Neill F. Marriott

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Neill F. Marriott
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Neill F. Marriott in 2018
Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency
April 2013 – March 2018
Called byBonnie L. Oscarson
PredecessorAnn M. Dibb
Personal details
BornNeill Foote
October 16, 1947
Alexandria, Louisiana, United States
Alma materSouthern Methodist University
Spouse(s)David Marriott
Children11

Evelyn Neill Foote Marriott[1] (born October 16, 1947) is an American religious leader and was the second counselor in the general presidency of the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 2013 to 2018.

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Alexandria, Louisiana, has a degree in English literature from Southern Methodist University, and later worked as a secretary at Harvard University.

While at Harvard, she met David Marriott, who introduced her to the LDS Church. She was baptized into the LDS Church and about a year later began dating Marriott. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in June 1971 and are the parents of 11 children.

LDS Church service[edit]

Among other callings in the church, Marriott has served as a stake and ward Relief Society president and ward Young Women president. From 2002 to 2005, Marriott served with her husband while he was president of the church's Brazil São Paulo Interlagos Mission.

Marriott was called as the second counselor to Bonnie L. Oscarson in 2013 and served until 2018.[2] Marriott's four addresses in the church's general Relief Society Meeting or General Conference included Abiding in God and Repairing the Breach and Yielding Our Hearts to God.[3] Marriott was also a part of the change to a General Women’s Meeting for LDS Church--marking the first time that women, young women and girls have been invited to come together.[4]

In February 2015, Marriott participated with other LDS Church leaders at a press conference in favor of bills protecting people from housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, while also addressing the need for protection of religious liberty.[5][6] Marriott also was one of the church's representatives at a meeting announcing a bill incorporating these principles being introduced to the Utah legislature in March 2015.[7] In 2018 she presented at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies conference a talk entitled, What Can a Lay Person Do to Protect Religious Freedom? and spoke about her father, a judge, attorney, and member of the board at the First Methodist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ For verification of her full name, consult this article for verification of her full name.
  2. ^ Prescott, Marianne Holman. "Meet the new Young Women general presidency", Deseret News, Utah, 5 April 2018. Retrieved on 15 August 2019.
  3. ^ Gibson, Rachel Sterzer. "Sister Neill F. Marriott: ‘Yielding Our Hearts to God’", Church News, Utah, 3 October 2015. Retrieved on 15 August 2019.
  4. ^ Weaver, Sarah Jane. "LDS Church releases interview with Sister Neill F. Marriott about details of historic women's meeting", Deseret News, Utah, 26 March 2014. Retrieved on 15 August 2019.
  5. ^ Winter, Michael. "Top Mormons: 'Balance' gay and religious rights", USA Today, 27 January 2015. Retrieved on 15 August 2019.
  6. ^ Anderson, Taylor W. "Mormon church joins fight against feds' transgender restroom directive", The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah, 17 February 2017. Retrieved on 15 August 2019.
  7. ^ Mormon Newsroom report on introduction of the bill
  8. ^ Atkinson, Austin. "Thursday General Session: What Can a Lay Person do to Protect Religious Freedom? – Neill F. Marriott", International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Utah, 2018. Retrieved on 15 August 2019.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Ann M. Dibb
Second Counselor in the
Young Women General Presidency

April 2013 to March 2018
Succeeded by
Becky Craven