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Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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Dialogue: Vol 27 No 2
Messages from the Manuals: Twelve Years Later
NOTES AND COMMENTS Messages from the Manuals Twelve Years Later Janine Boyce The Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association (YMMIA) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has played a key role in the lives of LDS young women for 125 years. Designed for LDS girls between the ages of twelve and eighteen, the program consists of first-and second-year Beehives, ages twelve and thirteen; first- and second-year Mia Maids, ages fourteen and fifteen; and first- and second-year Laurels, ages sixteen and seventeen. The goal of YWMIA is to teach young women to live in a manner pleasing to their Heavenly Father and to their immediate families, and to help them develop values which will give them strength in times of adversity. Because the program plays an important part in the girls' lives, a content analysis of YWMIA lesson manuals can help determine if the portrayal of womanhood and motherhood are realistic and relevant to young women today and consequently how well these materials prepare girls for the future. A similar study of Young Women's lesson manuals was done by Lavina Fielding Anderson, who analyzed the 1977 and 1978 manuals. Anderson published her findings in an article entitled, "Messages from the Manuals," in Exponent II in 1982. At the time of her study, the lesson manuals were being revised by the LDS church curriculum department. This essay examines the revised editions of Young Women's lesson manuals published in 1983 and 1988 and still in use in 1992. The church curriculum department issues a separate lesson manual for each of the six years of participation in YWMIA. Because of space constraints, only the first-year manual for each group is included in this study. Selected lessons in Young Men's manuals are also examined in order to determine if the 1. "Past 115 Years Serve as Prologue," Church News, 9 Dec. 1984,5.