The historical record thus suggests that Joseph and Emma's original vision might not entail the ordination of women into the male organization. It would entail restoring the Female Relief Society to its original autonomous status, and restoring to women their role as full collaborators with their male counterparts in the administration of the church. Some moves in this direction are under way (such as the changed role and ages of female missionaries, the enhanced role of women in church councils, the combined general meeting of the Female Relief Society together with her auxiliaries—the Young Women and Primary, etc.). To the impatient, these steps may seem miniscule. But they are steps in the direction of recognizing and expanding the prerogatives of an effectual priestesshood that may have been implicit in Joseph's founding vision.
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