Three women leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be joining Priesthood leadership councils the Church announced Tuesday.
Sister Linda K. Burton, general president of the Relief Society (women’s organization), Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president and Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, general president of the Primary have been appointed to councils — which previously were made up of only men — that establish policy for the Church.
“We are confident that the wisdom and judgement of these general auxiliary presidents will provide a valuable dimension to the important work accomplished by these councils,” said a letter to general authorities and general auxiliary presidencies from the First Presidency of the Church.
“What a great time to be a woman in the Church where our voices are needed and valued more than ever. I am grateful for the opportunity to add my perspective and experience to this council as we work together to spread the message of the restored Gospel.” —Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president
Burton was assigned to serve on the Priesthood and Family Executive Council, a council which name’s changed from Priesthood Executive Council. She posted on Facebook:
“It is with a thankful heart that I have been appointed to serve on the Priesthood and Family Executive Council. Good men and women of the Church throughout history have worked together to build a strong foundation for Christ’s restored Gospel to flourish and give hope to a world that is so often without light. It is now more important than ever that we stand together and follow Heavenly Father’s plan to bring his children home.”
Oscarson noted her invitation to Missionary Executive Council as another significant change, relating it to the lowering of the missionary age. On Facebook, she said:
“What a great time to be a woman in the Church where our voices are needed and valued more than ever. I am grateful for the opportunity to add my perspective and experience to this council as we work together to spread the message of the restored Gospel.”
Wixom, who oversees the children organization of the Church, will participate in the Temple and Family History Executive Council. On Facebook, Wixom expressed her gratitude and connection to the assignment:
“Primary children sing ‘I Love To See The Temple.’ Some children even research family names and index. They love to listen to stories about the temple and their own ancestors. It gives them a sense of belonging and reinforces in their hearts the goal to remain steadfast in the gospel and attend the temple one day. I know that the truths we teach our children are those that remain in their hearts as adults, which is why I consider it a special privilege to now serve on the Temple and Family History Executive Council.”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, welcomed the women to the councils and shared his thoughts about the change on his Facebook page:
“I was very pleased to read Sister Bonnie Oscarson’s Facebook post about the new assignments of our women officers to the three general priesthood councils. We need their wisdom and participation! It is sensible that their assignments line up with their current responsibilities.”