While women hold important positions within the church, a woman has never given the opening or closing prayer at General Conference. We ask that women be given the opportunity to pray in General Conference, as a symbol of equality within our church.
All Enlisted invites you to join us in a letter-writing campaign appealing to the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to invite a woman to pray in the April 2013 General Conference.
We will be writing letters to the following General Authorities:
- Linda K. Burton, Relief Society President
- Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President
- Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President
- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, member of the Quorum of the Twelve
- Elder David F. Evans, member of the Quorum of the Seventy
- Elder Anthony D. Perkins, member of the Quorum of the Seventy
Our group will be delivering them to each General Authority; we ask that you do one (or more) of the following:
1. Hand-write a letter, or a series of letters to the above General Authorities and send it to:
PO Box 3833
Salt Lake City, UT 84110
2. E-mail letters to: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Sign our cover letter at: https://www.change.org/petitions/the-church-of-jesus-christ-of-latter-day-saints-let-women-pray-at-general-conference
We are planning on copying and re-printing many of your letters to be distributed to other General Authorities. To cover the cost, please send in $1 or anything you can along with your letters.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
In 1978, the First Presidency made an official statement allowing women to pray in Sacrament Meeting. In the statement, President Kimball said, “there is no scriptural prohibition against sisters offering prayers”, and it is “permissible for sisters to offer prayers in any meetings they attend.”
Since 1984, women have been regularly asked to speak in General Conference. We applaud that change, and now ask for President Kimball’s words to be reconsidered and more broadly applied. In 2013, we hope to see a woman offer a prayer in General Conference. We appeal to the leadership of our Church to show their support for greater gender equality by recognizing the ability and worthiness of LDS women to represent their church in prayer.
In the history of the Church, faithful members have presented ideas and concerns to Church leaders and asked them to pray about it. Without these faithful members taking their concerns to their leaders, the Relief Society, the Primary program, the Welfare system, Seminary programs, Family Home Evening and the Word of Wisdom wouldn't be in place. Similar to our faithful ancestors, we are here with a real, heartfelt concern, and we pray that our church leaders will consider our plea.
Please let women pray at the upcoming General Conference. We ask that women be given the opportunity to pray in General Conference, as a symbol of equality within our church.
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