Young Woman's Journal

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The Young Woman's Journal
YW Journal 1889.jpg
First issue of the Young Women's Journal, October 1889.
Frequency Monthly magazine
Founder Susa Young Gates
Year founded 1889
First issue October 1889 (1889-10)
Final issue
— Number
October 1929 (1929-10)
Vol 40 No 10
Company The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Country United States
Based in Salt Lake City
Language English

The Young Woman's Journal was an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) for the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association (YLMIA), then the LDS Church's organization for adolescent females.

History and profile[edit]

The Young Woman's Journal was founded in 1889 by Susa Young Gates, a volunteer worker within the YLMIA, with its first issue dated October of that year. Throughout its history, the periodical was edited by the general leadership board of the YLMIA under the direction of the organization's general presidency. It was published monthly until 1929, when the magazine was absorbed by the Improvement Era, an official publication of the YLMIA and the church's equivalent organization for male adolescents. The Improvement Era then served both organizations from that time forward.

The journal included messages from the MIA conferences, scriptural quotations, a plethora of short stories, recipes, meeting schedules, and pieces about morals, clothing, etc. Unlike current publications of the LDS Church, The Young Woman's Journal was subsidized by advertisements carried in the magazine.


  • Susa Young Gates (1889–1901)
  • May Booth Talmage (1901–02)
  • Ann M. Cannon (1902–07)
  • Mary Connelly Kimball (1907–23)
  • Clarissa A. Beesley (1923–29)
  • Elsie Talmage Brandley (1929)

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External links[edit]

  • Young Woman's Journal (PDF scans) courtesy of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.