During the Women’s Meeting of the October 2019 General Conference, Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President, announced four new changes for the Young Women program, including a new theme and the end of a 100-year-old class structure under the not-exactly-loved labels: Laurels, Mia Maids, Beehives.
Sister Cordon explained that in an effort to make class a safe, wonderful place for Young Women, it was time to ditch the three-class structure and embrace something more flexible. As such, effective immediately, there are to be no more Laurel (ages 16-17), Mia Maid, (ages 14-15), or Beehive (ages 12-13) classes. Instead, local units are asked to prayerfully consider how to organize a Young Women’s program. Sister Cordon mentioned that if a ward had an imbalance of girls of one particular age, it might make sense to have one class of 12 year-olds, for example, then another for all other ages. These changes may being “as soon as wards and branches are ready” but should be in place by 2020.
So what to call these new classes? Simply “Young Women” with whatever suffix you desire: “Young Women 12,” “Young Women 15-17,” etc.
In addition, the Church announced a new Young Women theme:
“I am a beloved daughter of Heavenly Parents with a divine nature and eternal destiny.
As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I strive to become like Him, I seek and act upon personal revelation and minister to others in His holy name.
I will stand as a witness of God at all times and in all things and in all places.
As I strive to quality for exaltation, I cherish the gift of repentance and seek to improve each day. With faith, I will strengthen my home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, and receive the ordinances and blessings of the temple.”
Lastly, every class should have a presidency, and that presidency should focus on the same core areas of other organizations: ministering, missionary work, activation, and temple and family history work. Given the broadening reach of those four areas across Church organizations, you could almost wonder whether the four-fold mission of the Church is now moot, replaced by these.
So what do you think? Do these changes seem more drastic than those for Young Men? The priesthood organization is governed by revelation in Doctrine and Covenants, so it is unlikely we’ll see a “do what you want for priesthood quorums” approach.