Here’s a famous passage from First Corinthians: “Let your women keep silence in the churches, for it is not permitted into them to speak. But they are commanded to be under obedience, as also say the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husband at home. For it is a shame for women to speak in the church” (1 Corinthians 14:34–35).
Many scholars believe this passage made its way into the Bible sometime after the death of Apostle Paul. Few Christian churches today abide strictly by that admonition, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A new book from the Church Historian’s Press highlights LDS women speaking from the church’s founding in 1830 to the present day. The book is called At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women.
Jennifer Reeder and Kate Holbrook, who edited the book, join us to talk about it at the Church History Library of the LDS Church in Salt Lake City.
About the Guests
Jennifer Reeder (left) is the nineteenth century woman’s history specialist at the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Kate Holbrook (right) is the department’s managing historian for women’s history.
Together they edited At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women. They are also members of Mormon Women’s History Initiative.
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