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Published: Wednesday, March 19 2014 5:25 p.m. MDT

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Queen Creek, AZ

@concretebo - The Lord takes offense when we as men and women propose to tell him to change His will. Women receive the priesthood when they marry a worthy male who has received those gifts. He presides over the home, but not alone. She is as equal as he, and is no less important or needed. Even without a male priesthood holder in the home, members and nonmembers alike have access to priesthood blessings anytime, anywhere; usually just a phone call away.

Hayden, ID

Warren Binnes said, "Leaders do the right things and have the burden of creation, managers do things right and have the burden of maintenance". Sounds about right to me, especially for the for women in my life and in the Gospel.

Medical Lake, Washington

I think the portraits look very nice. Isn't that all that needs to be said?

Southern Girl
Salt Lake City, UT

After "years of conversation", the female leadership of the Church gets portraits hung in the Conference Center. Kind of like a pat on the head, ya'll.

Cardston, Alberta

The last thing these leaders want is to have their portraits in public places. These women and men are not glory and attention-seekers. They are humble servants of their fellow human beings seeking no rewards except the knowledge that they are following the second great commandment given by The Savior Himself; "love thy neighbor as thyself".

Dan Maloy
Enid, OK

@ 1aggie - SALT LAKE CITY, UT - "Too little, too late!"

Antagonists.....ya just can't please 'em!

Dan Maloy
Enid, OK

Our female leaders are simply AWESOME!

I remember one Relief Society President who spoke in General Conference about 3-4 years ago about being a mother. Typical, straight-forward, common sense stuff....trying to remember what her counsel was specifically (?)....try to be home as much as you can for your children (seems she even mentioned that sometimes circumstances don't allow for that), love your children, hold them accountable, teach them to pray, share with them your love for the Savior.

Pretty sure it was Sister Julie Beck.

By the uproar her talk caused you would have thought she was telling women to offer child sacrifices.

The portraits are well deserved. Just as a matter of observation the sisters in the church and in the world as a whole are far, far more faithful and Christ-like than the men.

Good job, sisters!

orem, UT

According to Mormon doctrine men need women - and women need men. We are equally yoked and thankfully not required to do the exact same things. Men are great because men ARE great, not because they have a woman in their lives. It does not build up women to diminish men. That attitude is inherently unequal.

Chilanga- right on!

Springville, UT

It seems rather silly that we are more interested in the appearance than the substance. The role of the General RS, YW, and Primary presidencies have not changed. Whoever has been in the positions for many years have worked hard on issues that affect women, children, and families all over the globe. Since they are all over 25, I doubt they were the ones that wanted to have portraits hung up on the walls to "prove" that they are really female leaders in our church. The detractors appear not to have a strong sense of who they are in God's plan or why 90% of the women in the Church have no desire to have the Priesthood. The doctrine doesn't change. Read the previous prophets teachings on the role of women. Mostly what has changed is how we appear to the world. Women have always been valued in the true gospel. Detractors-if you don't know that for yourself, maybe you should do a little more study. Start with Brigham Young's teachings.



5 years of service doesn't qualify for a portrait? Well, you inadvertently inspire an interesting idea. What if Apostle's and Prophets had term limits. Emeritus Apostle has a nice ring to it. Who said that these have to be lifetime callings anyway? Some would say the Lord, but do we really know if that is more tradition than revelation? I for one very much like the idea.

South Jordan, UT

Dode: Loved your comments about hair. I wonder if someday people will say, "Why did we think it was stylish to have looong, severely, straight hair no matter what the face shape?" I for one like the puffy look and not a "one hairstyle fits all!" I think the portraits are a beautiful addition to those walls.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT


Tell that to the men who want other men instead of women.

We're the ones trying to cherish women and children, we simply believe there is a right and wrong way to do it. The rest the world is tearing down what's true and holding up practices that cause women & children pain.

Not a single sole has complained about men not having a place in relief society. So do your beliefs in equality and prejudice only swing one way?

No one has ever been or ever will be justified in accusing the LDS church of mistreating women. Those that do either don't know their history or don't want to know it.

Kearns, UT

Biggest non-story of the decade.

Heidi T.
Farmington, UT

Why does a beautiful addition to what is already in concert with devoted service and history of our church receive such unwarranted sarcasm and criticism? Enjoy the beauty and purpose knowing every addition to our museums is thoughtfully authorized and inspired. Move on and do something good in the world.

G L W8

A related issue, if I may: in my mind, there are those in--and out--of the LDS Church that place the 14th Amendment and its "equality under the law" clause on an equal (no pun intended) footing with scripture and prophetic utterance. The 14th Amendment was written and ratified to correct a specific issue arising out of the Civil War and the resolution of the slave question. It has been legally extrapolated since that time to cover a number of other issues of equality--some to our society's benefit, others not.
Anyone who knows the least little bit about law knows the statement "There is no right, there is no wrong, there is only the law." That phrase governs a number of our recent judicial decisions. If we pursue the course of trying to change the heavenly designed role of women for the misguided purpose of making them "equal"--including the pressure to give them the LDS Priesthood, it will be to our detriment. Pres. Hinckley was right: we marvel at what they are able to accomplish without it.


This won’t do much if anything to appease the “Ordain Women” movement, but it does go a long way towards showing that the Church is not in any way, shape, or form misogynistic, as it is frequently portrayed in the media.

Ephrata, WA

Delighted to see this, sad that it's newsworthy.

When we go sightseeing to church sites in SLC, where do we visit? Conference Center, Temple Square Visitor Centers, Church History Museum, Family History Center, The Mall, (you have to eat!); rooftop of the Church Office Building...etc. etc. But who's toured the Relief Society Building? It's right there, just not on the tourist's Short List.


Glendale, AZ

The content of the comments posted here is really a reflection of the person making the comment. To you apparently disgruntled members of the church with a chip on your shoulder: the church leadership is not on trial here in this life--we are the ones on trial.


I serve in a calling that places me in our Ward Council meeting every two weeks. This is a meeting where the Ward leaders (men and women) meet and discuss the needs of the Ward. There are three women in the Council - Relief Society President, Youn Womens' President, and Primary President.

I can tell you that our Bishop spends more than half of every meeting discussing the needs of these three organizations. Also, he listens to and highly values the opinions and councel of these sisters. Anyone who says that women are not leading the LDS Church or that they do not have an equal place is a fool.

Funny how demands for "equality" and women's rights in the Church come from those outside of the Church (usually disgruntled former members who have nothing better to do than attack their former church...)

Mrs. Smith
San Tan Valley, AZ

RedWings - I am with you. I admit that I have a hard time empathizing with women that feel that they are left behind in the church and that the church disregards women. From my experience in church leadership this is completely untrue. I wish that everyone - men included - could participate in ward councils and leadership to see the work that is done for the benefit of men and women alike. I don't want the priesthood and honestly don't understand the women that do. I feel like my plate is full enough on its own with my present responsibilities.

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