Series: #VisibleWomen: You Can’t Be What You Can’t See: General Women’s Session
A letter to the General Female Auxiliary Presidencies regarding General Women’s Session
(A similar letter to be set to my Stake Female Auxiliary Presidencies)
To: President Burton, Counselors, and General Relief Society Board
President Oscarson, Counselors, and General Young Women Board
President Wixom, Counselors, and General Primary Board
Greetings and warm wishes to you as we near the Easter Season.
The General Women’s Session is approaching and I praying for you: that preparations are going smoothly and that you feel inspired with words of counsel and love for the women of the church.
Thank you for the testimonies you have shared in the past. It is obvious that you love the Savior and your testimonies of His grace have touched me. I appreciate the way you have shared of yourselves in personal and vulnerable ways.
It appears that our church leadership values some same-gendered meeting time. (ie: Priesthood Session is for men and General Women’s Session is for women – and – one hour each Sunday is set aside for women to meet in Relief Society and for young women to meet together.) I see advantages to this approach as it allows us to explore our spiritual gifts, discuss concerns that may be unique to women, and most importantly, to be accountable directly to God for our stewardships.
I hope you will consider claiming the General Women’s Session as exclusively female. I think it makes us stronger women when we conduct and preside in our own space. And it builds our spirits as we hear our female leaders teach us of the gospel, counsel us as women, and focus us on our female divinity. We are accountable directly to God as a world-wide sisterhood.
I know that you act with priesthood authority as you serve in your callings. I look forward to hearing your testimonies, your counsel, and your teaching of the gospel of Christ.
Alexandria 3rd Ward, Mount Vernon Stake, Virginia
cc: Presidents Monson, Eyring, and Uchtdorf: The First Presidency
President Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve