Young Women Leaders

posted 7/8/2018

July Message

Hello Sisters!


We hope you are enjoying your summer and staying cool in the heat! July is a busy month for our youth programs. Thank you for sacrificing your time and spiritual, emotional, and physical energy in helping the youth of our Stake make priceless memories at our summer youth activities. This summer friendships will be made, testimonies will be strengthened, and lives will be changed.

Whether you are attending these activities or helping in other ways, please pray for a greater capacity to feel the love of our Heavenly Father in your life. Strength flows from within; within an individual, within a presidency, and within a Young Women’s organization. As you feel the peace and joy that comes from a greater understanding of our Savior’s love, you will be blessed with a greater ability to share this love with our young women and fellow leaders.

We pray that our Heavenly Father will bless you in your efforts to bless the lives of our young women this summer.

With love,

Tara, Holly, Jacqui, and Jessica

posted 6/11/2018

June Message

The weather is warming up, school is winding down and we are looking forward to summer. No homework, no tests and no seminary gives the young women much needed free time. As we think of the fun activities for the youth this summer remember that summer is a great time to build and strengthen their testimonies. This is the perfect opportunity to incorporate more of the Come, Follow Me method into your classes.

The extra free time the young women have over the summer is a chance to give them more of the discussions to lead in class and more opportunities to learn the doctrine that they are teaching. It’s also a great time to invite them to consider how to live what they have learned in the lesson and to share those experiences the following week. As the youth actively discuss the gospel and share experiences with one another their testimonies will be strengthened. Recently, we heard from a Laurel who is struggling to find her testimony. It will not happen as she sits in class while a teacher talks at her. But it will happen as she is actively learning by preparing the lesson and leading the discussion with her peers. As she shares her own experiences of living the gospel the Spirit will whisper to her of the truthfulness of what she is saying. By sharing, learning and living she will develop that testimony that she is struggling to find.

We have to think beyond the old ways of teaching and embrace the Come, Follow Me method of teaching the gospel. The youth need to share their experience with each other, learn and discuss the gospel together, and find ways to live what they have learned. Doing these things will give the Holy Ghost an opportunity to bear witness to them and help them leave Young Womens with a firm testimony of the foundations of the gospel. The youth need and desire these opportunities. We hope and pray that each of you will think of the young women in your ward and find ways to incorporate more of the Come, Follow Me method into your classes. If you have any questions or need help implementing Come, Follow Me please reach out to one of us. We have many ideas we have seen in the wards and would love to share them with you! We love you and we appreciate the love and care you show for the young women on a daily basis. Thank you for all you do!


Tara, Holly, Jacqui and Jessica

posted May 10, 2018

May Message
Upon hearing the announcement that our YW are now invited to participate in the new Ministering program, I jumped up and down for joy - literally!  I had hoped and prayed for this day for almost a decade.  Why?
In the words of Sister Oscarson: “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. Just as young men prepare in the Aaronic Priesthood for greater service as they advance into the Melchizedek Priesthood, our young women are preparing to become members of the greatest women’s organization on the earth--the Relief Society. Together, these beautiful, strong, faithful young women and young men are preparing to be wives and husbands, and mothers and fathers who will raise families worthy of the celestial kingdom of God.”
Are the YW busy?  Yes they are.  
Can they do this? Yes they can.
“To you, the young women of the Church, your teenage years can be busy and often challenging. We have noticed that many more of you are struggling with issues of self-worth, anxiety, high levels of stress, and perhaps even depression. Turning your thoughts outward, instead of dwelling on your own problems, may not resolve all of these issues, but service can often lighten your burdens and make your challenges seem less hard. One of the best ways to increase feelings of self-worth is to show, through our concern and service to others, that we have much of worth to contribute. I encourage you young women to raise your hands to volunteer and to put those hands to work when you see needs around you. As you fulfill your covenant responsibilities and participate in building the kingdom of God, blessings will flow into your life and you’ll discover the deep and lasting joy of discipleship.”
“As we consider the roles that our young women will be expected to assume in the near future, we might ask ourselves what kind of experiences we could provide for them now that will help with their preparation to be missionaries, gospel scholars, leaders in the Church auxiliaries, temple workers, wives, mothers, mentors, examples, and friends. They can actually begin now to fill many of those roles.”
We are daughters of our Heavenly Father who loves us
 He knows us - and has a plan for us.  He is inviting us and our beloved Young Women to join in His work.  
And we love Him
We will go and do our best - happily
With love, prayers and gratitude,
Tara, Holly, Jacqui and Jessica

posted April 2, 2018

April Message

Rejoice! He is Risen!

We hope everyone had an uplifting weekend watching General Conference and celebrating the Easter holiday. So many changes were announced, truly demonstrating the gospel rolling forward. Along with sustaining a new prophet and apostles, we

also sustained a new General YW Presidency.

CLICK HERE for more information on these newly called sisters.

How exciting it will be to now include our MiaMaids and Laurels in the new ministering program!  Think of how lives of both old and young will be touched and changed because of this! This will bless our Young Women as they are given even more opportunities to stretch their wings.

CLICK HERE to read the letter on the new ministering program

Our focus when we visit for ward conferences this year is on using class presidencies on Sundays using the “Share, Learn, Live” model from “Come Follow Me”. It has been a joy to stand back during ward conference 3rd hour, and watch the class presidents share and lead discussions during the lesson time. This brings meaning to their callings. It gives them something real they are responsible for. We encourage you to give the class presidents (or other member of the class presidency where appropriate) the opportunity to begin each lesson with a “Share” session on what the class goal was the previous week. And then once the lesson discussion (Learn) is over (leaving around 5 minutes of class time left), turn the time back over to the class president to discuss with the class what they want to work on for a goal that week. (Live)

Thank you for all that you do to guide the young women and teach them the tools they need to be great leaders and examples wherever they are. We love you!

~ Tara, Holly, Jacqui, and Jessica

posted March 5, 2018

March Message

Dear Sisters,


Please consider the following topics this week as you plan and prayerfully ponder how best to help our young women draw closer to Christ. Learning to rely on Him is the key to their peace and joy.


·    Please persist in implementing “Come Follow Me”. Sunday lessons have the greatest impact on their testimonies and when they participate, they grow.


·    Encourage your YW to attend our Camp Meeting on March 10th. This year they have the opportunity to stretch their spiritual muscle and seek inspiration as they help influence the direction of the “new style” girls camp. Click Here to see article about new "Young Women Camp Guide"


·    Make sure that all of your Laurels are aware of the opportunity to serve a mini mission March 16-18. Many of our youth want to do service projects or travel to far off places to provide service to disadvantaged people. What they may not realize is that those people exist in our mission boundaries and the Sisters of the Manchester New Hampshire Mission provide hands on service to these individuals every day. Here is the link for registration.


We are so blessed to have spiritual direction through a living prophet and to live in an area where leaders and members work together to provide opportunities for our youth to grow. Thank you so much for the hours of service you provide both interacting with our youth and in planning and praying for their success. We pray that the Lord will bless, strengthen, and inspire you.



Tara, Holly, Jacqui, and Jessica


posted Feb 8, 2018

February Message


We enjoyed meeting and seeing many of you at the Stake Auxiliary Training. Thank you for the thoughts and experiences your shared as we all learned from one another. We hope each of you came away from that meeting with a way to better implement “Share, Learn, Live” in your Sunday lessons.

During our Ward Conference visit this year we will be using “Share, Learn, Live” in the lesson we give to the Young Women. We will introduce the doctrine and then let the class presidents share experiences relating to the 2018 Youth Theme. Finally, we will have them break into groups to discuss and challenge them to “Act” on what they’ve learned and felt. As the Young Women learn from one another, share their experiences of living the gospel with their peers and act on what the Spirit guides them to do they will learn to recognize the truth of the gospel and grow in their testimonies. This will also give them the peace they need as they navigate through life. “Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.” (D&C 19:23).


Tara, Holly, Jacqui, and Jessica

posted Jan 3, 2018

January Message

Dear Sisters,

Happy New Year!

As is our experience in life, change is constant.  We extend a heart full of love and gratitude to Sister Hannah Robinson for her three and a half years of dedicated service.  She has become a trusted counselor, friend and advocate for the YW of our Stake.  We trust her testimony and energy will bless the lives of those she will serve in her next calling. 

Warmest of welcomes to our newest Stake YW Presidency Member, Sister Jacqui Atkinson.  The Atkinson’s recently moved to Massachusetts from Alabama.  They have a son at BYU, a daughter serving a mission in Pennsylvania and 2 High School aged daughters at home.  We look forward to learning from her and growing together as a presidency.

Two Invitations for you to ACT on this month:

1 - Email from Sister Pearson

Each ward YW President recently received an email from Sister Pearson, our Stake Relief Society President.  Please take time to:

  • read through the email

  • Share the email with your presidency and discuss it in your next Presidency Meeting

  • invite 1 presidency member to attend RS on January 7th.

2 - Sunday Come Follow Me discussions

The General YW Presidency recently participated in an interview (link below).  During this interview, Sister Marriott simply and beautifully outlines how our Come Follow Me class discussions should be organized - relying heavily on our class presidents and providing opportunities for our YW to participate and share.  Please take a few minutes to:

  • watch a 4 minute portion of this interview running between the 20:10 - 24:14 minute mark

  • Discuss with your presidency and advisors how to best implement Sister Marriott’s outline

Here is the link to the video:

Here is the link to the article:

Thank you, Sisters, for your goodness and service. 

We love and pray for you.

~Tara, Holly, Jacqui and Jessica

Nashua Stake YW Presidency

For Your Information:

  • All HS Seniors received an invitation to attend Fast Sundays at Heritage Park beginning in January.  Please encourage their participation!

  • SYC invitations will be sent this week to all youth who will be Priests and Laurels by the end of 2018.

  • Stake Auxiliary Training:  Thursday, February 1st 7-8:30 Littleton Chapel  (more info to follow)

posted Dec 11, 2017

“How to Help Our Young Women Feel Valued and Needed in the Church”
This 30 minute Q&A with the General YW Presidency in September 2017 has some helpful perspectives on helping teach the young women to lead and teach, and also how to help them see how the priesthood applies to them.

Here is the link to the video:

Link to the article with some highlights:

posted Dec 10, 2017

December Message

Dear Sisters,

With the Christmas season upon us we want to wish each of you a Merry Christmas. We hope you have the Spirit with you this Christmas and feel of the Savior’s love for you. We love and appreciate all you do!

This month’s Come Follow Me focus is on Let Us Teach. When the youth are given the opportunity to teach and lead the class discussion the following will happen:

  • They will feel inclined to share their experiences and testimonies which will strengthen their faith and help them become converted

  • Friendships will deepen

  • They will prepare for their future roles in the Church

  • As they prepare for and give the lesson it will help them to have and recognize the Holy Ghost in their lives

Elder D. Todd Christofferson said, “It is the Holy Ghost that bears witness of your words when you teach and testify. It is the Holy Ghost that reveals how you may clear the next seemingly insurmountable hurdle. It is by the Holy Ghost in you that others may feel the pure love of Christ and receive strength to press forward. It is also the Holy Ghost, in His character as the Holy Spirit of Promise, that confirms the validity and efficacy of your covenants and seals God’s promises upon you.”

As you watch the following video think of ways that the youth can have more opportunities to teach and testify to their peers.  


Let Us Teach: At Home, In Sacrament Meeting, In Classes and Quorum Meetings, In Primary

With much love and gratitude,

Tara, Hannah, Holly and Jessica

posted Nov 9, 2017

November Message

Happy November wonderful Sisters!

Words cannot express the gratitude and love we feel for each of you. Thank you again and again for all that you do.

This month's Come Follow Me focus is on ASKING QUESTIONS to “Help Us Discover the Gospel”.  More specifically asking ourselves as leaders/advisers/teachers how we can best create an environment that will encourage and foster real, thoughtful, tough, and growing questions from the girls. This is indeed how they will grow and strengthen their testimonies together.

As you counsel together in your presidencies consider asking yourselves:

- What instances have fostered meaningful questions? How do we recreate that?

- What is inhibiting questions in our lessons? How do we remedy that?

- How can we ask questions as leaders that invite questions and discussions from the girls?

- How are we addressing the questions that get asked? Is our response encouraging discussion, and freedom to ask openly again?

As always, we are here for you! Please reach out if there is anything at all we can do for you.  And if course, YOUR questions are welcome!!

Please take time to watch this video: “Help Us Discover the Gospel”

~ Invite Us to Talk

~ Listen to Us

~ Respond to Our Ideas

With so much love,

Tara, Hannah, Holly, and Jessica

posted Oct 16, 2017

October Message

Dear Sisters,

We have felt the prompting to revisit principles of Come Follow Me Youth Curriculum.  For the next 3 months our message will focus on one of these principles.  During the month, we ask that you prayerfully find ways to apply each principle to meet the needs of your class, individual YW and yourself.  Please share your experiences with us as we visit with you each month.  Young Women leaders throughout the Stake will benefit from what you have experienced and learned.

This month, we have selected the principle: Prepare to Teach.  Please watch the video below and select one specific action you can make to better prepare for your next Come Follow Me discussion.  


~ Study the Learning Outline

~ Think About the Young Women

~ Make a Plan

~ Study, Pray, and Live the Gospel

As you are better prepared to lead a Come Follow Me discussion, the Holy Ghost will be your companion.  You will model for your YW how the Savior teaches and wants us to learn.  With the Holy Ghost present in your classroom, your Young Women will be better prepared to participate, share and make changes in their personal lives.

Thank you for the lives you lead, the service you provide and the love you share with the Young Women in your stewardship.

With gratitude and love,

Tara, Hannah, Holly and Jessica

posted Sept 5, 2017

September Message

Dear Young Women Leaders,

We hope you had a wonderful and restful summer.  Thank you for your support of Trek and Girls Camp - it was a blessing to visit with and work alongside many of you.  We pray that you will invite the Young Women to think often on the experiences of the summer and remember the feelings of love, peace, and hope, and that those memories will carry them through the challenges of a new school year.

Thank you for your love and service, we love and pray for you.

~Tara, Hannah, Holly & Jessica

To Ward YW Presidents and Laurel Advisers:

Ward Relief Society Presidents and Young Women Presidents will soon receive a letter from Sister Pearson (Stake Relief Society President) and myself inviting you to meet together and identify specific ways your auxiliaries can work together to prepare and transition graduating (2017-18) Seniors from Young Women into Relief Society. 

Concurrently, we ask that Ward Young Women Presidents and Laurel advisers, prayerfully consider small, deliberate changes to your Sundaydiscussions and Wednesday activities to, again, prepare the Laurels to transition into Relief Society and prepare to accept callings outside of the Young Women organization.  Below are areas where Young Women can be better prepared, followed by ideas to implement improvement.  Please consider the needs of your Laurels individually, especially your Seniors.

1 - Shift time and attention from personal needs to serving others

Class Presidency meetings - watch the following videos for ways to minister to class members

2 - Gain confidence in teaching and testifying

Come Follow Me - WEEKLY  invite Young Women to prepare, share and teach

3 - Build relationships with sisters from varying backgrounds/ages

invite RS sisters to participate in YW lessons and activities, plan class activities that provide service to sisters in the ward

4 - Learn the HOW of Visiting Teaching

Work with RS presidents and invite the Senior Laurels to partner with their mother or YW leader for a few months to see Visiting Teaching modeled.  While this is not a church program, we have President Holland’s blessing to implement this in our Stake.

5- working with Priesthood Leaders

improve BYC meetings - prepare YW to actively participate in BYC

Invite Bishopric members to participate in Sunday class discussions (give them a specific assignment, not just an open invitation to attend)

6 - Understand WHAT Relief Society is

this needs to start younger than Laurel years.  YW and RS can occasionally combine their activities and lessons, YW leaders can share VT experiences and help connect the ideals of the YW organization with RS organization

posted Aug 3, 2017

August Message



We just spent a wonderful week at Girls Camp. It was a BRAVE week full of fun, adventure, laughter and spiritual growth. During the week the YW also had opportunities to have experiences for their Personal Progress. Please take some time to check in with each of your Young Women and help them connect their camp accomplishments with Personal Progress. You should have already received an email with a link to the Girls Camp Personal Progress folder. Please review this and help each YW update their Personal Progress. Please let us know if you need us to resend the link or if you have any questions. Thank you for all the time, attention and love that you constantly give to the YW. We love you and appreciate all you do!


Tara, Hannah, Holly, Jessica


Camp Play List

Some of the YW and leaders asked for the music from our program/dance party and slideshow at camp – here is the list!

Whole Wide World  - Mindy Gledhill

I Believe in You - Michael Buble

Set the World on Fire - Britt Nicole

It's Your Life - Francesca Battistelli

Better When I'm Dancin’ - Meghan Trainor

It’s Gonna Be OK - Piano Guys

Cant Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake

When Can I See You Again - Owl City

Brave - Sara Bareilles

Firework - Katy Perry

Let it Go - Idina Menzel

Who Says - Selena Gomez

Roar - Katy Perry

Fight Song - Rachel Platten

Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys

Dancing in the Dark - Rihanna

Try Everything - Shakira

Shine Your Way - Owl City

Call me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen

What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction

Undefeated – Daughtry
Chasing the Sun - Sara Bareilles
Come Take Your Place - Hilary Weeks
Heavenly Father Loves Me - Kamie Jacobs Bolen

posted July 12, 2017

July Message

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings; that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good; that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth;” (Mosiah 12:21)
This is a month of adventure for the young women.  Their feet will carry them along the trails and summits of New Hampshire's beautiful hills and mountains.  It is a challenge they are ready for! 
They are also ready to share the truths of the gospel that they have been learning, whether for their whole lives or for a few short weeks.  The ‘Come Follow Me’ curriculum is at it's best when the girls are actively sharing and teaching each week.  Some weeks, perhaps they are teaching a whole lesson with the support of a leader.  Other weeks they may be reading a previously assigned scripture or quote, and sharing their testimony.  We encourage you this month to recommit yourselves as a presidency to finding ways for your girls to teach each week.  Extra effort on your part? Yes.  Worth it?  Absolutely!!!! 
If you have any questions/concerns/ideas/etc. about the YW teaching, please do not hesitate to contact us!  This is one of our favorite things to talk about, and you are some of our favorite people to talk to! 
Check out this great training video on youth teaching:  Video: We Teach
With all our love,
Tara, Hannah, Holly, and Jessica

posted June 13, 2017

June Message

Welcome to Summer!

We are looking forward to spending time with the young women and leaders at Trek and YW Camp in July! Please visit the Stake Youth Website for information on both events:


YW Camp:

Please read this entire letter regarding the guideline changes for dress standards at camp to the Young Women, parents and leaders at the following link, and also PLEASE EMAIL THIS LINK TO ALL PARENTS. CLICK HERE for Letter regarding changes to camp dress code


“Desired attitudes and righteous behavior cannot flourish in the soil of constantly constraining control and coercion. Your love, patience, teaching, and ministering will provide vital spiritual support as they press forward on the straight and narrow path. As parents [and leaders] help the rising generation learn and apply correct principles, they increasingly will become able to govern themselves.” - David A. Bednar

We love you all so much and are so very grateful for your loving service to the Young Women and their families!

Love ~ Tara, Hannah, Holly, and Jessica

posted May 16, 2017

May Message

“The busiest girls use
Personal Progress
as a tool to accomplish what they most want to do.
It brings your Temporal and Spiritual pursuits together.
It shows you that what you do
on the volleyball team or the chess club
has a direct relationship with who you are as a
Daughter of God.”

Julie B Beck

As we all wrap up another school year and look forward to summer, we invite and encourage parents and Young Women leaders to provide the YW with an opportunity to reflect on the MANY ways they have grown and progressed this past year.  As they take time to “see the good” please help them connect “the good” with God.  He knows them, He loves them, He truly walks beside them.  As they discover new interests, talents and strengths, they discover the Divine Nature He has gifted to them.  The time and effort our YW have dedicated to their academic, social, athletic, drama, family and church activities this year can and should be connected to Personal Progress - please help them make those connections!

INVITATION:  Each YW sit down with a parent or YW leader this month to:

1 - Review accomplishments from the past year

2 - Receive thanks and praise for their efforts

3 - Recognize the gifts and strengths they have received from Heavenly Father

4 - Connect their experiences in those in Personal Progress

5 - Plan time for the YW to read associated scriptures and complete the experiences or projects

(this would be a great Sunday lesson or mid week activity)

With love and gratitude,

Tara, Hannah, Holly & Jessica

Nashua NH Stake YW Presidency

PS - As a reminder, we now celebrate Personal Progress and Honor Bee recipients at Girls Camp.  All YW who have completed their Personal Progress or Honor Bee requirements since Girls Camp 2016 will be spotlighted during our evening program.  Please encourage those YW who are close to completing Personal Progress to set July15th as their finish date!

posted Apr 6, 2017

April Message



Please remember Elder Holland’s quote from this past General Conference. He said, “On those days when we feel a little out of tune, a little less than what we think we see or hear in others, I would ask us to remember it is by divine design that not all the voices in God’s choir are the same.”

We are all unique and bring something different to our callings. Please remember that each of you is needed and appreciated! We love you and see what amazing gifts and abilities you have when you trust in Heavenly Father to help you recognize them. Thank you for all your time, sacrifice and prayers for the Young Women in your ward.


Tara, Hannah, Holly and Jessica

posted Mar 1, 2017

March Message

Service in the youth programs of the church can, at times feel like a ride on a speeding train.  We race along at an alarming pace with our minds naturally on the next task/event...Sunday, mutual, Sunday, mutual, Sunday, etc, all while reaching out to and meeting the needs of our precious girls.  It is indeed a speeding train.

May we pause.  Take a deep breath.  And be still. 

“Therefore, let your hearts be comforted concerning Zion; for all flesh is in mine hands; be still and know that I am God.” D & C 101:16

In the stillness we can see and feel all that God intends.  In the stillness we are prepared and led in the building of relationships with our girls.  In the stillness we can step off of the train and be truly present for and with our young women. 

May March be a bit more “still” for each of you. 

We love each of you so much. 

Tara, Hannah, Holly, and Jessica

posted Feb 4, 2017

February Message

”As followers of Jesus Christ, if we are to be the “light of the world,” a beacon of goodness, we need to do as the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us. We need to love, be kind, avoid contention, be patient, reserve judgment for God, and forgive—over and over again.” (Link to article on

Our young women are trying to find their place in this day and age, and it’s not easy. There are many choices they need to make each day and many voices competing to influence them. At times, some of these may be difficult for us to understand. May we always be prayerful in their behalf, and build relationships of love and trust so that walls will come down, allowing them and all those we interact with to feel the love of our Savior and gain a testimony of their Divine Nature and infinite worth.

We hope you know how much we LOVE you wonderful women and the young women you serve! We are so privileged to get to witness the good that you are doing. Please know that you ARE making a difference through love.

Image result for heart imageTara, Hannah, Holly, and Jessica

posted Jan 3, 2017

January Presidency Message

Happy, Happy New Year, dear sisters!

We love you, we pray for you and we stand beside you in serving, lifting, guiding, cheering and loving the Young Women of our Stake.  They need YOU.  They need your light, your testimony, your listening ear, your witness that living the gospel brings peace, and they need to be reminded - constantly - that they are DIVINE in NATURE and INDIVIDUALly of great WORTH.

Our efforts this year during Auxiliary Training, Ward Conferences and Girls Camp will combine the church wide youth theme of “ASK in Faith” and the two YW values; Divine Nature and Individual Worth.  As YW regularly and repeatedly go to their Father in Heaven to Ask questions, His promise is that “I will be found of you”, they are known, they are “partakers of the Divine Nature”, and He has a specific plan for them. 

We invite all YW and YW leaders to renew our personal journey this year - to discover and own our Divine Nature and embrace and own our Individual Worth.  We need to “OWN IT” - the good, the bad, the highs and lows.  We need to “OWN IT” - our strengths and weaknesses, our gifts and talents.  This is our journey and we are not alone.  We have a loving Heavenly Father, a compassionate Savior, the companionship of the Holy Ghost, and we have each other.

Onward and Upward,
Tara, Hannah, Holly & Jessica
Nashua Stake YW Presidency

“You are not alone on this journey. Your Heavenly Father knows you. Even when no one else hears you, He hears you. When you rejoice in righteousness, He rejoices with you. When you are beset with trial, He grieves with you. Heavenly Father’s interest in you does not depend on how rich or beautiful or healthy or smart you are. He sees you not as the world sees you; He sees who you really are. He looks on your heart. And He loves you because you are His child. Dear sisters, seek Him earnestly, and you will find Him. I promise you, you are not alone.”      ~ Dieter F. Uchtdorf

posted Dec 3, 2016

December Presidency Message


Several years ago President Thomas S. Monson said,  "Our celebration of Christmas should be a reflection of the love and selflessness taught by the Savior. Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit. We feel more kindly one to another. We reach out in love to help those less fortunate. Our hearts are softened. Enemies are forgiven, friends remembered and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things. To catch the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the Spirit of Christ.”

As we participate in the church’s “Light the World” campaign we will have the Spirit of Christ fill our hearts and our homes. Those small, meaningful acts of service will bless the lives of those around us. Sharing our light with others will help us remember the Savior this Christmas season. We hope that you and your families have a very merry Christmas!


Tara, Hannah, Holly and Jessica

posted Nov 6, 2016

November Presidency Message:

The Prophet Joseph F. Smith said, “...the spirit of gratitude is always pleasant and satisfying because it carries with it a sense of helpfulness to others; it begets love and friendship, and engenders divine influence. Gratitude is said to be the memory of the heart.”

During this season of thanksgiving we would like to express our gratitude to you. As we visit the different wards in our stake we see many examples of love and kindness given to the young women. We come away from our visits with our hearts full and a deep appreciation for the Young  Women leaders who so selflessly serve. Thank you for all your time, effort, and sacrifices that you give to your calling. We love you and sincerely appreciate all that you do.


Tara, Hannah, Holly and Jessica

posted Oct 9, 2016

October Presidency Message:
"Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by SMALL and SIMPLE things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise."
Alma 37:6
As the calendar pulls us into what could become a very busy time of year, please remember "Small and Simple". 
Take time for yourself - Make time for yourself - to find joy and peace.
It is joy and peace that each of us, our families, and Young Women need to feel.
Find it and Share it.
With deepest gratitude, love and prayers,
Tara, Hannah, Holly, and Jessica

posted Sep 7, 2016

September Presidency Message

September brings us to the beginning of another school year!  We wish everyone the best as your own families adjust to the changes that Autumn brings. We also encourage awareness of our young women as the social and academic stress of school and other activities re-enter their lives.

It is important to help the young women who have graduated from high school but are still living locally to begin to attend Relief Society either in a YSA ward or their home ward.  Looking forward to the young women who will graduate in the spring, now would be a good time to work together with the Relief Society president on developing a plan to help these young women transition as much as it is in your power.

Many of our Young Women (YW) Presidents ask how they can prepare graduating Senior to transition smoothly into Relief Society (RS) and the responsibilities we take on as adults in the church.  The YWs perception of RS is largely based on the comments they hear from parents and YW Leaders (let’s keep it positive) and their familiarity/comfort level with the sisters of Relief Society. We are currently working with the Stake Relief Society Presidency to come up with a list of ideas/suggestions for YW and RS leaders to use to transition and nurture these beautiful YW.

We appreciate the input that was shared with us in response to these questions, and hope you will continue to share with us and each other as you learn new things. Please see the shared responses below. (additionally, there is an online article entitled “Progression into Relief Society” that has good insight CLICK HERE for link to article )

Much Love,

Tara, Hannah, Holly, and Jessica

1. What do you do in your role to help the young women transition to “adult discipleship”? (especially helping graduating seniors move on to the Relief Society/YSA Ward) 2. How do you help prepare your young women for Relief Society and more involved church service? 3. What have you done or seen other wards do help build relationships between YW and sisters in RS?

From Ward Leaders in Nashua Stake:

~ Just giving them opportunities to lead (and explaining what it means to lead and why) makes a big difference. When the girls have received training (from the online resources for leaders on and then have had opportunities to put training to practice, it makes a big difference in easing their transition to adult service in the church. Also, the Acton ward gave graduating seniors visiting teaching assignments and paired them with young women leaders to help train them. I thought this was a fantastic idea that should be implemented more.

~ This is similar to my answer to the first question, but involving them in planning activities, even down to the basics, makes a difference. We are planning a service auction and ice cream social for the ward this weekend and took time out of opening exercises over a few weeks to plan with the girls. We initially planned how much ice cream/soda we'd need  for soda floats in a presidency meeting and then a counselor of mine suggested we should talk through that process with the girls. I thought that was a great suggestion! They need to know not just the parts of the activity they're in charge of, but also the logistics behind the rest. These are things they'll be doing when they're planning activities in just a few years. Also, giving them opportunities to teach and present prepares them for the many opportunities to come.

~  We have opening exercises with RS on fast Sunday which helps the girls become more familiar with the RS room and it also gives them a little time to interact with the women there. Also, the RS has invited the Laurels to a few of their activities and given them an assignment as a way to give them an opportunity to serve and to get to know the program. At the RS birthday celebration, the laurels told some of the RS history to the group.

~ For (our seniors) I think we just really asked them to take the lead more in the discussions and activities and mutual conducting! I think as they feel more comfortable doing these things with the youth they will be better prepared to do them w/ RS or in their callings! I also asked (our seniors) if they wanted to go to a singles ward and offered to take them...they ended up going on their own! As far as having them connected to the RS maybe there would be some sort of activity the RS could host for just graduating laurels in the spring but in a way that somehow wouldn't make them feel awkward or like there was a spotlight on them.

posted Aug 3, 2016

August Presidency Message:

We want to recognize that the Merrimack Ward YW Presidency has been reorganized. Tynel – we appreciate everything you and your presidency have done during your time of service, and know the youth will continue to benefit from your love as you serve as a seminary teacher.  Thank you so much for everything – we love you!  And welcome to the new Merrimack YW President Morgan Hagey and her presidency. We look forward to serving with you!

The month of July was busy but uplifting. Youth Conference was a powerful experience. We were able to visit the Sacred Grove and other church historical sites as well as see the Hill Cumorah Pageant. I’m sure the youth came back with lasting memories.

Walking through the Sacred Grove and reflecting on the vision of Joseph Smith brought to mind the quote by President Uchtdorf, “Compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God.” With all Their power, They chose to answer the prayer of an uneducated farm boy and proceeded to guide him in bringing to pass a work of importance second only to the Savior’s ministry in Jerusalem.

During Girls Camp the following week, we saw new friendships formed, old friendships strengthened, and testimonies built. We hope all came home from Girls Camp with a greater love for one another and a deeper testimony of our Savior's love for all of us.

Thank you for all for your time and sacrifice. You each made these events experiences that will be a key part of the growing testimonies of our young women and memories that they will cherish.


Tara, Hannah, Holly, and Jessica

Many of our Young Women (YW) Presidents ask how they can prepare graduating Senior to transition smoothly into Relief Society (RS) and the responsibilities we take on as adults in the church.  The YWs perception of RS is largely based on the comments they hear from parents and YW Leaders (lets keep it positive) and their familiarity/comfort level with the sisters of Relief Society.

We are currently working with the Stake Relief Society Presidency to come up with a list of ideas/suggestions for YW and RS leaders to use to transition and nurture these beautiful YW.

We'd love your input - please share your thoughts and ideas on the following two questions:

1. What do you do in your role to help the young women transition to “adult discipleship”? (especially helping graduating seniors move on to the Relief Society/YSA Ward)
2. How do you help prepare your young women for Relief Society and more involved church service?
3. What have you done or seen other wards do help build relationships between YW and sisters in RS?

Please email responses to:

July 3, 2016

July Presidency Message:

We are continually uplifted and inspired by the incredible service you offer each of your young women.  Despite our best efforts we, at times, all fall short in our own efforts, or despair in the missteps of our sweet young women.  Though the pain and sadness of these moments are real, we echo the words of Elder Holland: "Be peaceful.  Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are."  "Keep loving. Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing.  Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever."
And we always, always, always are here as your biggest fans!!! We love you! See you at camp!

Tara, Hannah, Holly, and Jessica

posted June 3, 2016

June Presidency Message:


Many years ago, I was blessed to serve with and learn from a wonderful mission president, Trent McKittrick.  He was positive, energetic and quick to give a word of encouragement/advise.  "Be in the thick of the thick"  he would often say - directing us to spend our limited time and energy where it would do the most good.   On days when I am feeling stretched thin and pulled in many directions, I hear his words, pause, and consider what changes I can make so that my efforts are consistent with my goals.

As Young Women leaders we are asked to love the Young Women we serve.  In our recent Regional Auxiliary Training, Sister McConkie shared, "When they (YW) come to Young Women's they need to know they are safe, they are welcome, and they are loved."  I might also add,  "they are known".  Our Young Women need to know that they "are daughters of our Heavenly Father who loves (them)" and knows them.  They feel His love through us.  Our small and simple actions; an encouraging word or compliment, listening to their experiences, laughing together, crying together, sharing a hug or a smile,  build trust and express our love and support.   Let's remember to "be in the thick of the thick.”  To focus our efforts on what we are really called to do - we are called to feed His sheep, to serve as He would serve and love as He would love.  Take a look at the wonderful suggestions shared from YW leaders in our Stake and consider how you can simplify your approach to serving in YW  - let the Spirit be your guide.

With much love and thanks,
Tara, Hannah, Holly, Jessica

Thank you for the many responses we received to our questions for this month!
What are ways you have chosen to simplify your calling?  What can we “let go”?

1 - Our presidency was meeting every week, for over two years, as directed by our bishop.  We re-addressed this in ward council and found out ours was the only presidency still following that direction.  We quickly moved to meeting twice a month, once in person and once via conference call.  I find we are still able to accomplish everything that is needed, with less time spent in meetings.
We are also trying to lean more heavily on our class presidencies.  Sometimes this is actually more work- ok let's be real, it's always more work than doing it ourselves, at least at the beginning.  The idea of 'no back-up brownies' has been on repeat in my mind.  As we as adults allow the YW to fulfill their callings, in the same we we do ours, we will all be blessed and strengthened together.  And at times, the girls fulfilling their callings means things will fall through and we will rarely ever have a Pinterest worthy activity.  I know, however, that Heavenly Father is not at all concerned with how put together our activities are, but more in the personal growth of each individual along the way.
2 - As for simplifying my calling, I try hard not to get lost in the details and do the ministering to the girls first and foremost. I am also challenging class  presidencies to take on a bigger role in the operation of YW.
3 - To simplify: no Pinterest expectations.  The focus is on teaching the doctrine.  If there time and desire to make a cute handout for a lesson then that's fine, but it's not a priority.  Also letting the girls lead and make mistakes, therefore not putting pressure on myself to make sure everything goes smoothly.

4 -We do as much ahead of time as possible. One of the biggest benefits we stumbled upon was prepping for camp in Feb/Mar/April. (There are still things left to do, but having that pre-thought foundation has been awesome.) We also spend a lot of time checking our plans and ideas against Handbook section 10.1.1. If we can't circle directly back to the objectives of the YW program, we cut it. What can we “let go”? We've found that we're so much happier when we leave Pinterest out of it, quite honestly. When we foster the organic brainstorming process (and skill!) with the young women, it is so much more fruitful and rewarding than short-circuiting that process by having everyone whip out their phones to see what Pinterest has to say. (It also has the side-benefit of shielding young women (and adult leaders!) from feelings of inadequacy and the sting of comparison to what other people are doing.)

What do you do to simplify and streamline your YW program in the summer?

1 - The only thing we have done this year to simplify and streamline is not holding a ward level mutual activity when there is a stake or ward activity that same week.  Many of our parents have been thrilled to have the 'night off' and are better able to support the stake activity.

2 - For summer, in the Nashua Ward,  we are trying to have only one activity per week. If there is a temple trip or another activity that week, we cancel mutual or have a more informal get together at a pool or other location.
3 - Simplify and streamline in the summer: more combined "hang out at leaders houses if you are in town" activities.
4 - We are trying something new this year: we're having all summer weeknight mutual activities be combined ym/yw. They'll be more informal and we'll try to do as many as possible at people's homes. We are only requiring there to be 2-3 leaders/activity to alleviate that commitment for the adults and ac
ommodate travel.
Loving our Young Women - How do you support your YW who struggle with mental illness (anxiety, depression, etc.)?
1 - One of the most important things I think we can do is help them recognize that they are not alone.  This can sometimes be difficult if you have a YW or her family, who does not want other people to know.  One of the biggest tools Satan uses in our lives is the feeling of being alone- that I am the only one- nobody understands me.  As I have connected two YW, both suffering with anxiety, they immediately felt more connected and more ok.  As leaders, I think it is important for us to listen and not judge, to hug often, and reach out to them throughout the week to see how they are.
2 - When a young woman is struggling with anxiety, and she shares a story with me about her situation, I ask her lots of questions to understand the circumstances.  Then, I ask her questions about the support she is receiving at home and at school.  I make sure she knows that someone is on her side.  I first want her to feel safe at church and at school.  She should never have to feel alone in her struggle!!  Then, I mention the disclosure to her parents, so they know that I know.  Or, maybe the parents have told me first.  I find out how they want other adults/friends to be involved in knowing this information.  No matter how they decide to handle the situation, I make sure the young woman knows that I care about her.  I may share a personal story to tell her how I handled a situation that caused me anxiety.  I've shared stories about difficulties in my past with the parents of girls who are struggling.  I want them to know that I have empathy for their daughter.  I also give the parents permission to share all (or whichever parts they choose) of my story with their daughter.  They have appreciated my openness and have drawn strength from knowing how I overcame certain situations.  (See how good I turned out after all that!!?!!  :) )  I like sending little notes of encouragement and love with descriptions of all the great qualities the young woman has, too.  I respect the cause of the anxiety and give the young woman plenty of space in which to heal.
Depression is a whole different ball game.  With this one, I find out the level of disclosure desired from the parents.  Some people are very private about it.  Then, I just make sure their daughter feels loved.  She needs to seek professional help with this, yet as her leader, I am there to support, understand and love.  For example, at girls' camp in another stake, one of my girls had depression.  I was her counsellor for both 2nd and 3rd years (we divided by year instead of ward).  She always needed a little extra help with everything.  So, I made sure someone was always with her.  I assigned someone to go with her to pick up her medicine from the nurse every morning and evening, or I went with her myself.  I gave her extra time for everything.  She just needed a time and love cushion for everything that she did.  So, I made sure that I knew where she was all week and kept her pulse, so to speak.
These girls are so precious!!!  They have so much to teach us!



posted May 5, 2016

Personal Progress Resources
Notes from March 31 Leadership Training:   Personal Progress Breakout Session
Step by Step Instructions for doing Personal Progress online:  Personal Progress Online Instructions

posted May 5, 2016:

May Presidency Message:

The Savior invited his followers “to act in faith and live the truths He taught. In all His teaching, He focused on helping His followers live the gospel with all their hearts. To accomplish this, He found opportunities for them to learn through powerful experiences. When He appeared to the Nephites, He invited them to come to Him one by one, that they might see, feel, and know Him for themselves. When He sensed that they did not fully understand His message, He invited them to go home and prepare themselves to come back and learn more.” (Teaching in the Savior’s Way -

We appreciate what one of the Ward YW leaders in the Stake shared after we asked for input this month on following up with invitations and involving the YW:

The week before I teach a lesson, I give each girl a note card with an assignment.  Before the next class, they prepare by reading assigned scriptures or conference talks and then sharing what I've asked them to share.  For some lessons they each have the same assignment.  For other lessons, each assignment is different.  I love seeing them get up during the lessons and teaching the class what they have learned, sharing their testimonies and/or sharing scriptures.  They each speak between 2 and 6 minutes. 

We started this routine at the very first class in January, and it is what they have come to expect.  All 8 of them are usually prepared to share something. 

While I was a teacher at the MTC, I learned that when class participants are talking/sharing, they learn way more than when they listen to a teacher talk.  So, I guide the lesson structure and the girls do most of the talking. 

As you find a way to regularly follow up on invitations, the YW will have the opportunity to develop the habit of participating in them.

We love and appreciate you all so much!

Tara, Hannah, Holly, and Jessica

June Presidency Message Topic:

Please share your thoughts on the following:

1. What are ways you have chosen to simplify your calling?  What can we “let go”?

2. What do you do to simplify and streamline your YW program in the summer?

Loving our Young Women

3. How do you support your YW who struggle with mental illness (anxiety, depression, etc.)?

Please email responses to:

posted April 4, 2016:

April Presidency Message:

Please remember that a key to teaching as the Savior taught is to help those we teach feel our love for them. That love helps them trust you, listen to you, and to apply what you teach.

“As we show love for those we teach, they become more receptive to the Spirit. They become more enthusiastic about learning and more open to us and others in the group. Often, they awaken to a renewed sense of their eternal worth and a greater desire for righteousness.” (See Teaching, No Greater Call, 31-39.)

One of the best ways for our young women to feel our love for them is for us to strive to build a personal relationship with them. Three ways to build relationships with the young women are: (1) to get to know them, (2) take an interest in their lives, and (3) to watch over them. A great way to do this is to get to know them outside of the classroom. You can do this by attending their concerts, plays, and sporting events and texting and emailing them during the week. Strive to be a part of their lives outside of Church. They will know you mean to be more than just a Sunday teacher for them and that you really care about their lives. As you pray for and with the young women, the Spirit will touch your heart and help you know the needs of them individually.

With love,

Tara, Hannah, Holly, and Jessica

May Newsletter topic:

Please share your thoughts on "Following up on Invitations"

How do your YW leaders follow up on

1- invitations given during YW classes

2- Personal Progress experiences and projects
Please email responses to:

posted March 5, 2016:

March Presidency Message:
What a wonderful month to study and ponder the Atonement as we prepare for Easter and our Young Women discussions.  We pray that you will feel anew the power and beauty of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and that your renewal will invite and encourage the Young Women to do likewise.  During your class time, please consider providing quiet moments for reflection and encourage the Young Women to write their thoughts and feelings about their Savior.  As they take time to focus their thoughts on the  truths shared during class, the Spirit will teach and invite them individually.
Thank you for the service and sacrifice you willingly and consistently offer the Young Women in your stewardship.  May you know and feel of your Saviors love for you and receive needed strength through His infinite atonement.
With love and appreciation,
Tara, Hannah and Holly
March: Atonement Temple Connection

“Many of us go to the temple today the way Adam and Eve did at first. We go because we’re commanded, without really knowing why. The simple obedience is certainly better than not performing the ordinances at all. But the Lord who sent the angel must have wanted them to know why, and I believe He wants us to know why. Are today’s temple ordinances also a similitude of the Only Begotten?


“Think of how the temple’s altars are, like the altar of Adam and Eve, altars of prayer and sacrifice and covenant. Think of the dimensions of sacrifice in all of the covenants of the endowment. Since Christ completed His atoning mission, we no longer offer animal sacrifices, but we do covenant to sacrifice in what way?”
“Ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit” (3 Nephi 9:20).
~Elder Hafen

Stake Youth Council Monthly Challenge:
Youth are encouraged to share a thought, scripture, quote or personal experience about the POWER OF PRAYER through a media of their choice (twitter, facebook, instagram, blog, etc).  Keep it simple #sharegoodness 
Each ward has an SYC leader who is responsible for making weekly/monthly announcement reminders.  Please for more information.


posted February 10, 2016:

Stake Auxillary Training for Ward Young Women leaders will be held at the following time:

Date:       Thursday, March 31st 
Time:       7:00pm
Location:  Littleton Ward Building

Refreshments will be served


posted February 6, 2016:

Dear Young Women Leaders,

In this month of love, we dearly hope that you feel the presence of the Savior in the love your young women, and we have for you.  You are most definitely loved.  

Psalms 16:11  In His presence there is a fullness of joy.  

We love you for who you are, and all that you do!  

Love, Tara, Hannah, Holly and Ellen