[We]could see the auxiliaries running the Church as it were. . . . We had no Priesthood board but they had large and talented and powerful Mutual boards and Sunday school boards and Relief Society boards and Primary boards. And they scattered throughout the Church teaching their message, and they were talented people and taught so well that the auxiliaries of the Church were far more effective and powerful in the members' idea and view than the were the Priesthood quorums. . . . So I would say, to characterize the Church prior to Correlation, that the auxiliaries ran it and everything took second place to them.
[Source: David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, by Greg Prince, chapter 4 footnote 15. A. Theodore Tuttle interview, October 11, 1977]