New meeting for Mormon women to include young girls, too

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that a semiannual general women's meeting — one that will include all females age 8 and older — will replace the general Relief Society and general Young Women meetings, which have been held every year for 20 years.

The switch begins next year, according to a news release. Relief Society and Young Women general meetings have been held in September and March, respectively, since 1993, the release added.

"The general women's meeting will be held the Saturday before each General Conference and will be conducted by the general presidencies of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary organizations," according to the release.

All women and girls 8 years and older will be allowed to attend.

"As the women of the church gather together — sisters, mothers and daughters — they, their families, and the church will be strengthened and blessed," the faith's governing First Presidency states in the release.

The news release states that the First Presidency announcement came Friday, though the release was posted to the church website Monday.

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