This is an archived article that was published on sltrib. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted. If a married woman helps oversee the physical and mental health of LDS missionaries, isn't there a better way to describe her than as the "mission president's wife"? That's a question the Mormon women's journal, SquareTwoasked its readers a couple of months ago.
A common response, they noted, was that both partners "be president as they are both serving. This was one of a handful of questions about Mormon women's titles the journal posed to its readers in its unscientific survey.
Almost as many commenters 82 percent favored replacing the term, Heavenly Father, with Heavenly Parents in the faith's Young Women theme, repeated weekly by those ages 12 to 17, so that it becomes: "We are daughters of our Heavenly Parents, who love us and we love them.
Mormons believe in a divine Father and a divine Mother. About 75 percent favored new names for those classes, including 14 percent who would like to see only Mia Maids changed.
The names feel "dated and lacking weight," some commenters lamented, when compared with the teenage boys' classes: Deacons, Teachers and Priests. Others suggested an array of alternatives, including: Deserets, Seekers. Shepherds, Lambs, Lanterns.
A high percentage 90 percent wanted to see the church change the name of the award given to female teens for achieving religious goals, now simply called Young Womanhood. They yearned instead for more parallelism with their male peers, whose award is called Duty to God. And for good reason, Cassler and McBaine concluded.
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Please, in the name of all that is holy, change these outdated Mormon monikers, LDS women plead. Peggy Fletcher Stack.