In an official statement from the First Presidency on December 14, 2017, the Church announced major changes to temple policies as it relates to youth.
Effective January 1, 2018, youth ages 12-18 will have the following opportunities:
- Priests (an office in the Aaronic priesthood) will be able to officiate in ordinances in the temple baptistry. This includes serving as a baptizer and as a witness for baptisms. Confirming someone as a member of the Church and bestowing the gift of the Holy Ghost will remain solely with the Melchizedek Priesthood.
- Young women may assist with all baptistry assignments currently performed by sister temple workers and volunteers. This includes passing out towels, helping the locker room, and helping at the clothing counter.
The Primary Priesthood Preview meeting has also been changed to the Temple and Priesthood Preparation meeting. Both 11-year-old boys and girls will join their parents and Church leaders as they learn more about the temple, the priesthood, and making covenants.
All youth wishing to take part in these new temple opportunities will need a limited-use recommend.
The full letter, posted on LDS.org, can be viewed here: First Presidency Baptistry Statement