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The Mormon Quest for GloryThe Religious World of the Latter-Day Saints$
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Melvyn Hammarberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737628.001.0001

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For the Strength of Youth

For the Strength of Youth

(p.137) 7 For the Strength of Youth
The Mormon Quest for Glory

Melvyn Hammarberg

Oxford University Press

“Youth” are defined by the Church as Young Men and Young Women who are members in good standing in the age-range from 12 years through age 17. The young men are ordained to the Aaronic priesthood, and commence a sequence of roles and responsibilities as deacons (ages 12-13), teachers (ages 14-15), and priests (ages 16-17). Young women in the age-range from 12 years through 17 are invited to join the Young Women organization in groups that follow a pattern similar to the Young Men of sequential two-year “classes” that are recognized as Beehive (ages 12-13), Mia Maid (ages 14-15), and Laurel (ages 16-17), with a program of personal progress. The Young Women groups emphasize planning in relation to value orientations directed primarily toward marriage, motherhood, health, and service. The strength of youth is recognized through agency, chastity, and accountability for both Young Men (the Aaronic priesthood) and Young Women.

Keywords:   “youth;” Young Men, Young Women, “good standing;” ordained, Deacons, Teachers, Priests, Aaronic priesthood, worthy, Beehive, Mia Maid, Laurel, personal progress, value orientations, marriage, motherhood, health, service, agency, chastity, accountability

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