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Bonnie L. Oscarson

Young Women General President
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  • Lessons from Joseph Smith December 06, 2016
  • Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson’s favorite scripture is Doctrine and Covenants 101:16, “Be still and know that I am God.” Perhaps this commandment to “be still” is especially impactful because her family moved many times when she was young. Bonnie Lee Green was born October 23, 1950 in Salt Lake City and lived with her family in five different places in the United States before she attended college. She says that through all these relocations, her parents were examples of joyful endurance, always finding ways to make the next move exciting for the family instead of stressful and daunting. They were also committed to build the kingdom wherever they were, making their home a place for fellowshipping new converts, newlyweds, the elderly, or anyone who needed a friend. The influence of her parents’ examples became evident as Bonnie grew up into a woman dedicated to serving others.

    Bonnie L. Green became Bonnie L. Oscarson when she married Paul Oscarson in the Salt lake Temple in 1969. They met at the temple site in Far West, Missouri. Suspending her education at Brigham Young University, where she had been studying commercial art, the Oscarsons lived near his hometown in St. Louis, Missouri. Continuing the transient lifestyle Sister Oscarson had grown up with, they also lived in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Texas. They now have seven children and many grandchildren.

    Just as her parents had done, Sister Oscarson and her family served devotedly in the Church wherever they lived. Paul Oscarson as a stake president, and Sister Oscarson served alongside him. She also served three times as a ward Young Women president, twice as a stake Young Women president, and nine years as an early-morning seminary teacher. She loved working with the youth, and her love grew as she served them. She also enjoyed the time serving as a seminary teacher for the opportunities it gave her to study and learn more about the scriptures. Her thirst for knowledge translated into other areas of her life; 35 years after she had left BYU, she decided to return and finish her degree. She graduated with an emphasis in British and American literature.

    Early in their marriage, the Oscarsons made their farthest move to Sweden to preside over the Göteborg mission from 1976 to 1979. Thirty years later, from 2009 to 2012, they returned to serve as the president and matron of the Stockholm Sweden temple. Sister Oscarson is now fluent in Swedish and shares with her husband a love of the Swedish people. Their experiences also prepared them to continue traveling internationally and devoting their time to the Lord’s service.

    Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson was called to be the Young Women General President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2013. Since 2015, she has also served on the Church Missionary Executive Council—the first woman to do so. In her frequent addresses to the youth and women of the Church and to its members generally, Sister Oscarson emphasizes the importance of the family, sisterhood, and sincere belief and conversion in our lives. She is sweet but bold in exhorting members to service and greater faith. Her testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ and the restored gospel is clear, as is the love for the many people she serves.

    Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson’s favorite scripture is Doctrine and Covenants 101:16, “Be still and know that I am God.” Perhaps this commandment to “be still” is especially impactful because her family moved many times when she was young. Bonnie Lee Green was born October 23, 1950 in Salt Lake City and lived with her family in five different places in the United States before she attended college. She says that through all these relocations, her parents were examples of joyful endurance, always finding ways to make the next move exciting for the family instead of stressful and daunting. They were also committed to build the kingdom wherever they were, making their home a place for fellowshipping new converts, newlyweds, the elderly, or anyone who needed a friend. The influence of her parents’ examples became evident as Bonnie grew up into a woman dedicated to serving others.

    Bonnie L. Green became Bonnie L. Oscarson when she married Paul Oscarson in the Salt lake Temple in 1969. They met at the temple site in Far West, Missouri. Suspending her education at Brigham Young University, where she had been studying commercial art, the Oscarsons lived near his hometown in St. Louis, Missouri. Continuing the transient lifestyle Sister Oscarson had grown up with, they also lived in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Texas. They now have seven children and many grandchildren.

    Just as her parents had done, Sister Oscarson and her family served devotedly in the Church wherever they lived. Paul Oscarson as a stake president, and Sister Oscarson served alongside him. She also served three times as a ward Young Women president, twice as a stake Young Women president, and nine years as an early-morning seminary teacher. She loved working with the youth, and her love grew as she served them. She also enjoyed the time serving as a seminary teacher for the opportunities it gave her to study and learn more about the scriptures. Her thirst for knowledge translated into other areas of her life; 35 years after she had left BYU, she decided to return and finish her degree. She graduated with an emphasis in British and American literature.

    Early in their marriage, the Oscarsons made their farthest move to Sweden to preside over the Göteborg mission from 1976 to 1979. Thirty years later, from 2009 to 2012, they returned to serve as the president and matron of the Stockholm Sweden temple. Sister Oscarson is now fluent in Swedish and shares with her husband a love of the Swedish people. Their experiences also prepared them to continue traveling internationally and devoting their time to the Lord’s service.

    Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson was called to be the Young Women General President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2013. Since 2015, she has also served on the Church Missionary Executive Council—the first woman to do so. In her frequent addresses to the youth and women of the Church and to its members generally, Sister Oscarson emphasizes the importance of the family, sisterhood, and sincere belief and conversion in our lives. She is sweet but bold in exhorting members to service and greater faith. Her testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ and the restored gospel is clear, as is the love for the many people she serves.