Camille Fronk Olson on Improving Citizenship, Scholarship, and Teaching
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  • By Camille Fronk OlsonFor LDS Church News

Women in the New Testament


Women have been called of God to lead his people for a long time. If you are having a hard time recalling examples, then I suggest you campaign to have better Sunday School teachers. There’s Eve (that’s a whole other blog), Esther, Mary, for whom I need not expound, Anna, who prophesied of Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem, and the list goes on. Perhaps my favorite example is Deborah, a prophetess, judge, and military advisor in Ancient Israel. “Known for her wisdom and respected as a leader, Deborah is introduced in the biblical record with no indication that the fact of a woman’s holding of such influence was inappropriate or surprising.” Camille Fronk Olson, Women of the Old Testament, pg. 107. Women are not denied title or rank because of their lack of Priesthood. This is as true in modern times as it was in Ancient Israel.

When someone says, "She is a Martha-type," we know just what that means: a woman who is practical, competent, down-to-earth. We understand that Marthas are certainly useful and necessary, but it's usually Mary that gets the halo. Author Camille Fronk Olson brings unique insights and perspectives to the biblical story of two sisters, Mary and Martha, who serve Jesus in different ways. Exploring the mixed messages in daily life, she discusses the motives and focus that determine our choices and the problem of comparing our gifts and contributions to others. In her warm, engaging style, the author brings to light the lessons Mary and Martha learn from each other and the "one thing [that]


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Camille Fronk Olson is quickly adjusting to her new administrative responsibilities as the chair of the Department of Ancient Scripture. On the two-month mark of her appointment, we asked Sister Olson to talk about some of her goals for the department. She responded, “I inherited this office in incredibly good shape. The former department chairs, and especially my predecessor, Dennis Largey, did amazing things to put the department in a very positive, good light. I want to keep the department going in that appropriate direction.” Now that Olson has had some time to settle in, she is turning her attention to setting some goals with the desired outcome of helping the faculty continue developing in the areas of citizenship, scholarship, and teaching.