Saturday, April 20, 2013

Feminist activism results in women praying in conference

Sister Jean A. Stevens became the first woman to pray during a General Conference during the Saturday Morning Session of the 183rd General Conference.Excerpts of Historic prayers in General Conference by Kurt Hanson, Daily Universe
Sister Jean A. Stevens and Sister Carol M. Stephens made history in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by offering prayers during the 183rd Annual General Conference.
When Sister Stevens gave the benediction on Saturday morning it was the first time a woman has prayed during a session of General Conference. 

The next day, during the Sunday afternoon session of General Conference, Sister Stephens, first counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, gave the invocation.

Recently, there has been a push for more recognition of the roles of women within the Church, including a Facebook page, "Let Women Pray in Conference," and a blog with the same title, sponsored by the same group. The group advocated for members of the Church to write members of the First Presidency to allow women to pray in conference.