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The Aaronic Priesthood is the basic organization for the young men of the Church ages 12 through 18. The Young Men organization is an auxiliary or help to the priesthood.
The Young Men Organization promotes the growth and development of each young man through quorum instruction, quorum activities, and combined Aaronic Priesthood-Young Women activities. The Young Men organization strengthens the work of the Aaronic Priesthood in the ward and gives support to the parents and the home. Young Men leaders help young men fulfill the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood.
The purpose of the Young Women Organization is to help each young woman, ages 12 to 18, "come unto Christ" (Moroni 10:32).
By following the Savior's example and teachings, she can:
  • Solidify her testimony of Jesus Christ and the restored gospel.
  • Fulfill her mortal mission.
  • Return to live with her Heavenly Father.
    (See "Young Women," section 4 of the
    Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 2: Priesthood and Auxiliary Leaders [1998], 211.) 
"Our desire is to help young women be worthy and pure and to prepare every young woman to receive the blessings and ordinances of the temple. We will work tirelessly with your daughters, with you, and with priesthood and Young Women leaders to protect and strengthen and prepare our precious young women to be virtuous and pure and live the standards that will help them be free and happy and allow them to reach their divine potential. We know that we are all elect daughters of God. We also know that each one of us has a great work to perform."
—Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women general president