Sis. Oscarson Advocates Respect and Kindness

by: wheatmeister

June 23, 2014

From Sister Oscarson, General President of the Young Women’s Organization:  “All of us as sisters in the gospel have the responsibility and privilege to support and nourish one another. We have all committed to be disciples of Jesus Christ and this discipleship should be at the heart of all that we do. Each of us is in a different place in our spiritual journey. Some may struggle with testimony. Some have questions or wrestle with the pressures and trials of life. Those who are struggling for whatever reason should be able to find within our sisterhood a spirit of warmth, inclusion, and love.

Occasionally, some of our brothers and sisters may find themselves away from the fold because of personal choices. Without condoning those choices it is important to remember the Savior’s message of leaving the ninety and nine safely in the fold and reaching out with love, with kindness and with compassion to the one. We can demonstrate that compassion by ensuring that our communications with one another are respectful and kind.”

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Although Kate Kelly was excommunicated today, remember that the Lord looketh on the heart.

22 Responses to Sis. Oscarson Advocates Respect and Kindness

  1. brjones on June 23, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Do they airbrush the pictures of male general authorities?

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  2. DeeDee on June 23, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    What a nice message at a difficult time for so many of us. Thanks, Sis. Oscarson.

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  3. hawkgrrrl on June 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    brjones: Without question they do.

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  4. brjones on June 23, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    I disagree that this is a nice message. Every comment I’ve read today from church authorities has been sure to point out that it’s Kate Kelly’s choice to be out of the church today. As if the church and its representatives had nothing to do with the outcome. As if the church’s policies and practices are static and firmly rooted and don’t move at all, and any time a member is excommunicated it’s because that member consciously moved away from the unswerving, transparent and ever-predictable church standards. To call such a position intellectually dishonest is a gross understatement. So thanks for reminding us that Kate Kelly is the villain in this scenario, sis, oscarson.

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  5. Ken on June 23, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    DeeDee,

    Well said. The leaders made the diffucult, but correct decision regarding Kate Kelly.

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  6. DeeDee on June 23, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Oh, dear. I guess I need to clarify my reaction. I’m not at all sure the decision about Kate’s excommunication was correct or not, and the line in the message about people’s choices taking them away from the fold was a little uncomfortable for me, because while sometimes people’s choices do take them away from the fold, there are more complicated interpersonal forces at work. But I thought the rest of it was a nice olive branch and a good effort to encourage kindness in discussions going forward. Because I don’t know Kate or John personally and am vastly unqualified to judge them, my concerns about all this hoopla have been primarily on its effect on the quality of conversation and love at church between members with differing viewpoints. I think the church definitely needs to take some steps to model that kind of respectful exchange of ideas, but as a rhetorical offering, this video isn’t bad.

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  7. hawkgrrrl on June 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Hmm. I can drive a mack truck through what she hasn’t said here: “some of our brothers and sisters may find themselves away from the fold because of personal choices. Without condoning those choices” She doesn’t say how they find themselves away or whose personal choices they were.

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  8. brjones on June 23, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Sorry, DeeDee. I didn’t mean to come off as attacking you for your reaction. I, not surprisingly, see these PR statements from the church as somewhat disingenuous, which is a totally separate issue from whether or not the decision to excommunicate Kate Kelly was correct.

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  9. DeeDee on June 23, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    That’s okay, brjones. I get where you’re coming from.

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  10. C. Rider on June 23, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Welcome thoughts from Sister Oscarson! I feel sad for Kate and hope she finds a way back.

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  11. Kristine A on June 23, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    her skin is glowing with the Spirit! Wish I looked that good :) !

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  12. Katie on June 23, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Sister Oscarson is actually General President of the Young Women; Sister Burton is General President of the Relief Society. Not that that makes what Sister Oscarson said any less awesome!

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  13. Brian on June 23, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    “her skin is glowing with the Spirit!”

    See comment number one.

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  14. Kristine A on June 23, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Yes, I know. I read it. :)

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  15. rah on June 24, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Please Chris save your pity. At very least you should understand that regardless of intention you are going to come off as insincere. Silence is your most respectful option in these forums. We can all appreciate that. I hope the church finds a way to come to grips with the structural inequality that perpetuate this type of violence. Lets us all hope for that.

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  16. JonathanM on June 24, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    Ah, so the ‘ninety and nine’ remain safely in the fold (a questionable assertion in itself) and we need to reach out with love to the ‘one’?? Is this supposed to imply that Kate Kelly has the support of just one percent of the members of the Church??

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  17. Roger on June 24, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Christine, Hawk, BR and Brian– they don’t usually airbrush the photos of male GAs. An examination of the post-conference foldout in the Ensign reveals they are using their senior photos from their high school yearbooks.

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  18. Joni on June 24, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Shouldn’t we be calling her President Oscarson?

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  19. Sarah on June 24, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    This statement struck me more powerfully than Pres. Oscarson’s: http://amormonwomaniam.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/today/

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  20. Katie on June 24, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Joni, you are so right!

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  21. hawkgrrrl on June 24, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Roger FTW!

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  22. Jack Hughes on June 27, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Since “tone” has become an issue in the dialogue that surrounds these recent events, let me just say that I do not appreciate Sister Oscarson’s tone here. It seems like a condescending “primary voice”, from a stereotypical passive-aggressive “nice Mormon woman”; the kind who will bring a casserole to your house with a smile, then turn around, spread gossip and judge you at ward council. It cuts both ways.

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