General Young Women Leaders

Young Women General Presidency
Sustained April 6, 2013


 


Young Women General Office
76 North Main
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-1702

Email: youngwomen@ldschurch.org


Bonnie L. Oscarson

Young Women General President

Bonnie L. Oscarson

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, but her family moved often and she lived in five different places in the United States before attending Brigham Young University to study commercial art. She met her husband, Paul Oscarson, at the temple site in Far West, Missouri. They later married in 1969 in the Salt Lake Temple and are the parents of seven children and grandparents of 27 grandchildren.

She served with her husband when she was still a young mother as he presided over the Sweden Göteborg Mission and then 30 years later returned to Sweden, where she and her husband served as matron and temple president of the Stockholm Sweden Temple. She has served in ward and stake Young Women presidencies and taught early-morning seminary. Sister Oscarson loves working with the youth of the Church. She doesn’t regret any of the sleep she missed while teaching seminary! She returned to school after 35 years to complete a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in British and American literature. One of Sister Oscarson’s favorite scriptures is in Doctrine and Covenants 101:16: “Be still and know that I am God.”

Carol F. McConkie

First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency

Carol F. McConkie

Sister Carol F. McConkie was born in Spokane, Washington, USA. During her childhood and youth she lived in Delaware, New York, and Arizona, USA. She graduated in English education from Arizona State University, where she met her husband, Oscar W. McConkie III. They were married in the Mesa Arizona Temple and now have seven children and 24 grandchildren.

Prior to her call as first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, Sister McConkie was a member of the Young Women general board. From 2005 to 2008, she served with her husband when he was mission president of the California San Jose Mission. She has also served in ward Primary and Relief Society presidencies and as ward Young Women president. Sister McConkie rejoices in the beauty and nobility of virtuous young women who radiate the light of the gospel. She loves the scriptures and believes “the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever” (Isaiah 32:17).

Neill F. Marriott

Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency

Neill F. Marriott

Sister Neill F. Marriott was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana, USA. She attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA, where she earned a degree in English. At the age of 22, she was converted and baptized into the Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. One year later she married David C. Marriott in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of 11 children and have 26 grandchildren.  

At the time of her calling as second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, she was serving as an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple. She also served for three years with her husband when he was president of the Brazil Sao Paulo Interlagos Mission. Sister Marriott knows as the young women of the Church build their lives “upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, … they cannot fall” (Helaman 5:12).


General Young Women Board

Carmela Melero De Hooker

Young Women General Board Member (February 2014)

Carmela Melero De Hooker

Sister Hooker was raised in Callao, Lima, Peru. At age 18, she was baptized into the Church. She met her husband, Cesar Hooker, while he was serving a mission in the Arequipa Peru Mission. One year after he returned home, they met again and dated. Two years later they were married in the Los Angeles California Temple. They are the parents of four children.  

After she served as the wife of a mission president, she studied tourism and opened a small travel agency at home. She decided to stay at home to take care of her widowed mother and her youngest son.

Prior at her call to the Young Women general board, she served as ward nursery leader, stake choir assistant, ward indexing director, young single adult adviser, and area FSY (For the Strength of Youth) annual youth conference director with her husband. She has also served in Young Women and Relief Society presidencies. She feels it an honor to serve on the Young Women general board.

One of her favorite scriptures is 1 Nephi 13:37: “And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Leslie P. Layton

Young Women General Board Member (February 2014)

Leslie P. Layton

Leslie Pope Layton was born in Bountiful, Utah, to Bill and Margaret Pope and has lived most of her life in Utah, with intermittent occasions to live elsewhere. She lived in Iran for three years as a young girl; three years in Rochester, New York, while her husband was the mission president; and a little over a year in Chinch, Peru, where she and her husband served as humanitarian missionaries.  

She has served in leadership and teaching positions in Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society. She also taught seminary and served as the matron of the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple. She enjoys sewing, knitting, and being in the outdoors.

Sister Layton attended Brigham Young University, where she met her husband, Alan Snelgrove Layton. She graduated in child development and family relations and, as the mother of nine children, spent 25 joyous years developing children. Perhaps those children guided her to one of her favorite scriptures, Helaman 3:35: “Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God.”

Denise P. Lindberg

Young Women General Board Member (February 2014)

Denise P. Lindberg

(CONTENT FORTHCOMING)

Dorah Mkhabela

Young Women General Board Member (February 2014)

Dorah Mkhabela

Dorah Mkhabela was born in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. She is married to Jackson T. Mkhabela. They are the parents of one son and two daughters.

In 1987 she became a teacher and taught for 13 years. She has served in Relief Society as president and teacher, in Primary as counselor and teacher, and in Sunday School as Gospel Doctrine teacher.

Sister Mkhabela enjoys jogging, watching cricket, collecting recipes, and cooking. Since her conversion, she has devoted her life to her family and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

One of her favorite scriptures is Doctrine and Covenants 25:10: “And verily I say unto thee that thou shalt lay aside the things of this world, and seek for the things of a better.”

Janet M. Nelson

Young Women General Board Member (February 2014)

Janet M. Nelson

(CONTENT FORTHCOMING)

Maria Lúcia Estaca Martins Silva

Young Women General Board Member (February 2014)

Maria Lúcia Estaca Martins Silva

Maria Lúcia Estaca Martins Silva was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the age of 12, she and her family met the missionaries and were baptized. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Portuguese and Spanish from the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro.

Sister Silva was sealed to her husband, João Roberto Costa Martins Silva, in the São Paulo Brazil Temple. They are the parents of one daughter and one son. She has worked full-time as a homemaker.

Prior to her calling to the Young Women general board, Sister Silva was serving as the first counselor in her ward Relief Society. She had previously served as a family history consultant, Sunday School teacher, stake Relief Society president, stake Young Women counselor, and ward Young Women president. She also served with her husband when he was president of the Brazil Fortaleza Mission.

Sister Silva enjoys sewing and loves to be with her six grandchildren. One of her favorite scriptures is 2 Nephi 2:25: “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.”

Susan S. Taggart

Young Women General Board Member (February 2014)

Susan S. Taggart

Susan S. Taggart was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is married to David N. Taggart, whom she met on a blind date, and they are the parents of two sons. She has a bachelor's degree in German and a master's degree in applied linguistics from the University of Utah, and she taught German and English as a Second Language in high school and as a private tutor. She currently owns her own interior design firm.

Prior to being called to the Young Women general board, she served in many ward and stake positions in Young Women, as Primary president, counselor, and teacher; and as stake Relief Society president. She served a full-time mission in the Netherlands Amsterdam Mission and loved that challenging, rewarding experience.

Sister Taggart loves cycling, running, hiking, traveling, and working to help the homeless conquer homelessness. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6 because she realizes that God has a better idea of where her life should go than she ever could have on her own.

Rosemary Thackeray

Young Women General Board Member (February 2014)

Rosemary Thackeray

Rosemary Thackeray was raised in Etna, California, and Morgan, Utah. She attended Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho), Utah State University, and the University of Utah. She also spent a semester in Jerusalem, Israel.

Sister Thackeray is a professor of public health at Brigham Young University. Prior to her appointment at BYU, she worked at the Utah Department of Health. She also spent a year living in Atlanta, Georgia, working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prior to her call to serve on the Young Women general board, Sister Thackeray served as a Primary teacher, ward Relief Society president, counselor in several ward Relief Society presidencies, counselor in a stake Young Women presidency, and Laurel adviser.

Sister Thackeray enjoys hosting family dinners, doing family history, being the favorite aunt of six nieces and nephews, traveling, and eating ice cream.

One of her favorite scriptures is Isaiah 41:10: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Megumi Yamaguchi

Young Women General Board Member (February 2014)

Megumi Yamaguchi

Megumi Yamaguchi was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan, and earned a bachelor’s degree in travel management from Brigham Young University-Hawaii.

Sister Yamaguchi served as a full-time missionary in the Japan Sendai Mission. Prior to her call as a member of the Young Women general board, she served as stake and ward Young Women president, stake Primary president, and seminary teacher.

Sister Yamaguchi is an interpreter by profession, and she enjoys helping people communicate all over the world. She loves both playing and watching sports.