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"We holders of the priesthood should honor good women in and out of the Church as true sisters," said Elder James E. Faust of the Council of the Twelve.

"Our consideration for women should spring from esteem for the daughters of Zion and an awareness of their true identity more than from functions and roles," he said.Speaking at the Saturday evening priesthood meeting, Elder Faust said that "even with the additional demands placed upon women in our day, men generally have not responded with commensurate helpfulness."

He observed that nowhere does Church doctrine "declare that men are superior to women. Women are . . . the enrichment of humanity."

"I fear that we brethren often get far too engrossed in the apparent importance of our own activities and relegate the less-visible contributions of the sisters to a lesser role," he said. "They do so very much quietly and effectively which often goes unnoticed, unrecognized and unappreciated."

While the priesthood places on fathers the duty of being head of the home, "it is clear that all priesthood responsibilities must be exercised `only by persuasion . . . by gentle meekness and by love unfeigned.' "

Holding the priesthood does not make man a power broker, and "any form of physical or mental abuse to any woman is not worthy of any priesthood holder."