#StrongerThan

We’re joining others around the world today to celebrate Malala Day, “a day for all children everywhere to raise their voices and be heard. It is a day to stand up for education and say to the world that we are stronger than the enemies of education and stronger than the forces that threaten girls, […]

The Other Side of Charity: An interview with Lorianne Updike Toler

by Dianne Orcutt As Latter-day Saint women, most of us are intimately and profoundly familiar with selfless love and service. We may not be perfect in our efforts, but as a general rule our lives are filled with a measure of charity to those around us, day in and day out. In her new book, […]

Career Day: High School Teacher

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Amber Rydalch, and I love my job as a high school history teacher.  I grew up in the small rural town of Oakley, Utah, and currently reside in Draper, Utah. I received my bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University in History Education, […]

Social Media Strategist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Alison J. Herzog and I live in Salt Lake City.  I grew up outside of San Francisco and in Southern Oregon.  My father was based in San Francisco as an international airline pilot which contributed to my love for travel and global […]

Returning to School with Young Children: You Can Do This (if you want to)

by Anna Bergevin I finished my undergraduate work before I was married and had children. It was a wonderful experience – hard work, but simpler than my graduate work in that I was not trying to balance the demands of school with the needs of a spouse and child. I thought, like many of my […]

The Friend Magazine’s ‘When I Grow Up’ Feature

In January of this year, The Friend magazine launched a feature entitled “When I Grow Up” that appears every other month in the Church’s publication targeted to primary-age children. This short feature asks questions of people about their jobs in a similar manner to our “Career Day” interviews. January’s issue featured Sheryl Garner, a teacher. March’s […]

Podcast #6: The Women of Studio C

Mallory (L) and Whitney (R) perform in the comedy sketch, “The Real Bully.” In this episode, Drew talks with Studio C‘s Mallory Everton and Whitney Call about impractical college degrees, comedy writing, and their brushes with celebrity culture. Mallory Everton and Whitney Call were both raised in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from BYU, they began […]

Career Day: Human Resources

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? My name is Jennifer. I moved to Texas 15 years ago as a young single adult. It is here that I met my husband and decided on a career (but not in that order). When I arrived in Texas, I had a degree from BYU […]

Career Day: Librarian

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Amy Sorensen. I’m a Utah County native—I grew up in Springville, Utah, and now I live ten miles north (in Orem). I have four kids: my daughter Haley is at her first year of college, and I’ve got my three boys, Jake, […]

Seeking Poetry Submissions

April is National Poetry Month. As Mormons, we come from a legacy of great poets who have penned many of our favorite hymns and verses. Check out this list of 75 Significant Mormon Poets:http://mormonlit.lib.byu.edu/html/poets.html to revisit favorites and make some new discoveries. And to celebrate poetry this month, we are inviting the poets amongst us to […]

Taking the Young Women on a College Campus Tour

by Holly Ties to Personal Progress: Divine Nature: Part of developing your divine nature is “adding knowledge.”  We can choose to add knowledge in a myriad of ways, but a formal college education is one of the most straightforward and best ways to do so. Individual Worth: “You are preparing now to fulfill a unique mission […]

Career Day: International Development

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? I’m Jana Prins Kala, originally from Southern California. I now live in the distant suburbs of Washington, DC. I met my husband about a year after moving to DC. He’s from Virginia, and at the time we met, he worked with his father as a […]

Book Review: I am Malala

Image credit: Antonio Olmos One of the goals of Aspiring Mormon Women is to encourage women of all ages and walks of life to pursue formal and informal education opportunities. The idea of an AMW book club has been tossed around with book titles selected to generate discussions that support the AMW mission of supporting […]

Making History Our Story: Q & A with Historian Andrea Ventilla

Ellis Shipp (center) with a graduating class of midwives. by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof History was not a subject that immediately interested me. My parents are both history buffs – when my dad comes home from his job as a contractor, he sits down with a book about some war or another; my mother is a […]

Career Day: Internal Medicine Physician

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? I am a 44-year-old mother of five daughters living in East Texas, where I also grew up. I am an internal medicine physician (basically a doctor for adults). I see elderly patients in nursing homes and also terminally ill patients in their homes for a […]

Career Day: Food Scientist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. Hi! I’m Kiery. I’m a Mormon and a food scientist. I love food and by love, I mean LOOVE food! I have always been obsessed with it. I have worked in the food industry from my first job on—with the exception of a stint at […]

Zina Young Card: Creating a Tradition of Education

Image shows the ten oldest daughters of Brigham Young and his plural wives: Card, Zina Young; Davis, Evelyn Louise Young; Easton, Jeannette Richards Young; Croxall, Maime Young; Dougall, Maria Young; Conrad, Marinda Hyde Young; Cannon, Carlie Young; Empey, Ella Elizabeth Young; Clawson, Emily Young; Thatcher, Fanny Decker Young by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof Disclaimer: I am not […]

Career Day: Horticulturist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Crystal, and I’m a horticulturist.  I’ve lived most of my life in Salt Lake City, but went to Oregon State University where I received a B.S. in Horticulture.  I currently live in Salt Lake City and work at Red Butte Garden and […]

Educating Nora

Image credit. by Luke Howard Nora, a capable young woman in her late 20s, is a dutiful wife and loving mother of three sweet children. Her husband is kind and devoted, protective of his wife’s public reputation and character, and himself an honorable man. As a young couple, they have tried to live their lives […]

From the Archives: Hugh Pinnock’s ‘Ten Characteristics of an Educated Person’

Image credit: civ33 Hugh W. Pinnock was a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotional address was given at Brigham Young University on 19 August 1980. He details 10 characteristics of an educated person (which are summarized below). You can access the full speech […]

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