It’s that time of year when information about the new mission presidents is shared in the LDS Church News. Each year, the LDS Church News publishes a very brief bio and photo of each mission president couple. Each bio follows a very clear script.
We learn the following information about both the mission president and his wife:
We learn the following information about the mission president:
We learn the following information about the wife:
We learn about the work experience of each mission president. Yet, this script eliminates an easy opportunity to highlight the wives who may have worked or had non-church volunteer experience. Perhaps, then, we are meant to infer that none of these women do not have work experience? Or that such experience, if had, is unimportant for their role as mission president’s wife–not that we believe that experience in the workplace is the only context for developing leadership experience.
The responsibilities of a mission president’s wife have shifted to more leading and teaching than mothering missionaries. If experience is one of the best teachers for leadership, and if women are born to lead, we ask the LDS Church News to also include the work and non-church volunteer experience of mission presidents’ wives.
We’ve been told that LDS women are incredible. Now is the time to highlight and acknowledge the full range of LDS women’s experiences–as we do the men.
*this piece has been revised from its original version to reflect the missionary service of two mission president’s wives.