Politicians, missionaries and mothers: 11 remarkable women in LDS Church history

Published: Tuesday, May 6 2014 6:16 p.m. MDT

LDS Church History Library

When it comes to appreciating the women in our lives, late LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley offered this advice in a 2003 general conference address: "Be kind to the women. They constitute half of the population and are mothers to the other half."

In honor of mothers and women everywhere, here is a look at 11 remarkable women in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The list includes women of different cultures who endured difficult challenges. They are mothers, wives, activists, physicians, missionaries, professors, writers and politicians. Each one is distinguished in her own way.

"These women leave behind a legacy upon which we can draw inspiration and strength," said Brittany A. Chapman, a historian in the Church History Department. “When we remember their stories, they become part of our own and help us to live better lives.”

Note: Information for this list was taken from Volumes 1-3 of the series "Women of Faith in the Latter Days."

Related: LDS Church leaders reflect on examples of motherhood in their lives Related: Jimmer, Jane Clayson Johnson, others share tributes to mothers of faith
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Carson City, NV

What a wonderful article and pictures! Women will leave their mark in spite of the struggles. They seem to quietly proceed in the direction they know they should go. There are women in my ward that are like this. I'm so blessed by these sisters.

Cinci Man

What a wonderful tribute. In each case, these women lifted where they stood and no blessing was ever denied them. What a stark contrast this is to the handful of women who insist that they need the priesthood to reach their full potential. I honor my wife, my mother, my mother-in-law, my daughters-in-law, and the many women who have served me and my family. The women in my ancestry were also amazing women. And all of them lifted where they stood; and they stand tall in my eyes. Thanks to all sisters who serve so faithfully.

Kendal, Cumbria

great article, thanks DN... however, Mary Fielding Smith would have been a very old lady indeed, had she truly died in 1953 :)

Joseph M

For more stories of incredible LDS women I recommend checking out the Mormon Women Project. It's a collection of interviews and biographies of some of the marvelous LDS women who are doing incredible things now.


Trent Toone

Thanks for pointing out the error on Mary's death. It's fixed now.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

We need more articles like this!

Huntington Beach, CA

Really enjoyed this article. I have been reading the 3 volumes of "Women of Faith in the Latter-Days". Great books and so many women that are so remarkable. So far there are 3 volumes. These are women that aren't so well know in the church, but left their mark. Love these kind of stories.

raleigh, NC

All those hardships, and posed without a smile but with a handkerchief in her hand...

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