SALT LAKE CITY — Mormon youth will now have expanded opportunities to do temple work, the First Presidency of the LDS Church announced Thursday in a letter to be read to congregations on Sunday in worship services around the world.
Beginning Jan. 1, young women ages 12-18 now may assist with tasks in the temple baptistry currently performed by adult women serving as temple ordinance workers or volunteers.
Ordained priests ages 16-18 will be able to perform in baptisms for the dead and act as witnesses for baptisms.
Those opportunities will be directed by temple presidencies in the 159 operating LDS temples worldwide, according to the letter.
The letter was sent to general authorities, area authorities, stake, mission and temple presidents bishops and other local leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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