LDS Church releases more than 50 discourses by Mormon women online

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made more than 50 discourses given by Mormon women available online for free, the LDS Church announced Thursday morning. The discourses — which were originally gathered and released in a book, “At the Pulpit:185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women,” last year — feature talks by […]

10 lessons I wish I’d learned in Young Women

It’s been more than a decade since I graduated from Young Women into Relief Society. I remember fondly the pre-“Come Follow Me” lessons that referenced dance halls and that mostly quoted apostles and prophets from the 1970s. I also remember the foundational doctrinal teachings I learned during that formative time in my life about the […]

Women leaders in LDS Church appointed to Priesthood leadership councils

Three women leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be joining Priesthood leadership councils the Church announced Tuesday. Sister Linda K. Burton, general president of the Relief Society (women’s organization), Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president and Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, general president of the Primary have been appointed to councils — which previously were made up of […]

7 fun facts about the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo

Relief Society, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ organization for women, began in Nauvoo after the women sought Joseph Smith’s approval to organize themselves into a women’s organization similar to others of the day. Joseph Smith said God had something better in mind. Today, more than 5.5 million women in 170 countries claim membership in […]

LDS women among those gathering in peaceful support of the family outside of UN

Women from several organizations around the world — including the Big Ocean Women based in Provo — plan to gather at the gates of the UN today at 5:45 EST to encourage inclusion of family language in the Post-2015 Agenda. These faith-based women gathered in a Staples near the U.N. to make hundreds of small flyers […]

LDS women defend motherhood in standing-room only UN event

United Families International hosted a Monday night event titled “Women & Girls: Across the Generations” to a standing-room only crowd in the Church Center of the United Nations (CCUN). “We’ve never had this kind of turnout,” says event organizer Kelli Franzen-Houghton of UFI. “In all the years we’ve been hosting our parallel events, it has never […]

First Presidency releases statement on women and the priesthood

With the excommunication of Ordain Women’s Kate Kelly on June 23, the question of women and the priesthood—and the question of questions in general—has been a hot topic of discussion both inside and outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church’s First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles released a statement today on […]

14 milestones in the history of LDS women

Conversations around dinner tables, water coolers and circular Relief Society tables have lately centered around women’s issues in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although the role of gender in the Church is a hot topic, the significant contributions and roles of women have influenced Church history since the beginning. “I don’t think […]

How do you get on the 100 coolest women list?

The following post by Elizabeth Stitt originally appeared on in response to an infograph on in January 2014. It is shared here with her permission. How do people get to be so awesome? Recently I read an article about the 100 coolest Mormon women alive today. As I read through the list of their accomplishments, I […]

Killing flies, getting ‘beauty sleep’ and other Personal Progress requirements of old

Since the early 1900s, the Latter-day Saint Young Women organization has had some kind of achievement and recognition program in place. But the requirements of old are drastically different from the requirements today. The evolution of Young Women Recognition is a fascinating snapshot of history. My, how times have changed. The Beehive Handbook, published in […]

The career I never wanted helped me find the life I always did

My career is the greatest thing I never wanted. Graduating from BYU single was heartbreaking. All I’d ever wanted to do was to be a wife and a mother. My life’s priorities and goals are inseparable from my LDS faith, which places marriage and motherhood at the center of a woman’s mortal mission. My closest […]

The Mindy City

Although 32-year-old Mindy Gledhill is grounded in a love of music and a passion for Provo, her lyrics and fashion swirl with themes of flight and freedom. She owns multiple sets of wings (showcased in her “Anchor” music video) and recently grew butterflies from mail-order caterpillars with her three boys. The high ceiling of her […]