Kapp's influence on to Young Women noted at event

The change in direction of the Young Women's program under Ardeth Green Kapp's administration in the early 1980s came from a simple question posed by one of her counselors.

"What do we want to happen?" asked Maren Mourtison.

That got Kapp thinking. The result was a program based on the concepts of "Who am I, what am I to do and how do I do it?" Kapp said.

She and some of her board were present at the Church History Symposium at Brigham Young University on Friday when church history researchers examined her role in bringing about the change.

Prior to Kapp's call as the ninth president of the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1984, the emphasis was more on self-improvement and activities. Under her administration the world-wide program became more gospel and priesthood centered, said presenters Mary Jane Woodger and Jessica Christensen.

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