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A month prior to the April 1984 general conference, Ardeth Greene Kapp had an undeniable impression that a major calling loomed on the horizon. When the call came to serve as Young Women general president, she approached it with the same faith and optimism that has always been a hallmark of her life. As a young girl in the rural prairie town of Glenwood, Alberta, Canada, s A month prior to the April 1984 general conference, Ardeth Greene Kapp had an undeniable impression that a major calling loomed on the horizon. When the call came to serve as Young Women general president, she approached it with the same faith and optimism that has always been a hallmark of her life. As a young girl in the rural prairie town of Glenwood, Alberta, Canada, she could not have anticipated the experiences that awaited her in the farthest reaches of the world. "When I was young," Ardeth recalls, "I thought the noblest thing in this life was to be a mother. I have since learned that the best mission in life is the one the Lord has prepared for me." This intimate portrayal captures the joys and challenges in a life that did not follow the expected path, but that prepared a woman to fulfill a mighty role in the Lord's kingdom.


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A month prior to the April 1984 general conference, Ardeth Greene Kapp had an undeniable impression that a major calling loomed on the horizon. When the call came to serve as Young Women general president, she approached it with the same faith and optimism that has always been a hallmark of her life. As a young girl in the rural prairie town of Glenwood, Alberta, Canada, s A month prior to the April 1984 general conference, Ardeth Greene Kapp had an undeniable impression that a major calling loomed on the horizon. When the call came to serve as Young Women general president, she approached it with the same faith and optimism that has always been a hallmark of her life. As a young girl in the rural prairie town of Glenwood, Alberta, Canada, she could not have anticipated the experiences that awaited her in the farthest reaches of the world. "When I was young," Ardeth recalls, "I thought the noblest thing in this life was to be a mother. I have since learned that the best mission in life is the one the Lord has prepared for me." This intimate portrayal captures the joys and challenges in a life that did not follow the expected path, but that prepared a woman to fulfill a mighty role in the Lord's kingdom.

30 review for Stand as a Witness: The Biography of Ardeth Greene Kapp

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I bought this book off the clearance table at Deseret Book awhile back simply because it was a good deal. I have yet to read a church biography I didn’t like (yes, I’m a history geek), and at $3.99 for the thick hardback, how could I pass it up?? Little did I realize then how much I owe to Sister Kapp and how inspiring her story is. When I was twelve, I entered the Young Women program in our church. I was given a medallion with the Young Women logo on it and a Personal Progress book, with its vell I bought this book off the clearance table at Deseret Book awhile back simply because it was a good deal. I have yet to read a church biography I didn’t like (yes, I’m a history geek), and at $3.99 for the thick hardback, how could I pass it up?? Little did I realize then how much I owe to Sister Kapp and how inspiring her story is. When I was twelve, I entered the Young Women program in our church. I was given a medallion with the Young Women logo on it and a Personal Progress book, with its vellum page inside the front cover of the temple and a picture of the Savior directly behind it. I set goals that helped me align my life with important, lasting values that built upon one another. I was familiar with and carried a copy of “For the Strength of Youth,” which laid out standards that anchored me in the midst of teenage temptations. I attended special Young Women’s meetings, broadcast from Salt Lake City, at the end of March each year. And, on every Sunday, I would stand with my peers and recite from memory the Young Women theme (which has been added to slightly since I have graduated Young Women’s to read as follows): We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us and we love him. We will stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things and in all places, as we strive to live the Young Women values, which are: * Faith, * Divine Nature, * Individual Worth, * Knowledge, * Choice and Accountability, * Good Works, * Integrity, and, * Virtue. We believe as we come to accept and act upon these values, we will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation. What kind of effect did this well-structured program have on my life? It was essential! I learned to make goals for myself, centered around things that were important. I looked forward to the temple and strived every day to keep myself worthy to do so. I knew that God was real and that He knew me and loved me. As I read this biography, I learned that it was under Sister Kapp’s inspired leadership that the Young Women’s program had been restructured to include these things that were so crucial to me in my teenage years: Personal Progress, the Young Women theme, the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet, etc. It was so interesting to read about the time, thought, and inspiration that went into their development, and I had a new appreciation and gratitude for all the Presidency and Board had done for the youth of the Church then and in the future. But the chronicling of those events filled just one chapter of this book — Sister Kapp was involved in such a variety of opportunities and growth experiences that were all so inspiring to read about! I loved reading of her early years and college years; there were anecdotes that left me realizing how very human she was, which I found to be especially encouraging (as she found a way to overcome the things that were weaknesses to her, through the help of the Holy Ghost). I admired how she continued to accept call after call, never losing faith even when life didn’t seem to go her way. She did not bear children (which was one of her greatest desires), but she found a way to be a mother to many; her influence was simply astounding. This biography was extremely readable (the author did a great job of arranging the content — mostly chronological, but unafraid to break with the mold and talk about a few things thematically when it made more sense). There were humorous anecdotes interspersed throughout the chapters, a credit to Sister Kapp and to the author for including them. I found that I was inspired not only by what was told in the book but the way it was told; the author relied heavily on Ardeth’s short journal entries, letters, etc. It always impresses me when people keep a thorough, organized personal history (I wonder how much of the organization came about through the author’s hard work; it’s hard to tell … and that’s good!) I came away from this biography encouraged by and grateful for Ardeth Kapp. An amazing woman, and such a readable biography.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    I love Ardeth Kapp, I love biographies, I love lives lived well and with valor. But I had a very difficult time reading this book. It is so poorly written. I could complete the sentences before I had read them. Even after putting it down a few times and then trying to pick it up after a hiatus - it was the same. I would recommend Ardeth Kapp's life to all young men and women, just don't read the book. I love Ardeth Kapp, I love biographies, I love lives lived well and with valor. But I had a very difficult time reading this book. It is so poorly written. I could complete the sentences before I had read them. Even after putting it down a few times and then trying to pick it up after a hiatus - it was the same. I would recommend Ardeth Kapp's life to all young men and women, just don't read the book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Curtis

    This is a great book! Ardeth Kapp is an amazing woman and Anita Thompson is an excellent writer!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Loralee

    After reading this fascinating biography of Ardeth Greene Kapp I thought, "I hope I can be like her when I grow up." Ardeth grew up in a small town in Canada where nearly everyone was related to each other. After years of struggling in school and having the principal telling her parents that she "wasn't college material" the decision was sent to send her to Provo, Utah to finish her last year in high school. There she blossomed as a student and learned the important lesson that to have a friend, After reading this fascinating biography of Ardeth Greene Kapp I thought, "I hope I can be like her when I grow up." Ardeth grew up in a small town in Canada where nearly everyone was related to each other. After years of struggling in school and having the principal telling her parents that she "wasn't college material" the decision was sent to send her to Provo, Utah to finish her last year in high school. There she blossomed as a student and learned the important lesson that to have a friend, you must be a friend. Ardeth met her husband while she was 16 years old and he was serving a mission in her area of Canada. He spent one night at her home and graciously sent a thank you note to her parents. Ardeth answered that short note with a thank you note of her own--thanking him for his thank you note. A correspondence began and after his mission, they finally began dating. It wasn't long before they realized they were right for each other and were soon married. Ardeth always envisioned herself with a large family--a white picket fence surrounded by holly hocks and sweet peas and children running in and out the door all day long. When she and her husband realized that they would not be blessed with children, their hearts ached. However, because of this experience, she now reaches out with great compassion to others facing infertility. Sister Kapp has taken for one of her motto's "Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not unto thy own understanding." This has been one of my favorite scriptures as well. She truly applies this principle in her life--going forward with faith and listening carefully to those quiet promptings that come. As a result, she has blessed the lives of many.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I was very inspired by this amazing woman, Ardeth Greene Kapp. Although she grew up very ordinary, by submitting her will to the Lord's, she has accomplished amazing things and touched SO many lives. I picked up this book in hopes that it would make me a more understanding friend to those dear friends of mine who are unable, or have had a hard time bearing children. I was not disapointed. After finding out that she would never bear a child, she was comforted and strengthened by the scripture fou I was very inspired by this amazing woman, Ardeth Greene Kapp. Although she grew up very ordinary, by submitting her will to the Lord's, she has accomplished amazing things and touched SO many lives. I picked up this book in hopes that it would make me a more understanding friend to those dear friends of mine who are unable, or have had a hard time bearing children. I was not disapointed. After finding out that she would never bear a child, she was comforted and strengthened by the scripture found in Proverbs 3:4-5, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." She and her husband Heber have served in every way asked and are an amazing example of Christlike service. Heber and her motto from President David O. McKay, which they lived by so well was: "The noblest aim in life is to strive . . . to make other lives . . . happier". I learned a lot from their examples of service, sacrifice, and faith. It helped me to realize that God really can use us ordinary people to do amazing things and we are transformed through that process of faith and obedience.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Denise Anne

    The book is really good, Ardeth Kapp is amazing! Her story has humble beginnings but leads to a life of profound experiences all over the world. She is a great example of faith and obedience. Sister Kapp's husband was my mission president, so it was particularly fun to read about that part of her life (Vancouver Canada mission). I recently had a reunion with the Kapps. I wanted to read this before the get together. Most of the stories I have heard, but some things I didn't know. Anita Thompson d The book is really good, Ardeth Kapp is amazing! Her story has humble beginnings but leads to a life of profound experiences all over the world. She is a great example of faith and obedience. Sister Kapp's husband was my mission president, so it was particularly fun to read about that part of her life (Vancouver Canada mission). I recently had a reunion with the Kapps. I wanted to read this before the get together. Most of the stories I have heard, but some things I didn't know. Anita Thompson does a good job with readable and enjoyable biographies.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Ardeth Kapp is an amazing women. I remember the value programs being introduced and the letting go of the balloons that were introduced in the book. She was the Pres. while I was in Young Womens and she holds a special place in my heart. Biographies like this, however, where only the wonderful and positive are introduced leave me feeling a little off balance in my own life. That being said, she is definitely a women to be emulated.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jen Haddad

    I love Sister Kapp but I found the biography very choppy and therefore difficult to read. Still very fondly remembered from my young women days it was an eye opener to read about all her accomplishments. What an outstanding woman. Wish I had this book to read when I was a leader in young women's. I love Sister Kapp but I found the biography very choppy and therefore difficult to read. Still very fondly remembered from my young women days it was an eye opener to read about all her accomplishments. What an outstanding woman. Wish I had this book to read when I was a leader in young women's.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelley

    Amazing woman. Very inspiring. Hard working, positive, talented, dedicated, focused, faithful. Everything I would like to be... I enjoyed reading this book, but it wasn't a page turner by any stretch. I usually read about 50 pages between other books, so it took me months to actually finish it. Amazing woman. Very inspiring. Hard working, positive, talented, dedicated, focused, faithful. Everything I would like to be... I enjoyed reading this book, but it wasn't a page turner by any stretch. I usually read about 50 pages between other books, so it took me months to actually finish it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    LynnEl

    This is one of the best books I've ever read. It is inspiring, uplifting and gives the reader a sense of being able to accomplish anything after understanding Sis. Kapp and what she went through in her life. I recommend this book highly! I plan on reading it again, as soon as I get it back from my friend. This is one of the best books I've ever read. It is inspiring, uplifting and gives the reader a sense of being able to accomplish anything after understanding Sis. Kapp and what she went through in her life. I recommend this book highly! I plan on reading it again, as soon as I get it back from my friend.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janalyn

    This is a biography of a woman who was a wonderful church leader. She lives her life by the scripture, "Filling the measure of your creation." Sister Kapp and her husband never had children, but they are great examples of moving beyond that, and living the most meaningful lives possible. This is a biography of a woman who was a wonderful church leader. She lives her life by the scripture, "Filling the measure of your creation." Sister Kapp and her husband never had children, but they are great examples of moving beyond that, and living the most meaningful lives possible.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maurice

    As someone who has experienced some of the same things in life as Ardeth Greene Kapp, I found this book to be heart warming and comforting. Ardeth is an amazing women and her lifes experiences will help many over come trials and tribulations.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauriej

    I read this right after I was called to YW's and was very inspired by it. She is an amazing example and it was fascinating to read about her and her efforts to bring about Personal Progress. I would recommend this even if you don't work with the youth but as a must-read if you do. I read this right after I was called to YW's and was very inspired by it. She is an amazing example and it was fascinating to read about her and her efforts to bring about Personal Progress. I would recommend this even if you don't work with the youth but as a must-read if you do.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Rated G I loved reading this! She is such an amazing person that makes me want to do better. I haven't even met her, but I love this woman. She and her husband have given so much for the church and are so willing to help out in whatever capacity the Lord needs them to. Rated G I loved reading this! She is such an amazing person that makes me want to do better. I haven't even met her, but I love this woman. She and her husband have given so much for the church and are so willing to help out in whatever capacity the Lord needs them to.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Found this for two bucks on a clearance sale. She was the General Young Women President when I turned 12. I always thought she was amazing and classy and just exuded love. I'm excited to read: so far, so good! Found this for two bucks on a clearance sale. She was the General Young Women President when I turned 12. I always thought she was amazing and classy and just exuded love. I'm excited to read: so far, so good!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    Probably one of the best books I have ever read! A timeless favorite

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    Really enjoyed this biography. She is an amazing woman, and I loved reading about her work in the Young Woman's program. Really enjoyed this biography. She is an amazing woman, and I loved reading about her work in the Young Woman's program.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    She is a remarkable woman.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Ann

    I finished this book in two says and have underlined and marked it to pieces. I came away wanting to be better. Highly recommend!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly O'Meara

    Really interesting women. I especially liked reading about her struggles with infertility as you don't often get that view in the church. Really interesting women. I especially liked reading about her struggles with infertility as you don't often get that view in the church.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vickie Jenson

    I loved this book. I was just in Young Women's when Sis Kapp began our new program. She is so inspirational. Great book! I loved this book. I was just in Young Women's when Sis Kapp began our new program. She is so inspirational. Great book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    let's just say that this book got me through the horror of the hospital - it was sweet, moving and I have a new respect for Ardeth Kapp - really enjoyed learning more about her. let's just say that this book got me through the horror of the hospital - it was sweet, moving and I have a new respect for Ardeth Kapp - really enjoyed learning more about her.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This book was wonderful! After reading, I found a new hero, one that I knew I could try to be like because she was a real, breathing, human being! Loved this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve

    I have always admired Ardeth Kapp when I heard her speak, but reading her biography has been a pure delight. What an amazing person! Someday I hope to have her love of people.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brooklyn

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol Gubler

    An amazing and faithful woman who was destined to be an instrument for good in the Lord's hands. An amazing and faithful woman who was destined to be an instrument for good in the Lord's hands.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Verona

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Jackson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

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