Latter-day Saint Women Podcast

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Jessica
 Jun 20, 2021
I love the Latter-day Saint Women podcast! The hosts interview (mostly) women in the Church, discussing pertinent topics. Very well put together and quite interesting!

Jessica
 Jan 31, 2020
Interesting podcast from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, discussing talks from the book At the Pulpit (discourses by women throughout the history of the Church). I love having an uplifting podcast in my feed.

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The Latter-day Saint Women podcast shares the legacy of women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Get to know the faithful women who shaped our past, and hear from inspiring women of faith today as they address gospel topics.

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107. Bonus Episode - At Home in Relief Society
Relief Society is a place where women of diverse backgrounds and experiences come together in unity to create a spiritual home and grow closer to Jesus Christ. Join hosts Karlie Guymon and Shalyn Back for a special bonus episode with the current and newly called General Relief Society presidency members as they discuss building unity in our wards and branches, our global church community, and with our Heavenly Father. Presidents Jean B. Bingham and Camille Johnson discuss how their mutual experiences serving in the general primary presidency and visiting Nauvoo together have influenced their perspective on their Relief Society responsibilities. Sisters Sharon Eubank and Annette Dennis discuss how building bridges with others brings unity, strength, and hope in our efforts to live the gospel. Sisters Reyna Aburto and Kristin Yee share how choosing to be unified with our Heavenly Father—someone who knows everything about us—brings comfort and security. This conversation will encourage you in your efforts to strengthen your relationships with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and to connect with other incredible women in Relief Society. Resources Relief Society General Presidency Biographies: President Jean B. Bingham https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/learn/jean-b-bingham?lang=eng Sister Sharon Eubank https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/learn/sharon-eubank?lang=eng Sister Reyna Aburto https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/learn/reyna-i-aburto?lang=eng President Camille Johnson https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/meet-incoming-relief-society-general-president-camille-n-johnson Sister Anette Dennis https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/sister-jeannie-anette-dennis Sister Kristin Yee https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/sister-kristin-m-yee Additional Latter-day Saint Women Podcast Episodes: President Jean B. Bingham Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/president-jean-b-bingham-every-woman-belongs-in-the/id1491361653?i=1000501838236 Google https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLmZlZWRidXJuZXIuY29tL0xEU1dvbWVu/episode/MjAyMC0wNi0wMDE4LXByZXNpZGVudC1qZWFuLWItYmluZ2hhbS1ldmVyeS13b21hbi1iZWxvbmdzLWluLXRoZS1jaHVyY2gtb2YtamVzdXMtY2hyaXN0?sa=X&ved=0CAIQuIEEahgKEwjop9jHiJf5AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQgwI Sister Sharon Eubank Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sister-sharon-eubank-compassion-is-a-way-of-life-replay/id1491361653?i=1000511423176 Google https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLmZlZWRidXJuZXIuY29tL0xEU1dvbWVu/episode/MjAyMC0wNi0wMDMwLXNpc3Rlci1zaGFyb24tZXViYW5rLWNvbXBhc3Npb24taXMtYS13YXktb2YtbGlmZS1yZXBsYXk?sa=X&ved=0CAUQkfYCahcKEwjop9jHiJf5AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQfg Sister Reyna Aburto Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/reyna-aburto-finding-healing-and-peace-through/id1491361653?i=1000499218121 Google https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLmZlZWRidXJuZXIuY29tL0xEU1dvbWVu/episode/MjAyMC0wNi0wMDE2LXJleW5hLWFidXJ0by1maW5kaW5nLWhlYWxpbmctYW5kLXBlYWNlLXRocm91Z2gtdGhlLWF0b25lbWVudC1vZi1qZXN1cy1jaHJpc3Q?sa=X&ved=0CAUQkfYCahcKEwjop9jHiJf5AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQfg President Camille Johnson Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/79-president-camille-n-johnson-seeking-heavens-help/id1491361653?i=1000532379609 Google https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLmZlZWRidXJuZXIuY29tL0xEU1dvbWVu/episode/MjAyMS0wMy0wMDc5LTc5LXByZXNpZGVudC1jYW1pbGxlLW4tam9obnNvbi1zZWVraW5nLWhlYXZlbnMtaGVscA?sa=X&ved=0CAUQkfYCahcKEwjop9jHiJf5AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQCg Sister Kristen Yee Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/104-kristin-yee-what-faith-looks-like/id1491361653?i=1000553437795 Google https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLmZlZWRidXJuZXIuY29tL0xEU1dvbWVu/episode/MjAyMS0wMy0wMTA0LTEwNC1rcmlzdGluLXllZS13aGF0LWZhaXRoLWxvb2tzLWxpa2U?sa=X&ved=0CAUQkfYCahcKEwjouNyoiJf5AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQNQ
Jul 27, 2022
106. Bonus Episode: “Every Sister and Every Talent Is Needed”
Every sister and every talent is needed to build the kingdom of God. Join hosts Karlie Guymon and Shalyn Back for a special bonus episode with President Jean Bingham, Sister Sharon Eubank, and Sister Reyna Aburto of the Relief Society General Presidency to discuss the unique and important ways Latter-day Saint women are contributing around the world. With practical tips about how to overcome feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy, our leaders teach and share examples of how we can make Relief Society a safe space for all women to serve and contribute. Featuring interviews with Agniezska Mazurowska, refugee coordinator and current Relief Society president of the Warsaw Poland Branch, and Church women’s historian Kate Holbrook, this conversation is an uplifting and encouraging reminder to recognize and share your unique gifts and talents to lift and serve others like the Savior. Resources: Relief Society General Presidency Biographies: President Jean B. Bingham https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/learn/jean-b-bingham?lang=eng Sister Sharon Eubank https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/learn/sharon-eubank?lang=eng Sister Reyna Aburto https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/learn/reyna-i-aburto?lang=eng Church Newsroom story featuring Agniezska Mazurokwsa: https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/poland-ukraine-refugees-four-months Church History Relief Society Building online exhibit: “A Home of our Own” https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/exhibit/relief-society-building?lang=eng How to visit the Relief Society building: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/learn/relief-society-building-temple-square?lang=eng Catalog of Relief Society Building Contributors and Donations: https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/record/68d7defa-b2f7-4828-9b2e-d15f7bc21999/0?view=browse&lang=eng Catalog of Relief Society Building Artifact Donations: https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/record/49a57e83-fea9-48ad-8791-6cf674a74e8e/0?view=browse&subView=arrangement Sister Reyna Aburto “Come Out of Your Shell: 3 Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone”: https://studio5.ksl.com/come-out-of-your-shell-step-out-comfort-zone/ Jerusha Barden Biography : https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/jerusha-t-barden-smith
Jul 20, 2022
105. Bonus Episode: Relief Society General Presidency on "Belonging"
Tracy is a foster mom, heartsick and fearful about the sweet boy she has grown to love as her son. McKaylee is a 22-year-old stake Relief Society president who is confused and angry when the Lord doesn't grant her heartfelt desire to serve a mission. And Liliana is a recent convert and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, worried she needs to change who she is in order to fit in with the women around her. What do these sisters all have in common? Through their struggles and questions, they each found support, belonging, and increased faith in Jesus Christ as members of the Relief Society. Join us for this special bonus episode celebrating the 180th birthday of Relief Society featuring President Jean Bingham, Sister Sharon Eubank and Sister Reyna Aburto of the general Relief Society presidency. Sharing Tracy, McKaylee and Liliana’s inspiring stories and voices, the Relief Society presidency affirms their hope and vision that every woman in the Church knows she belongs in the Relief Society.
Mar 16, 2022
104. Kristin Yee | What Faith Looks Like
Life has taught Kristin Yee how to “jump”: to leave her comfort zone and leap into the unknown, trusting in God’s love and perfect plan. Following a spiritual prompting to leave art school in San Francisco, Kristin's journey of faith took her down an unexpected path-- one that ultimately led to her dream job working as an animator and producer for Disney for 13 years. By sharing the personal revelation she has received and trusted, Kristin teaches listeners "what faith looks like." Through these exciting, and at times frightening, life changes and transitions, Kristin shares with humility and grace how she has learned to partner with the Savior, Jesus Christ for support, comfort, and validation. Kristin was hired by the Church in 2016 as the animation team manager, and she currently serves on the Primary general advisory council.  Resources: Kristin Yee biography: https://www.thechurchnews.com/callings/2021-07-15/9-new-members-of-primary-general-advisory-council-218844 “Educate Your Desires, Elder Andersen Counsels”: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/prophets-and-apostles/unto-all-the-world/educate-your-desires-elder-andersen-counsels?lang=eng Alma 32: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/alma/32?lang=eng Church Content for Children: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/collection/children?lang=eng Examples of recent Children's content: The Goal: A Story of Faith, Friendship and Forgiveness https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/video/2019-12-0110-the-goal-a-story-of-faith-friendship-and-forgiveness?lang=eng The Old Testament Scripture Stories https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/collection/old-testament-stories?lang=eng&collectionId=b43d757eb019f6607ea99cf31d4f98fd0466720b Friend to Friend Broadcast https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/collection/friend-to-friend-children?lang=eng&collectionId=b43d757eb019f6607ea99cf31d4f98fd0466720b Transcript: https://media.ldscdn.org/pdf/2021-03-0104-104-kristin-yee-what-faith-looks-like-eng.pdf
Mar 09, 2022
103. Camille Fronk Olson | Learning from Women in the Old Testament
There are more than 150 women named or referenced in the Bible, with dozens of female characters in the Old Testament alone. While not small in number, many of these women are not well known, and some are misunderstood as simple, less essential, or merely one-dimensional characters. But what can the women in the Bible teach us about Jesus Christ, and how can their stories bring us closer to Him? In this episode, Camille Fronk Olson, author and professor emeritus of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University shares how the study of women in scripture enhances our understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and strengthens our faith in the Lord's ability to use ordinary people in His work. Camille shares story after story of faithful and inspiring women in the Old Testament, including Hagar, Hannah, Deborah, Abigail, Bathsheba, the daughters of Zelophehad, and more. Camille teaches that even small efforts to understand the culture, history and context of the Old Testament will improve and enrich our understanding of the women in the Bible. Transcript: https://media.ldscdn.org/pdf/2021-03-0103-103-camille-fronk-olson-learning-from-women-in-the-old-testament-eng.pdf
Mar 02, 2022
102. Lauren Barnes | The Divine Gift of Our Bodies
How can we develop a healthier body image as Latter-day Saint women despite beauty norms and pressures in the world today? How can we help the young women and girls around us learn to treasure the divine gift of their bodies as they grow and develop into women? Dr. Lauren Barnes is the director of clinical training for the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Brigham Young University and specializes in women’s issues, including body image and eating disorders. Join us as we talk with Dr. Barnes about these important issues affecting Latter-day Saint women and girls today.  Resources: For more Church resources and articles about body image and eating disorders, see the August 2019 Ensign and New Era magazines: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2019/08?lang=eng https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/new-era/2019/08/more-than-a-body-seeing-as-god-sees?lang=eng
Feb 23, 2022
101. Keith Erekson | Questions and Doubt, Answers and Peace
If you have chosen to live a life of faith in Jesus Christ, it is likely you will experience times when your faith is challenged. Church historian and author Keith Erekson joins us to discuss how faithful women and men throughout history have grappled with doubts and questions, and how we can find peace, light and understanding during times of challenge when we seek to truly commune with God. Keith shares how each person's struggle with questions and doubt is individual, and how finding peace and answers is also individual, ultimately made possible by the Holy Ghost, the great "individualizer." Keith also shares useful counsel for those struggling to help their loved ones find answers to their questions. The best advice? Listen and love, and trust in your own witness of the truth. Transcript: https://media.ldscdn.org/pdf/2021-03-0101-101-keith-erekson-questions-and-doubt-answers-and-peace-eng.pdf
Feb 16, 2022
100. Sharlene Miner | A Path I Couldn’t See From the Beginning
As a 25-year-old, single graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in music, Sharlene wanted to attend medical school. She was told by friends and mentors that her deeply-held desire to marry and have children would be limited if she became a doctor, but as she prayed she felt it was the right path for her. Join us as Sharlene shares how her life’s path unfolded as she put her trust in God and took small steps forward in times of fear or uncertainty. With clarity and perspective, Sharlene shares how she navigated being a working mom and how her career has blessed her family and countless others. As a frontline health care worker during the pandemic, she also testifies of God’s love for all.  Resources:  BYU Magazine: The Tap of Encouragement https://magazine.byu.edu/article/the-tap/ BYU Study: Couples thrive in relationship quality and stability when both partners are involved in financial processes https://news.byu.edu/news/study-couples-thrive-relationship-quality-and-stability-when-both-partners-are-involved BYU Magazine: A House Undivided https://magazine.byu.edu/article/a-house-undivided/ Family Proclamation: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/the-family-a-proclamation-to-the-world/the-family-a-proclamation-to-the-world?lang=eng BYU Speech: Women and Education: “A Future Only God Could See for You” https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/eva-m-witesman/women-education-future-god-see/ Transcript: https://media.ldscdn.org/pdf/2021-03-0100-100-sharlene-miner-a-path-i-couldnt-see-from-the-beginning-eng.pdf
Feb 09, 2022
99. Kathryn Reynolds | No Such Thing As “Plan B”
When things don’t work out the way we want them to, we may think it requires we accept a lesser reward - a Plan B. But Relief Society advisory council member Kathryn Reynolds believes there is no such thing as a “Plan B” in life. Through a lens of sincere faith and trust in God’s love and eternal plan, she has come to see her life’s sidetracks, struggles and detours as divine. Join us as Kathryn shares the unexpected path to her career as a marriage and family therapist and service on the Relief Society council, and the divine detours and opportunities for learning along the way, including her service as executive assistant to Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Through tender personal experiences, Kathryn testifies of prophets and apostles, as well as the priesthood power and authority of the female officers called to lead and stand as witnesses of Jesus Christ in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today.  Resources: Elder Richard G. Scott, May 2003 Ensign: “The Sustaining Power of Faith in Times of Uncertainty and Testing” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2003/05/the-sustaining-power-of-faith-in-times-of-uncertainty-and-testing?lang=eng “Even if you exercise your strongest faith, God will not always reward you immediately according to your desires. Rather, God will respond with what in His eternal plan is best for you. He loves you to a depth and completeness you cannot conceive of in your mortal state. Indeed, were you to know His entire plan, you would never ask for that which is contrary to it even though your feelings tempt you to do so. Sincere faith gives understanding and strength to accept the will of our Heavenly Father when it differs from our own. We can accept His will with peace and assurance, confident that His infinite wisdom surpasses our own ability to comprehend fully His plan as it unfolds a piece at a time.”
Feb 02, 2022
98. Jen Allen | RootsTech - Connecting Families Past and Present 
Jen Allen, director of events for FamilySearch, shares how RootsTech connects people from all over the world, regardless of religious affiliation, with each other and with their ancestors. She gives insight into how the event has shifted and grown since the pandemic, allowing for more international participation, over 1,500 sessions in multiple languages, and new online features to connect attendees. Jen also talks about how sharing stories of her ancestors has strengthened her children in their challenges and increased her faith in Jesus Christ.   Join us at RootsTech 2022! Visit RootsTech.org to register for the virtual, free event from March 3-5. 
Jan 26, 2022
97. Lidia Torrance | Feeling Compassion and Acceptance Through Foster Care and Adoption
Join us as we talk with Lidia Torrance about her journey as a foster care parent and the growth she and her family experienced in their faith, compassion, and acceptance. Lidia shares how her testimony of Heavenly Father’s love for each of His children, including children in foster care and their biological parents, has grown and been strengthened as she and her husband opened their hearts to children and families in need. 
Jan 19, 2022
96. Derek Hagey | Addressing Pornography Use in Marriage 
Pornography use is a difficult and very important topic, and the objective of this episode is to help provide hope and support through available resources for women who’s spouse has used or uses pornography. Our guest Derek Hagey is a FamilySearch employee, Marriage and Family professor, and one of the subject matter experts who worked on Church’s Addressing Pornography website. He discusses the impact pornography use can have on ourselves and our marriages, how we can address issues and emotions surrounding pornography use, and support and resources for additional help.
 Resources:
 Addressing Pornography Website: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/addressing-pornography?lang=eng
His Grace episode - There Is No Limit to God's Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpcUrP0gahw 
Recovering from the Trap of Pornography - President Oaks https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2015/10/recovering-from-the-trap-of-pornography?lang=eng Transcript: https://media.ldscdn.org/pdf/2021-03-0096-96-derek-hagey-addressing-pornography-use-in-marriage-eng.pdf
Jan 12, 2022
95. Carrie Skarda | Mindfulness: Learning to Pause and Hear Him
In the scriptures we are taught to “be still,” (Doctrine and Covenants 101:16) and “not to run faster than we have strength” (Mosiah 4:27), but also to be “anxiously engaged in a good cause” (Doctrine and Covenants 58:27–28) and to “serve God with all our heart, might, mind, and strength” (Doctrine and Covenants 4). As busy Latter-day Saint women, how do we balance this seemingly contradictory counsel, allowing ourselves stillness and rest while also engaging with all our hearts in the work of salvation? In this episode, psychologist and author Carrie Skarda teaches how practicing mindfulness can help us develop a more healthy and joyful rhythm between stillness and busyness, while also strengthening our relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and improving our prayer and other religious practices. With beautiful examples from the life of Jesus Christ and using helpful visual imagery, Carrie teaches the ways God invites us to stop or pause, spend quiet moments with Him, and be nurtured and guided by the Spirit to better discern our priorities. Resources: Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay Chapter 4 “Elements of Worship” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/teachings-david-o-mckay/chapter-4?lang=eng
Jan 05, 2022
94. Lori Newbold Good and Grateful Receivers 
At Christmas we rightly focus on giving, but learning to be a good receiver is also critical in developing bonds of love with family and friends, Heavenly Father, and our Savior, Jesus Christ. In this episode, listener favorite and Young Women council member Lori Newbold returns to share insights from the life of Jesus Christ and the Christmas story, teaching how we can better accept and embrace Heavenly Father’s blessings and gifts. Lori also draws upon her experience as a mental health counselor to share the importance of receiving in our relationships.   Resources:  Lori Newbold Biography https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/young-women-organization/meet-the-young-women-general-leaders/lori-newbold?lang=eng Past Episode: Lori Newbold | Our Most Sacred and Valuable Relationship https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/collection/latter-day-saint-women-podcasts?lang=eng&track=/media/audio/lori-newbold-our-most-sacred-and-valuable-relationship-0112d26?lang=eng Past Episode: Lori Newbold | Hearing the Voice of the Lord Through the Scriptures https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/collection/latter-day-saint-women-podcasts?lang=eng&track=/media/audio/lori-newbold-hearing-the-voice-of-the-lord-through-the-scriptures-54476e9?lang=eng 2012 Christmas Devotional, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf “The Good and Grateful Receiver” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/broadcasts/article/christmas-devotional/2012/12/the-good-and-grateful-receiver?lang=eng
Dec 08, 2021
93. Mihaela Ganea King | After The Trial of Your Faith
Have you ever wondered in the middle of a trial or challenge to your faith: “Where is God? Why doesn’t He answer me or help me?” Today’s guest Mihaela shares how she has learned that the witness of God’s love and involvement in our lives comes “after the trial of our faith” (Ether 12:6). Mihaela was born in Romania and migrated to California, USA as a teenager with her family. With enthusiasm and authenticity, she shares how she has faced and overcome trials to her faith, including receiving her own personal witness of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ as a young woman investigating the Church. Mihaela also discusses how she put her trust in the Lord as she pursued education in music, lived in New York City as a young adult, faced the heartbreak and confusion of infertility, and witnessed the miracles that followed, including learning from and loving a son with disabilities. Resources: Disability Resources: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/life/disability?lang=eng Transcript: https://media.ldscdn.org/pdf/2021-03-0093-93-mihaela-ganea-king-after-the-trial-of-your-faith-eng.pdf
Dec 02, 2021
92. Mayavel Amado Pineda | Ministering in the Savior’s Way
“Who can I bless today? How can I reach out?” are questions that Mayavel Amado Pineda, a member of the Relief Society General Advisory Council, encourages us to ask as we seek to better understand ministering and how to go about it. Though ministering may sometimes feel uncomfortable or inconvenient amidst all our pressures in life, we can look to the Savior as an example of caring and connecting, discerning real needs, and receiving direction when we need it. In this episode, Mayavel also shares the blessings that can come from ministering: our lives can be enriched as we make connections and friendships, and our burdens can lifted when we forget about our own worries and gain a better perspective about our own challenges. Resources:  First Observe, Then Serve - Linda K. Burton  https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2012/10/first-observe-then-serve?lang=eng This is Ministering website https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/ministering?lang=eng Transcript: https://media.ldscdn.org/pdf/2021-03-0092-92-mayavel-amado-pineda-ministering-in-the-saviors-way-eng.pdf
Nov 17, 2021
91. Ryan Saltzgiver and Neelima Surisetty Rayudu | Women Endowed With Power
Never in the history of mankind have temples been more accessible to God’s children. More Latter-day Saints than ever before have the opportunity of receiving temple ordinances and then returning often. This world-wide blessing unifies Saints with their families, their ancestors, and to the Lord Jesus Christ. In this episode, Church historian Ryan Saltzgiver shares stories from the Global Histories project of pioneering women traveling great distances at incredible sacrifice to gather Saints on both sides of the veil. We also talk with Neelima Surisetty Rayudu, a Church member from India, about her experiences traveling to the Hong Kong and Cebu Philippines temples to be sealed to her parents and then her husband. She recalls her initial reaction to the recently-announced Bengaluru India temple. Resources: Global Histories https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/landing/global-histories?lang=eng Previous Global Histories Episodes: Ryan Saltzgiver | Women of Faith: Stories from Global Histories https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/collection/latter-day-saint-women-podcasts?lang=eng&track=/media/audio/ryan-saltzgiver-women-of-faith-stories-from-global-histories-e8e3535?lang=eng Melissa Inouye | Can You Name Five Women? https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/collection/latter-day-saint-women-podcasts?lang=eng&track=/media/audio/latter-day-saint-women-2021-0070-melissa-inouye-can-you-name-five-women-64k-eng.-9681d31?lang=eng The Nauvoo Temple: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/articles/the-nauvoo-temple-a-joseph-smith-papers-podcast President Russell M. Nelson; The Temple and Your Spiritual Foundation https://abn.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2021/10/47nelson?lang=eng every promise come together in the temple - everything we do in the church comes back to that New Temples https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/october-2021-general-conference-new-temples The Story of Clara Cooper from Liberia: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/news/lessons-of-faith-from-church-history-in-africa?lang=eng) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu6TAi_53Hw Transcript: https://media.ldscdn.org/pdf/2021-03-0091-91-ryan-saltzgiver-and-neelima-surisetty-rayudu-women-endowed-with-power-eng.pdf
Nov 10, 2021
90. Kaylene Harding | The Help of Angels
In sharing her personal experiences of mission service, motherhood, and her early immersion in Church history, Sister Kaylene P. Harding, a member of the Primary General Advisory Council, inspires women to use the power of the priesthood throughout their lives. Kaylene describes a terrible accident involving her grandson and how asking for angels led to incredible miracles for their family. She also shares some various and important ways that women can be involved in the gathering of Israel as they follow the guidance of the Spirit. Resources: Women of Covenant: The ‘profound implications’ of the priesthood restoration: https://www.thechurchnews.com/category/women-priesthood-covenant Spiritual Treasures, by President Russell M. Nelson: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2019/10/36nelson?lang=eng Invite Christ to Author Your Story, by President Camille N. Johnson: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2021/10/42johnson?lang=eng
Nov 03, 2021
89. Enish Davila | Letting the Gospel Shape the New Versions of You 
Enish Davila was born and raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cancun, Mexico and served as a full-time missionary in Puebla, Mexico. When she returned home from her mission in 2016, she committed to grow in the gospel throughout her life and not rely solely on the faith-promoting experiences and testimony from her mission. In this episode, Enish talks about the mental, emotional, and spiritual challenges she experienced as a returned missionary, and how she continued to feel the fire of the gospel as she grew in spiritual and emotional maturity. Enish also shares her experiences as a Relief Society president in a Spanish-speaking Young Single Adult ward, counseling and learning from sisters with various backgrounds, experiences, and challenges.
Oct 27, 2021
88. Susie Mullen | Loving and Nurturing Others Like the Savior
As a young adult, Susie Mullen lived in California and had a spectacular professional dancing career, but she felt unhappy and had deep questions about God. When an unexpected career opportunity took her to Provo, Utah to coach ballroom dance, Susie was introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ and nurtured in her faith by new friends and colleagues. Susie eventually joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and today she serves as a member of the General Relief Society Council. In this episode, she shares how as parents, spouses, neighbors, and brothers and sisters in the gospel, we can follow the example of Jesus Christ to nurture others wherever they are on the gospel path, loving them and inviting them closer to Jesus Christ. Susie encourages listeners to foster an inclusive, nurturing environment in their homes, at Church, and anywhere they have influence, helping others feel the love of the Savior through our own loving words and actions. Resources: Susie Mullen Biography: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/relief-society-organization/this-is-your-relief-society/general-leaders/susan-marie-mullen?lang=eng Susie Mullen RootsTech Video: https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/rtc2021/session/blessings-of-temple-and-family-history-grandma-gene-my-ministering-angel
Oct 20, 2021
87. Jeri Cahoon | The Opportunities, Obstacles, and Blessings of Service 
“I knew in my mind, in my heart, in my whole soul that the Book of Mormon was true. And that was a sweet and precious moment when the prayers of a longing child were answered,” shares Young Women General Advisory Council Jeri Cahoon of the time when she came to know the Lord for herself, even though it was a little later in life than she anticipated. Over the past several years, Jeri has served with her husband as mission leaders in the Mexico Saltillo Mission, served in the presidency of the Salt Lake Inner City Mission, and through her profession has been a designer for the Temple Department. In this episode, she shares her lessons learned from a lifetime of experiences, and listeners will be inspired by her insights from infertility and adoption to learning Spanish and stretching her capacities through service.
Oct 13, 2021
86. Dorah Mkhabela and Thembi Mkhabela Carter | Saying Yes to Service in South Africa
Join us this week for a conversation with Dorah Mkhabela, matron of the Johannesburg South Africa Temple and former Young Women general board member, and her daughter, Thembi Mkhabela Carter. Dorah and her husband Jackson joined the Church in South Africa as young parents and have faithfully served in the Church for decades, raising three children in the gospel. Dorah shares how she has grown in knowledge and faith through years of study and service, and Thembi offers what she has learned from her parent’s humility, devotion, and great love. Resources: • Dorah Mkhabela Biography: https://www.thechurchnews.com/archives/2014-02-14/biographies-for-new-yw-board-members-42043 Transcript: https://media.ldscdn.org/pdf/2021-03-0086-86-dorah-mkhabela-and-thembi-mkhabela-carter-saying-yes-to-service-in-south-africa-eng.pdf
Oct 06, 2021
85. Rebecca Mehr | How Priesthood Power Offers Divine Help to Every Woman
Earlier in her life, General Relief Society Council member Rebecca Mehr experienced the pain and disappointment of divorce. In this episode, Rebecca shares how the divine help available to women through priesthood power and authority has shaped her eternal perspective on trials and hope. Rebecca offers insights into the hard-earned lessons learned through her unexpected life experiences, and the ultimate joy of becoming a stepparent and grandparent through her second marriage to Daniel Mehr in 2007. To those in the midst of life's messiness, Rebecca offers her assurance that the Lord "consecrates our afflictions for our gain." Resources: • Rebecca Mehr Biography https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/relief-society-organization/this-is-your-relief-society/general-leaders/rebecca-mehr?lang=eng • Church News Article: Rebecca Mehr: Essential partners in the work of salvation and exaltation https://www.thechurchnews.com/living-faith/2020-10-21/women-priesthood-covenant-rebecca-mehr-partners-salvation-exaltation-195852 • President Dallin H. Oaks: The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2014/04/the-keys-and-authority-of-the-priesthood?lang=eng • President Russell M. Nelson: A Plea To My Sisters https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2015/10/a-plea-to-my-sisters?lang=eng • President Russell M. Nelson: Spiritual Treasures https://abn.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2019/10/36nelson?lang=eng Transcript: https://media.ldscdn.org/pdf/2021-03-0085-85-rebecca-mehr-how-priesthood-power-offers-divine-help-to-every-woman-eng.pdf
Sep 29, 2021
84. Chad Orton | “Unsung heroes of the Restoration:” Wives of Early Missionaries
“Attention has long been focused on [early] missionaries’ sacrifices, but comparatively little attention has been paid to their faithful families. These supportive missionary wives and children are unsung heroes of the Restoration, who made sacrifices at home so that the gospel could go forth into the world.” Chad M. Orton, a curator with the Historic Sites division in the Church History Department, shares incredible stories about the challenges faced by many wives and children of early missionaries, and how their roles allowed for missionary work to prosper and the Church to grow. Resources: • https://byustudies.byu.edu/article/those-they-left-behind-a-look-at-missionary-wives-and-children/
Sep 22, 2021
83. Sonja Poulter | Connecting with God through Music
“Sometimes we get overstimulated by news, and by people talking, and by social media, and by everybody’s opinions, and maybe with all the noise we don’t always hear the Spirit and what the Lord has to teach us. If we block out all of that noise, we can allow for music to teach us what’s true.” Dr. Sonja Poulter, director of BYU Women’s Chorus and previous member of the Tabernacle Choir on Temple Square, shares the powerful impact music can have on our lives and worship. As a member of the hymnbook committee—a small group tasked with compiling a new worldwide hymnbook for the Church—Sonja gives insight into the global nature of the song submissions and review process. She shares her love for the women she works with as director of BYU Women’s Chorus, and her admiration of their passion and individuality. Sonja encourages women to find ways to incorporate more music into their lives and their study and their homes, and urges everyone to allow themselves to sing, regardless of musical abilities. Resources: Updates on Hymnbook revisions: https://www.thechurchnews.com/members/2020-11-10/hymnbook-revision-update-childrens-songbook-submissions-elder-soares-197455 YouTube video featuring BYU Women’s Chorus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaXGOsqUKQg
Sep 15, 2021
82. Barbara Thompson | “She is My Daughter and I Will Take Care of Her”
Barbara Thompson served as the second counselor to President Julie B. Beck in the Relief Society general presidency from 2007-2012. Barbara is known and loved for her practical, down-to-earth nature, her decades-long service as a social worker, and her wit and sense of humor. Join us as we talk with Barbara about the lessons she has learned from both general and local Church service, including the process of personal revelation, the need for unity, and the value of counseling together. Barbara shares her testimony that despite our age, marital status, trials, or difficulties, Heavenly Father knows us and we are His precious daughters. Resources: Barbara Thompson bio: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/leader/barbara-thompson?lang=eng Barbara Thompson General Conference talks: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/speakers/barbara-thompson?lang=eng Daughters In My Kingdom https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/daughters-in-my-kingdom-the-history-and-work-of-relief-society?lang=eng Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Barbara-Thompson.pdf
Sep 08, 2021
81. Kaylen Nelson | Women as Teachers: Creating Belonging, Conversion, and Relevance
Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are teachers. Women teach formally and informally, both in large and small settings to children, teenagers, women, and to mixed groups of adult men and women. Women also teach in the home, which has been emphasized recently as the center of gospel learning. The opportunities women have to influence and strengthen others through teaching the gospel is exciting and faith-promoting, but it can also be intimidating or overwhelming. In this episode, Kaylen Walton Nelson, a full-time Seminary teacher, shares practical tips for creating greater belonging, conversion, and relevance in any teaching situation, and why those three principles matter. Kaylen also shares how women can learn more about opportunities to teach Seminary or Institute part-time or full-time, and how she has come to more fully love and embrace her opportunities to gather Israel as a teacher and leader in the Church. Resources: To learn more about opportunities to teach Seminary and Institute, see the link below: Careersearch.churchofjesuschrist.org Teaching in the Savior’s Way https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/teaching-in-the-saviors-way/teaching-in-the-saviors-way?lang=eng The Gospel Teaching and Learning Handbook https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-teaching-and-learning-a-handbook-for-teachers-and-leaders-in-seminaries-and-institutes-of-religion?lang=eng Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Kaylen-Nelson.pdf
Sep 01, 2021
80. Lori Draper | Distract, Discourage and Distance: Recognizing the Tools of the Adversary
We are often quick to acknowledge God as the source of good in our lives, but we can sometimes forget the power and influence of the adversary. In this episode, Relief Society general advisory council member Lori Draper highlights some of the tactics Satan employs to distract, discourage, and isolate women from God and one another. Drawing on her professional experience as a social worker and sharing personal experiences raising a family in New York City, Lori reminds women of the goodness of our Heavenly Parents and the power that comes from trusting in God. Resources: Lori Draper Bio: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/relief-society-organization/this-is-your-relief-society/general-leaders/lori-draper?lang=eng Life Help Information and Resources: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/topics/families-and-individuals/lifes-challenges/hope-and-help?lang=eng Devil, Bible Dictionary: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bd/devil?lang=eng
Aug 25, 2021
79. President Camille N. Johnson | Seeking Heaven’s Help
Heaven stands ready to help us in whatever righteous role we find ourselves. This is the message newly called Primary General President Camille Neddo Johnson shares in this episode of the Latter-day Saint Women podcast. Sister Johnson gives insights into how she raised three sons and served in various church callings while also managing a successful career as a lawyer. She shares how she prioritized her family amid the chaos that can be everyday life and was blessed when she sought and expected heaven’s help. She encourages listeners to find the little opportunities to fill our days with things that are inspiring and uplifting, even if we just have little slivers of time here and there. Sister Johnson shares her love of children all over the world, and her hope that they can learn to recognize how they feel the spirit in their individual ways. Resources: Sister Susan D. Porter Episode https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/listen/series/latter-day-saint-women/susan-porter-pressing-forward-with-hope?lang=eng Sister Amy A. Wright Episode https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/listen/series/latter-day-saint-women/amy-wright-not-a-story-about-cancer?lang=eng Carol Costley Episode https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/listen/series/latter-day-saint-women/carol-lawrence-costley-when-we-see-ourselves-in-others-it-changes-everything?lang=eng 2021 BYU Women’s Conference with the Young Women General Presidency https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s479tiDDCSc&t=464s Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Camille-N-Johnson.pdf
Aug 18, 2021
Liz Darger | Seeing The Divinity In Others
“Our world is really divisive, and it’s really easy to think, “How are we going to fix this?” President Nelson has talked to each of us about what we can do to help gather Israel on both sides of the veil, and I believe uniting is part of that. If we each can be more intentional about the relationships in our sphere of influence and seeking to better understand the lived experiences of others, then I think that is how the world changes.” Join us this week as we talk with Liz Darger, Young Women Advisory Council member and BYU senior associate athletic director. Liz teaches the importance of understanding and truly believing in our own divinity and the divine identity of others as beloved children of Heavenly Parents. Sharing stories from her involvement in the NCAA Common Ground Initiative, Liz provides concrete ideas for making connections and becoming invested in the lives of friends, neighbors, ward members, and family who may believe or live differently. Offering loving counsel to women who may feel a disconnect from God, Liz shares advice for individuals who are struggling to receive a confirmation of their own divine identity or purpose. Finally, Liz shares her special connection with her grandmother, Arlene B. Darger, who served as the first counselor to Sister Elaine A. Cannon in the general Young Women presidency from 1978-1984. Resources: Liz Darger May 2021 BYU Devotional, “To Receive, to Covenant, and to Minister” https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/liz-darger/receive-covenant-minister/ Liz Darger 2021 BYU Women’s Conference Women’s Conference Session, “Bridges, Not Barricades: Fostering Understanding and Unity in a Divisive World” (paid registration required to view) https://womensconference.byu.edu/2021-digital-event LDS Living “All In” Podcast- Liz Darger: Establishing Home-Court Advantage https://www.ldsliving.com/pages/allin-e135-liz-darger-establishing-home-court-advantage Transcript: https://preview.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Liz-Darger.pdf?lang=eng
Aug 11, 2021
77. Sherilyn Stinson | Guiding Principles for Marriage
Sherilyn Clarke Stinson, the first female Commissioner of Family Services, shares with us her journey of infertility, adoption, education, and her transition from being a stay-at-home mom to starting a career. From her personal and professional perspectives, she reminds us of the importance of navigating the various stages of marriage, and the tools and resources available when we need help. Sherilyn encourages women who may feel discouraged by what is or isn’t happening in their lives to “let go and let the Lord bless us according to the variety of options he has in mind for us.” Resources: Learn more about Family Services and the resources they offer: https://providentliving.churchofjesuschrist.org/lds-family-services?lang=eng Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Sherilyn-Stinson.pdf
Aug 04, 2021
Carol McConkie | "There Is More That Unites Us Than Separates Us"
“We don’t have to think the same to love people; we just have to love people.” Sister Carol McConkie, a former counselor in the Young Women general presidency, shares this and other valuable insights as she reflects on representing Latter-day Saint Charities as a missionary assigned to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Carol shares the Church’s efforts to join with other leaders and organizations around the world with the intent to do good and care for those who are suffering and at risk, including the world’s most vulnerable women and children. Opening up about her struggle with anxiety and homesickness, Carol also shares how we can turn to the Savior for strength and power when faced with overwhelming tasks or heavy burdens. Resources: • Sister Carol F. McConkie biography https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/carol-f-mcconkie • Church Newsroom article about McConkie’s call to the United Nations https://news-gb.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/former-young-women-general-officer-called-to-serve-as-latter-day-saint-charities-liaison-to-the-un-in-switzerland?imageView=ElderAndSisterMcConkie.jpg • Latter-day Saint Charities website https://www.latterdaysaintcharities.org/ • Latter-day Saint Charities Maternal and Newborn Care https://www.latterdaysaintcharities.org/what-we-do/neonatal-resuscitation?lang=eng • Latter-day Saint Charities: How to Help https://www.latterdaysaintcharities.org/how-to-help/volunteer-locally?lang=eng
Jul 28, 2021
Sheri Dew | The Immeasurable Influence of Women of Faith
Through stories from her personal life, professional experiences, and Church service, Sheri Dew illustrates how we can increase our spiritual capacity to receive revelation and better understand our own unique personal mission. She shares her experience serving as the first unmarried woman in the Relief Society general presidency, and urges us to build bridges to people who may not feel, for a variety of reasons, that they belong or fit in the Church. Sheri inspires us to recognize how seemingly ordinary women can be extraordinary in their faithfulness, diligence, and dedication to Jesus Christ and His Gospel. She shares the power and blessings that come from asking questions, and committing and recommitting ourselves to patterns of temple attendance, scripture study, and obedience.
Jul 21, 2021
Carol Lawrence-Costley | “When We See Ourselves in Others, It Changes Everything”
Carol Lawrence-Costley believes in the power of stories to validate experiences, change hearts, and foster unity and compassion. In this episode, Carol shares her own story: a daughter of Jamaican immigrants born in London, England who joined the Church as a young teenager in the 1970s. Now serving on the Young Women Advisory Council, Carol also shares what she has learned listening to the stories of those different from her, and how as Church members we can grow together in unity and love when we listen with open hearts and see our common faith in Jesus Christ. Resources: Carol Lawrence-Costley Leader Biography: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/young-women-organization/meet-the-young-women-general-leaders/carol-costley?lang=eng Gospel Topic Essay: Race and the Priesthood https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics-essays/race-and-the-priesthood?lang=eng Relief Society General Presidency and Advisory Council Video: “Just Like You” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/video/2019-05-1000-just-like-you?lang=eng J.B. Haws 2019 BYU Devotional: “Wrestling with Comparisons” https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/j-b-haws/wrestling-with-comparisons/ Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Carol-Lawrence-Costley.pdf
Jul 14, 2021
Andrea Veronica Munoz Spannaus | The Lord Multiplies Our Efforts
Have you ever felt overwhelmed or stressed from a Church calling, assignment, or in your efforts to live the gospel of Jesus Christ? In this episode, Andrea Veronica Munoz Spannuas, Relief Society Advisory Council Member, offers wisdom and ideas for replacing feelings of anxiety surrounding service and gospel living with joy and peace. Sharing her personal experience serving and leading in the Church as a young convert in Argentina, Andrea asserts that youth are ready and able to lead, and that Jesus Christ multiplies our efforts in service to be more than enough. Witnessing of God’s love and sharing valuable lessons learned, Andrea also tells the story of her family’s experience with adoption. Resources: Andrea Veronica Munoz Spannaus bio: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/relief-society-organization/this-is-your-relief-society/general-leaders/andrea-veronica-munoz-spannaus?lang=eng Church News: Why Young Women class presidencies are needed now more than ever https://www.thechurchnews.com/leaders-and-ministry/2020-10-08/young-women-general-presidency-class-presidencies-needed-pandemic-195072 Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Andrea-Spannuas.pdf
Jul 07, 2021
Elaine S. Dalton | The Women I Prayed For
“The young women who are now the young adult women and the mothers and the leaders in the church are doing and becoming exactly what I prayed they would become and do. It is such a joy for me to see that and to see these valiant young women taking their place and shaping this dispensation.” In this episode, Sister Elaine S. Dalton, 13th president of the Young Women organization, provides ongoing encouragement to “her” young women in the various roles they have. She shares her thoughts about the new Young Women theme and the impact these truths can have on our lives. She talks about the premature death of her father, and the strength that has come from the scriptures and understanding her inherent identity as a daughter of Heavenly Parents. When thinking about Sister Dalton’s legacy, her focus on connecting with individuals is obvious in her timeless statement: “One virtuous woman led by the Spirit can change the world.” Resources Access all of Elaine S. Dalton’s general conference talks: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/speakers/elaine-s-dalton?lang=eng Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Elaine-S-Dalton.pdf
Jun 30, 2021
Wendy Ulrich | Finding Hope in Uncertainty
"The gospel takes us out of the moment that we’re in and gives us a bigger picture of the purpose of life, of why we’re here, the bigger picture of immortality and eternity, and the bigger picture of relationships.” On this episode, we talk with Wendy Ulrich, a member of the Relief Society general advisory council, an author, and a psychologist. Wendy brings her years of experience and various perspectives to discuss the topic of uncertainty. While navigating everyday feelings of uncertainty due to the pandemic, in our marriages, during major life decisions or changes, or with our own beliefs, Wendy shares principles we can use and rely on to deal with this uncertainty. She answers questions like, how can we have hope? How can we give up needing to be in control? What happens next? In the midst of this anxiety and confusion we may feel, as we live our values, look for opportunities to grow, and trust in the Lord, we can find peace, calm, and meaning in our lives. Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Wendy-Ulrich.pdf
Jun 23, 2021
Melissa Inouye | Can You Name Five Women In Church History?
Can you name five women from Church History? In this episode, Church historian and Harvard PhD Melissa Inouye shares the intentional effort to include Latter-day Saint women in the Church’s Global Histories project, with a goal that more will know and learn their names and stories. She reminds listeners that because the majority of Church members live outside the United States, most of our history as a Church is also outside the United States. Sharing the stories of six faithful Latter-day Saint women from Nigeria, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Honduras, and South Korea, Melissa offers her perspective on how we can be strengthened and unified as we see “their” stories as “our” stories. Resources: Global Histories https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/landing/global-histories?lang=eng Latter-day Saint Women Podcast episode: Ryan Saltzgiver | Women of Faith: Stories from Global Histories https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/listen/series/latter-day-saint-women/ryan-saltzgiver-women-of-faith-stories-from-global-histories?lang=eng Church History blog: Global Histories https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/blog/global-histories?lang=eng Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Melissa-Inouye.pdf
Jun 16, 2021
Janet Matthews Nelson | Finding our Best Selves and our Best Friends Through Service
Raising four children in New York City, Janet Nelson had many opportunities to step out of her comfort zone to serve and learn from others of different backgrounds and beliefs. In this episode, Janet, a former Young Women advisory council member and high school math teacher, reflects on how she found her best self and some of her best friends through ministering, getting to know her neighbors, tutoring refugees, and other service opportunities. Janet also teaches how the Lord has helped her problem-solve and navigate complex challenges and opportunities through personal revelation. Resources: Janet Nelson Church News Biography https://www.thechurchnews.com/archives/2014-02-14/biographies-for-new-yw-board-members-42043 New Area Organization Advisers Strengthen the Global Church https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/new-international-area-organization-advisers-strengthen-global-church Just Serve https://www.justserve.org
Jun 09, 2021
Amy Wright | Not a Story About Cancer
“This isn’t a story about cancer, it’s a story about coming to know our Savior.” In this episode, Sister Amy Wright, the new second counselor in the Primary general presidency, teaches how we can rely on the sanctifying, healing and enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ to endure our own individual journeys. She shares her experience battling stage 4 ovarian cancer and how she found joy through service in a time of overwhelming pain and fear. “When I focused on myself, when my thoughts turned inward, the world became a very dark place. But when they turned outward, not only was there light, but even in the midst of the greatest suffering, I was able to experience joy.” Sister Wright also shares the lessons she learned serving on the Young Women Advisory Council, and how she has felt the Lord’s love for her and her family through her calling to the Primary. Resources: Amy Wright Bio: https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/sister-amy-wright Latter-day Saint Women Podcast episode: Sister Susan Porter | Pressing Forward with Hope https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/listen/series/latter-day-saint-women/susan-porter-pressing-forward-with-hope?lang=eng Church News: What the new Primary general presidency taught about perfection and worth at BYU Women’s Conference https://www.thechurchnews.com/leaders-and-ministry/2021-04-29/byu-womens-conference-primary-general-presidency-perfection-211700 Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Amy-Wright.pdf
Jun 02, 2021
Jenny Reeder | Understanding Emma Smith 
“Sometimes things don’t turn out the way we think they should, but that’s ok because we can rework things, we can be flexible, we can walk through the mud a little bit, we can cross a frozen river, we can do anything that the Lord asks us to do because we know that He is with us and we too can cleave unto our covenants...This is what Emma would have done, and what she did, and what she would want us to do.” On this episode, we welcome back Church historian and author Jenny Reeder, who helps us better understand Emma Smith’s life and her character. Through her extensive research, Jenny shares with us the insights she’s gained into Emma’s partnership with Joseph Smith, her great responsibility in compiling the first hymn book to unify the early Saints, and how she may have been able to process her tragedies and move forward. Together, we learn about Emma’s significant role in the restoration, and how her contributions can inspire us to fulfill our roles in the ongoing restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Jenny-Reeder.pdf
May 26, 2021
Mindy Booth Baxter | Infertility and Believing in a God of Miracles
How do you move forward with faith and hope when your righteous desires go unmet? How do you find belonging and meaning when your life path doesn’t fit “the mold” or what you anticipated or expected? In this episode, we talk with Mindy Booth Baxter, a member of the Relief Society Advisory Council, about the “revelation-led leaps of faith” that led her away from a successful career in New York City to culinary school, new opportunities to serve, and marriage in her 40s. Sister Baxter courageously shares her personal journey with infertility, and how she has found healing through turning to God and Jesus Christ in her suffering. She offers hope and understanding to others struggling with infertility and provides helpful suggestions on how we all can better minister to and comfort those we love. Resources: Mindy Booth Baxter Bio https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/relief-society-organization/this-is-your-relief-society/general-leaders/mindy-booth-baxter?lang=eng Elder Neil L. Andersen BYU Devotional Speech, "A Compensatory Spiritual Power for the Righteous" https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/neil-l-andersen/a-compensatory-spiritual-power-for-the-righteous/ President Henry B. Eyring BYU Devotional Speech, "A Law of Increasing Returns" https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/henry-b-eyring/law-increasing-returns/?fbclid=IwAR0gpMJ3EPSHUH_Y1qcGXGCaDgtw0Ay6Q2_bXV9Nzzj2-m8um17o_ZcQISc Elder Richard G. Scott General Conference Address, "Finding Joy in Life" https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/1996/04/finding-joy-in-life?lang=eng Ministering Resources https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/ministering?lang=eng&cid=rdb_ministering_eng_ministering_churchofjesuschrist-org Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Mindy-Booth-Baxter.pdf
May 19, 2021
Annie Wong | Never Underestimate Your Influence
Born in mainland China and raised in Hong Kong, Annie Wong was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after meeting missionaries as a teenager. Annie now works as the Church Communication Director over the entire Asia Area, the first native Chinese woman to serve in this position. In this episode, Annie shares how the influence of missionaries, friends, and gospel mentors helped deepen her personal conversion to the gospel and prepare her for important opportunities in education and leadership. Annie shares what personally motivates her to build the reputation of the Church in Asia, and offers her perspective on the powerful influence of women who lead with love and by example.  Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Annie-Wong.pdf
May 12, 2021
Colleen Terry Scoresby | “Don’t put mortal limits on an immortal God”
Colleen Terry Scoresby, a beloved seminary and institute teacher, shares some of the many lessons she’s learned through her trials--that God is all knowing, all powerful, and all loving. From her years as a single member of the Church to her diagnosis and treatment of Hodgkin Lymphoma cancer, she’s put her trust in God’s timing, knowing that He always keeps His promises. She urges listeners to move forward in faith, be the best version of themselves, and not wait to feel joy. Resources: President Nelson: Christ is Risen; Faith in Him Will Move Mountains https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2021/04/49nelson?lang=eng President Dallin H. Oaks: Timing https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/dallin-h-oaks/timing/ Elder Renlund: Infuriating Unfairness https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2021/04/25renlund?lang=eng Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Colleen-Terry-Scoresby.pdf Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Colleen-Terry-Scoresby.pdf
May 05, 2021
Salote Tukuafu | Letting God Be in Charge
Salote Tukuafu from Tonga, a member of the Primary General Advisory Council, shares lessons she learned from her childhood about being faithful, being kind, and being generous. She tells the inspiring story of her grandfather’s conversion to the restored gospel and the legacy of faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ he built for his family. Sister Tukuafu describes her responsibilities on the advisory council, and the interfaith efforts she’s been involved with to address various social issues. She also shares the difficulties her family experienced when her husband was diagnosed with leukemia when their children were very young, and how she learned the importance of letting God be in charge of our lives. Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Salote-Tukuafu.pdf
Apr 28, 2021
Rosemary Thackeray | I Am a Child of God; His Promises Are Sure
“Your life isn’t going to be what you thought it was going to be and how you planned, but it’s going to be better than you could ever imagine.” Rosemary Thackeray is a public health professor, a BYU administrator, and the current BYU Women’s Conference Chair. In this episode, we talk with Rosemary about her decision to earn a Ph.D. and how she drew upon her professional expertise as a Young Women General Board member. She shares how she was comforted and guided by personal revelation when both her parents passed away in 2019, testifying of her deep trust that Heavenly Father keeps His promises as we live in faith. Rosemary invites women of all ages to participate in BYU Women’s Conference on April 29-30, 2021 to be strengthened and unified with women of faith around the world. Resources: 2021 BYU Women’s Conference Information https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/event/2021-byu-women-s-conference https://womensconference.byu.edu/ Rosemary Thackeray 2020 BYU Women’s Conference Address: “The Lord Knows You and Is Aware of You: Having Eyes, Ears, and Hearts to Gather Safely in Christ” https://womensconference.byu.edu/sites/womensconference.ce.byu.edu/files/rosemary_thackeray.pdf Abuse: Help, Healing, and Protection https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/get-help/abuse?cid=rdb_v_abuse&lang=eng Protecting Children and Youth Training https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/church-safety-and-health/protecting-children-and-youth?lang=eng Young Women Camp Guide https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/manual/young-women-camp-guide?lang=eng February 2020 Evening With a General Authority: Elder David A. Bednar https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/broadcasts/an-evening-with-the-general-authorities/2020/02/bednar-full?lang=eng Bishop Gérald Caussé 2013 BYU Devotional: “For When I Am Weak, Then Am I Strong” https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/gerald-causse/weak-strong/ Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Rosemary-Thakeray.pdf
Apr 21, 2021
Jane Clayson Johnson | Depression: Connecting Through Stories
“Depression thrives in secrecy, but shrinks in empathy.” On today’s episode, Jane Clayson Johnson shares her own experience with clinical depression and the valuable insights she’s gathered through interviewing others about their stories. She discusses the unique challenges members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may face when their ability to experience joy--in a faith centered on a plan of happiness--is inhibited by depression. When we work to overcome mental health stigma, understand mental illness, “mourn with those that mourn” and “comfort those that stand in need of comfort,” we can create opportunities for healing and hope for the future. Additional Resources: • Reyna Aburto and Elena Aburto | Mental Health: Receiving Help and Giving Support https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/listen/series/latter-day-saint-women/reyna-aburtoand-elenaaburto-mental-health-receiving-help-and-giving-support?lang=eng • • Sister Reyna Aburto’s October 2019 general conference talk https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2019/10/31aburto?lang=eng • • Church web page with mental health resources https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/get-help/mental-health?lang=eng • • Church web page with suicide prevention and ministering resources https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/get-help/suicide?lang=eng • • Suicide prevention videos from Elder Dale G. Renlund https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCR8tWKEbxo&list=PLAYgY8SPtEWH5oAfQlfGFyKk77nf-S-tH • • President Russell M. Nelson’s October 1995 general conference talk https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/1995/10/perfection-pending?lang=eng • • Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s October 2017 general conference talk https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2017/10/be-ye-therefore-perfect-eventually?lang=eng • • In Crisis? See suicide prevention helpline information here https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/crisis-help-lines/in-crisis?lang=eng • Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Jane-Clayson-Johnson.pdf
Apr 14, 2021
Tania Torea | The Lord Knows Your Heart
“The most important thing I’d love women to know is that Heavenly Father loves (you), of course, and that He wants to be in the details of your life. He wants to be invited in to help. He knows our hearts, and He knows the things that bring us joy, and He really wants to be a part of that.” In this episode we talk with Tania Torea, the Assistant Communication Director for the Church’s Pacific Area based in New Zealand. Tania shares how her faithful and courageous ancestors and the beautiful customs and traditions from her Maori culture have influenced her for good. Through personal experience, Tania reminds us that the Lord knows the desires of our hearts, and through prayer we can bring about miracles in our lives and receive peace and help in times of difficulty. Resources: https://news-nz.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/button-article?imageView=IMG_2308-min.JPG https://news-nz.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/new-communication-director-will-support-congregations-and-communities-in-new-zealand-and-pacific-islands Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Tania-Torea.pdf
Apr 07, 2021
Ruth Todd | Building Bridges
“The sisterhood we share in the gospel crosses all kinds of boundaries and barriers. We are there to lift each other and help each other; sometimes we’re down, and sometimes we lift others who are down, but we are in this together.” Ruth Todd joins us to discuss her opportunities and lessons learned from her successful career as a news anchor and journalist, the exciting and challenging time she spent as a Church spokesperson, and her responsibilities serving as a member of the Young Women General Advisory Council. She talks about the importance of building bridges and making connections that help us learn from and love others. She shares her insights from the new Young Women theme and the value in aligning our identities with being a daughter of Heavenly Parents. Ruth also encourages listeners to do the best they can while putting the gospel first, through all the chapters of life. Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Ruth-Todd.pdf
Mar 31, 2021
Irene Caso | "Women Are Amazing"
With her characteristic energy and enthusiasm for life, Irene Caso shares her story. Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Irene came to the United States after her mission. She had a successful career in television and broadcasting, and in 2017, Irene was hired as a Church spokesperson in Salt Lake City. From balancing demanding careers, to being wives and mothers, to seeking personal inspiration, Irene shares her thoughts on just how amazing the women of the Church are today. Insights that have come while traveling the world with Church leaders have strengthened Irene’s desire to be a better disciple of the Lord. Resources: Irene Caso: I’m a Mormon, Mother, and Spanish Newscaster https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef-kS0ShYuQ Luz de las Naciones 2020: Unidos en Esperanza https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cLWF-L_Ses Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Irene-Caso.pdf
Mar 24, 2021
Virginia Pearce Cowley - Self-Worth and Potential - Replay
"Season of Awakening", Elaine A. Cannon, At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women Virginia Pearce Cowley, former first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, shares her insights and experiences as we discuss self-worth and developing a relationship with God, as taught by Elaine A. Cannon, a former Young Women general president, in an 1981 fireside. Join us for a discussion about ways we all can better know and trust in Heavenly Father's unique plan for us, and how to find joy and satisfaction in pursuing a Christ-centered life. Full discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-42?lang=eng&highlight=women%E2%80%99s%20meeting%7CElaine%20A%7CCannon%20speaking%7CCannon "We believe that each of you should develop a sweet and saving relationship with the Lord, because when you have that, everything else will begin to fall into place." - Elaine A. Cannon
Mar 17, 2021
Bonnie Oscarson - Directing Our Lives on the Gospel Path - Replay
"Drifting, Dreaming, Directing", Ardeth G. Kapp, At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women Bonnie Oscarson served as the 14th president of the Young Women organization, leading young women worldwide through a period of great change and growth from 2013-2018. She joins us today to share her experiences from a life of service in the Church, and to discuss the life and teachings of another great leader of Young Women from our history, Ardeth G. Kapp. The discussion today focuses on themes from Kapp's especially relevant 1980 BYU Women's Conference address, "Drifting, Dreaming, Directing," where she encourages women to direct their lives along the gospel path and seek conversion from personal revelation. "When changes come, and they always will, for some it may be a test to survive because their foundation is based on practices alone, without an understanding of the eternal, unchanging principles." - Ardeth G. Kapp "Our greatest dreams will be fulfilled only as we come to understand fully and experience the blessings of the priesthood, the power of the priesthood, and the ordinances of the priesthood in our own lives." - Ardeth G. Kapp "All individuals are what they are and where they are by a composite of choices that direct their life each day. The responsibility of directing is not only for our own lives, but also for others who may be looking for the light." - Ardeth G. Kapp
Mar 10, 2021
Sister Sharon Eubank | Compassion Is A Way of Life - Replay
"My Yoke Is Easy and My Burden Is Light", Alice C. Smith, At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women On today's episode we are excited to welcome Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency.
Mar 03, 2021
Denise Posse Lindberg | “The Lord is at Work in Our Lives”
“The defining experiences in our lives … usually come from our hardest times. The hand of the Lord is at work in our lives, and we really can’t forget that.” Sister Denise Posse Lindberg, former Young Women general board member, describes how she felt guided by the Lord through difficulties and discouragement. From her childhood in Cuba to her conversion in New York and through her life as a wife, mother, attorney and advocate for religious freedom she strives to trust the Lord. In doing so, Denise urges women to not judge … and to be especially kind and gentle with each other. Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Denise-Posse-Lindberg.pdf
Feb 24, 2021
Vicki Jackman | You Are Enough
The question, “What do I have to offer?” can leave us with doubts about our worth and capabilities. Through stories of ordinary women who follow inspiration to do simple things, Sister Vicki Jackman, a member of the Young Women General Board, encourages listeners to overcome feelings of inadequacy by starting with the things we know how to do, recognizing our talents and strengths, and seeking for opportunities to learn more. Although our many roles and responsibilities can be overwhelming, Sister Jackman reminds us that the Lord will inspire us in every aspect of our lives, because He cares about us and is reaching out to us, ready to help.  Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Vicki-Jackman.pdf
Feb 17, 2021
Lori Newbold | Hearing the Voice of the Lord Through the Scriptures
Have you ever felt that despite your best efforts, you are struggling to receive personal inspiration from your study of the scriptures? In this episode we welcome back Sister Lori Newbold, Young Women general board member and director of training services for the Church’s Seminary and Institutes of Religion, to teach us three valuable scripture study skills to better hear the voice of the Lord through the scriptures. Through the stories of three women from the Bible and the Book of Mormon, Sister Newbold shares ideas of how to more effectively invite the Holy Ghost to teach and inspire us through our study of the word of God. Resources: • Lori Newbold Biography https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/young-women-organization/meet-the-young-women-general-leaders/lori-newbold?lang=eng
Feb 10, 2021
Michelle Craig | Seeing As God Sees
With warmth and authenticity, Sister Michelle Craig shares what it’s been like to serve in the Young Women general presidency during the pandemic, and expresses her trust and confidence in the capacity of youth and their leaders. She shares how each of us can see ourselves and others more deeply, and offers personal insights into the preparation of her inspiring October 2020 conference talk, “Eyes to See.” She concludes, “Within the parameters of the Church, we have more of an opportunity to reach out, to lift, and to bless than in any other organization. No one is perfect, and we all make mistakes, but there is great joy that comes when we live the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Resources: • Sister Michelle Craig Biography https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/learn/michelle-craig?lang=eng • Latter-day Saint Women Podcast Episode: Bonnie Cordon, Michelle Craig, Becky Craven | Hearing the Voice of the Lord https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/listen/series/latter-day-saint-women/bonnie-cordon-michelle-craig-becky-craven-hearing-the-voice-of-the-lord?lang=eng • 2020 Temple and Family History Leadership Instruction https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/video/2020-temple-and-family-history-leadership-instruction/2020-02-1000-2020-family-history-leadership-session-1080p?lang=eng • Nov. 15, 2020 Face to Face with the Young Women General Presidency https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/broadcasts/face-to-face/young-women-celebration?lang=eng • Sister Michelle Craig Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/michelledcraig/ • Sister Michelle Craig October 2020 general conference talk, “Eyes to See” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2020/10/14craig?lang=eng
Feb 03, 2021
President Joy D. Jones | Trust in God and Seek His Guidance
Sister Joy Jones, Primary General President, shares through her experiences that we can choose how we react to circumstances and replace fear with faith. She talks about the passing of her son, and the things she’s learned about relying on Heavenly Father through challenging times. Sister Jones encourages listeners to simplify their expectations, intentionally seek direction from God, and share His love through our willingness and desire to serve. Resources: • Church News Article: President Jones on women and priesthood — Do you feel diminished? https://www.thechurchnews.com/leaders-and-ministry/2020-05-26/women-priesthood-covenant-president-jones-authority-power-diminished-blessed-184168 • Church News: 7 Tips for Preparing Primary Children for Their First Temple Experience https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/news/7-tips-for-preparing-primary-children-for-their-first-temple-experience?lang=eng • Temple and Priesthood Preparation https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/primary-organization/my-calling/temple-and-priesthood-preparation?lang=eng Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Joy-D-Jones.pdf
Jan 27, 2021
Linda Burton | Becoming Spiritual Leaders
“Priesthood power with a woman looks a lot like influence, and we access that through our personal righteousness, our humility, and our diligence.” In this episode, Sister Linda Burton, former Relief Society general president and current matron of the Jordan River Utah Temple, encourages women to see themselves as spiritual leaders, drawing upon priesthood power through their covenants to teach, lead, and bless others as the Savior would. Sister Burton also shares unique insights and experiences from serving as a temple matron during the pandemic, and how women can grow in their understanding and appreciation for the temple. Resources: • Sister Linda K. Burton Biography https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/relief-society/relief-society-presidents/linda-k-burton?lang=eng • Elder David A. Bednar, April 2019 General Conference talk, “Prepared to Obtain Every Needful Thing” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2019/04/54bednar?lang=eng • Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, October 2019 General Conference talk, “The Message, the Meaning, and the Multitude” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2019/10/11holland?lang=eng • Sister Jean B. Bingham, Sister Sharon Eubank, Sister Reyna I. Aburto, May 2019 BYU Women’s Conference talk, “Endowed with Priesthood Power” https://womensconference.byu.edu/sites/womensconference.ce.byu.edu/files/relief_society_general_presidency_-_2019.05.02_-_endowed_with_priesthood_power.pdf Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Linda-Burton.pdf
Jan 20, 2021
Susan Porter | Pressing Forward With Hope
Sister Susan Porter, a member of the Relief Society general board, served as caregiver for her husband, Elder Bruce G. Porter (1952-2016), for 13 years as he battled kidney failure. Through her various life experiences and her husband’s health challenges, Sister Porter shares what she has learned about hope, miracles, and Heavenly Father's tender love. Resources: • Susan Porter Biography https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/relief-society-organization/this-is-your-relief-society/general-leaders/susan-h-porter?lang=eng • Elder Bruce G. Porter Biography https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/leader/bruce-d-porter?lang=eng Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Susan-Porter.pdf
Jan 13, 2021
Lori Newbold | Our Most Sacred and Valuable Relationship
“My relationship with God is the most sacred and valuable relationship I have. (Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ) are worth paying a price to come to know, to be with, and to love.” In this episode, Sister Lori Newbold, director of training services for the Church’s Seminary and Institutes and a Young Women general board member, teaches how we can develop real and personal relationships with our Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. She shares how she has been able to trust and rely on God for strength, comfort, and companionship when life doesn't go as planned. As a former Seminary teacher and principal and a licensed mental health professional, Sister Newbold also shares her love for teenagers and her confidence in their ability to develop their own relationships with the Savior and discover truth for themselves. Resource: Lori Newbold biography https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/young-women-organization/meet-the-young-women-general-leaders/lori-newbold?lang=eng Transcript: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/bc/mormon-channel/images/audio/lds-women/pdf/Lori-Newbold.pdf
Jan 06, 2021
Lisa L. Harkness | Anchoring Truths of the Gospel
“‘I am a child of God, and He has sent me here.’ Think about all we know because we know that one truth.” Sister Lisa L. Harkness, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, talks about how this fundamental principle helps to navigate times in life that are confusing, tricky, or even debilitating, and still feel anchored and look toward the future with faith and hope. She shares ways to really notice the people who are most common or familiar to us, and how to enrich their lives rather than put them on a to-do list. Sister Harkness gives encouragement to hold on to covenants, which provide vision, perspective and purpose, and keep us connected to God. • BYU Idaho Devotional, "Stand and Be Not Moved" https://www.byui.edu/devotionals/sister-lisa-l-harkness • "Peace, Be Still," Oct. 2020 general conference https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2020/10/42harkness?lang=eng • "Face the Future with Faith," Apr. 2011 general conference https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2011/04/face-the-future-with-faith?lang=eng • Lisa L. Harkness biography https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/learn/lisa-l-harkness?lang=eng
Dec 30, 2020
Jennefer Free | The Joy of Gospel Living
Through personal experiences and opportunities in her current calling, Primary General Board member Sister Jennefer Free shares ways to take difficult or traumatic things and turn them into something that can bring joy. She encourages listeners to figure out how to make the gospel work in their lives, to be lifted and inspired rather than weighed down by “shoulds” or “to dos,” focusing on righteousness rather than striving for perfectionism. Turning to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, making and keeping covenants, and developing habits of righteous devotion brings joy. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/primary-organization/meet-the-primary-general-leaders/jennefer-h-free?lang=eng 
Dec 16, 2020
President Jean B. Bingham | Every Woman Belongs in the Church of Jesus Christ
“It is my fervent wish that every woman know she absolutely belongs in the Church of Jesus Christ and is a valued member of the Relief Society.” Tune in to this special episode to hear insights and personal experiences from President Jean B. Bingham, the current Relief Society general president. President Bingham shares experiences that have shaped her life, including infertility, parenting foster children, and gaining a global perspective as she worked and volunteered as a teacher with refugee and other vulnerable populations. She shares her desire that each woman, regardless of marital status, race, background, or other category know that they belong, are loved, and are needed in the Church. She also shares her recent experiences studying the topic of priesthood power, and encourages women to take President Nelson’s challenge to study and learn more about how to access and draw upon priesthood power. Resources: • Jean B. Bingham biography https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/learn/jean-b-bingham?lang=eng • Church Newsroom article, “Project Protect Begins Distributing 5 Million Masks for COVID-19 Relief” https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/project-protect-begins-distributing-5-million-masks-for-covid-19-relief • Church Newsroom article, “How Latter-day Saint Charities Is Helping the World Food Programme During COVID-19” https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/latter-day-saint-charities-world-food-programme-covid-19 • Church News “Women of Covenant” series https://www.thechurchnews.com/category/women-priesthood-covenant • President Jean B. Bingham’s April 2020 General Conference Talk, “United in Accomplishing God’s Work” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2020/04/34bingham?lang=eng • President Russell M. Nelson’s October 2019 General Conference Talk, “Spiritual Treasures” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2019/10/36nelson?lang=eng
Dec 09, 2020
Tracy Browning | Inclusion, Unity, and Loving Better
As part of a Relief Society Inclusion Committee, Sister Tracy Browning of the Relief Society general board works to understand and address the needs of those members of the Church who may feel marginalized, or feel like they don’t fit in the gospel. She shares practical ideas and examples from the scriptures of ways to be more inclusive, unified, and get to a place of belonging. By listening with empathy, offering grace, and loving better, differences can be recognized and appreciated rather than ignored, and we can see others as the Savior does. Additional Resources: • Sister Tracy Browning’s bio https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/relief-society-organization/this-is-your-relief-society/general-leaders/tracy-yeulande-browning?lang=eng • Sister Eubank, By Union of Feeling We Obtain Power with God https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2020/10/31eubank?lang=eng • President Russell M. Nelson, Let God Prevail https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2020/10/46nelson?lang=eng • Sister Michelle Craig, Eyes to See https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2020/10/14craig?lang=eng
Dec 02, 2020
Reyna Aburto and Elena Aburto | Mental Health: Receiving Help and Giving Support
In her powerful October 2019 general conference talk, “Thru Cloud and Sunshine Lord, Abide With Me,” Sister Reyna Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, addressed the reality of mental health challenges and taught of the hope and healing available through the Savior, Jesus Christ. In this episode, we talk with Sister Aburto and her daughter, Elena, about the personal experiences that led to Sister Aburto’s 2019 address, including Elena’s struggle with anxiety and depression and Sister Aburto’s efforts to love, listen, and learn more about mental health challenges to support her daughter. Resources: • Sister Reyna Aburto’s October 2019 general conference talk https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2019/10/31aburto?lang=eng • Sister Reyna Aburto biography https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/learn/reyna-i-aburto?lang=eng • Church web page with mental health resources https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/get-help/mental-health?lang=eng • Church web page with suicide prevention and ministering resources https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/get-help/suicide?lang=eng • Suicide prevention videos from Elder Dale G. Renlund https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCR8tWKEbxo&list=PLAYgY8SPtEWH5oAfQlfGFyKk77nf-S-tH • President Russell M. Nelson’s October 1995 general conference talk https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/1995/10/perfection-pending?lang=eng • Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s October 2017 general conference talk https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2017/10/be-ye-therefore-perfect-eventually?lang=eng • In Crisis? See suicide prevention helpline information here https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/crisis-help-lines/in-crisis?lang=eng
Nov 25, 2020
Reyna Aburto | Finding Healing and Peace through The Atonement of Jesus Christ
“Our challenges help us to realize that everybody needs help, everybody needs comfort, everybody needs love, and everybody needs healing from the Savior.” Sister Reyna Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, shares how her trials have helped her be sensitive to the suffering of others, and strive to follow the example of the Savior to empower and uplift those around her. Through the tragic deaths of family members, a heartbreaking divorce, and supporting close family members struggling with mental health challenges, she’s come to know that trials are refining, not defining, and that it is possible to find peace and build a joyful life. Watch Sister Reyna Aburto’s story in a three-part video series. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/video/2018-06-0010-reyna-aburtos-story-part-1-heartbreak-and-hope?lang=eng Watch Sister Aburto’s BYU Women’s Conference Address, “What has Relief Society Been for Me?” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/relief-society/messages-from-leaders/aburto-womens-conference-2017?lang=eng
Nov 18, 2020
Haidi Fajardo | “We Are All Children of God”
It can sometimes be difficult to see how our individual words and actions can pave the way for the Lord’s work to move forward. On this week’s episode, Haidi Fajardo, the Church Communication Director in the Philippines, shares examples of how building relationships and seeing others as children of God has brought her true joy and also moved the Lord’s work forward across this rapidly growing area of the Church. Haidi, who was born to early converts of the Church in the Philippines, shares her testimony of eternal families and the Book of Mormon, as well as the way she sees God’s love manifest in her island nation despite heartbreaking natural disasters and economic challenges. Resources: Philippines Area Facts and Statistics: https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/facts-and-statistics/country/philippines Elder Cook Concludes Philippine Ministry: meetings with volcano evacuees, nation’s president, interfaith leaders and members highlight visit https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/elder-cook-completes-philippine-ministry News Releases and Videos covering the Church’s response to the November 2013 typhoon in the Philippines https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/philippines-typhoon-haiyan-response
Nov 11, 2020
Carol McConkie | "There Is More That Unites Us Than Separates Us"
“We don’t have to think the same to love people; we just have to love people.” Sister Carol McConkie, a former counselor in the Young Women general presidency, shares this and other valuable insights as she reflects on representing Latter-day Saint Charities as a missionary assigned to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Carol shares the Church’s efforts to join with other leaders and organizations around the world with the intent to do good and care for those who are suffering and at risk, including the world’s most vulnerable women and children. Opening up about her struggle with anxiety and homesickness, Carol also shares how we can turn to the Savior for strength and power when faced with overwhelming tasks or heavy burdens. Resources: • Sister Carol F. McConkie biography https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/carol-f-mcconkie • Church Newsroom article about McConkie’s call to the United Nations https://news-gb.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/former-young-women-general-officer-called-to-serve-as-latter-day-saint-charities-liaison-to-the-un-in-switzerland?imageView=ElderAndSisterMcConkie.jpg • Latter-day Saint Charities website https://www.latterdaysaintcharities.org/ • Latter-day Saint Charities Maternal and Newborn Care https://www.latterdaysaintcharities.org/what-we-do/neonatal-resuscitation?lang=eng • Latter-day Saint Charities: How to Help https://www.latterdaysaintcharities.org/how-to-help/volunteer-locally?lang=eng
Nov 04, 2020
Emelia Ahadjie | Leading in West Africa with faith, courage, and enthusiasm
Emelia Ahadjie was an early convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ghana and the first woman employed by the Church in West Africa. Join us as we talk with Emelia about her conversion story, her vital role during the government “freeze” on Church activity in Ghana in 1989, and how the experience led to her work today as the Church Communication Director in the Africa West Area. Emelia also shares how she and her husband, Richard, have found balance as they’ve raised their six children, pursued careers, and served together to help bring the Church "out of obscurity" in West Africa.
Oct 28, 2020
Cherry Silver & Sheree Maxwell Bench | Emmeline B. Wells: A Woman of Destiny
Emmeline B. Wells was one of the most influential Latter-day Saint women in the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. To connect Emmeline’s remarkable story and contributions to Latter-day Saint women today, guests Cherry Silver and Sheree Maxwell Bench share insights from the diaries of Emmeline B. Wells, which provide a window into the life of this passionate woman. You’ll hear about her conversion to the restored gospel, empathize with her trials, and be inspired by her accomplishments as a suffrage activist, mother, prominent Church leader, and pillar of her community. Explore the Diaries of Emmeline B. Wells here. https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/emmeline-b-wells?lang=eng
Oct 21, 2020
Emily Utt | Preserving the Legacy of Latter-day Saints: Florence S. Jacobsen
Old buildings that are loved for their stories and significance are a central part of the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day. Historic Sites curator Emily Utt introduces us to her predecessor Florence Smith Jacobsen, the first female Church curator, who used her passion, personal connections, and great influence to preserve our heritage through building preservation. Known for restoring many church buildings, including the Lion House, Beehive House, and the interior of the Manti Temple, and for her involvement in the creation of the Church History Museum, Florence connected the importance historic sites and artifacts to our lives today by teaching that the best way to preserve our pioneer legacy is by becoming worthy of that story. Emily also offers insights into her current work as curator to preserve historic sites and temples, including the Salt Lake Temple renovation project.
Oct 14, 2020
Matthew McBride | The Lives and Legacies of the First Sister Missionaries 
Though Latter-day Saint women have participated in missionary work by sharing the gospel since the beginning of the restoration, it wasn't until 1898 that the first "lady missionaries" were called to serve full-time missions. Church Historian and author Matthew McBride shares stories of what life was like for these first sister missionaries, why their influence was an important part of the growth of the Church in the early 1900s, and how they paved the way for the thousands of sister missionaries to follow. You'll be inspired by the faith and courage of the earliest sister missionaries, and understand how the contributions of women, past and present, are unique and vital to missionary work. Additional Resources: Learn more about some of the first full-time sister missionaries • Josephine Booth: Sister Missionary to Scotland https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2015/08/josephine-booth-sister-missionary-to-scotland • “An Ardent Desire to Speak for Myself”: Lecture Explores Evolution of “Lady Missionaries” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/news/an-ardent-desire-to-speak-for-myself-lecture-explores-evolution-of-lady-missionaries • Women in the Mission Field https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/landing/women-with-a-mission • Missionary Database https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/missionary/ • Log in to Family Search to discover the missionaries in your family tree https://www.familysearch.org/campaign/missionary
Oct 07, 2020
Sheri Dew | The Immeasurable Influence of Women of Faith
Through stories from her personal life, professional experiences, and Church service, Sheri Dew illustrates how we can increase our spiritual capacity to receive revelation and better understand our own unique personal mission. She shares her experience serving as the first unmarried woman in the Relief Society general presidency, and urges us to build bridges to people who may not feel, for a variety of reasons, that they belong or fit in the Church. Sheri inspires us to recognize how seemingly ordinary women can be extraordinary in their faithfulness, diligence, and dedication to Jesus Christ and His Gospel. She shares the power and blessings that come from asking questions, and committing and recommitting ourselves to patterns of temple attendance, scripture study, and obedience. Additional Resources: • Sheri Dew's October 2001 General Conference Talk, "Are We Not All Mothers?" https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2001/10/are-we-not-all-mothers • All General Conference Talks by Sheri Dew https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/general-conference/speakers?speaker=Sheri-L.-Dew&lang=eng&encoded=true • Sheri Dew Biography https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1997/05/news-of-the-church/sheri-l-dew-second-counselor-relief-society-general-presidency • Sheri Dew BYU Women's Conference talk and biography featured in "At the Pulpit" https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-48
Sep 30, 2020
Ryan Saltzgiver | Women of Faith: Stories from Global Histories
Latter-day Saint women around the world exercise faith to overcome the unique challenges of being members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in their homelands. In this episode, we discuss an exciting Church History project called Global Histories, which seeks to share the inspiring story of how the message of the Restoration has been embraced and the Church established around the globe. Ryan Saltzgiver, a historian and writer with the Church History Department, shares stories of pioneering women in various countries and their key contributions to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through their faith and service. Explore the Global Histories project. https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/landing/global-histories
Sep 23, 2020
Jenny Reeder | The Discourses of Eliza R. Snow
The most influential Latter-day Saint woman of her time, Eliza R. Snow taught religious doctrine, emphasized practical principles, shared her political opinions, and conveyed love and encouragement for church members throughout her life. On today’s episode, we talk with Jenny Reeder, a nineteenth-century women’s history specialist at the Church History Department, about an incredible project: The Discourses of Eliza R. Snow. For the first time, these discourses have been gathered and published, opening a wide window into the life and personality of Eliza R. Snow and providing insight into key church doctrine. Explore The Discourses of Eliza R. Snow https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/eliza-r-snow
Sep 16, 2020
Neill Marriott | Finding Peace and Meaning in Each Season of Life
Neill Marriott, former counselor in the Young Women general presidency, with her unique warmth and candor shares about accepting, learning from, and finding meaning and joy in each season of life. She shares her recent experiences serving as a missionary in Portugal with her husband, and what she learned as they unexpectedly returned home early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Neill reflects on her time serving as a general officer in the Church, shares heartfelt encouragement and advice to mothers of both young children and adult children, and reflects on her experiences as a convert to the Church at age 22. Neill reminds us that anchoring our lives in the gospel of Jesus Christ will bring peace and assurance through life’s challenges and opportunities. Additional Resources: Neill Marriott Biography https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/neill-f-marriott General Conference Talks by Neill Marriott https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/speakers/neill-f-marriott?lang=eng
Sep 09, 2020
Laura Paulsen Howe | "Flood the World with the Beautiful and Good"
What is the role of art in our worship, and how does it shape and reflect our faith? Church History Museum art curator Laura Paulsen Howe introduces listeners to Alice Merrill Horne, an early champion of arts in the Church and leader in the Relief Society, as well as a mother, legislator, and educator. We discuss the importance of art in our homes, places of worship, and communities, and learn more about the Church’s efforts to gather inclusive and diverse art from members around the world through the International Art Competition. Additional Resources: Church History Biography: Brief Biography of Alice Merrill Horne https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/emmeline-b-wells/people/alice-smith-merrill-1868?letter=M&lang=pau 2016 Church News Article: “Poetry, Paintings, and Essays: LDS Women in Art and Culture” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/news/poetry-paintings-and-essays-lds-women-in-art-and-culture?lang=eng Gospel Media Image Collections https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/collection/images?lang=eng International Art Competition Information: Exhibits of Past International Art Competitions https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/collection/museum/international-art-competitions?lang=eng Participate in the 12th International Art Competition: 12th International Art Competition Details https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/content/museum/competition-details
Sep 02, 2020
Katherine Kitterman | Better Days for Women: Relief Society and Women’s Suffrage
Utah Relief Society women were among the first in the United States to receive the right to vote, and Seraph Young, the grand-niece of Brigham Young, was the very first woman to cast a ballot in the United States under a women's equal suffrage law in 1870. In this episode, historian Katherine Kitterman shares highlights of the story of Relief Society and the women’s suffrage movement, discussing how Relief Society participation empowered Utah women to be articulate, effective, and organized as they helped elevate and increase the standard of living for women throughout Utah and the United States. Additional Resources: 2020 Church History Museum Exhibit: Sisters for Suffrage https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/landing/museum/sisters-for-suffrage;https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/sisters-for-suffrage-exhibit-2019?imageView=Photo-Nov-21,-5-43-56-PM.jpg February 2020 Church magazine article: "The Beginning of Better Days": How the Relief Society Works to Bless the World https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2020/02/the-beginning-of-better-days-how-the-relief-society-works-to-bless-the-world?lang=eng Video: Latter-day Saint Women and the Right to Vote https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/video/2019-03-1080-latter-day-saint-women-and-the-right-to-vote?lang=eng Church History Resources: Suffrage and Relief Society https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/training/library/latter-day-saint-womens-suffrage-research-guide/suffrage-and-relief-society Additional Information: UtahWomensHistory.org
Aug 26, 2020
Julia Fellows | Sharing the Love of the Lord
Many women in the Church across the globe serve in Church Communications callings, or volunteer positions, building key relationships and performing bridge-building outreach to government, academic, and interfaith leaders and organizations in their communities. In this episode, we talk with Julia Fellows from Alabama, U.S.A., who serves as the Church Communications Director for the North America Southeast Area. Julia shares how she saw the Lord prepare her for this demanding calling, and how women can see and feel the Lord’s love and guiding hand in their lives. She shares inspiring examples of Church outreach throughout the southern United States, including to the Black and LGBTQ communities, and shares how Church members everywhere can better share the love of the Lord in their own communities. June 2020 Church Newsroom article: President Nelson Shares Social Post about Racism and Calls for Respect for Human Dignity https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/president-nelson-shares-social-post-encouraging-understanding-and-civility June 2020 Church Newsroom article: Prophet Joins NAACP Leaders in Call for Racial Harmony in America https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/prophet-naacp-leaders-racial-harmony-america-op-ed February 2019 Church Newsroom article: Church Donates $2 Million to the International African American Museum- Elder Bednar presents donation at RootsTech https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/church-donation-2-million-international-african-american-museum-center-family-history
Aug 19, 2020
Rosemary Wixom | Discovering the Spiritual Power of Temple Covenants
As a recent temple matron of the Salt Lake Temple, former Primary general president Rosemary Wixom shares how our efforts to attend the temple, increase our understanding, and reflect on our covenants bring power into our lives. In this episode, we discuss how to improve our temple experience, regardless of where we are on the covenant path. We talk about ways to learn more about the temple and where to go when we have questions. Rosemary shares her love of the temple, the Savior, and the inspiring members of the Church she met every day as the temple matron. From her lifetime of service, she reminds us that the Lord honors our commitments and sacrifices, and we can have hope, peace, and comfort among turmoil and at times of isolation. For more information about temples, visit temples.churchofjesuschrist.org “Let This House Be Built unto My Name”, Elder David A. Bednar, April 2020 General Conference https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2020/04/44bednar?lang=eng Rosemary Wixom Biography: www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/leader/rosemary-m-wixom General Conference talks given by Rosemary Wixom: www.churchofjesuschrist.org/general-conference/speakers?speaker=Rosemary-M.-Wixom
Aug 12, 2020
Bonnie Cordon, Michelle Craig, Becky Craven | Hearing the Voice of the Lord
Sisters Bonnie H. Cordon, Michelle D. Craig, and Becky Craven of the Young Women General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints With recent adjustments to the Young Women organization, one thing that hasn’t changed and will never change is the focus on Jesus Christ. You will love hearing from the Young Women general presidency, Sisters Bonnie Cordon, Michelle Craig, and Becky Craven, as they share about the process of receiving revelation to guide the recent changes, with insight into the revised Young Women theme and the focus on each young women's identity and purpose. Through their stories, sincerity, and openness, you’ll feel the presidency’s unity and the love they have for each other and especially for the women of the Church. As they discuss the legacy of the Young Women program and their current responsibilities, you’ll be inspired to cherish the gift of repentance and to seek the joy that comes from hearing the voice of the Lord and receiving personal revelation. “The Lord [gives us revelation] in a very normal and natural way, and we can have confidence in our life to realize the Lord is speaking to us.” – Sister Bonnie Cordon (30:30) “All of us, at times in our lives, are completely overwhelmed by our life circumstance or by what we’re asked to do, but just know that as we’re consistent in doing the small and simple things and as we’re trying to seek revelation and going through that work and that process, as we rely on Jesus Christ and His Grace that we will be made equal to those things that we’re being asked to do.” – Sister Michelle Craig (32:05) “We talk about this being a new theme, but the reality is that it is an extension of what we have been doing in the past, because we believe in living prophets, we believe that Jesus Christ is at the head of this Church, we believe that this is a living Church and that revelation reigns. … For the lives of our young women at this time, this is very relevant to them as it teaches them their identity and their purpose and their belonging.” – Sister Becky Craven (24:05) Read more about the Young Women general presidency by reading their full bios here: Bonnie Cordon https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/leader/bonnie-h-cordon?lang=eng Michelle Craig https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/leader/michelle-craig?lang=eng Becky Craven https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/leader/becky-craven?lang=eng Learn more about recent changes to the Young Women organization and theme here: Young Women Website https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/young-women-organization Revised Young Women Theme https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/bc/content/ldsorg/content/pdf/children-and-youth/PST_PD60009546_YoungWomenTheme_Wallpapers_750x1334_FINAL.jpg?lang=eng "Beloved Daughters" Bonnie H. Cordon, October 2019 General Conference https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2019/10/33cordon?lang=eng
Aug 05, 2020
Bonnie Oscarson - Directing Our Lives on the Gospel Path
"Drifting, Dreaming, Directing", Ardeth G. Kapp, At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women Bonnie Oscarson served as the 14th president of the Young Women organization, leading young women worldwide through a period of great change and growth from 2013-2018. She joins us today to share her experiences from a life of service in the Church, and to discuss the life and teachings of another great leader of Young Women from our history, Ardeth G. Kapp. The discussion today focuses on themes from Kapp's especially relevant 1980 BYU Women's Conference address, "Drifting, Dreaming, Directing," where she encourages women to direct their lives along the gospel path and seek conversion from personal revelation. "When changes come, and they always will, for some it may be a test to survive because their foundation is based on practices alone, without an understanding of the eternal, unchanging principles." - Ardeth G. Kapp "Our greatest dreams will be fulfilled only as we come to understand fully and experience the blessings of the priesthood, the power of the priesthood, and the ordinances of the priesthood in our own lives." - Ardeth G. Kapp "All individuals are what they are and where they are by a composite of choices that direct their life each day. The responsibility of directing is not only for our own lives, but also for others who may be looking for the light." - Ardeth G. Kapp
Jul 29, 2020
Virginia Pearce Cowley - Self-Worth and Potential
"Season of Awakening", Elaine A. Cannon, At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women Virginia Pearce Cowley, former first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, shares her insights and experiences as we discuss self-worth and developing a relationship with God, as taught by Elaine A. Cannon, a former Young Women general president, in an 1981 fireside. Join us for a discussion about ways we all can better know and trust in Heavenly Father's unique plan for us, and how to find joy and satisfaction in pursuing a Christ-centered life. Full discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-42?lang=eng&highlight=women%E2%80%99s%20meeting%7CElaine%20A%7CCannon%20speaking%7CCannon "We believe that each of you should develop a sweet and saving relationship with the Lord, because when you have that, everything else will begin to fall into place." - Elaine A. Cannon
Jul 22, 2020
Matt McBride - Power from Unity
The Savior continually taught His disciples and followers to be one, but developing unity as a family, ward unit or team can be a real challenge. Join us as we explore a 1962 discourse by former Relief Society board member Louise W. Madsen (1909–1987) about how working to develop unity with others and with God gives us power. Guest Matt McBride, director of publications for the Church History Department, shares insights on Madsen's life and contributions to the Church, including supervising the creation of the Nursery program for children. "What is this power we may obtain? Since it derives from our unity with God our Father and his son Jesus Christ, is it not in the words of Micah 'to do what is good, to do what the Lord requires of us, to do justly and to walk humbly with our God'? Is it not the privilege to serve we seek, the moving force of compassion to feel? Is it not the power of God-given strength and his blessing of knowledge we cherish? Is it not the power of unselfish thought and action, selflessness, the ability to rise above fault-finding and petty-mindedness we desire? The power to be instrumental in saving souls has been accorded to Relief Society. To build firm testimonies to the divinity of the Savior and of the gospel is our ultimate purpose. Charity, the true love of Christ, is our guiding principle." - Louise W. Madsen Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-3/chapter-37?lang=eng
Jul 15, 2020
Lisa Olsen Tait - Latter-day Saint Women in Today's Changing World
"Latter-day Saint Women in Today's Changing World", Belle S. Spafford, At The Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women Women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live in countries all around the world, speak hundreds of languages, and encounter unique challenges, but they do have one thing in common: they are doing their best to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Join us for a discussion with Lisa Olsen Tait about an empowering address given in 1975 by former general relief society president Belle Spafford, highlighting the important role women play in the Church, their communities, and in the world. “Women owe it to themselves to develop their full potential as women—to exercise their mental capacities, to enlarge upon their talents, and to increase their skills—in order that they may give to the world the best they have.” - Belle S. Spafford “The church can enable women of the world to determine what should receive priorities in their lives. Latter-day Saint women have at their command the firm and infallible guidelines that lead toward the full development and total usefulness of womankind.” - Belle S. Spafford Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-3/chapter-40?lang=eng&highlight=Spafford%7CBelle%20S.%20Spafford
Jul 08, 2020
James Goldberg - Reflection and Revelation
"Serious Reflection Precedes Revelation", Maurine Jensen Proctor, At The Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women Finding time for reflection and pondering isn’t always easy, and can be particularly difficult when taking care of children; or when you have serious challenges or poor health; or when you’re extremely busy with work, a project or even a calling. James Goldberg from the Church History Department shares insights into a talk given by Maurine Proctor Jensen at a BYU Women’s Conference. Join us as we discuss ways to receive revelation even through our busy, chaotic, distracting and at times distressing lives. “The Lord … gives us inspiration when we don’t realize we’re getting it.”- Maureen Jensen Proctor Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/bonus-chapters/bonus-6?lang=eng&highlight=Scot%20Facer%20Proctor%7CMaurine%20Jensen%20Proctor%7CMack%20Smith%7CJoseph%20Smith
Jul 01, 2020
Elizabeth Kuehn - Choose Life by Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ
"Get A Life", Elaine L. Jack, At The Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women In need of a pep talk? Former Relief Society general president Elaine L. Jack's 1993 devotional, "Get A Life," will challenge you to deepen your gratitude for the life you live and to "choose life" by living the gospel of Jesus Christ. On today's episode, guest Elizabeth Kuehn, Joseph Smith Paper's project historian specializing in women's and gender history, discusses Jack's direct, but loving message, her go-getter nature, and how she empowered women around the world during her service. "Get a life. We are sons and daughters of God. We have the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are called to rise, not wallow. Brothers and sisters, let’s get a life." -Elaine L. Jack "At times when I feel overwhelmed or alone, unsure or defeated, I remember that I have a Savior who understands and loves me. His atonement was personal; it was for me. He knows. He understands." - Elaine L. Jack Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-45?lang=eng&highlight=Jack%7CElaine%20L.%20Jack
Jun 24, 2020
Matthew Godfrey - Building a Meaningful Life
"Cultivating Life's Eternal Values", Mary J. Wilson, At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women We all have many things competing for our time, and we're faced with making difficult choices about how to spend our limited time, energy, and means every day. Mary J. Wilson, a former Relief Society general board member, taught how we can each cultivate a joyful and meaningful life as we choose to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Matthew C. Godfrey, the managing historian of the Joseph Smith Papers, joins us to discuss Mary J. Wilson's talk given in 1949, and her encouragement to develop a pattern of life based on eternal principles of sincere and abiding faith, prayer, and interested in and love for our fellow man. “The most important responsibility resting upon any individual is to build a worthwhile and meaningful life.” - Mary J. Wilson Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-3/chapter-34?lang=eng&highlight=Wilson%7CMary
Jun 17, 2020
Sister Sharon Eubank - Compassion Is A Way of Life
On today's episode we are excited to welcome Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency and director of Latter-day Saint Charities, as we learn about Alice C. Smith (1913-2006)-- a fascinating former Relief Society general board member, college educator, diplomat and missionary. We'll discuss Smith's relevant 1969 discourse about visiting teaching (or ministering, as it is known today) and hear Sister Eubank share her own thoughts on what Christlike service looks like, how we can minister with greater compassion and direction from the Spirit, and why we need to "replenish" and fill our own souls in order to best serve others. "Each year as the church grows, the need for visiting teachers (ministering sisters) will grow greater. What is their future? They will help combat the loneliness which plagues our world and impersonality of the big cities. They will look after the stranger, the widow, the orphan, the wounded, and distressed, after all sisters with concerned, loving care. ...They will help relieve physical, emotional, and mental suffering. They will aid the sinner and comfort the sorrowing. They will carry a message of gospel love to all our sisters throughout the world. As their warm, tender care spreads its web around the world, they will become a standard to the nations." - Alice C. Smith Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-3/chapter-38?lang=eng&highlight=Smith%7CAlice
Jun 10, 2020
Kate Holbrook - A Change of Heart
One of the most hopeful messages of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that no matter our present circumstances, change and improvement is possible. But, sometimes the prospect of growth and change feels overwhelming and difficult. On today's episode we're joined by Kate Holbrook, the Church's managing historian of women's history and co-editor of "At the Pulpit," to discuss the life and teachings of a former Relief Society board member named Leone Jacobs (1903-1990) and her 1949 discourse about change beginning small and simple, in our hearts. Tune in to learn about Jacobs' mission to Syria and Palestine in the 1930s, how Kate discovered Leone's carefully-kept everyday journals, and how the Spirit can help us change our hearts and turn outward to see and serve others. Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-3/chapter-33?lang=eng&highlight=Leone%7CJacobs "One of the most glorious principles of life is that we can always rise above our present level. How discouraging life would be if once we found ourselves involved in unworthy conduct we could not lift ourselves up and out and on to better ways, but we do not have to remain as we are. Each day offers a fresh beginning." - Leone O. Jacobs
Jun 03, 2020
Jenny Reeder - Feeling God's Love Daily
Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society general president from 2002-2007, wanted women to feel the love of the Lord daily. She taught that making and keeping covenants to serve God and His children helps us feel His love and find joy and peace. Join us as we discuss Parkin's life and teachings with Jenny Reeder, a women's history specialist in the Church History Department and co-editor of "At the Pulpit," a collection of discourses given by Latter-day Saint women from 1831-2016. Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-49?lang=eng&highlight=love%7Cfeel%7Cdaily "Covenants—or binding promises between us and Heavenly Father—are essential for our eternal progression. Step by step, he tutors us to become like him by enlisting us in his work. At baptism we covenant to love him with all our hearts and love our sisters and brothers as ourselves. In the temple we further covenant to be obedient, selfless, faithful, honorable, charitable. We covenant to make sacrifices and consecrate all that we have. Forged through priesthood authority, our kept covenants bring blessings to fill our cups to overflowing. How often do you reflect that your covenants reach beyond mortality and connect you to the Divine? Making covenants is the expression of a willing heart; keeping covenants, the expression of a faithful heart." - Bonnie D. Parkin
May 27, 2020
Elizabeth Kuehn - Who We Really Are
When Jutta Busche moved from Germany to Bountiful Utah she was overcome with feelings of inadequacy and not fitting in. In her April 1990 talk at BYU Women’s Conference she explains how each of us have a treasure to give. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Elizabeth A. Kuehn as they discuss this poignant and laugh-out-loud discourse. Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-44?lang=eng "I learned from them that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father and that we are here on this earth to learn, to grow, and to love. I learned that we lived with God as his spirit children, his sons and daughters. We walked and talked with him. We knew him and he still knows us. We raised our hands in support of the plan to come to this earth. Achieving our full potential in our journey here depends on our free choices. That message needs to penetrate every act of our daily lives." - Jutta Busche
May 20, 2020
Chere Clarke - Decisions and Miracles
Growing up in Russia during the Cold War Irina Kratzer was taught that all faith was a delusion. In this remarkable talk Kratzer explains how she discovered the Gospel and how it changed her life in unimaginable ways. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Chere Clarke to learn more about Kratzer’s extraordinary story. Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-47?lang=eng "Even when we do not know God’s ways, he knows our hearts and listens to our dreams." - Irina Kratzer
May 13, 2020
Jenny Reeder - Love Thy Neighbor
Every youth leader in the Church should listen to this talk by Emma N. Goddard. She may have given the talk 100 years ago but the principles ring with relevance and truth today. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Jennifer Reeder, PhD to learn more about how to teach the gospel to youth. Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-2/chapter-28?lang=eng "Youth is the time for sweet, innocent pleasures; hence, we should encourage such and, as much as possible, help provide them. But in addition to taking this interest in their social life, we must try to impress our young people with the seriousness of the conditions by which we are now surrounded, and the necessity of each one of them assuming some personal responsibility in helping to bring about victory to the cause of truth and liberty. We can all do our bit no matter how poor and humble, how rich or influential we may be. Our boys at the front are risking their all." - Emma N. Goddard
May 06, 2020
Tiffany Bowles - Spiritual Understanding
Prominent women’s suffragist Susa Gates called this address by Sarah M. Kimball, “the best paper of our session” at the National Council of Women conference in Washington DC in February 1895. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Tiffany Bowles as they discuss how truth can be gained through spiritual understanding. Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-2/chapter-22 Sarah Melissa Granger Kimball (1818–1898) spent her life promoting women’s public activity and private “spiritual understanding,” as she explained in this 1895 speech delivered at the National Council of Women. Born in Phelps, New York, she and her family were baptized after her father read the Book of Mormon shortly following its publication. As a young woman, Kimball attended both the School of the Prophets and the Hebrew School in Kirtland, Ohio, at least once. After she and her husband migrated to Utah, Kimball supported her husband, Hiram, and their children by teaching school. Her contemporary Emmeline B. Wells said Kimball “had a good faculty for teaching [and] could simplify lessons and adapt them to the understanding of those whom she instructed. ”These educational endeavors from her youth and early adulthood laid the foundation for her intellectual inquiry later in life.
Apr 29, 2020
James Goldberg - God's Mission for Us
Judy Brummer went from being a newly baptized member to a full-time missionary in just a few months. Her unique ability to speak Xhosa allowed her to become a powerful missionary and translator in South Africa. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest James Goldberg to learn more about Brummer’s amazing experiences and the history of the Church in Africa. Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-52 "The longer I live, the more I believe that my mother had quite a lot in common with Moroni, who in the very last chapter of the Book of Mormon uses the word “power” not once, not twice, but nine times. And let us remember that Moroni was not typing on a laptop; he was carving on golden plates when he wrote in Moroni 10: “Deny not the power of God.” Then he repeated: “If ye deny not the power of God …” I think Moroni wanted us, in these last days, to acknowledge, remember, and believe in the power of the Almighty. I am extremely grateful to my mother for teaching me those two things." - Judy Brummer
Apr 22, 2020
Jessica Nelson - Identity, Roles, and Responsibilities
With recent changes to the way we organize priesthood quorums and Relief societies we may ask ourselves, what are the purposes of these organizations? Julie B. Beck provides straightforward and thoughtful answers in her 2012 BYU devotional. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Jessica Nelson to learn more. Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-51?lang=eng "As the Prophet Joseph Smith began establishing the church in this dispensation, the Lord directed him to follow similar inspired patterns. When he set the course for the Relief Society, he told the sisters they were organized “under the priesthood after the pattern of the priesthood.” This gave the sisters official responsibilities in the restored church and the authority to function in those responsibilities. This was a pattern similar to that given to a president of a quorum of elders, who was to counsel with his presidency." - Sister Julie B. Beck
Apr 15, 2020
Steven Harper - The Value of Faith
In April 1926 Amy Brown Lyman stepped to the podium of the Assembly Hall and taught powerfully about the value and blessings of faith. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Steven C. Harper, PhD as they discuss what we can learn from this iconic discourse. Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-3/chapter-30 "My first love had been Primary work,” wrote Amy Brown Lyman (1872–1959), after nearly four decades of service on the Relief Society general board. In truth, she loved any program that concentrated on human development and flourishing. Before joining the board in October 1909, her major church work had been in the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association. Lyman served on the Relief Society general board until 1945, the last five years as president. The first meetings she attended connected her to foundational Relief Society roots: Bathsheba W. Smith, who joined Relief Society as a nineteen-year-old in Nauvoo, was president. At that time the board met in the office of the Woman’s Exponent in Salt Lake City’s Templeton Building.
Apr 08, 2020
Jenny Reeder - Faith and Confidence in God
In May 1831 Lucy Mack Smith stood on the deck of an ice bound ship in Buffalo Harbor on Lake Erie and taught a group of Latter-day Saints the meaning of faith. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Jennifer Reeder, PhD as they discuss the words and example of mighty Mother Smith. Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-1/chapter-1 “And even if this were not the case, where is your faith? Where is your confidence in God? Do you know that all things are in his hands? He made all things and still rules over them, and how easy a thing it would be with God if every Saint here would just lift their desires to him in prayer that the way might be opened before us. How easy would it be for God to cause the ice to break away, and in a moment’s time we could be off on our journey; but how can you expect the Lord to prosper you when you are continually murmuring against him?” - Lucy Mack Smith
Apr 01, 2020
Mathew Grow - Be Forbearing and Forgiving
Jane H. Neyman was denied membership in the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo. Rather than becoming bitter, Neyman went on to lead her local Relief Society in Beaver Utah. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Mathew J. Grow, PhD as they discuss how we can learn from the example and teachings of Sister Neyman. Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-1/chapter-12?lang=eng Mother Neyman addressed the meeting on the subject of charity, encouraging all to be forbearing and forgiving, refraining as much as possible from scrutinizing the conduct of our neighbors, remembering always that we are human and must therefore err. It seemed to be the unanimous agreement of the Spirit that presided over the meeting that tattling and slander should die a natural death; that charity, which covereth a multitude of sins, which thinketh no evil, and suffereth long and is kind, should dig the grave and help to bury all the malice and envy which at any time had intruded upon our peace and harmony; and in their stead establish truth and integrity, twin sisters of charity, and then appoint the Mormon creed as a rear guard to repel the first attack of the enemy, that we might be timely warned to avoid an evil wherein our mutual confidence might be destroyed. All this, though not expressed in so many syllables, was in substance the same, no doubt the sentiments of all present. We hope our new members will understand what will be expected of them in this honorable sisterhood: that they will live above reproach and by guarding the doors of their lips keep themselves from censure.
Mar 25, 2020
Lisa Olsen Tait - Today's Religious Crisis
It can often feel as though religious rights and values are under attack in today’s world. You may be surprised that this view was shared by Elsie Talmage Brandley in 1934. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Lisa Olsen Tait, PhD as they discuss how Sister Brandley’s insights can help us today. Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-3/chapter-32 Sister Brandley’s service on the YLMIA general board spanned eleven years during the presidencies of Mattie Horne Tingey and Ruth May Fox. She joined the board in 1924 and, in addition to working on the magazines, helped to write manuals, plays, songs, programs, and other material. She was also a popular public speaker. E. E. Ericksen, with whom she collaborated on MIA committees, said that her idea of saving souls was to help all of their abilities—cultural, moral, and spiritual. “The human personality was sacred to her, and its development the great spiritual objective,” he said. She also championed young people in asking and finding answers to their own questions. “You are the ones whose responsibility it is to insure the faith and unwavering trust in the gospel which is your heritage,” she wrote.
Mar 18, 2020
Kate Holbrook - Suffering and the Goodness of God
Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does God allow suffering when he has all power? Francine Bennion explored these topics in her groundbreaking discourse in March 1986. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Kate Holbrook, PhD as they explore how gaining an understanding of our theology can help make sense of suffering. Full discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-43 “What I’m passionate about,” said Francine Russell Bennion (b. 1935), “is human existence, and the relationships between people and God, and what works and what doesn’t.” In an interview, Bennion explained that when she taught a Relief Society or Gospel Doctrine lesson she never wanted to brush off reality and speak only of ideals. Instead, she tried to present fresh, useful, and reality-affirming perspectives that would lift and enhance human relationships.
Mar 11, 2020
Kate Holbrook - Gaining Light through Questioning
“Not enough people understand … that questions are good. … They can bring light and understanding.” Julie Willis shared this and other insights in her landmark speech at BYU Idaho in July 2014. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez along with special guest Kate Holbrook, PhD as they discuss how to ask questions and seek answers. Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/bonus-chapters/bonus-7 In the same talk Julie also shared, "This beautiful picture of Mt. Moran in the Tetons, photographed by my brother John, reflects a fundamental question that helped shape my academic studies. The actual question is immaterial; what’s important is that I left the serenity of the landscape and asked a question. What question would you ask about this scene? It likely depends on your background and interests. An outdoor enthusiast may ask about climbing routes, a botanist may wonder about the effects of glaciation on conifers, an artist might want to know how to best capture the reflections in the lake, and a geologist may ask about the tectonic forces that built the mountains. The variety and depth of questions that can be asked about a simple mountain scene can be as numerous as the people who view it. The ability and desire to ask questions and search for answers is a uniquely human attribute that is vital to the scientific, artistic, and religious advancements of humanity. We start asking questions at a very young age, as any parent of a precocious three-year-old knows. This suggests that we bring a questioning spirit with us to earth, and that learning by asking and seeking is one reason that our Heavenly Parents have given us the gift of mortal life."
Mar 04, 2020
Emily Utt - Prayer: A Small and Simple Thing
Virginia H. Pearce gave her powerful talk “Prayer: A Small and Simple Thing” at BYU Women’s Conference in April 2018. Join hosts Shalyn Back and Katie Perez as they discuss how this discourse remains relevant today along with special guest Emily Utt of the Church History Department. Full Discourse https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/chapter-50 From childhood, Virginia Hinckley Pearce (b. 1945) found that her parents wove prayer and church service into the fabric of their everyday lives. She remembers that when she or one of her siblings was particularly worried over a situation, her father, Gordon B. Hinckley, would say, “Just say your prayers and go to bed. Get up in the morning; it’ll be clearer.” Pearce has applied that good advice; her own restatement of it is, “Just say your prayers, go to bed, and when you get up in the morning, go back to work.” Gathering for family prayer, going to church, and working on church assignments felt like a natural part of her family life, not something on a list she had to complete. She saw that church work for her mother, Marjorie Pay Hinckley, was “part of who she was,” and that she always seemed energized by doing that work, not pressured or annoyed.
Feb 26, 2020