[Eliza R. Snow]
"He [Joseph Smith] propos'd that the Sisters elect a presiding officer to preside over them, and let that presiding officer choose two Counsellors to assist in the duties of her Office— that he would ordain them to preside over the Society — and let them preside just as the Presidency, preside over the church.If any Officers are wanted to carry out the designs of the Institution, let them be appointed ... and set apart, as Deacons, Teachers &c."
[Eliza R Snow, Nauvoo Relief Society Minutes, as quoted at http://ordainwomen.org/quotes. See Quinn, "Mormon Political Conflicts" for full cite and context.]
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