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From the banks of the frozen Lake Erie in early May 1831, Lucy Mack Smith admonished her despondent fellow Saints. "Where is your faith in God?" she asked. "If I could make my voice to sound as loud as the trumpet of Michael the archangel I would declare the truth from land to land and from sea to sea."

At the Pulpit contains fifty-four discourses given by Latter-day Saint women throughout the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Like Lucy Mack Smith, these women drew on inspiration and experience to declare their understanding of eternal truths. This book illustrates the history of women's public preaching in the church, but its most important feature is the actual words of Mormon women. From the time of Emma Hale Smith's earliest exhortations at meetings of the Nauvoo Relief Society, Latter-day Saint women have been charged to instruct their families and neighbors, their congregations and Relief Societies, and other organizations. The talks featured in this volume show Mormon women doing the spiritual and intellectual work inherent in a life of Christian faith—seeking to do good works, understand the atonement of Jesus Christ, and strengthen their own faith and the faith of those around them. These women endeavored to live what they believed and to help their listeners do so as well.

Written to the high scholarly standards of the Church Historian's Press, the book provides a resource for contemporary Latter-day Saints as they study, speak, teach, and lead. Each discourse in this volume begins with an introduction that acquaints readers with the vibrant personalities of some of the women who have shaped the church. Introductions also provide glimpses into the circumstances and forces that shaped these women. Readers will encounter some familiar figures from church history and from the contemporary church—leaders like Eliza R. Snow and Linda K. Burton, current Relief Society general president. But they will also learn from women like Jane H. Neyman, whose stories are largely unknown to modern Latter-day Saints. Neyman applied to join the Nauvoo Relief Society in 1842, but her petition was rejected due to gossip about her daughters. Over twenty-five years later, she spoke in a Relief Society in Beaver, Utah, on charity, urging members to be forbearing and forgiving of one another.

The voices in these pages ring from Nauvoo's red brick store to the National Auditorium in Mexico City to the Tabernacle on Temple Square and beyond. These discourses offer instruction on gospel principles while also revealing the particular concerns of individual women. At the Pulpit allows us to hear the historical and contemporary voices of Latter-day Saint women—voices that resound with experience, wisdom, and authority.

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Refreshing Collection of Women's Voices

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After reading the words of these eloquent women, I felt empowered and grateful for their examples of courage, compassion, and faithfulness. In the first chapter, I was impressed with the leadership of Lucy Mack Smith (aka “Mother Smith,” mother of Joseph and Hyrum Smith).

In another chapter, Eliza R. Snow’s speech really struck a chord with me in regards to how church callings should work. Her beautifully chosen words and appropriate similes describe how callings should be handled not only in just olden days but now as well. Great lessons on forgiveness were conveyed in Jane Harper Neyman’s story and words and she encouraged 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.” This book contains a plethora of valuable information that has been overlooked and underappreciated over the years. Women from the past and present can strengthen each other by sharing thoughts and feelings. I for one am grateful that the Church Historian’s Press worked hard to gather this information and share it with the world.

A MUST HAVE for every LDS home.

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I have four daughters and, as a Mom, I am daily trying to think of ways to make them feel empowered and important and significant in a world that tells them they are not those things. They are constantly told through media and those around them that they are meant to be ornaments. That being pretty is the most valuable thing they have to contribute. Magazines stare back at them every time we go to a grocery store. Commercials and television shows come into our home that reinforce these incorrect principles of what it means to be a female and what's important.



As my oldest daughter turned 12 years old this past Sunday I was especially thoughtful as she entered the Young Women's program at church that our church is reinforcing those sacred principals that I want her to know. She is divine. She is powerful. She can change the world.



It has been a wonderful experience for me to begin reading a brand new book that inspires, enriches, and uplifts women of the church with the words of other LDS women, spoken with power, force, and purpose over the pulpit!



AT THE PUPLIT showcases the tradition of Latter-day Saint women's preaching and instruction by sharing 54 speeches given from 1831 to 2016, with selections from every decade since the founding of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The discourses, given by women both well known and obscure, represent just some of the many contributions of women to Latter-day Saint thought. Each talk is prefaced with a biography of the speaker herself and then we get to read the profound words given by these sisters who have been called by God to lead within His church.



As I read through certain talk within this book I needed a highlighter at the ready! There are such impactful and amazing passages that speak to me as a woman in these Latter-days and also as a Mother raising girls.



I cannot recommend this book enough! It has easily taken a spot on my top 5 favorite LDS books of all time! It would be an amazing gift for LDS women of all ages.