Interview with Janiece Johnson and Jennifer Reeder, Authors of The Witness of Women

with Dianne Orcutt As I sat in Gospel Doctrine class yesterday, our teacher excitedly commented that she loved how every four years as we come back to the Doctrine & Covenants there are more stories, more records, and more information illuminating the experience of the Restoration. I loved her enthusiasm for seeking out the lesser […]

Voices from the Past: Get Out the Vote

by Brooke Nelson Edwards You’d have to have lived under a rock for the past year not to know that this election year has been one of the most divisive in history for the United States. Voters were exhausted, “disgusted,” and “frustrated” months ago. But it’s almost over. The end is in sight. Whatever else […]

Voices from the Past: Inspiring “Pioneers”

Not Alone by Minerva Teichert As a way to commemorate Pioneer Day, we’re sharing stories about women from the past–both traditional and more modern women pioneers–who continue to inspire and motivate us. We invite you to share your own stories in the comments. Kelli: On this Pioneer Day, I remember my grandmother, Lillian Ruby Duersch Anthon.  With […]

Making History Our Story: Q & A with Historian Andrea Ventilla

Ellis Shipp (center) with a graduating class of midwives. by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof History was not a subject that immediately interested me. My parents are both history buffs – when my dad comes home from his job as a contractor, he sits down with a book about some war or another; my mother is a […]

Voices From the Past: Praying Over & For One’s Work

Hilda Anderson Erickson, who was a midwife in Tooele County, with Maud Winberg, riding horses. by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof Like many other women before me, when I began my college studies and looked toward a future career, I turned to my Heavenly Father in prayer. Since finishing school, I have prayed again and again as […]

Voices from the Past: How Family History Taught Me Involvement

by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof Sitting on my Great-Aunt Sandra’s mantle is a small, wooden gavel, about 8-inches long. The gavel belonged to my great-great grandmother, and she used it during her presidency of the Women’s Democratic Club of Utah (WDC). Emilie Cora Lewis Brown – the mother of my maternal grandmother’s father – served on […]

Voices from the Past: Martha Hughes Cannon: A Case for Mentoring

Martha Hughes Cannon with her daughter Mattie, 1899. Photo courtesy of Utah State Historical Society. by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof I was walking to my work at ksl.com one day when I stopped and looked at a granite boulder atop a slab of concrete. I had walked by this spot countless times on my commute to […]

Drawing on the History of LDS Women for Inspiration

by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof Why do we look to the past of our church and its people when it is riddled with confusion over doctrine, policy, violence or discrimination? Should we bury it, sugar coat it or separate ourselves from it instead? For each of us, the answer may be different. I only attempt to […]

Voices from the Past: Mormon Women’s Fight for Suffrage

Front row: Jane S. Richards, left, Emmeline Wells. Middle row: Phoebe Woodruff, Isabelle Horne, Eliza R. Snow, Zina Young, Marinda Hyde. Back row: Dr. Ellis R. Shipp, Bathsheba W. Smith, Elizabeth Howard, Dr. Romania Pratt Penrose. (Utah State Historical Society) by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof During the infancy of the LDS Church, female members advocated for […]

Voices from the Past: Elizabeth Claridge McCune

by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof Sometimes, reviewing the past gives us a clearer picture of the future we hope to forge. Looking around the classrooms and chapels of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I don’t always find women who think like me or have similar aspirations. Though I know other women like me […]

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