Handbook 2:
Administering the Church

 

10.12 Additional Guidelines and Policies

 10.12.1

Youth under Age 14 in Youth Conferences and Dances

Youth under age 14 do not usually participate in youth conferences or in dances that are held at times other than the regularly scheduled Mutual night (see 13.6.14). An annual Young Women camp is an exception to this guideline.

 10.12.2

Young Women of Other Faiths

Young women of other faiths who agree to abide by Church standards should be welcomed warmly and encouraged to participate in youth activities. They may also participate in the Personal Progress program and earn the recognition. Expenses for their participation should be handled the same as for young women who are members of the Church.

 10.12.3

Young Women Who Have Disabilities

Young women who have disabilities are normally included in their regular classes. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the parents and the bishopric.

For information about understanding, including, and teaching young women who have disabilities, see 21.1.26 and disabilities.lds.org.

 10.12.4

Young Women Who Are Pregnant out of Wedlock or Who Are Unwed Mothers

If a young woman is pregnant out of wedlock, the decision to participate in Young Women classes and activities is left to the prayerful discretion of the young woman, her parents, and the bishop.

If a young woman age 17 or older has a baby out of wedlock and chooses to keep the child, she is welcomed into Relief Society, where she can be taught and helped in her new responsibilities. She no longer participates in Young Women.

If a young woman under 17 has a baby out of wedlock and chooses to keep the child, the decision to participate in Young Women is left to the prayerful discretion of the young woman, her parents, and the bishop. If the young woman participates in these classes and activities, the child should not accompany her.

For information on the Church policy discouraging single young women from keeping a child born out of wedlock, see 21.4.12.