10.12 Additional Guidelines and Policies
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two Responsible Adults
When adults are teaching children or youth in Church settings, at least two responsible adults should be present at all times. The two adults could be two men, two women, or a married couple. Where it may not be practical to have at least two adults in a classroom, leaders should consider combining classes.
The guideline that two responsible adults be present with youth does not apply to the assignment of ministering companions. However, leaders should use wisdom and seek inspiration when assigning youth as companions to adults (see 7.4.3).