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Meet the new Young Women General Presidency

The Young Women General Presidency, effective August 1, 2023. From left to right: First Counselor Sister Tamara W. Runia, President Emily Belle Freeman and Second Counselor Sister Andrea Muñoz Spannaus.
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During the Saturday afternoon session of general conference on April 1, 2023, a new Young Women General Presidency was called and sustained. Their calling will be effective on August 1, 2023.

Church Newsroom published the following information about each member of the new presidency.

President Emily Belle Freeman

President Freeman is an author, speaker, podcaster, and teacher. She has written more than a dozen books and has taught for many years in the Church Educational System. She has also spoken at a variety of BYU programs and conferences, as well as the annual Deseret Book-sponsored Time Out for Women. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, raised in Utah, and spent her senior year of high school in Ventura, California, after her parents were called there to lead a mission of the Church of Jesus Christ. She has previously served as Young Women president and Relief Society president in her ward. She and her husband, Greg, have five children.

Sister Tamara W. Runia, First Counselor

Sister Runia was raised in Walnut Creek, California, and lives in Provo, Utah. She attended BYU, where she met her husband, Scott. They served as leaders of the Australia Sydney Mission (2018–2021). She has also served as a stake scripture class instructor, stake Young Women president, and stake Relief Society presidency counselor. Sister Runia participates in civic life, which has included 20 years on the board of the Food & Care Coalition in Provo. She and her husband have seven children.

Sister Andrea Muñoz Spannaus, Second Counselor

Sister Spannaus has been serving on the Relief Society advisory council. She is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and served in the Argentina Resistencia Mission. She earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and also studied art and interior design. She has been an adviser in a young single adult Spanish-speaking ward, an early-morning seminary teacher, a member of the South America South Area committee to organize For the Strength of Youth conferences and mission leader with her husband, Alin, in the Mexico Cuernavaca Mission (2009–2012). They are parents of two daughters.

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