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The greatest hero of women is the Savior Jesus Christ, said Sister Wendy Nelson during an interview with an Italian newspaper correspondent on March 11.

Because of that “it is great to be a woman in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Sister Nelson, the wife of President Russell M. Nelson, and Sister Kristen M. Oaks, the wife of President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency, met with Paolo Mastrolilli, the New York correspondent for the national Italian newspaper La Stampa.

The interview in the lobby of the Church’s new Rome Italy Temple followed an interview with President Nelson, President Oaks, and President Henry B. Eyring.

In response to a question about the roles and responsibilities of women in the Church, Sister Nelson told Mastrolilli that women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints actually do much that women pastors in other religious organizations do. “We teach doctrine to men and women; we pray from the pulpit; we lead organizations for women, youth, and children; we serve as missionaries,” said Sister Nelson.

Responding to a question about the role of parents and families, Sister Nelson said for 30 years she worked as a marriage and family therapist to help families that were struggling. Church doctrine, she said, teaches that every person on earth is a first-generation son or daughter of heavenly parents. 

“That’s where we start with family is to say, God is our Father.”

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