Angela Okada earned a Bachelor of Arts from BYU and a Master of Arts from the University of Utah, both in Speech Language Pathology. She worked as a speech language pathologist in a northern Virginia school district lived for six years before moving back to Utah, where she continues to work as a school-based SLP. Angela has four nieces and a nephew who she absolutely adores, and she enjoys reading, watching college sports, and trying new restaurants with friends. She has served as a missionary in the Georgia, Atlanta mission, a Young Women counselor, temple ordinance worker, and as a Relief Society counselor and president in both a young single adult ward and a geographic (family) ward.

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Highlights

2:40 Introduction to Angela. We need more content for single adults in the Church, not just young single adults

4:30 Getting called as Relief Society president and getting started in a new calling

7:50 Angela talks about her feelings on getting called as Relief Society president as a single adult in a family ward.

9:15 The principles of effective leadership are the same whether you are single or married.

11:00 Angela would love to hear more ideas on how building connections relate to sisters that are married.

  • Start with things that you have in common
  • Listening builds connection and then forms a friendship

13:25 Angela shares how they assigned ministers in the ward. It’s important to mix up the sisters. Young and old. Single and married.

15:00 Creating relief and refuge in the Relief Society. How do you do it?

18:00 Mothers Day can be a hard day and create anxiety for some. Angela shares a message that she sent out to the sisters in her ward.

21:00 It’s hard to find a balance to make sure that single sisters feel included. But also how can we also focus on strengthening husbands and wives?

  • Focus on Jesus Christ. Whether you are married or single, Jesus is the one that strengthens us through his Atonement.

23:30 More ideas on including singles more in the ward while still balancing the focus on families and strengthening husbands and wives. Angela shares how her ward was only having husbands and wives speaking month after month. We sometimes unintentionally exclude people.

26:50 Working together with the bishop and elders quorum. What has worked well?

28:20 How do you balance work life and church service?

29:20 Angela’s church service has expanded her heart to love people that she normally wouldn’t be buddy-buddy with.

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