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Published: Tuesday, March 19 2013 9:40 p.m. MDT

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Danish American
Payson, UT

To whomever it makes a difference to them whether or not women pray in Conference--Get a life. It just doesn't matter.

Gregorio
Norco, CA

God put our eyes in the front of our head for a reason- to not look back. Look forward with faith and allow The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to follow the spirit of the program for the General Conference.

Wally
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Since the time when the Quorums of Seventy have been increased so markedly to further the worldwide work, it became traditional for members of the Seventy to offer the GC prayers.
So it has nothing to do with the male/female issue. The far more important thing is that we have the opportunity regularly to hear from our Sister leaders in Conference.
Remember back to the times of the three day General Conference format when we heard from ALL of the General Authorities?
As usual, the SLTrib is making something out of nothing and the DesNews probably should not have even mentioned it.

Michael De Groote

3GrandKeys says, "The big deal is that it took a petition of thousands before the church made a decision to change this odd policy that officially never existed."

The article says: “Decisions on speakers and prayers at general conference were made late last year,” said Scott Trotter, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

And also this: "That has stimulated some social media discussion since mid-January of this year — after assignments for the April conference had been made by the church."

AreaReader
Suburbs, AZ

So many people commenting that this is a meaningless change.

If it was a meaningless change, there wouldn't be so many people trying to defend the status quo.

A foundational belief of the Church is continuing revelation. The restoration of the gospel is ongoing. (AoF 9.) Anyone who spends much time defending the status quo is going to find him- or herself on the wrong side of Church history.

In other words, change is happening. The Church handbook says "Men and women may offer both opening and closing prayers in Church meetings." The 2013 scriptures have more gender-inclusive language. Women are serving missions in growing numbers. Women have a more important place in the ward council than in previous generations.

It may be helpful to know that the Relief Society used to have biannual multiple-day conferences. That ended about 1970, but except for the single, annual, 1-1/2 hour-long Relief Society meeting, women had little meaningful participation at the Church level except the recent practice of about two women speaking during the 10-hour general conference proceedings each April and October.

The Book of Mormon says all are alike to God. Let's practice what we preach.

lledwards38
Canandaigua, NY

I have noticed that women don't pray in General Conference, and it hasn't affected my testimony one whit. I have not counted how many Asians, Tongans, or Africans have prayed. I have listened to the words of the prayers and been uplifted.

I have more concern for the many Ward Welfare and Correlation meetings I have attended in which my voice wasn't heard. My comments in the meetings were often mocked and treated with condescension. That is a much bigger problem in my experience.

Philippine Bonita
Sammamish, WA

3GrandKeys, where did you hear about a petition or someone being vilified for putting forth said petition? Where did you hear about a "non-policy" being changed?
I, like most of the posters here had never realized that a woman had never offered the prayer in a GENERAL session of general conference, but I do take issue with the assertion that a woman has never offered a prayer in general conference because I consider the Young Women's general meeting and the Relief Society general meetings to be part of general conference.
Hdizzle, Really!? If they truly wanted to "follow the example", they would need to requisition a General Authority for every district meeting.
I served a mission many years ago and prayed in district and zone and meetings and also in Sunday worship services. I organized a special training conference for 30 women and probably prayed in a half mission conference also, but don't really remember since it was a non-issue just like this.
It is vastly more significant that women are offering sermons than that they might or might not offer a prayer.
Washcomom: You've got it right, sister! We all say amen, WE ALL PRAY!

dustman
Nampa, ID

The big deal is that women were not allowed to pray in sacrament and fast and testimony meetings in the church between 1968 and 1978. The church handbooks at that time specified that a Melchizedek priesthood holder had to pray at those meetings. Somebody high up wanted it in the handbook. It must have been a big deal to someone in the church if they had to change the handbook. Considering its only a handbook.

I know the focus should be on Jesus and his atonement at conferences. But its disturbing that so many members of the church are willing to ignore the news of the change in practice. The church and the church body ignore things that make them uncomfortable. Its our M.O. to ignore things. That's what we do. We pretend its not a big deal so the news dies.

I'm glad women are allowed to pray in General Conference. Its the idea that they have to be "allowed" to pray in conference that bothers me. Anyway, the church is true.

Dante
Salt Lake City, UT

Women have been speaking in general conference for years. Doubtless, had they been praying in conference but not speaking, there would be a hullabaloo about not speaking. Because there are now so many members of the Seventy among the general authorities, the likelihood of a member of the Seventy speaking in general conference is less than that of any woman who happens to be serving in the presidency of the Primary, Young Women, or Relief Society organizations. Still, small minds desperate for attention continue straining at gnats, rather than focusing on the Savior of the world and His Atonement--at Easter time. The world is too much with us. . ..
How I love our Savior's insight: "Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things, but one thing is needful, and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

FT1/SS
Virginia Beach, VA

I'am amazed at the number of people who would rather follow the arm of man/woman, than the arm of the lord thru his prophet. When the time is right, the lord will let us know.

Claudio
Springville, Ut

Re: Danish American,

How Christian of you, commanding others to get a life for having opinions.

djk
blue springs, MO

why does this matter so much to some ? i leave decisions to our dear prophet and his counselors also the quorum of the 12....lets let them ask our Heavenly Father and let them decide.
conference is a wonderful time, lets not damper the weekend with speculations and worldly pushing

LindonMan
Lindon, UT

Does it matter?

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

@dustman

"The big deal is that women were not allowed to pray in sacrament and fast and testimony meetings in the church between 1968 and 1978."

Among others. Where you alive during these times?

"But its disturbing that so many members of the church are willing to ignore the news of the change in practice. The church and the church body ignore things that make them uncomfortable. Its our M.O. to ignore things. "

Truth.

"I'm glad women are allowed to pray in General Conference. Its the idea that they have to be "allowed" to pray in conference that bothers me."

Yep, agree with you 100%.

"Anyway, the church is true."

Are you saying that with conviction?

rlsintx
Plano, TX

Hopefully it will be a woman CEO of an LDS Church owned company, Sherri Dew. That'd dispatch a lot of strawmen in one shot. I think she has more respect for the sanctity of worship services than to wear pants, but that would add a nice touch too.

I could care less either way; whatever they choose to do is fine by me.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@timpskier-
"imagine that half of the church membership was of Asian ancestry and over a period of 150+ years we never asked an Asian person to pray at general conference. What there be a message there? What would you think if you were of Asian ancestry."

Hmm. Well, over half the church membership consists of regular 'ol members. I can't recall the last time I ever heard one a them ever offer a prayer in GC. "This session's invocation will be offered by the Course 16 Sunday School teacher from the SLC 1st Ward". Yeah, I get the message. Being a regular ward member without a high-falutin' calling doesn't count.

IdahoGirl
Pocatello, ID

Why is this even an issue? It seems to me that there is always someone stirring the pot when it does not make a difference one way or another. Women pray in their own wards, what is the big deal? Honestly, get a life!

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

I thought there was a war on women among conservatives? Maybe the war is over or perhaps a cease fire?

M. Butler
Brooklyn, NY

I wonder if any of the "it's no big deal--there are more important things to worry about" commenters appreciate the irony of their taking the time to comment about something that they think is so unimportant.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@DanishAmerican
"To whomever it makes a difference to them whether or not women pray in Conference--Get a life. It just doesn't matter."

Typical male entitlement, this is exactly what the problem in the church is that's being addressed.

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