Mormon feminists seeking change find it in subtle wording

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Young women, girls over eight years of age and adult women gathered, not only in the 21,000-seat Conference Center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, but in meetinghouses worldwide for the General Women's Meeting. Photo courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Young women, girls over eight years of age and adult women gathered, not only in the 21,000-seat Conference Center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, but in meetinghouses worldwide for the General Women's Meeting. Photo courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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(RNS) Mormon feminists may have been surprised by some subtle changes in vocabulary and approach Saturday (Sept. 27) at the church's general women’s meeting.

  • Richard Morgan

    Since the Mormons’ Heavenly Father practices polygamy (in spades!) do all Mormons have the same Heavenly Mother? If so, where are the other Heavenly Wives’ spirit children? And if not, when they say, “Brother Jones” should that be “Half-brother Jones”?
    I loved Burton’s metaphor of “building oil.” Building an oil-rig, yes, but building oil? Hm…
    What is so special about Uchtdorf calling LDS women “blessed disciples of Jesus Christ.”? Did they need to be told or reminded?
    Is this a promotion? A new revelation? Or a way of saying “stop rocking the boats, gals?” Weird.

  • Jay

    Wait.. Mormons have a “heavenly mother” now??? Where the heck did they come up with that one? It certainly isnt based in scripture…

  • Jody

    It’s a beautiful doctrine and resonates in the soul:

    “In the heavens are parents single? No the thought makes reason stare. Truth is reason, truth eternal, tells me I’ve a mother there.”

    (quote from hymn: “Oh My Father” by Eliza R. Snow)

  • Jody

    romans 8:16 “we are the children of God”

    malachi 2:10 “Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?”

  • Rick


  • Rick

    Prophets teach truth, the Spirit confirms it.

  • Obama Story

    Peggy this may be a bit of overstatement…female LDS leaders decided a year later to unite the women’s auxiliaries into a single meeting…

    Historically general auxiliary board members have been local to Salt Lake City for pure logistical reasons but with the deployment of technology people can participate in church-wide callings leadership meetings remotely via Skype etc. Its a good thing.

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  • Debbie Snowcroft

    Jody quoted: “hath not *ONE* God created us?” [Emphasis added]

    One God, Jody. One, not two.

    Two = sexual reproduction.

    One = asexual reproduction, like whiptail lizards, Sonoran desert minnows, and brine shrimp.

  • Debbie Snowcroft

    Jody wrote: “… the thought makes reason stare.”

    If reason is the benchmark (which it should be) then we must reject the Mormon god, along with his wives, out of hand.

    After all, the Mormon god supposedly made “all things” [D&C 88:41] yet also existed as a mortal man on another earth before he became a god (Joseph Smith, Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, p. 3 ).

    There’s nothing so unreasonable as a theology invented by an unsophisticated farm hand from the 19th century.

  • Debbie Snowcroft

    Mormon prophets teach nonsense, Google confirms it.

  • Sea Monkey King

    Are you saying that God created brine shrimp (aka the noble and savage Sea Monkey) as somehow defective!

    How insulting!!

  • Debbie Snowcroft

    No. Sorry. I thought the implication was clear.

    Since “one” god created us, god obviously reproduces asexually. It’s the brine shrimp (and whiptails, et al.) that reproduce using the most “divine” method.

  • FYI

    Brine shrimp are not asexual…
    (Neither is god) 🙂

  • Mr. Know it All

    Brine shrimp are asexual when environmental conditions are relaxed. When conditions are more hazardous, they reproduce sexually.

  • Ashley

    Mark 10: 8- And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.

  • Ashley

    First of all… google is not always right. Second: If you want to confirm the validity of something, you go to the source (hint: not Google)

  • Ashley

    So you do not believe that humans can progress and become like unto Gods and goddesses? Isn’t that the reason that God sent us to earth?
    You’re right. Someone unsophisticated couldn’t have come up with a theology such as that… It would make a lot more sense if that someone didn’t come up with it but had it told to him (by, perhaps, divine inspiration)

  • Ashley

    Actually the Mormon God is not a polygamist and so all of God’s children have one mother. Mormon Scripture: “Wherefore, it is lawful that he should have one wife, and they twain shall be one flesh, and all this that the earth might answer the end of its creation;”

  • audrey

    Ya… nonsense for sure:
    “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved” -Thomas S Monson (current LDS prophet)

  • Lori

    This is the most non-news story I’ve EVER read.
    1. The General Women’s meeting (was recently combined as one meeting – before there was a meeting for young women and then one for older women – now there is just one general women’s meeting). These meetings for women, have always been part of the church’s general conference (they also have a meeting just for the boys/men). The General Women meetings current and former have ALWAYS been listed on the General Conference website, along with all the other sessions. This is nothing new. God and the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have always been very good to women. 2. Referring to women as disciples is absolutely not not new. It’s a super basic part of the church. We are meant to be latter-day Saints, or disciples, that’s the name of the church. The term disciple has always applied to both men and women, always. If “Mormon Feminists” or the writer of this non-news story are surprised, perhaps its because they have no understanding of the church’s doctrine and practice concerning women, and for that matter, all members of the church. There are many talks in conference inviting both genders to be disciples of Christ. As an LDS woman, I’m sick of seeing rubbish like this.