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At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women

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At the Pulpit showcases the tradition of Latter-day Saint women's preaching and instruction by presenting 54 speeches given from 1831 to 2016, with selections from every decade since the founding of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The discourses, given by women both well known and obscure, represent just some of the many contributions of women to Latter-da ...more
Hardcover, 452 pages
Published February 27th 2017 by Church Historian's Press
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Tayler Morrell
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I do consider myself a feminist. Not a in-your-face-women-are-better-than-men-let's-march-and-protest-women-need-the-priesthood type of feminist. But, I do believe that the church wouldn't be as successful without its female leaders. We have a really important duty in the church--no matter what church you belong to. I even wrote a short series about women in the scriptures for She Teaches Fearlessly (before moving, pregnancy, and other issues got in the way!)

So, when I saw that this book had 185
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I loved reading and studying the important words of women from our church history and present day. Recently a friend mentioned that she thought it would be wonderful if one year the lesson manual for Relief Society and Priesthood classes was a compilation of talks from the female general auxiliary presidents. I agreed, and soon after I was presented with the opportunity to review this book, which is just what we had been thinking about, but even better since it also includes women who are not we ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most inspiring collection of talks that I have ever read! A must-read for any LDS woman! Each discourse includes a brief preface with biographical information on each speaker that is as intriguing as the talks themselves. These are such gifted yet truly humble women who have made wonderful contributions to the Church. The Church Historian's Press has done a marvelous job with this volume!
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Women have always had an important place and role in the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. I have enjoyed these talks given by women through the years at important women's meetings, firesides, education weeks, conferences, and general conferences of the church. I have been very impressed with the education, the intellect, the deep thinking, the vocabulary, and the spirituality of these women, particularly the women in the pioneer days of the church. Their goals were far reaching and t ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
It's no secret to any of my friends that my reading choices tend toward the fictional. Picking up a book of religious discourses is not typical for me. However, this book felt so important, and the reading of it was so inspiring, that I was happy about my foray into less typical realms. I'd like to suggest that you will be, too.

At the Pulpit provides, as suggested, a look at women whose words have been delivered over pulpits of one form or other during the past 185 years of church history. This
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women validates how women in the Church have responded to the call to “speak up and speak out,” to “expound scripture, exhort the church,” and give voice to the “fire in the bones.” This unique, first-of-its-kind publication will hopefully not be the last compilation of soul stirring messages spoken from women’s faithful hearts. The historical backgrounds that shaped the speakers’ lives and thoughts make a significant contribution to thi ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds-nonfiction
What a piece of work! After reading this book it's clear that numerous hours of work went into creating it and it shows. Discourses by female leaders in the LDS Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) combine to make this a tour de force. Not only are the talks powerful doctrinally, but they also give a glimpse into different times and places and how things have both changed and stayed the same over time. All of these women made a difference during the times in which they lived. ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent on all accounts. I read an essay every day or so over the course of many months. They were always interesting, insightful, and frequently uplifting as I considered their life and the times in which they lived. I love reading about the life of women in different times. Although their challenges varied, as did their resources and successes, there is an overriding commonality that bind them together. There are lessons to be learned from each one individually and as a group collectively.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will second what a friend told me because it was soo true. Some of the material from the 1800's is rough going, but it really picked up 1900 and beyond. No joke I wanted to share almost every single talk I read. It's the same gospel, but as a woman it fed my soul to read these talks written by my sisters.

I very much appreciate the editors' efforts to include voices from minority women, converts, women without high position, and women from outside of the United States. Some favorites included t
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-Day Saint Women is a valuable addition to the growing corpus of LDS literature for a number of reasons—and this assessment is from a male member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the Mormon Church).

First, it represents the first collection of which I’m aware that contains, in chronological order, discourses by LDS women from the founding of the Church in 1830. I found it fascinating to follow the evolution of wom
Becky Stucki
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
While reading At the Pulpit I could not help but wonder what women of previous centuries would have given to have such a resource at their fingertips. We may often feel the challenges and trials we confront are unique, however, the discourses and experience of these Latter-Day Saint women are a reminder that our “burdens may be light” by developing a strong testimony of Christ and of true gospel principles. Throughout all of history - and throughout the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of L ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is such a valuable volume. Even though it offers just a taste -- only 54 talks--out of the many discourses given over 185 years of church history, the variety of the collection is admirable. Some are talks delivered to a general church audience, which would be accessible in the archives of the church website. But many are not, like the talk given by Lucrecia Suarez de Juarez at a Mexico and Central America Area Conference in 1972, or the talk given by Ellenor Jones, a biracial YLMIA leader, ...more
camille fredrickson
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book 10 stars, but I guess 5 will do.

I started reading it a year ago and found it filled a void I didn’t know existed. Reading these powerful talks from powerful women was a balm. I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE. I’m saddened by the thought that most men probably won’t read this book and will miss out on these amazing talks. I’m so glad I got this book and read it. I look forward to reading it for many years to come!
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where has this book been all my life?? Diving into the discourses of women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spanning 185 years gave me a perspective on my heritage like I’ve never known. Honestly, my favorite part was reading the biographies of the sisters—to see how diverse a set of instrument God has in his women leaders is inspiring and heartening as I blaze my own path, hand in hand with faith. 10/10 recommend.
Misty DeRosier
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm really impressed by the meticulous historical research that went into not only compiling these talks, but into the lives of the women and the historical context in which their words were given. The diversity of thought was fascinating. The bonus chapters at the end are not to be missed.
Anita Eyre
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jenny Reeder and Kate Holbrook have put together one of the most important books on women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At the Pulpit gives us historical insight into the extraordinary lives of LDS women from the early 1830s up until the present times. It includes discourses of leaders such as Eliza R. Snow, Mattie Horne Tingey, Sarah M. Kimball, Elsie Talmage Brandley, Jutta B. Busche, Chieko N. Okakzaki, Gladys N. Sitati etc. Each woman demonstrates her spiritual capacity ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A truly remarkable collection of addresses by Latter-day Saint Women. I was pleased to see how even the very early discourses had messages I could incorporate into my life. Three of the more recent talks (well, if you count 1986 and forward as recent) really touched my heart: "A Latter-day Saint Theology of Suffering" by Francine R. Bennion, "The Unknown Treasure" by Jutta B. Busche, and "Get a Life" by Elaine L. Jack. The digital version in the Gospel Library includes several "bonus chapters" t ...more
Amy Makechnie
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic compilation of women speaking literally "at the pulpit" at a time when few women did (1840), to the present. At once intellectual, scholarly and spiritual, Dr's Reeder and Holbrook have done a fantastic job researching, compiling, and editing this treasure trove. A watershed book that should leave women feeling empowered to speak! Loved this.
H.W. Hoyt
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. It was inspiration and deep and helpful and just good.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading these discourses, but I enjoyed perhaps even more what I learned from the widely varied backgrounds and incredible contributions to building the kingdom of God on earth by these women and by extension so many others. I am in awe and I feel grateful.
Michael Boud
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
At the Pulpit is a window into the thoughts, parlance, and awe-inspiring activity of the strong, relentless women of God who have played a critical role in the Mormon story.

One gains a sense of how truly driven Latter-day Saint women of the past two centuries have been while practicing charity and creating a better world. These noble sisters are indeed reflected in the Mormon and Utah symbol of the beehive as they have, in no small part, forged an empire in the wilderness and made the desert “bl
Sarah Stewart
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I haven't finished all of this (I've been listening to all the ones that had links to the original speeches from the Gospel Library App) but the LDS Theology of Suffering talk completely blew my mind and I have been recommending it to pretty much everyone I've talked to. I will never forget sitting in the car late at night and having my breath taken away by the depth and beauty and truth of what she was saying. That talk changed my life, and I love nothing more than pure doctrine of tha ...more
Sunny Dent
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

In reading At The Pulpit I admire the good Latter-day Saint women whose advice, talks, articles and testimonies are shared in this volume by The Church Historian’s Press of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Over fifty LDS sisters share their experiences, understandings and deep convictions related to their membership and responsibilities in living their religion.

The entries date back 185 years to the very beginning days of the LDS Church and continue chronologically
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent collection of speeches from LDS women starting in the 1800s - it was extremely inspiring to learn about the many women who were progressive in their day in terms of their ideas and dedication to education, leadership, community service, and getting involved in local government.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this collection of discourses (talks, meeting notes, informal addresses, etc.) by LDS women and female leaders throughout the Church's history. Watching the progression of the Relief Society and its members over time was especially fascinating to me. I read 1-3 talks every night in addition to my scripture study and found the experience to be uplifting, inspiring, and faith-promoting. It gave me a much greater appreciation for the women of the LDS church -- those represe ...more
Rochelle Enderton
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in learning about intelligent faith-based women
Recommended to Rochelle by: Publisher
At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women

This important volume imparts intelligent, insightful, informative words of wit and wisdom from exemplary Latter-Day Saint women addressing significant doctrinal issues and advocating for positive action throughout the two centuries since the church’s founding. The breadth and strength of the faith and understanding of these women shines through in these texts. Arranged chronologically, this collection captures the voices of devout
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This compilation of talks by LDS women is unlike any other book I've read. I am impressed by the introduction that prepares the reader with an understanding of the role of women in the LDS church, explaining even the shortcomings of their words not always being recorded for history. Each talk stands alone as an insight not only of the woman giving the talk, but also the time period of when it was given.

I appreciate the background life sketch of each woman at the beginning of each chapter. The ta
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a remarkable and unique collection of religious teaching by Mormon women that provides a sweeping survey of discourses and ideas presented by historically important figures like Lucy Mack Smith or Eliza R. Snow but also profound theological musings by such lesser known but nevertheless brilliant and important thinkers like Francine Bennion as well as important life experiences shared by the likes of Gladys Sitati. It provides a much needed service to our sense of Mormon history by increa ...more
Anneli Hardy
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful collection of not only talks from great women, but of stories of their lives and the good they did. I learned a lot and was inspired to be a better woman and disciple of Christ.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Powerful women with powerful voices. I learned a lot. This is well researched,documented and organized.
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