“In her journals she talks about being the first general Young Women president to speak in general conference, and what a blessing that was,” Woodger said. “She remembers how one of the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles quoted from her talk in the next general conference. She said it helped her to realize how the Lord was very aware of what people are going to say in general conference, and she felt like she was working hand-in-hand with the priesthood in that way.”
Neylan McBaine, a blogger, columnist and founder and editor-in-chief of The Mormon Women Project, has seen many indications “that our church leadership is not only aware of but proactively addressing the concerns of women church-wide.”
She pointed not just to the recent speculation that women might pray in conference but also to “the missionary age change, the new Young Women manuals and the ample anecdotal evidence of women being made more visible in local church meetings as leaders in their wards and stakes.”
“I’m optimistic that members at every level of leadership are asking themselves how to involve women more completely in visible, meaningful ways,” McBaine said.
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