp, or fully comprehend. That I was of worth and value, so that at times when I felt the opposite, I could remember that. Like I said at the beginning a change in the theme wouldn’t bother me. It is true whether it says Father or Parents.

  17. Betsey,

    I appreciate that there are many, many people who believe similarly. To me, if this truly doesn’t matter to people which way it says, let’s err on the side of those who feel like the lack of Heavenly Mother causes a hole in their heart.

    There is no doctrinal trouble in doing so. That has been stated clearly now.

  18. Yes!

  19. Oh, brother. (ironic expression in this case) If “it is true whether it says Father or Parents,” then why bother leaving a long, stick-in-the-mud, unsupportive comment on someone’s joyful and uplifting post requesting a change that is clearly important to her. Just support your sister in her desire, or say nothing, or, if you are uncomfortable with the idea just say so openly. The way women treat other women in the church is so strange.

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