Bonnie H. Cordon

Bonnie H. Cordon
15thYoung Women General President
March 31, 2018 (2018-03-31)
Called by Russell M. Nelson
Predecessor Bonnie L. Oscarson
Personal details
Born Bonnie Hillam

(1964-03-11) March 11, 1964 (age 56)

Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
Education Bachelor's degree
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Spouse(s) Derek Lane Cordon
Parents Harold Hillam, Carol Rasmussen
Website Bonnie H. Cordon

Bonnie H. Cordon (born March 11, 1964) has been the fifteenth president of the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2018.

The new Young Women general presidency was announced on March 31, 2018, during the church's 188th Annual General Conference. Cordon, along with her counselors, Michelle D. Craig and Becky Craven, replaced Bonnie L. Oscarson, Carol F. McConkie, and Neill F. Marriott.[1]

Cordon was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Harold G. Hillam and Carol Rasmussen and grew up on the family's 80-acre farm. She attended Brigham Young University.[2]

LDS Church service [ edit ]

Cordon served as a full-time missionary in the Portugal Lisbon Mission.[3] She served with her husband, Derek, while he was president of the Brazil Curitiba Mission from 2010 to 2013. She has also served in her ward and stake Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society organizations, and taught early morning seminary. At the time of her call as Young Women General President, Cordon was serving as the first counselor in the Primary General Presidency.[4] As of August 2019, Cordon has spoken once each in the church's General Women's Meeting or general conference, with titles of Trust in the Lord and Lean Not and Becoming a Shepherd.

In her assignment on the LDS Church's Missionary Executive Council, Cordon announced the rule change granting female missionaries permission to wear pants as part of their missionary uniform.[5][6] In 2018 she visited Vanuatu in her Young Women's role.[7] In 2019 she and Lisa L. Harkness, a member of the Primary General Presidency, visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, South Africa, and Mozambique.[8]

While Cordon was serving as the Young Women General President, the church announced changes to the Young Women program in October 2019, including the retirement of class names Beehive, Mia Maid, and Laurel; having local Young Women presidents reporting directly to the bishop; a new Young Women theme; there had also been a new activity program to replace Personal Progress announced previously.[9] In 2019, Cordon participated in the first-ever 'Sister-to-Sister' question-and-answer worldwide live event as part of Brigham Young University's Women's Conference.[10]

Personal life [ edit ]

Cordon married Derek Lane Cordon on April 25, 1986 in the Salt Lake Temple and they are the parents of four children.

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Prescott, Marianne Holman. "Meet the new Young Women general presidency", Deseret News, Utah, 5 April 2018. Retrieved on 15 August 2019.
  2. ^ Green, Rebecca. "LDS Church announces new Primary General Presidency", Fox 13 News, Utah, 2 April 2016. Retrieved on 15 August 2019.
  3. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "Three BYU grads to lead Mormon children's Primary organization", The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah, 17 April 2016. Retrieved on 15 August 2019.
  4. ^ Hemingway, Heather. "Mormon Leaders Announce Three Big Changes at Semi-Annual Conference", Houston Chronicle, Utah, 10 April 2016. Retrieved on 15 August 2019.
  5. ^ Gander, Kashmira. "Mormon Women Rejoice LDS Church lifts ban on female missionaries wearing pants", Newsweek, 21 December 2018. Retrieved on 15 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Female Mormon missionaries given option to wear dress slacks", Chicago Sun-Times, 20 December 2018. Retrieved on 15 August 2019.
  7. ^ Dewsbury, Tessa. "Sister Bonnie H. Cordon Meets with Vanuatu Family", Church News, 15 November 2018. Retrieved on 15 August 2019.
  8. ^ Eyre, Aubrey. "Why Sisters Harkness, Cordon think Latter-day Saint African women are a powerful force for change", Church News, 6 June 2019. Retrieved on 15 August 2019.
  9. ^ Hendricks, Hailey. "Changes announced at Latter-day Saint General Conference impacting members locally, worldwide", ABC News, Utah, 7 October 2019. Retrieved on 31 December 2019.
  10. ^ Weaver, Jennifer. "BYU Women's Conference to include first ever 'Sister-to-Sister' live event", KUTV CBS News, 15 April 2019. Retrieved on 13 March 2020.

External links [ edit ]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by

Bonnie L. Oscarson
Young Women General President

March 31, 2018 - Current
Succeeded by

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