Statements made in the Deseret News article "Singling Out Leadership" by Carrie A. Moore, published on Saturday, Sept. 27, are not true. Sheri L. Dew is not the first single women in a general auxiliary presidency for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. May Anderson, who was never married, served in the Primary general presidency for 34 years. She served as first counselor to Louie B. Felt from 1905 until 1925 and then was appointed president. She served as general president of the Primary from 1925 to 1939.
During May Anderson's time, the church did not have very many paid employees and so she wrote lessons, answered letters, edited the "Children's Friend," trained Primary teachers and traveled to stake conferences around the church. This was very difficult since she did not have a spouse to support her.Also until recently, the general secretaries were considered part of the general presidencies and were sustained at General Conference. Since several of the general secretaries of the auxiliaries were single during the time they served, they would have been considered single members of the auxiliaries' general presidencies.
This mistake is an example of no one being able to remember something, so it must not have happened. It is a shame that we don't know and understand the historical female LDS Church leaders better than we do since their contributions are felt in the daily lives of Mormons today.
Jeffery O. Johnson
Salt Lake City