LDS mothers with children at home are now eligible for full-time employment as teachers in the church's seminary and institute programs.
The policy adjustment was presented to staff on Friday, said Chad Webb, the administrator of LDS Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. It quickly generated buzz and excitement among women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"We previously had not employed women who have minor children at home, in consideration of their important role as mothers," Webb said. "While we continue to recognize that contribution that they make in their homes, we also recognize that sometimes their personal and family circumstances require them to work."