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

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Provo, UT

Not only do I think it is very important that a woman pray in the next General Conference, but that woman should WEAR PANTS!


O puhlease....I became gender-blind towards people decades ago, just like I became color-blind. This is so a non-issue. Some of us have really, truly moved beyond this. I would no more think about this than I would wonder how many red-heads have prayed in General Conference over the years. Sad to see how some are still living back in the 60's.


As recently as 2005, a stake we lived in on the east coast would not allow women to say the opening prayer in sacrament meetings stating that technically sacrament meetings are priesthood meetings.

Cedar City, Utah

She'll pray at the Priesthood session, and she'll be wearing a suit. Really? Is this a story or the National Enquirer?

Cedar City, Utah

Sheesh, now I've just GOT to ask: Sisters, does a male ever open or close the Relief Society Session? Is it always women that say the prayers? Did you ever notice? I can't sleep tonight until I hear the answer!

Cedar City, Utah

@truthseeker: apparently your stake president thought he had the authority to rewrite the Handbook then... see 18.5

Appleton, WI

So let's pretend I am in Primary Presidency and during Sharing Time, and I ask for volunteers for prayers or answering questions, etc. I only call on girls, even though I know the boys are just as capable and willing as the girls. But because I know the boys would answer the questions or participate in the same way as the girls, it doesn't really matter that I don't call on the boys. The boys should just be happy that they have the opportunity to hear the lesson.

Appleton, WI

A recent BYU study published in American Political Science Revie reports the following...

“Women have something unique and important to add to the group, and that’s being lost, at least under some circumstances,” said Chris Karpowitz, Ph.D., the lead study author and a political scientist at BYU.

“When women participated more, they brought unique and helpful perspectives to the issue under discussion,” Karpowitz said. “We’re not just losing the voice of someone who would say the same things as everybody else in the conversation.”

Orem, Ut

“'In her journals [Elaine A. Cannon] talks about being the first general Young Women president to speak in general conference, and what a blessing that was,' Woodger said."

It bears noting here that Ruth May Fox, the YL MIA President, spoke at the October 1929, April 1930, and October 1930 general conferences.

“'She remembers how one of the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles quoted from her talk in the next general conference. She said it helped her to realize how the Lord was very aware of what people are going to say in general conference, and she felt like she was working hand-in-hand with the priesthood in that way.'”

Which member of the Quorum of the Twelve quoted her and in which general conference?

Kearns, UT

This one generates a big yawn and a big so what. I don't listen or watch General Conference for the prayers. Music yes, talks yes, prayers no.

So as far as I'm concerned they could have my two year old grandson pray (Mother or Father helping of course) and I couldn't care less. What a total non-issue. But then if the Trib says it, it must be true.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

I think it is good that a woman will pray in General Conference, but really it is not too much of an issue for me.

However, I do take issue that the public pressure campaign had anything to do with this. Apparently, the decision on who prays in General Conference comes months in advance - probably in January. That was about the time the campaign to pressure the Church to allow women to pray in General Conference BEGAN.

To me, it might just be more of a coincidence that the Brethren are allowing women to pray in General Conference when the public campaign come about, rather than it as a result of the public campaign. To me the evidence is not strong enough to "claim victory" as some of those are claiming who wrote letters to the Church on the issue. If the public campaign was started several months before January then the evidence would be stronger that it influenced this decision.

Medical Lake, Washington

Personally, I don't see this as earth shattering news. I never got the impression that women couldn't pray at general conference, I just figured they had so many members of the seventy who will never get a chance to speak in conference during their three or five year tenure that at least they could offer a prayer.

I just cringe at possible headlines which might read - LDS Church finally recognizes women and let's them participate in world wide church conference.

My only concern is that who ever offers a prayer doesn't turn it into a ten minute talk.

Salt Lake City, UT


"I became gender-blind towards people decades ago, just like I became color-blind."

You say that as if being gender-blind or color-blind are actually positive traits but they're not because in this case it means you are making no attempt at all to understand how women in a church with an all-male priesthood might feel about something like this.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

There is no evidence that the Church has in any way responsded to a petition. To begin with, there is no evidence that there is a policy involved. The fact of the matter is the text of the prayers is not published, and it seems a really minor issue. I really have the feeling some people are trying to make a fight where there is none.

Jesus Loves U
kaysville, UT

Exactly George of the Jungle,
It's their church, not mine or billions of other Christians. We know we have the church of Jesus Christ through His Word, the Bible...We are born of God. There are many small churches as the LDS church, it's not the church of the Christian faith, we know we are the believers and it matters not what church we belong to, we are all of the same body, His body, the bride. Praise God.

Taylorsville, Utah

My wife and I have general conference every night. She takes her turn to pray every other night. Amen.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

As I understand it, not only is a significant majority of the Church membership female, but an even larger majority of the active membership are female...

Yet when a respectful, historically grounded, and doctrinally based petition is enjoined by some "faithful" members of the Church, citing the many historical precedents for such an approach, not only do the (mostly male) readers of the Deseret News trivialize the obvious pain and suffering this issue has caused, but they deny the historicity and legitimacy of the petition in the first place, demonizing those who put it forward as unworthy and unfaithful!

I stand all amazed at how the behavior of the believers continues to confirm the negative characteristics we have come to expect from them.

I thought you all took a covenant to "mourn with those who mourn"? But when many women in the Church are "mourning", you essentially kick them while they are down?


David in CA
Livermore, CA

A Prayer is a Prayer. It isn't that important Who says it, as much as the attitude and frame of mind of the person who offers it. Gender is not an issue for prayer or who offers it. All are Childern of God, both male and female.

Individual prayers are far more important than an invocation or benediction of a large
public gathering.

Prayers are Not allowed in most public schools. We should be Grateful that someone is still allowed to pray in public gatherings such as a public conference.

This question of gender just seems to be an effort to distract from the praying and its value.

The Roman Catholic Church is also currently getting this same type controversy about "gender" of the participants. I'm sure the Apostle Paul would be in the same controversy also, if he lived in this same world of today, of "straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel".

Walnut Creek, CA

So...if someone leaned over to you during conference after the invocation and whispered, "did you know that was the first woman to EVER pray in general conference," your honest response would be, "so?" or "shush!"

I just don't get it. It's a GOOD THING that women are praying in GC, isn't it? Does anyone want to take a step back to when they didn't now? Why not be stoked about this? Seeing this comment board is like seeing the whole tabernacle choir plugging their ears and singing LALALALA... I have no idea why anyone would want to smother this thing and ignore it. Aren't we supposed to seek after these types of things?

Mapleton, UT

If my opinion (just that) those who are concerned about such trivial issues have a problem with their testimony. We have had women SPEAK in GC which is much more important that who opens or closes a meeting.

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