The LDS Church has added women to three important committees, a historic development that gives women significant, permanent, official voices in church leadership.

Church leaders changed the name of the faith’s Priesthood Executive Council to the Priesthood and Family Executive Council and invited the church’s Relief Society General President, Sister Linda K. Burton, to sit on the council.

The General Young Women President, Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, will join the Missionary Executive Council.

The General Primary President, Sister Rosemary Wixom, will be on the Temple and Family History Executive Council.

Women in the faith’s General Relief Society, Young Women and Primary presidencies have contributed to and advised these councils for years, but only when invited to do so for particular issues and not as permanent members. This is the first time women have official positions.

The significant changes in church structure are a continuation of movement and progress made on issues of concern to women in the church.

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