They all have degrees in English but only one is from Brigham Young University. They all have been LDS Young Women leaders in their local congregations but also have served with their husbands as mission presidents on three continents. They have 25 children between them.
And two have famous Mormon last names: McConkie and Marriott.
Former BYU football star among eight new Quorum of the Seventy members
Former Brigham Young University football star Gifford Nielsen is joining a new team: the LDS Church’s First Quorum of the Seventy.
Nielsen, 58, quarterbacked BYU’s team and played in the NFL for six seasons before launching a career in broadcasting and banking.
Tapped with seven others as the newest LDS general authorities, Nielsen was born in Provo and is married to Wendy Olson. They have six children and live in Sugar Land, Texas.
LDS leaders also appointed the faith’s second-ever black African to the First Quorum of the Seventy. Edward Dube is married to Naume Keresia Salizani. They have four children and live in Zimbabwe.
Meet the new LDS Young Women’s general presidency announced Saturday afternoon.
The three — President Bonnie Lee Green Oscarson and her counselors, Carol Louise Foley McConkie and Evelyn Neill Foote Marriott — replace President Elaine S. Dalton and her counselors, Mary N. Cook and Ann M. Dibb. Dibb is the daughter of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson.
Bonnie Oscarson earned her bachelor’s degree in British and American literature at BYU. She married Paul Kent Oscarson, who served as a mission president in Sweden in the late 1970s. The couple returned decades later as president and matron of the Stockholm temple. Oscarson and her husband have seven children.
After completing their work in Sweden in 2012, the couple moved to Salt Lake City, Oscarson’s brother-in-law, Don Oscarson, said Saturday.
Paul Oscarson, who has worked as a department store executive, was then called to be bishop of a Salt Lake City LDS ward. Before that, the two have also lived in Texas and New England.
"She has been a fantastic support for her husband in his responsibilities and is certainly capable of carrying out this important assignment, which, of course, will take her around the world," said Don Oscarson, who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Robert K. Oscarson, Paul’s first cousin who lives in Pleasant Grove, said the role will be a good fit for Bonnie Oscarson.
"She’s just so accomplished as far as service," Robert K. Oscarson said. "She is just so good with young women."
Carol McConkie, Oscarson’s first counselor, earned her degree in English education from Arizona State University. It was there she met her husband, Oscar W. McConkie III, who became a prominent Salt Lake City attorney. McConkie, a mother of seven, has served in every LDS auxiliary at the local level and then spent the past five years on the Young Women General Board. Before that, she served, with her husband, overseeing the church’s San Jose, Calif., Mission.
Evelyn Marriott, the second counselor, has labored in all local LDS auxiliaries, including as Relief Society president, Young Women president, Primary teacher and Sunday School instructor. From 2002 to 2005, she went with her husband, David Cannon Marriott, to be mission presidents in the Sao Paulo Interlagos Mission. Her degree is in English literature and secondary education from Southern Methodist University. She and her husband are the parents of 11 children.
Tribune reporter Lisa Schencker contributed to this report.
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