Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mormon women finally allowed to pray in general conference

From the Salt Lake Tribune:
For Mormons yearning to see women take on more visible roles in their religion, their prayers have been answered:
The Salt Lake Tribune has learned that LDS women are scheduled, as of now, to offer invocations or benedictions at next month’s General Conference — an apparent first in the faith’s 183-year history.
Church spokesman Scott Trotter would not confirm or deny the female prayers, saying only that "decisions on speakers and prayers at General Conference were made many weeks ago."
Trotter made a similar statement about the schedule in January after a group of Mormons launched an effort called "Let Women Pray in General Conference." The activists urged the faithful to write letters to six high-ranking LDS leaders, including apostle Jeffrey R. Holland and three women who oversee church auxiliaries.
The drive generated about 1,600 letters from 300 participants, said Analisa Estrada, a Salt Lake City graphic designer and one of the organizers. "The letters were beautiful and heartfelt."
"Let Women Pray" backers personally delivered the letters to the various leaders or their secretaries, Estrada said, but have heard no direct response.
The LDS Church would never admit it, but the campaign probably did result in lifting the ban on women praying in general conference.  Church leaders knew that they had no plausible justification for the ban, and they didn't want the negative publicity.  I'm starting to think that the Mormons may catch up with the rest of the world more quickly than I thought.  Email, Facebook, Twitter, etc., are apparently more effective than waiting for a "revelation" from God.

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