Dwan J. Young

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Dwan Jacobsen Young was the seventh general president of the Primary organization in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She succeeded Naomi M. Shumway in 1980, just as the three-hour consolidated Sunday meeting schedule was being implemented worldwide, which moved Primary meetings from a weekday to Sunday. New curriculum was prepared for Sunday Primary, with program adjustments that met the circumstances of Church members around the globe. Sharing time became an additional means of teaching the gospel by involving children during the 90-minute meeting time. She worked to incorporate Cub Scouting into the program, for which she was awarded the Silver Buffalo Award in 1990 from the Boy Scouts of America.

She served as president until 1988, and then served with her husband, Thomas, as he presided over the Canada Calgary Mission. She had previously served on the Primary general board.

Young was born on May 1, 1931, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Utah. She and her husband are the parents of five children.