Dear President Elaine S. Dalton,
I am grateful for the Young Women Program in our Church. I am thankful for the many hours you spend in prayer and in counsel thinking about how you can help Young Women all over the world. I am a Young Women teacher in the Marshall Islands and you wouldn't believe the problems and the suffering my girls face. Women and girls are beaten, abused, cheated on, raped, and molested by their fathers on a regular basis. There is hardly any legal recourse for women; it was only in 2011 that domestic violence was prohibited by law, and even then the male leaders who run the country barely passed it.
I would love to have our wonderful Church be more open about equality between men and women, showing rather than telling. If equality is sort of mentioned or alluded to in Salt Lake, then we don't hear about it here. The message isn't coming in strong enough. For example, none—I repeat, none—of my girls knew that they had a Heavenly Mother. They were so amazed and pleased. Please consider allowing women to pray in General Conference. It may seem like such a small thing, but women must know that there need be no intermediary (men) in order to pray to God, and that we are allowed to pray in public too, without feeling shy or unworthy to speak for a group of Saints gathered together.
I have a testimony of the Restoration and of my divine worth, and I fully believe that God "will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the kingdom of God." We are a changing Church, always getting better, and I love that.
Thank you again for all you do. We pray for you.
Love from the Marshall Islands