SALT LAKE CITY — Some of the most stirring and powerful discourses delivered by Mormon women in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are now accessible online for free.
More than 50 talks, along with 22 original audio recordings, published last year by Church Historian's Press in "At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women," have been uploaded to its website, churchhistorianspress.org. The publication is also available for readers in the LDS Gospel Library app in the "Church History" section.
"At the Pulpit," co-authored by church historians Jennifer Reeder and Kate Holbrook contains talks from every decade going back to 1831. The 54 speeches posted online include speakers range from Emma Hale Smith and Lucy Mack Smith, the wife and mother of LDS Church founder and prophet Joseph Smith, to recent Latter-day Saint female leaders such as Julie B. Beck, Bonnie D. Parkin, Sheri L. Dew, Virginia H. Pearce and Linda K. Burton, among others.
“‘At the Pulpit’ comes alive when people use it," Reeder said in a Mormon Newsroom news release. "While we know women gave great talks of doctrinal importance, we recognize the power and meaning of those words when we understand their lives that produced such testimony."
The talks display the wisdom and strength of female voices, Holbrook said in 2017.
“The 54 discourses in this book show us a lot of the combined wisdom through the decades of Church history that comes from our strongest female voices, their great theological thinking, their insights,” Holbrook said. “It was so important for us to bring in international voices.”
People can also listen to recordings of 22 talks. Spanish and Portuguese translations will be available this summer.