The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that beginning in 2014, the general Relief Society and general Young Women meetings will be replaced by a general women’s meeting.
The change was announced in a letter, signed by the First Presidency and sent to Church leadership around the world on Nov. 1.
According to the letter, the meeting will be open to all girls and women ages eight and older and will be conducted by the general presidencies of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary organizations.
“As the women of the Church gather together — sisters, mothers, and daughters — they, their families, and the Church will be strengthened and blessed,” the letter stated.
The move is a return to past practice. From 1984 to 1993 the Church held a general women’s meeting. Since 1993, the meetings have been separated into two meetings each year: one for young women in March and one for members of the Relief Society, the Church’s women’s organization, in September.