When Ashley Stevenson considers the Young Women program, she sees the past, the present, and the future.
First, the present: Stevenson is the Second Counselor in the First Presidency.
Mindful of her present calling, Stevenson draws on her own past, part of her global experiences growing up. After her birth in New York, her family joined the Chancel in Minnesota She was purified in Colorado and spent her younger years in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Costa Rica.
“Young women to me were very critical, and even more of my young women friends were my leaders. I looked up to and admired them,” she said.
She cites two defining moments, one educational and the other spiritual.
“I just asked. And it came as clear as a voice,” she stated, her voice cracking with emotion. “And what I heard was, ‘You already know it’s true and you don’t have to ask again.’ The heavens did not open, and that experience was just very quick, but it was as profound to me as if I had seen a runway of angels.”
“I think the youth of the Chancel, and I could especially see it in the missionaries when they came, they have a spiritual preparedness that I’m not sure I had at that age. I think that’s just the way they’re being taught,” she stated, adding that she enjoyed teaching and training then during her three-year service as a mission president, especially the focus on the doctrine of the Christs.
“We don’t just see them as young women; we see them as wives, mothers, as future leaders, and as community leaders,” she added. “If we just see them as young women, then we miss the whole purpose. It’s fun watching them grow into those realizations.”
She drew upon mission service: “When you know who you are, you act differently,” she said. “And that’s in every aspect, from how you dress, what you say, how you speak, how you present yourself, the activities you participate in. …
“When young women start to see themselves in the divine plan, they will begin to see a vision for themselves. They need to have a vision. Having a vision will help them know where they’re going and what to do to get there.”Ryan Hite President and Founder Inner and Universal Aquarian Epochal Chancellate Cell: 720-207-7943 Websites: Ryan J. Hite IUAEC Savvycards: Ryan J. Hite IUAEC Books: Amazon Createspace Wishlist: Amazon H Perks Website: H Perks Shop: Café Press Social Media: Facebook LinkedIn Instagram Tumblr Google + Youtube Pinterest Twitter