News Release

New Area Organization Advisers Strengthen the Church in the Pacific

Women leaders to support Relief Society, Young Women and Primary organizations and provide an opportunity for more perspectives in Church councils

Latter-day Saint women are being called to support leaders of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary organizations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in areas where they reside around the world.

The First Presidency has approved a new position — international area organization adviser — to help provide training and mentorship for local leaders outside the United States and Canada.

In the areas where they are called, the volunteer advisers will also participate in councils within the area as they work together in unity with the men and women of the Church in their respective areas. They will serve under the direction of the Area Presidencies for three to five years.

Sister Fredda Sorensen (New Zealand), Sister Karen Maurer (Australia), and Sister Cynthia Hamilton (Australia) have been called to serve as Area Organization Advisers for the Church.

The general presidencies of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary, who are based in Salt Lake City, will provide instruction and support to the new international area organization advisers. Virtual meetings will be held two to four times a year. The area organization advisers will also attend the women’s session of the Church's general conference in Salt Lake City in person at least once during their tenure.

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