Portraits of LDS women leaders hang in Conference Center for first time

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  • Mrs. Smith San Tan Valley, AZ
    March 31, 2014 11:42 a.m.

    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.

    March 24, 2014 11:41 a.m.

    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...)

  • gittalopctbi Glendale, AZ
    March 23, 2014 10:02 a.m.

    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.

  • kathybeebee Ephrata, WA
    March 23, 2014 6:12 a.m.

    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.


  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    March 22, 2014 10:55 a.m.

    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.

    March 22, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    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.

  • Heidi T. Farmington, UT
    March 21, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    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.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    March 21, 2014 7:16 a.m.

    Biggest non-story of the decade.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    March 21, 2014 6:32 a.m.


    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.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    March 20, 2014 9:54 p.m.

    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.

  • Legalize_the_Constitution SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    March 20, 2014 4:17 p.m.


    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.

  • SuziQ Springville, UT
    March 20, 2014 4:03 p.m.

    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.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    March 20, 2014 2:39 p.m.

    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!

  • Dan Maloy Enid, OK
    March 20, 2014 1:26 p.m.

    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!

  • Dan Maloy Enid, OK
    March 20, 2014 1:06 p.m.

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

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

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    March 20, 2014 12:00 p.m.

    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".

  • Southern Girl Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2014 11:47 a.m.

    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.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    March 20, 2014 10:52 a.m.

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

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 20, 2014 9:52 a.m.

    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.

  • HeresAThought Queen Creek, AZ
    March 20, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    @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.

  • Dr. G Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2014 9:31 a.m.

    The nice thing about the leaders in our church is that they don't have a worldly view of power or authority. They don't want their photos put up, and they're somewhat embarrassed by it.

    The reason, I'm told, why we put up photos of our leaders in the Ensign, Church News, and on walls like this, is so that members will know who they are and will not be fooled by someone claiming to speak for the church.

    Its telling that a number of the "its about time" comments here at the D-News reflect a worldly view of power and authority. I'm fairly certain that the ones portrayed in these photos have a more eternal view of power and authority which flows from a desire to serve others and help them gain access to the atonement of Christ.

  • Dode Smithfield, UT
    March 20, 2014 9:28 a.m.

    I laughed when Firefly123 talked about the "puffy hair and ice-cream or jewel-colored solid jackets look like the "acceptable" LDS female leader uniform. It's true. :-) But -- look at any women in business leadership and it is the same -- except more black, navy blue, or dark colored suits. Good point though. The puffy hair is probably because they are ladies over 40-45 and grew up in a different era. Can't see them with straight hair parted in the middle or hair pulled back into a ponytail for some reason! I think the ladies look beautiful!

  • Chilanga Larkspur, CO
    March 20, 2014 9:23 a.m.

    To those who criticize this latest act of respect for our LDS women leaders, I am starting to see that the church is "darned if they do, and darned if they don't" with you guys. If the church changes nothing, you criticize. If they do make changes, you criticize. You undermine your own credibility and power to encourage change, when all you do is criticize the attempts at change that ARE being made. Please, just go away already.

  • HeresAThought Queen Creek, AZ
    March 20, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    Bravo. Our Relief Society sisters provide incalculable benefits, service and worth to the gospel going forward.

  • Firefly123 Mapleton, UT
    March 20, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    Sorry, but this really looks like pandering. You should have always had them up, and making a big deal out of it now, in 2014, just makes us all feel really second class. We realize we are, but this doesn't help-it just makes it more obvious. The puffy hair and ice-cream or jewel-colored solid jackets look like the "acceptable" LDS female leader uniform. Sigh. Thanks for trying, though. I don't need to be ordained, but I'd like to feel free to be myself...

  • FYI Taylorsville, UT
    March 20, 2014 8:52 a.m.

    @Lovely Deseret
    I didn't see anywhere in the article that mentioned there were portraits hanging of any of the former leaders. The portraits mentioned are of only the current leaders in the RS, YW, and Primary organizations. I would have to assume that when those presidencies are replaced, the portraits will be also.

  • CVgal Smithfield, UT
    March 20, 2014 8:22 a.m.

    This is wonderful -- and about time. Now if we can include our women leaders in top-level meetings about missionaries, welfare, church building design (like not putting the women's bathrooms next to the Bishop's office and men's bathrooms next to the nursery, and help on kitchen set-ups, etc. etc.) -- practical things that should just be done normally. In some ways, it really is hard to understand why these things have taken so long!

  • Pertti Felin Espoo, Finland
    March 20, 2014 7:24 a.m.

    English is not my native tongue, but if I wanted to say that these women lead women I would simply say women's leaders; women leaders probably tells most of English speakers that their gender is opposite to that of male leaders - just as female leaders does. Minor point, I should say - with all due respect to rhp from Arlington, Virginia. Cf. Women Leaders in Business, Women Political Leaders, Women Inventors, Women Literary Figures, Women Authors etc. Perhaps in Virginia - as opposed to the rest of the world - only Female Leaders carries the day.

  • concretebo Sandy, UT
    March 20, 2014 7:22 a.m.

    Until you LDS Men let woman in the priesthood , it is discrimination .
    You know this as does everyone else. Equality is coming do not fear it ,
    embrace it. Woman are what make us men Great .

  • Wilf 55 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 20, 2014 7:16 a.m.

    Dr. G., the colors may be wonderful, but they only apply to the dresses. For when the cultural and ethnic diversity?

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    March 20, 2014 6:57 a.m.


    The Lord never does anything too late. He does it when it's right, when it's needed.

    If anyone's late or missing the mark, it's us. If miracles stop in the world, it is because of unbelief. We learn in the scriptures that God is an unchanging God. A father may give different instructions at different times, because his children are learning and growing. But the Father's purpose and love for his children haven't changed.

    Putting up a portrait doesn't reflect a change in God, but in those who would doubt the church if the church doesn't respond to criticism.

  • Carol P. Warnick Ephraim, Utah
    March 20, 2014 6:10 a.m.

    When you are a Woman of God, a Daughter of God, you know your place and are not moved by contention or dissatisfaction of God's plan. You know He leads with love for all and His plan is just.

  • Dr. G Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2014 12:11 a.m.

    Wow. The third floor gets some serious color upgrades. All those dark suits were not nearly as charming as these colorful photos. Women always add color to life.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 19, 2014 11:23 p.m.

    The headline includes the phrases 'women leaders' and 'first time' here in 2014. It takes some chutzpa to run this story. Kudos.

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    March 19, 2014 9:47 p.m.

    They should be there, they have as great an influence on Church members as the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve, and they have a marvelous legacy.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 19, 2014 9:36 p.m.

    Too little, too late!

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    March 19, 2014 9:16 p.m.

    I can see hanging the portraits of the current leaders but the former women leaders only served for 5 years. You really should have a lifetime calling to get a portrait permanently affixed.

  • Heidi T. Farmington, UT
    March 19, 2014 9:08 p.m.

    rph, let's keep this simple without agitation regarding pronoun references and vocabulary incidentals. This display is a beautiful tribute to our church leaders and a wonderful addition for everyone to see.

  • 3boyzmom chattanooga, tn
    March 19, 2014 6:50 p.m.

    A beautiful addition!

  • Johnny2times Provo, UT
    March 19, 2014 6:01 p.m.

    great, thanks.