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Bloggernacle Back Bench: Blogging Women's History Month

Published: Tuesday, March 6 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

March marks Women's History Month. And I’m happy to report that blogger Erin has once again revived her “LDS Women’s History” blog to share about some incredible Mormon women each week. This year’s theme is “Fight” with women being spotlighted who showed “courage to fight for their convictions. Whether it is standing up to corporations or facing down an angry mob, they courageously stood their ground, or even pushed to gain more. And what's more, their courage to fight was firmly grounded in their faith. They acted with the assurance that their rebellions and battles were in line with God's will for them. I'm hoping to learn to channel this courage in my own life.”

She first highlights Amanda Barnes Smith, her saving her young son, whose hip was blown away at Haun’s Mill, with prayer and poultice.

I love Erin's conclusion: “Amanda inspires me on so many levels. ... I love her courage to fight for her son .... But most of all, I love her determined faith.”

Check in every week for new posts honoring faithful women.

I was also pleased to see that the BYU Women’s Studies program has a whole month of activities dedicated to “Women’s History Month 2012.” If you live near Provo, take advantage of the many films, lectures, colloquiums, or even the month-long service project dedicated to helping women with young babies. Wow!

Finally, I jumped into the Mormon Channel and searched “Women History” to see what podcasts I could find for you. Click to learn about the history of Relief Society and Young Women, plus there are some interviews with some incredible women. Enjoy!

Now let me find other historic blogs from this last week in the Bloggernacle:

Power pick: After finding out that their son had muscular dystrophy, the Wyatts in Logan, Utah, started realizing all the stuff he might not do: ride a bike, play in the park...and what about serving a mission? Well Elder Wyatt wanted to serve a mission and was given the opportunity to serve a church service mission. I just love this new Mormon Message video spotlighting "Young Church Service Missionaries: Elder Wyatt." I doubly appreciate the faith and testimony of this young elder and his family, and the fact that it spotlights church service missionaries, since I was able to serve one as a young mother. So go Church Service Missionaries! And as Elder Wyatt’s mother testifies: "If people have the desire... Heavenly Father is going to create opportunities for them."

Techie tip: Still haven’t satiated your desire for all things Mormon History? Then let me direct you to Joseph Smith Papers Project staffer Jeffrey Cannon’s Pinterest account that is full of “History, Documents and Artifacts” pins relating to Mormon history and beyond. See the Hebrew School textbook, or a letter from Joseph Smith to Emma from Liberty Jail, or even the Nauvoo Relief Society minutes and more. Awesome.

Emily Warburton Jensen loves searching through the LDS blog world for developments and testimonies that best capture the ever-evolving LDS online experience. Email: ejensen@desnews.com

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