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Published: Friday, April 5 2013 6:55 p.m. MDT

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Claudio
Springville, Ut

A welcome change, and one long overdue.

jenners
South Jordan/USA, UT

Sisters have been holding leadership callings in the Temple Square Mission for years (granted it is an all sisters mission). It's a wonderful way to include all missionaries in the mission goals and evaluation processes. How exciting!

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Awesome!

Wilf 55
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

A small step forward, but it would be so easy to do more. Being district leader, zone leader, or assistant to the president is not a priesthood office. So sisters could fulfill those roles just as well. That would bring equality in the framework. With so many sisters entering into the field, a mission president could have an elder and a sister as assistant. And a sister zone leader giving direction to a group of elders and sisters would give a significant message to the boys.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

I don't think having a sister and an elder as assistants is such a good idea. That could lead to problems.

thunder struck
Salt Lake City, UT

They're not AP's. They prostelyte as normal missionaries but are assigned to watch out for the sisters. Think of it as co-Relief Society presidents.

thunder struck
Salt Lake City, UT

@Wilf55 - not exactly accurate. Interviewing for and approving for baptism is a priesthood key, delegated by mission president but only to Elders. Sisters do not have that. So being in those leadership positions is a priesthood thing, which sisters cannot do. But this is good for the sisters and will help keep them happy and taken care of, because we all know how the Elders would rather not, and shouldn't attend to them emotionally or physically.

Wilf 55
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Thunder struck, I agree that presently "interviewing for and approving for baptism is a priesthood key", but many problems could be avoided if that aspect was entrusted to the priesthood leaders of the local ward of branch. We would have much fewer retention problems afterwards.

Claudio
Springville, Ut

Wilf,

I don't think the retention problems are due to district leaders conducting the baptismal interview. If members want to interact with new members, including a friendly interview with the new local leader, there is nothing stopping them.

Kathy.
Iowa, Iowa

From my own perspective as a returned sister missionary maybe this will stop some of the drama with sisters because they are not going to have that cute elder's shoulder to cry on.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

This is a very exciting development. I wonder though if they might appoint assistants to the mission presidents wife as well. The idea of having an elder and sister assitant to the mission president might in theory be workable, but the creation of what would be viewed at as a male and female in the same situation of the mission president and his wife would just create all sorts of problems.

I wonder how many training sisters the missions will have and about how many sisters will be under each training sister. However my guess is it will varry a lot from mission to mission depending on number of sisters and geographical size of the mission among other factors.

SkipAbbott
PASO ROBLES, CA

Sister Trainers and increased sister focus by Mission President's wives will magnify sister missionary effectiveness and help Elders appreciate the power and influence of women as they serve together on Mission Councils. Will accelerate Elders and Sisters acquiring the principles taught in "Strengthening the Family and the Church through the Priesthood" training currently undertaken in our families and at Church.

Wilf 55
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Claudio, one of the continuing complaints from local priesthood leaders in many countries concerns the insufficient preparation and not-readiness of potential converts. In their eagerness to baptize, some missionaries will baptize investigators still smoking their "last cigarette" on their way to the font. They will baptize people who speak another language and hardly understood the lessons. District leaders are extremely lenient to approve of baptisms because of the numbers pressure and their own success. Half of the converts they "clear" for baptism are gone within a year (some within a week) because these people were not ready for commitments they did not understand well. So yes, retention problems are, for a large part, due to district leaders conducting the baptismal interview.

Claudio
Springville, Ut

Wilf,

I know all about that concern. I spoke out against it consistently during my own mission. The problem is more in the way the mission counts success. Young teenagers don't want to feel like failures, especially after getting the easy A in high school. They feel anything less than that is unacceptable. The mission presidents and Church leaders should find ways to change this. It's a complicated problem that involved the whole system. It isn't easily reduced to blaming it on a district leader.

BTW, I don't see how having a sister missionary doing this instead would alleviate the problem. In my experience, they were just as willing to skirt the line (no pun intended) in order to get investigators baptized, if not more so than the elders.

Lucas
APO, AE

This is amazing. I got chicken bumps on my arms. This is a huge change on the leadership dynamics in the missions, any current or former leader in a Mission knows. I'm really happy about the new role of the President's wife.

Spikey
Layton, UT

On my mission the sister missionary I taught plus her companion at the time TAUGHT the elders at specific meetings. THey were very loving, effective missionaries. Nothing to get a little fire under the rear ends of elders that putting a few sister missionaries around them.

To those who feel this is "tokenism", men can't go through the temple without holding the priesthood, but women can. Men are being oppressed! EVERY male should be able to go through the temple, this isn't fair. (No, I don't really feel that way).

I am a woman, and like what opportunities I have and don't sit and worry about what I'm not given, and the men are. That is the same as coveting and envy if you ask me. Regardless, whatever opportunities are given I applaud. Women are much more efficient than men in so many aspects, this will do nothing but good.

HSF
SAN DIEGO, CA

Those suggesting that sister missionaries should be Zone Leaders or Assistants to the President aren't clearly understanding the priesthood responsibilities involved in these two positions. Those leaders are involved in interviewing, baptizing, giving priesthood blessings, etc. These newly-created leadership positions are a perfect way to have the sisters train and care for each other taking away that specific responsibility from the Elders.

oldcougar
Orem, UT

I'm glad to see this happening. My brother-in-law is presiding over a mission now and my little sister will be excited about these developments...they are welcoming many new sister missionaries. As for the timing...just right...as for thre appropriateness...just right! I sustain our leaders and trust in the Lord's judgment...almost as much as I trust in the judgment of desnews commenters...;).

GemmaB
Mercer Island, WA

Now if only they could come up with a title for the mission president's wife other than...mission president's wife.

I do, however, applaud these changes giving sister missionaries a more active role in the leadership of the mission.

Spikey
Layton, UT

@GemmaB:

First Lady of the blankety blank mission? Hahaha

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